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Stories on how the communities will be recovering in the weeks, months and years after the massive October 2017 wildfires.
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Whither the 19,000 construction workers for the North Bay wildfire rebuilds? Santa Rosa businessman Lawrence Amaturo pitches a $2 million-plus campaign to make the trades a “cool” and “patriotic” career choice for young adults.
Under pressure, many insurance companies have agreed to make additional payments for personal property lost in the October fires in the North Bay without requiring policyholders to fill out a detailed inventory. See what your insurer is doing.
With thousands of destroyed homes and buildings from the October wildfires, government leaders in the North Bay must stop saying no to construction and start saying yes, writes Brad Bollinger, publisher of North Bay Business Journal.
Sonoma County wants to give victims of the wildfires certainty over how much it will cost and how long it will take to get permits to rebuild in the unincorporated areas. Officials plan to open a special construction permitting center soon, designed to speed that effort.
It's what winegrape growers in Napa and Sonoma valleys have been seeking for several years. San Francisco Bay Area water-quality regulators have approved four popular sustainability programs that, if followed, would meet satisfy new erosion-control rules for vineyards.
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Vallejo misses Amazon HQ2 shortlist but actively pursues backup plan
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Vallejo misses Amazon HQ2 shortlist but actively pursues backup plan
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