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  • District Attorney
    Published on June 23, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that after a hearing held earlier today at the Correctional Training Facility at Soledad, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the eighth time to 58 year old Roberto Amador Llompart.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 22, 2017
    Water Agency

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) signed an agreement this week on a cost-sharing agreement for construction of a $6.3 million portion of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 22, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    Fourth District Supervisor James Gore will be hosting a Community Engagement Summit along with the Mark West Area Citizens Advisory Council on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 16, 2017
    Water Agency

    The Santa Rosa Plain Advisory Committee consists of 18 members, seven of which will be appointed by the Santa Rosa Plain GSA board.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 16, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is set to consider next steps toward creating mixed income housing on a Santa Rosa property located on West College Avenue, which is currently owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 16, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Erica Ramirez, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 90 days in county jail, repay Sonoma County over $15,000, and remain on felony probation for a period of three years.
  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on June 16, 2017
    Fire and Emergency Services Department

    Despite drought-busting rains, dry and windy conditions will return this summer and fall and Sonoma County communities will once again face wildfire risks.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 16, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    On June 15, 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $1.59 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 7, 2017
    District Attorney
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four, affirmed a $6.8 million judgment against internet retailer Overstock.com for engaging in false advertising and unlawful business practices.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 7, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The County of Sonoma today made public the Disposition and Development Agreement (Agreement) with Chanate Community Development Partners, LLC, a contract that provides for the sale of 81.56 acres of land commonly known as the Chante Campus, which is located at the former site of the Sutter Medical Center off Chanate Road in Santa Rosa.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 7, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the first contracts of the 2017 Pavement Program, kicking off construction on 54.49 miles of roads this summer, as part of a 97 mile program approved by the Board last year.
  • District Attorney
    Published on June 7, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Cory Jorden Ferrere, 30 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest on March 3, 2017. Ferrere pled no contest to charges of leaving the scene of an accident after causing serious injury, and reckless driving causing great bodily injury after suffering two prior convictions for DUI.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 7, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County residents will have the opportunity to review and provide input on the County’s $1.57 billion Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget, with the public hearing scheduled to start on Monday, June 12, 2017.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 7, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today appointed Erick Roeser as the new Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector.  Mr. Roeser has been appointed to complete the unexpired term of the incumbent, Donna Dunk, who retired in May prior to the completion of her term

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 5, 2017
    Water Agency
    On Wednesday, June 14, more than 50 Sonoma County youth and young adults will be removing invasive plants, clearing trails and cleaning up Spring Lake Regional Park. The clean-up is the kick-off event for the 2017 Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SCYEC). The kick-off event is one of several opportunities for the media to interview and photograph program participants and providers.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 2, 2017
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency, which operates the Occidental County Sanitation District’s (District) Wastewater Treatment Facility, will hold an Open House Meeting on Thursday, June 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Union Hotel where community members will be able to ask questions and receive information about the District’s Wastewater Transport Project (Proposed Project). 

  • Health Services
    Published on June 1, 2017
    Health Services

    Summer is an ideal time to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities Sonoma County has to offer. However, for adults and children alike, additional risks for injury or illness are present, including heat-related illnesses, drowning, and diseases from bug bites.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 26, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 25, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Michael Antwon Bennett, 38 years old, was sentenced today to five years in state prison by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum.  Mr. Bennett pled no contest in late March of this year to several felony crimes including residential burglary, attempted theft from an elder adult in an amount exceeding $100,000, and identity theft.

  • Published on May 25, 2017

    The Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth will host a free information fair with food, music and fun for youth and families on Thursday, May 25,2017  5 PM – 7:30 PM at Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 24, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved multiple actions that will increase the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County. These actions included policy changes that free up local housing development funds for use in all areas of Sonoma County, and building 12 or more “Tiny Houses” on County-owned land located at 665 Russell Avenue, in Santa Rosa.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 24, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors dedicated funding for improvements at railroad crossings required to establish Quiet Zones. Once Quiet Zones are established, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) locomotive engineers cannot sound the train’s horn at crossings, however the horn may still be used to provide a warning or in an emergency.
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on May 18, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Sonoma County Regional Parks launches its 2017 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 27, with the opening of the Spring Lake swimming lagoon – including the popular inflatable, floating playground – and new boat rentals on the lake.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 17, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 17, 2017
    Water Agency
    Public hearings are scheduled to consider designating three local agencies to be responsible for ensuring groundwater is available now and into the future. The hearings will be held on June 1 for the Santa Rosa Plain basin; June 8 for the Sonoma Valley basin; and June 22 for Petaluma Valley basin.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 17, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Garrett Piland, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, entered pleas of no contest on Friday, May 12 th to one felony count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor, and one misdemeanor count of Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor.
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on May 16, 2017
    Transportation & Public Works

