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Sonoma Clean Power opposes ‘opt-in’ bill

Officials with Sonoma County’s startup public power provider said legislation recently introduced in Sacramento poses a major threat to the agency and others like it seeking to launch across the state.

Labor group won’t back Assembly candidate in primary

More than 60,000 union members living in the North Bay are expected to receive a slate mailer in the coming weeks bearing recommendations for who they should vote for in the June primary.

A candidate endorsed by the North Bay Labor Council, in turn, can benefit from hundreds of volunteers manning phone banks, walking precincts and performing other campaign duties.

However, the council is taking what may be an unprecedented pass on endorsing in the 10th Assembly District primary, featuring incumbent Assemblyman Marc Levine, Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom and Marin college trustee Diana Conti.

Community fears impact of Palm Drive Hospital closure

A day after the Palm Drive Hospital board approved plans to eliminate inpatient and emergency services, the local community — from business leaders to health care professionals to the police chief — is grappling with the broader impact of losing the only Sonoma County hospital west of Highway 101.

Marc Levine mailer calls for fracking moratorium

A mailer Assemblyman Marc Levine sent out across the North Bay last week spotlights his stance on fracking — the controversial fossil fuel drilling practice — and the source of money he used to pay for the correspondence.

Money race heats up for Assembly seat

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom raised more money this reporting period than any other candidate seeking the 10th Assembly District seat, pulling in more than $100,000 in less than three months, campaign finance records show. But Assemblyman Marc Levine maintained his formidable fundraising advantage, with $422,239 on hand as of March 17. The San Rafael Democrat reported raising $61,538 since Jan. 1.

Assemblyman Marc Levine proposes stiffer fines for striking cyclists, others

California drivers who hit and injure cyclists or other ‘vulnerable road users’ could be slapped with fines of up to $1,000 under legislation proposed this week by a North Coast lawmaker. The fines would represent as much as a 10-fold increase over current penalties, and according to Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would lead to fewer collisions between bikes and vehicles.

Cotati woman pursuing a ban on indoor apartment smoking

Her plight has drawn support from from city and county officials, a state lawmaker and American Lung Association advocates, who all see California moving slowly and unevenly toward the protection Alicia Orozco wants.

Money pours into North Coast legislative races

Money is flowing into the campaigns for North Coast legislative seats being contested in 2014, with four candidates showing an early separation in the fundraising race.

Changes coming to North Coast’s legislative landscape

Sweeping changes across the North Coast’s political landscape will present major challenges this election year both for voters and for candidates in state races, with one possible outcome being an almost entirely new and untested slate of leaders handling local problems in Sacramento.

Legislator offers to pay for rebuilding of Lopez memorial

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has pledged to pay for the materials used to restore the fire-damaged memorial to Andy Lopez, the 13-year-old Santa Rosa boy fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in October.

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