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March 11, 2024 | Human Resources Department

Commission on the Status of Women, Sonoma County Spirit Award

The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is proud to announce our fourth annual Sonoma County Spirit Award! We are excited to recognize five outstanding leaders in 2024 and continue to highlight people improving the lives of women and girls for years to come. Read full story

March 11, 2024 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County to host third job and resource fair for homeless on March 20 in Santa Rosa

Sonoma County Job Link and community partners will host the county’s third job and resource fair for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless on March 20 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Garrett Building at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds, located at 1450 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. Read full story

March 08, 2024 | Department of Health Services

Board of Supervisors set to discuss declaring racism as a public health crisis

Preparing to join hundreds of cities and counties across the United States, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors at its March 12 meeting will consider adopting a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis. Naming racism as a health crisis and committing to eliminate it within Sonoma County is considered another important step on the path to equity. Read full story

March 07, 2024 | Natural Resources

Spill of partially treated wastewater at Russian River County Sanitation District Treatment Plant

Beginning late in the evening of Friday, March 1 into the early morning of Saturday, March 2, the Russian River County Sanitation District Treatment Plant experienced a spill of secondary treated wastewater. The cause of the spill is believed to be related to the weekend storm event. Read full story

March 06, 2024 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

YES! Parks innovative nature program awarded nearly $300K

A $297,320 grant will fund Sonoma County Regional Parks’ YES! (Youth Exploring Sonoma) Parks program through January 2026. Read full story

March 05, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Prison Inmate Who Was Convicted Of “Third Strike” For Residential Burglary Denied Parole

Inmate Billy Ray Shanee Maldonado, of San Antonio, Texas, was denied parole today by the California State Board of Parole Hearings following a morning hearing held at the Mule Creek State Prison in Amador County. The Parole Board found that Maldonado continued to pose an unreasonable risk to public safety and denied parole for an additional three years. Maldonado chose not to attend the hearing. Read full story

March 05, 2024 | County Administrator's Office

Sonoma County highlights critical work of civil grand juries, encourages people to volunteer for service

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today honored the important work of civil grand juries in investigating and reporting on local governmental operations to ensure they are being conducted efficiently, honestly and in the best interest of the public. Read full story

March 04, 2024 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Vamos a Nadar celebrates 20 years of water safety education

Designed to reduce drowning deaths in along the Russian River, Vamos a Nadar has reached more than 3,000 young people in Sonoma County since launching in 2004. The 2024 schedule is now available and parents can register at Read full story

March 04, 2024 | Probation Department

Sonoma County Juvenile Hall opens new music studio

Sonoma County’s Juvenile Hall has opened a new music recording studio with the goal of promoting self-expression, positivity and wellness among youth detained at the facility with the assistance of local music professionals. Read full story

March 02, 2024 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County health officials issue cold weather warning

The County of Sonoma today issued a cold weather warning in response to the National Weather Service frost advisory from midnight to 10 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service is also predicting sub-freezing wind chill temperatures from Sunday into early Monday. Officials recommend that residents limit time outdoors, as serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite can develop with prolonged cold weather exposure. Read full story