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County settling for less in labor deal

Sonoma County government is settling for less taxpayer savings than it originally sought in contract talks with most of its rank-and-file employees.

County workers ratify labor contract

Sonoma County government’s largest group of rank-and-file public safety workers narrowly approved a proposed labor contract Monday, voting 143 to 117 in favor of the tentative agreement.

Petaluma City Council OKs tough smoking ban

The Petaluma City Council unanimously voted Monday to broaden citywide restrictions on smoking to include private living spaces, medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes.

Santa Rosa voting practices could be target of lawsuit

One of the most vexing disputes over district elections focuses on the level of risk facing Santa Rosa for being sued under the California Voting Rights Act for having ‘racially polarized voting.’

Petaluma picks police chief from Southern California

After more than three years with a temporary leader, Petaluma has hired a permanent police chief.

Sonoma OKs strict rules for chain stores

Sonoma on Monday became one of the few cities in the nation to enact regulations on chain establishments, including a ban on large-scale restaurant chains, such as McDonald’s, from opening on the city’s historic plaza.

Santa Rosa silo plan draws ire

Many residents of Santa Rosa’s West End neighborhood wish Bodean Co.’s asphalt plant was somewhere else. So the company’s plans to erect three, 82-foot-tall storage silos have neighbors fretting about air quality and urging the city not to allow a more intense industrial use so close to a residential area.

Sebastopol latest to cut home sale tax

With little fanfare or discussion, Sebastopol has become the latest city in Sonoma County to lower a tax charged on most real estate transactions.