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Sonoma County cannabis cultivators facing new tax rates

  The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors gave preliminary approval Tuesday to new business tax rates for cannabis cultivators in unincorporated areas of the county that would nearly double the top rate for indoor growers. The new rates would maintain the current tax structure on cultivators, which calculates the amount owed based on the square… Keep Reading

2 Sonoma County gas stations among 14 to pay $1.7 million in settlement for environmental violations

Owners and operators of 14 gas stations across Northern California, two of which were in Sonoma County, were ordered to pay $1.7 million in civil penalties after years of allegedly mishandling hazardous waste, according to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. The California Attorney General’s Office, along with district attorneys of Sonoma, Alameda, Lake, Mendocino… Keep Reading

Sebastopol flower shop to close retail space, move business online — but not before Valentine’s Day

Sebastopol floral shop California Sister Plant & Flower is closing its Barlow location after seven years — and moving its business online. Owner Nichole Skalski attributed the closure to rising costs and changes in trends surrounding retail shopping, with customers not spending money like they used to. “The retail environment has become extremely unpredictable,” Skalski… Keep Reading

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