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  • Water Agency
    Published on January 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a community meeting on January 30, to discuss a proposed groundwater sustainability fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency. Attendees will also learn about a proposed well registration program. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, Finley Community Center, 2060 West College Ave, Santa Rosa.
  • Water Agency
    Published on January 17, 2019
    Water Agency
    The atmospheric river that swept into Sonoma County this week sent reservoirs levels rising in the two main water supply reservoirs that the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) manages, but the heavy rainfall also put pressure on the wastewater collection system in the Sonoma Valley.
  • Published on January 16, 2019
    El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología ha emitido varias alertas en relación a la tormenta invernal que pasa por el Condado de Sonoma y que se extenderá hasta el jueves 17 de enero de 2019. Las fuertes lluvias que se pronostican para la noche crean potencial para que se generen deslizamientos de tierra en las áreas quemadas por los incendios de octubre de 2017.
  • Published on January 16, 2019
    The National Weather Service has issued several alerts and warnings due to the strong winter storm forecasted to pass over Sonoma County Wednesday night through Thursday, January 17, 2019. With the forecasted rain, there is potential for mudslides in the areas that burned in the October 2017 wildfires this evening.
  • District Attorney
    Published on January 16, 2019
    District Attorney

    Defendant Arturo Blancas-Lopez, 51 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert Laforge to sixteen years in state prison after having pled no contest in November of last year to two felony charges of Forcible Lewd Acts with a Minor Under the Age of Fourteen.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 15, 2019
    District Attorney
    January is designated as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  The annual event has been recognized since January 2010 in an effort to bring attention to the epidemic of human trafficking in this country.
  • Published on January 14, 2019
    El estado de California repartirá los subsidios de CalFresh de febrero de manera anticipada debido a que el cierre del gobierno federal podría causar que no se generen nuevos auxilios de alimentos para el mes de febrero.
  • Published on January 14, 2019
    Between January 15-20 the State will issue February CalFresh benefits earlier than usual to many Sonoma County residents to cover food during the coming month.
  • Water Agency
    Published on January 14, 2019
    Water Agency
    A faulty valve resulted in the accidental release of 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater from a pipeline in the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District). The leak occurred at Schell Slough in Sonoma Valley, and the wastewater flowed into the slough.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 7, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Marion Christine Forrest, 53 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today after having entered a plea of no contest in December to charges of Battery, Child Abuse, and an admission of a hate crime allegation.
  • Published on January 4, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    We hear you! Thanks to everyone that responded to the County’s request for help in identifying potential sites in unincorporated areas to rezone for housing. As of 1/4/19, we received submissions for 42 parcels to evaluate for rezoning. Of those parcels in the unincorporated area, there is a total of about 100 acres with a potential for approximately 2,000 new housing units.

  • Published on December 28, 2018

    Learn about whether foster parenting is right for you at Explore Foster Parenting, a one-hour discussion held monthly, 6-7 p.m., at 2255 Challenger Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. Dates for 2019 talks are: Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. For information and to reserve a seat, call (707) 565-4274. 

  • Published on December 28, 2018

    Starting Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO), 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, will increase drop-in office hours to Monday−Thursday, 8-11 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. VSO phone hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 27, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Sergio Espinoza-Villalobos, 23 years old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty today by a Sonoma County jury of driving or taking a motor vehicle without consent, his fourth conviction for such conduct in the last 14 months.
  • Published on December 26, 2018
    Permit Sonoma
    A medida que el Condado continúa nuestra iniciativa de producir más viviendas, necesitamos su ayuda para encontrar sitios. Si los sitios cumplen con nuestro criterio, trabajaremos con el propietario y la comunidad para modificar la densidad con una revisión del diseño para garantizar la calidad y la compatibilidad de la comunidad.
  • Published on December 26, 2018
    Permit Sonoma

    As the County continues our initiative to produce more housing, we need your help in finding sites. If sites meet our criteria, we will work with the owner and community to rezone them for more density with design review to ensure quality and community compatibility.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 24, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Logologoa Taumaloto Tevaseu, 36 years old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty on December 21 of all charges and allegations following a three-week jury trial. The charges included second degree murder, gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated, and driving while under the influence causing injury. The jury also found true allegations that Tevaseu injured five people in the crash in addition to the young woman he killed.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 21, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Friend Trusted, Inc., a Delaware Corporation and GoSmith Inc., a Delaware Corporation, the operators of the website Gosmith.com, agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan D. Hardcastle, requiring the corporations to pay $270,000 dollars in penalties, $10,000 in investigative costs, and $20,000 in restitution for violating state false advertising laws. Gosmith.com assists consumers in locating contractors and other service providers.

  • Published on December 20, 2018

    Travelers seeking expedited security lines and less hassle at all U.S. airports are encouraged to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® program. IdentoGO®, mobile provider of the TSA Pre✓® program, will be at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) January 7-11, 2019.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 19, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Brent Spivey, 24 years old of Walnut, California, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 13 years in prison for numerous sex crimes he committed against a 13-year old Sonoma County girl.

