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Kevin McCallum - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com
(707) 521-5207

The Latest Stories By Kevin McCallum

An engineering report concludes nothing could have kept water pressure strong enough to battle the wildfire in Fountaingrove.
A new report concludes Santa Rosa’s water system was overwhelmed during the October wildfires, causing a catastrophic drop in water pressure that hampered firefighting efforts.
Some cities including, San Francisco, require all apartments to have green-waste disposal options for their residents. But most cities, including Santa Rosa, don’t have such mandates.
The effort to exempt Santa Rosa from some environmental rules to speed the development of downtown housing has been dropped.
After a decade of waiting, dozens of North Coast investors have recovered millions from the firm that steered them toward a disgraced Santa Rosa financial adviser.
The man died over the weekend when he was thrown from a minivan driven by his girlfriend.
The victim fell out of the minivan and was run over in the accident in the former K-Mart parking lot.
Santa Rosa has expanded the replacement of water lines in Fountaingrove in an effort to remedy contamination.
The city is applying for federal money not just to repair damage from October wildfires, but to prevent future disasters.
The 34-foot sport fishing charter boat had six passengers and two crew members aboard early June 23 when the port hull began taking on water off the coast of Bodega Bay.
The service between the Railroad Square SMART station and city garages is free, but still costs the city’s downtown parking district a pretty penny.
The bill, which passed the Assembly last week, aims to prevent people from getting trapped in their garages.
Containment of the largest fire in state history is still expected by Sept. 1.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the closure, which is expected to save about $54,000 in annual operating costs.
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.
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.