Sonoma County improvement projects stymied

State officials have blocked funding for high-profile improvement projects in Roseland and north of Sonoma in the wake of California's move to dismantle local redevelopment agencies.

Several cities, including Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sebastopol, were awaiting word from state auditors at the end of last week on their fate of their projects.

The thumbs-down message from the state applied to the proposed conversion of a Roseland shopping center into a commercial and residential complex and to completion of street, sidewalk and lighting upgrades to Highway 12 north of Sonoma in an area known as the Springs.

Sonoma Valley Supervisor Valerie Brown said she wasn't surprised by the state action, and surmised that local redevelopment projects will be uniformly rejected.

"I'd be very surprised if they could pick and choose what gets a go-ahead," Brown said Sunday.

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