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Serve your community on a City commission or committee

Posted on February 16, 2024

Public involvement is crucial to the City’s decision-making process and appointed advisory bodies in the form of commissions and committees are an important and valued part of our City government. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and then providing feedback, recommendations, and support to Sonoma City Council on those...
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City of Sonoma Opens Applications for Commissions and Committees Following Recent Policy Updates (Press Release)

Posted on February 16, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF Sonoma, CA - February 16, 2024 --- The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce the commencement of the application period for various commissions and committees following the recent updates to the Commission & Committee Appointment Process. At their meeting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, the City Council...
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Congratulations to Wayne Schake, the 2024 City of Sonoma Alcalde!

Posted on February 16, 2024

The City of Sonoma is thrilled to announce Wayne (William) Schake as our 2024 Honorary Alcalde. Unveiled during the recent City Council Meeting on February 7th, Schake's selection is a testament to his exceptional commitment and outstanding contributions to the community. A veteran of the Air Force, Schake has left an indelible mark on Sonoma...
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City of Sonoma Honors Wayne Schake as the 2024 Alcalde

Posted on February 16, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF Sonoma, CA - February 16, 2024 - The City of Sonoma proudly announces Wayne (William) Schake as the 2024 Honorary Alcalde, recognizing his unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions to the community. The announcement was made during the City Council Meeting on February 7th, where Mayor John Gurney shared...
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Weather Awareness: Another Round of Rainstorms Expected this Weekend

Posted on February 15, 2024

According to the most recent update from the National Weather Service, the Bay Area is expected to encounter another round of storms during the upcoming weekend. Although the winds are not projected to be as destructive as those witnessed earlier this month on February 4th, the saturated ground raises the potential for nuisance flooding, fallen...
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Prescribed Burns in Montini Preserve Starting February 20th

Posted on February 14, 2024

Starting February 20, 2024, and continuing periodically through April, Sonoma Ecology Center in collaboration with the City of Sonoma will be conducting controlled pile burns at the Montini Open Space Preserve in Sonoma. While the park will remain open, some trails may be impacted, so please observe closure signs. Proposed Dates: February 21, 22 March...
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Attention High School Juniors & Senior Artists! Apply for the 2024 Student Creative Arts Award with a Chance to Win Up to $2,000!

Posted on February 13, 2024

The City of Sonoma's Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) has officially opened the doors for submissions to the 2024 Student Creative Artist Award. Geared towards high school juniors and seniors within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District boundary, the award aims to recognize and support students displaying exceptional promise in visual, literary, or performing...
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City of Sonoma seeks entries for 2024 Student Creative Artist Award (Press Release)

Posted on February 9, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF SONOMA, CA - February 9, 2024 --- The City of Sonoma (City) Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) announced this week that they are now accepting entries for the 2024 Student Creative Arts Award Program. This award program is open to high school juniors and seniors who reside...
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Last Call, Public Input Online Questionnaire Closes February 9th

Posted on February 8, 2024

We want your input! Have you taken the Online Questionnaire for the General Plan Update yet? We invite you to share your valuable insights on crucial community issues by completing the Public Input Online Questionnaire for the General Plan Update. Act now to ensure your perspective is included. The questionnaire closes this Friday, February 9th....
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New City Council Chamber Art Exhibit: Sweetwater Spectrum

Posted on February 7, 2024

The City of Sonoma Cultural & Fine Arts Commission is delighted to announce the latest installment of the Sonoma City Council Chambers Rotating Art Program, featuring an exhibit from Sweetwater Spectrum. This exhibition showcases a collection of artworks created by residents of Sweetwater Spectrum, an organization founded in 2013 with the mission to provide adults...
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Weather Awareness: Another Round of Rain, Wind Expected this Weekend

Posted on February 2, 2024

The National Weather Service reports that another storm will impact the Bay Area this weekend, with the region under both a Flood Watch from late afternoon Saturday - Monday morning and a Wind Advisory from Saturday morning - Monday morning.  The City of Sonoma is forecast to receive 2 - 3" of rain beginning Saturday...
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Winter Energy-Saving Tips for Lower Electricity Bills

Posted on February 2, 2024

With winter barely halfway through and electricity rates continuing to climb, it's essential to find practical ways to offset the increased energy costs. Here are five effective strategies to help you cut down on energy consumption and keep your bills in check during the chilly season: Seal Out the Cold: A drafty home can lead...
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General Plan Update: Task Force Meeting Feb. 6th, Jan. 29th Workshop Recording & Online Questionnaire Closing Feb. 9th

Posted on February 2, 2024

General Plan Task Force Meeting – February 6th, 5:00 PM The next General Plan Update Task Force is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m. in the City’s Emergency Operations Center, located at 117 First St W.  See the agenda for the February 6th meeting on our CivicWeb Portal. Per the Americans...
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Discuss the strengths, issues, opportunities, and YOUR vision for Sonoma through 2045 at Monday’s Community Workshop

Posted on January 26, 2024

The City of Sonoma has embarked on a process to update the City's General Plan, serving as a guiding document for the city’s long-term growth and development. The General Plan addresses a range of crucial community topics, including land use, housing, economic development, transportation, parks and recreation, public safety, and more. We need your help...
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City of Sonoma Announces 2024 Treasure Artist Reception in Honor of Victor Ferrer (Press Release)

Posted on January 24, 2024

View/Download a PDF of this Press Release in English and Spanish (En español a continuación) Sonoma, CA – January 24, 2024 - The City of Sonoma is delighted to unveil the details of the 2024 Treasure Artist Reception, an event dedicated to honoring Victor Ferrer, the Founder and Executive Director of Grupo Folklórico Quetzalén in...
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