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  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on May 10, 2021
    Transportation & Public Works

    Air Service Development Consulting Services for the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport

  • Published on May 10, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has announced the enactment of a burn suspension, beginning at 12:01 AM Monday, May 10, 2021, which bans all outdoor burning.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on May 6, 2021
    Transportation & Public Works

    The Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport will host a webinar on June 9, 2021 from 10:00am - 11:00am PDT about the Airport's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and proposed DBE goal.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced a consumer protection False Advertising Law settlement in a civil action against Cannacraft, Inc. Cannacraft is a licensed cultivator and manufacturer of cannabis products based in Sonoma County, and does business in California's legal cannabis market. Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, Cannacraft will pay $250,000 in civil penalties $25,000 in cy pres restitution, and $25,000 in investigative costs. Cannacraft also agreed to be bound by an injunction for 10 years. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office reached the settlement as a member of the California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force ("Task Force"), which also includes Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta and Solano Counties.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Hector Cabrales-Larios, 39 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve six years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in March of this year to felony charges of hit and run.

  • Published on May 6, 2021

    Sonoma County has now fully vaccinated more than half of its 16 and older population. In addition, more than two-thirds of these 411,000 residents have received at least one shot of the vital protection against COVID-19.

  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Published on May 5, 2021
    Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

    We all sometimes need help with quick and easy tasty meals for the family. What better time than Spring, when we start getting more fresh local veggies, to get some new recipes and ideas? Free Nutrition classes for clients, CalFresh EatFresh website updates, use CalFresh at the Farmers Markets, food and ACEs, nourishment and language.

  • Published on May 5, 2021

    View a list of our current and upcoming job opportunities, including:

    - Auditor-Appraiser I

    - District Attorney's Office Information Systems Technician I & II

    - Senior Account Clerk - Regular & Time-Limited

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 5, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant, Patrick Gilles Murphy, 35 years old of Sebastopol, was sentenced on May 4, 2021 by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 6 years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in April of this year to stalking, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and felony domestic battery against his ex-girlfriend. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 5, 2021
    Water Agency

    The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), which consists of representatives from eight public water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties, passed a resolution Monday asking customers of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent due to the drought.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on May 4, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority recently completed an ADA Transition Plan and Section 504 Self-Evaluation.

  • Published on May 4, 2021

    Tina Rivera, an experienced administrator for more than 25 years in government and nonprofit work, has been named interim director of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services by the County Administrator. A native of Louisiana, Rivera has worked for the County of Sonoma since 2018, most recently serving as assistant director of the Department of Health Services.

  • Published on May 3, 2021

    Come Join Us Wednesday, May 19th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn About the County of Sonoma's Application Process

  • Published on May 3, 2021
    The Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District will consider the appointment of Misti Arias as general manager during its May 11 meeting
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 3, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Joseph Nin, 36 years old of Windsor, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading "no contest" in March of this year to a felony charge of Filing a False Report.  Additional felony charges of Perjury and Grand Theft were dismissed as part of a plea bargain. Nin, a former juvenile corrections counselor employed by the Sonoma County Probation Department, was sentenced to 90 days jail or work release, followed by 24 months of felony probation, the legal limit for most felonies under a new law passed last year by the California state legislature.  

  • Published on April 30, 2021

    As you may recall from our past newsletters and IOLERO's 2019-2020 Annual Report, IOLERO and the CAC partnered with Sonoma State University (SSU) and Redwood Consulting Collective to design a high-functioning Community-Oriented Policing Program that will help the community and the Sheriff's Office work together to improve policing and quality of life for everyone in the community.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 30, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Victor Torres, 31 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve a term of 25 years to life in state prison after pleading "no contest" earlier this month to multiple charges of child sexual assault.

  • Supervisorial District 3
    Published on April 29, 2021
    Supervisorial District 3

    Read all about updates on the County’s COVID-19 response, information on newly available rental assistance, upcoming tree ordinance workshops and many more items of importance!  

