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Napa Sonoma ADU Center Offers Feasibility Consultations

Posted on September 18, 2020

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also commonly known as in-law units, granny flats, or secondary units, can play an important role in adding cost-effective affordable rental housing, as well as providing a source of income for homeowners. If you are interested in adding an ADU to your property, consider contacting the Napa Sonoma ADU Center for...
City Council Meeting, September 21st

City Council Meeting – September 21st, 6:00 PM

Posted on September 18, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Policy for Approval and Acceptance of Memorials and Donated Improvements Make an Appointment of the Non-Voting Youth...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Free Coronavirus Testing at Altimira September 19th, 2 – 4 PM

Posted on September 16, 2020

En Español The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is offering FREE Coronavirus testing at Altimira Middle School this Saturday. Getting a test and learning the results help you, your family, your co-workers and the community stay safe. No appointment, no ID, no social security number, no medical insurance required. Test results are confidential...
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All Residents are Encouraged to Complete 2020 Census by Sept. 30

Posted on September 14, 2020

Leer en español Sonoma County is encouraging all residents to complete the 2020 Census by the deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The census is an integral part of the U.S. Constitution, a process for counting the entire population of the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the...
City Public Works Staff Installing a New Directional Parking Sign on the Plaza.

New Parking Directional Signs Installed

Posted on September 11, 2020

Finding public parking areas in the City of Sonoma just got a little easier. City Public Works staff installed new highly visible parking directional signs to replaced faded signs in the downtown area this week in response to concerns that the existing signs were hard to see.  The new signs are retroreflective and consistent with...
A Regional Comparison of Sonoma County’s COVID-19 Statistics

Special Presentation on COVID-19 in Sonoma County

Posted on September 11, 2020

Last week, Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase provided a special presentation on COVID-19. Watch a recording of this update on the County of Sonoma YouTube channel to learn more about the State's new four-tier structure for reducing COVID-19, how Sonoma County compares to other regions and what we can do to Slow the Spread of...
Depot Park First Street West Improvement Project After

Construction Beginning Soon on Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project

Posted on September 9, 2020

Construction of the Depot Park First Street West Frontage Improvements Project is scheduled to begin next week on September 14, 2020. The 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...
City Council Meeting, September 9th

City Council Meeting – September 9th

Posted on September 7, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and the Celebrate Sonoma recognition of Norah Collins on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Award a Conditional Certificate to SOSPARC LLC, that...
red flag warning, 10pm monday - 8am wednesday

Red Flag Warning 10 PM Monday – 8 AM Wednesday / Flex Alert in Effect

Posted on September 7, 2020

Red Flag Warning Monday Night - Wednesday Morning The US National Weather Service has upgraded the Fire Weather Watch for the North Bay Mountains to a Red Flag Warning due to hot and dry conditions combined with increasing offshore winds starting at 10:00 PM Monday through 8:00 AM Wednesday. A Red Flag Warning means that...
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District 1 Constituents Invited to Serve on Boards and Commissions

Posted on September 4, 2020

First District Supervisor Susan Gorin invites community members to apply for positions in local policymaking bodies. Applications and a list of all boards, commissions, and committees to which the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appoints members is available here. The vacancy list on the site shows available opportunities for involvement. “Local government leaders want to hear...
Norah Collins Day is September 9th

Celebrate Sonoma! “Norah Collins Day” is September 9th

Posted on September 3, 2020

The next person to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Norah Collins who, in 2012, began the “prayer shawl ministry” at Trinity Episcopal Church where Mrs. Collins leads a group of women who knit or crochet shawls and blankets for people who are ill or otherwise suffering.  The completed shawls...
Beat the Heat!

Excessive Heat Warning, Flex Alert This Holiday Weekend

Posted on September 3, 2020

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning effective Saturday at 11:00 AM - Monday at 9:00 PM. There are a number of ways to prepare and protect yourself and others from the impacts of Heat including: Reduce outdoor activities in the afternoon, Wear light, loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water, Apply sunscreen regularly,...
Happy Labor Day

Sonoma City Offices Closed Monday, September 7th

Posted on September 3, 2020

Sonoma City Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2020, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
COVID info sign

City Council Passes Local Ordinance on Enforcement of Public Health Orders

Posted on September 2, 2020

At the August 17, 2020 Sonoma City Council meeting, the Council approved an urgency ordinance authorizing administrative enforcement of COVID-19 public health orders in the City of Sonoma. This ordinance supports local enforcement of county and state health orders in order to protect the health of Sonoma’s most vulnerable community members, the capacity of our...
Coronavirus Update from the County of Sonoma

Barber shops, hair salons and malls allowed to reopen in Sonoma County

Posted on August 31, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma - En Español Barber shops, hair salons and malls in Sonoma County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with modifications on Monday due to revised health orders issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday and confirmed by Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr....

Spare the Air Alert Issued Through Sunday

Posted on August 28, 2020

A Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Friday 08/28 through Sunday 08/30 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Smoke from wildfires is expected to lead to unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area. Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors. Check www.purpleair.com for the latest air quality index (AQI) numbers and learn...
Sonoma Promenade, Photo by Robbi Pengelly, Sonoma Index-Tribune

Sonoma Promenade Continues This Weekend

Posted on August 27, 2020

Enjoy Sonoma’s Local Retail, Restaurants and Wine under the summer sky on the Sonoma Promenade this weekend! Sonoma Promenade Friday, August 28th - Saturday, August 29th   & Friday, September 4th - Sunday, September 6th 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM North Half of First St E (between East Spain St & E Napa St). To create...
Water Conservation Request LIfted

Emergency Water Conservation Request Lifted

Posted on August 27, 2020

The following is a message from Sonoma Water, see more updates about the August 2020 fires and the impact on water supplies on their website. The Walbridge Fire has stabilized, weather conditions are favorable, and Sonoma Water’s water supply facilities are no longer in any immediate danger. As it has been throughout the fire emergency,...
City of Sonoma Evacuation Zones, Map and Legend

What’s Your Zone? City of Sonoma Releases Evacuation Zone Map

Posted on August 21, 2020

We have had a number of questions about evacuation zones this past week, and while the City of Sonoma is not currently threatened by any fires, we have expedited the release of our Emergency Evacuation Zones map for large-scale mass evacuations, to clear up evacuation zone questions for City of Sonoma residents. The entire area...
Fire Weather Watch

Fire Weather Warning Issued for Sonoma County 11 AM Sunday – 11 AM Tuesday

Posted on August 21, 2020

The National Weather Service issued a Fire Weather Watch for the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast including Sonoma County which is in effect from 11:00 AM Sunday, August 23rd through 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 25th as tropical system Genevieve moves northward toward our area. While onshore winds are expected to be light, erratic and...
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