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  • Published on May 11, 2021

    The County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors today received the annual State of the Retirement System Report on pension costs and pension-related liabilities through Fiscal Year 2019-20, including membership data for Sonoma County Employees’ Retirement Association, investment returns and December 2019 actuarial valuation results. The annual report to the public was recommended by the FY 2014-15 Sonoma County Grand Jury Report, the July 2016 report of the Independent Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Pension Matters, and  the September 2018 report of the Board’s Ad Hoc Committee on Pension Reform.

  • Published on May 10, 2021
    Permit Sonoma

    The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) has announced the enactment of a burn suspension, beginning at 12:01 AM Monday, May 10, 2021, which bans all outdoor burning.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced a consumer protection False Advertising Law settlement in a civil action against Cannacraft, Inc. Cannacraft is a licensed cultivator and manufacturer of cannabis products based in Sonoma County, and does business in California's legal cannabis market. Under the terms of the stipulated judgment, Cannacraft will pay $250,000 in civil penalties $25,000 in cy pres restitution, and $25,000 in investigative costs. Cannacraft also agreed to be bound by an injunction for 10 years. The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office reached the settlement as a member of the California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force ("Task Force"), which also includes Alameda, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta and Solano Counties.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Hector Cabrales-Larios, 39 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve six years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in March of this year to felony charges of hit and run.

  • Published on May 6, 2021

    Sonoma County has now fully vaccinated more than half of its 16 and older population. In addition, more than two-thirds of these 411,000 residents have received at least one shot of the vital protection against COVID-19.

  • District Attorney
    Published on May 5, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant, Patrick Gilles Murphy, 35 years old of Sebastopol, was sentenced on May 4, 2021 by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 6 years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in April of this year to stalking, dissuading a witness by force or threat, and felony domestic battery against his ex-girlfriend. 

  • Water Agency
    Published on May 5, 2021
    Water Agency

    The Water Advisory Committee (WAC) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water), which consists of representatives from eight public water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties, passed a resolution Monday asking customers of the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent due to the drought.

  • Published on May 4, 2021

    Tina Rivera, an experienced administrator for more than 25 years in government and nonprofit work, has been named interim director of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services by the County Administrator. A native of Louisiana, Rivera has worked for the County of Sonoma since 2018, most recently serving as assistant director of the Department of Health Services.

  • Published on May 3, 2021
    The Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District will consider the appointment of Misti Arias as general manager during its May 11 meeting
  • District Attorney
    Published on May 3, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Joseph Nin, 36 years old of Windsor, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste after pleading "no contest" in March of this year to a felony charge of Filing a False Report.  Additional felony charges of Perjury and Grand Theft were dismissed as part of a plea bargain. Nin, a former juvenile corrections counselor employed by the Sonoma County Probation Department, was sentenced to 90 days jail or work release, followed by 24 months of felony probation, the legal limit for most felonies under a new law passed last year by the California state legislature.  

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 30, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Victor Torres, 31 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve a term of 25 years to life in state prison after pleading "no contest" earlier this month to multiple charges of child sexual assault.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 29, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Paul Morrow, 60 years old of Rohnert Park, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter Ottenweller to serve 5 years in state prison following a “no contest” plea earlier in April to one felony count of sexual penetration of an unconscious victim, and one felony count of sexual penetration of a minor under the age of 16.

  • Published on April 27, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution proclaiming a local drought emergency and requesting the governor seek a Presidential Disaster Declaration. 

  • Published on April 26, 2021

    On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA announced they would accept the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendations to lift a pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for all adults. Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase concurs with the findings of the ACIP and Western States Scientific Safety Review (WSSR) that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is safe and that health providers should resume its administration to prevent community spread and severe illness and death from COVID-19. Sonoma County joins the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Solano and the City of Berkeley in the Bay Area in immediately lifting the pause and resuming administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 23, 2021

    Sonoma County Regional Parks, Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma Ecology Center/Team Sugarloaf are asking residents to be citizen scientists and take part in the global City Nature Challenge event. The challenge takes place two parts. From April 30 to May 3, people are asked to take pictures of wild plants and animals and upload them to the iNaturalist app. Scientists will be identifying what was found, May 4-9. Results will be announced on May 10.

  • Published on April 23, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will hold its annual budget workshop on April 26, 27 and 28 next week to provide the Board and the community an opportunity to learn about the County's preliminary spending plan for fiscal year 2021-22, ask questions and provide direction before final adoption during the June budget hearings. 

