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  • Published on November 13, 2018

    Though some Sonoma County households saw their incomes rise in 2017, 60,000 low-income households – about 1/3 of county residents – couldn’t afford enough food to eat a healthy three meals a day, according to the latest Sonoma County Hunger Index report. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 9, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Fabian Flores-Gonzalez, 18 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced Thursday to one year in county jail and three years of formal probation for leading officers on a high speed pursuit and possession of illegal firearms and drugs.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 9, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    The County of Sonoma will remain open for normal office functions on Friday, November 9, 2018.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 7, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    El Condado de Sonoma esta preparado responder ante posibles cortes eléctricos de PG&E en algunas áreas del condado. PG&E notificó al Condado sobre la posible activación de sus protocolos de seguridad pública que incluyen suspensiones del servicio eléctrico en áreas rurales del noreste del condado por las próximas 24 horas debido a inclemencias del clima.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 7, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    This afternoon, the County of Sonoma acted promptly to prepare for the potential shut down of PG&E power to areas of Sonoma County. PG&E has notified the County that they may activate their Public Safety Power Shut-Off protocols due to extreme weather, and could potentially initiate a power shut down in the unincorporated northeastern parts of Sonoma County within the next 24 hours.
  • Water Agency
    Published on November 7, 2018
    Water Agency

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) will allow additional water to be stored in Lake Mendocino during this winter’s rainy season to improve water supply reliability and environmental conditions in the Russian River, while continuing to ensure flood management capacity of the reservoir. The decision would allow the Corps to use modern weather prediction technology to operate the reservoir with more flexibility to store more water when no major storms are foretasted.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Timothy Marble, 52 years old of Napa County, was found guilty yesterday afternoon by a Sonoma County jury of committing multiple felony sex offenses against a 12-year-old Napa County girl.
  • Water Agency
    Published on November 2, 2018
    Water Agency
    Something as simple as flushing the toilet can cause big problems. Just ask your local wastewater treatment plant worker.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on October 31, 2018

    In honor of Veterans Day, military members and veterans will receive free parking at all Sonoma County Regional Parks for the upcoming holiday weekend. Passes are available in advance at Sonoma County Regional Parks’ main office and Sonoma County Veterans Service Office and from Nov. 3 through the holiday weekend at the staffed entrances to Spring Lake, Doran and Ragle Ranch parks.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on October 30, 2018
    Transportation & Public Works
    County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works officials along with representatives of District Four Supervisor and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, James Gore, and representatives of District Five Supervisor, Lynda Hopkins, will be joined by Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot and members of the public for a special gathering to inaugurate the new Laughlin Road Artistic Warning Sign on Wednesday, October 31 at 9 a.m.
  • District Attorney
    Published on October 26, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Guadalupe Barragan-Zepeda, 52 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday October 25, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Robert LaForge to 6 years prison after having pled no contest in September of this year to three felony sexual assault charges. 

  • Creative Sonoma
    Published on October 25, 2018
    Creative Sonoma

    Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, announces a new grant in continued support of Sonoma County artists who were affected by the Wildfires in 2017.

  • Published on October 24, 2018

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board received an Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award for its “#GoSoCo – All You Need Is Local” Post Wildfires Shop Local Campaign from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 24, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Farmers, vineyard owners, and other agricultural business owners are invited to participate in a free workshop on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Farm Bureau Office to hear best practices from local farmers about energy and efficiency and water conservation.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on October 23, 2018
    Transportation & Public Works
    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced an innovative partnership with Sebastopol artist Patrick Amiot to create two six-foot-eight-inch vultures that will be mounted on a mast arm over Laughlin Road to discourage long semi-truck traffic between River Road and North Laughlin Road.
  • District Attorney
    Published on October 18, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Admiral Callaghan Professional Center, LLC; Admiral Callaghan Professional Center II, LLC; JMFGEM, LLC; ACPC 1, LLC; and ACPC 2, LLC agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau, requiring the corporations to pay $50,000 in civil penalties, $10,000 in investigative costs. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 17, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Randy Anthony Solares, 27 years old of Petaluma, pled guilty earlier today in front of the Honorable Dana Simmonds to felony charges of attempted robbery involving the use of a weapon, and felony possession of stolen property. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 17, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ersain Alcantar-Reyes, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve seven years eight months in state prison after pleading no contest in August to a charge of possession of methamphetamine for sale.

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on October 16, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    Sonoma County election officials are alerting residents about a misleading robocall now circulating that wrongly claims there is an error in one of the ballot titles for the November 6 General Election

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 14, 2018 at 7:40 PM
    Board of Supervisors

    Sonoma County officials are prepared to notify residents who will likely be impacted by PG&E’s planned power shut-off this evening, due to extreme weather conditions. PG&E estimates that around 400 customers in Sonoma County will be impacted by a power shut-off.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 13, 2018 at 10:30 PM
    Board of Supervisors

    This afternoon, the County of Sonoma acted promptly to prepare for the potential shut down of PG&E power to areas of Sonoma County.

