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February 27, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors approves contract for distribution of emergency financial assistance during disasters

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted today to approve contracts with Community Organizations Active in Disasters and the Child Parent Institute for the distribution of disaster emergency financial assistance to individuals during declared emergencies. Read full story


February 27, 2024 | Department of Health Services

Measure O annual report shows increase in funding for essential homelessness, mental health services

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today accepted the Measure O update and annual report for fiscal year 2022–23. Presented by the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Measure O, a quarter-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in 2020 to fund mental health, substance abuse disorder and homelessness services, the annual report provides an update on the growing list of achievements attained during this second full year of the measure. Read full story


February 26, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Repeat Felony Dui Offender Sentenced to Probation For A Second Time; Was On Felony Probation At The Time Of This Offense, Now Has Five Dui Convictions

On Monday, February 26, 2024, Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Dana Simonds overruled prosecutors’ objections and sentenced repeat felony DUI offender Juan Garnica Vigil to probation. Vigil is a five-time convicted DUI driver who was on felony probation at the time of this most recent felony DUI offense. Read full story


February 26, 2024 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County to host first-ever Farmworkers Resource Fair on March 3 in Windsor

A resource fair to assist local farmworkers will be held Sunday, March 3 in Windsor, a collaboration by the Sonoma County Human Services Department, Job Link, the county Economic Development Board, California Human Development and dozens of community partners. Read full story


February 23, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Maximum Sentence for Assault With Intent to Rape

Defendant Jamonie Alfonzoe Stevens, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve nine years and eight months in state prison, the maximum term allowed by law.  In December of 2023, a jury convicted Mr. Stevens of committing felony assault with intent to rape, making criminal threats, and false imprisonment. Read full story


February 23, 2024 | Human Resources Department

Ceasefire Letter

On February 22, 2024, the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights voted unanimously to pass a ceasefire letter that reads the following: In light of the severe human rights violations occurring in Gaza, Palestine, and Israel, the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights extends this appeal to all parties involved and affected community members. Acknowledging that the impact of armed conflict reverberates through generations, we understand that healing begins with a collective commitment to ending violence in all its forms. Read full story


February 22, 2024 | Board of Supervisors Department

West Sonoma County to celebrate opening of new satellite office in Guerneville on March 2

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and the District 5 staff will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 2 to celebrate the opening of a new district satellite office. The satellite office is located at 16390 Main St., Guerneville, in the former Bank of America building. Read full story


February 22, 2024 | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

Early in-person voting begins this weekend for March Presidential Primary Election

Early in-person voting for the March 5, 2024, Presidential Primary Election opens this weekend, Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, announced today. Seven vote centers will be open for 11 consecutive days (including weekends) from Saturday, Feb. 24, to Election Day, Tuesday, March 5. Hours of operation for the vote centers will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Election Day itself when the hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read full story


February 22, 2024 | Department of Emergency Management

SoCoAlert and warning exercise for the town of Windsor on Wednesday

On Wednesday, February 28 Sonoma County will be conducting a test of the SoCoAlert emergency notification system starting at 11 a.m. in Windsor and selected Sonoma County evacuation zones adjacent to the town. The County Department of Emergency Management and partners have collaborated on planning the exercise and conducting outreach in the targeted areas. Testing the efficiency of messaging to Spanish-speaking residents was a priority for the exercise planners. Read full story


February 21, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Concord Man Receives Life Sentence for 2019 Petaluma Outlets Murder

Defendant David Kyle Lubkin, 30 years old of Concord, CA was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison for the 2019 murder of Ezequiel Garcia. The defendant was found guilty after trial by a Sonoma County jury of First Degree Murder and Discharging a Firearm at a Motor Vehicle Causing Death on May 30, 2023. These convictions stem from the September 28, 2019, shooting death of 19-year-old Ezequiel Garcia of Santa Rosa at the Petaluma Outlets. Read full story