News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Shop Local

Shop Sonoma to Support Sonoma

Posted on November 25, 2020

Staying nimble and flexible is part of owning a small business.  But this year's challenges of public health restrictions, changing consumer needs, and a dampened economy are testing the resolve of even the most intrepid local business owners.  The City works hand-in-hand (in a socially distanced sense, of course!) with our business community because Sonoma...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Options for COVID-19 Testing in Sonoma County

Posted on November 25, 2020

While there are alarming increases in transmission rates across California, Sonoma County rates have declined significantly this week due, in part, to expanded testing opportunities. Testing is one of the most effective methods of gaining a clearer understanding of COVID-19 spread in our community and residents have been testing at an unprecedented rate over the...
Canopy Guidelines

County issues guidelines on tents and canopies for outdoor dining

Posted on November 25, 2020

Sonoma County has issued guidelines for outdoor dining structures that meet both fire protection and COVID-19 safety requirements. California’s ​Blueprint for a Safer Economy​ states that “outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter but only as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air...
Stop the Surge

California Department of Public Health Implements 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. Curfew for Sonoma County

Posted on November 24, 2020

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a Limited Stay at Home Order or “curfew” that went into effect on Saturday, November 21st and remains in effect through December 21st for counties in the widespread (Purple) tier of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. As of November 24th, Sonoma County remains in the...
Altamira facade rendering

Housing Authority now accepting applications for Altamira Family Apartments

Posted on November 23, 2020

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications from Nov. 16 through Dec. 18 for new Project-Based Voucher Waitlists tied to one, two and three-bedroom units at Altamira Family Apartments in Sonoma, CA. Applicants who are selected from the waitlist will have an opportunity to apply for rental assistance for a specific unit at the...
Revised Notice of Limited Permitting and Inspection Operations

Revised Notice of Limited Permitting and Inspection Operations Effective December 1st

Posted on November 23, 2020

Please see the most recent Notice of Limited Permitting and Inspection Operations Information regarding processing permit applications and protocols for inspections. Effective: December 1, 2020 - Until Further Notice.
Mayor Logan Harvey

Celebrate the Holidays Safely, A Message from Mayor Harvey

Posted on November 20, 2020

This week’s rain, cooler temperatures and those spectacular fall colors are welcome signs that fire season is nearly behind us and the holiday season is ahead. Of course, as with so many other things in 2020, the holiday season will look different this year as gatherings, traditions and events are being reimagined with COVID-19 health...
limited stay at home order

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order effective November 21

Posted on November 19, 2020

In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect...
Mask Up

Mask Up! State issues new mask-wearing guidance

Posted on November 19, 2020

New mask-wearing guidance was issued from the State as part of the Governor's announcement this week that mandates that face coverings be worn at all times when outside of the home with some exceptions listed below. Please read the new guidance which supersedes the existing face coverings guidance. Individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings...
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving

City Offices Closed November 26th & 27th

Posted on November 18, 2020

Sonoma City Offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th & Friday, November 27th, 2020 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Participate in Send Sonoma

Local Businesses invited to participate in “Send Sonoma” Holiday Shopping Portal

Posted on November 18, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce has launched “Send Sonoma” ( to support local shopping during the holiday season.  The portal promotes online shopping, phone orders, curbside pickup, and gift cards as convenient options for those who may not be comfortable shopping in person to find unique gifts while supporting local businesses. There are dedicated...
A parklet

City now accepting parklet beautification reimbursement applications

Posted on November 13, 2020

Businesses in city limits that have expanded service to parklets may be eligible for reimbursement of costs of decorative materials. The City's Parklet Beautification Reimbursement Program is designed to support the use of parklets in the public right-of-way by businesses affected by COVID-19 health regulations and to support a vibrant downtown environment that benefits all...
City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting – November 16th, 6:00PM

Posted on November 13, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, October 19th 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: Provisions of the City’s Minimum Wage Ordinance Regarding the Health Benefits Options to Site and Promote Public Access...
Testing guidance for businesses

COVID-19 testing guidance for Sonoma County businesses

Posted on November 12, 2020

Local businesses can play a pivotal role in helping to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by testing, working with community partners, and modeling best practices. Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Economic Development Board (EDB) are asking local businesses to help slow the spread and open the economy. Learn more...
Tips for Celebrating Safely

Recommendations for safer holidays and travel

Posted on November 12, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma - Leer en Español The Sonoma County Department of Health Services today joined health officers from the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and the city of Berkeley in issuing joint recommendations for staying...
Route 32 is free in Sonoma Valley

Sonoma City Council Resolution Declares Climate Emergency

Posted on November 6, 2020

At their Monday, November 2nd meeting, the City Council unanimously adopted a Climate Emergency Resolution. The Climate Emergency Resolution is a declaration by the City Council to support taking emergency action to reverse global climate change. Watch a recording (item starts at 18:00). The resolution includes the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gases to net...
Election 2020 Ballot Measure Information for Sonoma City Voters

Preliminary Results on Local Ballot Measures

Posted on November 6, 2020

The County continues to process a large number of mailed ballots, and the election is not final until the results are certified by the County. Election results will change throughout the canvass period as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots, and other ballots are processed. As of November 6, the "Unofficial Partial Results" for City ballot measures...
Amy Harrington, Jack Ding

Harrington and Ding elected to City Council

Posted on November 5, 2020

The two candidates running unopposed for two open seats on the Sonoma City Council will be sworn in at the City Council meeting of either December 7 or December 14, depending on the date that the County officially certifies the election results. Incumbent Amy Harrington was reelected to a second term and will be joined...
Apply Today for City Commissions & Committees

Apply to serve on a City commission or committee!

Posted on November 5, 2020

Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks community members to step forward and serve our City on a commission or committee. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and then provide feedback, recommendations and support to the City Council on those issues. The Council...
David Kiff

Sonoma City Council Hires Dave Kiff as Interim City Manager

Posted on November 3, 2020

At their meeting of November 2, 2020, the Sonoma City Council approved an employment agreement with Dave Kiff to serve as Interim City Manager of Sonoma.  He will take the reins on January 1, 2021, after current City Manager Cathy Capriola steps down for retirement at the end of December. Dave Kiff is currently serving...
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