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April 18, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors authorizes acceptance of $6 million BRIC grant award and transfer of matching funds

The Board of Supervisors today accepted the award of a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant in the amount of $5,727,692 toward the first phase of the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities or BRIC grant. Read full story

April 18, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Board of Supervisors ends drought emergency, urges public to continue water-saving habits

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to end the local drought emergency it declared two years ago. But county leaders strongly encouraged the public to continue conserving water, with the region’s weather patterns becoming increasingly volatile as a result of climate change. Read full story

April 18, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County supervisors approve $250,500 in mental health funding for students; additional funding set to be approved later

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved $250,500 to provide behavioral health services in schools in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education. The funding is from Measure O, the quarter-cent sales tax measure voters approved in 2020 to fund mental health and homelessness services. Read full story

April 17, 2023 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County resuming annual Medi-Cal eligibility reviews with COVID-19 emergency ending

The Sonoma County Human Services Department is reviewing its records and contacting some people currently enrolled in Medi-Cal to ensure that no eligible recipients lose coverage as the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. Read full story

April 13, 2023 | Community Development Commission

County of Sonoma to host Town Hall meeting regarding Elderberry Commons transition plan

The County of Sonoma will be hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. to respond to community questions about the transition plan for the Elderberry Commons, formerly known as the Sebastopol Inn. The public will be invited to ask questions during the Zoom-based forum, which will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page and on YouTube in Spanish. Read full story

April 10, 2023 | Auditor-Controller Treasurer-Tax Collector Department

Up to $80,000 in grants to cover late property taxes available to eligible Sonoma County homeowners

The Sonoma County Treasurer-Tax Collector is notifying homeowners that the California Mortgage Relief Program has raised the limit for assistance with delinquent property taxes from $20,000 to a maximum of $80,000 per household. Read full story

April 10, 2023 | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

County Recorder announces search for vendors to help identify illegal restrictions in recorded documents

The Sonoma County Recorder announced today a search for vendors to help identify, redact and report more than 24 million previously recorded documents for illegal, often-racially restrictive language. Read full story

April 06, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County health officer provides final COVID community update

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase today provided her final COVID-19 community update before stepping down at the end of this week after three years in her post. Her recorded message includes the latest numbers on COVID cases and vaccinations in Sonoma County and includes lessons learned during the past three years of the pandemic. Read full story

April 06, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Dr. Kismet Baldwin-Santana to be appointed Sonoma County’s interim Health Officer

Dr. Kismet Baldwin-Santana, an experienced public health official who helped lead Sonoma County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been named interim health officer by the director of the Department of Health Services. A pediatrics specialist with a master’s degree in public health, Dr. Baldwin-Santana has served as Sonoma County’s deputy public health officer since July 2020. Read full story

April 05, 2023 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors gives initial approval to Well Ordinance update

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave initial approval to amendments to the county’s Well Ordinance, which would create a new regulatory process for approving well permits. Read full story