The city of Sebastopol and the people behind stalled plans for a new downtown CVS drugstore and adjacent JPMorgan Chase Bank have entered into legal negotiations in hopes of resolving a pending federal lawsuit, attorneys involved in the case said Thursday.
The Sebastopol City Council plans to ask voters this fall for a hand in putting the city on stronger financial footing, through two tax measures expected to share ballot space with a proposed hike in the county sales tax, city officials said.
Sebastopol, the small town known for big brouhahas over new development, is about to revamp its long-term blueprint for growth. Updating the city’s General Plan, a process expected to take at least 30 months and cost $400,000 or more, will get going in earnest early next year.
Upgrades planned to Sonoma County Transit and Santa Rosa CityBus could make running errands and commuting a little easier for bus riders this summer.
Some Sebastopol residents, including a former city councilman, are objecting to a city-sponsored newsletter that urged people to oppose Sonoma County’s consideration of a water fluoridation plan.
Sebastopol and PG&E appear to be on a collision course following the city’s adoption Thursday of a ban on the installation of SmartMeters, the controversial wireless devices that critics contend are a threat to public health.
The Sebastopol City Council on Tuesday will consider extending its 45-day moratorium on drive-thrus to a year, a move certain to add fuel to the volatile community debate over the CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank project.
Larry McLaughlin, Sebastopol’s long-serving city attorney, was named city manager Tuesday. McLaughlin has been serving as interim city manager since May, when Jack Griffin left the post to take over the job as top administrator in San Marcos.