News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Red Flag Warning Starts 10/25

Red Flag Warning & Potential Power Shutoff beginning Sunday (10/25)

Posted on October 23, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning beginning Sunday at 11:00 AM for North Bay Mountains and 8:00 PM for all other locations. Winds are expected to be the strongest of the 2020 fire season with critically dry conditions. While the winds are currently forecasted to be strongest Sunday night into Monday...
Coronavirus Update Sonoma County

More Personal Care Services Now Allowed to Operate Indoors with Modifications

Posted on October 23, 2020

The California Department of Public Health updated its guidelines this week, allowing more personal care services to resume indoor operations with modifications. These services include: Esthetic and skin care services Electrology services Nail services Body art professionals, tattoo parlors, and piercing shops Massage services (in non-healthcare settings) Sonoma County's health order is aligned with the state's Blueprint...
Ballot Drop Box at Sonoma Valley Regional Library

Voters urged to return mail-in ballots early

Posted on October 23, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma With the Nov. 3, 2020, Consolidated General Election rapidly approaching, Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, encourages voters to get their Vote-by-Mail ballots in early. “Many voters like knowing their ballots will be counted and included in the initial wave of election...
ADU Webinar

Free Webinar: Accessory Dwelling Units 101 for Homeowners

Posted on October 23, 2020

Are you a homeowner in Napa or Sonoma Counties? Join the Napa Sonoma ADU Center on Wednesday, October 28th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, to learn about the basics of building Accessory Dwelling Units (aka second units, backyard cottages, granny flats, converted garages) from local experts - including their lessons learned and creative tips! Register for...
Building Department staff

Building Department Team Keeps Up a Steady Pace

Posted on October 23, 2020

Despite pandemic-related restrictions on construction activities, the City’s Building Department team has been very busy in recent months, with Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems among several types of permit applications with a high volume.  Since March, a total of 55 permits for Solar PV and/or battery storage have been issued, with four more currently in plan...
Red Flag Warning

10/21, 2:15PM: Red Flag Warning begins tonight, PSPS not expected to impact City of Sonoma

Posted on October 21, 2020

PG&E is expected to proactively shut off power to parts of Sonoma County, including some customers in Sonoma Valley tomorrow morning, Thursday, October 22nd. At this time, it appears that the City of Sonoma will not be impacted. Look up an address on the PG&E power outage map to see if a particular location is included in...
Red Flag Warning 10/19

Red Flag Warning, Fire Weather Watch & PSPS “Watch” this week

Posted on October 19, 2020

Update 10/20, 10:00 AM - Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is monitoring forecasted high winds and dry conditions due to arrive this week and has begun their advance notifications to customers in areas where PG&E may need to proactively turn off the power. The potential PSPS starting Thursday morning could impact a portion of Sonoma...
Power Shutoff Update

10/16, 3:30PM: Power Restored to City Customers, Red Flag Warning Extended

Posted on October 16, 2020

PG&E has restored power to customers in Sonoma city limits affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event and expects to restore power to all affected Sonoma County customers by 10:00 PM tonight (10/16) - weather and safety permitting. Please refer to PG&E’s PSPS Updates page for the most current outage map and power...
City Council Meeting, October 19

City Council Meeting – October 19th, 6:00PM

Posted on October 16, 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: Verizon Small Cell Sites in Commercial Areas Appeals Update on Progress on Implementing City’s Climate...
Power Shutoff Update

10/15, 3:30 PM : PG&E PSPS Update, Weather Warnings & Flex Alert Issued

Posted on October 15, 2020

PG&E proactively shut off power to parts of the City of Sonoma (City) and Sonoma Valley Wednesday, October 14th. PG&E anticipates power will be restored to customers affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event by 10:00 PM Friday (10/16), weather and safety permitting. Please refer to PG&E’s PSPS Updates page for the most current...
Lisa Janson

Changing Needs, Changing Roles

Posted on October 15, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic has created new and evolving challenges, the talents of City staff are being redeployed to meet the needs of the community.  A good example is Lisa Janson, the City’s part-time Special Event Manager. While a typical year sees Lisa coordinating festivals, farmers markets, and numerous other events held on City property,...
Image of Measure V info sheet

What is Measure V?

