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Sonoma may bring back matching loans for businesses

Sonoma officials are trying to revive a program that makes small matching loans available to businesses in the city.

Sonoma eyes smoking ban on Plaza

Prodded by a concerned citizen and a grade of F on an American Lung Association report card of its efforts to restrict secondhand smoke, Sonoma is considering banning smoking in its historic Plaza.

Sonoma edges closer to ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

The Sonoma City Council on Wednesday night took a significant step toward making the city the first in Sonoma County, and one of the few in California, to ban gas-powered leaf blowers.

Sonoma hotel measure heading to voters

The Sonoma City Council on Monday voted to put a controversial measure that would limit hotel development on the November ballot, setting the stage for a bruising and divisive battle tied to the city’s identity and economic growth.

Sonoma opposes Keystone XL pipeline on split vote

Sonoma will be sending a letter to President Obama urging him to oppose a controversial oil pipeline, an action authorized by the City Council Monday night.

Sonoma reluctant to join public power agency

Sonoma appears to be the latest city on track to reject joining the Sonoma County Clean Power Authority after a divided City Council on Monday all but turned out the lights on the idea.

Sonoma City Council hears public power pitch

Sonoma County officials made their final clean power pitch Monday night to a mostly receptive audience in Sonoma.

Plan to limit hotels in Sonoma debated

Pent-up feelings over a proposed hotel in downtown Sonoma, and over an initiative that would curb such growth, spilled over at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council voted 4-1 to give City Manager Carol Giovanatto the authority to research consultants for help in preparing a report on the impacts of the proposed ballot measure, should proponents succeed in qualifying it for an election.

Sonoma citizens’ group seeks ballot initiative limiting hotel development

A Sonoma group that includes a former mayor of the city is seeking a ballot initiative to limit hotel development, including the controversial Chateau Sonoma & Spa proposed near the Plaza.

Dog flap nearly stops Sonoma acquisition of Montini Preserve

A heated dispute Monday over whether dogs should be allowed on property that forms Sonoma’s backdrop nearly derailed the City Council from formally authorizing acquisition of the site.

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