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City of Sonoma to Host Press Conference with the Consulate General of Ukraine to Commemorate Ambulance Donation to Ukraine

Posted on May 23, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF Sonoma, CA – May 23, 2024 - The City of Sonoma will host a press conference on June 6, 2024, to honor the donation of an ambulance filled with vital medical supplies to Ukraine. This humanitarian effort supports Sonoma’s Sister City, Kaniv, and the broader Ukrainian community amidst...
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Section of Sonoma Plaza Park Closed Due to Tree Hazard

Posted on May 23, 2024

For public safety, a portion of the Northeast quadrant of Sonoma Plaza Park near the Bear Flag Statue is temporarily closed. Important Safety Information: A large American Elm in the park has been diagnosed with Oak Root Fungus (Armillaria mellea), a serious condition that compromises the tree's stability. The tree exhibits extensive fungal growth around...
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Temporary Closure of Horseshoe Driveway in Front of Sonoma City Hall May 22, 29 & 30

Posted on May 20, 2024

Please be advised that the horseshoe driveway in front of Sonoma City Hall will be closed to all traffic on the following dates for crosswalk repainting: Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Thursday, May 30, 2024 During these times, those who have business or meetings at City Hall will not be able to...
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Time Correction – Upcoming Task Force Meeting to Discuss Draft Existing Conditions Report for General Plan Update

Posted on May 20, 2024

The City's General Plan Update Task Force will convene on May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the City's Emergency Operations Center. The key item on the agenda is the review of the draft Existing Conditions Report, now available on the General Plan Update website. This comprehensive report covers critical areas including Land Use and Socioeconomics,...
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Upcoming Task Force Meeting to Discuss Draft Existing Conditions Report for General Plan Update

Posted on May 20, 2024

The City's General Plan Update Task Force will convene on May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. in the City's Emergency Operations Center. The key item on the agenda is the review of the draft Existing Conditions Report, now available on the General Plan Update website. This comprehensive report covers critical areas including Land Use and Socioeconomics,...
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Calling All Artists! Submit Your Design for the 2024 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Poster Contest

Posted on May 16, 2024

Get ready for the return of the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Poster Contest, brought to you by The City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance! Don't miss your opportunity to become a part of this beloved tradition. These iconic posters have held a special place in the hearts of...
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Out in the Vineyard and City of Sonoma Announce Second Annual Sonoma Valley PRIDE Celebration (Press Release)

Posted on May 15, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF May 15, 2024 - Sonoma, CA – The City of Sonoma proudly announces the return of Sonoma Valley PRIDE, the second annual celebration honoring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. In collaboration with Out in the Vineyard, this inclusive event invites community members of all...
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Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project – Water Meter Replacements Starting Soon

Posted on May 15, 2024

The City of Sonoma’s AMI project to replace all water meters is moving forward, and the first water meter replacements will start in early June. Customers will receive a postcard about 2-3 weeks before the planned meter replacement. The postcards will be mailed to the address where the meter is located. Customers do not need...

Sonoma’s 4th of July Celebration: Honoring 50 Years of Magic with a Golden Anniversary Fireworks Extravaganza!

Posted on May 10, 2024

We're gearing up for our renowned 4th of July Celebration, organized by the Sonoma Valley Volunteer Firefighters Association. With a legacy of excellence recognized nationally, this year’s festivities promise to be nothing short of magical, as the community comes together to commemorate 50 years of this cherished tradition. Named the eighth best 4th of July...
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Vegetation Management & Weed Abatement

Posted on May 10, 2024

Temperatures are rising, grasses are drying, and fire season is near - it's time to take measures to create defensible space around your home by managing vegetation. Proper Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement play a critical role in reducing potential fire hazards. The Sonoma Valley Fire District's (SVFD) Annual Weed Abatement Program is in full swing...
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Introducing our new Finance Director: Welcoming Prapti Aryal to Sonoma!

Posted on May 9, 2024

Exciting news is on the horizon for Sonoma as we proudly introduce Prapti Aryal, our latest addition to the team as Finance Director. After an exhaustive search, we are delighted to have Prapti on board, bringing with her over eight years of invaluable experience in municipal finance. Prapti's tenure as Finance Director in Clayton showcased...
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City of Sonoma Welcomes Prapti Aryal as New Finance Director (Press Release)

Posted on May 9, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF May 9, 2024 - Sonoma, CA – Following a competitive recruitment process, the City of Sonoma (City) proudly welcomes Prapti Aryal as its new Finance Director. Prapti brings over eight years of progressive experience in municipal finance to her new role, where she will oversee the Department of...
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Celebrate the first Tuesday Night Market of the Season – May 7th, 5 – 8 PM

Posted on May 2, 2024

Join us as we kick off Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market season on May 7th at Sonoma Plaza. The opening program starts at 5:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks, a preview of this season's offerings, and recognition of the 2024 Earth Day Photography Contest winner. Live entertainment, including a Celebration Dance Night for KSVY’s 20th anniversary, begins...
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City of Sonoma Honors Noa Malone with 2024 Student Creative Artist Award

Posted on April 30, 2024

Musician and Violist, Noa Malone has been selected as the recipient of the 2024 Student Creative Artist Award of $2000 by the City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (Commission). Noa was chosen from a pool of nine impressive applicants. The Commission deliberated carefully at their April 25th meeting before unanimously selecting Noa for the award, which recognizes outstanding...
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City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission Selects Noa Malone as Recipient of the 2024 Student Creative Artist Award (Press Release)

Posted on April 30, 2024

View/Download this Press Release as a PDF Sonoma, CA - April 30, 2024 - The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) is proud to announce the recipient of the 2024 Student Creative Artist Award. Noa Malone has been selected for this honor by the CFAC at their special meeting on April 25,...
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