Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 23, 2016
    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 parents and family members play in the lives of children.

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 19, 2016
    Water Agency

    On Friday, August 19, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) released the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for public review.

  • Published on August 17, 2016

    Starting August 29, Sonoma County’s Economic Assistance Service Center will reduce call-in hours to peak times, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., while increasing the number of eligibility workers answering calls about Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance benefits. The changes are expected to cut the time callers are on hold before connecting with Service Center workers.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 17, 2016
    District Attorney

    Ryan Kenneth Watt, 26-years-old of Petaluma, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison for a May conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on August 17, 2016
    Sonoma County Regional Parks

    Community members, parks staff, and elected officials will gather in Bodega Bay on Friday, Aug. 19, to dedicate the newest segment of the Bodega Bay Pedestrian & Bicycle Trail and to name a trail bridge in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Burko, the late State Parks superintendent who oversaw the Sonoma Coast.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 11, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites the community to the inaugural Springs Festival on Saturday, September 10th, to celebrate the completion of the long awaited safety and beautification improvements on Highway 12, including sidewalks, street lights, curbs and gutters, and new paving as well as progress on other important initiatives in the area.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 10, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Early next week the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin road repair on a section of Highway 1 near Gleason Beach in Northern Sonoma County. Earlier this year, Caltrans closed the southbound lane due to substantial erosion of this coastline road. Caltrans expects the highway to open back up to two lanes within 6-8 weeks. One lane of the road will remain open at all times during construction, controlled by a traffic signal.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 9, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Three Sonoma County programs were selected to receive Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which recognize innovative county government initiatives across the country. Annually NACo requests that counties submit programs to promote successes and share best practices.

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 8, 2016
    Water Agency

    A series of public workshops are underway this summer, aiming to update well owners and others on local implementation of California’s new groundwater law.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 8, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    After significant recovery in the local real estate market, the Sonoma County property tax assessment roll came in at $81.11 Billion, an increase of 5.9% from FY 2015-16. The growth was due to increases in median home values, combined with the restoration of many assessments that were temporarily reduced due to the real estate recession (Proposition 8 assessments), which resulted in the highest valuation the roll has had to date. 

  • Health Services
    Published on August 4, 2016
    Health Services

    During the week of August 1st, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) began detailed water testing throughout the Russian River. On Thursday, August 4, DHS received test results indicating that low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river.

  • Commission on the Status of Women
    Published on August 3, 2016
    Commission on the Status of Women

    The County of Sonoma Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will be holding a free family-friendly workshop and event featuring voter registration and education, local political success stories, as well as guidance on getting involved in public service.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 28, 2016
    District Attorney

    Licensed Caregiver Sentenced for Elder Theft. Andrew Raymond Ross, forty- seven-years-old of Healdsburg, was sentenced today before the Honorable Patrick Broderick for committing felony theft of an elder by a caregiver.  Under the terms of the negotiated sentence the defendant will serve six months in county jail and will spend three years on formal probation.  His sentence includes a probation condition that he cannot work as a caregiver in any capacity.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Published on July 26, 2016
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    The recently established Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach (IOLERO) has announced it is now fully operational, and is launching a robust department website dedicated to providing open information to the community.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 25, 2016
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that Equilon Enterprises LLC, dba Shell Oil Products US (“Shell”), entered into a stipulated judgment to resolve consumer protection and advertising violations related to Shell gift cards and fuel rewards cards.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 25, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Supervisor Shirlee Zane and the Santa Rosa City Council Medical Cannabis Policy Subcommittee will be holding a town hall meeting on Thursday, July 28, 2016, to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa. The meeting will be held from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Glaser Center, located at 547 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 21, 2016
    Board of Supervisors
    Sonoma County ranked 1st among mid-sized counties throughout the nation in the 2016 Digital Counties Survey.
  • Published on July 21, 2016

    The 19th Annual Sonoma County Senior Art Show, The Art of Aging, runs September 7, 2016 – October 20, 2016, at The Finley Center, Santa Rosa. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on July 19, 2016
    Water Agency

    On July 15, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) was notified that it will receive a $484,627 storm water planning grant for the Sonoma Creek and Petaluma River watersheds.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 18, 2016
    District Attorney

    Defendants Joseph Varela (18 years-old) and Manuel Khiobouakhan (21 years-old) of Santa Rosa entered pleas of no contest to the December 31, 2013, New Year’s Eve killing today before the Honorable Dana Simonds.

  • Human Resources Department
    Published on July 15, 2016
    Human Resources Department

    The County of Sonoma is now accepting nominations for the prestigious Jefferson Awards. Nominations are due on Friday, August 5, 2016.

  • Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services
    Published on July 15, 2016
    Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has issued a ban on open burning, effective June 27, 2016

  • Employee & Volunteer Engagement & Recognition

    Published on July 13, 2016
    Employee & Volunteer Engagement & Recognition

    Submit your nominations by Friday, August 5, 2016. Winners will be notified and honored at the November 1, 2016 Board of Supervisors meeting with an award and a reception.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 12, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Ruben Manuel Muniz, 37 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced to nine years in state prison yesterday for the unlawful killing of a Santa Rosa man.  This sentence was the result of a plea negotiation in which Muniz pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter and admitted that he personally used a firearm in the 2003 killing of Danny Christian Garcia.

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 12, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Johnny Tasker Douglas, 35 years-old of Oakland, CA, who was found guilty by a jury in May on two counts of robbery and two counts of assault with a firearm, as well as a gun enhancement and an enhancement for serving prior prison terms, was sentenced Friday to 11 years, 8 months in state prison. 

