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
Project labor agreements (PLAs) have never been used on Sonoma County public projects. In fact, on Sept. 18, 2012, the county board of supervisors considered a similar policy that was never enacted. The county subsequently awarded a $22.7 million contract for the Sonoma County Airport Runway project without a PLA.
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.
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.
September 23, 2013
Also: Coldwell Banker raises funds for Habitat for Humanity; home prices rise in North Bay
July 29, 2013
Marin Energy Authority, which administers Marin Clean Energy, has signed a power purchase agreement with Calpine Energy Services for 10 megawatts of geothermal power served from The Geysers in Sonoma and Lake counties. …
Veale Outdoor Advertising has partnered with the city of Rohnert Park to build a state-of-the-art digital display, the first of its kind in Sonoma County. …
Southern Sonoma and Sotoyome resource conservation districts merged to become the Sonoma Resource Conservation District. …
Sonoma County Water Agency received a $158,000 grant from the Department of Water Resources to support the continued implementation of the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Management Program. …
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors awarded a $6,500 grant to the Windsor Fire Protection District to purchase a quick attack swift water rescue boat. …
April 26, 2013
As Sonoma County’s political leaders continue to move forward with the process of setting up a county-wide public power agency, many in the business community are examining what the renewable energy-focused proposal would mean to their operations.
March 25, 2013
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Susan Klassen transportation and public works director. …
Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane was elected to the board of directors for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. named Jay Dipasupil vice president of programs and Dan Reed vice president of professional liability. …
February 11, 2013
San Francisco-based Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc., which has a Santa Rosa office, appointed Curtis Burr chief executive officer. …
First District Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin said Pat Gilardi will be her district director. …
Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, an entrepreneurial training and funding nonprofit organization, elected Kim Kaselionis to its national governing board. …
The SMART board of directors unanimously elected Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold as board chairman and Barbara Pahre as vice chairman. …
Dana Estates promoted Cameron Vawter to winemaker for the Rutherford-based cabernet sauvignon producer. …
December 17, 2012
The California State Association of Counties has elected Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to serve as second vice president. …
Napa-based Attracta announced the addition of David Koston as chief technology officer. …
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage hired Marion Ghiringhelli to join its sales team, in a new position handling oak alternative products. …
After seven years with the Napa Valley Vintners, Terry Hall announced he is leaving to start his own communications, branding and event planning business called TH|ink. …
December 4, 2012
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to create an initial governing authority for a proposed countywide renewable energy-focused power agency known as Sonoma Clean Power, a step needed before determining rates to charge potential customers when service is targeted to begin in early 2014.
October 5, 2012
Congratulations to a majority of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors — Valerie Brown, David Rabbitt and Efren Carrillo — for sticking up for the 85 percent.
September 24, 2012
SANTA ROSA — A sharply divided Sonoma County Board of Supervisors last week put off a decision on a proposed countywide project labor agreement policy for public projects of more than $25 million and sent the matter back for further study.
September 18, 2012
SANTA ROSA — The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday evening agreed to temporarily table talks on a hotly debated proposed countywide project labor agreement policy for public projects of more than $25 million, sending the matter back to county staff for further study.
September 17, 2012
A battle is brewing between big business and labor in Sonoma County over the prospect of the Board of Supervisors possibly adopting a project labor agreement for construction projects of over $25 million.
June 11, 2012
Legislation to help prevent the extinction of California’s native coho salmon was approved by the State Assembly on a bipartisan vote. … This June, Sonoma County is joining communities across the globe to raise awareness of elder abuse, and to encourage actions that empower older adults, educate the community and enhance intergenerational relationships. … Athleta opens a store in Palo Alto. .. Sutter Solano Medical Center announced the purchase of a new Hana Fracture Table.
April 10, 2012
SANTA ROSA – The Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors voted today to approve funding for the development of a comprehensive business plan for a renewable energy-focused power agency in Sonoma County known as “Sonoma Clean Power.”
April 9, 2012
SONOMA COUNTY — Efforts to create a renewable energy-focused power agency in Sonoma County will reach a significant milestone on April 10 as the county’s water agency board votes on whether to begin work on a comprehensive business plan that will chart a future for the endeavor.
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