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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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
  • District Attorney
    Published on June 29, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ethan Rae Aizikovitz, 25 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday to four years in state prison by the Honorable Robert Laforge after having pled guilty in April of this year to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while Intoxicated.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 27, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that California Department of Corrections inmate Dallas Goosen was denied parole following a June 26, 2018  suitability hearing held at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran,
  • Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    Published on June 27, 2018
    Office of Recovery and Resiliency

    The County of Sonoma encourages 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.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on June 22, 2018
    Regional Parks

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors earlier this month approved a master plan for future public use and management of a 247-acre addition to the northwest edge of Hood Mountain.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 22, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning which is in effect from 11 am Saturday, June 23, 2018 to 8 PM Sunday, June 24, 2018. 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.

  • 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.
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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