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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • Water Agency
    Published on February 16, 2018
    Water Agency

    On Thursday, Feb. 22 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will hold its annual meeting to review projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed while maintaining the region’s primary water supply. This year’s meeting will include a walking tour of a habitat enhancement project on Dry Creek.

  • Published on February 16, 2018

    Sonoma County Board of Supervisors members, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins, with special guest Congressman Mike Thompson, invite all community members to attend the Mental Health Resiliency Forum on Thursday, February 22nd. The Forum will feature a Resources and Services Fair starting at 6:00 p.m. before the main presentation and moderated panel begins at 7:00 p.m.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 13, 2018
    Health Services

    This Valentine’s Day, Bay Area health officials remind everyone who is sexually active to have a conversation with your primary care provider and to be screened regularly for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

  • Published on February 13, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input at the Housing Recovery Workshop on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Burbank Housing, North Coast Builders Exchange, City of Santa Rosa, County of Sonoma, Sonoma Clean Power, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Sonoma County Transportation Authority, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development will present information on a number of topics.

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 9, 2018
    Water Agency
    Dry Creek residents and all those interested in the progress of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project are invited to attend the annual Dry Creek Community Meeting on Thursday, February 22, 6-8 p.m. at the Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma.
  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on February 9, 2018

    The City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma encourage residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 5, 2018
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department  ofHealth Services (DHS) has released the first in a series of surveillance reports, describing life expectancy and the leading causes of death and premature death across Sonoma County communities.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 2, 2018
    District Attorney

    The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office urge survivors of the North Bay wildfires to remain alert as they search for a contractor to assist them in the rebuilding process.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 2, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Mary Katherine David, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest before the Honorable Patrick Broderick on January 26, 2018, to one count of felony grand theft and three counts of felony forgery.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 2, 2018
    Health Services

    Flu activity in Sonoma County continues to be widespread. Every year, the flu sickens and kills thousands of Americans, and this year rates of illness in California and the rest of the country are trending moderately high. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged get a flu shot as soon as possible. The flu vaccine is available in Sonoma County and it is safe and effective.

  • Published on January 29, 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
  • Published on January 24, 2018

    After two years of recovery in the local real estate market, Sonoma County residential property owners may begin to see an increase to prior property tax values in the coming years.

    Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Bill Rousseau commented, “For the 2014 assessment year, the assessment roll will reflect some significant increases due to the residential real estate market recovery in most areas of the County.”

  • Published on January 23, 2018

    Falls are the #1 reason that Sonoma County seniors go to the emergency room. Fracturing a hip or spraining a wrist means a long rehabilitation, which can decrease seniors’ quality of life or even prevent them from living independently in their own homes. Yet falls don’t have to be accepted as a normal part of aging.

  • Published on January 22, 2018

    In partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks, the Sonoma County Library is offering for check-out a limited number of parking passes that give library cardholders free access to Spring Lake, Doran Beach, Taylor Mountain, Ragle Ranch and the other 50-plus regional parks.

  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on January 19, 2018

    The County of Sonoma has issued the first Cannabis Cultivation Permit on Monday, December 4. Shannon and Cameron Hattan, co-founders of Fiddlers Greens, were issued a Zoning Permit from the Department of Ag Weights and Measures which allows up to 10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation on their property outside of Sebastopol.

  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on January 19, 2018

    he Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District unanimously approved an ordinance to prorate annual sewer charges for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Sonoma Complex Fires in October, 2017.

  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on January 19, 2018

    The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored.

  • Published on January 16, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks is reopening the Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. 

  • Published on January 11, 2018
    California Governor Jerry Brown released the proposed FY 2018-19 State budget today, which includes a number of items that support the County of Sonoma’s and City of Santa Rosa’s efforts to recover from the devastating October 2017 wildfires. Specifically, the budget designates $23.7 million to backfill property tax losses incurred by the city, county, and special districts on damaged homes and businesses.
  • Published on January 10, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks will receive a $620,000 state grant to study the feasibility of creating a bicycle and pedestrian trail along the lower Russian River.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 8, 2018
    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 8, 2018
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) today began deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville. The Water Agency routinely deflates the rubber dam when Russian River flows reach 2,000 cubic feet per second in order to prevent damage to the rubber dam from the high flows.

  • Published on January 8, 2018

    Sonoma County employers from all industries can meet qualified job seekers at four free job fairs hosted by Sonoma County Job Link and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 4, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ivan Morales was convicted today by a jury of premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, assault with an assault rifle, assault on a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. Defendant Sergey Gutsu had previously pleaded guilty to premeditated attempted murder of an armored car guard, robbery of an armored car guard, premeditated attempted murder of a police officer and driving a stolen vehicle. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 3, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate Ricky Phonesai Phachanh, now thirty years old, was denied early release on parole by the Board of Prison Terms after a hearing on December 27th at the Ironwood State Prison in Blythe, California.
  • District Attorney
    Published on January 2, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that the Honorable Elliot L. Daum denied the challenge to her conviction by defendant Gayle Diane Gray, 79 years old, of Santa Rosa. Gray sought reversal of her conviction for charges related to the fatal collision she caused after driving with alcohol and drugs in her system on January 20, 2016.
  • Published on December 27, 2017

    The Sonoma County Tax Collector is receiving a number of inquiries from property owners who wish to “pre-pay” property taxes prior to January 1, 2018, resulting from the federal tax bill with a new $10,000 limit on state and local taxes that may be deducted for federal income tax purposes.