  • Published on October 11, 2018

    Santa Rosa residents Kim and Scott Streeter were named California Foster Parents of the Year and Family, Youth and Children Division Social Worker Rose Eshe was named Social Worker of the Year by the California Department of Social Services on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The ceremony was held during the California State Foster Parent Association’s 42nd annual conference in Sacramento.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 9, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved the Tolay Lake Regional Park master plan, an action that allows the county’s largest park to open daily later this month.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on October 9, 2018
    Regional Parks

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved the Tolay Lake Regional Park master plan, an action that allows the county’s largest park to open daily later this month.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 6, 2018
    Water Agency
    Two months after the directors of Sonoma Water and the Board of Supervisors agreed to fund a pilot project of fire cameras to provide early detection of wildfires, the nascent network of fire-detecting apparatus demonstrated its value when a camera atop Geyser Peak spotted a recently ignited fire and allowed firefighters to locate and quickly suppress the blaze.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 6, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 5, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County Division of Emergency Management, in collaboration with local public safety agencies, conducted a first of its kind alert and warning exercise on the West Coast of the United States on September 10 and 12, 2018.
  • District Attorney
    Published on October 5, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Theodore Smith Hudson III, 54 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced today to ten years in state prison by the Honorable Julie Conger following a two-month-long May trial in which a Sonoma County jury found Hudson guilty of nine counts of theft from an elder adult.

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 4, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Jason Lloyd Bryson, 47 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jennifer Dollard to 20 years in state prison after he was found guilty by a jury in July of this year of committing robbery and making criminal threats. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 4, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Michael Anthony Howard-Lafond, 20 years old of Sonoma County, was sentenced today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg after pleading no contest in September of this year to felony assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. The charges were the result of a May, 2018 incident where Howard-Lafond punched a bicyclist in the face on the Joe Rodota Trail.

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 2, 2018
    District Attorney
    On September 29, 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to multiple 911 calls of trespassers on the private property of the McCoy’s Poultry Services, located in the 100 block of Jewett Road in Petaluma, CA.
  • Health Services
    Published on October 1, 2018
    Health Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services invites members of the community to its Coffee with an ACO (Animal Control Officer) event on Wednesday October 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00 AM at Kaffe Mocha located at 397 Aviation Boulevard in Santa Rosa.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 26, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Danielle Foernsler, aka Danielle Falleto of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on September 25, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Bradley Demeo to the maximum term of 19 years 4 months in state prison after she pled no contest in July of this year to negligently contributing to the death of her sixteen year old son on April 16, 2018.

  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on September 26, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency
    Yesterday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors received the Draft Recovery and Resiliency Framework which provides a blueprint to help the county rebuild and recover from the October 2017 wildfires and emerge stronger and better prepared for future disasters.
  • District Attorney
    Published on September 25, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Kevin Anthony Torres, 18 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 19 years in state prison after having pled no contest in July of this year to charges of attempted murder.

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on September 24, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    On September 25, civic-minded people and organizations all across the United States will take part in National Voter Registration Day.

  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on September 20, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency
    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will hold a ceremony on October 8, 2018 in observance of the one year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex fires. The ceremony will include a memorial bell ringing to remember those who lost their lives in the fires and provide an opportunity for community grieving, healing and reflection through public chalk art expression. The chalk art will continue on October 9th.
  • District Attorney
    Published on September 19, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Hugo Eduardo Lopez-Ferreira, 24, of Petaluma, was sentenced today to four years state prison for two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery for offenses committed between April 21 and April 24, 2018 of this year.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 19, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that Defendant Laiken James, 21 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced in two cases today by the Honorable Brad DeMeo to a term of seven years and four months

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 14, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Daves Mendez Rodriguez, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to forty years to life in state prison after having previously pled no contest to three sex offenses he committed against two separate child victims.
  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on September 14, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is recruiting bi-lingual polling place workers across the county for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial General Election.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 13, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Carlos Chavez, 64 years old of Petaluma, doing business as Carlos’ Petaluma/Novato or Marin Septic Service was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge for felony theft of utility services and misdemeanor advertising for construction work without a contractor’s license.
  • District Attorney
    Published on September 12, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Tommy Mitchell, 29-years-old of Oakland, was sentenced to five years in state prison today by the Honorable Dana Simonds after having pled no contest in May of this year to residential burglary with an enhancement for committing the crime against an elder adult.

  • Published on September 11, 2018

    Starting Monday, September 24, 2018  the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO), 3725 Westwind Boulevard, Santa Rosa, will increase drop-in office hours to Monday − Thursday, 8 AM − 11 AM.

  • Published on September 7, 2018

    When someone is sick, it's natural to ask, "What can I do to help?" or "What can I do for you?" It feels good to fulfill someone's wishes. But if your loved one is so sick that he or she is unable to speak and you don't already know what he or she wants—that feels awful.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 6, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, along with the District Attorneys of Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, and Solano Counties, entered into a settlement in a consumer protection action against Goop, Inc. (“Goop”).

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Robert A. Bosch, 64 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to 6 years in state prison after pleading no contest on July 19, 2018 to the charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on September 6, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is recruiting polling place workers across the county for the November 6, 2018 Gubernatorial General Election.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 4, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    On September 10 th and 12 th Sonoma County will test emergency alert and warning systems. During this testing period, residents and visitors may receive a phone call, an alert on their mobile device, or experience interruptions in local radio and television.
  • District Attorney
    Published on September 4, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Quentin Bernard Bowen, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to a term of life in prison with the possibility of parole after eleven years following his conviction by a jury for the charge of attempted murder including great bodily injury and weapon enhancements.

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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