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May 30, 2023 | Office of the District Attorney

Concord Man Convicted for 2019 Petaluma Outlets Murder

Defendant David Kyle Lubkin, 29 years old of Concord, CA, was convicted today by jury of First Degree Murder and Discharging a Firearm at a Motor Vehicle causing death. These convictions stem from the September 28, 2019 killing of 19 year-old Ezequiel Garcia at the Petaluma Outlets. Read full story

May 30, 2023 | Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

SMART launches on demand microtransit shuttle connecting the train to the Sonoma County Airport (STS)

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) is pleased to announce the launch of the SMART Connect microtransit shuttle providing a first and last-mile connection between the SMART Airport Station and the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (STS), and the surrounding business corridor. Read full story

May 26, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Sonoma County hosts summit on potential reintroduction of sea otters to the North Coast

Marine biologists, economists, tribal representatives, elected leaders as well as local environmental advocates and other stakeholders are taking part in a conference in Bodega Bay today to explore the possibility and impacts of reintroducing southern sea otters to their former habitat on the Sonoma Coast. Read full story

May 26, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County Department of Health Services recommends awarding ambulance contract to Sonoma County Fire District

The Sonoma County Department of Health Services today announced it is recommending that the Board of Supervisors award a contract to the Sonoma County Fire District for advanced life support ground ambulance services for Exclusive Operating Area No. 1, which includes Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and much of central Sonoma County. Read full story

May 25, 2023 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Spring Lake celebrates summer with new amenities and commemorates 50 years

Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa, California, celebrates summer with new amenities and commemorates its 50th anniversary. Read full story

May 24, 2023 | Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach

County Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach, Sheriff and Unions clarify investigative powers

The County of Sonoma and two labor groups representing county law enforcement employees today announced the finalization of an agreement to strengthen law enforcement oversight in the county. The County and the Associations came together in a mutual effort to implement the voters’ will, ensure that IOLERO’s expanded authority represented smart and effective law enforcement oversight, and treat the associations’ members fairly. Read full story

May 24, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County saw 22 percent decrease in homelessness, annual Point-in-Time count shows

Sonoma County saw an overall 22 percent decrease in the area’s homeless population last year including a 24 percent decline in those identified as being chronically homeless, according to preliminary results of the 2023 Sonoma County Point-in-Time count in January. Read full story

May 24, 2023 | Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures

Marin, Sonoma Agricultural Report Details Preparedness for Next Drought

Thanks to significant rainfall over the past several months, the North Bay region has rebounded well from the drought that ravaged Marin and Sonoma county agricultural businesses from 2019 to 2022. Reservoirs, creeks, and other freshwater sources that feed farms and ranches – and thus feed humans --are well-stocked again. Now, the agricultural community is analyzing its response to the emergency. Read full story

May 23, 2023 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Summer shuttle to Russian River beaches returns this month with new location

Regional Parks River Shuttle returns for the summer with new location and extended hours. Read full story

May 23, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors adopts Clean Transit Rollout Plan to ensure zero-emission public transportation by 2040

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today adopted a plan that ensures within five years all new county public transit buses purchased will be zero-emission vehicles and all fossil-fueled buses will be retired within 17 years, in accordance with state law. Read full story