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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of California’s largest casinos opens Tuesday outside Rohnert Park after a decade of bitter debate.
Petaluma won’t join in the legal fight against the Graton casino set to open in two weeks.