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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • District Attorney
    Published on February 19, 2020
    District Attorney
    Defendant Eric Vangelder, 56 years old of Geyserville , was sentenced on February 14, 2020 to serve a year in jail by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading no contest in January of this year to felony reckless evading of law enforcement, and driving under the influence of drugs.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 19, 2020
    District Attorney
    Salvatore Latora, who owns property located at 670 Willowside Road in Santa Rosa, was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 ($25,000 for streambed alteration and $25,000 for water pollution) for unpermitted grading activity in a tributary to Santa Rosa Creek after a court ordered a default judgement against Latora on December 20, 2019.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 19, 2020
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that Dean Howard Eliason Jr., 72 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied medical parole last week by the California Board of Parole Hearings
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 18, 2020
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch, Public Defender Kathleen Pozzi, and County Counsel Bruce Goldstein condemn the recent arrest of  at least three individuals in and around the Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday February 18, 2020 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Agents.
  • 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. 

  • Public Health Disease Control Unit

    Published on February 13, 2020
    Public Health Disease Control Unit

    El Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) continúa trabajando cercanamente con otros departamentos de salud del Área de la Bahía, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California (CDPH) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) para vigilar el nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID -19). Actualmente, el riesgo de infectarse con COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos sigue siendo bajo.

  • Health Services
    Published on February 13, 2020
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with other Bay Area health departments, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Currently, the risk for being infected with COVID-19 in the US remains low.
  • Published on February 13, 2020

    Deva Marie Proto, County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds Sonoma County residents that the last day to register to vote for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election, is February 18, 2020.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 11, 2020
    District Attorney
    Defendant Ricardo Puentes II was sentenced on February 10, 2020, by the Honorable Patrick Broderick to serve 74 years-to-life in state prison for the murder of Semere Girmai, and the attempted murder of Rafael Chavez after having been found guilty by a jury in June of 2018.
  • Published on February 11, 2020

    Older adults can prevent falls, improve balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make home safer at a free class series, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. Classes are held at locations throughout Sonoma County.

  • Published on February 7, 2020

    According to the 2019 Sonoma County Hunger Index, though more low-income families could afford to buy enough food in 2018, there remained a 14-million-meal shortfall between what poor residents could buy and what local non-profits and government programs could provide.

  • District Attorney
    Published on February 7, 2020
    District Attorney
    On January 31, a Sonoma County jury found defendant Malik Rashaad Turner, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, guilty of indecent exposure stemming from an incident on June 1, 2019.
  • Health Services
    Published on February 6, 2020
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors proclaimed February 2020 Sonoma County Children’s Dental Health month. The month-long observation, sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA), promotes the benefits of good oral health for children.
  • District Attorney
    Published on February 5, 2020
    District Attorney

    Defendant Edgar Uriel Figueroa Garcia, 35 years old of Annapolis, was sentenced today by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to serve three years and eight months in state prison after having pled guilty in November of last year to two felony charges for assault on his then pregnant girlfriend, and threats to kill a Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff.

  • Published on February 3, 2020

    Learn how to make a difference in a foster child’s life at Explore Foster Parenting, a one-hour talk on Monday, February 24, 6-7 p.m., 2255 Challenger Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. To reserve a seat, call (707) 565-4274.

  • Published on February 2, 2020

    Vote by Mail ballots for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election, are now available from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 28, 2020
    District Attorney

    Defendant Pedro Ibanez, 46 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced earlier today to serve one hundred years-to-life in state prison by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo after having been found guilty by a jury in November of last year to four felony counts of child molestation with enhancements for having multiple victims under the age of 14. 

  • Published on January 28, 2020

    Sign up for a free, four-class, Bingocize series starting Wednesday, February 19, in Petaluma. Classes combine a fun game of Bingo with simple seated and standing exercises and falls prevention education to keep adults safely on their feet. All ability levels are welcome. Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Published on January 28, 2020
    Older adults age 60+ and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss improving County transportation at two upcoming meetings hosted by the Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, on February 19 in Petaluma and on February 21 in Sonoma.
  • Published on January 24, 2020

    County Voter Information Guides will begin being mailed to Sonoma County voters next week.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on January 24, 2020
    Regional Parks

    Find new ways to enjoy the outdoors with Sonoma County Regional Parks’ latest activities guide. The Winter/Spring 2020 guide highlights dozens of events from January through May and offers a wide range of activities, including hikes, camps, family outings, clubs, and special events.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 24, 2020
    District Attorney
    Defendant Socorro Sierra, 35 years old of Healdsburg, was sentenced today by the Honorable Dana Simonds for the 2018 murder of Jose Evelio Martinez, a 46 year old resident of Cloverdale and longtime employee of Friedman’s Home Improvement.
  • District Attorney
    Published on January 17, 2020
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that following a Wednesday hearing held at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison, Corcoran, defendant Gregory L. Gossett, 58 years old of Santa Rosa, was denied parole by the California Department of Corrections Board of Parole Hearings.
  • District Attorney
    Published on January 16, 2020
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the California Board of Prison Terms denied parole yesterday to 38 year old Pascual Jorge Pilotzi, who was convicted in 2007 of the aggravated sexual assault of an 8 year old girl.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on January 9, 2020
    County Administrator's Office

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will consider the appointment of current Department of Health Services (DHS) Director Barbie Robinson to serve as interim Executive Director of the Community Development Commission (CDC) at its upcoming board meeting on January 14, 2020.

