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Bayer park set to move forward after Santa Rosa Council OKs $320,000 expenditure

A long-delayed park in Roseland will move forward after the Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday approved an extra $320,000 to cover cost overruns in designing it.

Price jump for new Roseland park alarms Santa Rosa City Council

Cost overruns at a planned park in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood are the latest in a steady stream of problems facing the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.

Green fees hiked at Bennett Valley, financial controls imposed

Santa Rosa boosted greens fees, tightened financial controls and reduced payments to the operator of the Bennett Valley Golf Course Tuesday in an effort to help the popular attraction through the roughest financial patch in its history.

Sonoma County, cities wrangle over plastic bag ban

Local city and Sonoma County representatives sparred Wednesday over a recent snag in progress toward a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags.

Santa Rosa scales back plans for Roseland park

Plans for an agricultural-themed park in southwest Santa Rosa are being scaled back because City Hall doesn’t have the money to construct several of the buildings once planned for the 6-acre property.

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.

Losses mount at Bennett Valley Golf Course

The Bennett Valley Golf Course in Santa Rosa is losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and will be nearly out of money by next summer unless the city can help it swing back to profitability soon.

Santa Rosa cedes weed-pulling at many parks to volunteers

With a budget burdened by higher fuel, insurance and pension costs, Santa Rosa is increasingly relying on volunteers to keep the city’s 66 parks tidy, a service once considered a basic government function.

Community Media Center gets 6-month reprieve

Santa Rosa agreed to continue funding the Community Media Center of the North Bay for another six months while a community-wide discussion takes place about how to replace the nonprofit with something more collaborative, innovative and less expensive for taxpayers.

Community Media Center bound for makeover

The Community Media Center of the North Bay would close at the end of June and eventually be reborn as an innovative partnership under a proposal heading to the Santa Rosa City Council today.

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