News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

City Council Meeting – February 20

Posted on February 15, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, February 20th  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including the Special Closed Session, Presentations and Consent Calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: Tobacco Enforcement for Minors Grant from the California Department of...

County Storm Update: Heavy Rain Brings Risk of Flash Floods and Mudslides to Sonoma County

Posted on February 12, 2019

Lea este comunicado de prensa en español. PRESS RELEASE FROM THE COUNTY OF SONOMA The National Weather Service has issued several alerts due to the strong winter storm forecasted to pass over Sonoma County Tuesday night through Thursday morning, February 14, 2019. With the forecasted rain, there is a significant risk for flash floods and...

City Offices Closed Presidents’ Day – February 18

Posted on February 12, 2019

City of Sonoma offices will be closed Monday, February 18, 2019 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Sonoma County Issues Weather Alert – February 12

Posted on February 12, 2019

Sonoma County has issued a weather alert (below), warning of high winds and flash floods for the Sonoma County area beginning Tuesday night. Free sandbags are now available to City residents at City Hall during normal business hours, limit 10 bags per resident while supplies last. Additional bags are available for purchase at  Friedman’s Home...

Reception to Honor Karen Collins, 2019 Alcaldessa – February 27   

Posted on February 11, 2019

A reception honoring Karen Collins, the City of Sonoma 2019 Alcaldessa, will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn, 450 W Spain Street, in Sonoma beginning at 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate in the recognition of this devoted citizen, who has done so much...

Mockingbird Lane Application for Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map Approved

Posted on February 1, 2019

At their Meeting on January 31, 2019, the Planning Commission approved both the revised Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map and a Categorical Exemption pursuant to Section 15332 of the State CEQA Guidelines, for in-fill development projects for the Mockingbird Lane Project. The project is located at 853 4th Street West.  It is a Residential development featuring 20 primary residential units,...

Weather Alert – Storm Inbound Friday, February 1

Posted on February 1, 2019

Sonoma County has issued a weather alert (below), warning of high winds and a short, but intense period of rain for the Sonoma County area beginning Friday afternoon. Free sandbags are now available to City residents at City Hall during normal business hours, limit 10 bags per resident while supplies last. Additional bags are available...

Credit and Debit Card Payments Now Accepted

Posted on February 1, 2019

The City of Sonoma is now accepting credit and debit card payments for all deposits, permits, business licenses, water service and fees for other city services.

Cynthia Tarr Honored at January 29th Reception

Posted on January 31, 2019

"Sonoma is a city that wants you to do what makes you happy...This town applauds that." - Cynthia Tarr, Sonoma's 2019 Treasure Artist A reception to honor Cynthia Tarr, the 2019 City of Sonoma Treasure Artist, was held at the Sonoma Community Center on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019.  The celebratory evening included a presentation of a...

Regular City Council Meeting – February 4

Posted on January 31, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, February 4  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including the Special Closed Session, Presentations and Consent Calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: Study Session on a Local Minimum Wage HEAP Grant Funding...

Public Hearing for Mockingbird Lane Project Scheduled for January 31

Posted on January 24, 2019

At their Meeting on January 22, 2019, the Planning Commission continued the Public Hearing for the Mockingbird Lane Project to January 31, 2019, see the full agenda and staff reportss. The hearing was continued to allow the applicant additional time to prepare exhibits and a revised Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map that addressed comments from the...

Minimum Wage Study Session Scheduled for February 4, 2019

Posted on January 24, 2019

The City will hold a study session at the February 4, 2019, City Council meeting to hear a report on a Minimum Wage Study for the North Bay completed by the UC Berkeley Labor Center.  Visit the Minimum Wage Study page to read the study, general information and reference information. The meeting will start at...

Homeless Count & Phone Survey to Take Place January 25

Posted on January 22, 2019

The Annual Sonoma County Homeless Count and Phone Survey are scheduled to take place on Friday, January 25, 2019. In the early hours of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, more than 150 volunteers will join Community Development Commission staff and paid, homeless guides to conduct a “street count” of people living outside, in all census tracts...

About Town, E-Newsletter Now Available

Posted on January 18, 2019

The latest edition of "About Town," the quarterly E-Newsletter from the City of Sonoma is now available.  Click here to view online to read about the 2019 Honorary Alcaldessa and City Council Reorganization. Check out Sonoma's "City Profile Report," see a list of Upcoming City Meetings, read about the Transient Occupancy Tax Increase that went into...

Deadline to Purchase Tickets to Treasure Artist Reception January 23rd

Posted on January 18, 2019

The deadline to purchase your ticket is next Wednesday (January 23rd)! Don't miss out! See more details about the receptions here. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at City Hall on the second level. For questions, please contact Rita at 707-933-2218. The evening reception honoring Cynthia Tarr will be held at the Sonoma Community...

Martin Luther King Holiday, City Offices Closed January 21

Posted on January 18, 2019

City of Sonoma offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Mockingbird Lane Application for Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map Continued to January 22nd

Posted on January 17, 2019

The application for vesting tentative subdivision map for the Mockingbird Lane project at 853 Fourth Street West returns to the Planning Commission on January 22, 2019. The application was continued at the January 10, 2019, meeting to allow staff time to provide conditions of approval. For additional information about this project, visit the Mockingbird Lane project page or contact the Planning Department:  Call (707)...

Tasting Room Regulation Update

Posted on January 17, 2019

At the January 14, 2019 City Council meeting, direction was given to staff to prepare a draft ordinance regulating wine tasting facilities for consideration by the Planning Commission. The following components will be included in a draft ordinance: Create a new conditional use permit process for all new tasting rooms including new regulatory parameters: The Planning...

Liam Lane Application Continued to February 21, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

The application for a Tentative Parcel Map to subdivide a 0.67-Acre Lot into Four Lots with the location of 249 First Street West was continued from the November 8, 2018, Planning Commission meeting to allow the applicant time to address comments from the Planning Commission. The project was continued to January 10, 2019, to allow...

City Staff Monitoring Flood Warnings

Posted on January 16, 2019

Flood Warnings are in place for the Sonoma area for the evening of January 16; check Nixle for the most recent updates.  City staff is actively monitoring the situation and will continue to do so.  There is some localized flooding on 1st St. West north of Spain St., and City crews are responding. For emergencies,...
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