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Scale of Petaluma’s future development shifts

The proposals that yielded Petaluma’s two largest shopping centers, both anchored by big-box chains, created heated disagreements among the community and the City Council on what size and style of development were appropriate for Sonoma County’s second-largest city.

The Target project sparked two lawsuits and a $150,000 settlement with an opposition group, while developers of the Friedman’s project agreed to fund nearly $200,000 in amenities opponents wanted in order to head off threatened litigation.

Now that the nastiest development battles of the past decade are over, with Target’s East Washington Place already open and Friedman’s Deer Creek center well underway, what’s next for development in Petaluma?

New evidence in fight for public access to Lafferty Ranch

Lafferty Ranch advocates say an easement over 905 square feet of private land standing between the public and the proposed nature preserve near Petaluma could finally be secured by newly discovered property records dating back to the Civil War era.

Efren Carrillo speaks out on arrest in return to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo began an attempt to reboot his political career Tuesday by returning to public duties, voicing remorse and offering a general apology in his first public comments on his July 13 prowling and burglary arrest.

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo arrested on burglary charge

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was arrested early Saturday morning wearing nothing but his socks and underwear after a woman in his west Santa Rosa neighborhood reported that he tried to break into her home through a bedroom window, police said.

Although Santa Rosa police arrested him on suspicion of burglary and prowling, they believe his intent was to commit some type of sexual assault, according to Sgt. Terry Anderson.

Both Carrillo and his close advisers sought Saturday to connect his behavior to what they said was a drinking problem.

Projects to restore fish habitat get $2 million federal boost

Projects by private landowners to boost salmon and other fish populations in North Coast streams are set to receive an additional $2 million this year from an arm of the federal government. Federal and local officials on Friday announced the commitment of new grant money for six major river basins stretching from Sonoma County — and including the Russian River — to Eureka, in Humboldt County.

Watchdog group accuses Petaluma PAC of violations

A Windsor organization said Friday it has filed a salvo of complaints with federal and state agencies regarding Sonoma County Conservation Action, reviving a more than decade-old battle between the groups on opposite sides of the environmental divide.

How will the Petaluma Community Coalition spend its $100,000?

What will the Petaluma Community Coalition do with its $100,000 settlement from the Target shopping center lawsuit? Part of the money will be used to repay donors, co-chair Matt Maguire says. And some of the funds could be put back into the community. But that hasn’t stopped some local officials from worrying that the payment sets a precedent for lawsuits and business in Petaluma.

Developer pays $172,000 to settle Petaluma Target lawsuits

The developer of a Target-anchored shopping center in Petaluma and a neighborhood group opposed to the project have signed an agreement in which both sides will drop their lawsuits against the city. The developer will pay the city $72,000 and pay $100,000 to the Petaluma Community Coalition.

Will Friedman’s open Petaluma store?

The local big-box hardware chain signed a non-binding letter of intent with Regency Centers to occupy part of the East Washington Place development. With a compromise in the works to drop two lawsuits over the project, the question now is whether Friedman’s Home Improvement will officially sign on to the development.

Truce allows Target shopping center to move forward

Warring factions announced a truce Monday night that will allow Petaluma’s controversial new Target shopping center to move toward construction. The developer agreed to many of the design changes sought by opponents and will pay up to $100,000 for the city’s legal costs.