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Gullixson: Top-two primary forced changes, even for us

Regardless of whether you’re a supporter of the top-two primary system, you have to admit one thing: It’s made primary elections more of a spectator sport.

Forum highlights homelessness in Sonoma County

The “Shine A Light” discussion, before a packed house at the Glaser Center in downtown Santa Rosa, is the first of an occasional series of forums on community issues.

Four downs, four syllables

I’d like to say technology failed me. But the truth is, I didn’t notice that the fax machine had run out of paper, and I missed a very funny letter about the Super Bowl. Here it is.

NOTE TO READERS: The Press Democrat will be endorsing candidates again

During the election last fall, The Press Democrat did something it hadn’t done for as long as anyone can remember. We sat out the election without providing a single candidate endorsement on our editorial pages.

PD to stop endorsing political candidates

On Sunday, The Press Democrat announced it will no longer endorse candidates for political office. The change results from a company-wide policy adopted by Halifax Media Group, which acquired The Press Democrat in January. What do you think about the change? Does this alter the way you look at the newspaper and its coverage of political issues?

Sonoma County pension officials agree to release more data

Having lost a prolonged legal fight, officials overseeing the pension system for Sonoma County government have agreed to release a wider set of records showing how individual retirement benefits are calculated, including the extra pay and perks that can boost retirees’ pensions. County officials also have agreed to pay $93,516 in legal fees incurred by The Press Democrat, which prevailed this summer in a 2010 lawsuit seeking access to individual pension records for county retirees.

New pension data show 98 county retirees receive more than $100K annually

UPDATE 11:30 PM: Ninety-eight retirees in the county pension system pull in more than $100,000 in annual pension payments, including three who receive more than $200,000, according to records released Wednesday by the Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association. See who made the top five.

Sonoma County to disclose pension fund data

Sonoma County’s pension fund board has decided not to challenge a state appellate court ruling and instead will follow a lower court’s order to release pension figures for thousands of county government retirees. The move puts an end to more than a year of legal wrangling over access to pension records of county government employees.

Pension board withholds records while reviewing court decision

Officials with Sonoma County’s pension fund said Monday they will take at least two weeks before reacting to a new court ruling ordering them to release pension figures for thousands of county retirees. The Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association has not decided whether it will release the records or take another course, including an appeal to the state Supreme Court.

State court orders Sonoma County pension board to release records

A state appellate court has upheld a lower court ruling that requires the disclosure of pension figures for thousands of Sonoma County government retirees.

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