April 12, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — Cash-strapped Palm Drive Hospital is set to get an advance from the county of Sonoma on forthcoming funds in order to continue operations at least until the planned suspension of operations at the end of this month, and ideas to “reimagine” and “reinvent” the rural institution are being sought, thanks to new actions by the board overseeing the hospital.
April 10, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — With the decision to suspend all core services, including emergency care at Palm Drive Hospital by the end of this month following its second bankruptcy filing in seven years, health officials are now scrambling to come up with a viable health care model for west Sonoma County.
North Bay Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, is currently crafting legislation that would permit Palm Drive to renegotiate its interest rates. The Palm Drive Healthcare District board is set to meet Friday afternoon to consider issuance of county tax- and revenue-anticipation notes totaling up to $1.8 million.
March 4, 2014
SAN RAFAEL — The supply of water in Marin County and California’s ongoing drought, the future of public transportation with the forthcoming SMART rail and how the county’s biggest hospital will be rebuilt amid a health care reform-driven landscape will be the focus of the Business Journal’s Impact Marin conference.
February 24, 2014
SACRAMENTO — California’s $106.8 billion 2014-2015 budget released January 9 contains sections devoted to the economic outlook for the Golden State along with an update on workforce issues and other trends — as well as the prospect of a $5.6 billion budget reserve by the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year.
February 17, 2014
SEBASTOPOL and SACRAMENTO — Palm Drive Hospital is seeking special legislation that would allow it to refinance bond debts, which in turn would help the financially struggling hospital remain afloat.
Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) is currently crafting legislation “that would improve Palm Drive Hospital’s ability to pay for patient care as opposed to paying interest,” according to Mr. Levine’s office.
February 10, 2014
FAIRFIELD — The 31st annual meeting of the Solano Economic Development Corporation showcased significant public-private sector accomplishments in the county’s seven cities during 2013.
“Team Solano worked together to make everything happen by attracting new businesses and creating an environment to nurture newcomers and those already here,” said Sandy Person, president of Solano Economic Development Corp.
February 10, 2014
Michael Randolph joined Willow Creek Wealth Management. …
Coree Cameron was named the Novato Chamber of Commerce Board president for 2014. …
Susan Klassen was appointed chair of the County Engineers Association of California’s Transportation Committee. …
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage said six of its top North Bay agents were selected into Marin Association of Realtors leadership. …
The brokerage also announced that Kim Strub has affiliated with the company. …
Advanced Security Systems in Santa Rosa added Ronald Kent, senior security consultant. …
January 28, 2014
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 in favor of adopting a project labor agreement policy for public construction projects larger than $10 million, a matter contentiously debate between organized labor and local nonunion contractors for a year and a half.
Not in the final policy was an “alternate bid” provision, which would call for bidding based on a PLA being in place and not. Opponents had advocated for the provision, if any countywide PLA policy were adopted.
Not in the final policy was “alternate bid,” which would call for bidding based on a PLA and without one.
January 27, 2014
WINDSOR — A local firm is leading an effort to convince California residents that modern technology can clean sewage so well that the resulting water can be blended with conventional drinking water to solve current and future water crises.
January 24, 2014
It’s been a bit of a rough couple of weeks for business, jobs and the economy in Sonoma County.
First and foremost were news reports that the largest and most successful organic food producer in the North Bay, Amy’s Kitchen, was dropping plans to build an additional production facility in Santa Rosa that could employ 800 people. City leaders could not find a way to keep them at home.
Not to be outdone by the city of Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appears poised to hand construction unions a gift while giving the stiff arm to local independent, often small family companies that represent the vast majority of the building industry.
January 14, 2014
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appeared to back a proposed policy for project labor agreements on public construction of more than $10 million, although the matter will come back for a final vote in two weeks.
January 13, 2014
SONOMA COUNTY — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to vote on whether to adopt project labor agreements for significant county construction projects — larger than $10 million for some and over $25 million for others — bringing back a contentious debate from late 2012 between organized labor and business interests and nonunion contractors.
Previous discussions proposed a threshold for all PLAs at $25 million, which has been the guideline for federal projects since 2009.
January 13, 2014
The Watertrough Children’s Alliance is hoping to slow a vineyard expansion project at Paul Hobbs Winery by arguing that the California Environmental Quality Act should apply, a position that much of the wine industry said could lead to unintended consequences by usurping what they and the county say is an important local provision.