  • Published on July 8, 2016
    Permit and Resource Management Department

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 2:30 PM to consider the proposed ballot measure on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot, amend General Plan maps to expand Community Separators, related policy amendments, and related rezoning to add the SR (Scenic Resources) overlay zone.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on July 8, 2016
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Over the July 4th holiday weekend Sonoma County Animal Services (SCAS) and its partners took in nearly 50 stray animals. SCAS worked with community partners such as Pet Care and Redwood Veterinary Hospital to shelter the 29 dogs found over the holiday weekend in order for their respective owners to claim them.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 7, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

     The County of Sonoma will be holding a series of town hall meetings and conducting an online survey to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Led by the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee of Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Susan Gorin, the County is currently in the process of developing ordinances and policies to create a comprehensive regulatory scheme for the marijuana industry

  • District Attorney
    Published on July 7, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Kyle Ryley Ferguson, 32-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Arthur Wick to seven years in state prison after previously pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on July 7, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will begin inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville this week, marking the first time in two years that the inflatable dam will be installed.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on July 7, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    The Board of Supervisors recently approved the final contract for 2016 road work, which will result in 67 miles of new road surface in Sonoma County this summer. The Board also approved a plan for next summer with another 97 miles of much needed resurfaced roads. This summer’s road construction is slated to begin the first week of July.

  • Health Services
    Published on July 5, 2016
    Health Services

    Today, marks Angie Dillon-Shore’s first day as the executive director of First 5 Sonoma County. Dillon-Shore was selected after a nation-wide recruitment process to replace the former executive director Alfredo Perez, who retired earlier this year. 

  • Published on June 29, 2016
    Permit and Resource Management Department
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a Winery Events Study Session at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Tuesday,July 12, 2016 during their public board meeting. This session will explore the County’s General Plan policies that guide winery promotional and event activities. It will take place in the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers located at 575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 27, 2016
    Water Agency

    The next phases of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project will get under way this summer with construction of habitat features in two locations along the creek. The projects are being constructed by the Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) to enhance habitat for endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 24, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    The County of Sonoma and its Community and Local Law Enforcement (CALLE) Task Force has been recognized by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) for the Achievement in Oversight/ Contribution to Oversight Award. The award recognizes the nearly 2 year effort to bring review, transparency, and community engagement to law enforcement activities following the fatal shooting of 13 year old Andy Lopez by a Sheriff’s Deputy in Sonoma County on October 22, 2013.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 22, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Russian River County Sanitation District (RRCSD) is preparing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) to increase the reliability of its infrastructure during natural disasters. RRCSD has scheduled a 30-day public review period beginning on June 22, 2016 to gather input on the draft plan and members of the public are encouraged to submit comments during this review period.

  • Published on June 22, 2016
    Permit and Resource Management Department

    A community design workshop for the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Wednesday June 29th, 6:00 p.m., at the Sonoma Charter School Multi-Purpose Room, in Sonoma. The public is encouraged to attend and provide input into this exciting planning project for the Springs area, which includes the Highway 12 corridor from Agua Caliente Road to Verano Avenue.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 22, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite sentenced Rohnert Park resident Edgar Aron Hernandez (19) to prison for 4 years 4 months.  Hernandez received the prison sentence for pimping two 17 year-old minors.

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 22, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Gayle Diane Gray, 77-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Jaime Thistlethwaite to a term of 7 years 4 months in state prison. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 21, 2016
    Water Agency

    A series of workshops are scheduled to update well owners and others on local implementation of California’s new groundwater law. The three workshops will take place in Sonoma County’s three groundwater basins immediately affected by California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA): Santa Rosa Plain, Sonoma Valley and Petaluma Valley

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 20, 2016
    Water Agency

    The California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways, announced it will award $600,000 from its Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Fee Grant Program to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – San Francisco District to support mussel prevention efforts at Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 17, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Jose Miguel Flores-Garcia, 43-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Thursday June 16th to five years and four months in state prison by Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite after having pled to felony charges in February of this year. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 16, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    On June 16, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $1.6 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17. The budget builds upon continued economic recovery and reflects an ongoing responsibility to a number of Board priorities including workforce housing, effective and efficient countywide fire services, and the annexation of Southwest Santa Rosa

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 16, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has issued the following statement in response to a law enforcement raid that occurred on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County:

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 16, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Ivan Reyes, 31-years-old of Sonoma,  was sentenced today by the Honorable Patrick Broderick. The sentence came after the defendant pleaded no contest to two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under the age of 14 on April 1, 2016. The defendant was sentenced to serve 5 years state prison for the crimes.  

  • District Attorney
    Published on June 16, 2016
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch today announced that her office, along with the District Attorneys of Alameda and San Diego Counties, settled a consumer protection action against Active Network, LLC (“Active”), a company that provides on-line event registration services for people and groups wishing to host activities such as athletic events, camping trips, corporate events and the like.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 15, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) on June 15 began stream maintenance activities in or near more than 50 streams throughout Sonoma County to restore conveyance capacity and maintain proper function of Water Agency flood control channels and retain or enhance appropriate habitat.

  • Water Agency
    Published on June 15, 2016
    Water Agency
    Sonoma Valley Re-Opens Recycled Water Fill Station for Local Residents to Use in Outdoor Watering
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on June 15, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    In an effort to increase transparency and citizen engagement, the Board of Supervisors has scheduled a portion of their budget hearings to occur on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, starting at 4:30 pm, instead of the traditional 8:30 am start.

  • Published on June 13, 2016
    Permit and Resource Management Department

    The Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has launched a new permitting system enabling customers to participate more effectively in the County’s permitting process. Known as Permit Sonoma, the new system delivers more transparent services to support sustainable development and environmental protection in unincorporated Sonoma County.

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