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Santa Rosa says no to Big Lots liquor sales

The City Council on Tuesday rejected the discount retailer’s request to sell beer and wine over fears that the sale of inexpensive alcohol was unnecessary and might create problems in the high-crime area north of Santa Rosa Junior College.

Santa Rosa budget picture brightens

The Santa Rosa City Council, enjoying slightly improved revenues from a modest economic recovery, this week will consider a budget representing the largest boost in city spending since the recession-era slashing began.

Rohnert Park says no to public power agency

Rohnert Park on Tuesday became the second Sonoma County city to opt out of the first year of Sonoma Clean Power, while Santa Rosa’s leaders continued to push back against the June 30 deadline set for the decision.

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 rescinds ‘food desert’ law

The Santa Rosa City Council passed a law in September making it easier for large grocery stores to open in a section of the city known as a ‘food desert’ because of the limited access to fresh foods. But last week the City Council quietly rescinded the law.

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.

Santa Rosa City Council OKs iPad use at meetings

Santa Rosa City Council members are so enamored of their sleek new iPads that they decided Tuesday to begin conducting most of their business electronically.

Deal paves wave for new Santa Rosa grocery store

Santa Rosa and the Living Wage Coalition have reached a lawsuit settlement that will allow a Smart & Final grocery store to open in south Santa Rosa under the city’s ‘food desert’ ordinance.

End likely for Santa Rosa media center

Santa Rosa is preparing to cut off funding to the Community Media Center of the North Bay, a move that would shut down the nonprofit that since 1997 has broadcast City Council meetings, managed public access channels and provided video editing training to residents.

New Santa Rosa City Council member chosen

The Santa Rosa City Council on Monday night selected Robin Swinth, a member of the city’s powerful Board of Public Utilities and a former Agilent Technologies engineer, to fill the remaining two years of Susan Gorin’s council term.

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