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June 14, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors adopts Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to adopt the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 balanced budget, representing approximately $2.5 billion in total expenditures, a 10 percent increase from the prior fiscal year. The final budget adds 43 full-time County positions for a total of 4,502 employees. The adopted budget is largely consistent with the prior fiscal year budget but adjusted for increased cost of operations and avoids any reductions to core county services. Read full story

June 11, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors approves plan to expand access to and participation on boards and commissions

The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a plan to increase participation in County boards and commissions for underserved communities of color, and communities who have not traditionally had access to join these governing bodies. The Board also approved the Office of Equity’s proposed Community Engagement toolkit, which provides recommendations on culturally sensitive community engagement practices to be implemented by County Departments. Read full story

June 10, 2024 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Help shape the future of Wright Hill Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Help shape the future development of Wright Hill Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, a park and preserve on the Sonoma Coast not yet open to the public. Sonoma County Regional Parks is seeking public feedback as the department creates a Master Plan to guide the park’s future public access, amenities, educational uses and natural resource stewardship. Read full story

June 10, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Public hearings on 2024-25 Sonoma County budget to begin Tuesday

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will hold annual budget hearings beginning Tuesday, June 11 at 8:30 a.m. The hearings will be streamed live with an opportunity for the public to provide input each day regarding the recommended 2024-2025 fiscal year operating plan. At the conclusion of the budget hearings, the board will adopt a final budget to serve as the strategic operating plan for the fiscal year beginning on July 1. Read full story

June 06, 2024 | Economic Development Board

Sonoma County Announces Call to Artists for Design of Permanent Public Fire Memorial

The County of Sonoma is seeking proposals from qualified artists or artist teams to design, create and install artwork honoring the victims of the devastating 2017 wildfires and commemorating the community’s resilience. Read full story

June 06, 2024 | Natural Resources

Russian River inflatable dam being inflated

Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) will begin the multi-day process of inflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville on June 10. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Read full story

June 05, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Serial Rapist Sentenced to Life In State Prison

Defendant Ricky Marion Bostic, 55 years old of Sonoma County, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Laura Passaglia to serve 15 years to life in state prison after having previously plead “no contest” to charges of felony assault with intent to rape, and rape of an intoxicated person. Read full story

June 05, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Convicted Child Molester Denied Parole

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation inmate Nathan Stephens, 65 years old of Santa Rosa, was given a five-year denial of parole by the State of California Board of Parole Hearings following a contested hearing held on June 4, 2024, at North Kern State Prison. Read full story

June 04, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Interest rate increases for financing through Sonoma County Energy Independence Program

The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program, which helps property owners pay for improvements that utilize energy and water more efficiently and strengthen buildings against wildfires and earthquakes, announced today that interest rates on new financing have increased a half percent to 7.99 percent effective immediately. Read full story

June 04, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Avian Flu emergency ends in Sonoma County; recovery underway for local poultry farmers

The Board of Supervisors today voted to terminate an emergency proclamation that has been in effect since Dec. 5, 2023, in response to the outbreak of avian flu in Sonoma County. The outbreak was first detected at two local commercial poultry farms in late November 2023 and resulted in the immediate euthanizing of 250,000 birds to protect other flocks in the region and elsewhere in California Read full story