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Sonoma may bring back matching loans for businesses

Sonoma officials are trying to revive a program that makes small matching loans available to businesses in the city.

Sonoma rejects cap on tasting rooms

Winery tasting room operators won a victory in Sonoma Monday when the City Council rejected an attempt to cap their numbers or force them to get city permission to open.

Sonoma eyes smoking ban on Plaza

Prodded by a concerned citizen and a grade of F on an American Lung Association report card of its efforts to restrict secondhand smoke, Sonoma is considering banning smoking in its historic Plaza.

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 ice cream shop kept in the pink

On an item that was only on the surface about a paint color, the Sonoma City Council on Monday denied an appeal by residents who hoped to overturn a city design commission’s approval of a pink-painted door at an ice cream shop on the historic plaza.

Seeing red over Sonoma shop’s pink door

Unquestionably, Grandma Linda’s Ice Cream’s pink-painted door is the most pink thing on Sonoma’s beloved Plaza.

Rep. Mike Thompson tours Sonoma factory to promote manufacturing

Thompson, D-Napa, met employees of Price Pump Co. and other manufacturers.

Sonoma identity crisis: Too many tasting rooms?

Fresh from a bruising election battle over the size of hotels, Sonoma is experiencing another identity crisis, this time over tasting rooms and whether too many detract from the city’s historic character.

Measure prohibiting Sonoma hotel expansion fails

The final count from last week’s election in the city of Sonoma has confirmed defeat of a measure limiting the size of new hotels — the end results showing Measure B lost by 124 votes, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters said.

Sonoma hotel limitation measure appears headed for defeat

A controversial ballot measure that would limit hotel growth in Sonoma appeared headed for defeat Tuesday night, deflating proponents who argued that without such restrictions the city of 10,000 is in danger of being overrun by development and tourists.

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