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Petaluma moves ahead with trash contract extension

By LORI A. CARTER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A new long-term contract for Petaluma’s trash hauling returns to the City Council today, following a review of potential legal challenges based on environmental concerns. The council was set to vote on a renegotiated contract with Petaluma Refuse & Recycling last month, but was delayed by a last-minute [...]

Proposed Dutra plan in Petaluma challenged in court

Opponents of a proposed asphalt plant near Petaluma have challenged the project’s approval in state appellate court.

Petaluma continues legal fight against Dutra

Petaluma’s City Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to continue its legal fight against the Dutra Materials asphalt plant after two local groups pledged $10,000 to help fund the battle. The money should cover about half the city’s costs to appeal a ruling by Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau, who dismissed a lawsuit challenging the asphalt plant. Did the City Council make the right decision to appeal the ruling?

Judge to decide fate of Dutra asphalt plant

Opponents and supporters of the proposed Dutra Materials asphalt plant south of Petaluma are set to have their date in court Friday. A lawsuit challenging approval of the project, one of the most controversial land-use issues in Sonoma County, will be the focus of a civil court hearing. What should the judge do?

Dutra asphalt plant approved

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to the Dutra asphalt plant south of Petaluma in a long-awaited decision on one of the most disputed industrial projects in recent county history. One activist was escorted out of the packed board chambers in handcuffs after she approached the supervisors’ dais. Opponents have vowed to challenge the decision in court.

Opponents of Dutra plant plan to raise their voices

The Board of Supervisors does not intend to allow public comment before it votes today on the proposed Dutra asphalt plant outside Petaluma, saying it has heard enough about the issue after more than three hours of public testimony in October. Opponents say the decision violates the state’s open-meeting law. They intend to press their right to speak about the controversial project.

County frost protection plan scrutinized

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will review a new plan that attempts to protect endangered fish while allowing grapegrowers to continue using Russian River water to defend their vineyards from frost. The plan, developed by the wine industry and county staff, is being blasted by some environmentalists who say it would do too little to prevent fish-killing water diversions on the Russian River and its tributaries.