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 8, 2020
    District Attorney
    Defendant Jaime Tapia-Vasquez, 38 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 3 years and 8 months in state prison after having pled “no contest” in September of last year to felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest with force, as well as misdemeanor charges of battery on a peace officer and brandishing a replica firearm.
  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on January 8, 2020
    County Administrator's Office

    Sonoma County is reminding property owners whose homes or structures were destroyed by the Kincade Fire to submit an application and site work plan for fire debris removal by January 31, 2020

  • Published on January 7, 2020
    The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP) is now financing wildfire safety and seismic strengthening for both residential and commercial buildings.

  • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    Published on January 6, 2020
    Sonoma County Community Development Commission

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications from Jan. 6 – Feb. 7, 2020 for a new, Project-Based Voucher Waitlist tied to 4-bedroom units at Riverfield Homes in Healdsburg, CA.

    This waiting list is specifically for households with five-ten members that require 4-bedroom units. Households with less than five people are not eligible for this list. 

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on December 30, 2019
    County Administrator's Office

    Following last week’s special Board meeting, County staff has quickly forged ahead to implement the strategic proposal to provide housing, sheltering and services to Joe Rodota Trail occupants. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 30, 2019
    District Attorney

    Defendant Robert Anthony Ventura, 45 years old of Santa Rosa, was summarily sentenced to six years in state prison on Thursday, December 26, by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading no contest to one count of felony domestic assault, and one count of felony vandalism.  

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 26, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Sean Seeman, 27 years old of New York and Alabama, and recently transient in Santa Rosa, was sentenced Tuesday morning by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 29 years and 6 months-to-life in state prison after having been convicted of multiple felonies in two separate jury trials earlier this year.
  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on December 20, 2019
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    The California Secretary of State has begun an email notification program to voters who submit a voter registrations and have provided an email address.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 19, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that her office, along with the District Attorneys of Alameda, Los Angeles and Napa Counties, settled a civil consumer protection action against a California company known as Fashion Nova, Inc. The judgment was filed in Alameda County Superior Court.
  • District Attorney
    Published on December 18, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Yonas Tesfai Gebremariam, 40 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday to serve 18 years, plus 27 years-to-life in state prison following his conviction by a jury in April of committing multiple felonies related to a February 2017 shooting at a Santa Rosa residence.
  • District Attorney
    Published on December 18, 2019
    District Attorney
    Martin Fonseca, 55 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced yesterday by the Honorable Bradford DeMeo to serve 24 years in state prison after having been convicted by a jury in June of this year of eight counts of Lewd Acts Upon a Child, against three different children, all under the age of 14.
  • Health Services
    Published on December 18, 2019
    Health Services
    La semana pasada, el Departamento de Servicios de Salud del Condado de Sonoma (DHS) registró su primera muerte en el condado este año relacionada con la gripe. La Dra. Celeste Philip, Oficial de Salud del Condado de Sonoma, urge a las personas que se vacunen contra la gripe esta temporada.
  • Health Services
    Published on December 18, 2019
    Health Services
    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) recorded its first flu-related death this year in the County last week. The Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip urges individuals to get vaccinated against the flu this season.
  • Published on December 18, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Sonoma County Fire Prevention and Hazmat responded to a sodium hypochlorite leak Wednesday morning at 7:09 AM. This leak was the result of a truck fire, which took place at northbound U.S. Highway 101 at the South Cloverdale exit.

  • Published on December 17, 2019

    Older adults and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss how to improve local transportation, adding their input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The conversation will be Wednesday, February 19, 2:30-4:30 p.m., at the Petaluma Senior Center, 211 Novak Drive, Petaluma.

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on December 17, 2019
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters is seeking poll workers for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. This is a valuable opportunity to serve your community, and to observe, promote and participate in the democratic process.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 16, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Carl Hoyt Gibson, 89 years old and formerly of Sonoma, was denied parole on December 12, 2019, at a hearing at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s California Healthcare Facility in Stockton.
  • Published on December 16, 2019

    Older adults and residents with disabilities are invited to discuss how to improve local transportation and offer input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The conversation will be Thursday, January 9, 9–11 a.m., at the Cloverdale Senior Center, 311 North Main Street, Cloverdale. 

  • Published on December 12, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    Effective December 9, 2019, the burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo, and Colusa counties was lifted by Cal Fire. Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits can resume burning on permissible burn days.

  • Published on December 10, 2019

    Vote by Mail voters who are registered with No Party Preference will be receiving postcards in the mail from the Registrar of Voters Office in the coming days.  The postcard requires action on behalf of the voter, if they wish to receive a ballot containing Presidential candidates, and will include instructions for completion and return of the postcard. The deadline to return the postcard to the Registrar of Voters is December 31, 2019 in order to receive the desired ballot.

  • Published on December 10, 2019

    Two, free, Bingocize class series in January and February 2020 will teach adults age 60+ how to reduce their risk of falling by increasing strength balance and range of motion. Classes combine a fun game of Bingo with simple seated and standing exercises and falls prevention education to keep adults safely on their feet. All ability levels are welcome.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 10, 2019
    District Attorney

    Defendant Chad Allen Capitani, 48 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on December 5, 2019 to serve 8 years in state prison by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading in October of this year to charges of possession of child pornography. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 10, 2019
    District Attorney

    Defendant Bernabe Ramirez Martinez, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Monday by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 35 years and 4 months in state prison for his actions in three separate felonies committed over a two year period.

  • Published on December 10, 2019

    Older adults and residents with disabilities discuss how to improve local transportation and add their input to the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study, on Friday, January 10, 1-3 p.m., at the CLSD Bill Platt Training Room, 38901 Ocean Drive, Gualala.

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 9, 2019
    District Attorney

    Santa Rosa communities are continuing to rebuild and although the Contractors State License Board's (CSLB) attention has been focused on protecting disaster survivors from being victimized by unlicensed contractors, folks not directly affected by the wildfires should also stay on their guard when hiring someone for home improvement work. 

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County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235