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Press Democrat: Advocates urge district elections at Santa Rosa charter forum, by Guy Kovner

A parade of speakers on Saturday called for district elections in Santa Rosa, saying the concept is more democratic and would bridge the city's economic and ethnic divide.

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Press Democrat: COURSEY: Feeling the connectionCOURSEY: Feeling the connection

If you were paying close attention, you might have felt the balance of political power shift ever so slightly early this week in Santa Rosa. If you were paying close attention, you might have felt the balance of political power shift ever so slightly early this week in Santa Rosa.

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Sonoma Tribune: Law enforcement accepts Mexican ID, By Emily Charrier-Botts

In a move celebrated by immigration organizations, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday that it would accept Mexican consular cards, also known as Matrícula cards, as a valid form of identification. The change in policy will keep hundreds of undocumented immigrants, whose only crime is not having verifiable identification, out of jail. It will also allow undocumented victims to report crimes more easily.

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Press Democrat: Mexican consulate card set for ID status, by Martin Espinoza

Local law enforcement officials are expected to announce today a countywide policy of accepting Mexican consular ID cards as a valid form of identification. Such a move would could keep some illegal immigrants from landing in jail, where they most likely would be flagged by federal immigration officials. Police officers in California have the authority to arrest drivers who cannot provide valid identification.

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Sonoma News: FBI enters SDC investigation, by David Bolling

The FBI is “looking into” the September, 2011, discovery that a dozen patients at the Sonoma Developmental Center were abused with a Taser stun gun, presumably by an employee of the facility. That’s according to Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, who said she was unclear what the FBI’s specific actions entail, but that the federal agency had agreed to examine some of the evidence in the case first investigated by sworn officers from the Office of Protective Services (OPS), a separate police force employed on the grounds of the state’s developmental ...

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Press Democrat: Sebastopol accepting Mexican identification cards, by Martin Espinoza

Sebastopol's police department is now recognizing Mexican consular ID cards as valid identification, a move that could keep some illegal immigrants from landing in jail, where they would most likely be flagged by federal immigration officials.

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Living Wage Coalition: Is the Wal-Mart Way the American Way? by Martin J. Bennett

“We need to uphold the law, we need to apply the law and we need to allow this project to move forward. I believe that not to do so would be un-American.” So stated Rohnert Park (Sonoma County) City Councilwoman Amy Breeze last summer when the council voted to approve a controversial Wal-Mart supercenter--despite a year long campaign against the project by a broad coalition of labor, environmental, and community organizations.

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Press Democrat: GUEST OPINION: Community connector a bridge to the future, by Paul Harris and Karym Sanchez

Under a plan before the city, a bicycle and pedestrian bridge would span Highway 101 south of Steele Lane in Santa Rosa. Later this month, the Santa Rosa City Council will decide whether to go forward with the “community connector” bridge over Highway 101.

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