Welcome to the City of Sonoma. Sonoma is not only one of the world's finest grape-growing regions and visitor destinations, but a great place to live and work year-round. With San Francisco only an hour away, Sonoma blends a friendly small-town atmosphere with the entrepreneurial culture of the Bay Area. Wine and tourism are our most well-known industries.

    1 The Plaza
    Sonoma CA 95476
    (707) 938-3681

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    The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission's 2016 Student Creative Arts Award Program is now open for entries.  This award program is open to Sonoma Valley residents between the age of sixteen and twenty-one who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Kate Schertz, Chair of the Cultural and Fine Arts Commission, recently stated “We are pleased to again be able to offer a $2,000 award to local up-and-coming artists to help them further their studies in the arts.  I have been truly amazed by the talent demonstrated by Sonoma Valley students."
    Applicants must submit a completed application form, a 200 to 500 word statement explaining the role that art has played in their life and what their plans are for continuing their artistic training.  Visual and literary artists must also submit a portfolio of at least five works. All applicants will be asked to participate in an interview by Commission members.
    The application form may be downloaded by CLICKING HERE or by contacting the City Clerk.  The deadline to submit an entry is January 15, 2016.  For additional information, contact the City Clerk at 933-2216.

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    Alcalde Nominations Sought

    The City of Sonoma is once again seeking nominations from the public for the 2016 Honorary Alcalde.  Each December [since 1975] the City Council selects a citizen of the year who is given the title of Honorary Alcalde.  (“Alcalde” is the Spanish word for Mayor.)  Nominations, which will be accepted until November 25, 2015, may be made by submitting a letter addressed to the City Manager.  The letter should include the basis for the nomination using the criteria listed below.
    Nominees shall embody several of the following:
    •           A broad spectrum of voluntary community service to Sonoma Valley
    •           Service in a leadership role in at least one non-profit organization
    •           Has spearheaded at least one community-serving project without compensation
    •           Is well-known for consistent behind-the-scenes good deeds
    •           Does not seek public accolades or recognition for work done
    •           Adheres to a high standard of moral and ethical values
    Address Letters of Nomination To:  Carol Giovanatto, City Manager, City of Sonoma, No. 1, The Plaza, Sonoma CA 95476.  Call the City Clerk’s office (707) 933-2216 for additional information.
    Here is a list of previous Alcaldes:

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    Information About Upcoming Meetings

    Information about upcoming meetings may be obtained by going to the Meeting Calendar.

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    Montini Preserve and Trail Opened to the Public

    On October 20, 2014 the City of Sonoma took ownership of the Montini Open Space Preserve. The transfer was the culmination of a multi-year process that began with the acquisition of the property in 2005 by the Sonoma County Open Space District and included collaboration with multiple stakeholders, including California State Parks, and the Sonoma Ecology Center.