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  • District Attorney
    Published on May 26, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 25, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Michael Antwon Bennett, 38 years old, was sentenced today to five years in state prison by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum.  Mr. Bennett pled no contest in late March of this year to several felony crimes including residential burglary, attempted theft from an elder adult in an amount exceeding $100,000, and identity theft.

  • Published on May 25, 2017

    The Sonoma County Coalition for Foster Youth will host a free information fair with food, music and fun for youth and families on Thursday, May 25,2017  5 PM – 7:30 PM at Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 24, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved multiple actions that will increase the supply of affordable housing in Sonoma County. These actions included policy changes that free up local housing development funds for use in all areas of Sonoma County, and building 12 or more “Tiny Houses” on County-owned land located at 665 Russell Avenue, in Santa Rosa.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 24, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors dedicated funding for improvements at railroad crossings required to establish Quiet Zones. Once Quiet Zones are established, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) locomotive engineers cannot sound the train’s horn at crossings, however the horn may still be used to provide a warning or in an emergency.
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on May 18, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Regional Parks is seeking public input on a proposed mitigated negative declaration/initial study for the Sonoma Valley Regional Park Expansion Master Plan. Comments on the adequacy of the study’s environmental analysis will be accepted through June 12, 2017.
  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on May 18, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Sonoma County Regional Parks launches its 2017 summer aquatics season on Saturday, May 27, with the opening of the Spring Lake swimming lagoon – including the popular inflatable, floating playground – and new boat rentals on the lake.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 17, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Thomas Jan Warren, 63 years old of Forestville, pleaded guilty yesterday in front of the Honorable Judge Dana Simmonds to Manufacturing Concentrated Cannabis using the volatile substance butane, as well as admitting an enhancement that his manufacturing site was less than 300 feet from a school, and a prior conviction for possessing cocaine base with the intent to sell. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 17, 2017
    Water Agency
    Public hearings are scheduled to consider designating three local agencies to be responsible for ensuring groundwater is available now and into the future. The hearings will be held on June 1 for the Santa Rosa Plain basin; June 8 for the Sonoma Valley basin; and June 22 for Petaluma Valley basin.
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 17, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Garrett Piland, 33 years old of Santa Rosa, entered pleas of no contest on Friday, May 12 th to one felony count of Attempted Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor, and one misdemeanor count of Sending Harmful Matter to a Minor.
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on May 16, 2017
    Transportation & Public Works

    This week, construction ramped up on the replacement of Hauser Bridge, located on Hauser Bridge Road over the South Fork of the Gualala River about 4 miles east of the junction of Highway 1 and Kruse Ranch Road, near Cazadero.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 12, 2017
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections inmate Robin Re Sharp, 62-years-old, was denied “elder” parole earlier today following a hearing at Solano State Prison.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 10, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today accepted a $3.5 million award from the California Department of Health Care Services to support new initiatives to improve childhood dental health. The Department of Health Services will administer and manage the grant program, titled Cavity Free Sonoma. 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 9, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Preliminary results of the 2017 Homeless Count reveal homelessness is gradually decreasing in Sonoma County. On January 27, 2017, over 150 volunteers and homeless guides canvassed all of the County’s census tracks and counted 2,835 people who were either unsheltered, in shelters, or in transitional housing.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 9, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has established a new ongoing committee to advise the Board on pension related matters and is encouraging community members to apply. The goal of the Independent Citizen’s Pension Committee is to provide recommendations that will further the Board’s efforts to ensure a more fair, equitable, and sustainable County pension system.
  • Published on May 8, 2017

    Sonoma County celebrates National Economic Development Week from May 8-13th. The goal of National Economic Development Week is to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life in Sonoma County.

