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Mike McGuire turns down county board chairmanship

Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire turned down the chairmanship of the board Tuesday, saying the demands on his time are too great.
“The bottom line is that the county and the residents of the fourth district are my priority,” he said after his surprise announcement.
McGuire, 34, is running for an open state senate seat, but he declined to tie his decision directly to that campaign, though he did admit that was a draw on his limited time. He said he reached his decision last week after several weeks of thought.

County may OK Roseland rehab

Work on a long-stagnant redevelopment project in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood could begin later this year under a contract up for approval Tuesday.

Carrillo back to work today

Beleaguered Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo alerted his board colleagues that he would return to public duties Tuesday, more than five weeks after his arrest.

Latino teens disappointed by Efren Carrillo’s arrest

For some young people, the prowling and burglary arrest of Efren Carrillo, is troubling on a personal level.

Carrillo lawyer disputes evidence in middle-of-the-night arrest

A lawyer for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo on Monday suggested the young politician was hoping to share beers with a neighbor around 3 a.m. shortly before his weekend arrest.

County gives thumbs up to plastic bag ban

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave its formal support to an ordinance that would ban carryout plastic bags at checkout lines countywide and add a 10-cent fee for each paper bag.

County supervisors reject beach day-use fees

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously rejected the state’s plan to increase the number of beaches on the Sonoma Coast where visitors would be charged for parking.

Ravitch kicks off re-election bid

Three years after voters chose her to be Sonoma County district attorney, Jill Ravitch launched her re-election campaign Thursday night, hosting a fundraiser attended by as many as 250 supporters that included elected officials and community leaders.

State renews bid for beach parking fees

State parks officials are likely to face another skeptical audience in Santa Rosa next week over their controversial proposal to increase the number of beaches on the Sonoma Coast where visitors would be charged for parking.

County passes budget with 6% growth

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Tuesday formally approved a $1.37 billion budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that begins July 1.

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