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Gorin meets with Sonoma Valley constituents

Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin held her first official office hours in the district she now represents. Such meetings are the usual requirements of elected public servants. But Friday’s by-appointment-only confabs at a county public health annex in Sonoma carried extra symbolic weight.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors vote to scrap Watmaugh Bridge, replace it

Over the opposition of preservationists, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday ended nearly three years of debate on the fate of Watmaugh Bridge outside of Sonoma, voting to scrap the aging span and replace it with a new one.

Supervisors to decide fate of Watmaugh Bridge

The future of an aging steel-truss bridge near Sonoma is set to be decided Tuesday by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The board is scheduled to cast a straw vote on a proposal to replace the 83-year-old Watmaugh Bridge spanning Sonoma Creek and linking Arnold Drive with Highway 12.

Sonoma Valley sewer rates now based on usage

The way sewage rates are levied for many Sonoma Valley residences has been changed to take into account how much sewage they actually discharge, out of fairness and as a way to promote conservation.

Gloves come off in supervisors’ debate

The contestants for the 1st Supervisorial District snapped and sniped furiously at each other Thursday while differentiating themselves on issues from a living wage ordinance to medical marijuana to reviving a stalled improvement project along Highway 12 in The Springs.
Susan Gorin and John Sawyer, both Santa Rosa City Council members, faced off at a forum in Sonoma, the figurative heart of a district that will soon be represented for the first time in two decades by someone not living in Sonoma Valley.

Sawyer, Gorin turning focus to fall race

Hours after advancing to a runoff for an open seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Susan Gorin and John Sawyer, both buoyant and sleep-deprived Wednesday, were already charting their next moves. Their showdown this fall could produce the swing vote on controversial land-use issues and factor heavily in decisions about economic development, pension system overhaul and spending on county services including road upkeep. Meanwhile, one of the Sonoma Valley candidates blamed another for jumping in the race late, further splitting the vote.

Showdown between 6 candidates in 1st district supervisorial race

Valerie Brown’s pending retirement from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has led to the most sharply contested race for that seat in decades, and the outcome could alter the balance of political power in the county for years. Six candidates are vying for the 1st District post that has traditionally been thought of as the Sonoma Valley seat and has been won by a person who lives there. But redrawn political boundaries that include more of Santa Rosa and the resulting candidacies from John Sawyer and Susan Gorin — both Santa Rosa City Council members — could shift the district’s center of political power northwest.

1st District supervisor hopefuls debate

Five candidates for an open seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors squared off Thursday in a wide-ranging forum about spurring economic development, maintaining county services and addressing issues pertinent to Sonoma Valley. The geopolitical divide in the county’s 1st District, currently represented by retiring Supervisor Valerie Brown, proved a constant undercurrent in the discussion.

Cuclis leads fundraising in Sonoma Valley supes race

Candidates vying to replace retiring Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown are off to a relatively slow start in the fundraising race. Gina Cuclis topped the list of five candidates in the contest for the 1st District supervisorial seat, which takes in Sonoma Valley, the city of Sonoma and parts of eastern Santa Rosa.

Bond money funds work at Sonoma County schools

Millions of dollars of capital improvement projects are complete in seven Sonoma County school districts and officials are now eyeing a follow-up round of spending, thanks to $141 million in bonds approved by voters in 2010. See how the money is being spent.

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