News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

City Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

Sonoma City Offices Closed Monday, May 27th

Posted on May 24, 2019

City of Sonoma offices will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day.
1121 Broadway Housing Project

Housing Project at 1211 Broadway Proposed

Posted on May 23, 2019

CORRECTION! The street number for the 1211 Broadway Housing Project recently posted to the City's website was incorrectly listed as 1121 Broadway. The address has been changed to the correct street number (1211). We apologize for any confusion this may have caused! ------------------------------------- The City of Sonoma Planning Department has received Planned Unit Development, Tentative...
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City Council Gives Direction for Local Minimum Wage Ordinance

Posted on May 23, 2019

At their May 20th Meeting, the Sonoma City Council discussed and gave direction to staff to prepare a draft ordinance to create a local minimum wage with the following wage rates and components. Consumer Price Index (CPI) Inflator — Use Pacific Region CPI with a cap of 3.5%. Health Care Credit — Provide a health care...
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Creation of a Housing Trust Fund & Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Fee Waiver Extension to be Considered at May 20th City Council Meeting

Posted on May 17, 2019

In accordance with the goals and priorities established by the City Council, several major policy decisions and other key initiatives are part of the current workplan.  Two items relating the Key Initiative, "Housing Opportunities and Strategies," will be considered by the City Council at their regular meeting on Monday, May 20th. The two items to...
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First Reading of Local Minimum Wage Ordinance to be Considered at May 20th City Council Meeting

Posted on May 17, 2019

On May 6, 2019, the City Council received an update regarding a local minimum wage from City staff and a recommendation from the Council Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee (Mayor Harrington and Vice Mayor Harvey) regarding a proposal for a local minimum wage.  The City Council heard public testimony and then discussed policy options and alternatives. The City Council...
City Council Meeting - May 20

City Council Meeting – May 20

Posted on May 17, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, May 20  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including presentations from Supervisor Susan Gorin and Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority as well as items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular...
Sonoma Police Department Citizens Academy Now Accepting Applications

Sonoma PD Now Accepting Applications for Citizens Academy | June 10 – Aug 14

Posted on May 17, 2019

Join your neighbors and community leaders for an informative and interactive opportunity to learn about the Sonoma Police Department! Learn about… Communications Patrol Procedures Crime Prevention Criminal Law Police Ethics The Correctional System Investigations And much more! Tours include: County Jail – Main Adult Detention Facility Sonoma Police Department Sheriff’s Main Office Participants will gain...
Housing Our Community Town Hall Series

DISCUSS, Housing Experts Panel is today! May 16th, 6PM

Posted on May 16, 2019

Join us for the second "Housing our Community" Town Hall, DISCUSS, Housing Experts Panel, Thursday, May 16th at Vintage House in Sonoma. The schedule for DISCUSS is as follows: 6:00 Town Hall #1 Highlights 6:15 Moderated Panel Begins 7:30 Public Q+A 8:00 End Light refreshments and childcare for school-age children will be provided. Reservations, though...
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City Council Direction on Proposed Local Minimum Wage Ordinance

Posted on May 10, 2019

On May 6, 2019, the City Council received an update regarding a local minimum wage from City staff and a recommendation from the Council Ad-Hoc Sub-Committee (Mayor Harrington and Vice Mayor Harvey) regarding a proposal for a local minimum wage.  The City Council heard public testimony and then discussed policy options and alternatives.  The City...
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City-wide Road Sign Safety Audit Begins Monday, May 13

Posted on May 10, 2019

GHD Inc., a consultant retained by the City, will be conducting an assessment of the road signs throughout the City over the next few weeks, starting Monday, May 13, 2019. This is a part of a City-wide safety audit, and it involves checking the reflectance of regulatory, warning, and guide signs. The consultant team is...
Attention: Water Rate Change July 1

City of Sonoma Water Rate Change Effective July 1

Posted on May 9, 2019

At the August 20, 2018 meeting, the City Council and the City of Sonoma adopted new water rates. Per the adopted resolution, the current rate schedule went into effect on September 1, 2018. The second scheduled rate change is effective July 1, 2019, and will be reflected on the August 2019 water statement. See more information...
Housing Our Community Town Hall Series

Panelists Announced for Housing Our Community Town Hall – May 16

Posted on May 9, 2019

The “DISCUSS, Housing Experts Panel” is the second Town Hall in "Housing Our Community" Town Hall Series. This session will feature a moderated panel discussion with experts who build and finance affordable and market rate housing – with a focus on practical, real world examples.  The panel discussion will be followed by a moderated Question...
2019 Student Creative Artist Award Recipient

Adrienne “Adie” Valavanis Recieves 2019 Student Artist Award

Posted on May 8, 2019

Each year the Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission conducts the Student Creative Arts Award program soliciting entries from Sonoma Valley residents between the age of sixteen and twenty-one who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Applicants must submit a portfolio of their work and an essay explaining the role art has played in...

Reminder – Minimum Wage Consideration

Posted on May 3, 2019

At their meeting of May 6, 2019, the City Council will be considering terms and provisions of a Minimum Wage Ordinance. The meeting will begin at 6:00pm. To review late public correspondence received regarding this item, visit the corresponding Key Initiatives page.
Take the second Housing Our Community Survey

Take the Second “Housing Our Community” Survey!

Posted on May 2, 2019

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW! Increasing housing prices, changing household needs and constrained housing supply are challenges facing the City of Sonoma (City) along with other Bay Area and surrounding Sonoma County communities.  Based on increasing concern over this dilemma, the City Council contracted with Healdsburg based UrbanGreen, Inc to develop a community education and engagement...
City Council Meeting, May 6, 2019

City Council Meeting – May 6

Posted on May 2, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, May 6  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including presentations and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: A Request by Mayor Harrington and Vice Mayor...
City of Sonoma Single Use Plastics Ban at Events in Sonoma Plaza and Depot Park

City Bans Single Use Plastics at Events Held in the Plaza and Depot Park

Posted on May 1, 2019

At their meeting on September 5, 2018, the City Council voted to implement a ban on the use of Single Use Plastic at events held at the Sonoma Plaza and Depot Park. Council approved this ban to go in effect for all 2019 events. The purpose of the ban is to reduce the amount of...
Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management & Weed Abatement

Posted on May 1, 2019

As spring wildflowers and annual grasses dry, it's time to think about Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement.  Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement play a critical role in reducing potential fire hazards and is especially important this year as above-average rainfall has resulted in high annual grass growth. The Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority's (SVFRA)...
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UPDATE: TEST Message for Auto Notification Email System

Posted on April 29, 2019

TESTING FOR CORRECTIONS...This is a test of the e-news automatic notification system for the City of Sonoma for the following categories: Planning Department Cannabis Regulation Housing Strategies Minimum Wage Study
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Commerical Cannabis Update

Posted on April 25, 2019

On March 4th and April 15th, the City Council provided guidance and direction on the preparation of Ordinances and  Resolutions needed to amend the Municipal Code to allow commercial cannabis businesses to operate within the City. The City Council reviewed proposed buffer maps near sensitive uses and a permitting process that will allow up to...
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