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Application Period Extended for City Commissions & Committees

Posted on January 9, 2018

The City of Sonoma has extended the deadline to submit an application for one of its Commissions and Committees. New deadline - 5:00 p.m. January 22, 2018. Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve our on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions and committees are charged with...

Sonoma County Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall January 13

Posted on January 8, 2018

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the County of Sonoma, and City of Santa Rosa will all come together for a Recovery & Rebuilding Town Hall Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Santa Rosa High School Gymnasium at 1235 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa....

Please Join Us in Honoring Barbara McElroy, 2018 Treasure Artist

Posted on January 5, 2018

Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission was pleased to announce that the Treasure Artist for 2018 is local teacher, conductor, and musician Barbara McElroy. Please join us in honoring Ms. McElroy at a reception in her honor on January 23, 2018 at the Sonoma Valley Woman’s Club, 574 First St East, Sonoma, beginning at 6:00...

Closure of Disaster Recovery Center in Sonoma Valley on December 28

Posted on December 26, 2017

The Sonoma County Disaster Recover Centers will be open December 26-28 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and then will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 28. DRCs are jointly run by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Representatives from Cal OES, FEMA, the U.S....

Barbara McElroy chosen as the 2018 Treasure Artist

Posted on December 26, 2017

Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Treasure Artist for 2018 is local teacher, conductor, and musician Barbara McElroy. In selecting Ms. McElroy, the Commission noted that her contributions to the musical life of Sonoma Valley as a teacher, conductor, and musician are significant both in the educational arena and...

On the Agenda for the City Council meeting of December 18

Posted on December 17, 2017

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held on Monday, December 18 at 6 pm.  View the full agenda and staff reports here. Agenda items include: Approving acceptance of a Habitat Conservation Fund grant for the Overlook Trail, and associated implementation. Discussion and possible action on a request by Councilmember Harrington for a study...

Applications Open for City Commissions & Committees

Posted on December 14, 2017

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 to then provide feedback,  recommendations and support to the City Council on those issues. Earlier...

Altamira Apartment Project Approval Appealed

Posted on December 12, 2017

At its meeting of November 9, 2017, the Planning Commission held a public hearing on the project and approved the use permit.  Since that time, an appeal has been received.  It is anticipated that the appeal of the Planning Commission decision on this project will be heard by the City Council in early 2018.

Local Organizations Seek to Document Fire Experience

Posted on December 11, 2017

Two local organizations are working to document the 2017 firestorm and its effect on the Sonoma Valley community. The Sonoma Valley Historical Society is planning a long-range initiative to document the effect of the fires on the people, structures, and businesses of Sonoma Valley, called ‘The Sonoma Fire Project.’ Physical materials, photographs, and interviews with...

Sonoma Valley GSA Advisory Committee Application Period Re-Opens

Posted on December 6, 2017

SONOMA VALLEY GSA – ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN The application period has been extended until 12:00 p.m. Monday December 11, 2017. The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SV GSA) is a newly formed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Sonoma Valley groundwater basin. The agency has a governing...

2017 Slurry Seal Project Completed

Posted on December 6, 2017

On July 17, 2017, the City Council accepted the bids and awarded the 2017 Citywide Slurry Seal Project (No. 1701) contract to American Asphalt Repair and Resurfacing Co., Inc. with an authorized construction amount (with contingency) of $149,015.74. The work generally involved street surface treatment (slurry seal) for nineteen (19) streets throughout the City. Specifically,...

City Council Meeting – December 4, 2017

Posted on December 1, 2017

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be held at 6 pm on Monday, December 4th (preceded by a closed session meeting at 5 pm).  See the agenda and staff reports here and also link to the live stream video. Key items on the agenda include: Mayor/Vice Mayor Selection Process Presentations to Outgoing Planning Commissioners...

Nominate Sonoma’s 2018 Honorary Alcalde

Posted on November 30, 2017

The City of Sonoma is once again seeking nominations from the public for the 2018 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). Alcaldes in California came about through the rise of the...

La Luz offers Fire Relief Financial Assistance

Posted on November 28, 2017

La Luz Center, with a grant from Redwood Credit Union, is currently offering financial assistance and support services to Sonoma County residents that suffered economic hardship caused by the 2017 North Bay fires.  Economic hardship includes, but is not limited to, loss of income and/or loss of housing. Criteria for assistance includes:                Verifiable* economic hardship...

Update on 2017 Street Rehabilitation & Water Services Replacement Project

Posted on November 27, 2017

The “Water Services Replacement” portion of the project was completed this summer as planned.  The “Street Rehabilitation” portion of the project was scheduled for completion in October; that work schedule was impacted by the firestorm.  When City staff analyzed the impact of fire-related delays on project construction, it was concluded that it would be better...

Special October Fires Water Bill Adjustment

Posted on November 27, 2017

On Monday, November 20, City Council adopted a special October fires water bill adjustment. The October fires impacted the Sonoma area in many ways. Some City of Sonoma water customers responded to the fire threat by applying water to their property to reduce their fire risk. Others evacuated and returned home to find that a...

City Council Meeting – November 20, 2017

Posted on November 20, 2017

See the agenda here and also link to the live stream video. Key Items include: - Updating regulations regarding vacation rentals - Short-term measures addressing housing loss and displacement resulting from the October fires - Actions to initiate a 2018 Water Rate Study - Planning commissioner appointments - Water bill adjustments upon customer request to address above-normal usage...

Community “Gratitude Gathering” set for Saturday

Posted on November 16, 2017

Gratitude, recognition, community – and love – are the themes underlying a post-fire civic ceremony planned for this Saturday on the Plaza. “The Love In The Air” Community Gratitude Gathering will begin at 4 p.m., just prior to the annual Lighting of the Plaza event. In addition to comments by public safety leaders, there will...

Two Apartment Projects Approved by Planning Commission

Posted on November 16, 2017

Two new apartment projects in Sonoma took a step forward last week, with use permits approved by the Planning Commission. When completed, these projects will add a total of 54 affordable rental units and 24 market rate rental units to Sonoma’s housing stock. The Altamira Apartments on Broadway is a 48-unit affordable housing project that in...

Parent Project classes come to Sonoma Valley

Posted on November 14, 2017

A new program to assist parents of teens is being brought to the Valley by the City of Sonoma’s Youth & Family Services program. The Parent Project is a 10-week program specifically for parents of strong-willed, out-of-control children and adolescents, ages 11-18.  The program is designed to give parents concrete, concise tools to change negative behavior. Parents...
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