Santa Rosa winemaker Ken Churchill, an advocate of overhauling public workers’ pensions, has jumped into the race to replace Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire.
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.
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.
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 City Councilman Tom Chambers this week became the fifth candidate to enter the increasingly crowded race for north Sonoma County supervisor.
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.
James Gore, a Sonoma County native whose family is in the wine industry and who returned to the area this year after leaving a senior post in the Obama administration, is jumping into the open race for the north county supervisor’s seat.