Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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.

  • Published on August 18, 2016

    The Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division is proud that the community initiative it supports to encourage advance care planning, My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County, has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

  • 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.

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