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Rohnert Park council clears way for up to 1,645 homes

The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved changes to a long-stalled housing project just north of Sonoma State University that could add up to 1,645 homes starting as soon as next year.

Sonoma Clean Power extends deadline for holdout cities

Sonoma County’s new public power provider is renewing its effort to woo three holdout cities into the electricity venture with an eye on spreading fixed costs over a greater number of customers and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Dueling plastic bag bans poised for approval

Plastic shopping bags could be largely prohibited countywide following Tuesday decisions by the city councils of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to back a law that institutes the ban but allows cities to opt out — which Santa Rosa did on a split vote.

Rohnert Park may drop economics job for engineer

Rohnert Park’s City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve a plan to lay off its economic development manager, Linda Babonis, to make room for a new city engineer.

Rohnert Park on road to revival

Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park’s normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We’re on the map! We’ve been discovered!”

The Friendly City’s economy, if not quite booming yet, is making loud noises as 2014 starts. The shift in fortune buttresses city leaders’ claims that they have been laying the groundwork for an economic recovery and further development.

Large mixed-use project proposed for Rohnert Park State Farm site

The sprawling former State Farm Insurance office campus in the middle of Rohnert Park has been sold to a national developer of large mixed-use communities, kindling hopes for an invigorated city center.

Month after opening, Rohnert Park casino’s impact hotly debated

A month after the Graton Resort & Casino opened to applause and trepidation and uncertainty, early reports likely provide fodder for both critics and supporters of the 3,000-slot-machine casino on Rohnert Park’s flank.

Rohnert Park council picks Callinan as next mayor

The son of Rohnert Park’s first mayor and longest serving city manager will take the City Council’s helm next year.

Rohnert Park City Council OKs city manager pick

A 10-year veteran of Rohnert Park government was appointed city manager Tuesday on a 4-0 vote, with one council member abstaining from the vote over concerns about the proposed salary package.

Contentious special district races highlight quiet Tuesday election

Two contentious special district races are the centerpieces of today’s election in Sonoma County, in an otherwise quiet off-year contest that includes no countywide campaigns.

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