Chris Townsend

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Cotati rejects adding Fluoride to City Water System

Tuesday November 12, 2013 Cotati became the first city to follow the 2012-13 Sonoma County Civil Grand Jury's recommendation to the Board of …

Sonoma County

Sandbar at mouth of Russian River to be breached Thursday

Drifting sand that has once again dammed the mouth of the Russian River in Jenner will be parted on Thursday so the river can continue to flow out to …

Mendocino County

Sebastopol strategizing to increase tourism appeal

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 4, 2013<p>Tourism is coming to Sebastopol, and in a style typical of the west Sonoma County town, everyone has the …

Sonoma County

Water agency to look at sewer charges for small districts

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 5, 2013<p>For the first time in nearly two decades, the Sonoma County Water Agency will re-examine how it charges …

Customers

Healdsburg: Ban tobacco sales to those under 21

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 5, 2013<p>Healdsburg may become the first city in California to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco from 18 to 21 …

Public Health

New Petaluma brewery shut for lack of permits

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | December 5, 2013<p>A new Petaluma brewery has been shut down for operating without proper permits.<p>Petaluma Hills Brewing Co. on …

Merchant Shipping

Threat of 'dead zone' developing off Sonoma Coast

Climate change is the likely cause of unprecedented mass of oxygen-poor water off the Sonoma Coast, a phenomenon that could harm the region's prized …

Northern California

Ruling deals setback to Artesa's disputed vineyard plan

Artesa project opponents said the court ruling would help them ramp up their pressure on the Napa vintner and its parent company to abandon the …

Forests

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

First Traffic Roundabout in Sonoma Valley

by Peter Rumble<p>The intersection of Arnold Drive and Agua Caliente Road, outside of Sonoma, has been improved with a new roundabout. The roundabout …

Sonoma County

Inclusionary Housing Must Be Litigated As Exaction, Cal Supremes Rule

The California Supreme Court has ruled that an inclusionary housing requirement is an exaction rather than a land use regulation – a distinction that …

Housing

Planning Commission seeks input for Occupy Sebastopol bench project

<b>Topic to be discussed at meeting slated for Oct. 22.</b><p>The Sebastopol Planning Commission is seeking public input regarding a bench project, which aims …

City Politics

Forestville Downtown Park Open Space Hearing

The tiny town of Forestville in West Sonoma County is seeing the fruits of labor and vision of the <b>Forestville Planning Association'</b>s efforts to save …

Sonoma County

Sonoma County Water Management gets Funded

<b>Sonoma County Integrated Water Management Projects Recommended to Receive $2.9 Million in State Bond Funding</b><p><i>By Brad Sherwood</i><p>The <b>California Department</b> …

Water

Drakes Bay oyster farm files new appeal of shutdown order

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 18, 2013<p>The owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Company asked a federal appeals court Friday to reconsider his bid to continue …

Pacific Ocean

Sonoma County's zoning rules for streamside development delayed

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 19, 2013<p>A move to add controversial limits on development and vineyard planting near streams into Sonoma County's zoning …

Sonoma County

Anger as work begins on California bullet train

In the Central Valley, there is intense distrust of the authority, which has started buying up property, land and businesses, some of which have been …

Obama Administration

Sonoma County property taxes set to rise

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 20, 2013<p>Most Sonoma County property owners will receive higher property tax bills this month, and they have plenty of …

Sonoma County

Dry Creek Pomo seek hotel for Petaluma land

BIA officials did not return calls from The Press Democrat.<p>The Petaluma City Council in August drafted a letter to Congressional representatives …

Sonoma County

Enhancing Reality • fr0zenmind: just wow

New evidence in fight for public access to Lafferty Ranch

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 15, 2013<p>Lafferty Ranch advocates say an easement over 905 square feet of private land standing between the public and …

Pacific Ocean

Year-long sewer project expected to snarl Rohnert Park traffic

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 15, 2013<p>A $13 million project to build a long-planned sewer trunk line on Rohnert Park's east side is nearing its start …

Headaches

Sonoma County hires new planning director

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 15, 2013<p>Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday hired as their new planning director a longtime Petaluman with experience in …

Sonoma County

Supervisors question hefty costs of proposed detention facility

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 15, 2013<p>The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday endorsed a county bid to seek an additional $24 million from …

Sonoma County

Sonoma County speeds process of turning open space into park land

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 16, 2013<p>Sonoma County supervisors unanimously endorsed a new financial policy Tuesday that will allow broader use of …

Sonoma County

Former AT&T building in downtown Santa Rosa to feature wine museum

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 15, 2013<p>A 15,000-square-foot wine museum will be included in a renovation of the former AT&T building in downtown …

Sonoma County

Bridge backers drop objection to Coddingtown sporting goods store

THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | October 14, 2013<p>A coalition of community groups that sought to block development of a Dick's Sporting Goods near Coddingtown …

Urban Design