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PG&E Helicopter

PG&E Pre-Inspection Helicopter Flights in Sonoma County Begin this Week

Posted on July 8, 2020

The following is a message from the Pacific Gas & Electric Company Starting today, Monday, July 6, PG&E will conduct pre-inspection helicopter flights in Sonoma county to improve its Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) program by making events smaller in size, shorter in length and smarter for its customers. Through August, PG&E will fly several...
Sonoma City Seal

Nomination Period Opens for 2020 General Municipal Election

Posted on July 7, 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, a general municipal election will be held in the City of Sonoma for two Council Member seats and four measures. Official nomination papers for eligible candidates desiring to file for the above office(s) may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, No. 1 The Plaza, Sonoma, beginning July...
keep sonoma safe. celebrate the 4th of July responsibly.

Keep Sonoma Safe. Celebrate the Fourth of July Responsibly.

Posted on July 1, 2020

There is no doubt that this 4th of July will look different in Sonoma from previous years. Without our hometown parade, plaza celebration and fireworks show, many of us are considering alternative ways to celebrate. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Sonoma County and beyond, it is critical that we continue our safe practices...
Sonoma City Offices Closed July 3rd

Sonoma City Offices Closed July 3rd

Posted on July 1, 2020

City of Sonoma offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day.
Pour Over the Facts, 2019 Water Quality Report

Pour Over the Facts – the 2019 Annual Water Quality Report is Now Available

Posted on July 1, 2020

The 2019 Water Quality Report is now available to view online in English and Spanish.  To request a printed copy, please contact the City of Sonoma Public Works Department by calling (707) 938-3332 or email
City Council Meeting, Monday June 29th

City Council Meeting – June 29th, 6pm

Posted on June 29, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 29th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and public hearing on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: A Resolution Approving an Ordinance to be Submitted to the Voters of...
Special City Council Meeting June 22, 2020

Special City Council Meeting, June 22nd

Posted on June 19, 2020

A special meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 22nd at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Appoint a Representative to the Sonoma County Library Commissioner Presentation on City Budget Workshop including 5-Year...
slurry seal update

Slurry Seal Project Update

Posted on June 19, 2020

On Saturday, June 20th Bayside Stripe & Seal will be premarking ("cat tracking") for permanent striping that will be applied to roads that were slurry sealed over the last two days.    They will start at 8 am on 5th Street West between Napa Street and Andrieux Street, proceed to Andrieux Street between 2nd Street...
Text Food

Free Local Food Is One Text Away!

Posted on June 19, 2020

Text FOOD is a new text message-based tool that connects you to local information about where to get food near you. With Text FOOD, Sonoma County residents can use their cellphones to text the word “Food/Comida” to the phone number and get an immediate response with the information they need. The Text FOOD program is...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested for COVID-19

Posted on June 19, 2020

Did you know that  40% of those who are testing positive for COVID-19 do not have any symptoms? Even if you do not show symptoms, you can transmit the virus to others that are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease. That means you could be spreading COVID-19 to your family, friends, coworkers and...
New Health Order Aligns County with State; Opens More Business Sectors

New Health Order Aligns County with State; Opens More Business Sectors

Posted on June 18, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma. Descargar en Español. A new health order, slated to go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 19, relaxes more restrictions and allows more businesses and activities to resume. View the complete health order in English and Spanish. “This latest easing of restrictions in our...
State Issues Face Cover Order

State Issues New Face Covering Mandate

Posted on June 18, 2020

Cloth face coverings or masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing. Starting June 18, Californians must wear face coverings in common and public indoor spaces and outdoors when distancing is not possible. Learn more about the State's guidance and limited exceptions here.
plaza park service area expansion

Pre-Application for Use of the Plaza Available for Sonoma Businesses Whose Operations are Limited Due to Physical Distancing

Posted on June 15, 2020

The City of Sonoma, in partnership with our local business organizations, is in the process of adopting new policies and procedures aimed at quickly assisting local businesses with adapting to the challenges created by physical (“social”) distancing requirements as we re-emerge from the most stringent phase of the COVID-19 “shutdown”. At their meeting on Monday,...
Fair Housing Survey

Countywide Assessment of Fair Housing Survey

Posted on June 15, 2020

All of the cities and towns within Sonoma County are partnering with the Sonoma County Community Development Commission to prepare an Assessment of Fair Housing, required under state and federal law. The Assessment looks at policies, practices and conditions that shape disparities in housing and opportunity for protected groups under the Fair Housing Act (people...
Tuesday Night Market

Updated Hours of Operation and Location for Sonoma’s Tuesday Farmers and Agricultural Market

Posted on June 12, 2020

Sonoma’s Tuesday Farmers and Agricultural Vendor Only Market (market) presented by the City of Sonoma in partnership with the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is relocating from the Sonoma Veterans Parking lot to the Sonoma Plaza starting June 16th. The market will be located in the “Horseshoe” in front of Sonoma City Hall from 2:30 pm...
Slurry Seal

2020 Citywide Slurry Seal and Roadway Safety Project Begins June 13th

Posted on June 12, 2020

The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce the 2020 Citywide Slurry Seal Project (Project) will start this weekend. The Project will begin with preparations on June 13th and 14th followed by the application of the slurry seal on June 18th and 19th.  The Slurry Seal program is part of the City's commitment to keeping...
Special City Council Meeting June 22, 2020

UPDATE: City Budget Workshop #2, Now June 22nd, 6:00 PM

Posted on June 11, 2020

Update 6/16/2020 -  The Budget Workshop originally scheduled for Friday, June 19th has been moved to Monday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM. The City Council will hold a City Budget Update and Study Session to discuss the financial impacts of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency and the Resulting Economic Emergency at their Special Meeting on...
health order new amendment

County of Sonoma to Allow Tasting Rooms for Wineries and Breweries to Operate without Serving Food Beginning June 12, 2020

Posted on June 11, 2020

The current Sonoma County Shelter-in-Place Health Order will be modified to allow tasting rooms for wineries and breweries to operate without being required to serve food at the same time. Bars and pubs are not included. The change will be effective at 12:01 a.m. on June 12th, the same date the Governor will ease this...
Sheep Grazing at Montini Preserve

“Chasin’ Goats Grazing” Returns to Montini Preserve

Posted on June 11, 2020

A herd from Chasin' Goats Grazing is due to arrive next week for vegetation clearing and fuel reduction on the Montini Preserve. The intensively managed grazing will mow the vegetation in the designated areas (see map) and are expected to reduce fuel loads by 80% or greater. The City, working through Sonoma Ecology Center, scheduled...
Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management & Weed Abatement

Posted on June 11, 2020

As spring wildflowers and annual grasses dry, it's time to think about Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement.  Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement play a critical role in reducing potential fire hazards. The Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority's (SVFRA) Annual Weed Abatement Program is in full swing and is designed to reduce or prevent the...
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