News from the County of Sonoma

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  • Published on March 1, 2021

    This is a reminder about Monday's Community Advisory Council (CAC) discussion related to Lexipol. Lexipol is a private company based in California that provides policy manuals, training bulletins, and consulting services to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other public safety departments.

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on February 26, 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 “Caritas Village” available for public review.

  • Transportation and Public Works
    Published on February 26, 2021
    Transportation and Public Works

    Public Contract Code § 22031(b)(1); Emergency Road Repair by Informally Bid Contract - Memory Lane

  • Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    Published on February 26, 2021
    Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    The Sonoma County Continuum of Care is now accepting committee applications for the homeless system of care. The attachment below provides a summary of the committees that are being formed and we welcome you to apply if you are interested! 

  • Published on February 26, 2021
    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds voters residing in the West Sonoma County Union High School District and/or the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District that the deadline to return Vote-by-Mail ballots for the March 2, 2021 Special Election is rapidly approaching.
  • Published on February 25, 2021

    Come Join Us Thursday, March 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn About the County of Sonoma's Application Process

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 25, 2021
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the three adult defendants involved in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot in Healdsburg have pleaded “no contest” to felony offenses and were found guilty by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Water Agency
    Published on February 25, 2021
    Water Agency

    On Tuesday, March 9, 2021 the Public Policy Facilitating Committee (PPFC) will host its annual meeting to receive reports and presentations on various projects designed to help restore endangered and threatened fish to the Russian River watershed, while maintaining the region’s primary water supply.

  • Published on February 24, 2021

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

    - Automotive Technician

    - Executive Assistant - Confidential

    - Senior Office Assistant - English & Bilingual (English/Spanish)

  • Published on February 24, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today established a 15-member commission that will assist the Board in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries using new Census data.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 22, 2021
    Health Services

    The Sonoma County Dept. of Health Service, Behavioral Health Division, is currently accepting applications to deliver Cannabis Prevention/Education Parent Workshops in Spanish.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 22, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Brandon Byron Cooper, 30 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve 15 years to life in prison, plus an additional 9 years, after being found guilty of 3 felony sexual assault crimes in March of 2019 following a court trial. 

  • Commission on the Status of Women
    Published on February 22, 2021
    Commission on the Status of Women

    The Commission on the Status of Women is passionate about hearing from women from a wide range of backgrounds. Moving forward with 2021 Voices research, the Commission intends to expand recruitment efforts and include additional questions that capture a wider array of experiences. For updates on this continuing project, please visit the Commission’s website sococsw.org, Facebook @ Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, and on Instagram @csw_sonomacounty. Let YOUR Voice be heard! To contact the Commission, please email sococsw@sonoma-county.org

  • Published on February 19, 2021

    Thanks to a multi-agency effort over the past two months, Sonoma County has now administered more than 100,000 vaccine doses to county residents, resulting in more than one in five residents over the age of 16 having received at least one dose.

    Sonoma County supervisors and health officials also announced today that county residents ages 65 and older will now be able to get COVID-19 vaccines at designated County-supported clinics starting on Monday, Feb. 22. The opening of these clinics to this age group is part of an overall vaccine distribution timeline and strategy that county leaders and health officials discussed at a joint news briefing Friday.

  • Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    Published on February 18, 2021
    Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board

    The Continuum of Care Board received a brief training on Brown Act guidelines from County Counsel.  Recorded and posted here for members and public who were unable to attend the training.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 17, 2021
    District Attorney
    Defendant Michael Beltran, 25 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Robert Laforge to serve 15 years in state prison for his role in a gang-motivated shooting that occurred at Jacobs Park in June 2019. Beltran pled "no contest" to four counts of assault with a semi-automatic handgun in December of last year for the four victims that were struck when he and his younger brother confronted a perceived rival and his younger brother opened fire.
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 11, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Betai Koffi, 33 years old of Southern California, was sentenced Thursday by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 3 years on felony probation and spend 12 months in county jail after pleading "no contest" to multiple felony counts of assault for a string of crimes that he committed while under the influence of LSD in Bodega Bay on July 4, 2019. 

  • Published on February 11, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday adopted two urgency ordinances to support Sonoma County residents who may have access to fewer resources during the pandemic. One amends the COVID‐19 Eviction Defense Urgency Ordinance to strengthen protections against evictions from residential property across the county. The other expands an urgency ordinance adopted in August that requires employers to grant employees up to 80 hours of paid sick leave benefits for various COVID-19 reasons. The new ordinance requires all employers in unincorporated areas to allow employees to use the same sick leave benefits that were previously protected.

  • Published on February 11, 2021

    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds residents of the West Sonoma County Union High School District and/or the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District that the regular deadline to register to vote in the upcoming March 2, 2021, Special Election is Feb. 16 at midnight.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 10, 2021
    Health Services

    Site where commercial construction, demolition and inert materials will be accepted, processed and reloaded into trucks.  The site will not be accepting municipal solid waste or green waste. 

  • Published on February 10, 2021

    In partnership with health care providers, Sonoma County has now provided at least one dose of vaccine to 15 percent of its adult population, including nearly 50 percent of residents 75 years and older, Supervisors and Department of Health Services leaders announced today.

  • Published on February 10, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education today announced that recent guidance under California's Safe Schools for All Plan allows Sonoma County schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to sixth grade to be eligible to return to in-person learning with an approved COVID-19 Safety Plan, based on the County's adjusted daily case rate of less than 25 per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 10, 2021
    District Attorney

    The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has recently been awarded a federal grant in the amount of $340,000 by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a subdivision of the US Department of Justice, to assist with the investigation and prosecution of opioid-related crimes committed in Sonoma County.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 9, 2021
    District Attorney

    On Friday, February 5, 2021 following a contested hearing, the Honorable Peter Ottenweller denied a motion for a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon brought by convicted sex offender Matthew David Phillips, 46 years old of Santa Rosa, related to his 2008 felony sex convictions.

