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  • Published on April 27, 2017

    Santa Rosa's Courthouse Square will be unveiling its new look this week. The $10.5 million project reunifies the downtown square which has been divided by auto traffic for half a century.

  • Published on April 26, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Wet Weather Percolation/Groundwater Testing information is being tracked for the 2016-2017 season. Rainfall totals data and/or testing dates have been updated as of April 26, 2017.

  • Published on April 20, 2017

    Santa Rosa has been recognized as the best microbrewing culture in the United States, according to a recent ranking by the online journal, The Pudding. 

  • Published on April 18, 2017

    Although California is a powerhouse of technology and innovation, the digital divide persists for rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. Recently introduced legislation, The Internet For All Now Act, would ensure that  California remains economically competitive and a national leader in closing the digital divide.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 14, 2017
    Health Services

    The Behavioral Health Division presents a Public Hearing to review the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) 2017-2020 Three-Year Integrated Plan & Annual Update for 2015-2016 on May 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

  • Published on March 31, 2017

    Sonoma County ranks 13th in the nation for solar-related jobs, according to a new report by The Solar Foundation. Employment in the county’s solar sector grew 44 percent from the previous year to 3,476 jobs in 2016.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on March 29, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    The Department of Health Services, Environmental Health and Safety (EHS), employs several strategies to prevent foodborne illness and promote health and quality of life in Sonoma County. Through education, permitting, inspection protocols, and complaint investigations, EHS collaborates with businesses to prevent diseases that result from interactions between people and the places they live, work, play and eat.

  • Published on March 13, 2017

    Looking for a six-figure salary in Sonoma County? According to 2015 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in health care, law, public safety and IT make the biggest bucks.

  • Energy and Sustainability Division, General Services
    Published on March 13, 2017
    Energy and Sustainability Division, General Services

    Three Sonoma County libraries will be lending more than books through May 2017.  The Guerneville, Sebastopol and Central Santa Rosa branches will have Do-It-Yourself tool kits that promote water and energy savings.

  • Published on March 13, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    Beginning April 3, 2017, the Fire and Emergency Services cube at Permit Sonoma will be staffed during various hours Monday through Thursday.
  • Published on March 12, 2017

    The Sonoma County economy is gaining national attention for its strength in job growth and business vitality. 

  • Published on March 6, 2017
    Permit Sonoma

    Estimated plan check response times as of Monday, March 6, 2017.

  • Published on March 5, 2017

    The Santa Rosa Junior College is expanding its career and technical training programs to help local firms find qualified workers.

  • Published on February 27, 2017

    The EDB's Al Lerma discusses the importance of immigrant businesses and consumer spending in Sonoma County.

  • Published on February 23, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Event Date: March 22, 2017 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. Learn how to use online and mobile device tools for handling your permitting needs: Apply for permits, find out the status of a permit, schedule inspections, find out inspection results, pay permit fees, and more!

  • Published on February 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    The specialty food and beverage manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid clip, in terms of both profits and employment, according to a December 2016 industry report from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was deactivated at 6:00pm on February 9, 2017. County officials  continue to monitor weather conditions and assess any storm related impacts.

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at 5:00pm on February 9, 2017, due to the latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicating the Russian River reaching minor flood stages.

  • Published on January 27, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Accessory Unit regulations changed on January 24, 2017. New regulations allowing Junior Units were also adopted.

    More Information

  • Published on January 27, 2017

    The eighth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, 2017, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. No tickets or passes required. For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Published on January 25, 2017

    This year's "Discovered: Emerging Artists from Sonoma County" features the work of five local artists. The show has been co-produced by the Petaluma Arts Center and Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board. The exhibit runs from January 24, 2017 - March 18, 2017.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is seeking a dedicated professional to serve as the next Conference & Communications Coordinator. This position is part-time (30 hours/week). For a complete job description or to apply, visit the County of Sonoma Human Resources page.

  • Published on January 24, 2017

    Sonoma Magazine - On Friday, February 3rd, 2017, Pliny the Younger is making its 14th annual debut at Russian River Brewing Company (RRBC) in Santa Rosa. Pliny the Younger is one of the most anticipated seasonal beer releases around the globe. Find out what the hype is all about!

  • Published on January 24, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    To help storm-impacted residents of the Russian River area, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (Permit Sonoma) has opened a temporary permit center January 17, 2017 through and including January 24, 2017 at the Veterans War Memorial building located at 16255 1st Street (at Church Street) in Guerneville. This permit center will process and issue permits for non-structural storm damage repairs. Applicants must be the property owner of record, their authorized agent, or their contractor. Permit processing fees are waived for storm–related damage repair permits.

    Permit Center Hours, Location, & Phone Number

  • Published on January 19, 2017

    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Friday, January 20, 2017 and Saturday, January 21, 2017.

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    At the annual State of the County event on January 12th, 2017, Jerry Nickelsburg of the UCLA Anderson Forecast assured Sonoma County leaders that the North Coast's economic outlook will be positive in 2017 due to steady growth and a jobless rate of less than 4 percent. 

