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  • District Attorney
    Published on March 20, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Jose Manuel Lopez-Perez, 26 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to 21 years to life in prison by Judge Robert LaForge following his convictions for 2 nd Degree Murder and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated.

  • Published on March 18, 2019

    Caregivers are invited to improve their skills by attending one of eight, free, LGBT+ Awareness Trainings through November hosted by the IHSS Public Authority, Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, SAGECare and LGBTQ Connections. The free programs will train and certify 180 care providers about the needs of LGBT+ older adults and LGBT+ adults with disabilities. Santa Rosa, California.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 18, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Raley’s, the owner and operator of Raley’s Supermarkets, agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, resolving a consumer protection action filed by her office in conjunction with the District Attorneys of Sacramento, Santa Clara and Shasta Counties.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on March 15, 2019

    The public is invited to celebrate the dedication of Tolay Lake Regional Park from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, 2019. The free event will feature speakers, guided hikes, cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, food and music, and is hosted by Sonoma County Regional Parks, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Sonoma Land Trust, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space and Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.

  • Area Agency on Aging
    Published on March 13, 2019
    Area Agency on Aging

    Volunteers can help older adult increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet by training as a certified coach on June 3 with the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.

  • Area Agency on Aging
    Published on March 13, 2019
    Area Agency on Aging

    Improve your balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make your home safer by attending a free, eight-class series based on the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. Register for a series near you at mob@schsd.org or (707) 565-5936.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 12, 2019
    District Attorney
    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, along with the District Attorneys for Napa, Humboldt and Lake Counties, announced today that no criminal charges would be filed against PG&E related to the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. After an extensive review, each office determined that insufficient evidence exists to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that PG&E acted with a reckless disregard for human life in causing the fires, the standard necessary to sustain criminal charges.
  • Published on March 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    El Centro de Asistencia Local (LAC) en Guerneville, creado para ayudar a los residentes afectados por las tormentas de invierno y las inundaciones en el área del río Russian la semana pasada, cerrará el sábado, 9 de marzo 2019.

  • Published on March 8, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    The Local Assistance Center (LAC) in Guerneville, established to help residents impacted by the winter storms and floods in the Russian River area last week, will close on Saturday March 9, 2019. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 8, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Vincent Joseph O’Sullivan, 56 years old of Guerneville, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of criminally threatening to bomb the Safeway grocery store in Guerneville, CA. The jury further found that this threat constituted a hate crime in that O’Sullivan made this threat in part because his targeted victim was homosexual.

  • Published on March 7, 2019

    A partir del 11 de marzo el Condado de Sonoma comenzará una iniciativa de recolección de desechos en las aceras de comunidades cercanas al río Russian que recibieron cantidades significativas de escombros debido a la reciente inundación.

  • Published on March 7, 2019

    The County of Sonoma is coordinating curbside debris collection to begin March 11 to assist Russian River communities with the significant amount of waste created by the flood disaster.

  • Published on March 7, 2019

    Sonoma County Assessor Deva Marie Proto announced today that property owners who have suffered damage to their business property, structures or land over $10,000 due to the 2019 Floods should file a “Calamity Damage Reassessment Form” to provide property tax relief.

  • Published on March 7, 2019

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider the appointment of a Sonoma County private attorney to fulfill the role as the new director of the Independence Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO).

  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    Published on March 6, 2019
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Roseland Village Development Project approved by the Santa Rosa Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 will provide housing and community amenities in an area of the city that has lacked resources for decades.

  • Published on March 5, 2019 at 2:30 PM
    Local assessments pave the way for State and Federal organizations to determine community impacts
  • Published on March 5, 2019 at 2:29 AM
    Las evaluaciones locales empiezan el proceso para que las organizaciones estatales y federales determinen los impactos comunitarios
  • Published on March 5, 2019

    Sonoma County Airport (STS) is excited to celebrate United Airlines’ daily nonstop service to and from Denver, Colorado. The inaugural Denver flight is scheduled to land at STS at 11:57 a.m., and depart STS at 12:30 p.m. beginning Friday, March 8, 2019

