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J.D Morris - Staff Reporter

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

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Sonoma County shuttered 638 pot operators since last year, officials said Friday, touting efforts that cannabis industry opponents say have lagged.
Starting in July, newly sold or installed garage doors in California will have to have backup batteries.=
Amid Wednesday’s test, authorities urged residents to know any warning system’s limitations: 'We cannot alert you with every single piece of equipment if you do not participate,' said Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gosner.
'We lost a building season because of just a crazy, crazy requirement by this county,' one homeowner said Tuesday.
The Snell fire in Napa County had spurred evacuation orders including Berryessa Estates, marking the third time this summer that area residents have confronted an explosive wildfire.
Regulators moved to revoke the licenses of two Santa Rosa care homes owned by Oakmont Senior Living, documenting claims that nearly 100 residents were abandoned during the October firestorm.
No structures were damaged or destroyed by the fire and no one was injured. The cause is still under investigation.
State law limits the ability to make lasting cuts to pensions for current workers, so the county is set to seek increased contributions from employees.
Sonoma County will not appeal a judge’s decision to cancel the sale of its old Chanate Road hospital complex. The largest proposed housing project in Santa Rosa is now even less likely to come to fruition as originally intended.
Attorneys representing Oakmont Senior Living and top administrators at its care homes on Wednesday requested a hearing before a state administrative law judge.
A SMART commuter train struck and killed a man on the railroad tracks in Rohnert Park Thursday afternoon, police said. It was the third pedestrian fatality involving a train for the year-old rail service.
Nearly 140 staff members are eligible to use the hours, valued at an estimated total of $404,500, which county departments say they’ve already budgeted for.
Before recreational sales begin, county supervisors must change their cannabis land-use rules.
“I doubt very much the residents will be forced to leave,” said Pat McGinnis, the executive director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.
The seven-hour party in the city’s reunited downtown heart drew a wide range of local elected officials, community leaders and residents.
The measure could pay for everything from bike path renovations at Spring Lake Regional Park to expanded grazing programs and the debut of long-awaited parks in and around Santa Rosa.
A lawsuit alleging residents of a Santa Rosa senior care home were abandoned by staff during the October firestorm shortly before the facility burned to the ground will be settled, attorneys said Friday.
Thousands of Sonoma County residents and visitors will receive emergency alerts next month during tests of the county’s warning system.
Rebuild Northbay Foundation is organizing a delegation of public and private-sector leaders to lobby for additional housing and emergency funds to assist the fire-ravaged region.
'Lives depend on the Legislature and the Governor taking swift action to ensure statewide emergency alert standards are adopted,' said State Sen. Mike McGuire.
Deputies and Sheriff’s Office commanders secured 2 percent raises and other benefits in a short, 7-month contract that leads into negotiations on longer-term deals.
'Given these subcontractors were paid per ton of soil removed, it is probable this over-excavation was an intentional effort to capitalize on this tragedy by defrauding the government,' wrote Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the state Office of Emergency Services.
The county will rely on its current 35-year old system for the upcoming Nov. 6 election but will roll out the new system for a smaller local election as early as March.
Crews focused on reinforcing containment lines Sunday in the 402,065-acre Ranch fire.
Larkfield-Wikiup may get a couple of new neighborhood parks and possibly its own recreational organization to manage them if the efforts of some October fire survivors and others prove successful.