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Water Agency selling old headquarters in Santa Rosa

The Sonoma County Water Agency is selling its old headquarters in Santa Rosa, hoping the 7.5-acre property might one day become the site of an affordable housing development.

Neighbors riled up over Montini Preserve water basin plan

A bucolic 9-acre pasture grazed by cows on Sonoma’s northwest edge has become an unlikely battleground of late, pitting local government officials who want use it to manage flood and drought concerns against neighbors who say the county promised to preserve it forever in its natural state.

Sonoma County Water Agency launches conservation effort

Sonoma and Marin county water agencies have begun urging customers to conserve water in the face of the worst drought the region has seen in at least a century.

Bidders for Sonoma County public power agency narrowed to 4

Four energy companies have emerged from a group of 11 competing to become the main electricity supplier to Sonoma County’s planned public power agency.

11 bidders compete to provide county power

Ten companies and one nonprofit agency are competing for an initial contract to provide electricity to Sonoma County homes and businesses through the county’s proposed public power agency.

Lobbying gets results for local agencies

Local government agencies are major players in the high-stakes business of influencing state government, largely through a cadre of paid lobbyists who mingle in Capitol hallways with advocates for private enterprise.

Santa Rosa council backs water rate increase

The Santa Rosa City Council voted Tuesday to support paying 5 percent more for the water it buys from the Sonoma County Water Agency, agreeing that the increase was necessary to build reserves for large upcoming construction projects.

Santa Rosa council to debate water rate hike Tuesday

Water rates are set to continue their seemingly inexorable rise in Santa Rosa and many nearby communities this year with the Sonoma County Water Agency proposing to charge cities more for the water they buy from the agency.

Petaluma targets Capri Creek for restoration

Petaluma city leaders are hoping a regional water agency grant can turn a small section of a creek into a more effective flood control channel and a heartier riparian habitat.

Sonoma County auditors to target employee credit card use

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors next week is set to authorize an internal audit and tighter oversight of employee credit card use, a move prompted in part by recent public records requests by The Press Democrat. The plan includes a call for improved ‘internal controls’ on who gets county-issued credit cards and how they are used.

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