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All Are Welcome – City to Host Inaugural Sonoma Valley Pride Event June 1st at 5:30 p.m.

Posted on May 23, 2023

The City of Sonoma in partnership with Out in the Vineyard is pleased to announce its inaugural Sonoma Valley Pride event, an inclusive celebration in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month. This free event open to all community members, will take place on June 1, 2023, starting at 5:30 p.m....
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Press Release – City to Host Sonoma Valley Pride Event in the Sonoma Plaza on June 1, 2023

Posted on May 23, 2023

View/Download the Press Release as a PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 23, 2023 SONOMA, CA --- The City of Sonoma (City) in partnership with Out in the Vineyard is pleased to announce its inaugural Sonoma Valley Pride event, an inclusive celebration in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month. This free...
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Happy National Public Works Week! May 21st – 27th

Posted on May 22, 2023

In celebration of National Public Works Week, the City of Sonoma takes pride in recognizing the outstanding efforts of its Public Works Department. This dedicated team of professionals plays a vital role in maintaining and enhancing the infrastructure that keeps our city thriving. From May 21st  to May 27th, the City of Sonoma joins communities...
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Grace Atkinson Receives 2023 Student Creative Artist Award

Posted on May 12, 2023

Sonoma Valley High School senior Grace Atkinson has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Student Creative Artist Award of $2000 by the City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (Commission). Grace was chosen from a pool of nine impressive applicants. The Commission deliberated carefully before unanimously selecting Grace for the award, which...
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City Council Approves Three Year Action Plan to End Homelessness

Posted on May 12, 2023

The City of Sonoma has its first-ever Homelessness Strategic Plan. The Sonoma City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday, May 3, 2023, to approve the Three-Year Action Plan to End Homelessness (Plan) which was a year in the making.  The goal of the plan is to reach “Functional Zero” homelessness in the Sonoma Valley by June...
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32-Hour Weekend Closure of State Route 37 May 20th & 21st

Posted on May 9, 2023

The following is a traffic advisory from Caltrans Caltrans in coordination with Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has scheduled a closure of State Route 37 (SR-37) just east of State Route 121 (Lakeville Highway) from Saturday, May 20, at 3:00 AM, until Sunday, May 21, at 11:00 AM, to allow SMART to repair a railroad...

Housing Element Update Completed

Posted on May 8, 2023

The City of Sonoma's 6th Cycle Housing Element has been adopted and approved. Thank you to all in our community that engaged in the process of updating this important document. The Sonoma City Council approved the Sonoma 6th Cycle Housing Plan and Background Report and CEQA Notice of Exemption at their Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 31st. On April...
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City Council Workshop Scheduled to Review the City’s FY 23/24 Proposed Budget

Posted on May 8, 2023

A special Sonoma City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 30th from 12noon - 4:30 p.m., in the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2023-2024 (FY 23-24) Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Sonoma and Successor Agency. The agenda will be published on the City's CivicWeb...
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Public Hearing for Exterior Modifications to The Cheese Factory at May 9th DRHPC Meeting

Posted on May 5, 2023

The City of Sonoma Design Review and Historic Preservation Commission will hold a public hearing for the Design Review application for exterior modifications to a commercial building (The Cheese Factory) located at 2 West Spain Street at thier meeting scheduled on Tuesday, May 9th. Find the staff report and full meeting agenda on our CivicWeb...
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Power Outage in Eastside Sonoma due to Fallen Tree

Posted on May 5, 2023

Update 5/5 at 4:30 pm - the PG&E outage map now shows a 10:00 PM restoration time. The City is aware of a power outage on the Eastside due to a fallen tree at East Spain St. and Las Casitas Ct. The road will be closed until PG&E completes thier work. PG&E estimates that power...
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City Council to Host Welcome Reception for New City Manager May 10th

Posted on May 3, 2023

Update 5/5/23 Due to an overwhelming response, we have reached maximum capacity for the Welcome Reception, and unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate any additional registrations. We understand that many of you are eager to meet the new city manager and engage with other members of the community, and we will do our best to...
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Announcing the Winners of the 3rd annual Earth Day Photography Contest

Posted on April 22, 2023

Congratulations to Amiee Chavez and Lily Gelb, winners of the 3rd Annual Earth Day Photography Contest! As part of Earth Day 2023, the City held a "Park Exploration" Photo Contest encouraging people to submit photos of their favorite view, spot, plants, or creatures in or from a Sonoma Valley park, preserve, or open space. The...
Mayor Sandra Lowe presents a certificate to Sheana Davis and Ben Sessions of The Epicurean Connection in front of City Hall on May 21, 2023.

The Epicurean Connection Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices

Posted on April 21, 2023

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and City of Sonoma are pleased to announce that The Epicurean Connection is this year’s Earth Day Sustainable Business Honoree! Located at 19670 8th Street E. Suite A in Sonoma Valley,  The Epicurean Connection was founded by Sheana Davis who believes sustainability, locally sourced food, and simple ingredients matter....
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Earth Day 2023 Park Exploration Scavenger Hunt

Posted on April 21, 2023

Sonoma has an amazing number of beautiful parks spread throughout the city. Have you explored them all? Now is your chance. The City of Sonoma is sponsoring a scavenger hunt for Earth Week focusing on 12 of the City’s parks. The City created a map that connects these 12 parks. Participants are especially encouraged to...
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Take the Sonoma Plaza Palm Lights Survey

Posted on April 14, 2023

The Plaza Palm Tree located in the Horseshoe in front of Sonoma City Hall is decorated with lights seasonally beginning on the weekend before Thanksgiving through mid-January as part of the Lighting of the Sonoma Plaza. This year, it was requested that the Plaza Palm remain lit through daylight saving time. Now, the City of...
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