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Kevin McCallum - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Kevin McCallum

Three political newcomers, two incumbents and a former councilman are seeking council seats in the Nov. 6 election.
Renewable Sonoma wants to build an ambitious green-waste-to-energy plant north of Santa Rosa’s water treatment plant.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the closure, which is expected to save about $54,000 in annual operating costs.
Two former senior executives at Sonoma Valley Bank and an attorney for one of its biggest borrowers were sentenced to prison Friday for their roles in defrauding the bank, which cost taxpayers and investors millions of dollars when it collapsed in 2010.
The woman reached a plea deal over 11 fires she set over two years.
Last-minute negotiations may decide the fate of the city’s $124 million housing bond going to voters in November.
Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Julie Combs said Wednesday that she will run for a seat on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in 2020, confirming speculation that has been swirling since she moved recently to a new home in the district represented by Supervisor Shirlee Zane.
The fight over union labor levels on housing projects could spill over into the campaign.
The firefighting force swelled to 2,700 on the Ranch and River fires Tuesday as the two stubborn blazes expanded to more than 80,000 acres. Several Lake County communities remain in peril.
Cash-strapped Santa Rosa is planning to close the beloved Bennett Valley Senior Center in an effort to bridge a massive budget gap.
Firefighters struggled to gain ground Wednesday on the two wildfires threatening communities in Lake County even as two new fires broke out in Mendocino County.
Housing advocates failed to gather enough signatures to put rent control back before Santa Rosa voters this fall.
SMART appears to have put the brakes on a project aimed at helping people cross the tracks at Jennings Avenue.
The rebuilding effort in this Santa Rosa neighborhood continues to lag other areas devastated by the October wildfires. Many homeowners are using the opportunity to make changes.
Santa Rosa is joining with several other local governments seeking compensation from the utility for taxpayer costs incurred because of the disaster.
Firefighters’ efforts to save homes in Fountaingrove in October were hampered by a water system crippled in the initial hours of the Tubbs fire. A study of the problems has dragged on as officials push for changes.
The decision by the City Council to place two tax measures on the ballot Nov. 6 shows how stretched the city finds itself for housing and City Hall revenue.
This year’s $14.2 million budget deficit leaves city reserves depleted and makes cuts likely.
Santa Rosa may ask voters to increase sales taxes, increase bed taxes or float a housing bond. The City Council is poised to pick one — or all three — Tuesday night.
Santa Rosa is in the running for $350,000 to fund a nine-month residency program allowing artists to explore the concept of home and resiliency in the aftermath of the October wildfires.
Property owners voted to tax themselves to clean up and promote the downtown area.
The city’s newest piece of public art is a sculpture made of discarded coin-operated parking meter parts illuminated from within.
Guelaguetza festivals showcase spirit of community and sharing.
A judge sided with BoDean in its long-running feud with the city over permits for upgrades made a decade ago.
Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey announced Tuesday he will not seek a second term on the City Council this fall, but hinted that he’s not yet finished with public service.