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Latest News Posts

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City of Sonoma “Rings in the 196th Sonoma Valley Harvest”

Posted on August 7, 2020

It’s Official…the 196th Sonoma Valley Winegrape Harvest has begun! Thank you to Council Member Agrimonti & City staff who came together (while socially distancing) to “Ring in the Sonoma Valley Harvest” with a special ringing of the City Hall bell on Thursday, August 6th and also to the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance (SVVGA)...
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County of Sonoma Adopts Enforcement Ordinance

Posted on August 7, 2020

On August 6, 2020, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a code enforcement ordinance that allows the issuing of citations ranging from $100 for individuals up to $10,000 for businesses for noncompliance with local and state health orders related to the coronavirus. The ordinance was approved unanimously and on an urgency basis, which allowed...
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Sonoma City Manager Announces Plans to Retire by End of Year

Posted on July 31, 2020

Cathy Capriola has served as the City‘s chief executive since January of 2017 and is a resident of Sonoma. She is retiring after 30 years of working for cities in northern California, including Novato, Citrus Heights, Davis, and Vacaville and plans to continue working on a part-time basis as a consultant to public agencies. “I...
COVID-19 Antibody Testing Now Available to Educators

County of Sonoma Expands Antibody Testing to Include School Personnel

Posted on July 31, 2020

Beginning Friday, July 31st, antibody testing will be available for Sonoma County residents who are employed in school settings currently or were employed during the 2019-20 academic year. School employees include teachers (academic, physical education, music, arts), assistants, principals, administrative staff, one-on-one aides and custodians in school settings. The County of Sonoma continues to offer...
City Council Meeting, August 3, 2020

City Council Meeting – August 3, 2020, 6:00 PM

Posted on July 29, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and presentations including the "Celebrate Sonoma" recognition of Geraldine "Gery" Rosemurgy on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are:  Designation of the City of...
Gery Rosemurg Day, August 3rd

Celebrate Sonoma! “Gery Rosemurgy Day” is August 3rd

Posted on July 29, 2020

The next person to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Geraldine "Gery" Rosemurgy, a 30 year resident of Sonoma and owner of Broadway Quilts. City Council will recognize Gery Rosemurgy and declare August 3, 2020 “Gery Rosemurgy Day” at their Monday meeting. “Celebrate Sonoma” is a program that started in...
Coronavirus Emergency Update

SVCHC Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing Will Not Resume, Alternate Testing Options Available

Posted on July 29, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center (SVCHC) announced this week that they WILL NOT resume their community drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Alternate testing options include: Sonoma Valley Residents SVCHC patients- Symptomatic Only, Call 707-939-6070 Sonoma Valley Hospital- only for PRE-SURGERY and/or symptomatic with a physicians order, Call 707-935-5020 State-Sponsored Sites for Symptomatic or Asymptomatic OPTUMSERVE...
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Free Hearts for Kids and Teens to Join the Summer Arts Stroll

Posted on July 28, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force (Task Force) continues its mission to keep our community inspired and connected through creating and sharing art during the COVID-19 pandemic by inviting the valley’s youth into the Summer Arts Stroll’s spirit building effort. The third and final phase of the Task Force’s “HeART of Sonoma” initiative will include the distribution...
Sonoma Al Fresco

City Expands “Sonoma Al Fresco” Temporary Facility Expansion Program with Partial Street Closure, Parklets and Plaza Use

Posted on July 27, 2020

Last week, part of First St E between E Napa St & Patten was closed to through traffic to accommodate expanded outdoor seating for Pangloss Cellars. The partial street closure is part of the City’s “Sonoma Al Fresco” program, created to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Sonoma businesses while providing safe areas for pedestrians.  The...
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Application Period Open for Three Positions on the Community Services & Environment Commission

Posted on July 25, 2020

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 feedback, recommendations and support to the Council on those issues. Currently, the City is seeking applications...
New Drop Box Installed at City Hall

Payment Drop Box Installed at City Hall

Posted on July 23, 2020

A new payment drop box has been installed near the front entry door at City Hall. Customers may drop water bill payments, transient occupancy tax payments and business license payments that do not require staff assistance. No cash payments, please. The box will be emptied at 4:30 every day with the exception of holidays and...
Community COVID-19 Update

Sonoma Valley Hospital Community COVID-19 Update – July 30th, 2:30 PM

Posted on July 21, 2020

Sonoma Valley Hospital (SVH) is partnering with Vintage House Sonoma to host a virtual community update on recent COVID-19 developments via Zoom on Thursday, July 30, from 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM. The webinar will be led by Sabrina Kidd, MD, Chief Medical Officer for SVH. Dr. Kidd will provide an update on COVID-19 in...

Volunteers Needed at Hanna Boys Center Food Bank Distribution on Fridays

Posted on July 17, 2020

Get out in our community and help the Redwood Empire Food Bank distribute fresh produce, healthy groceries, and staple pantry items Friday mornings at Hanna Boys Center. The Redwood Empire Food Bank needs volunteers immediately to help with distribution.  Volunteers must be able to stand for 3 hours and be able to lift 35 lbs...
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Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project Out to Bid

Posted on July 16, 2020

The Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements 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 along Depot Park.  Improvements include removal of stumps and roots from four large Eucalyptus...

Sonoma Valley COVID-19 Community Testing Halted Due to Shipping Delay

Posted on July 15, 2020

UPDATE, 7/29 The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center (SVCHC) has informed the City that they WILL NOT resume Community Testing, see alternate testing sites. Original Post: The Sonoma Valley Community Health Center (SVCHC) has informed the City that QUEST Diagnostics has suspended shipments of tests to SVCHC until July 21st. As a result, the community drive-through testing...
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California Orders Additional Restrictions to Slow Transmissions of COVID-19

Posted on July 14, 2020

The following is a press release from the California Department of Public Health - En español Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health expanded statewide its indoor closures for businesses that encourage mixing of individuals beyond immediate households and make physical distancing and wearing face coverings difficult. Affected businesses include restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie...
Reusable Bag Use During COVID-19

Reusable Bags Once Again Allowed in Stores

Posted on July 14, 2020

The countywide Zero Waste Sonoma Carryout Bags Ordinance 2014-2, effective September 1, 2014, prohibits grocery stores and retail establishments from providing customers with single-use plastic carryout bags at point-of-sale or checkout. In addition, the ordinance requires a minimum 10¢ charge on all compliant recycled paper bags. As a result of COVID-19, on April 23, 2020,...
Summer Arts Stroll

Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force Announces the Heart of Sonoma “Summer Arts Stroll” – July 25th – August 21st

Posted on July 14, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force (Task Force) is pleased to announce its next initiative, the Summer Arts Stroll. Sponsored by the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, the Summer Arts Stroll is a self-guided, outdoor art-viewing experience - complete with a virtual map and decals identifying exhibit locations for patrons to view...
Coronavirus Update from the County of Sonoma

State places restrictions on some businesses due to rising Sonoma County coronavirus cases effective 7/13

Posted on July 12, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma  –  En español The state Department of Public Health has ordered new restrictions on bars, restaurants and other indoor business operations in Sonoma County as part of statewide actions to slow the increased spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions will take effect at 12:01...
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State places Sonoma County on monitoring list in response to rising coronavirus cases

Posted on July 10, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma from July 10, 2020 The state Department of Public Health notified the County of  Sonoma today that if the region’s coronavirus data do not improve over the next 72  hours, the County will be subject to new restrictions as part of statewide actions designed...
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