  • Published on February 8, 2021

    Three new vaccination centers will open within the next eight days in Sonoma County, serving residents 70 and older, bringing to 19 the number of clinics being supported this week by vaccines from the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services.

  • Published on February 8, 2021

    The Board of Supervisors recently approved the allocation of funds for the next phase of the County’s COVID-19 Vaccination Response plan, as laid out by the county Department of Health Services.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on February 8, 2021

    A report on the first year of the local Measure M – Parks for All sales tax spending is now available and summarizes the various ways Sonoma County and its nine cities allocated $12.4 million in new funding to expand and improve parks in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Sonoma County residents ages 70 and above will be able to get COVID-19 vaccines at designated County-supported clinics and Safeway pharmacies starting on Monday, county officials announced today. The opening of these clinics to this age group is part of an overall vaccine distribution timeline and strategy that supervisors and public health officials announced jointly at a news briefing Friday.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Permit Sonoma is presenting an opportunity for the public to provide input at a virtual public workshop on February 18, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. regarding the development of the draft County Winery Events Policy.

  • Published on February 5, 2021

    Sonoma County residents are invited to participate in an online community forum to learn about the access to inmates and their information that the Sheriff’s Office provides to federal immigration authorities.

  • Published on February 2, 2021
    Today the Vote-by-Mail ballots for the March 2, 2021, Special Election will begin going out to all active, registered voters who have elected to receive their ballots in the mail residing in the West Sonoma County Union High School District and/or the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District.
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 2, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Israel Fabian Fuentes, 34 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today  by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 9 years in state prison after pleading guilty in May of last year to charges of felony infliction of corporal injury on his pregnant girlfriend, the mother of his three year old child, and admitting an enhancement for causing great bodily injury. 

  • Published on February 2, 2021

    Sonoma County officials reaffirmed their commitment to prioritizing the county’s most vulnerable population - those 75 and older - in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations by announcing several new opportunities for seniors in this age group to schedule appointments.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on February 2, 2021
    Regional Parks

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has constructed and opened a nature-inspired outdoor play area where kids and families can connect with the natural world at Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve.

  • Published on January 28, 2021

    In an effort to coordinate safe and efficient animal evacuation in the face of a community emergency or disaster, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Sonoma County is asking poultry and livestock producers to complete a survey of their needs. Their input will inform UCCE and the County of Sonoma departments, local agencies, and private organizations as they develop evacuation plans for rapid deployment of services.

  • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    Published on January 27, 2021
    Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

    IOLERO is currently recruiting to fill a Law Enforcement Auditor position at either the I or II level. If you are an experienced, CA licensed attorney please refer to the Law Enforcement Auditor II recruitment that we are currently conducting.

  • Published on January 27, 2021

    This document establishes a uniform plan for a joint response by local governments, special districts, and allied agencies in the Sonoma County Operational Area to the threat of or actual soil movement in areas burned in recent wildfires. This is a supporting plan to the Sonoma County Operational Area Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

  • Published on January 26, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is issuing a freeze warning in response to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) prediction for freezing overnight lows expected through Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. NWS has also issued a Flash Flood Watch for the region Tuesday at 4 p.m. through Thursday at 4 p.m., and a High Wind Watch for Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Water Agency
    Published on January 26, 2021
    Water Agency

    In anticipation of the first big storm of the winter, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 will begin the process of deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    The California Department of Public Health today lifted the Regional Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, effective immediately. However, many counties, including Sonoma County, will remain in the purple tier under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, meaning many restrictions will remain in place.

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    Sonoma County has been selected to be one of four counties in the state to take part in a pilot vaccination program through OptumServe, the company known for operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state. 

  • Published on January 25, 2021

    The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma encourage residents living in and around wildfire burn areas to be prepared for potential threats, such as flash floods, rock falls, debris flows and mud flows.

  • Published on January 22, 2021

    Unequal access to resources in Sonoma County plays a key role in the kindergarten readiness gap between white and Latinx children uncovered by a local study by the Road to Early Achievement and Development for Youth (READY) program.

  • Published on January 22, 2021

    By supporting our youngest community members to be successful in school we are providing opportunities and resources for all, not just those that can afford it. Quality early learning and development programs, especially for disadvantaged children, can foster valuable skills, strengthen our workforce, grow our economy and reduce social spending. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 22, 2021
    District Attorney

    Diane Sandahl, 77 years-old of Sebastopol, was ordered to pay $10,103.67 to the Sonoma County CHANGE organization, on January 21, 2021 after a restitution hearing in front of the Honorable Troye Shaffer.

  • Published on January 21, 2021

    Sonoma County's COVID-19 vaccination efforts are kicking into high gear with five clinics now activated throughout the County and at least two more planned for the coming weeks, Sonoma County supervisors announced today.

  • Published on January 19, 2021

    County Voter Information Guides for the March 2, 2021, Special Election, will be mailed to Sonoma County voters beginning January 21, 2021. This election only applies to voters residing in either the West Sonoma County Union High School District or the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District..

  • Sonoma County
    Community Development Commission
    Published on January 16, 2021
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission, in its capacity as the governing body of the Sonoma County Housing Authority, will hold a public hearing on March 17, 2021 at 10:00 am. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these public meetings are now being conducted online using the Zoom virtual meeting format. Members of the public may participate by computer, tablet, or smartphone. Details for accessing this meeting will be included in the published agenda.

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    In her role as Vaccine Chief, Dr. Shende will be responsible for implementing the vaccine distribution strategy, coordinating vaccine administration, and interfacing with health care leaders and other stakeholders as part of the countywide vaccine response.

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