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  • Published on August 9, 2017

    SANTA ROSA, CA—The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) has engaged Magellan Advisors to assist the county in developing a Broadband Strategic Plan. Magellan’s senior team of consultants will work with the county, EDB and Access Sonoma Broadband (ASB) to successfully develop a plan for Sonoma County’s broadband future. Ben Stone, Sonoma County Economic Development Director says, 

    “Broadband is a necessity and no longer a luxury for residents, businesses, and anchor institutions, including health care facilities, public safety agencies, and schools. The strategic plan will analyze and make recommendations for improving access to internet services."

    Magellan Advisors and the ASB are planning an educational workshop along with community meetings, focus groups, and interviews in September 2017.

    To learn more, including upcoming meetings and focus group times, please see the press release.

  • Published on August 6, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) announces the launch of Strategic Sonoma, an innovative economic development planning effort in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board. 

    “The goal of Strategic Sonoma is to create a five year plan that identifies economic development opportunities for residents and businesses in Sonoma County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We look forward to meeting with the community, hearing what they have to say, and developing a plan to further grow our local economy.” 

  • Published on July 26, 2017

    On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.

  • Published on July 12, 2017

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. DHS will remove the closure signs placed at the beach. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

  • Published on May 8, 2017

    Sonoma County celebrates National Economic Development Week from May 8-13th. The goal of National Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 10, 2017
    Sonoma County will hold an Airport Area Specific Plan Public Workshop on Thursday April 13th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Windsor High School Library. Attendees will explore land use, circulation, and public improvements to the Airport Area over the next 20 years.
  • Published on March 7, 2017
    The Board of Supervisors adopted code changes for accessory dwelling units (“accessory units”) and junior accessory dwelling units (“junior units”). This action was in response to changes in State law and the housing crisis.
  • Published on March 1, 2017

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 6th -12th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

  • Published on February 24, 2017
    Event Date: March 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Open house to introduce the community to three potential land use and circulation options for the Springs Specific Plan. One of these alternatives will be used as a basis for the draft Specific Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and provide input on the alternative they prefer.
  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Russian River will recede to below flood stage at midnight tonight and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will deactivate at 6 pm, Cleanup and damage assessment continue throughout the weekend. Clear skies expected this weekend

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian will peak at 12 noon today, February 10th, at a crest of 34.4 feet.

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

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight.

  • Published on January 23, 2017

    Today the Committee for Healthcare Improvement, a coalition of healthcare providers that is part of Sonoma County Health Action, announced health care organizations across Sonoma County are implementing common guidelines for safe pain management.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Effective Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has opened a temporary permit center in Guerneville to help property owners obtain permits for non-structural storm damage repairs, such as drywall and electrical repairs, resulting from recent flooding of the Russian River.  Today, 1/24/2017, is the last day for the Temporary Mobile Permit Center, and that all operations will be at Permit Sonoma’s (PRMD) main office at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Published on January 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    While another winter storm is expected to hit Sonoma County starting Wednesday, January 18, 2017 the California Nevada River Forecast Center does not forecast flooding of the Russian River as a result.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will remain at flood stage (above 32 feet) until 6 p.m. this evening. The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to remain active to provide updated information and emergency services to Sonoma County residents.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    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. Six sites will be available to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Published on January 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    El Centro de  Pronósticos del Rio California/Nevada pronóstico que el Rio Ruso alcanzara su maximo a las 2 p.m. La cresta de inundacion a 37.7 pies. El pronóstico actual indica que el río permanecerá en fase de inundación hasta las 8:00 p.m. el Jueves.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 8:00 PM
    El Condado emite aviso de evacuación voluntaria en las áreas de inundación previstas
  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    An advisory evacuation notice has been issued from the Sonoma County Emergency Operation Center for residents living in the Russian River flood way and its tributaries. For your safety, you're requested to leave the areas below the 38.3-foot flood level in the lower Russian River area. Be sure to take essential items, such as medicine, with you.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 4:45 PM
    Debido a la llegada de una segunda tormenta, se espera que el Rio Ruso llegara otra vez a escenerio de inundación a 32.3 pies, hoy a las 5:00 p.m. El Centro de Pronósticos del Rio California/Nevada pronóstico que el Rio Ruso alcanzara su maximo mañana a las 6 p.m. La cresta de inundacion a 38.4 pies.
  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Due to the arrival of a second winter storm, the Russian River is anticipated to again reach flood stage of 32.3 feet at 5:00 p.m. today. The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will reach its peak at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, cresting at 38.4 feet.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM
    El Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia responde a las inundaciones y se prepara para una segunda tormenta
  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Russian River is currently cresting at 35.1 feet and is anticipated to remain at flood levels through 6 am on Tuesday, January 10th.  A second storm is predicted this evening and into tomorrow with high winds of over 40 miles per hour with moderate flooding on Wednesday January 11th.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    El Rio Russo alcanzo niveles de inundación (32 pies) a la 1 a.m. de esta mañana. Se anticipa la cresta de inundación (35.2 pies) ocurrirá a las 2 p.m.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    The Russian River reached minor flood stages of 32 feet at 1 am this morning, January 9 th. As of 9 am on January 9 th, the forecast model indicated that the Russian River will peak at 1 pm today, January 9 th, at a crest of 35.2 feet.