  • Published on December 18, 2018
    Start your year with peace of mind: Resolve to complete your advance health care directive pronto! That way, your priorities will guide treatment decisions should you have a medical emergency. For even greater peace of mind, get your friends and family to complete theirs, too

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $2.9 million to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) for relocation of a portion of the water supply pipeline outside a hazard zone, providing for increased resiliency to future disasters. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 17, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    In a significant step towards addressing Sonoma County’s housing crisis, last Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved a series of actions that will result in the creation of 618 new units of affordable housing over the next three years.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    The mouth of the Russian River opened on its own at about 9:30 p.m., Sunday, December 16. The water surface elevation is currently about six feet above sea level, and no longer presents a flooding threat to low-lying areas of Jenner.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 16, 2018
    Water Agency

    Flooding is likely in low-lying areas near Jenner tonight and into Monday, due to waters rapidly rising in the Russian River estuary (where the river flows into the Pacific Ocean). Water surface elevations in the estuary are currently approximately 10 feet above sea level.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 14, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the October 2017 wildfires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 14, 2018
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that 52-year old Timothy Marble, of Napa, CA, was sentenced to serve life in prison without possibility of parole.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 13, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today will begin deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • Published on December 13, 2018
    Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) is excited to announce expanded air service on American Airlines to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning June 2019, and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starting May 2019.
  • District Attorney
    Published on December 12, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Kawanza Houston, 43 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to 27 years in state prison after having pled no contest in October of this year to two felony charges of robbery, and admitting an allegation that he used a firearm during the commission of the crimes.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 12, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Harman Management Corporation, which provides consulting services to restaurants such as Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC, A & W and Taco Bell, has resolved a civil environmental enforcement case filed in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on December 12, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency
    On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework which serves as a vision and approach for how Sonoma County will recover and emerge more resilient from the October 2017 wildfires.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 11, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework which serves as a vision and approach for how Sonoma County will recover and emerge more resilient from the October 2017 wildfires.

  • Published on December 11, 2018
    The Airport now offers expanded ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations located in both the long-term parking lot and in front of the Airport terminal, and Tesla Supercharger Stations in the long-term parking lot.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on December 11, 2018
    Transportation & Public Works
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced the implementation of a new traffic calming program in response to community concerns about aggressive and unsafe driving along certain road segments in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.
  • District Attorney
    Published on December 11, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Stephen Ledua Maffy, 46 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Friday by the Honorable Judge Jennifer Dollard to 12 years state prison, the maximum available sentence for his crimes. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 10, 2018
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate David Earnest Poe, 61 years old of Point Arena, was issued a five year parole denial by the Board of Prison Terms following a Thursday afternoon hearing held at Corcoran State Prison.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 7, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Tristan Avery Proto, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie E. Thistlethwaite to three years of formal probation and 360 days of country jail after having pled guilty to one felony count of possessing an explosive device (Health and Safety Code section 12035) in November.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 7, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant William Edward Hail III, 44 years old of Petaluma, was convicted yesterday afternoon by a Sonoma County jury following a three week trial on five felony counts of committing theft from two elderly victims.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on December 5, 2018
    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District has purchased and transferred nearly 1,200 acres of land along Mark West Creek to Sonoma County Regional Parks to eventually open to the public as a park and open space preserve. Ag + Open Space worked with local landowners for over 15 years to preserve this area northeast of Santa Rosa. Regional Parks will begin the process of planning for a permanent park opening.
  • Water Agency
    Published on December 5, 2018
    Water Agency
    On Thursday, December 13, 1 p.m., the Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) Board of Directors will hold a study session on fee options to provide short-term funding for the new agency.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on December 5, 2018
    Transportation & Public Works
    The Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced that Sonoma County Transit’s first zero-emission all-electric bus will be set in motion on Sebastopol Local Route 24
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on December 4, 2018
    Transportation & Public Works
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced that the Russian River Drought Relief grant program for property owners in the Russian River Watershed area will expire on December 31, 2018.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 3, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    Después de realizar una búsqueda a nivel nacional y un extenso proceso de entrevistas, la Administradora del Condado de Sonoma, Sheryl Bratton, ha decidido recomendar oficialmente al señor Christopher Godley como el próximo Director de la oficina de Gestión de Emergencias.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on December 3, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    After a nationwide search and extensive interview process, Sonoma County Administrative Officer (CAO), Sheryl Bratton, will officially recommend the appointment of Christopher Godley as the next Emergency Management Director.

  • Published on November 30, 2018

    Improve your balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make your home safer by attending an eight-class series based on the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on November 28, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is hosting a talk by mountain lion researcher Quinton Martins at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Windsor Regional Library. The session will provide information on the movement, diet and behavior of mountain lions tracked by the “Living with Lions” project, a community conservation project Martins leads for Audubon Canyon Ranch. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 27, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Timothy Kottler, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste after a jury found him guilty on October 25, 2018 of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years of age – a misdemeanor.
  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on November 26, 2018
    Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Effective at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2018, the burn permit suspension within State Responsibility Area (SRA) and Local Responsibility Areas (LRA) was lifted.
  • Published on November 21, 2018

    Harmful falls are the #1 reason older adults and seniors end up at the emergency room. Don’t restrict your activities because of worries about falling on uneven ground or stairs.

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County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
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575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235