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Healdsburg likely to revisit fluoridation

Generations of Healdsburg residents have grown up with fluoride in their water.

But that could change, now that a group of activists has gathered sufficient signatures to put a measure on the ballot to try to get the city to stop fluoridating.

City officials confirmed that “Fluoride Free Healdsburg” gathered 867 signatures certified as valid by the county Registrar of Voters, well over the approximate 600 needed — 10 percent of registered voters — to place an initiative on the ballot.

The City Council on Monday is scheduled to consider the matter.

Healdsburg’s Saggio Hills project may start next year

Saggio Hills, the long delayed luxury hotel and residential development on the north fringe of Healdsburg, is moving forward again after being hobbled by legal challenges and a downturn in the economy.

Healdsburg debates efforts to remain a small town

A citizens' group seeking to limit the size of new hotels and retain Healdsburg's small town character got some defensive reactions Monday night from City Council members and others who praised the city's ability to handle growth and preserve the quality of life.

Two out-of-town animal agencies partner with Healdsburg shelter

The next chapter in Healdsburg’s effort to provide quality care for stray dogs and cats debuts today when two nonprofit organizations from outside the city officially grab the leash of animal control and sheltering services. The Sonoma Humane Society and Petaluma Animal Services Foundation are taking over following the demise of the city’s independently run Healdsburg Animal Shelter last summer.

County’s plastic bag ban starts Friday

Sonoma County’s ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect Friday, but shoppers may face a mixed bag of policies until enforcement begins Sept. 1.

Fluoride opponents target Healdsburg water

For more than 60 years, fluoride has been added to Healdsburg’s water to fight tooth decay. But that could end if opponents of fluoridated drinking water convince a majority of voters to stop the practice. Activists recently filed a notice of intent to begin circulating petitions to put the issue on the ballot.

Healdsburg councilmember says rental cottage meets city regulations

Healdsburg’s move to crack down on illegal vacation home rentals has prompted questions over a rental owned by Councilwoman Susan Jones and whether she violated the city’s ordinance prohibiting them.

Money pours into North Coast legislative races

Money is flowing into the campaigns for North Coast legislative seats being contested in 2014, with four candidates showing an early separation in the fundraising race.

Healdsburg cool on possible parking garage

A public parking garage doesn’t appear to be in Healdsburg’s future — at least any time soon.

Healdsburg votes to restrict water use

Healdsburg on Tuesday became the first city in Sonoma County to enact mandatory water conservation measures as a result of a stubborn drought that shows no sign of easing.

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