News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Sonoma Overlook Trail Closed until mid-September 2018

Posted on June 17, 2018

The extensive rehabilitation project to make a more sustainable Sonoma Overlook Trail is set to begin June 17, 2018, during which time the trail will be closed to the public until mid-September 2018. See a map of the closure area and a detailed trail map of the neighboring Montini Preserve hiking trails. The public is invited to...

FY 2018/19 Proposed Budget Documents

Posted on June 15, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: THE MEETING WILL START AT 4:00PM.  The FY 2018/19 proposed budget documents are now available to view and download on the City's Budget page. The City Council will hold a budget workshop to review, discuss and provide initial direction to staff on the proposed FY 18/19 City of Sonoma Operating and Capital Improvement...

City Council Meeting – June 18

Posted on June 15, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 18 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Review of the Proposed FY 2018/19 Operating and Capital Budget The meeting will be held at City Council...

Sheep Grazing at Montini Preserve

Posted on June 14, 2018

A flock of sheep is scheduled to begin grazing 18 acres of the Montini Preserve beginning the week of June 20, 2018 and will continue for 4-6 weeks. The intensively managed sheep grazing will mow the vegetation in the designated areas (see map) and are expected to reduce fuel loads by 80% or greater. Herding dogs will...

Family Bike Workshop – July 14

Posted on June 14, 2018

Family Bike Workshops are for families with kids learning to ride on the road. Families will learn to safely navigate the streets in a variety of situations through fun, skill building activities and an instructional neighborhood ride. TOPICS COVERED: Lane positioning and riding in the same direction as cars on the road Intersection right-of-way and...

Application Deadline Extended for Volunteer “Youth” Commissioner

Posted on June 14, 2018

The City of Sonoma announces an extension of the application period for one "Youth" member on the Community Service & Environment Commission - CSEC. COMMUNITY SERVICES & ENVIRONMENT COMMISSION – The Community Services & Environment Commission advises the City Council on matters related to the preservation and enhancement of parks, recreational facilities, open space and...

Sonoma Overlook Trail Project Kickoff Celebration – June 20

Posted on June 13, 2018

The public is invited to join the City of Sonoma, Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, Sonoma Ecology Center and the American Conservation Experience Trail Crew as they commemorate the start of the extensive rehabilitation project on the Lower and Upper Overlook Trail. The Sonoma Overlook Trail Improvement Project Kickoff Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1:00...

City of Sonoma named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community

Posted on June 7, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Sonoma with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award, joining 450 visionary communities from across the country. With the announcement of 41 new and renewing BFCs, the City of Sonoma joins a leading group of communities in every state that are transforming...

Council Action Recap – June 4, 2018

Posted on June 6, 2018

The Council Action Recap captures the actions taken by the City Council at their meeting. If you would like to view the video of the meeting you can do so on the City’s CivicWeb Portal.

Cannabis Regulation Update

Posted on June 5, 2018

At the Special City Council meeting on May 30, 2018, the City Council provided direction to staff regarding the development of permanent cannabis regulations, including: Allowing the outdoor personal cultivation of three (3) plants with parameters; Allowing medicinal cannabis deliveries from licensed dispensaries located outside of City limits; and Prohibiting a medicinal dispensary, testing facilities and...

City of Sonoma Chief of Police Announces Retirement

Posted on June 5, 2018

After 11 years working devotedly as the Chief of Police for the City of Sonoma, Bret Sackett, has announced his plans to retire in July 2018. Sonoma Police Chief Bret Sackett has served 28 years with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and 14 years for the City of Sonoma, the last 11 years as the...

City Council Meeting – June 4

Posted on June 4, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, June 4 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Study Session for Discussion, Consideration and Possible Action Regarding Cost Allocation Plan and Water Transfers as part of...

Council Action Recap – May 30, 2018

Posted on May 31, 2018

The Council Action Recap captures the actions taken by the City Council at their meeting. If you would like to view the video of the meeting you can do so on the City’s CivicWeb Portal.

City Seeks Candidates for Deputy Finance Director Position

Posted on May 29, 2018

The City of Sonoma is seeking qualified candidates for the new position of Deputy Finance Director. Reporting to the Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director, the Deputy Finance Director plans, organizes, manages, and oversees the daily activities and operations of two staff members (1 – FTE/1 – PTE), including: budget development and implementation; accounting and revenue...

Special City Council Meeting – May 30

Posted on May 29, 2018

While the agenda for the Regular Meeting of May 30, 2018, was posted on the CivicWeb Portal, distributed to the Council / Agenda subscribers within the time parameters set by the Ralph M. Brown Act, it was inadvertently not posted on the City Hall bulletin board 72 hours prior to the meeting. This is also...

Cannabis Regulation Scheduled for May 30, 2018

Posted on May 24, 2018

Sonoma City Council is expected to make their decision regarding what regulations and what cannabis businesses to allow or prohibit in Sonoma City limits at the City Council Meeting scheduled for May 30, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 177 First Street West, Sonoma California. The Sonoma City Council has taken a series of...

Comprehensive Sewer Video Inspection Begins May 24

Posted on May 24, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency will be performing an inspection of City sewer pipes in, around and adjacent to the Sonoma Plaza including Broadway from McDonell St to Mercy Ct.  The work is expected to be quiet, but there may be minimal noise equal to a truck idling if portions of the sewer need to...

Sonoma Overlook Trail Improvement Project Begins June 17

Posted on May 24, 2018

A 14-week extensive rehabilitation project to make a more sustainable Sonoma Overlook Trail is set to begin June 17, 2018, during which time the trail will be closed to the public until mid-September 2018. High usage has contributed to soil erosion and exposure of bedrock, creating unsure footing. Sonoma Overlook Trail (SOT) Stewards worked with...

Meet our new Building Inspector

Posted on May 22, 2018

The City of Sonoma is happy to introduce our new Building Inspector, Ben Reynolds. Ben and his family have been involved in the construction trades for many years. He has worked as a laborer, carpenter, journeyman and master electrician, general contractor, electrical contractor, building inspector and most recently as supervising senior building inspector and plans...

National Public Works Week – May 20-26

Posted on May 21, 2018

In accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association, those who work in professions that provide and maintain public facilities and services were honored at the special City Council Meeting on May 14, 2018, when Mayor Agrimonti proclaimed the week of May 20 - 26 "National Public Works Week." The proclamation was presented...
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