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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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, Sept. 24, the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO), 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, will increase drop-in office hours to Monday−Thursday, 8−11 a.m.

  • 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.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 30, 2018
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections inmate Luis Alberto Santana was denied parole after the conclusion of a parole suitability hearing at California Health Care Facility, Stockton on August 28, 2018. The Parole Board found Santana presented an unreasonable risk of danger if released back into the community. The denial was for 5 years.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 30, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared that September is National Preparedness Month. The preparedness campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to ready ourselves and our families now and throughout the year for potential emergency situations.
  • Published on August 27, 2018
    Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) announced today that it will begin air service to Denver International Airport (DEN) starting March 8, 2019.
  • Published on August 27, 2018

    New air service to Sonoma County will be announced at a press conference on August 27, 2018, at Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS). Representatives from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors, Airport, Airline, Sonoma County Tourism, Santa Rosa Chamber, and Visit Santa Rosa will be available for questions and answers.

  • Published on August 24, 2018
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    The County of Sonoma is updating County regulations for septic systems in order to meet state mandated regulations that protect water quality and public health.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 24, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Donald Ray Alton Jackson, 29 years old of Oakland, was sentenced today by the Honorable Knoel Owen to 20 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a September 28, 2017 robbery that occurred at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Santa Rosa.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 21, 2018
    District Attorney

    Kevin Scott Thorpe, 40 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to twenty-one years in the state prison. This sentence followed Thorpe previously pleading no-contest to eleven sex offenses he committed against four separate teenage victims.

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 20, 2018
    Water Agency
    Members of the public are invited to submit comments on a storm water resources plan for the Petaluma River and Sonoma Creek watersheds that has identified more than 60 projects that will utilize storm water from heavy rainfall for beneficial uses, such as flood protection, recharge of groundwater, slowing erosion from hillsides, and improving water quality in creeks and streams. Comment period closes September 17, 2018.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 20, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works (TPW) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1,082,969 by CAL FIRE, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fire Prevention Grants Program.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 16, 2018
    District Attorney
    51-year-old Gerardo Vargas-Velasquez, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on August 15, 2018 to four years in state prison for felony charges of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
  • Published on August 14, 2018

    Harmful falls are the #1 reason older adults and seniors end up at the emergency room. Don’t restrict your activities because of worries about falling on uneven ground or stairs.

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on August 14, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a request by County Clerk William F. Rousseau authorizing him to execute a contract with Dominion Voting Systems Inc. for a comprehensive, modern voting system. The new system known as “Democracy Suite version 5.2” will replace the county’s current 35-year old multi-card ballot and tallying system.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 13, 2018
    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 13, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Tina Szczepanek, 42-years-old of Lakeport, CA was sentenced today by the Honorable Judge Dana Simonds to 8 years prison for violating her probation.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 9, 2018
    District Attorney

    On August 8, 2018 Defendant David Romesburg entered no contest pleas to felony charges of pimping/pandering, and money laundering, and admitted to having been previously convicted of a strike offense in 1999 for committing statutory rape.

  • Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department
    Published on August 9, 2018
    Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department
    After the loss of approximately $1.8 billion in assessed value due to the October 2017 Wildfires and the devastating loss of over 5300 properties, Sonoma County’s net property tax assessment roll is now at $88,980,645,021.

  • Health Services
    Published on August 9, 2018
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) will relocate its Santa Rosa-based Behavioral Health programs to a single campus that allows for multiple services and increased accessibility in the most populous area of the County.
  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on August 9, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    The County of Sonoma encourages all Spanish speaking residents to participate in two workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on August 7, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, Aug. 7, to place on the November ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 1, 2018
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, in conjunction with 22 other District Attorney’s Offices throughout California, resolved a consumer protection action against Amazon, Inc., (“Amazon”).

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 1, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at an upcoming Safety Net Services Recovery public workshop, on August 7, 2018.

  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on July 31, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    The County of Sonoma continues to encourage residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 30, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Michael Valentine Nichelini, 33, of Petaluma, CA, was denied early parole at his “Youth Offender Parole Hearing,” held pursuant to Senate Bill No. 261 (“SB 261”). The Parole Board denied the early parole for a term of 3 years.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 25, 2018
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) has received a $1 million grant to continue the California Helping Outreach Possibilities Empowering (HOPE) program, which delivers mental health services targeting those affected by the wildfires in October 2017.

  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on July 24, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    The County of Sonoma continues to encourage residents to participate in workshops that will gather public input to shape the Recovery and Resiliency Plan to ensure the safety, livelihoods, and economic prosperity of the residents of Sonoma County. This workshop will be held at the Petaluma Community Center on Wednesday, July 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 20, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendants Vincent O’Sullivan and Michael Campos, the individuals responsible for the theft of a Gay Pride Flag in the Guerneville Plaza on March 9, 2018 were sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Chris Honigsberg.
  • District Attorney
    Published on July 17, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Kyle Thomas Uboldi, 49 - years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to 9 years in state prison by the Honorable Dana Simonds after having pled “no contest” in April to one felony count of annoying or molesting a child.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on July 16, 2018

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has recruited some assistance for fire prevention and invasive species removal: sheep. A flock of sheep will spend the next five weeks grazing along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail near Sebastopol, removing dry vegetation and non-native plant species.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 16, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce it has been named the national first place winner by the Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) for the innovative and collaborative digital response to the October wildfires. The Digital Counties Survey Awards recognize counties for their technology policies and practices and only allocates ten winning spots for counties based on population. Sonoma County takes home top honors in the 500,000 to 999,999 population category.
  • Published on July 13, 2018

    Help older adult increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet by training on August 27 as a volunteer coach with the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 12, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Milton Orlando Gamez-Fierro was sentenced yesterday to 18 years in state prison to two counts of attempted robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm at a peace officer with the intent to resist arrest. His co-defendant Jesus Gomez-Rosales was also sentenced yesterday to 8 years and 8 months in state prison as a result of his plea to kidnapping and attempted robbery.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on July 10, 2018

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, July 10, to introduce an ordinance that will place on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax measure for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on July 2, 2018
    Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Summer in Sonoma County is officially underway which means increased outdoor activities, with the Fourth of July being no exception. Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services wants to remind residents and visitors that all fireworks are illegal in unincorporated Sonoma County.

  • Published on June 29, 2018

    The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11 pm Friday to 11 pm Saturday. A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions comprised of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures are either occurring now, or will shortly.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 29, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Kevin Scott Thorpe, 40 - years-old of Rohnert Park, pled no-contest and was found guilty today by the Honorable Dana Simonds of eleven sex offenses committed against four separate victims.
  • District Attorney
    Published on June 29, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch announced today that defendant Vincent Joseph O'Sullivan, Jr, ( 55 ) of the Guerneville area was found guilty by a jury yesterday in the theft of a rainbow flag
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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