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 29, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Paul Morrow, 60 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 5 years in state prison following a “no contest” plea earlier in April to one felony count of sexual penetration of an unconscious victim, and one felony count of sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 16.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 28, 2021
    Health Services

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Services.

  • Published on April 27, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution proclaiming a local drought emergency and requesting the governor seek a Presidential Disaster Declaration. 

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on April 26, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is pleased to announce the issuing of this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for affordable housing in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 26, 2021

    On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA announced they would accept the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendations to lift a pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all adults. Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase concurs with the findings of the ACIP and Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSR) that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and that health providers should resume its administration to prevent community spread and severe illness and death from COVID-19. Sonoma County joins the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano and the City of Berkeley in the Bay Area in immediately lifting the pause and resuming administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  • Agriculture, Weights and Measures
    Published on April 23, 2021
    Agriculture, Weights and Measures

    The Agricultural Commissioner’s Office surveys producers when there are significant impacts to agricultural production due to weather.  Based on survey results, a disaster can be declared and various assistance programs become available through USDA. 

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 23, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks, Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma Ecology Center/Team Sugarloaf are asking residents to be citizen scientists and take part in the global City Nature Challenge event. The challenge takes place two parts. From April 30 to May 3, people are asked to take pictures of wild plants and animals and upload them to the iNaturalist app. Scientists will be identifying what was found, May 4-9. Results will be announced on May 10.

  • Published on April 23, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will hold its annual budget workshop on April 26, 27 and 28 next week to provide the Board and the community an opportunity to learn about the County's preliminary spending plan for fiscal year 2021-22, ask questions and provide direction before final adoption during the June budget hearings. 

  • Published on April 23, 2021
    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds voters residing in either the Town of Windsor or Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District Special Tax Zone 1 that the deadline to return ballots for the May 4, 2021, Special Election is rapidly approaching. This election is being conducted entirely by mail and only applies to voters residing in one of the aforementioned jurisdictions.
  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Published on April 21, 2021
    Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

    You are ready to vaccinate- what if your clients don't want it? How to build trust, address concerns, and use language to address Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy with pregnant clients.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 21, 2021
    Health Services

    Dispose of medications, including controlled substances, at special one-day collection events sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma County Tourism along with Sonoma County Regional Parks today announced a partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to help ensure visitors who enjoy the region’s parks and other natural resource areas do so responsibly and sustainably.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 21, 2021
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) joined Governor Newsom today at a parched Lake Mendocino for the announcement of an executive order to help drought stricken watershed's such as the Russian River watershed.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on the 200-acre Fitzsimmons Ranch, which is an inholding of private land within 2,000-acre Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. The expansion of the park has been a key priority for Sonoma Land Trust, ensuring that future generations of visitors and wildlife can thrive and adapt in this important corridor of the Mayacamas Mountains.

  • Permit Sonoma
    Published on April 20, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    On April 19, 2021, Permit Sonoma staff is publishing a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which analyzes the environmental impact of potentially rezoning 59 sites in unincorporated Sonoma County to accommodate the county’s housing need.

  • Published on April 20, 2021
    As of today, more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to eligible Sonoma County residents, a milestone that also means 60 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose and two in five are now fully vaccinated.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 20, 2021
    District Attorney

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PGE”) was arraigned earlier today in the Sonoma County Superior Court on a 33-count criminal complaint alleging that it recklessly caused the 2019 Kincade Fire, which burned approximately 78,000 acres, and destroyed 374 structures, including 174 homes. The fire that started on the night of October 23, 2019 at the Geysers Geothermal Field northeast of Geyserville resulted in the largest evacuation in the history of Sonoma County, including the entire towns of Healdsburg, Windsor and Geyserville.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on April 20, 2021
    County Administrator's Office

    Permit Sonoma published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that analyzed the environmental impact of potentially rezoning up to 59 sites for housing.

