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Sonoma City Council takes concrete steps to address scathing grand jury cemetery report

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The Sonoma City Council has decided to take several steps to address a civil grand jury report this year that lambasted cemeteries managed by the city.

The dismal civil grand jury report released May 30 depicts oversight buried in dysfunction, dead-end links to cemetery webpages, uncollected sales tax and undertakers undercharging for certain services — all of which could lead to the endowment for cemetery upkeep ceasing to exist.

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Sonoma City Council authorizes emergency warming center

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The Sonoma City Council has authorized the creation of a warming center for homeless people during extreme weather events.

Council members voted 4-1 for the shelter to be located inside the Haven, a city-owned manufactured home at 151 W. First St., and to terminate the city’s agreement with the nonprofit Sonoma Overnight Support to operate the facility.

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Santa Rosa brings homelessness laws in line with federal rules

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One Santa Rosa city council member called the move a “moral injury.”

Another said they hope to see the city tell people where they can exist not just where they can’t.

But ultimately all seven members of the Santa Rosa city council voted to repeal and replace city laws regarding camping on public property – ushering in a new set of rules for the city’s homeless population.

Santa Rosa’s previous laws around homeless camping conflicted with the important Martin v Boise ruling. Santa Rosa’s homeless services manager Kelli Kuykendall said that 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling set consequential precedence.

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New city manager, bridge construction and an update to the city’s housing codes

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During its April 19 meeting, the Sonoma City Council authorized contracts for a new city manager and bridge reconstruction on Chase Street, in addition to updating the city’s housing code for accessory dwelling units.

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