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Press Release from the City of Sonoma

Cultural and Fine Arts Commission Seeks Nominations for the 2022 Treasure Artist of the Year

Posted on December 6, 2021

The City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year Award.  First awarded in 1983, the Sonoma Treasure Artist is selected and recognized for outstanding achievement in a chosen artistic medium including the performing, visual, theatrical, literary, and craft arts, and for their service...
Mayor Jack Ding and Vice Mayor Kelso G. Barnett

Sonoma City Council Selects Jack Ding as Mayor, Kelso Barnett as Vice Mayor

Posted on December 3, 2021

City Council Reorganization was on the agenda at the December 1st council meeting. The reorganization included a presentation of a distinguished service award to outgoing Mayor Madolyn Agrimonti. Jack Ding was then selected as the new mayor and Kelso G. Barnett as the new vice-mayor. See the Notice of Reorganization. A recording of the meeting is...
Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency

Sonoma Valley Basin Groundwater Sustainability Plan Public Hearing – Dec. 6th, 4 PM

Posted on December 2, 2021

The Sonoma Valley groundwater sustainability agency will hold a virtual public hearing to consider the adoption of the Final Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) on December 6th at 4:00 PM. The GSPs assess the conditions of the groundwater basin, analyze the basin’s sustainability over a 50-year period, and identify projects and actions needed to ensure the...
Minimum Wage Poster

New Sonoma Minimum Wage Rates effective January 1, 2022

Posted on November 29, 2021

Starting January 1, 2022, the minimum wage rate in the City of Sonoma is $16.00/hour for large employers (26 or more employees) and $15.00/hour for small employers (25 or fewer employees). The scheduled increase is included in the minimum wage ordinance adopted by the City Council in 2019 after a minimum wage study, which became...
2020 / 2021 City of Sonoma Alcalde & Alcaldessa, Simon and Kimberly Blattner

2022 Alcalde nomination deadline approaching December 10th

Posted on November 29, 2021

The City of Sonoma is once again seeking nominations from the public for the 2022 Honorary Alcalde. Each year, 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). The honoree is given a silver-headed cane as a symbol...
ADU Webinar

Free Webinar: Accessory Dwelling Unit Roundtable Conversation, Presented by the Napa Sonoma ADU Center

Posted on November 29, 2021

Are you a homeowner anywhere in Napa or Sonoma Counties? Register here today for a roundtable webinar conversation on Thursday, Dec 2 @ 6 pm about Accessory Dwelling Units (also known as granny flats, backyard cottages, garage conversions, and more) covering: Government agencies: Who’s Who & What Do They Do with ADUs? How to Deal with Utilities (energy, well,...
City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting – December 1st

Posted on November 24, 2021

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, December 1st 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: Direction on Preferred Approach for the City to Comment on Alternatives Report for the...
Ballot Box

Registrar of Voters seeks public feedback for amended draft plan to transition to Voter’s Choice Act election model

Posted on November 23, 2021

The following is a press release from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office. The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office is seeking public input on the amended draft version of its Election Administration Plan that has been posted on its website at sonomacounty.ca.gov/CRA/Registrar-of-Voters/Voters-Choice-Act/. The plan details how Sonoma County intends to transition from its...
Thank you for shopping local

Shop Sonoma this Holiday Season

Posted on November 23, 2021

With the holiday season upon us, it's more important than ever to “think local first” when tackling our shopping lists. Small businesses need your support more than ever this year as they navigate, adjust, and pivot from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. When you support small, locally-owned businesses, you support Sonoma. For every dollar...
Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings

Recognizing the Sonoma Ecology Center Earthlings Club

Posted on November 23, 2021

At thier meeting on November 17th, City Council received a presentation about the Sonoma Ecology Center’s Earthlings Club and their efforts to support the city's new waste sorting requirements and disposable food service ware ordinance. The following is the presentation given by the city's sustainability coordinator, Travis Wagner. Community volunteers are a crucial part of...
Deputy Steve Lucchetti with Sonoma City Council

Deputy Steve Lucchetti Retires After 24 Years with the Sonoma Police Department

Posted on November 18, 2021

Sonoma City Council recognized Deputy Steve Lucchetti for his 24 years of service to the City of Sonoma as a Sonoma Police Department law enforcement officer at their meeting of November 17th. Following remarks from City Council, Sonoma Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez and Junior Deputy Jack Morton, Mayor Madolyn Agrimonti presented Deputy Lucchetti with a...
Sonoma City Council

Sandra Lowe Elected to Sonoma City Council

Posted on November 18, 2021

At their Regular Meeting on November 17th, City Council certified the results of the Special Municipal election that was conducted in the City of Sonoma on November 2, 2021, for the purpose of electing one member of the City Council to fill the vacant seat of Amy Harrington. Council officially declared that Sandra Lowe was...
City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting, Nov. 17th, 6:00 PM

Posted on November 12, 2021

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, November  17th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including a presentation recognizing Deputy Steve Lucchetti for his service to the City of Sonoma, a presentation Recognizing the Sonoma Ecology Center "Earthlings" Club and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb...
Covid Status Update

COVID-19 Status Update – Nov. 11, 2021

Posted on November 11, 2021

Para traducir esta página, desplácese hasta el final, haga clic en “Translate”, y seleccione su idioma. Case rates increased slightly this week in Sonoma County. The County reported a case rate this week of 10.9 new daily cases per 100,000 (up slightly from 10.2) – the case rate among the unvaccinated individuals is 22.2 per 100,000 compared...
Webinar: How to Create an Adu Permit

Free Webinar: How to Create an ADU Permit Application

Posted on November 11, 2021

Are you a homeowner who wants to: Build a passive income stream? Create a home for an elderly parent? Plan for your retirement? If so, an Accessory Dwelling Unit may be the perfect solution for you! REGISTER NOW for the Napa-Sonoma ADU Center's FREE webinar with Planning & Building Dept staff from the cities of...
board of forestry and fire protection

Burn Permit Suspension Lifted

Posted on November 8, 2021

A burn permit suspension in Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Solano, Yolo and Colusa counties has been lifted by the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits may resume burning on permissible burn days. Burn piles larger than four feet by four feet or broadcast...
Veterans Day

Sonoma City Offices Closed Thursday, Nov. 11th

Posted on November 8, 2021

Sonoma City Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2021, in observance of the Veterans Day Holiday.
Oriana Hart

Oriana Hart Promoted to Public Works Administrative and Project Manager

Posted on November 5, 2021

Public Works Director Colleen Ferguson is pleased to announce that Oriana Hart was promoted to become the City’s new Public Works Administrative and Project Manager effective November 5th.  Ms. Hart was selected for this promotion based on her exemplary work as the City’s Environmental Compliance Analyst and her prior project management experience.  As the City’s...
City seeking nominations for 2022 Honorary Alcalde

City Seeking Nominations for the 2022 Honorary Alcalde

Posted on November 4, 2021

The City of Sonoma is once again seeking nominations from the public for the 2022 Honorary Alcalde. Each year, 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). The honoree is given a silver-headed cane as a symbol...
HHW Collection Event

Free mattress, electronics, and household hazardous waste collection events in Sonoma

Posted on October 29, 2021

A free Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event will be held on Tuesday, November 2. You must register for this event. To register: https://zerowastesonoma.gov/calendar/event/6336/2021/11/02. Through this link, you can make an appointment (click the link under “schedule an appointment”). The location will be provided in your confirmation email. A free mattress collection event will be held...
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