  • Published on January 13, 2017

    Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding.

  • Health Services
    Published on January 13, 2017
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Management Services of the Community Dental Health Workforce.

  • Published on January 11, 2017

    If you have structural safety concerns regarding your home or business due to damages from the recent storm, please use the SoCo Report It app.

  • Published on January 11, 2017

    Treat all low hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware of trees, pools of water and other objects that may be in contact with power lines.

  • Published on January 10, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services is available to help any individual with relocating and sheltering companion animals during the storm.
  • Published on January 10, 2017
    For safety’s sake, always assume that a fallen power line is live,
  • Published on January 6, 2017
    Power failures are common during a storm with strong winds,  construction, and even car accidents that take down electricity poles. Here are some of the most important tips to keep in mind in preparation for possible power outages.
  • Health Services
    Published on January 2, 2017
    Health Services

    The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Learn about the steps to take to protect yourself and others during this flu season.

  • Published on December 28, 2016
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Effective January 1, 2017, Permit Sonoma (PRMD) will discontinue the Well & Septic morning office hours.  Well & Septic staff will continue to be available at the Well & Septic cubicle in the Permit Sonoma Lobby or by calling or emailing staff directly to request meetings which will be scheduled for mutually acceptable times.

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  • Health Services
    Published on December 14, 2016
    Health Services

    The Department of Health Services Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation Division intends to award a contract to:

  • Health Services
    Published on December 14, 2016
    Health Services

    The holidays are upon us - you can help ensure that your guests enjoy themselves AND get home safely.

  • Published on December 1, 2016

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning recreational anglers not to consume the viscera (internal organs) of Dungeness crab caught in coastal waters north of Point Reyes, California. This warning is due to the sporadic detection of elevated levels of domoic acid in the viscera of Dungeness crabs caught off the Northern California coast.

  • Published on November 23, 2016
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    In this issue of our e-newsletter, you’ll find information on the maximum amount of pollutants permitted in the Russian River. Read about an upcoming public workshop on Coastal Sea-Level Rise and the approval of the Community Separators Protection Ordinance. And we’ll introduce you to the new Contractor Central app.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on November 23, 2016
    Environmental Health & Safety

    The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA), Notice of Informational Meeting for a Revised Solid Waste Facility Permit for the Central Transfer/Processing Facility Located at 500 Mecham Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952, Solid Waste Facility Permit #49-AA-0404.

  • Published on November 22, 2016

    As part of its 2016 Year of the Entrepreneur initiative, the EDB is currently sponsoring a 12-week run of Career Conversations on KSRO Radio in Sonoma County. Career Conversations is a weekly radio show spotlighting local entrepreneurs in Sonoma County and offering career advice for those considering launching a business. Tune in Friday afternoons from 12:00pm - 12:30pm October through December 2016.

  • Published on November 15, 2016

    San Francisco Chronicle - A $175 Million expansion adds a 200-room hotel to the Graton Resort & Casino, adding a sizable hotel with a number of amenities to the sprawling 342,000-square-foot Rohnert Park property. The six-story hotel in Sonoma County—adjacent to the casino that Station Casinos manages for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria—features two bars, a 10,000-square-foot spa and salon, 20,000-square-feet of meeting space and other amenities.

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    Published on November 14, 2016
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Come to the Santa Rosa Finley Center on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 9 am - 3 pm for the largest GIS event in the North Bay. This FREE event is open to the public and showcases how GIS is being used in your community and at local schools

  • Published on November 3, 2016

    The North Bay Business Journal - Challenges and new opportunities forecast for Sonoma County's workforce as the demographics shift towards Hispanic and millennials in the decades ahead. 

  • Health Services
    Published on November 3, 2016
    Health Services

    Public Notice is hereby given, in compliance with AB1497 and California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27, Section 21660.3, that the Sonoma County Environmental Health and Safety Section, Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) will be holding an informational meeting to review the changes made to the Solid Waste Facility Permit for the Central Transfer/Processing Facility SWIS #49-AA-0404.   

  • Published on October 31, 2016
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    PRMD closed testing of water wells as of the following dates:

    Springs and shallow water wells (less than 50 feet deep): Closed October 1, 2016

    Deep water wells (greater than 50 feet deep): Closed October 28, 2016

  • Published on October 28, 2016
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    This month we’ll be looking at building codes, the medical cannabis land use ordinance, and new California land use planning laws. Keep reading and you’ll learn about an innovative trial compost toilet project and a tip for using the Permit Sonoma online permitting tool.

  • Access Sonoma Broadband
    Published on October 17, 2016
    Access Sonoma Broadband

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has launched an online questionnaire for the Call Completion proceeding.

  • Published on October 14, 2016
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Request for a Use Permit and Design Review to construct and operate a new 120-room hotel/resort and public river access at the historic Guernewood Park Resort location, on the Board of Zoning Adjustments Agenda for October 20, 2016 has been continued off calendar to a date and time uncertain. A future public hearing will be re-noticed at a later date.

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