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Congressmen oppose cuts in geothermal payments

Reps. Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman are urging President Barack Obama not to eliminate geothermal royalty payments totaling nearly $2 million a year to Sonoma and Lake counties.

Sonoma opposes Keystone XL pipeline on split vote

Sonoma will be sending a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose a controversial oil pipeline, an action authorized by the City Council Monday night.

Sonoma wades into Keystone XL pipeline debate

The Sonoma City Council is diving head first again into a national debate that extends well outside city limits. Mayor Ken Brown will seek council support Monday to send an official letter to President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking them to deny permits for the Keystone XL pipeline

GUEST OPINION: Promise not to cut is nothing like tax pledge

President Barack Obama is proposing to reduce the Social Security cost of living adjustment. And the president is also putting cuts in Medicare benefits on the negotiating table. But Social Security keeps vast numbers of seniors out of poverty, and Medicare is vital to keeping many people alive. At this historic moment, a principled position would be to commit to fully defending Social Security and Medicare benefits, as well as the federal Medicaid program that funds Medi-Cal in our state. But the North Coast’s new congressman, Jared Huffman, has been hedging.

As drone use rises, so does concern

With hundreds of unmanned aircraft operational, authorities in Sonoma County and across the country are working on rules of use.

‘Sequester’ could close Sonoma County airport control tower

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.

North Coast folks head to Obama inauguration

Jose Ignacio Gaona, a Fort Bragg teenager and son of Mexican immigrants, expects to get a close look Monday at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration.
Gaona, 15, will be among the North Coast residents with tickets giving them access to the viewing area within two blocks of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, close enough, he figures, ‘to see what’s going on.’

Huffman off to Washington, ready to work

Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman takes his seat Thursday in the 113th Congress, facing big issues — budget cutbacks, the national debt limit and gun control — with a remarkably diverse freshman class and, he believes, a will to get things done.

Woolsey pushes ocean protection

With her time in Congress running short, Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, is pursuing a new approach to protecting more of the North Coast from oil drilling — one that doesn’t require a vote in the Republican-controlled House.

A half hour before polls close in California, it’s not looking good for Romney

As of 7:30 p.m., CNN has Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in electoral votes 158 to 147. And he is leading in the national popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. But overall it does not look good for the GOP candidate.

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