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New Mayor Jackie Elward gaveled in her first meeting of 2022 just after 5 p.m. on Tuesday January 11. The meeting was virtual because of the declared state of emergency related to COVID-19. It could be observed on Cable Channel 26 or by visiting meeting central on the city’s website at https…

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 Defendant Raymundo Hernandez-Soto Jr, 34-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier to serve 17 years, 8 months in state prison after pleading “no contest” in October of last year to charges of committing an assault with a semi-automatic firearm, second degree robbery, and being a felon…

Along with tossing out those empty champagne bottles and reviewing your list of resolutions, January 1 is also time to take note of a litany of new laws and regulations. This year is no different, with lawmakers responding to the impacts of COVID, the lack of housing and other societal facto…

Traffic between Southwest and Commerce take turns sharing one lane as construction of the traffic circle began Tuesday morning. Construction is likely to continue for several weeks. Photo by Robert Grant

Early Saturday morning, the Santa Rosa Fire Department received calls about a home on fire in the Woodcrest Mobile Home Estates off College Ave. The first engine arrived in five minutes and discovered a double wide mobile home with fire and smoke visible from the roof and windows. Firefighte…

Defendant, Lane Robert Norman, 22-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to 8 years and 4 months in prison in connection with his no-contest pleas in October to pimping while armed with a firearm as well as furnishing cocaine to a minor. 

The American Red Cross blood supply is at historically low levels, and it continues to decline. We know we’ve shared this before, but we need your help getting the word out. If more donors don’t come out to give, hospitals may be forced to delay care to patients relying on blood transfusions…

From the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors want to thank you for all the support of the annual fundraising event, Aged to Perfection. The night was jam-packed with live music from the Pulsators, tasty catered barbeque from a Guy and his Grill, delicious…

 California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the California Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded over $4.9 million to 10 county sheriff’s departments to support activities related to seizing weapons and ammunition from individuals prohibited from possessing them. The sheriffs of Contr…

Rohnert Park will receive $14.6 million in state Project Homekey funds to construct 60 modular housing units of interim housing for those experiencing homelessness. Sixty percent of the rooms will be set-aside for chronically homeless individuals. Each person will have their own room with a …

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In Penngrove fashion, the annual parade of lights had a huge turnout of both spectators and participants.  This was the sixth annual light parade for the big little town of Penngrove. Vehicles of all sizes appeared all decked out in lights. Hundreds and hundreds of people showed up to watch …

The City of Sebastopol offers a program aimed at encouraging local businesses and property owners to improve commercial and industrial buildings. Upgrades, maintenance, and aesthetic enhancements will benefit the entire community and enhance the local economy.

Residential customers may place their tree on the curb the night before their regular collection day during the specified time period. Flocked trees will not be collected. Trees over six feet should be cut in half to fit in your compost cart. Make sure the lid is able to close.

There are many ways to help those in need during the holidays. Perhaps you donated to a radio station’s Secret Santa program, grabbed a heart off the office giving tree, threw some coins into red kettles, or held a food drive for our food banks. But one local non-profit helps the homeless al…

Imagine that you are a single parent battling cancer and wondering how you are going to provide for the kids during the Christmas holiday season. In some cases, there are family resources that can help and other times there are not. This story is repeated more than any of us realize, and the…

The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District held their final meeting on Tuesday, December 14 at the Theater Arts Gymnasium on the campus of Rancho Cotate High School. The recorded meeting can be viewed at: Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District - YouTube. Highlights follow.

After establishing an RV park for the people living in RVs on Morris Street, the city council addressed how to prevent future RV dwellers from tenuously gathering in Sebastopol in the future at the Tuesday meeting.  

Like most things in the City of Cotati, the members of the Cotati City Council are getting ready for the holiday season. December marks the time in the year where they start to thank each other for being at the meetings and thank those community members in attendance for giving feedback. Now…

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Last Friday was a very sunny day but the day become much brighter when the 34 Technology High School students from the Associated Student Body leadership class put their great idea to good use and not only entertained the 70 John Reed Kindergartners with reading some classy books but helped …

Outgoing Mayor Gerard Giudice presided over the last city council meeting of the year on Tuesday December 14. As is typical, the short one-hour meeting was primarily a ceremony for installation of officers for 2022. A reception followed the meeting. It was standing room only as family, frien…

Defendant Jesus Paniagua- Rojas, 51-years -old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 210 years-to-life in state prison after having been found guilty by a Sonoma County jury in September of committing eighteen felony sex offenses against two children. 

The Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety will hold the 16th Annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge Sunday, January 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a new location. 1 Double Tree in Rohnert Park. 

The biggest upgrade the senior center is making is the addition of a walk-in cooler which will allow us to open five days per week and serve more seniors. Currently we are using three refrigerators to keep us open four days per week. We will also be replacing our oven with a convection oven,…

California is, once again, ordering a statewide mask mandate for all indoor public spaces, starting Wednesday. The order comes amid signs of a winter surge in COVID-19, with the number of new coronavirus cases spiking by about 50 percent over the last two weeks. The order will remain in plac…

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A “Holiday Lights Celebration” was held at the Rohnert Park Community Center on Saturday, December 4. It was well attended would be “a huge understatement.” The crowd was enormous with estimated attendance well over 1,000 people. Council member Susan Hollingsworth Adams, who has been attendi…

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This year the City of Cotati Annual Tree Lighting took place on Friday, December 3 in La Plaza Park. This free event has been taking place for the past 30 years and continues to bring a large crowd to Cotati’s hub to enjoy live entertainment, free goodies like hot coffee, cocoa and cookies, …

On Dec. 1 at approximately 9:46 a.m., Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety received a 9-1-1 call regarding a vehicle accident on Fairway Dr. near Flores Ave.

Defendant Sean Miller, 36 years-old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced November 24, 2021, by the Honorable Robert LaForge to ten years eight months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony infliction of corporal injuries resulting in a traumatic condition on his girlfriend,…

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Shelly Averill sentenced Tirso Dejesus Guzman to the maximum prison term of 90 years to life for raping three women in 2019. On October 25, 2021, a jury found Guzman guilty of 11 counts of sexually assaultin…

With the holiday season approaching, the members of the Cotati Council made sure their meeting was short and sweet. There was only one significant topic on the menu Tuesday night. It was the presentation of SB 1383 MOU with Zero Waste Sonoma and review of the ordinance.

The Rohnert Park City Council met on November 23. Some key decisions on leadership for 2022 were made. Most significant was election of the council’s new mayor and vice mayor. The three newest members of the council continued to hold sway in this process. Vice Mayor Jackie Elward, nominated …

After enduring years of recreational vehicles clogging Morris Street and alarming residents, Sebastopol bypassed the usual slogging pace of bureaucracy and hastily agreed to form a partnership with a nonprofit agency, accept federal funding and create a temporary RV parking site to assist th…

Mandatory influenza vaccination of workers at health care facilities