Posted on October 15, 2020

Measure V is one of four local ballot measures before voters in the City of Sonoma this election. Sonoma’s Local Sales Tax Sonoma has a voter-approved half-cent (0.50%) local sales tax that helps fund City services.  Sonoma voters first approved this local sales tax in 2012 for five years to preserve City services and help...
Power Shutoff Update

10/14, 12:30 PM – PG&E Planned Power Outage & Community Resource Center Update

Posted on October 14, 2020

PG&E is expected to proactively shut off power to parts of the City of Sonoma (City) and Sonoma Valley this evening, Wednesday, October 14th. Look up an address on the PG&E power outage map to see if a particular location is included in this planned power outage. PG&E has advised that the exact time of...
Official drive thru ballot drop box

Sonoma County Registrar Warns of Unauthorized Ballot Drop Boxes

Posted on October 14, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma. Deva Marie Proto, Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters, is alerting voters that there have been recent reports in California of groups promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes that are not affiliated with county elections offices. In some instances, these groups are promoting their unauthorized ballot...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing at Altimira School 10/17, 2-4 PM

Posted on October 14, 2020

The County of Sonoma is offering free, drive-thru coronavirus testing at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Dr, Sonoma on Saturday, October 17th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Information on how to keep yourself and your family safe and where to access food and financial support is provided if needed. TESTING INFORMATION If you are working...
COVID Rental Assistance Flyer English

COVID-19 Rental Assistance for Sonoma County Renters & Landlords

Posted on October 14, 2020

Rental assistance resources are available for renters and landlords. Who is Eligible? Renter households having trouble paying rent or utilities due to COVID-19 job loss or reduced hours; have a COVID-19 positive exposure or diagnosis. Households must be at, or below, 80% Sonoma County AMI. Landlords who have tenants behind on rent due to COVID-19 job...
Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Celebration Guidelines

County of Sonoma provides guidance for enjoying safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos activities this year

Posted on October 13, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma. En Español. With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, the County is reminding residents to plan ahead and celebrate safely this year by avoiding gatherings. Many traditional holiday activities promote gatherings and mixing of households, which increase the risk of transmitting COVID-19....
7 Day PSPS Potential

PG&E Planned Power Shutoff “WATCH” & Red Flag Warning This Week

Posted on October 13, 2020

UPDATED 10/13, 10:48 AM The National Weather Service has issued a 'Red Flag Warning' due to dry conditions and gusty winds in the North Bay Mountains beginning Wednesday, October 14th at 5:00 AM through Friday, October 16th at 11:00 AM. Due to these conditions, PG&E ‪has raised the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) potential to...
Temporary Parklets and Sidewalk Extensions Guide Cover

Temporary Parklet and Sidewalk Extension Guide now available for local businesses

Posted on October 9, 2020

Sonoma has always valued its small-town character which is supported by small unique businesses, many of which have been homegrown in the Sonoma Valley. Unfortunately, in March of this year, the coronavirus dramatically affected how we live, our public health and the economy. For Sonoma County, State guidance has closed restaurants for indoor dining, increasing...
Drive Thru Flu Clinics

Free, Drive-Thru Flu Shots at Vintage House – October 15th & 22nd, 10 am – 12 noon

Posted on October 9, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center (SVCHC) will be offering flu shots at no cost at a drive-thru Flu Clinics at Vintage House, located at 264 1st St East. The clinics will take place on Thursday, October 15th and Thursday, October 22nd from 10:00 AM - 12:00 NOON. Questions? Call SVCHC at: 939-6070 #112 or...
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