  • Health Services
    Published on March 5, 2019
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Health Officer declared a local health emergency Tuesday due to the scale of household hazardous waste (HHW) scattered along the water ways, roadsides, and on public and private properties after flooding in the County from last week’s rain storms.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 5, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on February 28, 2019, Tony Manuel Machado, 58 years old of Petaluma, was found by a jury to currently be a Mentally Disordered Offender.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 5, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Pradeep Singh, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 1, 2019 by the Honorable Dana Simonds to twelve years in prison for molesting his stepdaughter.
  • Published on March 5, 2019

    Applications are open through Friday, March 29, 2019 to become an elected California Senior Legislature (CSL) representative for Sonoma County.

  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Flood debris drop-off sites available through March 4.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Sitios para deshacerse de los escombros que trajo la inundación disponibles hasta el 4 de marzo.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Information about resources and services available for post storm recovery.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Información sobre recursos y servicios disponibles para recuperación después de la tormenta.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Initial assessments identify countywide damages for approximately 1,900 homes and 578 businesses.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Las evaluaciones iniciales identifican daños de aproximadamente 1,900 hogares y 578 negocios en todo el condado
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    El Centro de Asistencia Local abrirá el domingo al mediodía para proveer a los residentes con servicios y apoyo en un solo lugar.
  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Center opens on Sunday March 3 at noon to provide residents with services and support all in one place.
  • Published on March 1, 2019 at 12:40 PM
    Sonoma County crews and partner agencies have conducted evaluations and have determined it is safe to allow residents back into evacuation areas along the Russian River. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office have sent notifications lifting evacuation orders. Please be aware that roads will still have some debris. Use caution when entering these areas. If you see road crews, please make way for them to get through to keep clearing debri
  • Published on March 1, 2019 at 12:35 AM
    Los equipos del Condado de Sonoma y agencias asociadas han realizaron evaluaciones y determinaron que es seguro que los residentes regresen a las áreas de evacuación a lo largo del río Russian. La Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Sonoma envió notificaciones de levantamiento de órdenes de evacuación. Tenga cuidado al entrar en estas áreas ya que podría encontrar escombros en las carreteras.
  • Published on March 1, 2019

    Register for a free, advance care planning workshop, Who Will Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself?, to be held Tuesday, April 16, 2-4 p.m., at Partnership HealthPlan, 495 Tesconi Circle, Santa Rosa.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 1, 2019
    Water Agency
    The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a series of community meetings next week, to discuss a proposed groundwater sustainability fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency.
  • Published on February 28, 2019 at 3:30 PM
    In the wake of this week’s severe storms and subsequent flooding along the Russian River, Governor Newsom has declared a State of Emergency to allow for state funds and resources to help our local community respond to and recover from the impacts of flooding, mudslides, and damage to critical infrastructure.
  • Published on February 28, 2019 at 3:29 PM
    Como consecuencia severa de las tormentas y subsecuente inundaciones en el río Russian, el Gobernador Newsom declara estado de emergencia para permitir recibir fondos estatales y recursos para ayudar a nuestra comunidad local y recuperarnos del impacto de las inundaciones, deslizamientos, y daño críticas a infraestructuras.
  • Published on February 28, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    The Russian River reached a crest of 45.4 feet late Wednesday night, just short of the projected peak of 46 feet. The river has started to recede and is expected drop to below flood stage of 32 feet early Friday morning. Preliminary estimates indicate as many as 3,000 structures have been damaged during the flood.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 28, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Dan Edward Scheiner, fifty three years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Barbara Phelan after having pled no contest on January 25, 2018 to three counts of engaging in lewd conduct, all misdemeanors.

