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Sonoma Needs You! Serve Your Community on a Regional Commission or Committee

Posted on July 15, 2024

Are you passionate about literacy? Committed to sustainable groundwater? Wanting to give back to your community?  Now’s your chance to make a difference! The City has openings on three regional commissions and committees.  Apply to serve as the City's representative on the Sonoma County Library Commission, Sonoma Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency Advisory Committee, or the...
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Sponsorship Opportunities for the 27th Annual Sonoma City Party

Posted on July 12, 2024

Promote your brand to thousands at the beloved Sonoma City Party! Join us on August 1st as we celebrate "The Year of the Farmer" at the 27th Annual Sonoma City Party—a night of free fun, festivities, and live performances honoring our vibrant community. This event offers an incredible platform for businesses to showcase their products...
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Be Climate Ready: Efficient Water-Saving Strategies for Your Landscape

Posted on July 12, 2024

As climate change impacts water availability, it is more important than ever to use water efficiently. Here are several methods to help you save water, reduce waste, and contribute to a more sustainable future. Find and Fix Leaks with DIY Toolkit Become a water-saving champion by using the DIY Toolkit, which includes tools to detect...
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Sonoma Clean Power to Host GeoZone Town Hall Event on July 25th

Posted on July 12, 2024

Sonoma Clean Power is inviting the community to a Town Hall event on Thursday, July 25th, to discuss its ambitious new initiative, the Geothermal Opportunity Zone (GeoZone). The event will be held at the Sonoma Clean Power Customer Center in downtown Santa Rosa from 6-8 PM. The GeoZone project aims to develop 600 megawatts of...
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Comment Period for Montaldo Apartments Project – Notice of Preparation of an EIR: July 12 to August 13, 2024

Posted on July 12, 2024

The City of Sonoma has posted a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) regarding the proposed Montaldo Apartments Project. This announcement marks the beginning of the process to identify and study potential environmental effects of the project. The NOP details the project located at 19320 Sonoma Highway and invites community input....
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Beat the Heat! Stay Safe During the Upcoming Heat Wave

Posted on July 1, 2024

Update: The National Weather Service extended the Excessive Heat Warning through Wednesday, July 10th, and the Red Flag Warning through Saturday, July 6th. The Sonoma County Health Officer has also extended thier Heath Advisory through Tuesday, July 9th. As a result of the extended heat event, some of the locations listed below as "Cool Places...
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Ensuring Safety: SVFA Outlines Fireworks Show Protocols Amid Fire Season

Posted on June 28, 2024

Dear Sonoma Valley Community, As we gear up for our annual 4th of July celebrations next Thursday, we understand the heightened concerns surrounding fire safety, particularly in the wake of the recent Point Fire in mid-June. Your safety remains our top priority, and we want to address these concerns with transparency and assurance. Below, you...
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Important Updates for the Week of July 4th

Posted on June 28, 2024

As we approach Independence Day, we hope everyone is gearing up for a fantastic week filled with community spirit, festivities, and family fun. Here are some important updates to help you plan your week. No Tuesday Night Market on July 2nd This is a friendly reminder that the Tuesday Night Market will not be held...
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City of Sonoma Hires Carolyn Fulton as New Cemeteries Manager

Posted on June 28, 2024

The City of Sonoma is excited to announce Carolyn Fulton as the new Cemeteries Manager. Starting July 1st, Carolyn will oversee Mountain, Valley, and Veterans' Cemeteries, focusing on expansion, support services, and historical preservation. With over two decades of experience in cemetery management at Cypress Hill Memorial Park, Carolyn brings invaluable expertise to this role....
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City of Sonoma Welcomes Carolyn Fulton as New Cemeteries Manager

Posted on June 28, 2024

View/Download this Press Release in PDF format June 28, 2024 - Sonoma, CA – The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce the appointment of Carolyn Fulton as the newly created Cemeteries Manager. This pivotal role was established following a comprehensive cemetery study, which recommended the creation of a dedicated position to oversee the expansion...
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Nomination Period Opens July 15th for 2024 General Municipal Election

Posted on June 26, 2024

On Tuesday, November 5, 2024, a general municipal election will be held in the City of Sonoma for two Council Member seats. Official nomination papers for eligible candidates desiring to file for the above office(s) may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, No. 1 The Plaza, Sonoma, beginning July 15, 2024, through...
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Transform Your Garden: Embrace Climate Ready Landscaping This Summer

Posted on June 14, 2024

It's the perfect season to be out in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. As you plan your outdoor space, consider creating a climate-ready landscape designed with the future in mind. By selecting low-water use plants, implementing rainwater harvesting, and following fire-wise principles, your yard will be better equipped to withstand drought, floods,...
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Press Conference Commemorates Donation of Ambulance to Ukraine

Posted on June 13, 2024

On June 6th, 2024, the City of Sonoma held a press conference at Sonoma City Hall to honor the donation of an ambulance filled with vital medical supplies to Ukraine. This donation, a gesture of solidarity with Sonoma’s Sister City, Kaniv, and the broader Ukrainian community, was made possible through the collective efforts of the...
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What’s Your Zone? Sonoma Evacuation Zone Map & Evacuation Checklist

Posted on June 13, 2024

The County of Sonoma has created official evacuation zone maps, encompassing the City of Sonoma and the incorporated areas of Sonoma Valley, to ensure residents are prepared for emergencies requiring evacuation. Previously, evacuation zones varied by incident. Now, these zones will remain consistent, and residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their specific zones and...
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Special Meeting to Continue Discussion on General Plan Update on June 25th, 6 PM

Posted on June 13, 2024

Please join the Sonoma City Council and Planning Commission as they continue their discussion on the General Plan Update at a Special Meeting on June 25th at 6:00 p.m. This meeting follows up on the study session held on June 5th. The meeting agenda will be available in advance on the City’s CivicWeb meeting portal....
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