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THIS IS A PRELIMINARY rendering of the community swimming pool on the former Paul’s Resort site.

Council OKs pool funds

The prospects for a new pool in Sonoma Valley got a little better Monday when the Sonoma City Council voted 3-0 to enter into an agreement with project sponsors to provide $25,000 a year for the next 10 years.

Tourism dollars flowing to TID

The Tourism Improvement District (TID), a funding mechanism that tacks on 2 percent to a hotel bill that does not go into city coffers, was unanimously approved for another 10 years by the Sonoma City Council Monday.

Valley Forum

Valley Forum: The Pig War and an orca fix

Pig War. Never heard of it? That’s because it was headed off by a shrewd British admiral who said, “I’m not engaging my country in war over a damn pig!” Or something like that.


Valley Forum: White-knuckle seas and loonie showers

We’d been cruising the waters off the east coast of Canada’s Vancouver Island for the past few weeks and were ready to head across the Straits of Georgia to the mainland. Then the weather changed and the wind blew all night, leaving the open water of the straits choppy and frothy with whitecaps and residual wind.

The Mission Square project, located on the south side of East Spain Street and just east of the Plaza, will consist of office space, apartment units and parking.

Mission Square project gets final approval

“Fourteen years in the making” sounds like a teaser on a movie trailer. Instead, it’s the amount of time a controversial project now called Mission Square spent going through Sonoma’s planning process. On Thursday, the Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission approved on a 5-0 vote the final piece of outstanding business, the design of… Continue Reading >>

Planners OK B&B wine sales

Sonoma Planning Commissioners ruled on wine and tree issues Thursday, during one of their lightest agendas in recent memory.

Design Review eyes monument signs

Monument signs, changes to commercial buildings and continued review of historic preservation policy priorities will fill the Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission agenda tonight, Tuesday, April 15.

Tasting rooms, traffic on plan panel agenda

Tasting room regulations are back on the Sonoma Planning Commission agenda Thursday, along with a potpourri of items including a study session on the circulation and housing elements of the city’s general plan.

Youth hostel in Toscano Hotel complex?

While squabbles over tasting rooms, pink doors and pirate flags dominate downtown discussions, a prominent feature of the Plaza is quietly being considered for a transformation.

Rentals, food trolley, bike trail OK’d

Adding to Sonoma’s image as a tourist mecca, the Sonoma Planning Commission unanimously approved turning three office units into vacation rentals Thursday, but this time there’s a twist.

Planning Commission eyes food truck use permit

A diverse menu of items will fill the plate of Sonoma Planning Commissioners Thursday, starting with a review of a use permit for TIPS Tri-Tips, a mobile food trolley at 455 W. Napa, where Sorrento Imports and Café Scooteria are located.