News from the County of Sonoma

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  • Water Agency
    Published on April 9, 2021
    Water Agency

    Due to historically dry conditions and increasing water demands, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) this week began inflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 9, 2021
    District Attorney
    Defendant Troy Kobylinski, 30 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker to serve 16 years 4 months in state prison for his September, 19 2020 crime spree across Sonoma County.

  • Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    Published on April 7, 2021
    Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    The Sonoma County Community Development is pleased to release responses to questions that were received about the Coordinated Entry Request For Information process.

  • Health Services
    Published on April 7, 2021
    Health Services

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for administrative hearing officer services.

  • Published on April 7, 2021

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

    - Board of Supervisors Administrative Assistant – Confidential

    - Lifeguard - Extra-Help

    - Supervising Children's Residential Care Counselor

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will begin providing support to households impacted by COVID-19 through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) starting on April 19. The program will provide payment assistance for tenants who are behind on rent and utilities. ERAP additionally provides options for landlords to participate and receive financial assistance. This program is open to all County residents, regardless of immigration status, who are renters or landlords requiring rental assistance. 

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    Sonoma County has received a significant increase in COVID vaccines from the state, including a shipment of Johnson & Johnson doses specifically for the County’s effort to distribute the vaccine equitably to the most vulnerable communities. The increase in supply is a direct result of an appeal that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors made to the state.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 6, 2021

    On April 20, Sonoma Land Trust will close 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. 

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    After just three weeks in the red tier within California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Sonoma County will move into the less restrictive orange tier beginning on Wednesday, April 7. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for the orange tier from 4 to 6 per 100,000 now that California has finished administering 4 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that after a thorough investigation, her office today initiated criminal proceedings against Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") for its role in causing the 2019 Kincade Fire. The criminal complaint, filed with the Sonoma County Superior Court, alleges that PG&E recklessly caused the fire that started on the night of October 23, 2019 at the Geysers Geothermal Field northeast of Geyserville. Specifically, the complaint charges PG&E with 5 felonies and 28 misdemeanors, including unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in great bodily injury, unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of inhabited structures, and unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of forest land, as well as various air pollution crimes.

  • Probation Department
    Published on April 5, 2021
    Probation Department

    Chief Probation Officers of California recognize Deputy Probation Officer III Ermelinda Miramontes of Sonoma County probation. 

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach
    Published on April 5, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Director Navarro speaks to KQED regarding April hunger strike at jail.

  • Published on April 2, 2021

    The CAC will discuss their vision for how the CAC will function as an independent body from IOLERO, what projects they wish to take up, the costs associated with the work the CAC wants to do, including the CAC’s new prospective subpoena and investigatory power pursuant to AB 1185 which was signed by Governor Newsom on September 30, 2020.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Published on April 2, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Director Navarro will continue to keep in touch with jail management to monitor the situation to encourage an expeditious, but safe approach to re-implementing in-person visits.

  • Published on April 2, 2021

    In honor of Cesar Chavez Day this week, community residents are invited to attend an outdoor health fair Saturday that will include a COVID-safety campaign art exhibit, consultations with health professionals and opportunities to sign up for vaccinations as well as COVID testing.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 2, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Austin McClure, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 7 years in state prison after pleading no contest in March to charges of felony domestic assault and forgery.

  • Health Services
    Published on March 30, 2021
    Health Services

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Services.

  • Employment & Training Division

    Published on March 30, 2021
    Employment & Training Division

    The Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board is Seeking Comments on its Draft Local Strategic Workforce Plan For 2021 - 2024

  • Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    Published on March 29, 2021
    Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (SCCDC) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) for applicants interested in serving as the Coordinated Entry System Operator for Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Continuum of Care (CoC)

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Saturday, March 27, sent the following letter to state health leaders appealing for an increase in vaccines for Sonoma County "so that we can continue to support our community in an equitable and transparent way." The letter, sent by Chair Lynda Hopkins on behalf of the entire Board, was addressed to Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Yolanda Richardson, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency for the State of California:

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    One in every four Sonoma County residents 16 years of age and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the result of a coordinated multi-agency effort over the past three months. More than 282,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Sonoma County residents so far.

    As of today, at least one dose of vaccine has been administered to 183,173 Sonoma County residents -- 45 percent of the population 16 years of age or older. Meanwhile, 105,752 residents are now fully vaccinated. In total, the County has administered 282,785 vaccines to County residents (138,393 Moderna, 138,252 Pfizer and 6,140 Johnson & Johnson).

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 29, 2021
    Water Agency

    Una grabación completa del Comité Facilitador de Políticas Públicas que se celebró recientemente está disponible en el sitio web de Sonoma Water, junto con el primero de tres videos cortos cuales fueron dibujados a mano y explican el sistema del Russian River.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 29, 2021
    Water Agency

    A complete recording of the recently held Public Policy Facilitating Committee is now available on Sonoma Water’s website, along with the first of three short hand-drawn videos that explain the Russian River system.

  • Published on March 26, 2021

    The County of Sonoma has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 years of age and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic. The County is working with Fox Home Health, which has established a mobile vaccine clinic for those who are homebound.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 26, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ethan Dean Holbrook, 28 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 25, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to 7 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery using a deadly weapon.

