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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.

San Jose mayor pitches pension changes in Santa Rosa

Cities and counties need to move quickly to stem rising retirement costs before they overwhelm budgets to the point where it becomes impossible to deliver routine services, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association on Thursday.

Sonoma County Fair workers to get overtime pay again

Temporary workers at the Sonoma County Fair will once more be eligible for overtime pay next year under the fair’s new proposed budget, but officials warn that the hours will be strictly limited to conserve money.

Efren Carrillo critics to hold public forums to discuss his arrest

Critics of Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo have announced they will host three public meetings next week to offer his constituents and others a chance to air their opinions of the embattled politician and discuss whether they support removing him from office.

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.

Latino teens disappointed by Efren Carrillo’s arrest

For some young people, the prowling and burglary arrest of Efren Carrillo, is troubling on a personal level.

Sonoma County kickstarts a public power agency

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to implement a public power program for all homes and businesses outside city limits with plans to expand countywide.

Allen loses bid for second term

Despite having a massive financial advantage and the backing of powerful Democratic Party and union allies, Santa Rosa Assemblyman Michael Allen lost his bid for another term to a relative political unknown.

Tribal casino in Rohnert Park clears last hurdle

Nine years after the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria announced plans to open a casino in Sonoma County, inciting opposition and controversy, the tribe has cleared its last governmental hurdle. In a quiet milestone, the federal government Friday let an agreement between the state and the tribe, known as a compact, take effect by acting neither to reject or approve it. The compact allows the tribe to operate a Las Vegas-style casino with slot machines and banking card games.

Environmental issues key in 5th District supervisor race

When Ernie Carpenter entered the race two months ago to challenge first-term incumbent Efren Carrillo, he both shocked the district and pleased one of its biggest constituencies — the conservation and environmental community. Environmentalists had been concerned that Carrillo’s opponent, former Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi, was no match for Carrillo’s four years in office and his ability to raise money. Carrillo rejects attempts to characterize him as pro-development at the expense of the environment.

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