  • Published on April 23, 2021
    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, reminds voters residing in either the Town of Windsor or Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District Special Tax Zone 1 that the deadline to return ballots for the May 4, 2021, Special Election is rapidly approaching. This election is being conducted entirely by mail and only applies to voters residing in one of the aforementioned jurisdictions.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma County Tourism along with Sonoma County Regional Parks today announced a partnership with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to help ensure visitors who enjoy the region’s parks and other natural resource areas do so responsibly and sustainably.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 21, 2021
    Water Agency

    Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) joined Governor Newsom today at a parched Lake Mendocino for the announcement of an executive order to help drought stricken watershed's such as the Russian River watershed.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 21, 2021

    Sonoma Land Trust has closed escrow on the 200-acre Fitzsimmons Ranch, which is an inholding of private land within 2,000-acre Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. The expansion of the park has been a key priority for Sonoma Land Trust, ensuring that future generations of visitors and wildlife can thrive and adapt in this important corridor of the Mayacamas Mountains.

  • Published on April 20, 2021
    As of today, more than 400,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to eligible Sonoma County residents, a milestone that also means 60 percent of eligible residents have received at least one dose and two in five are now fully vaccinated.
  • District Attorney
    Published on April 20, 2021
    District Attorney

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PGE”) was arraigned earlier today in the Sonoma County Superior Court on a 33-count criminal complaint alleging that it recklessly caused the 2019 Kincade Fire, which burned approximately 78,000 acres, and destroyed 374 structures, including 174 homes. The fire that started on the night of October 23, 2019 at the Geysers Geothermal Field northeast of Geyserville resulted in the largest evacuation in the history of Sonoma County, including the entire towns of Healdsburg, Windsor and Geyserville.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on April 20, 2021
    County Administrator's Office

    Permit Sonoma published a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that analyzed the environmental impact of potentially rezoning up to 59 sites for housing.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 19, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Henry Palencia-Diaz, 21 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Peter K. Ottenweller to serve 180 days in county jail, pay $1,500 in restitution, and be placed on two years formal probation, after pleading “no contest” in March of this year to charges of assaulting of his 76-year-old co-worker.

  • Published on April 19, 2021

    The County of Sonoma recognizes the importance of intentional and coordinated efforts to prepare and help mitigate the effects of wildfire. In response to the critical need throughout the region, several County departments have received funding to do essential work to protect the community.

  • County Administrator's Office
    Published on April 19, 2021
    County Administrator's Office

    General Consul of Mexico Remedios Gomez Arnau will be the featured guest speaker at the Sonoma County Community Briefing on Wednesday, April 21, a news briefing that for the first time will be conducted entirely in Spanish with English interpretation available.

  • Published on April 16, 2021

    Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Hospital, and La Luz Center are working in partnership with the County of Sonoma to open a new vaccination clinic serving residents in and around the Boyes Hot Springs and Agua Caliente in Sonoma Valley.

  • Published on April 16, 2021
    Most Sonoma County government offices will reopen for limited walk-up service starting on Monday, April 19, 2021. While several County offices have remained open during the pandemic, the expanded reopening is due to the rapid decrease of COVID-19 cases and the County moving into the orange tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  • Published on April 16, 2021
    Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters (ROV), reminds residents of the Town of Windsor and Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District Special Tax Zone 1 that the regular deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 4, 2021, Special Election is April 19 at 11:59 p.m. PT. This election is being conducted entirely by mail and only applies to voters residing in one of the aforementioned jurisdictions.
  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 15, 2021

    As part of the ongoing effort to rebuild wildfire-ravaged Foothill Regional Park in Windsor, the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation has received a $500,000 Kaiser Permanente grant. This funding will allow Sonoma County Regional Parks to renovate the 211-acre park with a new “climate-adaptive” design to make it more resilient to future wildfires and offer greater protection to surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés)

    Published on April 14, 2021
    Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés)

    La Junta de Desarrollo Económico del Condado de Sonoma (EDB, por sus siglas en inglés) organiza la Semana de Desarrollo Económico, del 3 al 7 de mayo de 2021 para celebrar las contribuciones positivas del desarrollo económico y su importante papel en nuestra comunidad local.

  • Economic Development Board
    Published on April 14, 2021
    Economic Development Board

    The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) is virtually hosting Economic Development Week from May 3-7, 2021 to celebrate the positive contributions of economic development and its important role in our local community. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 14, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Jack Lee Johnson, 38 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on Thursday, April 1, 2021 to the maximum term of five years in state prison after having pled “no contest” in March of this year to charges of randomly assaulting two Sonoma County residents, one of whom was an elder. 

  • Published on April 13, 2021

    The County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors today adopted a resolution finalizing the list of local streets and road projects to be completed in 2021-2022 using approximately $10 million in funding from SB1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act.

