J.D Morris - Staff Reporter

J.D. Morris is a staff reporter at The Press Democrat


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The meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday at the Finley Center, marks the first chance for the public to weigh in on the 870-unit housing project since the Board of Supervisors sold the Chanate Road property in July to developer Bill Gallaher.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors agreed to expand sewer service into the fire-ravaged Larkfield area, which saw its first rebuilt home completed in June.
Cal Fire investigators determined PG&E electrical equipment and infrastructure caused 12 different fires during the October firestorm in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake Napa, Humboldt and Butte counties.
A partially decomposed body was found Thursday night in southwest Santa Rosa.
Board of Supervisors chairman James Gore called the parental leave addition 'totally a common-sense proposal.' 'This is a big win for employees, but also for our values,' Gore said.
The half-acre blaze started when an overheated car pulled over on the side of the freeway and ignited some grass. No structures were damaged.
The Board of Supervisors tried to prevent sharp cuts to mental health and substance-abuse services while also making other much-needed investments and setting enough money aside to pay bills related to the ongoing fire recovery.
'I can’t see a single thing in here that doesn’t connect somehow to our fires,' said Supervisor James Gore, the board chairman.
The agency is planned as a joint effort with Santa Rosa to foster homebuilding in targeted areas, including sites near transit and properties within the city’s urban core.
The woman pleaded no contest to two felony counts of child endangerment, driving under the influence with at least one prior DUI in the last decade, and resisting a law enforcement officer, prosecutors said.
Altogether, John McCullough and his family have sold the county more than 700 acres for a future park along Mark West Creek. It could be fully open within two years.
A man was arrested Thursday after Santa Rosa police said they found a loaded semi-automatic handgun and drugs in his car during a traffic stop.
The Board of Supervisors signed off an internal audit of the county’s response to the October wildfires and agreed move forward with a restructuring of the emergency services division.
The long-awaited review, which will be presented Monday to the Board of Supervisors, recommends the county strengthen its training requirements and hire more emergency management staff, among other changes.
About 600 people from throughout the Bay Area and beyond participated in the daylong event at Piner High School, where they built 100 sheds for Sonoma County fire victims.
The victim, a retired farmworker, was crossing Santa Rosa Avenue when authorities said he was struck by a suspected drunken driver, 20, who fled the scene but was later arrested.
The legislation requires new garage door motors to be equipped with backup batteries, hoping to prevent a problem experienced by many survivors and at least some victims of the October wildfires from occurring in future disasters.
‘It feels like, OK, now I’m in control of how I can rebuild,’ said Gena Jacob, a supporter of the county’s sewer service expansion who lost her Larkfield Estates home in the October fires.
Three Sonoma County incumbents running unopposed were re-elected Tuesday and a fourth who faced only nominal opposition cruised to victory.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possessing meth, a billy club, brass knuckles, having an open container and driving without a license, the CHP said.
Deva Proto, the current chief deputy clerk-recorder, will be elevated to the office’s top post, winning with enough of the vote to avoid a runoff in November.
Deva Proto was on track to win outright the three-candidate race to become Sonoma County’s next clerk-recorder-assessor and elections chief, likely avoiding a November runoff.
Rainbow flags and thousands of colorfully clad revelers marked the return Saturday, after many years, of the Sonoma County Pride parade and festival to downtown Santa Rosa.
The program would help expand sewer service in the Larkfield Estates area around of Old Redwood Highway and Mark West Springs Road, where numerous homes relied on septic tanks before the October wildfires.
Some of the burglaries in early May happened at trailers storing tools for workers rebuilding homes north of Santa Rosa. Sheriff’s officials believe an earlier burglary at a burned Mark West Springs Road auto body shop is likely related.