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Sonoma County Launches Business Stabilization Grant Program

Posted on September 25, 2020

Small businesses in Sonoma County with between 1 and 30 employees will be able to apply for between $2,500 and $15,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to use towards expenses including payroll, utilities, rent or mortgage expenses. The application window opens September 28th and closes on October 19th. Recipients will be notified by the end of...
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Keep Sonoma Safe! Always Remember your Face Covering.

Posted on September 25, 2020

Help keep Sonoma safe! Always carry a cloth face covering with you when you leave home. Have it visible at all times, and put it on when others are nearby. Many people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, but they can still infect others. Wearing a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth helps prevent...
Red Flag Warning

Red Flag Warning for North Bay Mountains Saturday, 9pm – Monday, 8am

Posted on September 25, 2020

The US National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains beginning Saturday (9/26) at 9:00 PM to Monday (9/28) at 8:00 AM. A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the highest...
Election 2020 Ballot Measure Information for Sonoma City Voters

Four Measures on Ballot for Voters in City of Sonoma

Posted on September 24, 2020

Sonoma voters will be able to weigh in on four local ballot measures in the November 2020 election. Three of these measures were placed on the ballot by the City Council, and one by a citizens initiative. Information on each measure, including ballot documents, additional background, and/or frequently asked questions, can be found on the...
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Reductions, Reassignments, and Reserves: City Budgeting in the time of COVID-19

Posted on September 24, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic is significantly impacting City revenues along with the local economy, the City’s focus is on supporting the community throughout this public health and economic crisis, while setting a flexible course of action for funding City services. Key revenues like hotel taxes are being closely monitored, and the City’s financial reserves or...
Legal Aid of Sonoma County

Legal Aid Sonoma County Resources to Help Navigate New COVID-19 Protection for Tenants

Posted on September 24, 2020

Legal Aid of Sonoma County has created resources to help explain the new COVID-19 protections for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to economic impacts from COVID-19. These resources are designed to help Sonoma County tenants and landlords navigate a new state law, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020, which prohibits evictions...
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Sonoma County amends Health Order following changes to state framework for reopening

Posted on September 23, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma. En Español Sonoma County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, today issued an amended health order to align the existing local health order with the state's revised framework for reopening. The amendment to the Stay Well Sonoma County Health Order (C19-15), which was originally adopted...
Book Donations

Book Donations at Sonoma Valley Regional Library Resume By Appointment Only

Posted on September 23, 2020

The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce that book donations will be accepted on a limited basis, by APPOINTMENT ONLY, beginning Sunday, September 27th at the Sonoma Valley Regional Library No donations will be accepted without an appointment. To make an appointment, call Tony Pisacane at 415-987-9026 and leave a message.
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Napa Sonoma ADU Center Offers Feasibility Consultations

Posted on September 18, 2020

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also commonly known as in-law units, granny flats, or secondary units, can play an important role in adding cost-effective affordable rental housing, as well as providing a source of income for homeowners. If you are interested in adding an ADU to your property, consider contacting the Napa Sonoma ADU Center for...
City Council Meeting, September 21st

City Council Meeting – September 21st, 6:00 PM

Posted on September 18, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Policy for Approval and Acceptance of Memorials and Donated Improvements Make an Appointment of the Non-Voting Youth...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Free Coronavirus Testing at Altimira September 19th, 2 – 4 PM

Posted on September 16, 2020

En Español The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is offering FREE Coronavirus testing at Altimira Middle School this Saturday. Getting a test and learning the results help you, your family, your co-workers and the community stay safe. No appointment, no ID, no social security number, no medical insurance required. Test results are confidential...
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All Residents are Encouraged to Complete 2020 Census by Sept. 30

Posted on September 14, 2020

Leer en español Sonoma County is encouraging all residents to complete the 2020 Census by the deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The census is an integral part of the U.S. Constitution, a process for counting the entire population of the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the...
City Public Works Staff Installing a New Directional Parking Sign on the Plaza.

New Parking Directional Signs Installed

Posted on September 11, 2020

Finding public parking areas in the City of Sonoma just got a little easier. City Public Works staff installed new highly visible parking directional signs to replaced faded signs in the downtown area this week in response to concerns that the existing signs were hard to see.  The new signs are retroreflective and consistent with...
A Regional Comparison of Sonoma County’s COVID-19 Statistics

Special Presentation on COVID-19 in Sonoma County

Posted on September 11, 2020

Last week, Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase provided a special presentation on COVID-19. Watch a recording of this update on the County of Sonoma YouTube channel to learn more about the State's new four-tier structure for reducing COVID-19, how Sonoma County compares to other regions and what we can do to Slow the Spread of...
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Construction Beginning Soon on Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project

Posted on September 9, 2020

Construction of the Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project is scheduled to begin next week on September 14, 2020. The Project will reduce the risk of flooding for homes and businesses along First Street West and improve safety for people traveling along First Street West during storms, while retaining an open drainage channel...
City Council Meeting, September 9th

City Council Meeting – September 9th

Posted on September 7, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and the Celebrate Sonoma recognition of Norah Collins on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Award a Conditional Certificate to SOSPARC LLC, that...
red flag warning, 10pm monday - 8am wednesday

Red Flag Warning 10 PM Monday – 8 AM Wednesday / Flex Alert in Effect

Posted on September 7, 2020

Red Flag Warning Monday Night - Wednesday Morning The US National Weather Service has upgraded the Fire Weather Watch for the North Bay Mountains to a Red Flag Warning due to hot and dry conditions combined with increasing offshore winds starting at 10:00 PM Monday through 8:00 AM Wednesday. A Red Flag Warning means that...
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District 1 Constituents Invited to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Posted on September 4, 2020

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites community members to apply for positions in local policymaking bodies. Applications and a list of all boards, commissions, and committees to which the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appoints members is available here. The vacancy list on the site shows available opportunities for involvement. “Local government leaders want to hear...
Norah Collins Day is September 9th

Celebrate Sonoma! “Norah Collins Day” is September 9th

Posted on September 3, 2020

The next person to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Norah Collins who, in 2012, began the “prayer shawl ministry” at Trinity Episcopal Church where Mrs. Collins leads a group of women who knit or crochet shawls and blankets for people who are ill or otherwise suffering.  The completed shawls...
Beat the Heat!

Excessive Heat Warning, Flex Alert This Holiday Weekend

Posted on September 3, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning effective Saturday at 11:00 AM - Monday at 9:00 PM. There are a number of ways to prepare and protect yourself and others from the impacts of Heat including: Reduce outdoor activities in the afternoon, Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water, Apply sunscreen regularly,...
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