Sonoma County


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DIRE BUDGET PROJECTIONS could mean 200-300 more layoffs in Sonoma County.  Ballooning salary, retirement and welfare costs are expected to increase Sonoma County's looming general fund deficit, previously projected at $17 million, to $27 million by next June, and could require another round of heavy job and program cuts. That grim forecast was delivered Tuesday by county staff during a budget update at the Board of Supervisors meeting. (read more)


SHARP DEBATE on DUTRA health effects – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is set to once again consider a proposal for a south Petaluma plant for asphalt and aggregate used in road construction. The board will continue with the hearing on The Dutra Group’s plant project, despite appeals from some community groups and the city of Petaluma to put off discussion yet again because documents analyzing the environmental impact of a second major revision to the project were released just last Wednesday.... (read more)


CITY CONTINUES PACT with SCWA on water conservation measures. Rohnert Park and the Sonoma County Water Agency have reached another agreement to keep the city's water conservation program in an active mode…(read more)


CITIZENS NEEDED  for SMART train planning   The city is looking for residents interested in joining a new advisory committee focused on planning development around the SMART stations. “The goal of the planning process is to position Petaluma to market development/redevelopment opportunities within both station areas, ensure the greatest potential for transit-oriented development, and foster the successful integration of SMART rail into our community,” said a press release from the city.  (read more)


NORTH BAY PROJECTS TO BE HONORED for excellence — The Business Journal will honor 12 North Bay real estate projects and the key industry players who made them possible at its fifth-annual 2010 Top Projects Awards reception on Dec. 8.  “We know how difficult this economy is,” said Brad Bollinger, Business Journal editor in chief and associate publisher. “But in the midst of it all, we thought it absolutely critical that we tell our readership and the public about those organizations that are continuing to invest in our communities with projects such as these.”  (read more)









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