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Press Releases from the County of Sonoma

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  • 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.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on April 6, 2021

    On April 20, Sonoma Land Trust will close 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 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.

  • Published on March 25, 2021
    A small, special election is taking place in Sonoma County on May 4 for voters residing in either (1) the Town of Windsor or (2) select properties located in or adjacent to the Vineyard Valley View neighborhood near Geyserville. This election is being conducted entirely by mail; there will be no polling places.
  • District Attorney
    Published on March 25, 2021
    District Attorney

    District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that the gunman and getaway driver in a September 2020 shooting near the Healdsburg Railroad Depot, were sentenced this morning by the Honorable Shelly J. Averill in Sonoma County Superior Court.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The County of Sonoma will host a virtual climate action and resiliency town hall from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6. Community members are invited to participate in this town hall to provide input on how the County should move forward to achieve its vision of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

  • Published on March 24, 2021

    The Board of Supervisors today delegated a committee to facilitate the allocation of $2 million to $4 million in PG&E settlement funds for near-term vegetation management projects with an emphasis on activities in high-risk areas and near key ecosystems.

  • Published on March 23, 2021

    As part of a county objective to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable and underserved communities, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa Community Health are partnering to open a new vaccination clinic in Roseland.

  • Published on March 22, 2021

    The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and other community leaders will hold a joint news conference this afternoon to take a unified stand against  racism in light of recent racist acts, including attacks on Asian Americans, that have occurred locally and across the nation.

  • Water Agency
    Published on March 22, 2021
    Water Agency

    Starting Monday, March 22, groundwater users who own property in the Santa Rosa Plain area will have an opportunity to review and update their water use information.

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 18, 2021
    District Attorney

    Defendant Alberto Ramon Martinez, 25 year old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 18, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve six years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery against his girlfriend. Additionally, he admitted to having two prior domestic violence related convictions within the last seven years.

  • Regional Parks
    Published on March 18, 2021
    Regional Parks

    Sonoma County Regional Parks has completed and opened an extension to the regional West County Trail in downtown Forestville, greatly improving public access and safety, and officially linking the community to Graton, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa via a paved non-motorized, multi-use path.

  • Published on March 17, 2021

    The County of Sonoma is expanding its early wildfire detection capabilities through innovative artificial intelligence technology that will notify emergency crews when fires are spotted through fire cameras

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    As local health officers, we fully support all three currently available vaccines for COVID-19. All three vaccines are safe and have been shown to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness and hospitalization.

  • Published on March 15, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set June 1, 2021 as the deadline for completion of private cleanup of fire debris.

    The deadline pertains to all residential property owners in Sonoma County who had homes destroyed by the 2020 Walbridge, Meyers or Glass fires and submitted applications for the private debris removal cleanup option as an alternative to the state-managed program. The deadline requires that properties be cleared of ash and debris and soil samples submitted to appropriate labs by June 1, 2021. Commercial properties are also subject to the June 1 deadline.

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    The County of Sonoma and Sonoma County Office of Education today announced that all schools serving grade levels from transitional kindergarten to grade 12 are eligible to reopen for in-person instruction based on Sonoma County meeting the criteria for the less restrictive red tier under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy. This is the first time that the county has moved out of the most restrictive purple tier since the opening of school in August. 

  • Published on March 12, 2021

    Sonoma County, for the first time, will be moving out of the most restrictive purple tier within California's four-tier, color-coded Blueprint for a Safer Economy beginning on Sunday, March 14. This change is a result of the state's decision to adjust the minimum case rate requirement for transition to red from 7 to 10 per 100,000 once California finished administering 2 million vaccine doses in the state's 400 zip codes that have been most disproportionately impacted by the virus. 

  • District Attorney
    Published on March 8, 2021
    District Attorney
    Defendant Matthew Meloche, 41 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded guilty today to one count of felony false imprisonment before the Honorable Peter Ottenweller for an incident that occurred in February of last year involving his then girlfriend.

  • 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.

  • Human Rights Commission

    Published on February 8, 2021
    Human Rights Commission

    Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights Reaffirms Need to Respect Human Rights of People Experiencing Homelessness

  • 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.

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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