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Santa Rosa, business owners at odds over utility tax overpayments

Santa Rosa won a round in court last week against downtown property owners who say the city has systematically overtaxed their utility bills for the past decade.

Efren Carrillo testifies he was hoping for sex; case goes to jury

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo denied Thursday that he ever peered inside a Santa Rosa woman’s apartment but admitted he knocked on her front door and bedroom window just before dawn, clad only in underwear and socks, seeking to have sex with a woman he barely knew.

Efren Carrillo spectacle draws diverse audience to courthouse

There were high-society types. Students. Political junkies. Activists. Court lookie-loos. Unrelated attorneys. All were curious and intrigued by the Efren Carrillo peeking trial going on Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Courtroom No. 4.

Efren Carrillo to testify Thursday

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo is expected to testify in his own defense Thursday in a trial to determine whether he peeked into a Santa Rosa woman’s apartment while lurking outside before dawn in just his underwear and socks.

Judge: Consider restorative justice in Efren Carrillo case

State prosecutors and a lawyer for Supervisor Efren Carrillo remain far apart in settlement negotiations to resolve his seven-month-old misdemeanor peeking case. Judge Arnold Rosenfield met privately with both sides Wednesday and said they appeared to be nowhere near agreement on the appropriate resolution for the case.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial date pushed back to April

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial on misdemeanor peeking charges was pushed back by more than a month Friday after the two sides were unable to meet with the judge to discuss a settlement.

Bill by state Sen. Noreen Evans seeks to shrink juror pools

Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.

New courthouse in Santa Rosa clears key hurdle

Construction of a new $174 million courthouse in Santa Rosa received a huge boost Friday from state court officials, who also blessed plans for new facilities in Lake and Mendocino counties.

Efren Carrillo pleads not guilty to peeking charge

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of misdemeanor peeking, five months after being arrested partially clothed outside a Santa Rosa woman’s home.

3 vie for spot on Sonoma County court bench

One year after the retirement of Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Mark Tansil, Gov. Jerry Brown still has not appointed a successor, leaving court officials wondering if a replacement will be named before the deadline for the next election.

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