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Three newly elected City Council Members to be sworn in Dec. 7th

Posted on December 2, 2022

The City of Sonoma is scheduled to welcome three newly elected City Council Members to the dias this week after the City was notified on Friday, December 2nd that the results of Sonoma County’s November 8th municipal election had been certified. The County officially declared that Patricia Farrar-Rivas, John Gurney, and Ron Wellander have been elected...
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City Council Meeting & City Council Reorganization – December 7th, 6:00PM

Posted on December 2, 2022

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 6:00 pm.  The full agenda and staff reports including items on the consent calendar and public hearing items can be found on our CivicWeb Portal. The swearing-in of three new Council Members, the recognition of three outgoing Council Members, and City Council...
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City Announces Lieutenant Brandon Cutting as New Chief Of Police

Posted on December 2, 2022

The City of Sonoma announced today the selection of Lieutenant Brandon Cutting as the City's new Chief of Police, effective December 6, 2022. An 18-year veteran of the Sonoma County Sherriff’s Department, Brandon Cutting was the top pick following an internal recruitment process. The Sheriff’s Office has provided contract law enforcement services to City of...
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Temporary Extreme Weather Warming Shelter Open Tonight 7pm – 9am Saturday

Posted on December 2, 2022

En español  >> The City of Sonoma and County of Sonoma will open a temporary extreme weather warming center again tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Building in Sonoma. Based on freezing temperatures forecasted by the National Weather Service, the center will remain open through Saturday morning at 9 a.m. The warming center...
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Temporary warming center at Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building open Dec. 1st

Posted on December 1, 2022

En español  >> The following is a joint press release from the City of Sonoma and County of Sonoma The City of Sonoma and County of Sonoma have partnered to open a temporary extreme weather warming center tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Sonoma Veterans Building in Sonoma. Based on freezing temperatures forecasted by the...
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Think Local First – Shop Sonoma this Holiday Season

Posted on November 22, 2022

With the holiday season upon us, it's more important than ever to “think local first” when tackling our shopping lists. When you support small, locally-owned businesses, you support Sonoma. For every dollar spent on taxable goods, 1½ cents goes to essential city services like police, fire, parks, and roads. Furthermore, dollars spent locally recirculate in...
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Application Period for City Commissions & Committees Closes Dec. 16th

Posted on November 22, 2022

DEADLINE: 5:00 PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022 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 focusing on key issues within Sonoma and to then provide feedback, recommendations, and support to the Council on...
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Planning Commission Continues Public Draft Parking Management Plan to Dec. 15th

Posted on November 22, 2022

The City's Planning Commission discussed the Public Draft Parking Management Plan (Plan) at their November 17th meeting (watch a recording) and continued the item to their December 15th meeting. The item is being continued to allow City staff and W-Trans to research and incorporate recommendations made by the commission. Staff will then take the plan with any...
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Sonoma City Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted on November 21, 2022

Sonoma City offices will be closed Thursday, November 24th, and Friday, November 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.  
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Happy Mary and Paul Favaro Day!

Posted on November 16, 2022

The next people to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Mary and Paul Favaro who are being recognized for thier work with Sonoma Splash which resulted in the construction of the Aquatic Center at the Sonoma Valley High School that opened to the public in October 2022.  City Council will...
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City Council Adopts the 2022 California Building Standards Code with Amendments – Becomes Effective on January 1, 2023

Posted on November 14, 2022

At their meeting on November 2, 2022, the Sonoma City Council adopted an ordinance amending and adopting the 2022 California Building Standards Code.  The California Building Standards Code is made up of 12 parts containing various construction codes consisting of building, residential, plumbing, mechanical, electrical energy, fire, historical, existing buildings and green building regulations and...
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City Council Meeting – November 16th, 6:00 PM

Posted on November 11, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, November 16th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda, including a special  "Celebrate Sonoma" recognition of Mary and Paul Favaro for their work with Sonoma Splash which resulted in the construction of the Aquatic Center at the Sonoma Valley High School, additional...
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New Sonoma Minimum Wage Rates effective January 1, 2023

Posted on November 9, 2022

Starting January 1, 2023, the minimum wage rate in the City of Sonoma is $17.00/hour for large employers (26 or more employees) and $16.00/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...
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Celebrate Sonoma! “Mary and Paul Favaro Day” is November 16th, 2022

Posted on November 8, 2022

The next people to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Mary and Paul Favaro who are being recognized for thier work with Sonoma Splash which resulted in the construction of the Aquatic Center at the Sonoma Valley High School that opened to the public in October 2022.  City Council will...
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UPDATED – City Announces the Opening of Application Period for City Commissions & Committees 2022

Posted on November 7, 2022

DEADLINE:  5:00PM FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022 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 focusing on key issues within Sonoma and to then provide feedback, recommendations, and support to the Council on those...
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