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How to pay for better roads: Take the survey

SOSroads, a group lobbying for better road maintenance in Sonoma County, is looking for your comments on how the county should finance improvements. The group, which is about a year and a half old, is conducting an online survey with some general questions but particularly includes questions on possible ways to pay for better roads, including: –Raising  taxes. –Devoting more of the county budget to roads. –Cutting county workers’ salaries and benefits by 5 percent and use that money for… Read More »

Group pushing for better roads netting headlines, success

It’s only about a year old, but the group Save Our Sonoma Roads is making headlines and scoring some success. Last Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved spending $6.5 million on repairs for 13.2 miles of roads — a feat that SOS Roads takes some credit for. Last Thursday, the Wall St. Journal published a story in its Bay Area edition on SOS’s campaign to get the county to spend more on road repairs. The article promptly was… Read More »

Group forms to push for better county roads

Anyone who’s grumbled about the condition of Sonoma County roads has a new friend. A group of county residents recently formed Save Our Sonoma Roads to lobby local elected officials to spend more money on road maintenance and improvements. Craig S. Harrison, who lives along Sonoma Mountain Road in the Bennett Valley area, and Michael Troy, who lives along Lichau Road east of Rohnert Park, cofounded the group and helped set up its website, SOSRoads.org. Harrison said that as president… Read More »