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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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.

  • Published on March 21, 2018
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    In a continuing effort to reduce wait times and improve customer experience, the County of Sonoma’s Permit Center has implemented new software that enables customers to schedule appointments or join today’s line remotely, instead of waiting in the lobby.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 20, 2018
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and partners are developing free landscape design templates to help fire victims get back in their homes faster, while encouraging long-term environmental sustainability. Sonoma County residents are invited to attend two community input sessions to participate in the development of these landscape design templates, which will help define the look, feel, and functionality of the landscapes in the neighborhoods being rebuilt.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 20, 2018
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that her office, with 24 other District Attorney’s Offices in California, settled an environmental and consumer protection action against Costco Wholesale Corporation, Inc. and JBR, Inc.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 15, 2018
    Health Services

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a news alert on March 13 about positive testing for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in Sonoma County shellfish. The CDPH is “advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from Sonoma County.” The advisory does not apply to commercially sold shellfish from state-certified harvesters.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 14, 2018
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County is ranked the seventh healthiest county in California, according to the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 13, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    On March 12, 2018, Christopher Godley, a nationally respected emergency services leader, has been temporarily named the interim Emergency Manager of Sonoma County. Mr. Godley will take the helm of the Emergency Services Division for several months while the County conducts a national recruitment to find a qualified individual to serve as the permanent Emergency Manager.

  • Published on March 12, 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
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    The August 2016 “resisting arrest” convictions of defendants Gabrielle Lemos and her mother Michelle Lemos of Petaluma were affirmed on Appeal by a three judge Appellate Division panel in a ruling issued on February 27, 2018.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch urges consumers to recognize and participate in National Consumer Protection Week March 4-10. This year celebrates the 20thanniversary of the event.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 6, 2018
    District Attorney

    On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act. The Act legalizes the adult use of Cannabis and establishes regulations that will control and oversee the Cannabis industry. 

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on March 1, 2018
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    County Clerk William F. Rousseau has begun a special project to select a new voting system for Sonoma County. County Clerk Rousseau stated “I made it a priority in my final term in office to ensure Sonoma County modernizes and upgrades its voting system to the latest standards, using the most secure, accurate, and accessible technology available. We want to have new voting equipment for polling places and machinery for counting ballots beginning in 2019.”

  • Published on February 28, 2018

    To help prepare and train Sonoma County residents for jobs in the construction industry after the October wildfires, the Sonoma County Workforce Development Board (WIB), in partnership with the Human Services Department Employment and Training Division, has received $3.25 million in emergency funds from the California Employment Development Department.

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    A series of community workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on options for short-term funding of Sonoma County’s Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 27, 2018
    Water Agency

    A four-inch wastewater pipeline was inadvertently punctured in downtown Occidental Monday morning, causing less than 1,200 gallons of untreated wastewater to be released.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 27, 2018
    District Attorney

    Defendant Tawnya Hopper, 44 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today to a prison term of 25 years-to-life by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled no contest in July of last year to a violation of Penal Code section 288.7(a), sexual intercourse by an adult with a child under the age of ten.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on February 23, 2018
    Board of Supervisors

    First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites community members to apply for positions on local policy making bodies.

  • Published on February 23, 2018

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 2nd -11th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

  • Published on February 23, 2018

    The County of Sonoma encourages residents rebuilding from the October 2017 wildfires to bring their questions to a Rebuilding Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Altimira Middle School located at 17805 Arnold Drive, Sonoma.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on February 16, 2018
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is coordinating the 2018 Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The Homeless Count will include a “street count” of people who are living outside in all census tracts in the County, as well as counting those staying in shelters, jail or institutions on the night before the street count.
  • 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  of Health 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. 

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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