News from the County of Sonoma

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  • Published on January 21, 2022

    Today’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following: 1) Update on the situation in local schools; 2) How to get rapid tests, N-95 masks for free; 3) What to do if you contract COVID-19; 4) Vaccine & testing clinics in Sonoma County; 5) Rental assistance, mortgage relief available; 6) COVID-19 community resources & support; and 7) Other news items from County of Sonoma

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on January 21, 2022
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Commission is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from owners and/or developers for Project-Based Vouchers (PBV) available under the Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Choice Voucher program. Up to 200 Project Based Vouchers are available under this RFP. Proposed units must be within the jurisdiction of the Sonoma County Housing Authority. The Commission intends to award Project Based Vouchers to more than one Respondent. Existing units, substantial rehabilitation projects, and new construction projects are all eligible for consideration.  Applications for existing studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units which will be used as Homeless-Dedicated, Permanent Supportive Housing units will be prioritized.

    View request for proposal

    Amendment No. 1 to RFP

  • Published on January 21, 2022

    The Sonoma County Healing Center, a new psychiatric health facility approved by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in May 2020, officially opened today. The county-owned facility, located at 7440 Los Guilicos Road in Santa Rosa will provide short-term treatment to individuals experiencing mental health issues.

  • Published on January 20, 2022

    County Administrator Sheryl Bratton announced that Garrick Byers will be appointed to serve as Interim Director of the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) beginning on January 25.

  • Regional Parks

    Published on January 20, 2022

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has acquired 120 acres on the western flank of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve above the Sonoma Valley, a strategic expansion that will preserve scenic views and wildlife habitat, offer new recreation opportunities, and support future wildfire defense.

  • Published on January 20, 2022

    A detailed look at the well-being of people living in Sonoma County will be released to the public on January 26 in an online forum, where the community will have an opportunity to shape future policies and investments to address growing inequities in the region.

  • Published on January 19, 2022

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

    - Appraiser I - Time-Limited

    - Maintenance Worker I

    - Senior Account Clerk

  • Published on January 14, 2022

    Today’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following: 1) Latest virtual community update on COVID-19 available for viewing; 2) Upgrade your mask, health officials urge; 3) What to do if you contract COVID-19; 4) Vaccine & testing opportunities in Sonoma County; 5) Mortgage relief available for some homeowners; 6) COVID-19 community resources & support; 7) Other news items from County of Sonoma

  • Department of Health Services
    Published on January 14, 2022
    Department of Health Services

    The Department is requesting proposals from clinical healthcare organizations that maintain a focus on pediatric and adolescent care, but also encompass specialty care such as OBGYN, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Services for Opiate Use Disorder and psychiatric services, to provide Medical Director Services and potentially mid-level services at Juvenile Hall, Probation Camp, and VOMCH.

  • Published on January 14, 2022
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma, Sonoma County’s planning agency, released a proposed project description to guide redevelopment of the more than 900-acre Sonoma Developmental Center campus in Sonoma Valley. The agency will seek feedback from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the public at the upcoming Jan. 25 board meeting.

  • Published on January 14, 2022

    Sonoma County, in collaboration with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board, unveiled new resources today to help private well owners ensure their water is safe to drink amid changes in local groundwater tables as a result of the drought.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on January 13, 2022
    Transportation & Public Works

    As 2022 gets underway, the County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works today announced a final tally of results from the 2021 construction season, including 21 miles of repaved county roadway for a combined total of 51 miles over the two-year Pavement Preservation Program. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 12, 2022
    District Attorney

    John Amaral, 60 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 14 years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in November of last year to felony charges of domestic battery and residential burglary. 

  • Published on January 11, 2022
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma, in partnership with community members, fire agencies and local organizations, released an updated draft of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for public review. The plan provides wildfire hazard and risk assessments, community descriptions, options for addressing issues of structural vulnerability to wildfire (home hardening) and provides a prioritized list of projects which, if implemented, can serve to reduce wildfire hazards. 

  • Published on January 10, 2022

    Due to the rapid rise of COVID cases surging through the community, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today issued an appeal to residents to stay home as much as possible for the next 30 days and limit interactions with those outside of their immediate household.

