The day after the revelation that Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley had filed a complaint accusing Councilman Gary Wysocky of creating a hostile work environment at City Hall, the two city leaders expressed sharply different views of the resulting investigation.
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 City Hall beefed up its security measures Tuesday in response to the march, sending workers home at noon and canceling the City Council meeting scheduled to begin in closed session at 1 p.m. and resume at 3:30 p.m. for the public.
A sharply divided Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday approved a new three-year contract for firefighters that some members praised as saving the city money by shifting more pension costs onto workers but others criticized as including raises the city couldn’t afford.
Santa Rosa is considering an overhaul of the building fees it charges for everything from replacing a water heater to building a Wal-Mart.
Instead of basing fees on the values of projects, the city is following the lead of many other communities and may set its fees on the actual cost of providing plan reviews and building inspections.
The change has been in the works for years, but it took a back seat after the recession forced cutbacks in the city’s Community Development Department.
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.
Officials overseeing Sonoma County’s startup public power agency on Thursday discussed the agency’s rapidly approaching launch, including a series of steps geared toward securing an initial power supply and the simpler task of setting up office space.
Setting aside warnings about increased alcohol-related crimes downtown, the Santa Rosa City Council overruled its planning director Tuesday and allowed a Petaluma businessman to move forward with plans for a wine and liquor store on a prominent but long-vacant downtown corner.
A turf war has broken out in Santa Rosa over a proposed county bag ban. The City Council found itself torn Tuesday between those supporting a countywide ban on single-use plastic bags and those who don’t want to relinquish the city’s regulatory powers to another agency.