The Santa Rosa City Council refused to approve two years’ worth of water and sewer increases Tuesday, saying the city needs to do more to help poor residents cope with some of the highest rates in the region.
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.
A turf war has broken out in Santa Rosa over a proposed county bag ban. The City Council found itself torn Tuesday between those supporting a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags and those who don’t want to relinquish the city’s regulatory powers to another agency.
Officials of Sonoma County’s emerging public power agency sparred Thursday while setting compensation packages for a pair of new hires, splitting over appropriate pay for the posts and how salaries and benefits at the agency would compare to other public entities.
With five newly seated city representatives, an expanded board of directors for Sonoma County’s startup public power agency got to work Thursday, reviewing a preliminary first-year budget and a timeline geared toward a power purchase deal, plus various staffing and financial decisions looming over the next four months.
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.
The Pacific Gas & Electric Co. is rethinking how to best prevent contamination from a downtown property from migrating toward Santa Rosa Creek, representatives told the City Council on Tuesday.
Sonoma County officials have given Santa Rosa a little more time to decide whether to join the launch of its fledgling public power agency, defusing what had become a tense political standoff over the timing of the high-stakes decision.