City Council Meeting – November 20, 2017

Posted on November 20, 2017

See the agenda here and also link to the live stream video. Key Items include: - Updating regulations regarding vacation rentals - Short-term measures addressing housing loss and displacement resulting from the October fires - Actions to initiate a 2018 Water Rate Study - Planning commissioner appointments - Water bill adjustments upon customer request to address above-normal usage...

Community “Gratitude Gathering” set for Saturday

Posted on November 16, 2017

Gratitude, recognition, community – and love – are the themes underlying a post-fire civic ceremony planned for this Saturday on the Plaza. “The Love In The Air” Community Gratitude Gathering will begin at 4 p.m., just prior to the annual Lighting of the Plaza event. In addition to comments by public safety leaders, there will...

Two Apartment Projects Approved by Planning Commission

Posted on November 16, 2017

Two new apartment projects in Sonoma took a step forward last week, with use permits approved by the Planning Commission. When completed, these projects will add a total of 54 affordable rental units and 24 market rate rental units to Sonoma’s housing stock. The Altamira Apartments on Broadway is a 48-unit affordable housing project that in...

Parent Project classes come to Sonoma Valley

Posted on November 14, 2017

A new program to assist parents of teens is being brought to the Valley by the City of Sonoma’s Youth & Family Services program. The Parent Project is a 10-week program specifically for parents of strong-willed, out-of-control children and adolescents, ages 11-18.  The program is designed to give parents concrete, concise tools to change negative behavior. Parents...

Debris Removal Resource Fair in Sonoma on Monday

Posted on November 11, 2017

The County of Sonoma, in coordination with state and federal partners, will hold a resource fair in Sonoma Valley focused on debris removal.  The event will be held on Monday, November 13th from 5-7pm at Altimira Middle School. Residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government-operated Fire Debris...

Cultural & Fine Arts Commission Seeks Nominations for 2018 Treasure Artist

Posted on November 9, 2017

The City of Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is seeking nominations for the 2018 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year Award. First awarded in 1983, the Sonoma Treasure Artist is selected and recognized for outstanding achievement in a chosen artistic medium including the performing, visual, theatrical, literary and craft arts and for their service...

“The Love In The Air” Community Gratitude Project

Posted on November 6, 2017

Appreciation, recognition, and gratitude are the focus of the City's multi-faceted program of activities for the community in the month of November, culminating in a gathering to pay tribute to emergency responders, community volunteers, and fire victims in a civic ceremony on November 18th. “The Love In The Air” is the theme chosen to represent...

Chamber hosts Business Recovery & Rebuilding Workshop

Posted on November 6, 2017

On November 16th, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding an informational workshop for local businesses impacted by the North Bay fires, with presentations from the Office of Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Small Business Administration, FEMA, the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center, and the  California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity (CAMEO).  Details are on the Chamber...

After the Wildfires: Emerging Stronger Together

Posted on November 5, 2017

This Thursday, November 9,  the Hanna Institute and a coalition of local non-profit organizations are hosting a community resilience event called "After the Wildfires: Emerging Stronger Together." Learn hands-on skills to help you and your family alleviate the stress from the trauma of the recent wildfires Learn how to support and increase your resiliency during...

City Council Meeting – November 6 @ 6:00

Posted on November 3, 2017

See the agenda here and also link to the live stream video. Key Items include: Freedom Week Proclamation Veteran’s Day Proclamation Action on urgency ordinances related to cannabis Update on Fire Response and Recovery including various actions Review of Administrative Policy for Commission/Committee Appointments

Volunteer Firefighters set up Donation Fund

Posted on November 3, 2017

Local firefighting organizations have been approached by community members wanting to make financial donations in the wake of the recent fires.  In response, the Board of Directors of the Sonoma Volunteer Firefighter’s Association (SVFA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has established two funds for community contributions.  The following is from a letter they have provided: "This...

City Seeking Applicants for Sonoma Valley GSA – Advisory Committee

Posted on November 3, 2017

The Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency (SV GSA) is a newly formed public agency and its purpose is to secure groundwater sustainability for the Sonoma Valley groundwater basin. The agency has a governing board and an advisory committee. The purpose of the advisory committee is to provide input and recommendations to the Agency Board on...

Update on 2017 Street Rehabilitation Project (Ave. Del Oro)

Posted on November 3, 2017

Construction of the City of Sonoma’s 2017 Street Rehabilitation and Water Services Replacement Project (project) will continue through November 2017. Weather permitting, the major construction work is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. This construction delay was due, in part, to the fires throughout Sonoma and Napa Counties. As the contractor for the project, Argonaut...

Update on the West Napa St. Water System Replacement

Posted on November 2, 2017

Construction of the West Napa Street Water System Replacement Project will continue through November 2017. Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. Work was suspended during the fire emergency to avoid potential impediment to emergency responders and evacuees. The City appreciates that the contractor for the project allowed their equipment to be...

Debris Removal Meeting in the Valley on Nov. 2nd

Posted on October 29, 2017

In coordination with state and federal partners, the County of Sonoma will hold a community meeting from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 2. The meeting will be held at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall located at 126 1st St. West, in Sonoma. The meeting will include subject matter experts from the Governor’s...

Meeting for Agricultural and Rural Land Owners

Posted on October 27, 2017

In response to the recent wildfires, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau is convening local, state and federal leadership to address concerns and provide information to rural property owners.  A meeting will be held on Monday evening, October 30 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Learn more at

Fire Recovery Tips from the Sonoma Ecology Center

Posted on October 25, 2017

(updated 11/6/17) The Sonoma Ecology Center has added a Fire Recovery information section to their website, addressing the healing and recovery of land after the fires.  Topics include toxic run-off, the post-fire landscape, burned tree care, erosion control, reseeding, and more. The Ecology Center is also posting updates and information about restoration of Sugarloaf State...

Information Session for Employers

Posted on October 24, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30-9:30 am, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce is holding an information session, with guests from Sonoma County Job Link/Workforce Investment Board, to address common concerns raised by local employers following the fires.  RSVP is requested, details are available at the Chamber website.

Food Pantry Relocates

Posted on October 23, 2017

The Springs Food Pantry has been relocated to St. Leo’s Church.  The Food Pantry will be open two days a week for at least the next four weeks as follows: Tuesdays, (starting Oct. 24) from 5 to 7 pm and Saturdays from noon to 2 pm. The address for St. Leo’s is 601 Agua Caliente...

Overlook Trail closed for Repairs

Posted on October 20, 2017

Thanks to the hard work of emergency responders, the Sonoma Overlook Trail and the Montini Preserve were affected just by firebreaks, and not by fires. The Sonoma Overlook Trail is closed until further notice so the trails can be repaired. Hikers are invited to enjoy trails in the Montini Preserve, which were less impacted by...
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