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on May 5, 2017
    Board of Supervisors
    Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins announced today that she will not pursue the purchase of any property to serve as a homeless day service shelter in the lower Russian River area at this time.  Instead, the County will strengthen coordination and funding for health, human, and public safety services in the lower Russian River area, and any future service center location discussions will be conducted in collaboration with the community.
  • Water Agency
    Published on May 2, 2017
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) will hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 15, 2017 to update the community on the Russian River Estuary Management Project. The meeting will be held at the Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Highway 116, Monte Rio, from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 28, 2017
    Water Agency

    On April 25, 2017 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors unanimously approved the formation of three joint powers agreements. These agreements will result in the creation of three new groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) that will ensure that the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley and Sonoma Valley basins continue to have safe and reliable groundwater in the future.

  • Published on April 28, 2017

    Older adults and their families are invited to register for a day of free activities at Spring Lake Regional Park and Spring Lake Village on Thursday, May 18,2017 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 27, 2017
    Water Agency

    At its April 21 meeting in Forestville, the North Coast Resource Partnership awarded its first biennial Jimmy Smith Leadership Award to Mayor Jake Mackenzie from Rohnert Park.  The award recognizes Mackenzie’s achievements as former Chair of the Partnership working to build communication and understanding among the seven counties and 34 Tribal entities of California’s North Coast Region.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 26, 2017
    District Attorney
    The request for parole by fifty-four-year-old California Department of Corrections inmate Byron James Tibbals was denied yesterday, Tuesday, April 25 th, after a hearing at the California State Prison in Soledad. Tibbals was sentenced on March 4, 1994, to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury returned verdicts of guilty on charges of first degree murder, penetration with a foreign object, and a special circumstance of rape with a foreign object.
  • Published on April 24, 2017

    According to a kindergarten readiness assessment survey, for the past two years approximately 2 out of 5 participating kindergarteners entered school “Ready to Go” with significant disparities by home language. These findings were presented to the First 5 Sonoma County Commission today.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services
    Published on April 24, 2017
    Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services is partnering with HALTER (Horse & Livestock Team Emergency Response) Project for this year’s Ranch Readiness Day.

  • Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Published on April 19, 2017
    Sonoma County Regional Parks
    Sonoma County Regional Parks is developing a master plan for future recreation opportunities and environmental protections for North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 18, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Daniel Lee Packett, 49 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced on April 17, 2017, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to 9 years in state prison after pleading no contest to felony charges of driving under the influence causing injury, and reckless evading.
  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on April 18, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a sweeping platform of strategic priorities this week aimed at tackling some of the County’s most immediate and critical needs.  Divided into four main categories – Securing our Safety Net, Housing for All, Rebuilding our Infrastructure, and Healthy Watersheds – the multi-year priorities will drive County department work plans to deliver actionable outcomes to our community.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 14, 2017
    District Attorney

    California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate William Barton, 62 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole after a hearing was held in front of the Board of Prison Terms at California State Prison, Sacramento on Thursday April 13. District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe this inmate would continue to pose a danger to the community were he not incarcerated. Therefore, we objected to his release. We are pleased that the parole board agreed with our assessment.” 

  • Health Services
    Published on April 13, 2017
    Health Services

    My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County is hosting local events as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 to inspire, educate, and empower the public and local healthcare providers about the importance of advance health care planning.

  • Published on April 10, 2017
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)
    Sonoma County will hold an Airport Area Specific Plan Public Workshop on Thursday April 13th, 5:30-7:30 PM, at the Windsor High School Library. Attendees will explore land use, circulation, and public improvements to the Airport Area over the next 20 years.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 7, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Ramon Amadeo Perez, 21 years old of Santa Rosa , pled no contest earlier today in front of the Honorable Patrick Broderick to charges in two separate criminal cases where he was accused of shooting others for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 6, 2017
    District Attorney
    Defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 45-years-old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of charges stemming from a fatal collision on November 8, 2015 on Los Amigos Road in Healdsburg. Specifically, Salinas-Jacobo was found guilty of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (within ten years of two prior driving under the influence convictions); and Driving Under the Influence Causing Bodily Injury, in addition to enhancements for causing great bodily injury and injuring multiple victims.
  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on April 4, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    Comisión Juvenil de Derechos Humanos Lanza una encuesta sobre el racismo en las escuelas secundarias del condado de Sonoma

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on April 4, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    The Junior Commission on Human Rights launches youth survey on racism in Sonoma County high schools.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 4, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Kahlil Rahim Keith, 37-years-old of Windsor, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Robert M. Laforge to 9 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for the stabbing death of Willie Ray Smith in May, 2015. A jury convicted Keith of Voluntary Manslaughter with the Use of a Deadly Weapon during a trial conducted in May of last year.  