  • Published on January 8, 2017 at 7:15 PM
    El Condado de Sonoma abre el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia, empieza  evacuaciones voluntarias areas de inundation previstas.
  • Published on January 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM
    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating that the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight, January 8 th.
  • Published on January 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County­ beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday.  Heavy rainfall and some flooding of rivers and creeks is possible.

  • Published on October 27, 2016

    The Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department (PRMD) is holding a Public Workshop on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. Community members are invited to participate in the workshop and share their input on ways to adapt to sea-level rise and protect the Sonoma County Coast.

  • Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    The Sawmill Fire, which began at approximately 10:50 am today, has burned approximately 500 acres off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Due to ordered evacuations, the County of Sonoma has opened an Evacuation Center with the Red Cross. Read more

  • Published on September 22, 2016

    Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Jen Lewis is selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. Lewis is currently the Department’s Special Projects Director and formerly was the Health Program Manager for the county-wide initiative Health Action.

  • Published on July 8, 2016

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:30 PM to consider the proposed ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot, amend General Plan maps to expand Community Separators, related policy amendments, and related rezoning to add the SR (Scenic Resources) overlay zone.

  • Published on June 29, 2016
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a Winery Events Study Session at approximately 3:10 PM on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 during their public board meeting. This session will explore the County’s General Plan policies that guide winery promotional and event activities. It will take place in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers located at 575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa.
  • Published on June 22, 2016

    A community design workshop for the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Wednesday June 29th, 6:00 p.m., at the Sonoma Charter School Multi-Purpose Room, in Sonoma. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input into this exciting planning project for the Springs area, which includes the Highway 12 corridor from Agua Caliente Road to Verano Avenue.

  • Published on June 13, 2016

    The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has launched a new permitting system enabling customers to participate more effectively in the County’s permitting process. Known as Permit Sonoma, the new system delivers more transparent services to support sustainable development and environmental protection in unincorporated Sonoma County.

  • Published on June 10, 2016

    Community Separators are rural open space lands identified in the County’s General Plan that separate cities and other communities.  They preserve city and community identity by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on May 9, 2016

    The second of five community workshops on the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM, at the Altimira Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, in Sonoma.

  • Published on April 28, 2016

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed an individual tested positive for the Zika virus in Sonoma County. This individual is the first case of Zika in our county. While traveling in Central America the Sonoma County resident was bit by mosquitoes. Spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes which are present throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America.

  • Published on March 23, 2016

    The Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District (EDD), created through a joint powers agreement between Sonoma County and Mendocino County in January 2015, today launched a new website.

  • Published on March 18, 2016

    Community Separators are lands that function to separate cities and unincorporated communities, contain urban development, and preserve distinct community identities by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on March 18, 2016

    Community Separators are lands that function to separate cities and unincorporated communities, contain urban development, and preserve distinct community identities by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on March 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a second storm to pass through Sonoma County, with more heavy rainfall and some minor flooding of rivers and creeks. 

  • Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today and continuing through Sunday

  • Published on March 2, 2016

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance to establish a new grading system for food facilities using a color-coded placard program.

  • Published on February 17, 2016
    The Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works is implementing new traffic calming measures on Agua Caliente Road West, between Sonoma Creek and Highway 12, to improve traffic safety conditions for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transportation users.
  • Published on February 10, 2016

    The first of five community engagement workshops on the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input into this exciting planning project for the Springs area, which includes the Highway 12 corridor from Agua Caliente Road to Verano Avenue.

  • Published on January 25, 2016

    This week, Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, opened up the recruitment process for individuals who are interested in serving on its first Advisory Board.

  • Published on November 24, 2015

    Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

  • Published on November 17, 2015

    On Tuesday, November 10th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved new one-time funding that will help build approximately 100 miles of new roads. The Board added $13.5 million of funding, which brings the total general fund contribution to roads to a record $25 million.

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