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Dueling plastic bag bans poised for approval

Plastic shopping bags could be largely prohibited countywide following Tuesday decisions by the city councils of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to back a law that institutes the ban but allows cities to opt out — which Santa Rosa did on a split vote.

Rohnert Park council picks Callinan as next mayor

The son of Rohnert Park’s first mayor and longest serving city manager will take the City Council’s helm next year.

Rohnert Park City Council OKs city manager pick

A 10-year veteran of Rohnert Park government was appointed city manager Tuesday on a 4-0 vote, with one council member abstaining from the vote over concerns about the proposed salary package.

Rohnert Park City Manager Gonzalez leaving

In an unexpected development, Rohnert Park City Manager Gabe Gonzalez is leaving to take a post in Kansas after slightly more than three years with the city.

Developer resuming Rohnert Park housing project

One of the longest-planned housing developments in Rohnert Park, on farmland across from the Green Music Center, is inching forward.

Rohnert Park sales tax extension headed for ballot

In what had become an increasingly foregone development, the Rohnert Park City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask city voters to extend Measure E, a half-cent sales tax that was passed in 2010 and originally intended to expire in 2015.

Rohnert Park says no to public power agency

Rohnert Park on Tuesday became the second Sonoma County city to opt out of the first year of Sonoma Clean Power, while Santa Rosa’s leaders continued to push back against the June 30 deadline set for the decision.

Rohnert Park faces great unknown when casino opens Nov. 1

Rohnert Park officials are scrambling to prepare for a great unknown that has been years in arriving — what will happen when a 24-hour, 3,000-slot-machine casino opens on the west edge of the city?

‘We have no idea what the impacts will be,’ Vice Mayor Joe Callinan said Tuesday as the council reviewed the report of a city task force that is trying to answer that question.

After a decade of controversy, environmental studies, lawsuits and bureaucracy, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino is expected to open Nov. 1.

Rohnert Park signs new casino revenue-sharing deal, gets $40 million more

Rohnert Park and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have agreed to a new revenue-sharing deal worth $40 million more than one they signed in 2003. The agreement is intended to more fully address the impacts of the casino the tribe is now building.

Future of Rohnert Park pool awaits tie-breaking vote

It will be up to Councilwoman Gina Belforte whether Rohnert Park residents see one of their public swimming pools, which has been closed since 2010, reopened this year.

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