News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Council Action Recap – 03.18.19

Posted on April 22, 2019

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.
Happy Earth Day 2019

Happy Earth Day!

Posted on April 18, 2019

Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet's environment. From wildflower hikes to creek cleanups and harvest markets, there are lots of ways to celebrate our special spot on the planet, the City of Sonoma! Download the Sonoma County Wildflower Guide and see which varieties you can identify while you picnic and...
Sonoma Overlook Trail Re-Opening Celebration April 28, 2019 11:00 am

Overlook Trail to Fully Re-Open April 28, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019

The following is an announcement from the Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards (SOT stewards). ****************************** The Overlook trail in the City of Sonoma is set to fully re-open on April 28, 2019, with the completion of rehabilitation of the Lower Trail portion, which has been closed all winter. Access will be restored to the trail’s main...
Housing Our Community Town Hall Series

First “Housing Our Community” Town Hall – April 25, 2019

Posted on April 18, 2019

Next Thursday, April 25th, the City of Sonoma will be hosting the first Housing Our Community Town Hall focused on the basic drivers, terms and issues that shape housing in our community. This will create a foundation for future events and discussion about how we can tackle our increasing housing challenges. Mark your calendar and...
About Town, the E-Newsletter from the City of Sonoma

April Edition of “About Town” Now Available

Posted on April 17, 2019

The latest edition of "About Town," the quarterly E-Newsletter from the City of Sonoma, is now available! Included in this issue: Housing Our Community Town Hall Series & Survey "Celebrate Sonoma" Recognition Program Arbor Day Celebration in the Plaza Sonoma Overlook Trail Re-Opening Celebration Free Family Bike Workshop 2019 Alcaldessa Honored S.C.O.P.E. Training Opportunities City...
family bike workshop

Family Bike Workshop – July 13, 2019

Posted on April 16, 2019

Join the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition for a Family Bike Workshop, sponsored by the City of Sonoma.  These 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. WHEN: Saturday, July...
Council Action Recap

Council Action Recap 04.15.19

Posted on April 16, 2019

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 April 15

City Council Meeting – April 15

Posted on April 12, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, April 15  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including this month's "Celebrate Sonoma" presentation to Robert Wilson and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: Study...
Call 811 Before you Dig

April is “National Safe Digging Month”

Posted on April 11, 2019

Getting ready for some spring landscaping?  Planning on planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day?  Don't forget to call 811 or visit california811.org at least two working days before you dig and have PG&E and other utilities come out and mark their underground facilities, it's FREE and it's the law! See the PG&E marking...
Take the Housing Our Community Survey

Take the “Housing Our Community” Survey!

Posted on April 5, 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...
S.C.O.P.E. Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies

S.C.O.P.E. Presentations & Hands Only CPR, April/May Training Opportunities

Posted on April 3, 2019

A key component of emergency response in any community is the extent to which its residents and businesses have themselves planned for what to do in the case of an emergency. The S.C.O.P.E (Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) program provides guidelines and training for neighbors to work together to prepare for disasters. Sonoma Valley Fire...
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Council Approves Housing Element 2018 Annual Progress Report

Posted on April 3, 2019

  At their meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019, the Sonoma City Council reviewed and unanimously approved the City of Sonoma Housing Element 2018 Annual Progress Report. California’s Housing Element law requires that each city and county develop local housing programs to meet their “fair share” of existing and future housing needs for all income...
Arbor Day Celebration

2019 Arbor Day Celebration | April 26, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Posted on April 3, 2019

Join the City of Sonoma for an Arbor Day Celebration, a day to plant, nurture and celebrate trees in the Sonoma Plaza on April 26, 2019.  This is a great opportunity for school children to participate in the many fun activities designed to educate and inspire stewardship of the environment. Event held rain or shine....
Housing Our Community Town Hall Series

City of Sonoma Announces “Housing Our Community” Town Hall Series

Posted on April 2, 2019

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 program to create a...
City Council Meeting - April 1

City Council Meeting – April 1

Posted on March 29, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, April 1  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including presentations, items on the consent calendar including the second reading for the Tasting Room Ordinance on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: Sonoma...
2019 Student Creative Artist Award

2019 Student Creative Artist Award – Entry Deadline April 5th

Posted on March 28, 2019

The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission‘s 2019 Student Creative Arts Award Program is now open for entries. This award program is open to individuals between the age of sixteen and twenty-one, who reside within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and who are studying visual, literary or performing arts. One member of the Cultural &...
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City Accepting Applications for Senior Management Analyst Position

Posted on March 28, 2019

The City of Sonoma is seeking a highly qualified and dynamic candidate to fill its new Senior Management Analyst position. The Senior Management Analyst will report to the City Manager and will provide responsible professional, administration and technical assistance in the development, administration and implementation of City programs and projects. This position will provide highly responsible, analytical staff...

Verizon Small Cell Towers Timeline Modified

Posted on March 26, 2019

Since the November 8, 2019 Planning Commission meeting, Verizon has submitted several new design proposals to staff for the three commercial applications, but as yet, no formal re-submittals have been provided to the City. As a result, the previously agreed to timelines for the Planning Commission and City Council to act on the commercially zoned...
Tasting Room Sign

Wine Tasting Facilities Regulation Update

Posted on March 26, 2019

At the March 18, 2019, City Council meeting, City Council approved the first reading of the draft ordinance regulating wine tasting facilities with changes. The following components will be included in the second reading of the draft ordinance on April 1, 2019: The geographic area for the ordinance is limited to the Plaza Retail Overlay District...
Sonoma Cheese Factory entrance

Sonoma Cheese Factory 2004 Planning Commission Use Permit Determination Appealed

Posted on March 21, 2019

On January 18, 2019, the City received a request from the Viviani Trust (Trust) to have the Planning Commission make a determination as to whether the previously approved 2004 Use Permit approved May 13, 2014 for the Sonoma Cheese Factory project had expired or not. At their meeting of February 25, 2019, the Planning Commission...
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