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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Left-leaning Sebastopol has elected Green Party candidates to the City Council, fought PG&E SmartMeters and declared itself a nuclear-free zone.
The previous Sebastopol City Council approved a controversial CVS Pharmacy project on prime downtown land only after three years of debate and two dozen, often-heated, public hearings.
Sebastopol, the small town known for big brouhahas over new development, is about to revamp its long-term blueprint for growth. Updating the city’s General Plan, a process expected to take at least 30 months and cost $400,000 or more, will get going in earnest early next year.
Electricity from Sonoma County’s fledgling public power agency can be cheap or green, and there may be conflict over the choice, Sebastopol Mayor Michael Kyes said.
‘Green costs more,’ said Kyes, who will be seated later this month on the governing board of Sonoma Clean Power, the local agency that aims to displace PG&E as the area’s leading energy provider.
But Geof Syphers, interim CEO of Sonoma Clean Power, said the agency aims to deliver power that is both cleaner and cheaper than PG&E.
The prospects for Santa Rosa joining the launch of Sonoma Clean Power dimmed Tuesday after the City Council strongly signaled it won’t participate unless several changes to the agency’s governing structure are met prior to a July 9 vote.