Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • District Attorney
    Published on December 1, 2016
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections inmate Gary Moore’s request to be paroled was denied by the Board of Parole Hearings Tuesday after a hearing at the California State Prison, Solano. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 30, 2016
    District Attorney

    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office announced today that charges will not be filed at this time because the investigation regarding allegations of sexual assault committed by suspect Raymond Foakes is ongoing. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 30, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    The County of Sonoma will be holding an informational community meeting on Friday, December 2, 2016, to provide an overview of the cannabis ordinances that will be considered by the Board of Supervisors on December 6, 2016.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 23, 2016
    District Attorney
    Defendant Ronnie Paul Threadgill, 24 years-old of San Francisco, pleaded “no contest” today to two felonies: attempted second degree murder (Penal Code 664/187) and first degree attempted robbery (Penal Code 664/211.)
  • District Attorney
    Published on November 17, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan D. Hardcastle ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Company (“PG&E”) to pay $120,000 as part of the settlement of a civil environmental prosecution for discharging used electrical transformer oil into Paulin Creek in Santa Rosa, California.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 15, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Sonoma County took significant action today to ease the local housing crisis. With actions taken by the Board of Supervisors, the County is now set to expand emergency shelter capacity during winter months, implement innovative programs to boost homeless services, challenge federal Housing and Urban Development regulations to make housing vouchers work in Sonoma County, and invest nearly $4 million in new affordable housing construction in 2017.

  • Water Agency
    Published on November 11, 2016
    Water Agency

    On Wednesday, November 16, 2016 and Thursday, November 17, 2016, people will have an opportunity to learn about and comment on the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on November 10, 2016
    Board of Supervisors
    Community members are invited to attend a Sonoma Valley Connect informational forum to focus on law enforcement in Sonoma Valley on December 8, 2016 from 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. at El Verano Elementary School, 18606 Riverside Drive, in Sonoma. Spanish translation will be provided along with snacks and beverages.
  • Published on November 3, 2016

    In conjunction with the Sonoma County Library, the Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division, the Sonoma County Water Agency and Sonoma Clean Power are introducing “Do It Yourself” (DIY) Energy and Water Savings Toolkits as part of a pilot program promoting energy and water efficiency.

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 31, 2016
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with nine other California District Attorney’s Offices that together comprise the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force, settled a consumer protection action against My Pillow, Inc. (“My Pillow”). My Pillow manufactures and sells pillow and bedding products.
  • District Attorney
    Published on October 28, 2016
    District Attorney

    Defendant Amante Erwin Robinson, 23-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Thursday October 27th, 2016, to 23 years in state prison by Judge Patrick Broderick after having pled no contest to robbery and gun enhancement charges in July of this year.  

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 28, 2016
    Water Agency

    Historically, the Russian River hosted prolific runs of coho and Chinook salmon and steelhead trout. Over the past half-century, however, populations of these iconic fish have declined drastically.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 28, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Al Terrell advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can now resume burning.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on October 28, 2016
    County Administrator's Office

    On Tuesday, November 1, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will present the prestigious Jefferson Award to three local nonprofit organizations, one board, and one individual for their “Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.”

  • Published on October 27, 2016
    Permit Sonoma

    The Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department (PRMD) is holding a Public Workshop on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:00pm – 6:00pm at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory. Community members are invited to participate in the workshop and share their input on ways to adapt to sea-level rise and protect the Sonoma County Coast.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 25, 2016
    Water Agency

    Two events celebrate completion of projects which will dramatically improve fish passage in the Russian River watershed.

  • Health Services
    Published on October 25, 2016
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the start of an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship that will train 25 community members to serve our county as community educators.

  • Health Services
    Published on October 24, 2016
    Health Services

    During the week of October 17, a fox in the Sea Ranch area of Sonoma County tested positive for rabies. Aggressive behavior prompted authorities with state Fish & Wildlife to capture the fox and pursue testing for rabies. Individuals with known exposure to the fox were referred for medical evaluation and care, including post-exposure preventive treatment. Several domestic animals with known exposure have received booster vaccinations and have been quarantined by Sonoma County Animal Services. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on October 20, 2016
    District Attorney

    Thirty-one year old Jason Frederick Hulac of Santa Rosa was sentenced today to 10 years in state prison after having pled no contest in September to three counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach
    Published on October 12, 2016
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Diverse 11-member CAC to begin work soon on reviewing and recommending policies to Sheriff's Office 

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 10, 2016
    Water Agency

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership with a 2016 WaterSense® Excellence Award and Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations.

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 7, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (District) will host two Community Meetings this month to discuss a proposed ordinance aimed at preventing sewer overflows that occur during heavy rains. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 5, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency this week will begin installing 14 isolation valves throughout its more than 83 miles of water transmission pipelines to further provide a resilient drinking water system when a natural disaster occurs, such as an earthquake. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on October 5, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    At their October 4, 2016, meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, also serving as the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors, provided direction to staff to return by the end of the year with a county-wide safe medicine disposal extended producer responsibility ordinance (Safe Medicine Disposal Ordinance)

  • Water Agency
    Published on October 4, 2016
    Water Agency

    Today, the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors (Board) extended to 180 days the public review and comment period for the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The Board also added two hearing dates on the Fish Flow Project, on November 16 in Cloverdale and November 17 in Guerneville (details below).

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 27, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County continue to monitor the Sawmill Fire, which began in Sonoma County at approximately 10:50am on Sunday.

  • Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    The Sawmill Fire, which began at approximately 10:50 am today, has burned approximately 500 acres off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Due to ordered evacuations, the County of Sonoma has opened an Evacuation Center with the Red Cross. Read more

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 23, 2016
    District Attorney

    Defendant Nicholas James Perry, 37-years-old of Sebastopol, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of two felonies, Penal Code section 288.4(b), (Arranging a Meeting with a Minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior), and Penal Code section 664/288.3, (Attempting to Send Harmful content to a Minor,) for offenses he committed during a law enforcement “sting” operation on June 20, 2014 in Santa Rosa

  • Health Services
    Published on September 22, 2016
    Health Services

    Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Jen Lewis is selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders program. Lewis is currently the Department’s Special Projects Director and formerly was the Health Program Manager for the county-wide initiative Health Action.

  • Water Agency
    Published on September 22, 2016
    Water Agency

    On September 22, 2016, officials from the Sonoma County Climate Resilience Team (SCCRT), including Sonoma County Water Agency Directors Efren Carrillo and James Gore, participated in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s event to launch the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP)

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 21, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    On September 20, 2016, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Barbie Robinson as the Department of Health Services Interim Director. Ms. Robinson has served as Assistant Director with the Department, which consists of approximately 600 employees and a budget of $246 million, since February, 2016.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 20, 2016
    District Attorney

    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Carstensen as Victim Services Director.  Ms. Carstensen began her career at the DA’s Office in 1995 as a Domestic Violence Counselor, and later transitioned to a Victim Advocate when the units were combined.

  • Health Services
    Published on September 20, 2016
    Health Services

    An award of up to $850,000 in funding over three years will create an Accountable Community for Health in Sonoma County.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 19, 2016
    District Attorney

    Daniel Craighead, a 74-year-old Healdsburg resident, has resolved a civil environmental enforcement action for damming up Mill Creek in violation of Fish and Game Code section 1602 during the summer of 2015.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 19, 2016
    District Attorney

    Jason Frederick Hulac, 31-years-old of Santa Rosa, pled no contest earlier today to three counts of assault with intent to commit a sexual offense.  The charges stemmed from three separate daylight attacks on women in 2015.

  • Water Agency
    Published on September 16, 2016
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Chairman Efren Carrillo announced on Friday, September 16 that the Water Agency Board will consider adding additional hearings and extending the comment period for the Fish Habitat Flows and Water Rights Project (Fish Flow Project) Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR).

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 16, 2016
    District Attorney

    Johnny Lee Sommerhalder, 73-years-old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole by the California Parole Board for an additional three years on September 15, 2016.  This is the fourteenth time the inmate has been denied parole since his incarceration for a murder committed in 1968.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 15, 2016
    District Attorney

    Defendant Jose Jesus Mendoza, 27-years-old of Larkfield, plead guilty on September 14, 2016 to charges of assault with force likely to commit great bodily injury on his wife with a loaded gun, and admitted a prior “strike” conviction for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under fourteen.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 14, 2016
    District Attorney

    Ricky Lee Diffenderfer, 66-years-old of Reno, Nevada was sentenced on September 13, 2016 to 2 years in state prison by the Honorable Judge Conger for the crimes of defrauding individuals renting rooms in sober living homes, as well as defrauding the Human Services Department. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on September 14, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    On September 13, 2016 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors announced their selection of Karen Fies as the next Director of the Human Services Department.

  • District Attorney
    Published on September 8, 2016
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch has announced that earlier today defendant Ricardo Botello, (20) of Healdsburg, CA and Miguel Madrigal (21) of Windsor, CA were sentenced to state prison by the Honorable Robert M. Laforge.  A third defendant, Jose Martinez (21) of Santa Rosa, CA previously pled “no contest” to being an accessory after the fact, and is in custody pending a violation of probation.
  • Fire and Emergency Services Department
    Published on September 8, 2016
    Fire and Emergency Services Department

    Sonoma County employees and volunteers will participate in a test activation of the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a one- day disaster preparedness exercise.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 31, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that inmate John Howard Morris III, 61-years-old, who last resided in the town of Sonoma, was denied parole yesterday, following his sixth parole hearing, at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in Blythe, CA.  Morris is serving a term of 21 years-to-life for the murder of a 15-year-old Glen Ellen girl.

  • District Attorney
    Published on August 31, 2016
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill R. Ravitch has announced that defendants Gabrielle Lemos, 19-years-old, and her mother Michelle Lemos 48-years-old, both of Petaluma, were found guilty earlier today by a jury of violating Penal Code section 148(a)(1) (resisting, obstructing, or delaying a law enforcement officer.) 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on August 31, 2016
    Board of Supervisors

    After a nationwide search and extensive interview process, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors selected Sheryl Bratton as their next County Administrator. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on August 30, 2016
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency’s Board of Directors today gave direction to staff to prepare a comprehensive climate vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan (Plan) for its water supply, flood control and sanitation enterprises.  The Plan will create a roadmap for the Water Agency to follow as it prepares its facilities and operations for the inevitable changes coming due to climate change.  It will also position the Water Agency to be eligible for federal grants related to climate change adaptation.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on August 25, 2016
    Sonoma County Regional Parks

    The Water Park at Spring Lake will stay open for an extra weekend of late-summer fun in September. Regularly scheduled to close after Labor Day, the Water Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, and admission will be $10 for children, including teens, and $15 for adults

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

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

  • 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.

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