  • Published on March 25, 2021
    A small, special election is taking place in Sonoma County on May 4 for voters residing in either (1) the Town of Windsor or (2) select properties located in or adjacent to the Vineyard Valley View neighborhood near Geyserville. This election is being conducted entirely by mail; there will be no polling places.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 25, 2021
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the gunman and getaway driver in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot, were sentenced this morning by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Published on March 24, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    This message is to notify you that the Community Advisory Council's (CAC's) April 5th meeting has changed.

    As reported in IOLERO's recent newsletters, Director Karlene Navarro gave a presentation at the March 16th Board of Supervisors' (BOS) meeting about Measure P and how it is being implemented. The conversation focused on IOLERO's first independent investigation of the protester arrests last summer, IOLERO's research on establishing a program for posting body worn camera footage where force was used, IOLERO's whistleblower hotline and changes to the CAC.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will host a virtual climate action and resiliency town hall from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. Community members are invited to participate in this town hall to provide input on how the County should move forward to achieve its vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The Board of Supervisors today delegated a committee to facilitate the allocation of $2 million to $4 million in PG&E settlement funds for near-term vegetation management projects with an emphasis on activities in high-risk areas and near key ecosystems.

  • Published on March 23, 2021

    As part of a county objective to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable and underserved communities, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Community Health are partnering to open a new vaccination clinic in Roseland.

  • Published on March 22, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and other community leaders will hold a joint news conference this afternoon to take a unified stand against  racism in light of recent racist acts, including attacks on Asian Americans, that have occurred locally and across the nation.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 22, 2021
    Water Agency

    Starting Monday, March 22, groundwater users who own property in the Santa Rosa Plain area will have an opportunity to review and update their water use information.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 18, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Alberto Ramon Martinez, 25 year old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 18, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve six years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery against his girlfriend. Additionally, he admitted to having two prior domestic violence related convictions within the last seven years.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on March 18, 2021
    Regional Parks

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has completed and opened an extension to the regional West County Trail in downtown Forestville, greatly improving public access and safety, and officially linking the community to Graton, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa via a paved non-motorized, multi-use path.

  • Published on March 17, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is expanding its early wildfire detection capabilities through innovative artificial intelligence technology that will notify emergency crews when fires are spotted through fire cameras

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach
    Published on March 16, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Four months after Sonoma County voters bolstered the authority and budget of the county's civilian law enforcement watchdog, the office’s director said several of the changes outlined in Measure P—such as the creation of a law enforcement whistleblower hotline and body worn-camera posting program—are underway. 

  • Published on March 16, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma will physically reopen our Permit Center to the public 20 hours per week, starting Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Please be mindful that our digital tools and email remain the most efficient way to have your permit processed or reach staff.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Published on March 15, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Here at the County, we are already gearing up for spring budget hearings. As part of IOLERO's budget presentation, we were asked for a list of IOLERO's accomplishments. Our small but mighty team has worked hard and accomplished so much that we wanted to share our list of accomplishments with you.

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    As local health officers, we fully support all three currently available vaccines for COVID-19. All three vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness and hospitalization.

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set June 1, 2021 as the deadline for completion of private cleanup of fire debris.

    The deadline pertains to all residential property owners in Sonoma County who had homes destroyed by the 2020 Walbridge, Meyers or Glass fires and submitted applications for the private debris removal cleanup option as an alternative to the state-managed program. The deadline requires that properties be cleared of ash and debris and soil samples submitted to appropriate labs by June 1, 2021. Commercial properties are also subject to the June 1 deadline.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on March 12, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission, in its capacity as Responsible Entity is making the Environmental Review Record for the Affordable Housing Project “Mill District Lot 7” Located at 200 Exchange Ave.

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education today announced that all schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to grade 12 are eligible to reopen for in-person instruction based on Sonoma County meeting the criteria for the less restrictive red tier under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the first time that the county has moved out of the most restrictive purple tier since the opening of school in August. 

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    Sonoma County, for the first time, will be moving out of the most restrictive purple tier within California's four-tier, color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy beginning on Sunday, March 14. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for transition to red from 7 to 10 per 100,000 once California finished administering 2 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been most disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

  • Health Services
    Published on March 11, 2021
    Health Services

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Services.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on March 8, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    A Substantial Amendment to the Sonoma County Consolidated Plan 2019-2020 One Year Action Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 10, 2020.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 8, 2021
    District Attorney
    Defendant Matthew Meloche, 41 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty today to one count of felony false imprisonment before the Honorable Peter Ottenweller for an incident that occurred in February of last year involving his then girlfriend.

  • Published on March 3, 2021

    The County of Sonoma, Energy and Sustainability Division is pleased to announce the Spring 2021 workshop series for homeowners interested in learning more about energy use at home and the benefits of making improvements that will help make your home more resilient.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on March 3, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission has prepared a draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for projects funded and completed during the 2019-2020 reporting period.

  • Published on March 3, 2021

    The County of Sonoma Cannabis Program today announced four virtual town halls, including two each on March 8 and March 12, to allow for public discussion regarding a proposed policy change to streamline permitting for commercial cannabis cultivation in agricultural and resource zoned areas of unincorporated Sonoma County.

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