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SMART gets $20 million for Larkspur extension

The Sonoma-Marin Rail Transit line cleared a major funding hurdle Wednesday, earning the approval of $20 million in regional transportation money — half the funds needed to extend commuter service to Larkspur.

Rohnert Park council clears way for up to 1,645 homes

The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved changes to a long-stalled housing project just north of Sonoma State University that could add up to 1,645 homes starting as soon as next year.

SMART board applies for grant to extend commuter line

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board on Wednesday submitted an application for $20 million in federal money to extend the commuter line to Larkspur.

Dueling plastic bag bans poised for approval

Plastic shopping bags could be largely prohibited countywide following Tuesday decisions by the city councils of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to back a law that institutes the ban but allows cities to opt out — which Santa Rosa did on a split vote.

Sonoma County Water Agency launches conservation effort

Sonoma and Marin county water agencies have begun urging customers to conserve water in the face of the worst drought the region has seen in at least a century.

Large mixed-use project proposed for Rohnert Park State Farm site

The sprawling former State Farm Insurance office campus in the middle of Rohnert Park has been sold to a national developer of large mixed-use communities, kindling hopes for an invigorated city center.

Month after opening, Rohnert Park casino’s impact hotly debated

A month after the Graton Resort & Casino opened to applause and trepidation and uncertainty, early reports likely provide fodder for both critics and supporters of the 3,000-slot-machine casino on Rohnert Park’s flank.

Rohnert Park council picks Callinan as next mayor

The son of Rohnert Park’s first mayor and longest serving city manager will take the City Council’s helm next year.

Rohnert Park City Manager Gonzalez leaving

In an unexpected development, Rohnert Park City Manager Gabe Gonzalez is leaving to take a post in Kansas after slightly more than three years with the city.

Developer resuming Rohnert Park housing project

One of the longest-planned housing developments in Rohnert Park, on farmland across from the Green Music Center, is inching forward.

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