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Top Sonoma County News You Must Read This Weekend

Hello, Readers of the Press Democrats! I’m Marie McCain, one of the Press Democrat’s local news editors, and we’d like to thank you for choosing us as your local news source in the North Bay.

If you’re out and about this Labor Day weekend to listen to music at BottleRock, enjoy the great weather, or hang out with family or friends and haven’t had time to catch up on the news, don’t worry.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most important news of this weekend that you need to read.

The Windsor man’s DNA test helps identify the remains of his father, who died in an attack on Pearl Harbor: The surprise came a few months after George Hudson received the results of his DNA test. First came a call from a Navy representative with a single question: Was George the son of Charles Hudson?

What came next was an elaborate dance with a breathtaking result. Nearly 80 years after the Pearl Harbor bombing, the government first identified the remains of Charles Hudson, USN Water Tender 1st Class, who died aboard the USS Oklahoma.

State bills could boost construction and alleviate North Bay’s housing shortage, developers and supporters say: California lawmakers have tabled two controversial bills designed to make it easier to build humble single-family homes, semi-detached houses, and downsized apartment buildings across the state.

If signed by Governor Gavin Newsom, the new bills – the latest piecemeal housing code after a series of failed attempts to pass broader measures – could remove some local control over the city and county territories in the state.

Former Gallaher workers at the Santa Rosa apartment complex say they have been pressured into participating in home fraud programs: Two former employees of an apartment complex owned and operated by developer Bill Gallaher’s businesses in Sonoma County say they were instructed to participate in fraud alleged in a June 2019 whistleblower lawsuit that was recently filed with 500,000 US dollar was enclosed.

They also state that they were never contacted by any of the three government agencies – county and state – investigating the case, which was settled last month.

Just as summer, dried out by drought, disappears in a waft of fog from forest fires, so does peace of mind: With shrinking lakes and rivers and parched forests causing wildfires on unprecedented levels in California, opportunities to explore, experience and return to nature still exist.

Camping trips have been canceled, boating has been scaled back and fishing has been put on hold. And there is a sense of déjà vu as the fire season gets more extreme every year. Fear rises when the air quality degrades and people collect shower water in buckets and turn the lawn tan at home.

Legislators on the north coast are preparing for the fight against the coal export proposal, which is tied to Humboldt: North Coast lawmakers and environmental groups prepare for a fight to block a secret plan to restore an abandoned section of the North Coast Railroad for high-volume coal shipments from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana to Humboldt Bay for overseas export.

A scheme Senator Mike McGuire calls the “Toxic Coal Train” would allow coal to be transported through Utah and Nevada, west through Sacramento and Vallejo, and across North Bay along the SMART railroad tracks and beyond to the port of Eureka.

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