February 17, 2015
SEBASTOPOL — Palm Drive Hospital is hoping to open its doors again this spring under a new name to again serve as west Sonoma County’s only hospital, and, it hopes, to draw patients from other regions as well.
February 11, 2015
RadioShack, which has about 15 stores in the North Bay, last week filed for bankruptcy and has published a list of stores expected to close by March 31.
The list includes the Santa Rosa Plaza store, the San Rafael store in the Northgate Mall as well as locations in Fairfield and Vallejo. The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, plans to sell 1,500 to 2,400 stores along with other assets.
February 9, 2015
Editor’s note: This is the first of two stories on young entrepreneurs. These couples with kids thrive on managing a dizzying swirl of multiple businesses. We interviewed them separately. First you’ll hear his perspective, then hers.
In part 1, the Business Journal interviewed Shane and Sacha Sterling of Sebastopol. In part 2 in a future issue, you’ll hear the stories of another retail couple in Santa Rosa.
December 8, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — VingDirect founder Tammy Boatright has 20-plus years of direct-marketing and general management experience.
September 29, 2014
NORTH BAY — The North Bay’s Willow Creek Wealth Management with offices in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa has been recognized as one of the best registered independent advisory firms in the United States, by the Financial Times, an international daily newspaper focused on business and economic news. The story, ‘Bright lights in tough times,” published [...]
September 22, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — In a soul-searching self-reflection published via LinkedIn in September 2013, O’Reilly Media’s founder Tim O’Reilly examined failures he sees in managing a company that rode the technology and Internet boom starting in 1978 to build a “profitable group of enterprises (O’Reilly Media, Safari Books Online, Maker Media, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures) with nearly 500 employees and collective revenues approaching $200 million.”
September 15, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — Sonoma Valley Hospital on Monday said it has withdrawn its proposal to assume management of Palm Drive Hospital’s West County Hand and Physical Therapy Center, which was closed in April along with the Sebastopol hospital.
September 11, 2014
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH), which has 15 stores in the North Bay, on Thursday described efforts to obtain financing needed to keep the giant chain out of bankruptcy.
July 28, 2014
Westamerica Bancorporation, parent company of Westamerica Bank, reported second quarter earnings. …
Willow Creek Wealth Management has been recognized as one of the United States’ best registered independent advisory firms. …
July 3, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — A Davis-based environmental services company that focuses on water and wastewater management acquired Sebastopol-based Environment, Community & Opportunity Network, better known as ECON.
May 22, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Health Care District announced on Thursday that it has received and accepted Tom Harlan’s resignation as CEO of Palm Drive Hospital as the district looks to find a more appropriate model for the shuttered hospital.
May 5, 2014
The planned opening of the 131,000-square-foot Friedman’s Home Improvement store on Friday leads several scheduled store openings at the new Deer Creek Village retail and office development in Petaluma this summer and fall. …
As tenant improvements work toward the August opening of MacPhail Family Wines in a new location at The Barlow at the eastern entrance of Sebastopol, the new 12.5-acre commercial complex is welcoming four new tenants. Also, the first round of designs for a hotel in one of the buildings has been completed. …
Six years after its approval, a Wal-Mart Supercenter store is set to break ground next week on Highway 12 east of Suisun City. …
The American Institute of Certified Planners inducted urban planner Thomas Jacobson, JD, AICP, of Rohnert Park into the elite membership of AICP’s College of Fellows. …
April 21, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — While the impending closure of Palm Drive Hospital has raised continued questions of access to health care and emergency services for residents of western Sonoma County, the economic impact and effect on jobs would be significant.
The hospital is Sebastopol’s largest employer, with some 240 employees, of which about 100 are full-time equivalent, and the loss of those jobs would translate to a total economic loss of roughly $18.1 million for the local economy, assuming another hospital or large-scale employer doesn’t replace Palm Drive, according to Dr. Robert Eyler, professor and director for the Center of Regional Economic Analysis at Sonoma State University.
April 14, 2014
NORTH BAY — Social media has evolved into a great tool for business, allowing networking on so many different levels it’s hard to imagine how we ever did without it. But face-to-face is making a comeback as well, stimulated by relationships developed in cyberspace.
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.
February 24, 2014
Mezcal Vago of Mexico inks a distribution deal with The Henry Wine Group of Benicia. …
Hennes & Mauritz, or H&M, opened a store in Fairfield. …
Cyan Inc. of Petaluma said it signed a deal with a South Korean provincial government to install its Blue Planet software-defined network. …
Swedish wine club Munskänkarna, the world’s largest, named Sonoma and Napa counties this year’s “Wine Regions of the Year.” …
Napa Valley Vintners and Visit Napa Valley give $5 million to Napa Valley Vine Trail. …
TexaCali Wine Co.. and Winemonger form a strategic partnership. …
Winemakers Paul Hobbs of Sebastopol and Johannes Selbach of Germany buy a New York vineyard. …
Food & Wine magazine named Oakville-based Silver Oak best in steakhouses. …
Korbel Brandy turns 125. …
Treasury Wine Estates rebooted its Sonoma County-focused Souverain brand for the first time since the 2006 sale of the landmark Geyserville chateau. …
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.
January 17, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — Palm Drive Hospital said it would move forward with layoffs and labor reductions, impacting 40 employees in 15 departments as the 37-bed facility seeks to shore up its finances.
January 13, 2014
SEBASTOPOL — The Palm Drive Health Care District recently voted to create a new foundation that would raise money for Palm Drive Hospital, reversing a previous decision to fold the existing foundation into the district’s purview and creating an entirely new one instead.
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.
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