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February 06, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Sonoma County to provide $1 million in vegetation management grants to reduce wildfire risk

Sonoma County is now accepting applications for $1 million in grants to fund projects that protect residents from wildfires by creating fuel breaks, expanding defensible space around homes, and removing vegetation along evacuation routes in fire-prone landscapes. Read full story

February 06, 2024 | Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

Historical Wohler Road Bridge over the Russian River to get seismic upgrade beginning Summer 2024

The Board of Supervisors today awarded an $18 million construction contract for the seismic retrofit of the historical Wohler Road Bridge over the Russian River, located 10 miles northwest of Santa Rosa. The existing seismically deficient one-lane bridge, which was completed in 1922, will receive a new lightweight concrete deck, seismic isolation bearings and joints, steel truss reinforcement and foundation reinforcement designed to meet current seismic design standards for bridges. Read full story

February 06, 2024 | Department of Human Services

Hanna Center awarded county contract to provide mental health services to students in Sonoma Valley

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal today by Hanna Center to provide mental health counseling to students in Sonoma Valley, ensuring these vital services continue without interruption. Read full story

February 05, 2024 | Natural Resources

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival Returns February 10

Get ready for the return of the Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival as it celebrates its 15th year! California's premier event honoring the annual Steelhead migration is set to take place on Saturday, February 10, at the Milt Brandt Visitor Center grounds at Lake Sonoma, running from 10 am to 4 pm. Rain or shine, this event is free for all attendees. Read full story

February 02, 2024 | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

Ballots to be mailed out next week for March Presidential Primary Election

Vote-by-mail ballots for the March 5 Presidential Primary election, will begin going out Feb. 5 to all active, registered voters in Sonoma County, Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Registrar of Voters, announced today. Voters should expect to receive them within 10 days. Read full story

February 02, 2024 | Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

Pre-emptive Road Closures for Potential Flooding

Sonoma Public Infrastructure has published a list of roads which will be closed automatically in the event significant flooding is predicted. Please stay vigilant and do not cross any roads that are flooded. Read full story

January 31, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

28 Year Old Man Sentenced to Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Drug and Firearm Charges

Defendant Pedro Lopez-Plascencia, 28 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Laura Passaglia for felony charges of human trafficking of a minor, encouraging a minor to engage in prostitution, possession of controlled substances for sales, possession of a firearm, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of child sexual abuse material. Mr. Lopez-Plascencia was sentenced to 12 years in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Read full story

January 31, 2024 | Permit Sonoma

Center for Climate Action and Innovation at Sonoma Developmental Center business plan released

The creation of a Center for Climate Action that could serve as a hub for climate leaders, innovators and the public to collaborate in addressing the climate crisis, is the focus of a business plan released by the County of Sonoma today for the Sonoma Developmental Center site. Read full story

January 31, 2024 | Department of Child Support Services

Department of Child Support Services phone lines down

Due to a statewide disruption in service, phone lines for Sonoma County’s Department of Child Support Services are not working. This includes the automated 866-901-3212 line. While the phone system is down, clients may reach out to Child Support Services using Customer Connect, where they may leave a message or ask for a call back. A Participant ID number is required when logging into Customer Connect. Clients can also visit any local child support agency for assistance. Read full story

January 30, 2024 | Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport welcomes investment in local economy with new Avelo Airlines crew base

Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport today announced that Avelo Airlines on May 1 will open a crew base at the airport, which is expected to create up to 50 local jobs including pilots, flight attendants and aviation maintenance technicians. The move highlights Sonoma County’s value and importance as a destination and regional transportation hub. Avelo will initially base two Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft at STS in addition to employees. Read full story