  • Supervisorial District 3
    Published on April 19, 2021
    Supervisorial District 3

    El 19 de Abril la oficina del Supervisor Coursey junto al Condado de Sonoma se unió con lideres comunitarios para informar sobre la nueva fase de apertura, y recursos para inquilinos y también para contestar preguntas sobre las vacunas. ¡El Foro Informativo fue completamente en Español!

    On April 19th Supervisor Coursey's office along with the County of Sonoma hosted a collaborative panel with community leaders to inform on the new phase of reopening, tenant resources, and to answer questions on the vaccine. The forum was conducted completely in Spanish. 

  • Published on April 19, 2021

    This newsletter will provide an update about the resumption of in-person visits at the Sonoma County Jail and the Community Advisory Council’s (CAC’s) May meeting which will focus on Community Oriented Policing. However, first I want to take a moment to acknowledge the tragic deaths of Daunte Wright and Adam Toledo who were both killed during police encounters last week. 

  • Published on April 19, 2021

    "IOLERO is monitoring this situation closely," Navarro wrote. "If IOLERO receives evidence, whether from a citizen complaint or other source, that indicates there is a conflict of interest and the sheriff's office should not be investigating the numerous sexual assault allegations against Foppoli, IOLERO will investigate the matter."

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 19, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Henry Palencia-Diaz, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter K. Ottenweller to serve 180 days in county jail, pay $1,500 in restitution, and be placed on two years formal probation, after pleading “no contest” in March of this year to charges of assaulting of his 76-year-old co-worker.

  • Published on April 19, 2021

    The County of Sonoma recognizes the importance of intentional and coordinated efforts to prepare and help mitigate the effects of wildfire. In response to the critical need throughout the region, several County departments have received funding to do essential work to protect the community.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on April 19, 2021
    County Administrator's Office

    General Consul of Mexico Remedios Gomez Arnau will be the featured guest speaker at the Sonoma County Community Briefing on Wednesday, April 21, a news briefing that for the first time will be conducted entirely in Spanish with English interpretation available.

  • Published on April 16, 2021

    Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Hospital, and La Luz Center are working in partnership with the County of Sonoma to open a new vaccination clinic serving residents in and around the Boyes Hot Springs and Agua Caliente in Sonoma Valley.

  • Published on April 16, 2021
    Most Sonoma County government offices will reopen for limited walk-up service starting on Monday, April 19, 2021. While several County offices have remained open during the pandemic, the expanded reopening is due to the rapid decrease of COVID-19 cases and the County moving into the orange tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  • Published on April 16, 2021
    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters (ROV), reminds residents of the Town of Windsor and Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District Special Tax Zone 1 that the regular deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 4, 2021, Special Election is April 19 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This election is being conducted entirely by mail and only applies to voters residing in one of the aforementioned jurisdictions.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 15, 2021

    As part of the ongoing effort to rebuild wildfire-ravaged Foothill Regional Park in Windsor, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has received a $500,000 Kaiser Permanente grant. This funding will allow Sonoma County Regional Parks to renovate the 211-acre park with a new “climate-adaptive” design to make it more resilient to future wildfires and offer greater protection to surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Published on April 14, 2021
    Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Transportation hardships that lead to missed appointments and gaps in care are one of the Social Determinants of Heath that Medi-Cal and Partnership Health Plan are working to address. Learn more about getting support for transportation to perinatal appointments. 

  • Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés)

    Published on April 14, 2021
    Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés)

    La Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés) organiza la Semana de Desarrollo Económico, del 3 al 7 de mayo de 2021 para celebrar las contribuciones positivas del desarrollo económico y su importante papel en nuestra comunidad local.

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on April 14, 2021
    Economic Development Board

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is virtually hosting Economic Development Week from May 3-7, 2021 to celebrate the positive contributions of economic development and its important role in our local community. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 14, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Jack Lee Johnson, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday, April 1, 2021 to the maximum term of five years in state prison after having pled “no contest” in March of this year to charges of randomly assaulting two Sonoma County residents, one of whom was an elder. 

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