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  • Published on March 25, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    All Testing Closed in Petaluma. Groundwater Determinations Closed in Healdsburg. Groundwater Determinations and Percolation Testing Extended Further into April in Various Areas. Rainfall totals data and/or testing open dates have been updated as of March 25, 2019More Information

  • Regional Parks
    Published on March 22, 2019

    The following parks and trails are closed due to flooding or storm-related safety issues: Guerneville River Park, Sunset Beach River Park, Forestville River Access, the trail between Lake Benoist and Lake Wilson at Riverfront Regional Park, the South Ridge Trail between Vista Point and Canyon Trail at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, Tolay Lake Causeway Trail, and Ragle Ranch back country trails.

  • Published on March 21, 2019

    A month after Sonoma County was hit by a storm that caused historical floods, the Curbside Flood Debris Collection Program established in response to that disaster will come to an end.

  • Published on March 20, 2019

    View a list of our current and upcoming job opportunities, including:

    - Eligibility Specialist I - English and Bilingual (English/Spanish) (closes 4/3/19)

    - Lifeguard - Extra-Help (continuous)

    - Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner - Extra-Help (continuous)

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on March 18, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Home Sonoma County
    Published on March 13, 2019
    Home Sonoma County

    Staff Reports for FY2019-20 Consolidated Homeless Services Funding are now available for review. These are only recommendations and will be considered by the Home Sonoma County Leadership Council on March 22, 2019. 

  • Home Sonoma County
    Published on March 13, 2019
    Home Sonoma County

    Staff Recommendations for FY2019-20 Homeless Services Funding 

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on March 11, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on March 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    The Local Assistance Center (LAC) in Guerneville, established to help residents impacted by the winter storms and floods in the Russian River area last week, will close on Saturday March 9, 2019.

  • Published on March 8, 2019

    United Airlines launched service Friday to Denver, a route sought for nearly a decade by Sonoma County residents, tourists and business travelers desiring flights to a major international hub with convenient connections to destinations across the country and around the world.

  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    Published on March 7, 2019
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    Notice is hereby given that the Sonoma County Community Development Commission ("CDC") intends to consider approval of a Disposition, Development and Funding Agreement ("DDA") with MidPen Housing Corporation and Urbanmix Development, LLC for the development and improvement of the 6.78-acre Roseland Village Neighborhood Center pursuant to the Roseland Specific Plan. The CDC will hold a public hearing on March 12, 2019 at 8:30 am in the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 575 Administration Drive in Santa Rosa, CA, 95403.

  • Published on March 7, 2019

    The County of Sonoma is coordinating curbside debris collection to begin March 11 to assist Russian River communities with the significant amount of waste created by the flood disaster.

  • Published on March 6, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Due to the County's flood recovery efforts, the Board of Supervisor item for consideration of the proposed Onsite Waste Treatment Systems (OWTS) Manual has been postponed to May 21, 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience.
    Background: In order to meet State mandated regulations, the County of Sonoma is updating our OWTS Manual. This Manual outlines County regulations and standards for septic systems.
    More Information about the Update of the OWTS Manual

  • Health Services
    Published on March 5, 2019
    Health Services

    This proclamation of a Local Health Emergency by a Sonoma County Health Officer was issued due to major winter storm events which resulted in major flooding in parts of Sonoma County. California Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency with respect to the same storms on February 28, 2019.

  • Published on March 5, 2019
    Local assessments pave the way for State and Federal organizations to determine community impacts
  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on March 4, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma will accept site nominations for rezoning for higher-density housing until the end of March 2019.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on March 4, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Flood debris drop-off sites available through March 4.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Sitios para deshacerse de los escombros que trajo la inundación disponibles hasta el 4 de marzo.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Información sobre recursos y servicios disponibles para recuperación después de la tormenta.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Initial assessments identify countywide damages for approximately 1,900 homes and 578 businesses.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Las evaluaciones iniciales identifican daños de aproximadamente 1,900 hogares y 578 negocios en todo el condado
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    El Centro de Asistencia Local abrirá el domingo al mediodía para proveer a los residentes con servicios y apoyo en un solo lugar.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Center opens on Sunday March 3 at noon to provide residents with services and support all in one place.
  • Published on March 1, 2019

    Sonoma County crews and partner agencies have conducted evaluations and have determined it is safe to allow residents back into evacuation areas along the Russian River. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office have sent notifications lifting evacuation orders. Please be aware that roads will still have some debris. Use caution when entering these areas. If you see road crews, please make way for them to get through to keep clearing debris.

