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Jury selection to start Monday in Efren Carrillo peeking trial

Jury selection will begin Monday in Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s misdemeanor peeking trial and witness testimony should start mid-week, a judge said Wednesday.

Sonoma County modifies homeless parking program

Sonoma County is tweaking a novel program, launched amid last winter’s freezing weather, that allows homeless people to spend the night in their cars at the county fairgrounds.

Sonoma County parents fight students’ 22-day suspension

Three Sonoma County eighth-grade students who admitted they took a sip from a Pepsi can containing alcohol were barred from campus for more than a month, prompting their parents to say the district’s zero tolerance policy has run amok.

Sonoma County looking to make carpooling easier

Transportation officials have hopes of expanding the Petaluma Park-and-Ride and building a new lot north of Santa Rosa.

Santa Rosa may expand Roseland annexation area

Santa Rosa officials have agreed to consider expanding the Roseland annexation area but not enough to include the neighborhood where 13-year-old Andy Lopez was killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy.

Supervisors give Buddhist printer, retreat OK to expand

A Buddhist retreat on the Sonoma Coast will be allowed to expand its bitterly contested printing operation after the Board of Supervisors, following a 6 1/2-hour hearing in a packed chamber, denied an appeal challenging its use permit.

Poll by Deb Fudge shows her with lead in 4th District supervisor’s race

Fourth District Sonoma County Supervisor candidate Deb Fudge released a poll this week showing her with a commanding lead over her nearest rivals, though one-third of voters surveyed did not pick a candidate and Fudge declined to reveal some details of how the poll was conducted.

Health law’s ‘Cadillac tax’ worries Sonoma County officials

Sonoma County taxpayers could face $4.5 million a year in penalties under the so-called ‘Cadillac Tax’ set to go into effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act, say county officials.

Brown, Thompson step in to aid PACE loan program for homeowners

Gov. Jerry Brown and Rep. Mike Thompson are involved in separate efforts to boost Sonoma County’s groundbreaking program to help residents pay for energy-saving improvements to their homes.

Petaluma asphalt plant opponents’ appeal denied

Opponents of an asphalt plant just outside Petaluma city limits have lost another legal battle and are mulling whether to pursue one final appeal, a review by the state Supreme Court.

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