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Inquiry into Santa Rosa Councilman Gary Wysocky complete, still secret

The six-month investigation into whether Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky created a hostile work environment at City Hall is over, but details of the probe remain secret because neither city officials nor Wysocky would release its findings.

Santa Rosa council votes to put cellphone tax on fall ballot

Santa Rosa voters will decide this fall whether to tax their cellphones, but they won’t get to consider changes to a controversial tax measure that funds public safety services in the city.

Santa Rosa’s budget picture improves, but future costs loom

A slowly improving economy has helped brighten Santa Rosa’s budget picture, but the ballooning cost of public pensions, the annexation of Roseland and covering Bennett Valley Golf Course’s debt all threaten the city’s financial recovery.

Santa Rosa may seek new tax on cellphones

Santa Rosa may ask voters in November to tax their cellphones to help fund general city services.

Council signs off on EIR for Old Courthouse Square reunification

Seventeen years after Santa Rosa began talking about reunifying Old Courthouse Square, the City Council on Tuesday moved the project one step forward, though it still has a long way to go.

Santa Rosa City Council, Efren Carrillo debate Roseland annexation costs

The studies detailing how much the annexation of Roseland will cost haven’t even started yet, but the jockeying over how to divvy up what is sure to be a multimillion-dollar price tag is already well underway.

Santa Rosa switches course, OKs two years of water rate hikes

The Santa Rosa City Council approved two years’ worth of water and sewer increases Tuesday, reversing last month’s decision to only approve a one-year rate hike.

Santa Rosa council OKs hike in building permit fees

The Santa Rosa City Council narrowly approved steep increases to permit and development fees Tuesday over the objections of industry leaders who warned doing so could jeopardize a fragile economic recovery.

Santa Rosa council still divided on response to Lopez shooting

The way Santa Rosa officials responded in the wake of the shooting of Andy Lopez continues to divide City Council members, with some continuing to criticize key decisions while others are seeking to move on.

Dueling plastic bag bans poised for approval

Plastic shopping bags could be largely prohibited countywide following Tuesday decisions by the city councils of Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park to back a law that institutes the ban but allows cities to opt out — which Santa Rosa did on a split vote.

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