The air traffic control tower at Sonoma County’s regional airport may be shut down if the nation’s elected leaders can’t reach a budget deal by Friday, a scenario some fear could limit commercial passenger flights in and out of Santa Rosa or halt them entirely.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, on Thursday released a set of 15 policy recommendations on preventing gun violence, including a federal ban on assault weapons and background checks for most gun buyers, as well as proposals regarding mental health, school safety and media portrayals of violence.
The day after the Petaluma City Council expressed support for the federal assault weapons ban, the Santa Rosa City Council fired off two letters supporting efforts by Sen. Diane Feinstein and Congressman Mike Thompson to curb gun violence. Both letters referenced the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and 6 adults were killed by a gunman using an assault-style rifle.
Madeleine Melo of Fort Bragg, widow of the North Coast’s most prominent recent victim of gun violence, spoke out Thursday night in defense of gun ownership at a public forum convened by Rep. Mike Thompson.
Rep. Mike Thompson said the public forum on gun violence prevention that he is hosting Thursday in Santa Rosa will be a wide-ranging discussion of the divisive issue rekindled by last month’s tragedy in Connecticut.
Unbeaten in 10 straight political races and buoyed by his usual large campaign warchest, Rep. Mike Thompson appears headed for re-election to Congress in the Nov. 6 election. The St. Helena Democrat is running in a new district that stretches from Santa Rosa inland to Vallejo. But like his old coastal district, Democrats enjoy a better than 2-to-1 advantage over Republicans in voter registration in the new 5th Congressional District.
Rep. Mike Thompson’s bid for an eighth straight term in Congress was assured as he grabbed 72 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Vying for second place in the new 5th Congressional District were two Republican newcomers, Randy Loftin of Napa and Stewart Cilley of Rohnert Park.
The North Coast’s two Democratic Congress members resisted the tide of bipartisan support for renewing a Social Security payroll tax cut Friday, voting against the main legislation on President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda. Both said the sweeping support in the House and Senate was overshadowed by serious flaws in the legislation.