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Martin Luther King Jr

City Offices Closed Monday, January 18th

Posted on January 15, 2021

City offices will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Sonoma Rotary Clubs Grants or Small Businesses

Sonoma Rotary Clubs Make Second Round of Grants Available to Local Businesses

Posted on January 15, 2021

The Sonoma Valley Rotary Foundation has awarded just over $100,000 to 134 local businesses with grants ranging from $500 to nearly $1,500 to help those businesses cope with the economic effects from the Covid-19 pandemic. The money came from $50,000 raised by Sonoma Rotarians and then matched with $50,000 from Sonoma Valley Catalyst Fund. Businesses...
City Council Meeting, January 20th, 6:00PM

City Council Meeting – January 20th, 6:00PM

Posted on January 15, 2021

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, January 20th 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: An Ordinance that allows a Second Retail Storefront Commercial Cannabis Business and/or Other Additional Types of Cannabis...

Mobile COVID-19 testing unit coming to Sonoma Veterans Building this week

Posted on January 13, 2021

The County of Sonoma continues to ramp up COVID-19 testing. These efforts now include the addition of two to three weekly events in the City of Sonoma administered with the help of a mobile unit operated by the testing company LHI. An LHI mobile unit will be located at the Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Hall from...
State Extends Regional Stay at Home Order

Sonoma County’s Regional Stay-Home Order extended

Posted on January 9, 2021

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma. Leer en español. State public health officials have extended a Stay-Home Order for the 11-county Bay Area region, including Sonoma County, due to rising cases of COVID-19, increasing hospitalizations and, specifically, low ICU capacity rates for the larger Bay Area region. The restrictions will...
Electric Cars 101

Electric Vehicles 101 – Free Webinar January 14th

Posted on January 8, 2021

Are you curious about electric vehicles or considering purchasing one? Sonoma Clean Power is offering a free webinar, Electric Vehicles 101, on January 14, 2021, at 12:00 PM. You will learn recent trends in the industry, what EVs are available; get tips on maximizing your driving range; find out the true cost of owning, driving,...
City Seal Facebook Landscape

City Creates Fact Sheet for the Installation of Backup Generators

Posted on January 8, 2021

The City of Sonoma has created a Generator Fact Sheet that summarizes the regulations and requirements for the installation of backup generators in the City of Sonoma. As a result of the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events, the City has seen an increase in requests for information about planning standards and building permit requirements...
COVID-19 Vaccine Update from SVH

Sonoma Valley Hospital to Host Virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Update- January 12, 11:30 AM

Posted on January 8, 2021

Leer en Español Sonoma Valley Hospital will host a virtual Community Townhall meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at 11:30 am for the community to learn about the currently available vaccines for COVID-19 as well as the distribution process. The Zoom meeting will provide available information to date on local COVID-19 Vaccination plans, how the vaccine...
Keep Sonoma Safe, Get Tested

Options for COVID-19 Testing in Sonoma County

Posted on January 8, 2021

Testing is one of the most effective methods of gaining a clearer understanding of COVID-19 spread in our community and residents have been testing at an unprecedented rate over the last month.  As the effort continues to slow the spread of the virus, it is important to know about the range of testing options available...
We are Hiring!

City Seeking Applicants for Two Open Positions in Public Works

Posted on January 7, 2021

The City is currently seeking qualified applicants for two (2) positions in the Public Works Department. For more detailed information, select the job title below or visit our Current Job Recruitments Page. Full-Time Public Works Operations Manager (Annual Salary$99,978 – $121,524 DOE), Applications Due 5:00 p.m. February 8, 2021 Full-Time Maintenance Worker position in the...
Spread Cheer Not COVID-19

Home for the Holidays

Posted on December 23, 2020

No question, the 2020 holiday season is unlike any other. Separation from our family and friends is hard and we are grateful for the many members of our community who have taken the shelter-at-home order to heart and are staying home for the holidays. Public health experts agree that the safest way to celebrate the...
Hazard Mitigation Survey

Get Involved! Take the Hazard Mitigation Survey

Posted on December 21, 2020

Sonoma County and the City of Sonoma are partnering to update the Countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan.  What is hazard mitigation planning? It is a way for the County to help reduce the impacts of future hazards by planning based on what we’ve learned and the resources available. You can get involved now! We want to know...
Sonoma County COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine and Isolation Guides

Step by Step Guides to COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine and Isolation

Posted on December 18, 2020

Sonoma County received its first allocation of just over 4,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 this week, which will then be distributed to six hospitals, including Sonoma Valley Hospital, on a proportional basis. The vaccine will first go to Health Care Personnel and Long-term Care Facility Residents. The vaccine is one very important...
Sonoma County COVID-19 Resources

Sonoma County COVID-19 Resources

Posted on December 18, 2020

The County of Sonoma, has produced a comprehensive list of resources available during the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency. The resource contact list is available to view, download and print in English and Spanish. For online resources to assist local residents and businesses during this time, visit our coronavirus community resources page.
Apply Today for City Commissions & Committees

Apply to serve on a City commission or committee! Deadline Extended to 12/31

Posted on December 17, 2020

Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks community members to step forward and serve our City on a commission or committee. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and then provide feedback, recommendations and support to the City Council on those issues. The Council...
City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting – December 14th, 6:00PM

Posted on December 11, 2020

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, December 14th 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: Initiation of a Multi-Year Recreation and Park Work Plan including the Appointment of a Community Recreation and...
New State Testing Site in Petaluma

New COVID-19 testing site in Petaluma opens this week

Posted on December 11, 2020

As part of Sonoma County's efforts to increase testing opportunities for residents, the County partnered with state officials to open a ​COVID-19 testing site in Petaluma​ this week. The new site, located at Herzog Hall at the Petaluma Fairgrounds, is the third site in the County operated by OptumServe, a federal health services business under...
Coronavirus Update

Sonoma County to adopt Stay Home Order that will go into effect at end of day Friday, 12/11

Posted on December 10, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma. Leer en Español Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations, Sonoma County will join six other Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley in preemptively adopting the California Department of Public Health’s Stay-Home Order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12....
ADU Winter Webinar Series

Free Webinars for homeowners interested in building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)

Posted on December 10, 2020

Napa Sonoma ADU Center is hosting two webinars to help guide homeowners through the process of building an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU). Learn more about each webinar below. Tuesday, December 15 | Building ADUs in Napa & Sonoma Counties: Live Audience Q&A Session (Register here) Key ADU tips: We’ll build on the information we shared...
Add your Phone. Stop the Spread.

Get COVID-19 exposure notifications on your Smart Phone with CA Notify

Posted on December 10, 2020

Starting December 10th, Californians can voluntarily opt-in to receive COVID-19 notifications informing them if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 by enabling "CA Notify" on their smartphones. Combined with other actions like wearing masks and physical distancing, CA Notify can help curb the transmission of COVID-19. CA Notify is...
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