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  • Published on June 30, 2020

    Las oficinas del Departamento de Servicios Humanos del Condado de Sonoma (HSD) abren sus puertas al publico el lunes, 6 de julio 2020, con horas reducidas y servicios limitados. Clientes y empleados aun serán requeridos seguir las medidas de seguridad del Covid-19.

  • Published on February 18, 2020

    Deva Marie Proto, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds Sonoma County residents that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election, is tonight, February 18, 2020 at midnight Pacific Time. 

  • Published on November 14, 2019

    In response to the Kincade Fire County leadership recognized the need for swift action so property owners could start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible. Important elements include debris cleanup, expedited permitting processes, and additional services for fire survivors. 

  • Published on March 2, 2019
    Flood debris drop-off sites available through March 4.
  • Published on March 1, 2019 at 12:40 PM
    Sonoma County crews and partner agencies have conducted evaluations and have determined it is safe to allow residents back into evacuation areas along the Russian River. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office have sent notifications lifting evacuation orders. Please be aware that roads will still have some debris. Use caution when entering these areas. If you see road crews, please make way for them to get through to keep clearing debris.
  • Published on October 1, 2018

    Sonoma County Animal Services invites members of the community to its Coffee with an ACO (Animal Control Officer) event on Wednesday October 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00 AM at Kaffe Mocha located at 397 Aviation Boulevard in Santa Rosa.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 November 1, 2017

    The U.S. Small Business Administration opened a Business Recovery Center at the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa. The office is located at 141 Stony Circle, Suite 155, Santa Rosa at The Courtyard building. The hours will be from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.

  • Published on October 26, 2017

    Thanks to direct efforts of EDB staff,  the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank’s (IBank) approved a new Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Fund Program and an expanded micro loan program on October 24th, 2017, to assist businesses affected by the wildfires in Sonoma County and other state declared disaster areas.

  • Published on August 9, 2017

    SANTA ROSA, CA—The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) has engaged Magellan Advisors to assist the county in developing a Broadband Strategic Plan. Magellan’s senior team of consultants will work with the county, EDB and Access Sonoma Broadband (ASB) to successfully develop a plan for Sonoma County’s broadband future. 

  • Published on August 6, 2017

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) announces the launch of Strategic Sonoma, an innovative economic development planning effort in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College, and the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board. 

    “The goal of Strategic Sonoma is to create a five year plan that identifies economic development opportunities for residents and businesses in Sonoma County,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “We look forward to meeting with the community, hearing what they have to say, and developing a plan to further grow our local economy.” 

  • Published on July 26, 2017

    On Wednesday, July 26, 2017 DHS received test results indicating that a low-level of blue-green algae toxins are present in certain areas of the river. In accordance with state guidance, the level of toxin present is enough to trigger the posting of “Caution” signs. Signs in both English and Spanish will be posted at the ten major beaches along the Russian River.

  • Published on July 12, 2017

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) is re-opening Monte Rio Beach after follow-up testing of samples taken showed diminished levels of coliform bacteria. DHS will remove the closure signs placed at the beach. The beach is open and safe to swim in.

  • 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.

  • Published on April 10, 2017
    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.
  • Published on March 7, 2017
    The Board of Supervisors adopted code changes for accessory dwelling units (“accessory units”) and junior accessory dwelling units (“junior units”). This action was in response to changes in State law and the housing crisis.
  • Published on March 1, 2017

    Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held March 6 -12, 2017 and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

  • Published on February 24, 2017
    Event Date: March 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Open house to introduce the community to three potential land use and circulation options for the Springs Specific Plan. One of these alternatives will be used as a basis for the draft Specific Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting and provide input on the alternative they prefer.
  • Published on January 23, 2017

    Today the Committee for Healthcare Improvement, a coalition of healthcare providers that is part of Sonoma County Health Action, announced health care organizations across Sonoma County are implementing common guidelines for safe pain management.

  • Published on October 27, 2016

    The Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department (PRMD) is holding a Public Workshop on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM 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.

  • Published on September 22, 2016

    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.

  • Published on July 8, 2016

    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.

  • Published on June 29, 2016
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will conduct a Winery Events Study Session at approximately 3:10 PM 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.
  • Published on June 22, 2016

    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.

  • Published on June 13, 2016

    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.