  • Published on February 28, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    In the wake of this week’s severe storms and subsequent flooding along the Russian River, Governor Newsom has declared a State of Emergency to allow for state funds and resources to help our local community respond to and recover from the impacts of flooding, mudslides, and damage to critical infrastructure.

  • Published on February 28, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    The Russian River reached a crest of 45.4 feet late Wednesday night, just short of the projected peak of 46 feet. The river has started to recede and is expected drop to below flood stage of 32 feet early Friday morning. Preliminary estimates indicate as many as 3,000 structures have been damaged during the flood.

  • Published on February 28, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Due to the 2019 Winter Storms and Flooding, Permit Sonoma staff must perform emergency safety assessments of affected properties on Friday, March 1, 2019. There will be no regular inspections scheduled or performed. There will also be no cube service at the Permit Center for the following disciplines: Code Enforcement, Engineering, Fire Prevention, Plan Check, Well & Septic. Please note that inspections and cube service may be affected the week of Monday, March 4th as well. More Information

  • Published on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    La Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Sonoma declaró una Emergencia Local este martes en medio de las poderosas tormentas que azotan la zona con fuertes lluvias que causaron el desbordamiento del río Russian y consecuentemente la evacuación de miles de residentes que viven en la parte inferior del río.
  • Published on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared a Local Emergency Tuesday in the midst of powerful winter storms that have battered the County with heavy rains that caused the Russian River to overflow its banks, and forcing the evacuation of thousands residents from the lower river area.

    The proclamation requests that California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaim a State of Emergency, waive regulations that could hinder response and recovery efforts, and make state disaster and assistance and relief programs available for damage caused by the 2019 winter storms and flooding. The proclamation is the first step in seeking support for the response efforts that are under way and the recovery efforts that will follow.

  • Published on February 27, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    The latest prediction from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages of 32 feet at 7 pm tonight, and it is anticipated that it will peak at 11 pm tomorrow, February 27, at a crest of 46.1 feet at Guerneville. It is expected that the Russian River will recede below flood levels, at 32 feet, at 10 pm on Thursday, February 28th.

    In response, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders to residents living near the Russian River floodway and its tributaries through the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA), SoCoAlert and other social media tools. If you are planning to evacuate, we recommend you evacuate now to help clear the roads for emergency vehicles this evening.

  • Published on February 27, 2019

     District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a warning to anyone targeting those affected by the recent flooding in Sonoma County, “California law protects people impacted by a state of emergency.  Looting is theft, which is always against the law.  However, during a time of emergency additional legal protections exist against price gouging on gas, food, housing, and other essential supplies.  I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint by contacting local law enforcement or my office.  Be advised that any looting or price gouging related to this week’s flooding will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” 

  • Published on February 26, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    The latest prediction from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages of 32 feet at 7 pm tonight, and it is anticipated that it will peak at 11 pm tomorrow, February 27, at a crest of 46.1 feet at Guerneville. It is expected that the Russian River will recede below flood levels, at 32 feet, at 10 pm on Thursday, February 28th.

    In response, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders to residents living near the Russian River floodway and its tributaries through the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA), SoCoAlert and other social media tools. If you are planning to evacuate, we recommend you evacuate now to help clear the roads for emergency vehicles this evening. 

