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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • Water Agency
    Published on May 21, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21, 2018. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall.

  • Published on May 21, 2018
    The public is invited to celebrate the opening and dedication of Andy’s Unity Park at 3399 Moorland Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2. The afternoon will include a rich program of community speakers, music, food, children’s activities, dancers, drummers, art projects, yoga, skateboard demonstrations, and booths hosted by local organizations.
  • Published on May 18, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks is preparing a master plan to develop a vision for Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach and invites the public to share feedback on potential improvements for the Russian River park. A workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. June 7 at the park, 13839 Old Redwood Highway, is the first of several opportunities the public will have to help guide the park’s redevelopment and natural resource management.
  • Published on May 18, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks launches its 2018 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 26, with the opening of Santa Rosa's Spring Lake swimming lagoon – including the popular inflatable, floating playground – and boat rentals on the lake.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 18, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold a series of community meetings to discuss a proposed sewer lateral ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 17, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, May 31, 2018 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Jenner Community Center, 10398 Highway 1, Jenner, from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 16, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, along with the District Attorneys of Alameda, San Diego and San Francisco Counties, have settled a consumer protection action against Dropbox, Inc., a company that provides file-sharing and other services over the internet.  The civil action was filed in Alameda County Superior Court.
  • Published on May 14, 2018
    The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) have committed to addressing over excavation issues that occurred as a result of the government-sponsored debris removal program after the October 2017 wildfires. Cal OES will work in coordination with the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa to examine sites of concern and determine if over excavation occurred.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 14, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Theodore Hudson, 53 years old of Cloverdale, was found guilty by a jury Friday afternoon after an almost two month long trial of 9 felony counts of theft from an elder. The jury also found true sentencing enhancements that alleged each theft offense resulted in over $500 thousand in loss.

  • Health Services
    Published on May 11, 2018
    Health Services

    Efforts to improve the health of youth and adults in Roseland through installation of water stations and education about sugar sweetened beverages may have led to a decrease in sugary drink consumption.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 11, 2018
    District Attorney

    26-year-old Lety Meza, of Windsor, was sentenced on April 27, 2018 to 6 years in state prison by the Honorable Dana Simonds for felony charges of Child Endangerment and misdemeanor charges of Driving Under the Influence.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 10, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Jessica Garcia-Leos, 32 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to state prison for a term of thirty years and eight months in state prison by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker after having pled guilty in April of this year to two counts of attempted murder, and enhancements for committing great bodily injury.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 10, 2018
    District Attorney
    Fifty-two-year-old California prison inmate Josafat Panduro Presencion was denied parole by the state board of parole yesterday following a hearing at the California Institute for Men in Chino, CA.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 2, 2018
    District Attorney
    Eight defendants involved in the Petaluma home invasion robbery that occurred on March 12, 2018, were removed to federal custody. All eight defendants were indicted on April 26, 2018 by the U.S. Attorney's Office on charges related to the robbery. They are expected to appear in Federal Court this afternoon.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 2, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Paul Dwayne Kilgore, 70, of Sonoma, was sentenced to 150 years to life by the Honorable Judge Robert Laforge.
  • Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department
    Published on May 2, 2018

    The Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder’s Office has unveiled a new website that increases online access to records, including all recordable land and finance records. Members of the public can now purchase and download a wide range of records immediately and order certified copies of certain records online.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 30, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Ivan Morales, 25 years old of Lakeport, was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to six years plus thirty-two years-to-life in state prison.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 27, 2018
    District Attorney
    After a parole hearing in December 2017, the California Board of Prison Terms decided to release 68-year-old Larry Bunke for the 1982 murder of his wife, Linda. After the board granted parole, District Attorney Jill Ravitch, as well as multiple supporters amongst the victim’s family and friends, sent letters to the Governor’s office requesting that he reverse the board’s decision.
  • Water Agency
    Published on April 26, 2018
    Water Agency
    The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) will take place on Saturday May 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now in its eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use sustainable landscaping. The 2018 tour includes gardens in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and San Anselmo.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 23, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Douglas James Rosado, 50 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on April 20, 2018 by the Honorable Dana Beernink Simonds to 6 years in state prison after pleading no contest on March 15, 2018 to charges of first degree burglary and felony looting during a state of emergency in Sonoma County.

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

    On April 17th, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved road improvement projects which will make it easier and safer to travel in Sonoma County. These improvements will be funded with the new gas tax, also known as Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 16, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order on Friday extending the protections against Price Gouging under Penal Code Section 396 through and including December 4, 2018.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 11, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on April 10, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole to 29-year-old Eddie Menefee, who was convicted in 2006 of torture and sexual assault of John Doe, a 15-year-old boy. Menefee who was 16 at the time was prosecuted as an adult.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 11, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on April 10, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the 16TH time to 70 year old Manuel Avalos Flores, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of 23 year old Ricoberto Arroyo in 1981.

