By Randi Rossmann, The Press Democrat
Get ready to put away the heavy woolies and get out the slickers. Starting this evening Mother Nature should launch a series of fronts across the North Coast bringing a relic of the past: rain.
Finally, that stubborn, month-long, high-pressure system is getting the boot, ending four weeks of sunny, cool, dry days.
The frigid early morning temperatures — Tuesday's 25 degrees in Santa Rosa was the lowest this season — should give way to the milder pattern associated with the rain.MORE
By Guy Kovner, The Press Democrat
Another ballot-box battle may be on Cotati’s horizon in the wake of the City Council’s unanimous approval of a $3.5 million plan to narrow the city’s main street and two install traffic roundabouts instead of stoplights.
Opponents of the plan had promised, even before the council vote shortly after midnight Wednesday, they would mount a drive for a referendum to bar roundabouts anywhere in the city.MORE
by Angela Hart, RohnertParkPatch
Oliver's Market — the Cotati-based grocery that's sprouted since the late 1980s from a hasty streetside produce vendor traveling over mostly Northern California selling fresh produce, to a widly popular marketplace is still focused on its roots: selling locally produced, seasonal foodstuffs.
It is that commitment, to source meats, eggs, produce, wines and hundreds of other products, from Sonoma County-based vendors that's driven the store's success, even through a recession.MORE
By Jeremy Hay, The Press Democrat
Opponents of a plan to remake Cotati's downtown into a narrower street that includes roundabouts have told city officials they will pursue a ballot initiative unless they change course.
The initiative would bar the city from building roundabouts anywhere within its limits. Its backers want the city to adhere to a concept it previously outlined, a four-lane street controlled by traffic lights.
Some in Cotati said a fight over a ballot measure would be bad for the city.MORE
By Clark Mason, The Press Democrat
It looks as if Windsor is finally going to get a supermarket on the west side of town.
Oliver's Market is planning to open a store near Windsor's Town Green as part of a large commercial-residential project approved Wednesday by the Town Council.
"We have a letter of intent with Oliver's Market to be the anchor for the grocery store. It's fantastic," said Jeff Civian, the project civil engineer for Bell Village, one of the biggest developments proposed in Windsor for yearsMORE
By Cathy Bussewitz, The Press Democrat
“Give me two of the largest you've got,” said Frank Haeg as he leaned into the crab counter at Oliver's Market on Thursday.
The 78-year-old Santa Rosa man was one of hundreds of customers around Sonoma County who were finally getting a long-awaited taste of locally caught Dungeness crab.
The commercial fishing season began Monday after a two-week delay as fishermen and processors sat in a stalemate over the price. The parties settled at $2.25 a pound after some boats from Oregon set out and dropped their pots, and the race to catch the crustaceans was on. Crab began showing up at some local supermarkets on Wednesday.MORE
By Jeremy Hay, The Press Democrat
A controversial $3.5 million plan to narrow Cotati’s main street to two lanes with two roundabouts is headed to the City Council.
“The question is cost, safety and aesthetics, and the Village Mainstreet concept hits all three criteria,” said Planning Commissioner Tim Ritter, using the name given to the street plan.
The redesign of the short stretch of Old Redwood Highway was proposed by city staff as part of a long-sought overhaul of the city’s commercial center. It was opposed by Oliver’s Markets and other downtown merchants who say the plan would hurt their businesses by constricting traffic.