    This week, construction ramped up on the replacement of Hauser Bridge, located on Hauser Bridge Road over the South Fork of the Gualala River about 4 miles east of the junction of Highway 1 and Kruse Ranch Road, near Cazadero.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 12, 2017
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections inmate Robin Re Sharp, 62-years-old, was denied “elder” parole earlier today following a hearing at Solano State Prison.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 10, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today accepted a $3.5 million award from the California Department of Health Care Services to support new initiatives to improve childhood dental health. The Department of Health Services will administer and manage the grant program, titled Cavity Free Sonoma. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 9, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Preliminary results of the 2017 Homeless Count reveal homelessness is gradually decreasing in Sonoma County. On January 27, 2017, over 150 volunteers and homeless guides canvassed all of the County’s census tracks and counted 2,835 people who were either unsheltered, in shelters, or in transitional housing.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 9, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has established a new ongoing committee to advise the Board on pension related matters and is encouraging community members to apply. The goal of the Independent Citizen’s Pension Committee is to provide recommendations that will further the Board’s efforts to ensure a more fair, equitable, and sustainable County pension system.
  • 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.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 5, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins announced today that she will not pursue the purchase of any property to serve as a homeless day service shelter in the lower Russian River area at this time.  Instead, the County will strengthen coordination and funding for health, human, and public safety services in the lower Russian River area, and any future service center location discussions will be conducted in collaboration with the community.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on May 3, 2017
    Regional Parks

    In November of 2007, Sonoma Land Trust purchased a 1,665-acre property in southern Sonoma County at risk of subdivision and vineyard development and named it Tolay Creek Ranch. The acquisition of Tolay Creek Ranch completed the protection of a 7,500-acre wildlife corridor extending from the foothills of Sonoma Mountain to the bay.

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 2, 2017
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 28, 2017
    Water Agency

    On April 25, 2017 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved the formation of three joint powers agreements. These agreements will result in the creation of three new groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) that will ensure that the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley basins continue to have safe and reliable groundwater in the future.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    Older adults and their families are invited to register for a day of free activities at Spring Lake Regional Park and Spring Lake Village on Thursday, May 18,2017 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 27, 2017
    Water Agency

    At its April 21 meeting in Forestville, the North Coast Resource Partnership awarded its first biennial Jimmy Smith Leadership Award to Mayor Jake Mackenzie from Rohnert Park.  The award recognizes Mackenzie’s achievements as former Chair of the Partnership working to build communication and understanding among the seven counties and 34 Tribal entities of California’s North Coast Region.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 26, 2017
    District Attorney
    The request for parole by fifty-four-year-old California Department of Corrections inmate Byron James Tibbals was denied yesterday, Tuesday, April 25 th, after a hearing at the California State Prison in Soledad. Tibbals was sentenced on March 4, 1994, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury returned verdicts of guilty on charges of first degree murder, penetration with a foreign object, and a special circumstance of rape with a foreign object.
  • Published on April 24, 2017

    According to a kindergarten readiness assessment survey, for the past two years approximately 2 out of 5 participating kindergarteners entered school “Ready to Go” with significant disparities by home language. These findings were presented to the First 5 Sonoma County Commission today.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on April 24, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services is partnering with HALTER (Horse & Livestock Team Emergency Response) Project for this year’s Ranch Readiness Day.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 18, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Daniel Lee Packett, 49 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced on April 17, 2017, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony charges of driving under the influence causing injury, and reckless evading.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on April 18, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a sweeping platform of strategic priorities this week aimed at tackling some of the County’s most immediate and critical needs.  Divided into four main categories – Securing our Safety Net, Housing for All, Rebuilding our Infrastructure, and Healthy Watersheds – the multi-year priorities will drive County department work plans to deliver actionable outcomes to our community.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 14, 2017
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate William Barton, 62 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole after a hearing was held in front of the Board of Prison Terms at California State Prison, Sacramento on Thursday April 13. District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe this inmate would continue to pose a danger to the community were he not incarcerated. Therefore, we objected to his release. We are pleased that the parole board agreed with our assessment.” 

  • Health Services
    Published on April 13, 2017
    Health Services

    My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County is hosting local events as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 to inspire, educate, and empower the public and local healthcare providers about the importance of advance health care planning.

  • Published on April 10, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    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.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 7, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Ramon Amadeo Perez, 21 years old of Santa Rosa , pled no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Patrick Broderick to charges in two separate criminal cases where he was accused of shooting others for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 6, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 45-years-old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of charges stemming from a fatal collision on November 8, 2015 on Los Amigos Road in Healdsburg. Specifically, Salinas-Jacobo was found guilty of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (within ten years of two prior driving under the influence convictions); and Driving Under the Influence Causing Bodily Injury, in addition to enhancements for causing great bodily injury and injuring multiple victims.
  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on April 4, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    Comisión Juvenil de Derechos Humanos Lanza una encuesta sobre el racismo en las escuelas secundarias del condado de Sonoma

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on April 4, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    The Junior Commission on Human Rights launches youth survey on racism in Sonoma County high schools.

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