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Latest News Posts

Council Action Recap – 08.06.18

Posted on August 13, 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.

Free Bilingual Mental Health Services to County Wildfire Survivors

Posted on August 13, 2018

The Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative (The Collaborative) is a community-wide initiative committed to mental health recovery care for wildfire survivors. Everyone affected by the fires can learn to recognize the signs of distress and access free mental health services to aid short- and long-term coping and resiliency building. The Collaborative currently provides: To mental health professionals:...

Extension of Candidate Filing Period for the City of Sonoma 2018 General Municipal Election

Posted on August 10, 2018

NEW DEADLINE IS  5:00 PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018 The filing period for non-incumbents for the office of Council Member in the City of Sonoma has been extended. Interested residents must file nomination papers for the General Municipal Election by the new deadline, Aug. 15, 2018, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m....

City Update on Verizon Small Cell Tower Applications

Posted on August 10, 2018

The City has negotiated an agreement with Verizon to allow for additional time for the City to review Verizon’s ten small cell tower applications. Under the terms of the agreement, the seven (7) residential applications are immediately suspended.  The applications may only be reinitiated if Verizon notifies the City following the determination on the commercial...

City Council Hearing on Gateway Appeal Scheduled for August 6, 2018

Posted on August 4, 2018

The City Council will hear the appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of the Gateway Mixed Use Development at its regular meeting of August 6, 2018. The meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers, located at 177 First Street West, and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

Special City Council Meeting – August 6, 2018

Posted on August 3, 2018

A Continued Review, Discussion, and Possible Action on a Housing Nexus Study Addressing Housing Impact Fees and Commercial Linkage Fees, as Well as Potential Related Changes to the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program will take place at a Special City Council meeting August 6, 2018 at 4:30pm. See the full agenda and staff reports. The meeting will...

City Council Meeting – August 6, 2018

Posted on August 3, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, August 6th at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Request from Sonoma Valley Art Museum for City Support for Special October Fire “Love” Installation on Plaza Review,...

City Seeks Candidates for Senior Planner Position

Posted on August 2, 2018

The City of Sonoma is currently accepting applications for a Senior Planner ($86,177 – $104,748 per year). A Senior Planner performs professional and technical urban planning duties requiring specialized knowledge; to organize, assign and review work of assigned staff engaged in preparing staff reports to the Planning Commission; and to provide highly responsible support to assigned...

Special Meeting of July 30, 2018 to Hear Cheese Factory Appeal has been Cancelled

Posted on July 26, 2018

Earlier today, the City received a request from the project applicants to postpone the City Council hearing on the Cheese Factory appeal. This request has been made to allow time for the applicants to review and assess the large volume of material recently submitted by the appellants.  Because of the complexity of the issues involved,...

July 30th Hearing on Cheese Factory Appeal has been Postponed

Posted on July 26, 2018

Earlier today, the City received a request from the project applicants to postpone the City Council hearing on the Cheese Factory appeal. This request is being made to allow the time for the applicants to review and assess the large volume of material recently submitted by the appellants.  Because of the complexity of the issues...

Council Action Recap – 07.23.2018

Posted on July 25, 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.

Sonoma County Fire Recovery Community Listening Forums

Posted on July 24, 2018

The County of Sonoma encourages residents to participate in Fire Recovery Community Planning Meetings that will gather public input and shape the Recovery and Resiliency Framework for the County. There is one remaining forum: August 8, 2018, 6-8 pm,  (District 1): Sonoma Veterans Building, 126 First St., Sonoma At each meeting, County staff will provide a...

City Council Meeting – July 23, 2018

Posted on July 22, 2018

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, July 23 at 6 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports. Items on the regular calendar to be considered by the City Council include: Appointing James Moore as Interim Planning and Community Services Director Cannabis Initiative Measure Revenue Measure to Increase Transient...

Revised Draft EIR for West Napa Street Hotel Project Now Available

Posted on July 20, 2018

In July of 2017, the City Council took action on an appeal of the Planning Commission's decision to certify an Environmental Impact (EIR) prepared for the West Napa Street Hotel project. The City Council voted to uphold the appeal to direct staff and the environmental consultants to prepare a Revised EIR addressing specified topics, including...

22nd Annual Sonoma City Party – August 2, 2018

Posted on July 19, 2018

The Sonoma City Council and City of Sonoma is delighted to present the 22nd Annual Sonoma City Party. The City of Sonoma hosts this community party to bring our local community together for fun, festivities and to celebrate our special town. A long standing tradition, this unique event celebrates the rich history of Sonoma, its residents, businesses and...

Nomination Period Open for the 2018 General Municipal Election

Posted on July 17, 2018

Anyone  interested in running for City Council is required to complete the filing nomination process. The nomination period for the 2018 General Municipal Election opened on Monday, July 16, 2018, and  closes at 5:00 pm, Friday, August 10, 2018. If one of the incumbents does not file, the nomination period will be extended to 5:00 pm,...

Overlook Trail Rehab Project – Progress Photos

Posted on July 17, 2018

The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards have posted photographs of the American Conservation Experience team working on the trail.  You can read the full update and see the progress photos on their website, overlookmontini.org. The extensive rehabilitation project to make a more sustainable Sonoma Overlook Trail began June 17, 2018, during which time the trail will...

Alternative Trails – Sonoma Overlook Trail Closure

Posted on July 11, 2018

While the Sonoma Overlook Trail is closed, the Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards suggest these nearby alternatives: Mountain Cemetery, see map at the Overlook trailhead kiosk or download Montini Open Space Preserve, Trailhead at Fourth Street West near Haraszthy; and behind the Field of Dreams (adjacent to the police station parking lot). Free Community Hike led by Jeni Nichols...

2018 Water Rate Update – Proposed Rate Increases

Posted on July 9, 2018

Notices concerning proposed water rate increases were sent to City water customers and property owners last week. The City of Sonoma is subject to the California Water Code and Proposition 218 and is required to charge its customers only the cost to serve water. In January 2018, the City hired Raftelis to prepare a detailed...

Sonoma Cheese Factory Appeal Set for July 30th

Posted on July 9, 2018

Following approval by the Planning Commission at the meeting of April 12, 2018, an appeal of the mitigated negative declaration and use permit for the Sonoma Cheese Factory was filed. This appeal has been scheduled for hearing by the City Council on July 30th, 2018.
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