  • Published on January 7, 2022

    Today’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following: 1) Upgrade your mask, health officials urge; 2) What to do if you contract COVID-19; 3) Pfizer booster authorized for 12- to 15-year-olds; 4) Reporting health order violations on face coverings; 5) New state rules for visitors to hospitals, long-term care settings; 6) Vaccine & testing opportunities in Sonoma County; 7) COVID-19 community resources & support; 8) Other news items from County of Sonoma

  • Published on January 7, 2022
    Permit Sonoma (PRMD)

    Wet weather testing season is open in certain areas. Groundwater determinations have closed in the Santa Rosa and Sebastopol areas for now. Visit our wet weather testing season web page for more information.

    Rainfall totals data and/or testing dates are valid as of January 6, 2022, and can be viewed at Permit Sonoma's Wet Weather Percolation and Groundwater Testing webpage.

  • Child Support Services

    Published on January 6, 2022
    Child Support Services

    Did you know you can open a case online or by phone?

    Watch this short video on how to open a case 

  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Published on January 5, 2022
    Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

    Local, State and CDC Covid updates for the perinatal community. New MCH vaccination in pregnancy talking points, the difference between antigen and PCR tests. Will Covid become endemic? Is Covid causing developmental delays in kids?

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 5, 2022
    District Attorney

    Defendant Raymundo Hernandez-Soto Jr, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today to serve 17 years, 8 months in state prison after pleading “no contest” in October of last year to charges of committing an assault with a semi-automatic firearm, second degree robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

  • Published on January 5, 2022

    Officials with the County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works today provided an update to the Board of Supervisors regarding the county’s Pavement Preservation Program and Long Term Roads Plan, consistent with the Resilient Infrastructure pillar of the county’s Five-Year Strategic Plan to make critical investments in the county road network.

  • Published on January 3, 2022

    The Sonoma County CoC Board is the decision-making body of the Sonoma County Continuum of Care. The Sonoma County Continuum of Care addresses the problems of housing and homelessness by having a countywide, community-informed, and person-centered CoC system that is compassionate, inclusive, financially responsible, equitable, coordinated, and outcomes based. Nominations are hereby invited for five (5) seats to be chosen by eligible CoC voters at the CoC Quarterly Membership meeting on March 2, 2022 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Nominations and Statement of Interest forms will be accepted until February 23rd at 5:00pm.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 3, 2022
    District Attorney

    Defendant, Lane Robert Norman, 22 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to 8 years and 4 months in prison in connection with his no-contest pleas in October to pimping while armed with a firearm as well as furnishing cocaine to a minor. 

  • Published on December 30, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma has updated Operational Permit application requirements. Please view our Operational Permit application required contents webpage for more details.  The new Operational Permit application requirements are effective January 1, 2022.

  • Published on December 30, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is issuing a cold weather warning in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction of possible freezing overnight temperatures on Friday, Dec. 31 through Monday, Jan. 3. Temperatures are expected to drop to the upper 20s and 30s for most areas. Officials recommend that residents limit time outdoors, as serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite can develop with prolonged cold weather exposure.

  • Department of Health Services
    Published on December 29, 2021
    Department of Health Services

    The County of Sonoma is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals for Hepatitis C Testing Services.

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on December 29, 2021
    Human Rights Commission

    Immediate Winter Freeze Relief for Unsheltered Persons Experiencing Homelessness. The human right to housing has been affirmed by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirmed by Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

  • Published on December 29, 2021

    People planning to travel and attend gatherings on the New Year’s Eve holiday should take steps to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase, said today.

  • Published on December 29, 2021

    Sonoma County today joined four other Bay Area counties in rescinding exemptions to local public health orders that allowed stable groups of fully vaccinated people to remove their masks indoors in some workplaces, gyms, churches and other public settings. 

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on December 28, 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 for the senior affordable rental housing project known as 3575 Mendocino available for public viewing. View notice

  • Published on December 28, 2021

    Employers should immediately require all workers to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible for one, or get tested at least twice weekly for COVID under new guidelines issued today by Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on December 27, 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 for the affordable rental housing project known as 414 Petaluma Boulevard North Affordable Apartments available for public viewing.  View notice
  • Published on December 27, 2021

    Medi-Cal has launched its reform effort, a new program called California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal, or CalAIM, which will begin impacting local programs on Jan. 1. A goal of the new program is to make the type of care management and services provided in the current Whole Person Care Pilot Program available statewide, for all eligible Medi-Cal members.

