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ICYMI: Top weekend news stories from Sonoma County

Happy Sunday, Press Democrat readers!

We hope you’ve been out enjoying the warm, sunny weather this weekend. If you’ve been too busy to stay up on the news, don’t worry. We’ve compiled the local news you don’t want to miss.

This weekend’s top stories include revelations from an email between Santa Rosa’s vice mayor and police chief that city officials sought to shield from the public and an update on Petaluma’s first homicide of 2022.

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Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Eddie Alvarez speaking during the ribbon cutting celebration of the new Mitote Food Park on Sebastopol Road in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Thursday, July 14, 2022.(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Santa Rosa Vice Mayor Eddie Alvarez speaking during the ribbon cutting celebration of the new Mitote Food Park on Sebastopol Road in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Thursday, July 14, 2022.(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)

Email withheld by Santa Rosa reveals vice mayor’s frustrations over search warrant:

Two days after Santa Rosa police descended on Vice Mayor Eddie Alvarez with a search warrant in front of two of his city council colleagues, he aired his frustrations in an email to then-Police Chief Ray Navarro and three other city officials. The Press Democrat has obtained a copy of the email, despite city officials’ attempts to conceal it.

Bill Osterland lost his wife Jeanne 11 days shy of their 39th wedding anniversary.  Dying of cancer, she had a planned to end her own life with medical aid, but because of the convoluted and unclear process the prescribed medication did not arrive until after her death.  July 14, 2022. (Chad Surmick / Press Democrat)
Bill Osterland lost his wife Jeanne 11 days shy of their 39th wedding anniversary. Dying of cancer, she had a planned to end her own life with medical aid, but because of the convoluted and unclear process the prescribed medication did not arrive until after her death. July 14, 2022. (Chad Surmick / Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa man wonders how California’s death with dignity law failed his wife:

Even with fixes to California’s End of Life Option Act, not enough people know how to use it, and for those who try, complications sometimes get in the way.

Even though it's closed to the public, a bicyclist squeezes through a hole cut in to the fence on the Joe Rodota Trail, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Santa Rosa.  Sonoma County Regional Parks closed the trail to remove homeless encampments. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2022
Even though it's closed to the public, a bicyclist squeezes through a hole cut in to the fence on the Joe Rodota Trail, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Santa Rosa. Sonoma County Regional Parks closed the trail to remove homeless encampments. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2022

Joe Rodota Trail encampment renews frustration over homeless crisis:

A homeless camp with as many as 15 to 20 tents has prompted the closure of more than a mile of the Joe Rodota Trail, making the popular path once again a flash point in the debate over homelessness in Sonoma County.

Manuel Ramirez, left, and Lucy Ochoa each enjoying a torta Cubana from the Gio y Los Magos Mexican Grill truck during the ribbon cutting celebration of the new Mitote Food Park on Sebastopol Road in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Thursday, July 14, 2022.(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)
Manuel Ramirez, left, and Lucy Ochoa each enjoying a torta Cubana from the Gio y Los Magos Mexican Grill truck during the ribbon cutting celebration of the new Mitote Food Park on Sebastopol Road in the Roseland neighborhood of Santa Rosa, Calif. on Thursday, July 14, 2022.(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)

Mitote Food Park, first piece of Roseland revitalization project, officially opens:

A new food truck park in Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood is meant to be a cultural gathering spot and a place where Latino businesses can get their start. The opening of the Mitote Food Park marks the first installment of a long-promised project to revitalize the 7½-acre Sonoma County-owned parcel off Sebastopol Road into a mixed-use commercial and residential village.

Petaluma police investigate the city’s first homicide of 2022 after a man was found and later pronounced dead on Keller Street early Sunday, July 10, 2022. (Dave Cannon for The Press Democrat)
Petaluma police investigate the city’s first homicide of 2022 after a man was found and later pronounced dead on Keller Street early Sunday, July 10, 2022. (Dave Cannon for The Press Democrat)

Twin brothers suspected in fatal Petaluma assault:

Petaluma police arrested two suspects in an attack that killed a 23-year-old Novato man over the weekend.

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