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Sonoma Clean Power board maps out agency's future

With five newly seated city representatives, an expanded board of directors for Sonoma County's startup public power agency got to work Thursday, reviewing a preliminary first-year budget and a timeline geared toward a power purchase deal, plus various staffing and financial decisions looming over the next four months.

The now eight-person Sonoma Clean Power board began the day with a roll call featuring new faces, including Cotati Mayor Mark Landman, Sebastopol Mayor Michael Kyes, Sonoma Councilman Steve Barbose, and two representatives from Santa Rosa — Councilman Jake Ours and Councilwoman Robin Swinth.

They joined the county's two ongoing representatives, Supervisors Shirlee Zane and Susan Gorin, and Windsor Councilman Bruce Okrepkie, who was seated in June.

The board's first order of business was to pick a chairperson. After Zane's quick nomination of Landman — a gesture, she said, to the cities — which deadlocked on a 4-4 vote, Barbose nominated Gorin, whose district takes in the city of Sonoma. She was elected unanimously. Landman then was elected vice chairman.

"This is not just a chair effort," Gorin said. "It's a team effort. It's all eight of us just moving this grand adventure forward."

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