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April 30, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Ivan Morales Sentenced to Life in Prison for Attempted Murder and Robbery

Defendant IvanMorales, 25 years old of Lakeport, was sentenced today by the Honorable PatrickBroderick to six years plus thirty-two years-to-life in state prison. Read full story

April 27, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Murder’s Parole Release Overturned by Governor at DA’s Request

After a parolehearing in December 2017, the California Board of Prison Terms decided to release68-year-old Larry Bunke for the 1982 murder of his wife, Linda. After the board granted parole, DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch, as well as multiple supporters amongst the victim’sfamily and friends, sent letters to the Governor’s office requesting that hereverse the board’s decision. Read full story

April 26, 2018 | Natural Resources

Eco-Friendly Garden Tour Focuses on California Natives and Urban Gardens

The annual Eco-Friendly Garden Tour (Tour) willtake place on Saturday May 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now inits eighth year, the Tour is sponsored by the Sonoma-Marin Saving WaterPartnership (Partnership) and focuses on low water-use sustainablelandscaping. The 2018 tour includes gardens in Santa Rosa, Sonoma Valley,Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and San Anselmo. Read full story

April 23, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Man Sentenced to Six Years Prison for Burglary and Looting of Hope Village

DefendantDouglas James Rosado, 50 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on April 20,2018 by the Honorable Dana Beernink Simonds to 6 years in state prison afterpleading no contest on March 15, 2018 to charges of first degree burglary andfelony looting during a state of emergency in Sonoma County. Read full story

April 17, 2018 | Board of Supervisors Department

New Gas Tax will Fund Pavement, Ditching, Culverts and More

On April 17th, 2018, the Sonoma CountyBoard of Supervisors approved road improvement projects which will make iteasier and safer to travel in Sonoma County. These improvements will be fundedwith the new gas tax, also known as Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair andAccountability Act of 2017. Read full story

April 16, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

District Attorney Ravitch Advises that Governor Brown Has Extended the Price Gouging Protections through December

District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today thatGovernor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued an Executive Order on Friday extending theprotections against Price Gouging under Penal Code Section 396 through andincluding December 4, 2018. Read full story

April 11, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Healdsburg Man Convicted of 2nd Degree Murder Denied Parole for the 16th Time

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch has announced that on April 10, 2018, the CaliforniaBoard of Prison Terms denied parole for the 16TH time to 70 year oldManuel Avalos Flores, who was convicted of the 2nd degree murder of23 year old Ricoberto Arroyo in 1981. Read full story

April 11, 2018 | Office of the District Attorney

Santa Rosa Man Convicted as a Teen of Torture in 2006 Denied Release on Parole

DistrictAttorney Jill Ravitch announced today that on April 10, 2018, the CaliforniaBoard of Prison Terms denied parole to 29 year old Eddie Menefee, who wasconvicted in 2006 of torture and sexual assault of John Doe, a 15 year old boy.Menefee who was 16 at the time was prosecuted as an adult. Read full story

April 10, 2018 | Department of Human Services

Event Cancelled: The Business Case for Age-Friendly Hiring

Event cancelled: Hiring the right employees is a challenge for business when unemployment is low. In Sonoma County, there’s a group of workers that offers experience, skills, flexibility in work hours and high job performance to fill the need – older adult job seekers. Read full story

April 10, 2018 | Department of Human Services

Survey Shows Only 42% of County Children Ready for Kindergarten

Attendance at preschool, parental education levels, the language spoken at home are significant factors in Sonoma County children’s readiness for learning when they enter kindergarten, according to the 2017-18 survey overseen by the Road to Early Achievement and Development for Youth (READY) program. Read full story