News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

“About Town,” The Sonoma City E-Newsletter now Available

Posted on October 18, 2018

The latest edition of "About Town," the E-Newsletter from the city of Sonoma is now available.  View online to read about the Sonoma Art Walk, 'Spooktacular' Sonoma, Sonoma Valley Fire's annual Open House & Pancake Breakfast, our New Planning & Community Services Director, the re-opening of the Sonoma Overlook Trail, sign up to be an...

Special Joint Meeting of City Council & CSEC and Regular City Council Meeting – October 22

Posted on October 18, 2018

A Special Joint Meeting of the City Council and the Community Services & Environment Commission (CSEC) and a Regular City Council meeting are scheduled for Monday, October 22, 2018. The special joint meeting is at 4:00 pm. See the full agenda and staff report. Following the special meeting, a regular meeting of the City Council will be held at 6:00 pm....

Sonoma County Homeless System of Care seeks Technical Advisory Committee Members

Posted on October 16, 2018

Following more than a year of group meetings and individual discussions among Sonoma County and City governments, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, individuals experiencing homelessness, and private sector stakeholders committed to ending homelessness, Sonoma County is implementing a unified Homeless System of Care that is designed to align efforts county-wide, eliminate duplication of effort, and yield positive...

Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Open House & Pancake Breakfast – October 21

Posted on October 15, 2018

Join the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority for their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. $5 donation suggested. Activities Include: Learn and Experience Fire Safety and Operate a Fire Hose; Learn Hands Only CPR; PG&E - Gas & Electric Safety Vision Screening; Fire Engine Rides Face Painting, Balloons & Jumpy Houses Various Informational Booths; And Meet...

Sonoma County Prepares to Notify Residents Of Upcoming PG&E Power Shut-Off Due Extreme Weather Conditions

Posted on October 14, 2018

See this message in SPANISH - 10-14-18 El Condado de Sonoma se Prepara para Notificar a los Residentes.._ Sonoma County officials are prepared to notify residents who will likely be impacted by PG&E’s planned power shut-off this evening, due to extreme weather conditions. PG&E estimates that around 400 customers in Sonoma County will be impacted...

Extreme Wind Forecast: PG&E to Proactively Turn Off Power for Safety in Portions of Sierra Foothills, North Bay Communities

Posted on October 14, 2018

October 14, 6:00 PM - The City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley are not affected at this time.  In Sonoma County, PG&E will be turning off power in Cloverdale, Geyserville, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Begin Press Release from  Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today it will...

Upper Portion of the Sonoma Overlook Trail to Open October 20, 2018

Posted on October 12, 2018

The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards (Stewards) and the city of Sonoma (City) are pleased to announce that the Upper portion of the Sonoma Overlook Trail Rehabilitation and Reroute Project (Project) is complete and the Upper Meadow Loop trail will re-open to the public Saturday, October 20, 2018.  The Upper Meadow Loop that leads to the scenic overlook...

Cancellation of the October 18, 2018 Planning Commission meeting Regarding the “Hotel Project Sonoma”

Posted on October 10, 2018

The October 18, 2018 Planning Commission meeting has been cancelled. The Hotel Sonoma Project, located at 153 West Napa Street and 541 First Street West,  was scheduled to be heard to consider the revised draft Environmental Impact Report and entitlements.  However, at this time, the City’s environmental consultant needs additional time to complete the draft...

Earthquake Retrofit Program Expanded to Sonoma

Posted on October 10, 2018

The Earthquake Brace + Bolt program was created by the California Residential Mitigation Program (“CRMP”). Earthquake Brace + Bolt offers up to $3,000 reimbursement to selected homeowners to seismically retrofit their qualified homes. Generally, the program applies to homes: Constructed before 1979; and Constructed of wood-framed floors (the garage may have a slab on grade);...

Sonoma Community Center Recruiting Emergency Volunteers

Posted on October 10, 2018

Since 2013, the Sonoma Community Center (Center) has been designated as the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) as part of the City of Sonoma’s Emergency Plan. During the wild fires of October 2017 the EVC was mobilized. The Center’s  staff and volunteers manually registered 556 volunteers, assigning 367 to support emergency operations, primarily at the Evacuation...

City of Sonoma Offices Closed Monday, October 8, 2018

Posted on October 5, 2018

City of Sonoma offices will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day.

Moratorium on Wine Tasting Facilities Extended

Posted on October 4, 2018

At the City Council meeting of September 24, 2018, the City Council approved an extension of the interim moratorium on wine tasting facilities in the Plaza Retail Overlay Zoning District. The extended moratorium will expire on May 1, 2019. The purpose of the moratorium is to “push the pause button” on new tasting rooms in the Plaza area and...

City Announces Hiring of David Storer as New Planning and Community Services Director

Posted on October 4, 2018

Sonoma City Manager Cathy Capriola is pleased to announce that David A. Storer, AICP will be the new Planning and Community Services Director for the City of Sonoma. He will start on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Mr. Storer comes to Sonoma with over 30 years of experience in planning and community development in both the...

Commercial Cannabis Urgency Extension Ordinance & Required Report

Posted on October 3, 2018

An Urgency Ordinance extending the temporary moratorium on commercial cannabis activities, which would otherwise expire on November 5, 2018, will be considered at the October 22nd  City Council meeting.  California Government Code Section 65858(d) provides that at least ten days before expiration of an interim ordinance or any extension, the legislative body shall issue a...

Citywide Slurry Seal Project continues October 3rd & 4th

Posted on October 2, 2018

The Slurry Seal Project has been temporarily delayed due to rain and will resume  on Wednesday, October 3rd and  Thursday, October 4th, pending weather.

City of Sonoma Observance of October 2017 Wildfires, October 7, 2018, 7:00 PM

Posted on October 2, 2018

The City of Sonoma will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the October 2017 Wildfires on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm with a gathering in front of Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg's “LOVE” sculpture in the Sonoma Plaza.  The observance will include a moment of silence, bell tolling, and lighting of the LOVE sculpture in...

MEASURE S: Transient Occupancy Tax Increase

Posted on October 1, 2018

The Sonoma City Council unanimously approved placing a measure on the November 2018 ballot to increase the City’s transient occupancy tax (also known as the TOT or hotel tax). This tax is paid on stays of 30 days or less at hotels, inns, and other lodging properties and is applied to the customer’s lodging bill....

Storey Poles for Gateway Project Available for Viewing through October 1

Posted on September 28, 2018

 Story Poles remaining up through Monday, October 1 The  story poles for Gateway will be remaining up through Monday’s appeal hearing at the City Council meeting.  The City Council can provide further direction regarding story poles at the meeting. -------------------------- Storey Poles have been installed at the Gateway project site and will be available for viewing through...

New Water Rates Effective September 1, 2018

Posted on September 28, 2018

At the August 20, 2018 meeting, the City Council and the City of Sonoma adopted new water rates. Per the adopted resolution, new water rates became effective on September 1, 2018. Such rates will be reflected in the upcoming billing cycle, which covers September 4, 2018 – October 1, 2018. See more information about Water Rates,...

City Council Meeting – October 1, 2018

Posted on September 28, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, October 1st at 6 pm. View the full amended agenda and staff reports. There are no items on the regular calendar. However, there is one item on the Consent Calendar and one under Public Hearing. The item on the Consent Calendar to be considered...
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