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Bridge backers drop objection to Coddingtown sporting goods store

By KEVIN McCALLUM THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A coalition of community groups that sought to block development of a Dick’s Sporting Goods near Coddingtown mall over fears it might interfere with a future bicycle and pedestrian bridge have dropped their appeal after getting the developer to acknowledge plans for the span. The Community Connector Bridge Advocacy [...]

Sonoma County power agency plan scrambles political allegiances

Plans for a public power agency and the renewable energy projects that could sprout with it appear to have scrambled politics in Sonoma County.

Bartley elected Santa Rosa mayor

Scott Bartley was elected mayor of Santa Rosa by his council colleagues Tuesday night in a split vote decided by newcomer Erin Carlstrom, who then cast the deciding vote for herself as vice mayor.

Jacobi to challenge Carrillo for west county supervisor’s seat

Former Santa Rosa Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi plans to challenge Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo for his west county seat in June’s election. Jacobi, 53, a mechanical engineer and energy management consultant, served one, four-year term on the City Council before being ousted in the 2010 election when a slate of pro-business candidates shifted the council majority.

Judge: Wal-Mart expansion in Rohnert Park needs more study

Wal-Mart’s expansion of its Rohnert Park store hit a bump Thursday when a Sonoma County judge ruled more work is needed on noise and parking issues.

GUEST OPINION: We must continue to fight sprawl

Sonoma County’s urban-growth boundaries have guided development toward urban areas and away from open space. Amanda Bornstein and Dennis Rosatti, who work with the Greenbelt Alliance and Sonoma County Conservation Action, say residents must stay engaged to protect open space and farmland for future generations.