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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 21, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    The National Weather Service is forecasting hot temperatures throughout the state and in Sonoma County over the next few days. The hottest weather will be on Friday, June 22, 2018 and Saturday, June 23, 2018. Inland temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and low 100s while temperatures closer to the coast will remain milder.

  • Published on June 21, 2018

    During National Pride Month, it’s important to remember the history of why we celebrate gains for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people. Many LGBTQI older adults grew up during a time when to love someone of the same gender was considered a crime, mental illness or a sin. LGBTQI people could be put in jail, fired from a job or put into a mental institution.

  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on June 21, 2018
    Fire and Emergency Services Department

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has announced the burn ban suspension, beginning 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018, and bans all outdoor burning except for campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property with landowner permission

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 18, 2018
    Water Agency
    On Thursday, June 21, 2018 more than 40 Sonoma County youth and young adults will be engaged in activities ranging from invasive species removal to watershed education and riparian habitat exploration at Westside Water Education Center.

  • Published on June 12, 2018

    After the fire disaster in October, Sonoma County residents know it is wise to be prepared for a future flood, earthquake, or fire. There is potential for any of these.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 6, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant John William Garretson, 36 years old of Sebastopol, was sentenced on Monday, June 4, 2018, by the Honorable Nancy Case Shaffer to three years of probation and 20 days in the county jail with jail alternatives after pleading no contest on April 17, 2018.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 6, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors (Board) today approved a plan to extend sewer service in the neighborhood of Larkfield Estates that was destroyed during last year’s fires.

  • Published on June 5, 2018
    Sonoma County Regional Parks on Tuesday, 6/5, reopened the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton and Roseland avenues after completing a multi-day cleanup of an illegal homeless encampment. The trail was closed May 30 to allow the county of Sonoma and city of Santa Rosa to reestablish a safe and clean trail for pedestrians and cyclists. During the closure, approximately 100 illegal campers were notified of the need to move, with the last occupants leaving June 1.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 5, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Alexandra Darla Hutcheson, 31 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to five years of formal probation and 364 days in the county jail after pleading no contest in April to driving under the influence and child endangerment.
  • District Attorney
    Published on June 5, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that defendant, Frances Farias (60 years of age), of Sebastopol, California was sentenced on June 5, 2018 by the Honorable Judge Conger to 4 years of state prison to be served in the California Department of Corrections.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 5, 2018
    Water Agency
    Winners of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Water Agency) annual Water Awareness school poster contest and the Russian River Watershed Association’s high school video contest were announced recently during a celebration held to acknowledge the winning entries and hand out prizes.
  • Water Agency
    Published on June 1, 2018
    Water Agency
    The Sonoma County 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. Meetings will be held in Santa Rosa on June 19, Monte Rio on June 26, and at The Sea Ranch on July 28.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 30, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) will be implementing a regional multi-media effort throughout the North Bay region with a simple message: There’s never enough to waste.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 28, 2018
    District Attorney
    Defendant Marcos Dionicio Vazquez, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to 15 years in state prison
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 23, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office has settled a consumer protection suit brought under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (also known as “Proposition 65”) against Sonoma Patient Group, Inc.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 23, 2018
    District Attorney
    David Raymond Somers, 59 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on May 8, 2018 to 3 years and 8 months in state prison, the maximum allowed by law, for a felony charge of Driving Under the Influence. Somers now has 6 prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence, 2 of which were also felony offenses

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 22, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Beginning Wednesday, May 30, 2018, the County of Sonoma in collaboration with the City of Santa Rosa will temporarily close the section of the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) from Roseland Avenue to Dutton Avenue to remove unlawful encampments and reestablish a safe and clean environment for all trail visitors. The effort is anticipated to last two days, after which the County will reopen the closed section of the JRT for recreational trail use.
  • 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
    Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Department

    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.

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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