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Community fears impact of Palm Drive Hospital closure

A day after the Palm Drive Hospital board approved plans to eliminate inpatient and emergency services, the local community — from business leaders to health care professionals to the police chief — is grappling with the broader impact of losing the only Sonoma County hospital west of Highway 101.

Sebastopol voters could see tax triple bill on fall ballot

The Sebastopol City Council plans to ask voters this fall for a hand in putting the city on stronger financial footing, through two tax measures expected to share ballot space with a proposed hike in the county sales tax, city officials said.

Palm Drive Hospital board authorizes bankruptcy

The Palm Drive Health Care District board voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, the first step in a plan urged by management to close the emergency room and cease acute inpatient services at the Sebastopol hospital.

Sebastopol looks to the future with General Plan overhaul

Sebastopol officials will launch their 20-year overhaul of the city’s general plan on Tuesday evening with a joint session of the city council and planning commission.

Federal judge may dismiss CVS lawsuit against Sebastopol

A federal judge handling the CVS Pharmacy lawsuit against the city of Sebastopol may dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, suggesting the matter properly belongs in state court.

Sebastopol votes to oppose county water fluoridation

The Sebastopol City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to join the City of Cotati in opposing fluoridation of Sonoma County’s drinking water, even if its own water supply would not be directly affected.

Sebastopol considers opposing county fluoridation plan

Sebastopol city officials, who oversee an independent municipal water system, are likely to take a stand Tuesday on a highly controversial county proposal to fluoridate the drinking water supply outside the city.

Sebastopol takes steps to reduce impounds

Earlier this week, the Sebastopol City Council adopted a resolution that seeks to minimize the number of vehicles that are impounded. Drivers who are caught driving without a license will receive a ticket but will not have their cars towed if it a first offense, as of the date the resolution was enacted.

Legal bill in Sebastopol CVS fight hits $300,000

Costs of defending Sebastopol’s federal lawsuit with CVS Pharmacy have risen to at least $300,000, about what the city annually spends on parks and landscaping, according to city budget documents.

Sebastopol’s new mayor puts city on medical marijuana map

Left-leaning Sebastopol has elected Green Party candidates to the City Council, fought PG&E SmartMeters and declared itself a nuclear-free zone.

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