  • Published on February 28, 2019
    El miércoles en la noche el río Russian alcanzó a su punto máximo de inundación a los 45.4 pies, llegando casi al nivel proyectado de 46 pies. El agua ha empezado a descender y se espera que el rio llegue al nivel mínimo de inundación a los 32 pies el viernes en la mañana. Reportes preliminares indican que aproximadamente 3,000 estructuras sufrieron daños debido a la inundación.
  • Published on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    La Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Sonoma declaró una Emergencia Local este martes en medio de las poderosas tormentas que azotan la zona con fuertes lluvias que causaron el desbordamiento del río Russian y consecuentemente la evacuación de miles de residentes que viven en la parte inferior del río.
  • Published on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared a Local Emergency Tuesday in the midst of powerful winter storms that have battered the County with heavy rains that caused the Russian River to overflow its banks, and forcing the evacuation of thousands residents from the lower river area.
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 27, 2019
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch today issued a warning to anyone targeting those affected by the recent flooding in Sonoma County, “California law protects people impacted by a state of emergency. Looting is theft, which is always against the law. However, during a time of emergency additional legal protections exist against price gouging on gas, food, housing, and other essential supplies. I encourage anyone who has been the victim of price gouging, or who has information regarding potential price gouging, to immediately file a complaint by contacting local law enforcement or my office. Be advised that any looting or price gouging related to this week’s flooding will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

  • Published on February 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    The latest prediction from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages of 32 feet at 7 pm tonight, and it is anticipated that it will peak at 11 pm tomorrow, February 27, at a crest of 46.1 feet at Guerneville. It is expected that the Russian River will recede below flood levels, at 32 feet, at 10 pm on Thursday, February 28th.

    In response, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office issued evacuation orders to residents living near the Russian River floodway and its tributaries through the Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA), SoCoAlert and other social media tools. If you are planning to evacuate, we recommend you evacuate now to help clear the roads for emergency vehicles this evening. 

  • Published on February 26, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    El último reporte del Centro de Pronósticos de Ríos de California y Nevada indica que el río Russian alcanzará niveles de inundación a los 32 pies esta noche a las 7 y se prevé que alcance su nivel más crítico de desbordamiento, a las 10 de la noche  mañana, 27 de febrero. Se espera que el nivel del río regrese a niveles normales, bajo 32 pies, el jueves 28 de febrero, a las 10 de la noche.

    En respuesta la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Sonoma emitió órdenes de evacuación a los residentes que viven cerca del rio Russian usando el sistema de Alertas Inalámbricas de Emergencia (WEA), SoCoAlert y otros métodos de alerta como las redes sociales. Si usted está planeando evacuar se recomienda que lo haga ahora para que nos ayude mantener las carreteras libres para el tránsito de vehículos de emergencia esta tarde. 

  • Published on February 25, 2019
    El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología ha emitido varias alertas en relación a la tormenta invernal que pasa por el Condado de Sonoma desde este hoy hasta hasta el miércoles 27 de febrero en la noche. Las lluvias y fuertes vientos que se pronostican generan un riesgo significativo de que el rio Russian se desborde, y que hayan inundaciones repentinas y derrumbes de tierra a lo largo del Condado de Sonoma, incluyendo las áreas quemadas por los incendios de octubre de 2017.
  • Published on February 25, 2019
    The National Weather Service has issued several alerts due to the strong winter storm forecasted to pass over Sonoma County today through Wednesday night, February 27, 2019. With the forecasted wind and rain, there is a significant risk for Russian River flooding, flash floods and mudslides across Sonoma County, including the areas that burned in the October 2017 wildfires.
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 22, 2019
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate Vernon Bragg, 65 years old of Guerneville, was given a three year denial of parole by the State of California Board of Parole Hearings following a hearing yesterday morning at the California Medical Facility, Vacaville.

  • Published on February 22, 2019

    To assist residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department in collaboration with Recology will provide two debris removal clean-up events over the next two weekends. In addition, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency will provide the opportunity to dispose of toxic materials at one location on Tuesday, March 12th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Published on February 22, 2019
    Con el fin de asistir a los residentes y negocios afectados por la inundación del río Russian, el Departamento de Transporte y Obras Públicas del Condado de Sonoma, en colaboración con Recology, facilitará dos espacios durante los próximos dos fines de semana para deshacerse de los desechos que trajo la inundación.
  • Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder

    Published on February 19, 2019
    Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder

    The Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder’s Office is excited to announce an expansion in records available for purchase online. This increased access is designed for expediency and to save citizens time, money, and frustration when trying to get copies of records.

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County of Sonoma
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Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235