A divided City Council waived a key design requirement Tuesday for a subdivision in southwest Santa Rosa whose developers argued that affordable housing trumped design guidelines requiring strips of grass between the road and sidewalk.
A Santa Rosa City Council meeting that was supposed to provide clarity regarding advice given to council members about what they could say about the Andy Lopez shooting only made things murkier Tuesday after it was disclosed that an outside law firm is conducting some type of probe into the issue.
Cost overruns at a planned park in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood are the latest in a steady stream of problems facing the city’s Recreation and Parks Department.
Santa Rosa boosted greens fees, tightened financial controls and reduced payments to the operator of the Bennett Valley Golf Course Tuesday in an effort to help the popular attraction through the roughest financial patch in its history.
The Santa Rosa City Council chose not to hire six additional workers to clean up garbage, restrooms and graffiti in city parks Tuesday after an emotional debate pitted members who felt the extra staff was an urgent need against those seeking a more long-term solution.
The Santa Rosa City Council agreed to review its recent decision to begin charging non-profit groups for the use of city facilities after two organizations that use the Bennett Valley Senior Center said they can’t afford to pay.
With five newly seated city representatives, an expanded board of directors for Sonoma County’s startup public power agency got to work Thursday, reviewing a preliminary first-year budget and a timeline geared toward a power purchase deal, plus various staffing and financial decisions looming over the next four months.
Two members of the Santa Rosa City Council who served on the subcommittee that studied whether the city should join Sonoma Clean Power were selected Tuesday to be the city’s representatives on the board of the public power agency.
A last-ditch effort to assuage Santa Rosa’s concerns about the structure of the Sonoma Clean Power Authority succeeded Tuesday, convincing the city to join the launch of the fledgling public power agency.
The prospects for Santa Rosa joining the launch of Sonoma Clean Power dimmed Tuesday after the City Council strongly signaled it won’t participate unless several changes to the agency’s governing structure are met prior to a July 9 vote.