News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

City Council Reorganization

Posted on December 11, 2018

City Council Reorganization was on the agenda at the December 11, 2018 Meeting of the Sonoma City Council. The reorganization included a presentation of a key to the City to outgoing council member Gary Edwards, recognition of re-elected council members Madolyn Agrimonti and Rachel Hundley, introduction and oath of office of new council member Logan...

City Council Meeting – December 10

Posted on December 7, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, December 10 at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda on our CivicWeb Portal. Following the meeting, the public is invited to enjoy light refreshments. Items to be considered by City Council are: A resolution accepting the certification of both the City Council race and the adoption of...

Planning & Land Use Development Fees to be Proposed for Updating to Recover City Costs to be Considered at the 12/17/2018 City Council Meeting

Posted on December 6, 2018

As part of its land use policies, the City's Planning & Community Services Department processes development applications and various other regulatory permits. Some of these permits are administrative and are approved by staff. The majority of them, however, require review by the Planning Commission or the Design Review and Historical Preservation Commission. A review by...

Winter Storm Preparedness

Posted on December 6, 2018

With the beginning of the winter storm season, we strongly encourage you to take time to prepare for upcoming storms. If your property has a history of flooding, please don’t wait for a storm to prepare sandbags. Sandbags can be prepared and kept on hand throughout the winter. Free sandbags are now available to City residents at City...

Wine Tasting Room Regulation Update

Posted on December 6, 2018

At the meeting of December 3, 2018, the City Council asked staff for information regarding possible regulations on wine tasting facilities in the City including restrictions for the Plaza Retail Overlay District (PROD). The staff report presented to the City Council included comments from the Planning Commission, several members of the community which were received at...

Council Action Recap – 12.03.18

Posted on December 5, 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.

Gateway Mixed-Use Development Project Appeal Denied

Posted on December 4, 2018

At the December 3rd meeting, the City Council voted to deny the Gateway Mixed-Use Development appeal and approved a use permit, tentative map and related entitlements for the Sonoma Gateway Project, located at 870 Broadway. For more information about the project, please visit the Gateway Mixed-Use Development project page.

2019 Business License Renewals Delayed

Posted on December 4, 2018

The Finance Department has announced that business license renewals for 2019 have been delayed and will be mailed out shortly. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Cynthia Tarr Chosen as the 2019 Treasure Artist

Posted on December 3, 2018

Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Treasure Artist for 2019 is local music director and performer Cynthia Tarr. In selecting Ms. Tarr, the Commission noted her contributions to the musical life of Sonoma Valley including performances at local events such as the Sonoma City Party and the Community gathering...

City Public Works Hosted a PG&E Water Pump Efficiency Training on November 27, 2018

Posted on November 30, 2018

The City of Sonoma Public Works Department Water Division recently hosted one of five Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) Water Pump Efficiency Training courses for municipalities. Staff from other local water systems attended this training. The City's Water Operations Supervisor, Steve MacCarthy, made the arrangements for the training. The Water Pump Efficiency Training makes the...

City Council Meeting – December 3

Posted on November 29, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, December 3 at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports on our CivicWeb Portal. Presentations: Recognition of Jim Karabochos as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year for the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department Presentation of the 2017 Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority Annual Fire...

Council Action Recap – 11.19.18

Posted on November 20, 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.

Sonoma City Offices Closed November 22 & 23, 2018

Posted on November 20, 2018

City of Sonoma offices including City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 22, 2018, and Friday, November 23, 2018, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Application Period Open for City Commissions & Committees

Posted on November 19, 2018

DEADLINE:   5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2018. To complete an application visit the Commission Application Page.   Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and to then provide...

City Council Meeting – November 19

Posted on November 16, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, November 19th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda to see all items on the consent calendar, including the second reading and adoption of an ordinance prohibiting all commercial cannabis activities  (Except Medicinal Deliveries), and staff reports on our CivicWeb Portal.  Items to be considered by the City Council on...

Urgency Ordinance Regarding Small Cell Towers Approved

Posted on November 15, 2018

At its meeting of November 5, 2018, the City Council approved Urgency Ordinance #07-2018 (See the draft ordinance) that supplements the telecommunications facilities siting regulations in Chapter 5.32 of the Municipal code with wireless telecommunications facilities siting regulations in new Chapter 5.30. The new regulations respond to a recent order of the Federal Communications Commission...

Deadline for 2019 Treasure Artist Nominations is Quickly Approaching

Posted on November 13, 2018

The deadline to submit nominations, is rapidly approaching.  Please submit your nomination no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2018. The City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2019 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year Award.  First awarded in 1983, the Sonoma Treasure Artist is selected and recognized for outstanding achievement in...

Update on Cannabis Regulation

Posted on November 13, 2018

The Sonoma City Council has adopted a permanent ordinance for Personal Use of Cannabis and has conducted a public hearing and first reading of an Ordinance Regulating Commercial Cannabis. Prior to the permanent ordinances, the Sonoma City Council had taken a series of actions establishing interim moratoria on indoor and outdoor cultivation of medicinal and...

City Seeks Candidates for Accounting Technician Position

Posted on November 13, 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...

City Offices Closed Monday, November 12, 2018

Posted on November 8, 2018

City of Sonoma offices will be closed on Monday, November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day. An commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Veterans' Memorial Building.
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