2016 Election

Petalumans ready to cast ballots in election

A contentious city council race tops local issues while the presidential contest could draw record turnout.

Clinton campaign opens Petaluma office

Petaluma Democrats are engaged in presidential campaign as Republicans focus on down ballot races.

Petaluma election guide

Election day is Nov. 8, and this year’s ballot is one of the largest in recent history. Besides the presidential race and 17 statewide ballot initiatives, a host of county, city and district races have captured voters’ attention.H

Huffman best choice for Congress

Voters should show up on Nov. 8 and vote for Jared Huffman for Congress.

Levine for State Senate

Marc Levine has proven he can get things done in Sacramento, and he has more work to do. We recommend that voters support Marc Levine for Assembly so that he can continue that work.

Petaluma district seeks $4 million in bonds for Waugh schools

A segment of Waugh School District voters will weigh in on Measure X for Corona Creek, Meadow schools.

Opinion: Council incumbents ‘helped create city’s problems’

The Argus-Courier endorsement of Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney and Kathy Miller for Petaluma City Council is not a surprise, but the reasoning was, candidate Bill Wolpert writes.

Petaluma council race not attracting big donors

The race for Petaluma City Council has seen only a fraction of the money that has poured into past city campaigns.

Opinion: Yes on Measure X for Waugh Schools

We hope that voters are generous in supporting the excellent schools in the Waugh district.

Opinion: Bill Dodd for State Senate

On Nov. 8, voters should look to the center and vote for Bill Dodd for State Senate.

For progressive Wolpert, development key issue

Affixed to Bill Wolpert’s office computer is the dictionary definition of the word “progressive.”

Attorney, soccer mom, Miller wears many hats

Kathy Miller has several crucial jobs.

Healy, Petaluma’s elder statesman, has more work to do

Mike Healy is a policy wonk, and proud of it.

Council’s youngest, Kearney adds to Petaluma’s diversity

For Gabe Kearney, the most eventful thing that happened at Burning Man this year was that nothing eventful happened. And that’s just how he likes it.

Opinion: Healy, Kearney and Miller for Petaluma City Council

For voters looking for a responsive, capable and experienced city council who will work effectively to serve the community, we recommend the election of Mike Healy, Kathy Miller and Gabe Kearney.

Petaluma council, school candidates face off in forums

Voters heard from four city council candidates and three school board candidates.

Opinion: Yes on Measure I for Wilmar School District

For the 1,900 registered voters in the Wilmar School District, $75 per year does not seem like a huge burden in order to maintain the quality of education at Wilson School.

Opinion: Lenz, Burton for Old Adobe schools

The Argus-Courier recommends the election of Jon Lenz and Heather Burton to the Old Adobe Union School District board of trustees.

City Council candidates set for forum

Candidates for a seat on the Petaluma City Council are set for the first of two scheduled forums next Thursday.

OPINION: Yes on Measure Y for a great library

Imagine what the library could do with its share of $12 million annually in new revenue.

Two Democrats vie for state Assembly seat

The race to represent the state Assembly district that includes Petaluma is shaping up between two Democrats after the lone Republican in the race withdrew a recount challenge of the primary results.O

Wilmar School District asks voters for parcel tax

Voters in the Wilmar Union School District are again being asked to raise their property taxes to augment the district’s budget.

OPINION: Johnson, Lynch for school board

The Argus-Courier recommends the election of Mary Johnson and Frank Lynch for the Petaluma City Schools Board of Education.

Death penalty stirs emotions in Petaluma

As voters consider ballot measure on the death penalty, locals have strong feelings on both sides.

Campaign heats up in GMO-ban initiative

Strong warnings have been pronounced on both sides of the issue that would make it illegal to grow genetically modified crops in Sonoma County.

OPINION: ‘Yes’ on Measure M to go GMO-free

If you remember a time a generation ago when it was legal to smoke in restaurants in California, you will recall that there were two sections, one for smoking and one for non-smoking.

OPINION: ‘Yes’ on Measure L to raise hotel tax

We recommend a “yes” vote on Measure L to modestly shift more of the tax burden to the tourists that use our services.

County greenbelt on November ballot

The so-called community separators are set to expire, and supporters are asking voters to renew the zoning requirements on the Nov. 8 ballot.

OPINION: ‘Yes’ on Measure K to protect Sonoma County’s greenbelt

If you’ve ever driven down the Peninsula along Highway 101 from San Francisco to San Jose, you’ve seen firsthand what urban sprawl can do to a region.

Petaluma school board races set

Petaluma City Schools, Old Adobe Union each have three candidates

Tax for Sonoma County Library heading to voters

Supporters of the Sonoma County Library are hoping to pass a sales tax measure this November to increase programs and restore hours across the 17-branch system, including the Petaluma Regional Library.

OPINION: ‘Yes’ on tax to support Sonoma County parks

We encourage rural voters to support this tax measure to ensure a funding source so that we can have a truly world class regional park system that our children and grandchildren can enjoy long into the future.

4 candidates vie for 3 Petaluma City Council seats

Bill Wolpert joins three incumbents in the Petaluma council race.

OPINION: Health care district missed Petaluma Valley Hospital deadline

The quality of health care in Petaluma is not something to be taken for granted, which is why it was troubling to hear the news last week from the Petaluma Health Care District, the public agency that owns Petaluma Valley Hospital.

Officials have big plans for Sonoma County park tax

The sales tax on the November ballot could boost Petaluma-area parks.

OPINION: Death of Petaluma’s street tax disappointing

It is said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. But what are we to make about the death of a proposed tax to repair Petaluma’s badly dilapidated streets which, until last week, seemed certain to be on the ballot this fall?

Petaluma Valley Hospital contract not on Nov. ballot

Health care officials and hospital operators have yet to reach a deal on a new contract, meaning voters will not be able to weigh in this fall.

Countywide hotel tax on November ballot

Sonoma County voters this November will be asked to raise the tax on hotel rooms, a proposal that will have little impact on Petaluma-area establishments, but could generate new revenue for local roads and workforce housing projects.

Local marijuana rules taking shape in Sonoma County

The rules could form the basis of the county’s treatment of commercial activities in a future of possible recreational legalization.

No new taxes: Petaluma scraps sales tax plan

The city council nixed an idea to place on the ballot a tax increase to fund road repairs after the measure polled poorly.

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