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April 05, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

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

April 05, 2023 | Community Development Commission

Michelle Whitman selected as executive director of Sonoma County Community Development Commission

Michelle Whitman, executive director for the Renewal Enterprise District since 2019, has been selected to lead the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. The appointment by County Administrator Maria Christina Rivera is scheduled to be approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 18. Read full story

April 05, 2023 | Natural Resources

Board Approves Major Infrastructure Investment Project for Maintenance of Aging Water Storage Tanks

On Tuesday, April 4, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) approved a $6 million contract for recoating two major water storage tanks, Cotati Tank No. 1 and Kastania Tank, the largest infrastructure upgrade project to date. Read full story

April 04, 2023 | Permit Sonoma

State selects development team to implement plans for redevelopment of Sonoma Developmental Center

The State of California announced on Monday that it has chosen a development team led by The Grupe Company and Rogal & Partners to purchase and redevelop the Sonoma Developmental Center. Read full story

April 04, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Sonoma County gives initial approval to ordinance restricting camping on public property

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved a first reading of an amended ordinance limiting camping in public spaces including during daytime hours. The amendments bring Sonoma County’s existing camping ordinance into compliance with recent legal decisions concerning overnight camping while still providing the county options to discourage permanent housing encampments, prevent garbage buildup and address public health issues. Read full story

April 04, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

County Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach releases first audit under new state law

The Sonoma County Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach today released an audit of a Sheriff’s Office complaint, the first such report to be made public under a new state law for cases involving the use of force against a person by a law enforcement officer that resulted in death or great bodily injury. Read full story

April 03, 2023 | Department of Human Services

Sonoma County developing plan to address changes in older adult population, seeks steering committee members

The County of Sonoma is seeking applicants to serve on a new committee that will shape its response to a major population shift that has dramatically expanded the number of older adults in the county. Read full story

March 30, 2023 | County Administrator's Office

Sonoma County announces Health Resource Fair at Mitote Food Park in Santa Rosa

The County of Sonoma, in partnership with local health care providers and community organizations, is hosting a Health Resource Fair on Saturday April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mitote Food Park at 635 Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa. Read full story

March 29, 2023 | Economic Development Board

Sonoma County, nonprofit partner awarded $500,000 to promote free internet service for low-income households

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board has been awarded $300,000 from the Federal Communications Commission to expand local enrollment in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides free and discounted internet service to low-income households. Read full story

March 29, 2023 | Permit Sonoma

Board of Supervisors to consider updates to Well Ordinance and Local Coastal Plan Tuesday

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider action on two important items from Permit Sonoma next week that could result in updates to the Local Coastal Plan and to the Well Ordinance. Read full story