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Telling feedback on Santa Rosa’s next city manager

Santa Rosa City Council members have publicly had nothing but praise for City Manager Kathy Millison since she announced her retirement earlier this year. But on Tuesday night, as they described the qualities they would like to see in a new city manager, several council members made it clear they are hoping the next top executive will bring a new type of leadership to the city.

Inquiry into Santa Rosa Councilman Gary Wysocky complete, still secret

The six-month investigation into whether Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky created a hostile work environment at City Hall is over, but details of the probe remain secret because neither city officials nor Wysocky would release its findings.

Officials hope to learn from history on Roseland annexation

The committee exploring how Santa Rosa can annex the 600-acre Roseland neighborhood in the southwest part of the city is hoping to sidestep the pitfalls that doomed a similar effort six years ago.

Santa Rosa council votes to put cellphone tax on fall ballot

Santa Rosa voters will decide this fall whether to tax their cellphones, but they won’t get to consider changes to a controversial tax measure that funds public safety services in the city.

Santa Rosa City Council, Efren Carrillo debate Roseland annexation costs

The studies detailing how much the annexation of Roseland will cost haven’t even started yet, but the jockeying over how to divvy up what is sure to be a multimillion-dollar price tag is already well underway.

Santa Rosa switches course, OKs two years of water rate hikes

The Santa Rosa City Council approved two years’ worth of water and sewer increases Tuesday, reversing last month’s decision to only approve a one-year rate hike.

Retired Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm to run for City Council

Former Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm said Thursday he plans to run for City Council in November.

Jake Ours won’t seek re-election to Santa Rosa City Council

Santa Rosa City Councilman Jake Ours announced Tuesday he will not run for re-election in November. The first-term councilman is the second member of the council to bow out of the upcoming race in as many weeks.

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.

Sonoma Clean Power says rates will beat PG&E’s

Cleaner power and competitive rates. Those twin goals have driven the development of Sonoma County’s startup public power agency since it was proposed years ago by local climate activists and business interests. Now supporters of the venture say they will deliver on both counts, after officials overseeing Sonoma Clean Power on Thursday formally approved retail rates that will beat those set for PG&E for power generation this year.

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