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Healdsburg moves roundabout plan forward

A long-planned traffic roundabout at a tricky, five-way central Healdsburg intersection advanced this week with the City Council authorizing $997,000 for its design.

Healdsburg councilmember says rental cottage meets city regulations

Healdsburg’s move to crack down on illegal vacation home rentals has prompted questions over a rental owned by Councilwoman Susan Jones and whether she violated the city’s ordinance prohibiting them.

Healdsburg cool on possible parking garage

A public parking garage doesn’t appear to be in Healdsburg’s future — at least any time soon.

Another hotel project pitched for Healdsburg

Plans have surfaced for a second new hotel in downtown Healdsburg as debate grows over how much more visitor lodging should be built in the favored Wine Country destination.

Healdsburg City Council backs federal ban on assault weapons

Straying from its usual practice of sticking to local issues, the Healdsburg City Council on Monday adopted a resolution supporting the reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban.

Crowded parties at Sonoma County vacation homes spark debate

An upscale neighborhood in Healdsburg is the latest flashpoint for a controversy over vacation rentals that flares periodically in Wine Country.

Healdsburg wrestling with pot-growing guidelines

In the heart of Wine Country, where harvest time produces pungent scents of fermenting grapes, the conversation these days is about another odor — that of skunk-like budding marijuana plants.

The harvest is still months away, but wine-centric Healdsburg is wrestling with guidelines for medical marijuana cultivation and whether to confine it indoors.

The intent behind keeping cultivation indoors is not only to suppress the smell, but to discourage burglaries and even violence.

Healdsburg council surrenders to one-way furor

The first and only one-way street in Healdsburg proved to be so unpopular that the City Council has decided to change it back to two-way.

Healdsburg City Council rejects cyclist protection law

Healdsburg wants to be seen as a bicycle-friendly community, but not to the extent of approving a law that makes it easier for cyclists to sue motorists who harass or assault them.

Healdsburg weighs limiting special events

Healdsburg has a problem that many towns would envy — a growing number of special events and festivities that is causing a reassessment of whether to limit the number that can be held, or impose restrictions to handle traffic and parking overflow.

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