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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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.
  • Published on January 10, 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.
  • 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. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on December 5, 2019
    District Attorney
    Defendant Lawrence Reed, 34 of Vallejo, CA, was denied parole Tuesday following a “youthful offender” hearing held at Pelican Bay state Prison in front of the State Board of Parole Hearings.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on December 5, 2019
    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District has purchased and transferred nearly 1,200 acres of land along Mark West Creek to Sonoma County Regional Parks to eventually open to the public as a park and open space preserve. Ag + Open Space worked with local landowners for over 15 years to preserve this area northeast of Santa Rosa. Regional Parks will begin the process of planning for a permanent park opening.
  • Published on December 2, 2019

    The County of Sonoma announced today that Assessor Deva Marie Proto and Tax Collector Erick Roeser are working together with Cal-Fire and other County departments to identify and adjust property tax values for properties damaged by the Kincade Fire.

  • Water Agency
    Published on December 2, 2019
    Water Agency

    The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) today began the process of deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on November 25, 2019
    Transportation & Public Works

    Charles M. Schulz — Sonoma County Airport (STS) is pleased to announce that ZIRO ridesharing will be a choice for passengers starting November 26, 2019.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 22, 2019
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that PS Orangeco, Inc., the owner and operator of Public Storage self-storage rental facilities, agreed to a Stipulated Judgment, approved and ordered by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Patrick M. Broderick.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 21, 2019
    District Attorney

    Defendant Randall Lewis Cover, 57 years old of Penngrove, was sentenced today by the Honorable Chris Honigsberg to serve nine years plus an additional fifteen years-to-life in state prison after he pled no-contest in September of this year to four counts of committing sex offenses against two separate child victims.  

  • Health Services
    Published on November 20, 2019
    Health Services

    Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) was recently honored with the distinguished international Financial Times Intelligent Business Award for its groundbreaking ACCESS (Accessing Coordinated Care to Enable Self-Sufficiency) Sonoma County Initiative. 

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on November 20, 2019
    County Administrator's Office

    El Condado de Sonoma anunció que habrá temperaturas bajas que estarán en los 30 grados Fahrenheit esta noche. Para los residentes sin calefacción debido al corte de electricidad, habrá un Centro de Calefacción que abrirá a las 8 p.m. y permitirá a los visitantes calentarse y cargar sus dispositivos electrónicos, como teléfonos, etc.  A diferencia de los Centros de Refugio, no habrá camas para dormir en estos lugares. 

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on November 20, 2019
    County Administrator's Office

    The County of Sonoma issued a cold weather advisory as temperatures are predicted to fall into the 30s tonight. For residents without heat due to the power shutoff, an overnight Warming Center will open at 8 p.m., allowing visitors to warm up and charge devices, such as cell phones. Unlike emergency shelters, no cots for sleeping will be provided. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 20, 2019
    District Attorney
    Judge Robert LaForge sentenced Arent Daniel Julius Bradt to 15 years to life, plus one year consecutive for his use of a deadly weapon.
  • Published on November 20, 2019

    A partir del miércoles 20 de noviembre del 2019, el Condado de Sonoma emitirá un aviso de clima frío en respuesta a la predicción del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de que las temperaturas bajaran a los 30 grados Fahrenheit durante la noche y en partes del condado donde podrían haber personas que no tendrán electricidad.

  • Published on November 20, 2019

    Effective Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Sonoma County is issuing a cold weather advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s prediction for temperatures in the 30s overnight in parts of the county that might also be without power.

  • District Attorney
    Published on November 18, 2019
    District Attorney
    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced that a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will enable the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office to continue a specialized team to prosecute alcohol and drug-impaired driving cases. The $234,032 is for a one-year period from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
  • Published on November 15, 2019

    The County of Sonoma has established deadlines for property owners to clear Kincade Fire debris following completion of the county sponsored Household Hazardous Waste sweep. Property owners must submit a debris removal application form and site work plan by January 31, 2020. All components of debris removal, including soil testing, must be completed by May 15, 2020.

  • Published on November 14, 2019
    Permit Sonoma

    In response to the Kincade Fire County leadership recognized the need for swift action so property owners could start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible. Important elements include debris cleanup, expedited permitting processes, and additional services for fire survivors. 

  • Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
    Published on November 13, 2019
    Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

    Nominations opened yesterday for various federal, state, judicial, and county offices scheduled for election on March 3, 2020.  According to County Clerk Deva Marie Proto, candidates interested in running for any of the 16 positions whose terms expire this year must file nomination papers between November 12 and December 6 to have their names placed on the March 3, 2020, ballot.

  • Published on November 13, 2019
    Community members with damaged or destroyed properties from the Kincade Fire are invited to attend a community meeting and insurance workshop on Saturday to receive assistance and support to help recover and rebuild.
  • Health Services
    Published on November 12, 2019
    Health Services
    Today the Board of Supervisors held a final reading for approved revisions to the Sonoma County Code Chapter 28, Emergency and Pre-hospital Care for emergency medical services brought forward by the Department of Health Services (DHS).
  • Published on November 8, 2019
    The County of Sonoma is providing additional information as a two-step process starts to assist property owners in removing hazardous waste and fire debris in properties destroyed by the Kincade Fire. The Kincade Fire destroyed 374 structures, 174 of which are residences, and damaged an additional 60 structures, 34 of which are residences.
  • Health Services
    Published on November 8, 2019
    Health Services

    The Department of Health Services (DHS) has published the second edition of the Sonoma County Summary Measures of Health report.

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County of Sonoma
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Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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