While the Alliance, a citizens group in Sebastopol, is far from the first to bring CEQA to the legal table in opposing a vineyard or land-use issue, the group’s efforts also include contesting the permit that Sonoma County Agricultural Commission issued for the expansion under the Sonoma County Grading, Drainage and Vineyard and Orchard Site Development Ordinance, which is exempt from CEQA. State law, the group argues, should supersede that ordinance, also known as VESCO.
January 13, 2014
Gary Scott, a financial adviser with Edward Jones in Sonoma, and Debbie Gilman and Letizia Veronese, the branch office administrators, were recently honored by the firm for performance and client-service excellence. …
Santa Rosa Breakfast Club recently elected officers for the first half of 2014. …
The city of Fairfield recently hired Bryan Briggs as senior economic development project manager. …
Rebecca Lipski joined Pure Power Solutions in Healdsburg as senior operations manager. …
Tim McDonald, of Cloverdale, was elected chairman of the board of directors at Alexander Valley Healthcare. Joining him on the Executive Committee are Peter Turbott, vice chairman, and Brooke Greene, secretary. Jenine Saunders will continue as treasurer and CFO. …
Community Action Partnership Sonoma County named Tim Reese executive director. …
Marin Humane Society appointed Leilani Borenstein of San Rafael and Chip Smith of Mill Valley to its board of directors. …
Sonoma County radio station KWVF, The Wolf, added radio personality Sue Hall. …
Dana Kreuzberger, broker and manager of the Novato office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, was named secretary of the Marin County Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors. …
The board of directors of BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. promoted Jeff Ajer to executive vice president and chief commercial officer. …
Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley hired Ann Petersen as the association’s first executive director. …
December 30, 2013
Summit State Bank has supported the Committee on the Shelterless …
More than 20 Bank of Marin volunteers pitched in at the Marin Food Bank …
Bay Area Development Company announced that it has completed 504 funding for Greene’s Cleaners …
The Great & Wonderful Sea of Change Trading Company in Windsor has been selected as a finalist …
Napa County has been selected to receive $13,474,000 million …
Damon Connolly has support of every member of the San Rafael City Council …
Bill Dodd receives support from the Rohnert Park City Council …
Central Payment and SpotOn in San Rafael have contributed $60,000 to sponsor GLIDE …
The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County is now selling annual memberships to the new $8 million discovery center …
December 20, 2013
NAPA — The county of Napa said it completed its acquisition of the 25-acre former Dey Laboratories, which will be renovated for a new base of operations for county health services that are expanding because of health care reform and state responsibilities shifting to the county
December 16, 2013
Hemming Morse, LLP has added Carl Saba as a partner and Brian Zacharias as a principal to its Financial and Forensic Consulting Service Group. …
Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane announced the addition of Eduardo Vasquez to her staff. Supervisor Zane also announced the hire of Christine Culver as a part-time Board of Supervisors Aide to the Third District. …
Sonoma Land Trust hired John McCaull as acquisitions project manager. …
The winners of the 2013 Miljenko Grgich Wine Studies Scholarship have been selected: Ashley Schuyler from Yountville, Kara Chamberlain from Memphis, and Molly Rubinstein from San Anselmo. …
Winery Exchange announced that Justin Weibel has joined the company as winemaker for the company’s certified organic wine brands, Our Daily Red and Orleans Hill.
December 4, 2013
NAPA — Howard Himes, director of Fresno County Department of Social Services, has been tapped as the new director of the county of Napa’s Health and Human Services Agency, replacing Randy Snowden, who retired in October.
November 25, 2013
NAPA — After leading the Napa Chamber of Commerce for nearly two years, President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Messina announced his departure today.
“I’ve enjoyed my time at the Chamber, and feel honored to have been a part of the Napa Chamber turnaround story, but I am looking forward to spending more time with my family,” said Mr. Messina.
November 25, 2013
Starting in 2012, a variety of new laws passed that directly affect California businesses. There were new filing requirements for exempt securities offerings involving real estate, changes to the rights of dissenting shareholders in reorganization transactions, and enactment of a permanent exemption from registration for certain “private investment advisors” under California law. California’s rules on lawful corporate distributions and dividends were clarified and restated and rulemaking under the JOBS Act and implementation of Dodd-Frank continued. California also welcomed the “hybrid corporation,” an entity that lawfully may pursue both profits and advance social causes, without risk of breaching fiduciary duties: the “benefit corporation” and the “flexible purpose corporation,” each with their own separate statutory regime.
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