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Major Sonoma County roads improving, at expense of less traveled routes

After two years of extra funding, the condition of Sonoma County’s major roads — generally those serving as thoroughfares between cities — is improving, officials reported Tuesday. But that has come at a price — the continued deterioration of the larger network of small country lanes and backroads.

Pension activist Ken Churchill joins race for north county supervisor

Santa Rosa winemaker Ken Churchill, an advocate of overhauling public workers’ pensions, has jumped into the race to replace Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire.

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.

Rethinking Fire Services, parts 3-4

Alfred Terrell said he was looking for a new challenge when he applied last year for the top job leading Sonoma County’s Fire and Emergency Services Department.

Rethinking Fire Services, parts 1-2

Sonoma County’s complex rural firefighting network, much the same for decades, appears to be on the cusp of dramatic change, starting with efforts by three northern agencies that are considering merging into one sprawling district.

Sonoma County’s economy passing up much of nation

Sonoma County’s economy is growing while the rest of the nation is just plodding along, an economic expert said Friday.

County supervisors signal support for project labor agreements

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to advance a controversial policy that would establish union rules, benefits and oversight on large county construction projects.

Sudden no-trespassing stance baffles Healdsburg residents

For 29 years, David Simon has been going for walks on a reservoir trail near his house that leads to open space and a scenic panorama of Healdsburg and its surroundings. But last weekend, the retired businessman said he was confronted by representatives for the property owner in a pick-up who told him to stay off the land. An arriving sheriff’s deputy also warned him he was trespassing and said he would be subject to arrest if he did it again.

Healdsburg’s Tom Chambers running for supervisor seat

Healdsburg City Councilman Tom Chambers this week became the fifth candidate to enter the increasingly crowded race for north Sonoma County supervisor.

Sonoma County politicians wary of push to overhaul pensions

Several Sonoma County politicians who rely on labor union support are coming out early against a proposed statewide ballot measure that could dramatically overhaul public employee pensions.

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