News & Updates

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Homeless Count & Phone Survey to Take Place January 25

Posted on January 22, 2019

The Annual Sonoma County Homeless Count and Phone Survey are scheduled to take place on Friday, January 25, 2019. In the early hours of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, more than 150 volunteers will join Community Development Commission staff and paid, homeless guides to conduct a “street count” of people living outside, in all census tracts...

Deadline to Purchase Tickets to Treasure Artist Reception January 23rd

Posted on January 18, 2019

The deadline to purchase your ticket is next Wednesday (January 23rd)! Don't miss out! See more details about the receptions here. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check at City Hall on the second level. For questions, please contact Rita at 707-933-2218. The evening reception honoring Cynthia Tarr will be held at the Sonoma Community...

Martin Luther King Holiday, City Offices Closed January 21

Posted on January 18, 2019

City of Sonoma offices will be closed Monday, January 21, 2019 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Mockingbird Lane Application for Vesting Tentative Subdivision Map Continued to January 22nd

Posted on January 17, 2019

The application for vesting tentative subdivision map for the Mockingbird Lane project at 853 Fourth Street West returns to the Planning Commission on January 22, 2019. The application was continued at the January 10, 2019, meeting to allow staff time to provide conditions of approval. For additional information about this project, visit the Mockingbird Lane project page or contact the Planning Department:  Call (707)...

Tasting Room Regulation Update

Posted on January 17, 2019

At the January 14, 2019 City Council meeting, direction was given to staff to prepare a draft ordinance regulating wine tasting facilities for consideration by the Planning Commission. The following components will be included in a draft ordinance: Create a new conditional use permit process for all new tasting rooms including new regulatory parameters: The Planning...

Liam Lane Application Continued to February 21, 2019

Posted on January 17, 2019

The application for a Tentative Parcel Map to subdivide a 0.67-Acre Lot into Four Lots with the location of 249 First Street West was continued from the November 8, 2018, Planning Commission meeting to allow the applicant time to address comments from the Planning Commission. The project was continued to January 10, 2019, to allow...

City Staff Monitoring Flood Warnings

Posted on January 16, 2019

Flood Warnings are in place for the Sonoma area for the evening of January 16; check Nixle for the most recent updates.  City staff is actively monitoring the situation and will continue to do so.  There is some localized flooding on 1st St. West north of Spain St., and City crews are responding. For emergencies,...
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S.C.O.P.E. Presentations & Hands Only CPR, 2019 Training Opportunities

Posted on January 15, 2019

A key component of emergency response in any community is the extent to which its residents and businesses have themselves planned for what to do in the case of an emergency. The S.C.O.P.E (Sonoma Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) program provides guidelines and training for neighbors to work together to prepare for disasters. Sonoma Valley Fire...

Karen Collins Named as Sonoma’s 2019 Honorary Alcaldessa

Posted on January 15, 2019

The City of Sonoma has selected Karen Collins as Honorary Alcaldessa (“Alcalde” is the Spanish name for Mayor.) After considerable discussion, Mayor Harrington nominated Ms. Collins in recognition of her ongoing efforts and contributions to the Sonoma community. Particularly of note was Ms. Collins’ work in the preservation and protection of the natural environment in...

Sonoma Valley LOCALFest Returns April 16

Posted on January 15, 2019

Support new Sonoma businesses! The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce presents LOCALFest 2019, a new business showcase.  New Sonoma Valley businesses provide samples, demonstrations and information to attendees. This event is open to the public with free admission. If you started a business or nonprofit organization in Sonoma Valley in 2018 and would like to...

Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Update

Posted on January 11, 2019

Sonoma County Regional Parks is pleased to announce the release of the updated Draft of the Maxwell Farms Regional Park Master Plan Update and the updated Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND).  The Master Plan and environmental document are available for public review and comment from January 9 through February 8, 2019.  Following the review...

Regular City Council Meeting – January 14

Posted on January 11, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, January 14  at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including the Special Closed Session, Presentations and Consent Calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule by City Council are: Selecting the 2019 City of Sonoma Alcalde Appointments to the...

Crime Trend Alert – Increase of Thefts from Motor Vehicles in December

Posted on January 10, 2019

The Sonoma Police Department (Sonoma PD) has reported an increase in cases of theft from motor vehicles in the city of Sonoma (City) in December 2018 and wants to make the community aware of this increasing crime trend and help people protect their property.  Community awareness and involvement is a powerful tool in protecting property...

Public Hearing for Mockingbird Lane at Planning Commission Meeting – January 10

Posted on January 10, 2019

The application for vesting tentative subdivision map for the Mockingbird Lane project at 853 Fourth Street West returns to the Planning Commission on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at 6:30 pm.  The application was continued at the December 13, 2018 meeting to allow staff time to provide additional information regarding the environmental review it conducted pursuant to...

Update on Short-Term Housing Actions in Response to 2017 Fires

Posted on January 7, 2019

In response to the October 2017 Fires disaster in Sonoma County, the City Council appointed a Housing Subcommittee (then Mayor Hundley and Council Member Harrington) to identify possible actions for addressing housing needs created or exacerbated by the fires.  In November 2017, the City Council adopted several recommendations for short-term actions including the following items.  All of...

GO-Biz California Competes Tax Credit Application Period Open

Posted on January 7, 2019

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) would like to help your business take advantage of important tax credits and hiring incentives.  Since the inception of this program, the EDB has assisted local businesses in obtaining $6.5 million in tax credits, exemptions, and training subsidies. The California Competes Tax Credit is an income tax credit available...

Take the Sonoma County Accessory Dwelling Unit Survey

Posted on January 7, 2019

The County of Sonoma and partnering cities want your input on potential barriers and incentives for building accessory dwelling units (ADUs), with the ultimate goal of providing more housing for residents in Sonoma County. Learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units and take the survey here.

City Commissions & Committees Application Period Extended to January 4

Posted on December 28, 2018

EXTENDED DEADLINE:   12:00 noon on Friday, January 4, 2019. To complete an application visit the Commission Application Page.   Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions and committees are charged with focusing on key issues within Sonoma and to...

Council Action Recap – 12.17.18

Posted on December 20, 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.

Council Action Recap – 12.10.18

Posted on December 20, 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.
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