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Latest News Posts

Alternative Trails – Sonoma Overlook Trail Closure

Posted on July 11, 2018

While the Sonoma Overlook Trail is closed, the Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards suggest these nearby alternatives: Mountain Cemetery, see map at the Overlook trailhead kiosk or download Montini Open Space Preserve, Trailhead at Fourth Street West near Haraszthy; and behind the Field of Dreams (adjacent to the police station parking lot). Free Community Hike led by Jeni Nichols...

2018 Water Rate Update – Proposed Rate Increases

Posted on July 9, 2018

Notices concerning proposed water rate increases were sent to City water customers and property owners last week. The City of Sonoma is subject to the California Water Code and Proposition 218 and is required to charge its customers only the cost to serve water. In January 2018, the City hired Raftelis to prepare a detailed...

Sonoma Cheese Factory Appeal Set for July 30th

Posted on July 9, 2018

Following approval by the Planning Commission at the meeting of April 12, 2018, an appeal of the mitigated negative declaration and use permit for the Sonoma Cheese Factory was filed. This appeal has been scheduled for hearing by the City Council on July 30th, 2018.

Workshop #4 – Water Rate Structure Draft Study and Proposed Rates Workshop

Posted on July 5, 2018

The City of Sonoma’s fourth and final Water Rate Study workshop was held with City Council on Monday, June 25th, 2018.  The primary purpose of this workshop was to present a draft Water Rate Study report which included an updated Financial Plan , the proposed rate structure, and the corresponding proposed water rates for the...

City Seeks Candidates for Accounting Technician Position

Posted on July 5, 2018

ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN – City of Sonoma ($59,774-$72,655 per year) Immediate opening for a full-time Accounting Technician. Performs a variety of complex and technical accounting functions in one or more assigned areas, including payroll, utility billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, business licenses, and/or cash entries and deposits; provides technical support to the Deputy Finance Director and/or...

National Parks & Recreation Month – July 2018

Posted on July 2, 2018

The City of Sonoma is celebrating Park and Recreation Month this July. In accordance with the tradition of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), City staff and community services partners were recognized at the City Council Meeting on June 21, 2018, when Mayor Agrimonti proclaimed the Month of July “National Park and Recreation Month.” The proclamation was...

New Sonoma Police Chief Announced – Lieutenant Orlando Rodriguez

Posted on June 29, 2018

Sonoma City Manager Cathy Capriola is pleased to announce that Sonoma County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Orlando Rodriguez will be the new Police Chief for the Sonoma Police Department. He will start on July 17, 2018, immediately following the retirement of current Chief Bret Sackett. Details regarding his swearing-in ceremony will be released at a later time....

Council Action Recap – June 25 2018

Posted on June 27, 2018

The Council Action Recap captures the actions taken by the City Council at their meeting. If you would like to view the video of the meeting you can do so on the City’s CivicWeb Portal.

2017 Water Quality Report Now Available

Posted on June 26, 2018

The 2017 Water Quality Report is now available.  View the report online or pick up a pamphlet at Sonoma City Hall, No.1 Sonoma Plaza, Open Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.

Sonoma Police Arrest Two Suspects in Safeway Burglary – June 24

Posted on June 25, 2018

The following is a report detailing two arrests made in connection with a Burglary that occurred June 24, 2018 at the Safeway in Sonoma.  The information was prepared by Sergeant Jeff Toney with the Sonoma Police Department, Case #SOP 18-0000739. On June 24, 2018 at approximately 9:30 pm, Sonoma Police Department deputies were dispatched to an in-progress theft...

UPDATE: Sidewalk Trip Hazard Repair Maintenance Work June 25 & 26

Posted on June 25, 2018

UPDATE - Precision Concrete Cutting (PCC) will be continuing their work on Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th. There was some remaining budget that they will be using to finish more of the remaining work on Phase 5. PCC will be working along 5th Street West, Hayes Street, and 4th Street West as funding...

Council Action Recap – June 21 2018

Posted on June 25, 2018

The Council Action Recap captures the actions taken by the City Council at their meeting. If you would like to view the video of the meeting you can do so on the City’s CivicWeb Portal.

City Council Meeting – June 25 2018

Posted on June 22, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 18 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Calling of the Election and Requesting Consolidation Adoption of the Cost Allocation Plan Adoption of the Proposed FY...

Workshop #3 – Water Rate Structure and Preliminary Fee Workshop

Posted on June 22, 2018

On June 4, 2018, a third Water Rate Study workshop was held with Sonoma City Council. This workshop also included a report on the recently completed Cost Allocation Plan (CAP) study, as the findings from the CAP feed directly into the Financial Plan portion of the Water Rate Study. The CAP study was completed to...

Sonoma Overlook Trail Closed until mid-September 2018

Posted on June 17, 2018

The extensive rehabilitation project to make a more sustainable Sonoma Overlook Trail is set to begin June 17, 2018, during which time the trail will be closed to the public until mid-September 2018. See a map of the closure area and a detailed trail map of the neighboring Montini Preserve hiking trails. The public is invited to...

FY 2018/19 Proposed Budget Documents

Posted on June 15, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: THE MEETING WILL START AT 4:00PM.  The FY 2018/19 proposed budget documents are now available to view and download on the City's Budget page. The City Council will hold a budget workshop to review, discuss and provide initial direction to staff on the proposed FY 18/19 City of Sonoma Operating and Capital Improvement...

City Council Meeting – June 18

Posted on June 15, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 18 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Review of the Proposed FY 2018/19 Operating and Capital Budget The meeting will be held at City Council...

Sheep Grazing at Montini Preserve

Posted on June 14, 2018

A flock of sheep is scheduled to begin grazing 18 acres of the Montini Preserve beginning the week of June 20, 2018 and will continue for 4-6 weeks. The intensively managed sheep grazing will mow the vegetation in the designated areas (see map) and are expected to reduce fuel loads by 80% or greater. Herding dogs will...

Family Bike Workshop – July 14

Posted on June 14, 2018

Family Bike Workshops are for families with kids learning to ride on the road. Families will learn to safely navigate the streets in a variety of situations through fun, skill building activities and an instructional neighborhood ride. TOPICS COVERED: Lane positioning and riding in the same direction as cars on the road Intersection right-of-way and...

Application Deadline Extended for Volunteer “Youth” Commissioner

Posted on June 14, 2018

The City of Sonoma announces an extension of the application period for one "Youth" member on the Community Service & Environment Commission - CSEC. COMMUNITY SERVICES & ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION – The Community Services & Environment Commission advises the City Council on matters related to the preservation and enhancement of parks, recreational facilities, open space and...
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