Robert Digitale - Staff Reporter

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The October wildfires fueled efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County. Now the disaster also may factor into a new ballot measure that aims to provide greater protection for renters.
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.
The case appears to involve marijuana, the Sheriff’s Office stated, making it the latest in a series of violent, pot-related home-invasion robberies in Sonoma County this year.
Home prices rose to new highs in Sonoma County in May, when the median hit a record $692,250. But there are indications the unrelenting price increases may be starting to test buyers’ limits.
Dan Ryan has been named executive vice president and chief credit officer at Santa Rosa-based Poppy Bank.
The three areas, each unscathed by October’s devastating wildfires, together saw a jump in home purchases this year that nearly equals all sales in 2018 for Sonoma County’s residential real estate market.
The fire was contained to a single commercial dryer inside Lace House Linen Supply on Lindberg Lane.
The woman’s minivan crossed a double yellow line and hit an oncoming pickup, CHP said.
David Bass has been named general counsel and compliance officer at North Bay Credit Union in Santa Rosa.
Genie Del Secco has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Santa Rosa-based Summit State Bank.
Dr. Michael J. Shulman has been named physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center.
Yusuf Erskine, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, has joined Northern California Medical Associates. With a family wellness center in Sebastopol, he has been seeing patients in Sonoma County for more than 25 years..
Greg Hurd has been named executive vice president for the Santa Rosa office of BKF Engineers.
Paul-Louis Maillard and Alena Wall have taken new positions with Kaiser Permanente.Maillard has been named medical group administrator for Kaiser’s Santa Rosa medical center.
Tracy Weitzenberg has been named manager of the communications and public relations department of Redwood Credit Union.
Rick Mossi has been promoted to senior vice president of retail delivery at Santa Rosa-based Exchange Bank.
Ester Babakhanov has been named vice president of treasury management and business development at Poppy Bank.
Jane Read has been named chief operating officer for the Petaluma Health Center.
Dr. John Hollander has joined Northern California Medical Associates to help create the group’s new Foot and Ankle Program.
The man was booked into Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities say.
A drawing released to the public this week brought in tips that led to the arrest of a transient on suspicion of assault with intent to commit a sex crime in Rohnert Park.
The sixth annual North Coast Wine and Food Festival brought together 1,400 food lovers, 22 chefs and restaurant staffs, 76 wineries and 140 gold medal wines.
The two were arrested this week on suspicion of human trafficking.
Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County plans to erect a temporary 'wildfire cottage' community on Medtronic’s campus in Fountaingrove.
The boys were spotted sitting near a playground Tuesday, 'passing the gun back and forth,' according to police.