  • Published on April 10, 2018
    Hiring the right employees is a challenge for business when unemployment is low. In Sonoma County, there’s a group of workers that offers experience, skills, flexibility in work hours and high job performance to fill the need – older adult job seekers

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 9, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Salvador Flores, Jr., 19 years-old of Santa Rosa, and Gustavo Alex Castillo, 25 years-old of Santa Rosa, each entered no contest pleas to charges of gang-related attempted murder. Each defendant also admitted to personally using a firearm during the crime. Flores and Castillo are active participants in the Puro Sureno Cholo (PSC) subset of the Sureño criminal street gang.

  • Published on April 4, 2018

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) received the Award of Excellence in Promotions for our post-fires “All You Need is Local – # GoSoCo” shop local campaign at the 38th Annual California Association of Local Economic Development Conference.

  • Registrar of Voters
    Published on April 4, 2018
    Registrar of Voters

    County Clerk William F. Rousseau reminds Sonoma County residents that the deadline to complete a survey about their voting experiences is April 13, 2018. Residents are encouraged to take a brief survey to share their experiences with the current voting system; what they liked or disliked, and what they think are priorities to consider when selecting a new voting system.

  • Published on March 30, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks has reopened the Pythian Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 27, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Mary Katherine David, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve six months in county jail, and 48 months on formal probation after having pled no contest in January to grand theft and forgery charges.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 27, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Daniel Broin, 57 years old of Napa, was sentenced on Wednesday March 21st by the Honorable Judge Averill to serve two years in prison after having been convicted by a jury in January of embezzling over $100,000 from the Finnish American Home Association (FAHA).

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 23, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on March 23, 2018, the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole for the sixth time to 57 year old Gary Allen Moore, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of a 23 month old child in 1990. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 21, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Paul Dwayne Kilgore, 70 years old of Sonoma, was found guilty yesterday by a Sonoma county jury of six counts of child molestation following a three week trial. The jury also found true an allegation that Kilgore had committed these offenses against multiple victims, who were all under the age of fourteen years old.

  • Published on March 21, 2018
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    In a continuing effort to reduce wait times and improve customer experience, the County of Sonoma’s Permit Center has implemented new software that enables customers to schedule appointments or join today’s line remotely, instead of waiting in the lobby.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 20, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long-term environmental sustainability. Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the look, feel, and functionality of the landscapes in the neighborhoods being rebuilt.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 20, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that her office, with 24 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, settled an environmental and consumer protection action against Costco Wholesale Corporation, Inc. and JBR, Inc.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 15, 2018
    Health Services

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a news alert on March 13 about positive testing for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in Sonoma County shellfish. The CDPH is “advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from Sonoma County.” The advisory does not apply to commercially sold shellfish from state-certified harvesters.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 14, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County is ranked the seventh healthiest county in California, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 13, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    On March 12, 2018, Christopher Godley, a nationally respected emergency services leader, has been temporarily named the interim Emergency Manager of Sonoma County. Mr. Godley will take the helm of the Emergency Services Division for several months while the County conducts a national recruitment to find a qualified individual to serve as the permanent Emergency Manager.

  • Published on March 12, 2018
    The County of Sonoma is establishing a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assist survivors of the fires rebuild. The center, which will open on February 13, 2018 will accelerate the permitting process for home owners of the approximately 3,000 residential properties destroyed or damaged in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    The August 2016 “resisting arrest” convictions of defendants Gabrielle Lemos and her mother Michelle Lemos of Petaluma were affirmed on Appeal by a three judge Appellate Division panel in a ruling issued on February 27, 2018.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch urges consumers to recognize and participate in National Consumer Protection Week March 4-10. This year celebrates the 20thanniversary of the event.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney

    On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The Act legalizes the adult use of Cannabis and establishes regulations that will control and oversee the Cannabis industry. 

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on March 1, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    County Clerk William F. Rousseau has begun a special project to select a new voting system for Sonoma County. County Clerk Rousseau stated “I made it a priority in my final term in office to ensure Sonoma County modernizes and upgrades its voting system to the latest standards, using the most secure, accurate, and accessible technology available. We want to have new voting equipment for polling places and machinery for counting ballots beginning in 2019.”

  • Published on February 28, 2018

    To help prepare and train Sonoma County residents for jobs in the construction industry after the October wildfires, the Sonoma County Workforce Development Board (WIB), in partnership with the Human Services Department Employment and Training Division, has received $3.25 million in emergency funds from the California Employment Development Department.

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    A series of community workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on options for short-term funding of Sonoma County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    A four-inch wastewater pipeline was inadvertently punctured in downtown Occidental Monday morning, causing less than 1,200 gallons of untreated wastewater to be released.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 27, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Tawnya Hopper, 44 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today to a prison term of 25 years-to-life by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled no contest in July of last year to a violation of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse by an adult with a child under the age of ten.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 23, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites community members to apply for positions on local policy making bodies.

  • Published on February 23, 2018

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 2nd -11th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

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