  • Published on June 10, 2016

    Community Separators are rural open space lands identified in the County’s General Plan that separate cities and other communities.  They preserve city and community identity by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on May 9, 2016

    The second of five community workshops on the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM, at the Altimira Middle School Multi-Purpose Room, in Sonoma.

  • Published on April 28, 2016

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed an individual tested positive for the Zika virus in Sonoma County. This individual is the first case of Zika in our county. While traveling in Central America the Sonoma County resident was bit by mosquitoes. Spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes which are present throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America.

  • Published on March 23, 2016

    The Sonoma-Mendocino Economic Development District (EDD), created through a joint powers agreement between Sonoma County and Mendocino County in January 2015, today launched a new website.

  • Published on March 18, 2016

    Community Separators are lands that function to separate cities and unincorporated communities, contain urban development, and preserve distinct community identities by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on March 18, 2016

    Community Separators are lands that function to separate cities and unincorporated communities, contain urban development, and preserve distinct community identities by providing visual relief from continuous urbanization.

  • Published on March 2, 2016

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted an ordinance to establish a new grading system for food facilities using a color-coded placard program.

  • Published on February 17, 2016
    The Sonoma County Department of Transportation and Public Works is implementing new traffic calming measures on Agua Caliente Road West, between Sonoma Creek and Highway 12, to improve traffic safety conditions for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and public transportation users.
  • Published on February 10, 2016

    The first of five community engagement workshops on the Springs Specific Plan will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 6:00 PM. 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.

  • Published on January 25, 2016

    This week, Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, opened up the recruitment process for individuals who are interested in serving on its first Advisory Board.

  • Published on November 24, 2015

    Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

  • Published on November 17, 2015

    On Tuesday, November 10th, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved new one-time funding that will help build approximately 100 miles of new roads. The Board added $13.5 million of funding, which brings the total general fund contribution to roads to a record $25 million.

  • Published on October 19, 2015

    Today, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) released the first- ever study of local farmworkers' health and well-being. The main finding from the study found that the vast majority of farmworkers permanently reside in Sonoma County with their families.

  • Published on September 9, 2015

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Bay Area, including Sonoma County, warning of high temperatures today and through the end of the week. 

  • Published on September 4, 2015

    On Friday, September 4, 2015, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services issued a health warning to the public to keep animals away from the Russian River.

  • Published on August 7, 2015
    The First 5 Sonoma County Commission announces the release of multiple contracts totaling $10.97 million to 12 different community partners. First 5 Sonoma awards this critical funding as part of the Commission’s 2010-2020 Strategic Plan prioritizing support of all children entering kindergarten ready to succeed.
  • Published on July 24, 2015

    The Board of Supervisors announced today that 12 grants have been awarded for summer arts youth program across the County.  Summer Arts programs will take place between now and September 30 at art centers, schools and community centers.  The grant program was administrated by Creative Sonoma, a countywide arts initiative through the County's Economic Development Board.

  • Published on July 21, 2015
    Transportation & Public Works provided a leadership role in developing SoCo Report It, which provides people with the ability to submit and monitor the status of service requests for common maintenance and repair issues in the unincorporated county area using both the Internet and smartphone applications. The app provides a convenient way to submit service requests, such as reporting a pothole or streetlight outage, and make it easy to attach a photo of the problem. Additionally, the app automatically records the location via the GPS location services on the smartphone. The submitter can track progress of the request from submission to resolution.
  • Published on July 6, 2015
    On July 9 th , 2015 southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured onto Madrone Road, Arnold Drive, and Verano Avenue from 9 am - 8 pm. There will be access to homes and businesses throughout the detour. This is the second of two detours that will allow PG&E to complete an essential tie-in of their gas transmission lines for the Highway 12 Improvement Project.
  • Published on June 25, 2015
    On June 29, 2015 the First 5 Sonoma County Commission, Community Action Partnership (CAP) and Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) celebrate 10,000 preventive dental visits at WIC clinics for children ages 0 to 5.
  • Published on June 9, 2015
    Sonoma County marks the one-year anniversary of the release of an influential report, A Portrait of Sonoma County that provided the County with the first comprehensive in-depth look at disparities in Sonoma County.
  • Published on June 9, 2015
    On June 18 th , 2015 southbound traffic on Highway 12 will be detoured onto Madrone Road, Arnold Drive, and Verano Avenue from 9 am - 8 pm. There will be access to homes and businesses throughout the detour. The detour will allow PG&E to complete an essential tie-in of their transmission lines for the Highway 12 Improvement Project.
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