  • Published on April 13, 2021

    On behalf of the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, the County of Sonoma issued the following statement today from Dr. Urmila Shende, the County’s Vaccine chief, concerning the FDA’s recommendation to “pause” the administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine:

    “At the recommendation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, Sonoma County has paused further allocation and use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine while its safety is reviewed by federal authorities.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 12, 2021
    District Attorney

    I first became aware of sexual assault allegations against the Mayor of Windsor Thursday morning by reading the article in the San Francisco Chronicle. I was deeply concerned at what I learned, and immediately assigned my Chief Investigator and Chief Deputy in charge of sexual assault prosecutions to review the article and recommend next steps. I put out a message asking any victim, named or otherwise, to contact us.  We’ve subsequently communicated with a number of individuals with information. Additionally, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has now opened an investigation, so we are directing anyone with information to contact that agency.

  • Water Agency
    Published on April 9, 2021
    Water Agency

    Due to historically dry conditions and increasing water demands, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) this week began inflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 9, 2021
    District Attorney
    Defendant Troy Kobylinski, 30 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced today by the Honorable Philip Pennypacker to serve 16 years 4 months in state prison for his September, 19 2020 crime spree across Sonoma County.

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will begin providing support to households impacted by COVID-19 through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) starting on April 19. The program will provide payment assistance for tenants who are behind on rent and utilities. ERAP additionally provides options for landlords to participate and receive financial assistance. This program is open to all County residents, regardless of immigration status, who are renters or landlords requiring rental assistance. 

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    Sonoma County has received a significant increase in COVID vaccines from the state, including a shipment of Johnson & Johnson doses specifically for the County’s effort to distribute the vaccine equitably to the most vulnerable communities. The increase in supply is a direct result of an appeal that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors made to the state.

  • Published on April 6, 2021

    After just three weeks in the red tier within California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy, Sonoma County will move into the less restrictive orange tier beginning on Wednesday, April 7. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for the orange tier from 4 to 6 per 100,000 now that California has finished administering 4 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been hardest hit by the pandemic.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 6, 2021
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that after a thorough investigation, her office today initiated criminal proceedings against Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") for its role in causing the 2019 Kincade Fire. The criminal complaint, filed with the Sonoma County Superior Court, alleges that PG&E recklessly caused the fire that started on the night of October 23, 2019 at the Geysers Geothermal Field northeast of Geyserville. Specifically, the complaint charges PG&E with 5 felonies and 28 misdemeanors, including unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in great bodily injury, unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of inhabited structures, and unlawfully causing a fire that resulted in the burning of forest land, as well as various air pollution crimes.

  • Published on April 2, 2021

    In honor of Cesar Chavez Day this week, community residents are invited to attend an outdoor health fair Saturday that will include a COVID-safety campaign art exhibit, consultations with health professionals and opportunities to sign up for vaccinations as well as COVID testing.

  • District Attorney
    Published on April 2, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Austin McClure, 22 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve 7 years in state prison after pleading no contest in March to charges of felony domestic assault and forgery.

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Saturday, March 27, sent the following letter to state health leaders appealing for an increase in vaccines for Sonoma County "so that we can continue to support our community in an equitable and transparent way." The letter, sent by Chair Lynda Hopkins on behalf of the entire Board, was addressed to Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Yolanda Richardson, Secretary of the Government Operations Agency for the State of California:

  • Published on March 29, 2021

    One in every four Sonoma County residents 16 years of age and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the result of a coordinated multi-agency effort over the past three months. More than 282,000 vaccine doses have been administered to Sonoma County residents so far.

    As of today, at least one dose of vaccine has been administered to 183,173 Sonoma County residents -- 45 percent of the population 16 years of age or older. Meanwhile, 105,752 residents are now fully vaccinated. In total, the County has administered 282,785 vaccines to County residents (138,393 Moderna, 138,252 Pfizer and 6,140 Johnson & Johnson).

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 29, 2021
    Water Agency

    Una grabación completa del Comité Facilitador de Políticas Públicas que se celebró recientemente está disponible en el sitio web de Sonoma Water, junto con el primero de tres videos cortos cuales fueron dibujados a mano y explican el sistema del Russian River.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 29, 2021
    Water Agency

    A complete recording of the recently held Public Policy Facilitating Committee is now available on Sonoma Water’s website, along with the first of three short hand-drawn videos that explain the Russian River system.

  • Published on March 26, 2021

    The County of Sonoma has arranged to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to adults 16 years of age and older who are homebound for a variety of medical reasons and have difficulty getting to a clinic. The County is working with Fox Home Health, which has established a mobile vaccine clinic for those who are homebound.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 26, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Ethan Dean Holbrook, 28 years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 25, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to 7 years and 8 months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery using a deadly weapon.

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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