  • Published on December 26, 2017

    The devastating October wildfires that swept through Sonoma County created a significant flood risk for people living in and nearby the burned areas until vegetation is restored. In order to help residents assess their risk and prepare for flooding, a post-fire hazard map is now available.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 20, 2017
    District Attorney

    47-year-old Joel Miranda Rivas, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Monday to 6 years in state prison, the maximum allowed by law, for a felony charge of Driving Under the Influence. Rivas has 10 prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence, 4 of which were also felony offenses. This will be Rivas’s fourth commitment to state prison for Driving under the Influence.

  • Published on December 19, 2017

    Though household incomes rose in 2016 for some Sonoma County families, more than 160,000 low-income households continued to be unable to afford the food needed to prepare three meals a day. For these residents, many of them children and seniors, going without lunch or missing breakfast is unavoidable even by those receiving help from local charitable and government nutrition programs.

  • Published on December 13, 2017

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District unanimously approved an ordinance to prorate annual sewer charges for residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the Sonoma Complex Fires in October, 2017.

  • Published on December 12, 2017
    December 8, 2017 – Beginning on January 1, 2018, there will be an increase in recording fees due to a new state law that requires County Recorders to assess an additional $75 per title on recorded documents, unless specifically exempted.
  • Published on December 12, 2017
    On Tuesday, December 12, the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors will present the prestigious Jefferson Award to two local nonprofit organizations and four individuals for their “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.”
  • District Attorney
    Published on December 7, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Victor Silva, 29 years old from Marin County, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simmonds to 41 years to life in prison after having entered no contest pleas to charges of first degree murder and robbery in September of this year.
  • Published on December 7, 2017
    Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor William F. Rousseau announced today that property owners with real property damage over $10,000 will start receiving fire damage reassessment notices over the next few weeks. The reassessment notices will be sent out in batches and the Assessor’s Office asks property owners to be patient with the process.
  • Published on December 4, 2017
    The County of Sonoma has issued the first Cannabis Cultivation Permit on Monday, December 4. Shannon and Cameron Hattan, co-founders of Fiddlers Greens, were issued a Zoning Permit from the Department of Ag Weights and Measures which allows up to 10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation on their property outside of Sebastopol.
  • Published on November 30, 2017

    To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to low-income residents for up to $3000. 

  • Published on November 30, 2017

    Sonoma County Clerk Recorder Assessor, William F. Rousseau, announced today that properties with structures that were severely damaged by the Sonoma Complex Fires may be eligible to transfer their property tax base (Prop. 13) to a replacement property.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 21, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Christopher John Miranda, 43 years-old of Windsor, who pled no contest to 14 counts of felony grand theft and identify theft in September, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert Laforge to 15 years, and 4 months in state prison.  Restitution is expected to total approximately $850,000.
  • Published on November 21, 2017

    To keep already distressed residents from going hungry, the Sonoma County Human Services Department Economic Assistance Division got approval for temporary Disaster CalFresh benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). The total additional food benefits gained for Sonoma County residents was $1,449,854.

  • Published on November 20, 2017

    Private Clean-up Application forms for County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa residents, whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires, are due by close of business day on Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  • Published on November 20, 2017

    The deadline to claim Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for workers who lost wages or became unemployed due to recent fires has been extended to December 18, 2017, from November 16 by the U.S Department of Labor.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 17, 2017
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that those arrested for DUI in Sonoma County, specifically repeat offenders, drug impaired and those involved in fatal or injury crashes, can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
  • Published on November 14, 2017
    After some of the costliest fires in California’s history, you might not be thinking about buying flood insurance. But, the time to buy flood insurance is now. Areas that traditionally are not flood prone are at risk due to changes to the landscape caused by fire.
  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on November 13, 2017
    Fire and Emergency Services Department

    Effective 11/13/2017, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties was lifted. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days. Any burns larger than 4 foot by 4 foot piles, other than agriculture burns, must be inspected by CAL FIRE prior to burning. Contact your local CAL FIRE station to obtain a burn permit. 

  • Published on November 13, 2017
    A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has opened in Santa Rosa to offer residents affected by the devastating October 2017 wildfires a one-stop-shop for disaster assistance.
  • Published on November 13, 2017

    This afternoon, the City of Santa Rosa provided an update on their assessment of the city’s storm drain infrastructure that was damaged in the recent fires.

  • Published on November 13, 2017

    On Sunday, November 12, 2017 the City of Santa Rosa will host a press conference on the potential impacts of incoming rain in the Fountaingrove area, and provide important information for area residents. 

  • Published on November 13, 2017

    On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the City of Santa Rosa and County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold three resource fairs focused on debris removal.

  • Published on November 10, 2017 at 9:05 PM
    The City of Santa Rosa Water Department has issued notices to customers in select areas advising them to stop drinking tap water due to recent damage to the water system resulting from the fires. A total of 13 homes in Fountaingrove received the advisory notice after slightly elevated levels of contaminants were detected in two…
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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