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Santa Rosa commits $1.2 million to explore Roseland annexation

Santa Rosa took a major step toward the annexation of Roseland on Tuesday when the City Council agreed to spend nearly $1.2 million to officially make the southwest neighborhood part of the city.

Santa Rosa council signs off on SAY Dream Center

The Santa Rosa City Council unanimously and enthusiastically approved a plan to transform a vacant hospital in Bennett Valley into housing for at-risk young adults despite neighbors’ threats to sue to force additional environmental studies.

Santa Rosa council OKs hike in building permit fees

The Santa Rosa City Council narrowly approved steep increases to permit and development fees Tuesday over the objections of industry leaders who warned doing so could jeopardize a fragile economic recovery.

Santa Rosa eases rules on medical pot

Santa Rosa relaxed its restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, eliminating rules that advocates said were outdated and limited patients’ ability to obtain their cannabis locally.

Developers win exemption from Santa Rosa greenery requirement

A divided City Council waived a key design requirement Tuesday for a subdivision in southwest Santa Rosa whose developers argued that affordable housing trumped design guidelines requiring strips of grass between the road and sidewalk.

Wilibees gets OK to proceed with Santa Rosa liquor store

Setting aside warnings about increased alcohol-related crimes downtown, the Santa Rosa City Council overruled its planning director Tuesday and allowed a Petaluma businessman to move forward with plans for a wine and liquor store on a prominent but long-vacant downtown corner.

Santa Rosa taps Robin Swinth, Jake Ours for power agency board

Two members of the Santa Rosa City Council who served on the subcommittee that studied whether the city should join Sonoma Clean Power were selected Tuesday to be the city’s representatives on the board of the public power agency.

Santa Rosa strikes deal on Sonoma Clean Power

A last-ditch effort to assuage Santa Rosa’s concerns about the structure of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority succeeded Tuesday, convincing the city to join the launch of the fledgling public power agency.

Santa Rosa adopts $340 million budget, adds staff

The Santa Rosa City Council passed a $340.1 million budget Thursday that represents a 9 percent increase in spending as improved revenues allow the city to begin rebuilding staffing levels after years of cuts to many departments.

Parched parks a budget challenge for Santa Rosa

As the mercury rises, so is the heat on the Santa Rosa City Council to do something about city parks rapidly turning brown from lack of water.

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