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Sonoma Valley evacuation exercise planned in Diamond A / Grove Street neighborhood

Posted on May 19, 2022

The Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, in partnership with community preparedness groups, will be holding an evacuation exercise on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. in the Diamond A and Grove Street neighborhoods of Sonoma Valley (evacuation zone 6D1). Participating residents will evacuate to Sonoma Valley High School at 20000 Broadway in the City...
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City Council Meeting – May 18th, 6:00 PM

Posted on May 13, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including a presentation of a proclamation in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the...
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City Council to Hold Second Budget Workshop – May 18th, 2:00PM

Posted on May 13, 2022

The second of two Special Sonoma City Council meetings to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY 22-23) Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Sonoma and Successor Agency will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 pm in the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Find the agenda for the workshop here. The...
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Health Officers urge public to take precautions as COVID levels rise

Posted on May 13, 2022

Twelve Bay Area health officers are stressing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID cases and hospitalizations. The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID infection rates. The current wave is fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Bay Area counties are seeing increases...
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2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist Reception Honoring Pat Meier-Johnson – June 9th

Posted on May 10, 2022

The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission of Sonoma will host a reception to honor local artist Pat Meier-Johnson who was recently named the 2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year. Members of the public are invited to attend the event which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Vintage House,...
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Fryer Creek Bridge Project Expected to Break Ground this Month

Posted on May 5, 2022

On November 17, 2021, City Council awarded the Fryer Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project construction contract to F. Loduca Co. Construction work, which was originally scheduled to start this winter, has been slightly shifted to begin in late spring 2022 due to seasonal creek work window restrictions. The crews are expected to break ground...
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City Council Meeting – May 4th, 6:00 PM (In Person Only)

Posted on April 29, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including presentations and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular calendar are:  A Residential Permit Parking Program  on Public Streets in the Clay Street Neighborhood...
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Two City Council Workshops Scheduled to Review the City’s FY 2223 Proposed Budget

Posted on April 29, 2022

Two special Sonoma City Council meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00 pm in the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY 22-23) Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Sonoma and Successor Agency. Find the agenda for the...
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New Downloadable Guide for Maintaining Low Water Use Landscaping

Posted on April 29, 2022

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has published a new guide for homeowners to help maintain a low water use landscape. The  “Water Smart Gardens Maintenance Manual” (Manual) is an easy-to-use, step-by-step instruction manual on how to care for and maintain the plants, drip irrigation systems, and green features offered in the Water Smart Landscape Design...
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Mayor Ding to give remarks at library program exploring Chinese history in California May 14th

Posted on April 29, 2022

Join historian Arthur Dawson for an exploration of our Chinese history, the struggles of other marginalized groups, the roles played by locals Charles Stuart and C.C. O’Donnell in fighting or fomenting prejudice, and how this history lives on today. Jack Ding, Mayor of Sonoma, will conclude the program with remarks about the recognition of the...
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Celebrate the first Tuesday Night Market of the Season – May 3rd, 5 – 8 PM

Posted on April 28, 2022

Join Sonoma City Council and Market management as they officially kick off the Sonoma Tuesday Night Market season on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Sonoma Plaza. The opening program begins at 5:00 p.m. and will include welcoming remarks, an overview of what you can look forward to at the market this season, and recognition of...
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City of Sonoma Hires Mike Berger as New Public Works Director

Posted on April 26, 2022

The City of Sonoma (City) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Berger as the new Director of Public Works. Mr. Berger, who started April 18th, brings more than 30 years of civil engineering experience as a designer, contractor, construction manager and operations manager.  Mike most recently worked for the City of Napa Department of Public Works where he started as...
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City seeking applicants for 2022 Student Creative Artist Award

Posted on April 26, 2022

The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the 2022 Student Creative Arts Award Program. This award program is open to high school Juniors and Seniors, who reside within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and who have a strong interest in visual, literary, or performing arts. Applicants must submit...
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Reception Announced in Honor of 2022 Alcalde Steve Page

Posted on April 26, 2022

A reception honoring Steve Page, the City of Sonoma 2022 Alcalde, will be held Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Vintage House, 264 1st St E, in Sonoma beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate in the recognition of this devoted citizen, who has done so much for the community. There...
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Refill Madness Sonoma Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices

Posted on April 22, 2022

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and City of Sonoma are pleased to announce that Refill Madness Sonoma is this year’s Earth Day Sustainable Business Honoree! Located in the Sonoma Valley Center, Refill Madness Sonoma opened in February 2021 at 500 West Napa Street, Suite 540 with a mission to foster a clean planet and a clean community....
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Announcing the Winners of the 2nd Annual Earth Day Photography Contest

Posted on April 22, 2022

Congratulations to Leslie Lerude and Andre Temperatura, winners of the 2nd Annual Earth Day Photography Contest! As part of Earth Day 2022, the City held a Photo Contest encouraging people to submit photos of their favorite natural spot, plants or creatures in Sonoma. The public was invited to vote online for their favorite entries. Leslie...
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City Council Meeting – April 20th, 6:00 PM (In Person Only)

Posted on April 15, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including presentations and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Resolution Re-establishing the Position of City Historian Amendments to Sonoma Municipal...
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Sonoma Shake Out earthquake drill – April 18

Posted on April 15, 2022

Sonoma County residents are encouraged to take part in the Sonoma County Shake Out drill to be held on April 18 at 10 a.m., an annual exercise during national earthquake preparedness month. The drill will provide the community an opportunity to practice drop-cover-hold-on, which is the recommended action to stay safe when an earthquake hits....
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2022 Citywide Slurry Seal Project Out to Bid

Posted on April 15, 2022

The Citywide slurry seal project, consisting of street and multi-use trail (pathway) surface treatment for various streets throughout the City, is out to bid until May 5, 2022.  The Notice to Bidders and bid documents are available at sonomaplanroom.com. The slurry seal project also includes pavement striping and markings and street signage installation and replacement....
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Sonoma Overlook Trail Repairs Completed

Posted on April 15, 2022

The portion of the City of Sonoma’s Overlook Trail that was closed for repairs to trail surfaces from March 23 to April 14, has reopened on time. During the trail repair, three sections of the Lower Trail between the junction with the Rattlesnake cut-off and the junction with the Toyon spur were rebuilt to include...
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