  • Published on February 26, 2019

    In this issue of our e-newsletter we have:

    • Increased Accessory Dwelling Unit Customer Service
    • Expanded Support in Evaluating Rebuilding Construction Proposals
    • Meet Planning Commissioner Ariel Kelley
    • Cleaning Up Junkyards
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 25, 2019 at 5:53 PM
    Board of Supervisors
    The National Weather Service has issued several alerts due to the strong winter storm forecasted to pass over Sonoma County today through Wednesday night, February 27, 2019. With the forecasted wind and rain, there is a significant risk for Russian River flooding, flash floods and mudslides across Sonoma County, including the areas that burned in the October 2017 wildfires. Due to the forecasted increased risks, Sonoma County will activate its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) beginning at 8:00 A.M. tomorrow, Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
  • Commission on the Status of Women
    Published on February 25, 2019
    Commission on the Status of Women
    All local women are encouraged to participate in the Voices of Sonoma County Women project, sponsored by the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on February 25, 2019
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Could a new dog, cat or bunny companion bring you happiness and joy? Maybe one of our Pets of the Week is the right match for you?

  • Published on February 23, 2019

    Michellene Ruiz and Faith Ndegwa have their sights set on achieving greatness. They enroll in advanced classes each summer, and during the school year are involved with clubs at their school, Roseland Collegiate Prep, that emphasize leadership and good study habits.

    So it was no surprise to their parents when they chose to spend Saturday — a precious day off in their packed weekly schedule — at an engineering event for young women.

    Ruiz and Ndegwa, both 15, were among about 120 students attending the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day hosted by Keysight Technologies in Santa Rosa.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 22, 2019 at 3:00 PM
    Board of Supervisors
    To assist residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department in collaboration with Recology will provide two debris removal clean-up events over the next two weekends. In addition, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency will provide the opportunity to dispose of toxic materials at one location on Tuesday, March 12th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 22, 2019
    Board of Supervisors
    In the months following the 2017 wildfires, there was heightened awareness of the importance of ensuring County-wide economic vitality by meeting housing development goals.
  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    Published on February 21, 2019
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission) is requesting qualifications from firms to provide Environmental Services at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center.

  • Published on February 19, 2019

    Fans of chef Matt Elias’ and Laine Ayre’s The Bodega food truck will be stoked to learn they’re now heading up one of the coast’s most destination-worthy cafes — Dillon Beach Coastal Kitchen.

    Further south, Tony’s Seafood in Marshall is getting ready for their grand opening later this month. The 70 year-old restaurant is being resurrected by Hog Island Oyster owners John Finger and Terry Sawyer, who purchased it in 2017.

  • Published on February 19, 2019

    Health Action has partnered in the Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative on a journey to restore healing and long-term resiliency in the aftermath of the October 2017 wildfires. 

  • Health Services
    Published on February 19, 2019
    Health Services

    The First 5 Sonoma County Commission and the Department of Health Services are planning to request approval of an ordinance amending Ordinance Number 5142 (establishing the Sonoma County Children and Families First Commission) as amended by Ordinance Numbers 5236, 5807, and 5881, to establish First 5 Sonoma County Commission as an independent public agency and establish Commission membership, terms, powers, and duties.

  • Published on February 19, 2019

    Explore how to make sustainable and low-carbon building choices in your rebuild or home improvements.

  • Published on February 15, 2019 at 6:40 PM
    With the Atmospheric River no longer a threat to residents, Sonoma County closed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 12 p.m. today. Although the EOC is closing for this storm, Emergency Management staff will continue to work with partner agencies to monitor conditions.
  • Published on February 14, 2019 at 5:40 PM
    The latest prediction from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River has now reached minor flood stages, and it is anticipated that it will peak at 1 am tomorrow, February 15, at a crest of 36 feet at Guerneville. It is expected that the Russian River will recede below flood levels, at 32 feet, at 10 pm on Friday, February 15.
  • Published on February 8, 2019

    The tenth annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week will continue the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food.  From March 1-10, 2019, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices.  There are no tickets or passes required.  For more details, visit Sonoma County Restaurant Week.

  • Chanate Complex
    Published on February 7, 2019
    Chanate Complex

    On October 23, 2018, the Board directed staff to dispose of the Chanate property as surplus following California Government Code Section 54220. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on February 6, 2019
    Sonoma County Regional Parks and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit will begin burning brush piles at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in southeast Windsor on Sunday, Feb. 10. The pile burn is the first of several to be conducted in the park this month and possibly into the spring, to create a fire break along a wooded boundary the park shares with the Mayacama homeowners. The park will remain open during burning operations.
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