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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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.

  • Published on March 2, 2021

    Today, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a Five-Year Strategic Plan that includes a broad spectrum of goals, such as making Sonoma County carbon neutral by 2030 and ensuring racial equity throughout policy decisions and service delivery. 

  • 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.
  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • Published on January 15, 2021

    The deadline for fire survivors to apply for the State of California’s consolidated fire debris removal program has been extended to Feb. 1, 2021 by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 15, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Nancy Jeannethe Serrano, 26 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to 3 years in state prison by the Honorable Mark Urioste following her convictions in November of last year for leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular manslaughter, and driving on a suspended license. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on January 15, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Andrew Paul Flolo, 20 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Shelly Averill to serve 20 years in prison after entering a no-contest plea last November to six felony offenses involving the human trafficking of a minor. 

  • Published on January 12, 2021

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services is partnering with Santa Rosa-based Leap Solutions Group to launch a COVID-19 Vaccination Stakeholder Outreach campaign beginning this week to promote awareness and engagement about vaccination distribution within Sonoma County.

  • Published on January 11, 2021
    Sonoma County has partnered with Safeway to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to County health workers and, eventually, the broader public.
  • Published on January 9, 2021
    State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, due to rising cases of COVID-19, increasing hospitalizations and, specifically, low ICU capacity rates for the larger Bay Area region. The restrictions will remain in place until the state’s four-week projections of the Bay Area’s total available ICU bed capacity is greater than or equal to 15 percent.
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on January 8, 2021
    Transportation & Public Works
    El Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas (TPW) del Condado de Sonoma anunció hoy el lanzamiento de una segunda serie de señales de advertencia como parte de su programa de educación sobre seguridad de tráfico vehicular en respuesta a las muertes en la carretera y las preocupaciones sobre el manejo de vehículos a exceso de velocidad y de manera agresiva.
  • Transportation & Public Works
    Published on January 8, 2021
    Transportation & Public Works

    The County of Sonoma Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) today announced the rollout of a second series of warning signs as part of its traffic safety education program in response to road fatalities and concerns about unsafe and aggressive driving. 

  • Published on January 8, 2021
    The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing, particularly in the neighborhoods most impacted by the virus. These efforts now include two new weekly sites in Santa Rosa run by the County's Department of Health Services and the addition of two to three weekly events in the City of Sonoma administered with the help of a mobile unit operated by the testing company LHI.
  • Published on January 8, 2021

    Sonoma County has joined Santa Barbara and San Francisco counties as the second cohort of communities in the state to accept Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 100-day challenge to address homelessness. 

  • Published on January 4, 2021

    Learn how to make a difference in a foster child’s life at an Explore Foster Parenting introductory talk, held each month online in English or, new this year, in Spanish. The first monthly talk will be on January 25 for English speakers and February 8 for Spanish speakers, starting at 6 p.m. To see the 2021 monthly Explore Foster Parenting schedule, visit sonomafostercare.org/Connect-With-Us/.

  • Published on December 30, 2020

    The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district dedicated to protecting our working and natural lands forever, transferred ownership of a 335-acre coastal property to Sonoma County Regional Parks. This land, known as Carrington Coast Ranch, will eventually open to the public as a regional park and open space preserve just north of Salmon Creek.

  • Employment & Training Division

    Published on December 30, 2020
    Employment & Training Division
    Recruiters from Sutter Health will advise job seekers about employment opportunities and provide application and interview tips on Tuesday, January 19, 2-3 p.m., during a virtual Employer Spotlight hosted by Sonoma County Job Link. The Spotlight will be held on Zoom. Pre-registration is required on Eventbrite.
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Paul Gullixson
Communications Manager
County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
Address
575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235