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 31, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The annual County Health Rankings have been released, and Sonoma County is listed as the fifth healthiest county in California, making it one of the top mid-sized counties in the state. The list is produced collaboratively by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach
    Published on March 31, 2017
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    IOLERO Director issues recommendation that the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office change its policies to further limit cooperation with federal civil immigration enforcement 

  • Board of Supervisors
    Published on March 30, 2017
    Board of Supervisors

    The Highway 101 Airport Boulevard Interchange will soon welcome residents and visitors with professionally designed landscaping that includes 176 trees. These trees are the final piece of a replanting effort that totals about 1,700 trees, the remainder of which have already been planted both onsite along Mark West Creek, and offsite along Mark West Creek at Cresta Ranch.

  • Published on March 28, 2017

    Charles M. Schultz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) celebrates 10th anniversary of Alaska Airlines service. This milestone marks the Airline’s popular and convenient service that has carried nearly 2.25 million passengers on 38,000 flights to and from Sonoma County Airport.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 22, 2017
    District Attorney
    David Robert Brewer, 36 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced Monday by the Honorable Judge Julie Conger after a jury found Brewer guilty of all charges on a four-count misdemeanor complaint, charging two counts of Battery on a Peace Officer, Resisting a Peace Officer, and Battery.

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on March 21, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    The Junior Commission on Human Rights will hold a youth panel forum on homelessness at Chops Teen Club. The event is March 29, 2017 from 5.00 to 6.30pm.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 20, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Alan Tapia-Ramirez, 21 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced on March 17, 2017, by the Honorable Jaime Thistlethwaite to 4 years in state prison after pleading no contest to a felony charge of driving under the influence causing injury.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 17, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Clark Sullivan, 69 years old, most recently of Santa Rosa, was denied parole related to a murder he committed in 1987 in Santa Rosa.

  • Published on March 15, 2017

    A series of community meetings are scheduled to update well owners and others on the creation of three new agencies to locally implement California’s new groundwater law.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 15, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the Contra Costa County Superior Court has ordered Golden Gate Petroleum Co., Bay Area/Diablo Petroleum Company and Westgate Petroleum Company, Inc. to pay three million dollars in civil penalties related to the operation of underground storage tanks and management of hazardous materials and wastes. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 15, 2017
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Gustavo Pureco, 52years old of Santa Rosa, was denied release on parole Tuesday morning after a hearing at San Quentin state prison. Mr. Pureco was convicted on April 12, 1991 by a Sonoma County jury of second degree murder with use of a firearm, brandishing a firearm.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 14, 2017
    Health Services

    On March 15 and 16, 2017, two community partners contracting with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Behavioral Health Division will be presenting at a statewide behavioral health summit.

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on March 11, 2017
    Human Rights Commission

    The Sonoma County Junior Commissioners is fighting to end food insecurity with a series of 24-hour events to raise funds for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The next two events are March 24 and April 22, 2017.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 10, 2017
    Water Agency

    On Monday, March 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., there will be a public meeting on local fish habitat restoration projects. The Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will take a virtual tour of milestones and projects that are helping to restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the region’s primary water supply.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 9, 2017
    District Attorney

    Defendant Jonathan Michael Hoppner, 24 years old, of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to two years in state prison. Hoppner was convicted of two counts of felony false imprisonment, committed shortly after being released on parole for a conviction of false imprisonment and sexual battery.

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