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  • District Attorney
    Published on August 18, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Alexander William Parlato, 30 years old of Novato, was sentenced earlier today to serve 22 years in state prison after having pled “no contest” in April of this year to charges of sexually and physically assaulting his former girlfriend.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 17, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Stephen Paul Zimmerman, 63 years old of Santa Rosa, was convicted yesterday by a Sonoma County jury of indecent exposure.

  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on August 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 August 15, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    After significant recovery in the local real estate market, the Sonoma County property tax assessment roll came in at $85.5 Billion, an increase of 5.46% from FY 2016-17.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 15, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 35, of Santa Rosa was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for a conviction of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, with two prior Driving Under the Influence convictions. The charges stemmed from a fatal collision on Los Amigos Road on November 8, 2015. 

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

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has acknowledged August as Child Support Awareness Month, joining National and State leaders recognizing the vital role of establishing, collecting, and distributing child support to families.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 10, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Sandra Suzanne Turner, 65 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 3 years, 8 months in state prison after having entered “no contest” pleas in June of this year to one count of felony grand theft, and two counts of felony forgery. 

  • 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.” 

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 4, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Blanca Edith Barrera, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Elliot Daum to serve 90 days in county jail followed by three years of formal probation after entering a “no contest” plea to one count of felony welfare fraud in June of this year.  In addition to the jail time she was ordered to repay the County of Sonoma $14,644.
  • Water Agency
    Published on August 2, 2017
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane today testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss the many innovative water supply and drought resilience initiatives the Water Agency is currently implementing. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 2, 2017
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane today testified before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss the many innovative water supply and drought resilience initiatives the Water Agency is currently implementing.  The purpose of the hearing was to examine increasing water security and drought preparedness through infrastructure, management and innovation.  

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 1, 2017
    Water Agency

     On Tuesday, August 1, 2017  the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors named Assistant General Manager Michael Thompson to serve as the agency’s interim general manager while a national search is conducted to replace outgoing general manager Grant Davis.

  • Health Services
    Published on August 1, 2017
    Health Services

    Bay Area health officials remind parents to ensure their children are vaccinated in time for the first day of school. State law requires vaccination for students without a medical exemption. Make your appointments today to ensure your children have all the required immunizations.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on July 31, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Regional Parks is opening a temporary visitor center at Doran Regional Park on Saturday, Aug. 5. Park staff and officials will host a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. and welcome visitors into the center. Naturalists will lead family activities, including a tide pool talk with live sea animals, and refreshments will be served.
  • District Attorney
    Published on July 27, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Kenneth C. Wilson, individually and dba Wilson Vineyards and Winery agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan D. Hardcastle, requiring Wilson to pay $50,000 in penalties and $6,648.88 in response costs for violating state and local open burn regulations.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 26, 2017
    Health Services

    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.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 26, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ruth Kathryn Fielding, 64 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on July 25, 2017 by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 6 years in state prison after pleading no contest on June 7, 2017.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 25, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 25, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has awarded a gold designation to recognize the County of Sonoma as a national leader in advancing solar energy.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 21, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    Sonoma County ranked 2nd among mid-sized counties throughout the nation in the 2017 Digital Counties Survey. The survey, conducted by the Center for Digital Government in partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), identifies the best technology practices among U.S. counties, including initiatives that streamline delivery of government services, encourage collaboration and shared services, enhance cybersecurity and even reduce carbon emissions.

  • Water Agency
    Published on July 21, 2017
    Water Agency

    Applications are due 5 p.m., Monday, July 31 for board-appointed members of groundwater advisory committees in Petaluma Valley, Santa Rosa Plain and Sonoma Valley groundwater basins.

  • Water Agency
    Published on July 20, 2017
    Water Agency

    North Bay Water Reuse Program – The North Bay Water Reuse Authority (NBWRA) is proposing
    Phase 2 of the North Bay Water Reuse Program to continue increasing the beneficial use of recycled
    water.

  • Water Agency
    Published on July 19, 2017
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis today was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to become the Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) effective August 1, 2017.  Acting DWR Director William R. Croyle retired on July 1, 2017.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 19, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Board of Supervisors approved an agreement today to implement the Do-It-Yourself Energy and Water Savings Toolkit Program, which will allow library cardholders throughout the County to check out toolboxes to help them save energy and water.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 19, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has been awarded the 2017 Local Health Department of the Year Award from the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). The award recognizes and honors outstanding health department accomplishments. Sonoma County was selected as the Gold Level Recipient, the top honor, among counties with a population of 500,000 or more.
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on July 14, 2017
    Transportation & Public Works
    On Monday, July 17, construction is set to begin on 54 miles of major roads in unincorporated Sonoma County. Improvements range from rebuilding roads to treatments that keep good roads in a good condition.
  • District Attorney
    Published on July 13, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Tawnya Hopper, 43 years old of Petaluma, entered a no contest plea yesterday to a charge of violating of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 13, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on July 11, 2017 approved a Development and Disposition Agreement authorizing the sale of the 81.56-acre County-owned Chanate property with Chanate Community Development Partners, LLC.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 12, 2017
    Health Services

    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.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 10, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The County of Sonoma is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Jefferson Awards. Nominations are due on Monday, August 7, 2017. The Jefferson Awards Program is a national recognition system designed to highlight public service in America.
  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 7, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    Follow-up testing of samples taken from Monte Rio Beach continue to show elevated levels of coliform bacteria. The beach remains closed and signs advising the public to avoid swimming, wading or water contact remain posted in accordance with state guidelines.

  • Commission on the Status of Women
    Published on July 7, 2017
    Commission on the Status of Women

    CSW hosts public presentation and Q&A with NAMI Sonoma County on July 13, 2017 at 6.00pm.

  • Environmental Health & Safety

    Published on July 6, 2017
    Environmental Health & Safety

    Recent bacterial testing of Russian River beaches indicated elevated levels of coliform bacteria at Monte Rio Beach. Today, in accordance with state guidelines, the Department of Health Services (DHS) Environmental Health staff posted ‘warning-closure’ signs at the Monte Rio Beach. The closure sign advises the public “no swimming, wading or water contact” should occur at this location.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 6, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors were notified on July 5th that Sheriff Steve Freitas will retire effective August 1, 2017. The office of Sheriff-Coroner is a publicly elected position and Sheriff Freitas’ term was set to expire in December 2018.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 5, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has released its work plan for Fiscal Year 2017, which includes $4.285 million for maintenance dredging of the interior channel of Bodega Bay. Bodega Bay is located in Sonoma County on the California Coast about 60 miles north of San Francisco.
  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on July 3, 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.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on June 30, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks

    The swimming beach on the Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is open for the summer, with the addition of an inflatable water slide and tube rentals.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on June 30, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks

    Regional Parks is hosting a community meeting July 12, 2017 to review and invite feedback on a draft master plan update for Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma. The meeting is from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. at the Boys and Girls Club inside the park at 100 W. Verano Avenue, Sonoma CA 95476.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 30, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ulises Sandoval-Rivera, 31 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds earlier today to charges of possessing heroin for sale within 1,000 feet of an elementary school while classes were in session.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 30, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Artemio Sandoval-Rivera, 27 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest today in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds to a charge of Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale and a sentencing enhancement alleging that he was in possession of more than 1 kilogram of the drug.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 29, 2017
    District Attorney

    Jose Alberto Corado-Merlos, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Elliot Daum to 17 years, 4 months, plus 15 years to life in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 28, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The County of Sonoma will begin accepting permit applications for commercial and medical cannabis businesses on Wednesday July 5, 2017.

  • 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.

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