  • Published on December 23, 2021

    This week’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following: 1) California announces booster mandate for health workers; 2) Updated local order requires quarantine when exposed to COVID-19; 3) CDC issues new vaccine recommendation; 4) Update on vaccines & testing in Sonoma County; 5) Helpful guidance for holiday gatherings, travel; 6) COVID-19 community resources & support; and 7) Other news items from County of Sonoma.

  • Department of Health Services
    Published on December 23, 2021
    Department of Health Services

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (Department) is pleased to invite you to respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) for STD Prevention and Control.

  • Published on December 23, 2021

    As COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations increase, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today issued a health order  for all schools in Sonoma County to require employees to provide satisfactory evidence that, when eligible, they have received a booster for COVID-19 or begin testing at least twice weekly. 

  • Published on December 23, 2021

    In advance of an anticipated winter surge, Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today issued a health order calling for all employers of fire, law enforcement, emergency medical service workers, pharmacies, dental offices and operators of temporary disaster shelters in Sonoma County to require personnel to get tested at least twice weekly for COVID-19 or produce satisfactory evidence that they have received a booster for COVID-19 (if eligible).

  • Published on December 23, 2021

    Sonoma County has completed its sale of the 71-acre Chanate campus to Eddie Haddad of Chanate Development Group, a newly formed LLC, for $15.05 million. Escrow on the site, which is centered around the former Community Hospital, closed today, concluding a long-standing goal for the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on December 22, 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 Countywide Housing Rehabilitation Programs available for public viewing.

  • Published on December 22, 2021

    The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters announced today that the County has met the federal criteria to become a bilingual county for purposes of elections. For future elections, all ballots, voter information guides, and voter communications will be required to be in both English and Spanish. 

  • Maternal Child and Adolescent Health
    Published on December 21, 2021
    Maternal Child and Adolescent Health

    Perinatal Covid vaccination updates. Cal AIM changes explained, the new doula benefit and free CHW training. Updates on hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, paid leave, and the White House Call to Action to Reduce Maternal Morbidity and Mortality.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on December 21, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    Sonoma County Housing Authority and Santa Rosa Housing Authority present information on Housing Voucher Programs.

  • Published on December 21, 2021

    2021 Year-End Review by Supervisor Coursey, ARPA Allocations, Living Wage Increase, Climate Action News and More!

  • Published on December 17, 2021

    This week’s digest provides helpful and important updates on the following: 1) Update on vaccines & testing in Sonoma County; 2) Booster update: 16- and 17-year-olds now eligible for shots; 3) New state mask mandate; what it means locally; 4) Omicron variant: what you need to know; 5) Helpful guidance for holiday gatherings, travel; 6) COVID-19 community resources & support; and 7) Other news items from County of Sonoma.

  • Published on December 17, 2021

    Public health agencies across the Bay Area on Friday urged everyone eligible to get vaccinated and, if eligible, get a booster shot right away to protect against the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

  • Published on December 17, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is issuing a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for freezing overnight lows expected through Sunday morning. Saturday morning is expected to be the coldest morning during the three-night event.

  • Published on December 15, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week began the process of approving the allocation of $96 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, grounding their decisions in community recommendations that resulted from engagement with the ARPA Equity Work Group, community town hall meetings, and focus groups. 

  • Published on December 15, 2021

    Indoor masking requirements in Sonoma County, including its exemptions for indoor dining and some stable groups of fully vaccinated people, remain unchanged under a new statewide mask mandate from the California Department of Public Health.

  • Published on December 15, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    Permit Sonoma has announced the creation of a 20-member committee that will advise the department on the development of the Housing Element of the County General Plan process. The Housing Element is drafted every eight years and codifies Sonoma County’s approach to creating sufficient housing for its residents. 

  • Published on December 14, 2021

    Friday, February 25, 2022  is the Sonoma County Point-in-Time (PIT) Street Count for all populations of person’s experiencing homelessness. The Count is a requirement for receiving federal homeless assistance funds and provides critical data used to understand homelessness locally and to support strategic decisions about our program.  

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