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Sonoma Aqueduct repair complete and is now fully operational

Posted on September 17, 2022

We are pleased to announce that the Sonoma Aqueduct is now fully operational, and the City’s increased conservation request is no longer in effect. However, our region is still in severe drought, and we ask our customers to continue to save as much water as they can. The City of Sonoma has mandated a 20 percent...
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City Council Meeting – September 21st, 6:00 PM

Posted on September 16, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda, including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The item to be considered on the regular calendar are: Ratify Mayor's Ding Nominations to the Sonoma Valley Citizen's Advisory Commission Provide Direction to Staff...
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Fryer Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Project Update

Posted on September 16, 2022

The pedestrian bridge over Fryer Creek is in place and is just 6 – 8 weeks from completion. While the contractor finishes this project, please be aware that it is still an active construction zone and is not yet open to the public. For your safety, please do not enter the construction zone or attempt...
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September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted on September 16, 2022

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month —a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered...
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Fall Home Energy and Resiliency Workshop Series

Posted on September 16, 2022

The County of Sonoma, Climate Action and Resiliency Division has announced thier latest homeowner workshops in an ongoing series for those interested in learning more about the benefits of making improvements that will help make your home more resilient. The workshops cover a range of topics including evaluating energy use, making a project plan, funding...
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Rain is in the forecast – don’t forget to turn off your irrigation!

Posted on September 16, 2022

Measurable rain is in the forecast this weekend! Now is the time to turn off your irrigation system and let nature do the watering for you. Most plants can survive for a week or more without watering after a few days of rain, so remember to keep the irrigation off for at least 48 hours after...
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Sonoma Aqueduct Repair Nearly Complete

Posted on September 16, 2022

Repairs are nearly complete on the Sonoma Valley aqueduct that started this past Monday, September 12, 2022. Sonoma Water anticipates that the system could be fully operational as soon as this weekend. Crews replaced the broken valve (located under Verano Avenue, where it crosses Sonoma Creek) with a new pipeline Installed a new valve on...
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Happy Diana & Roger Rhoten Day!

Posted on September 12, 2022

The next people to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Diana and Roger Rhoten. They are being recognized for their operation and preservation of the historic Sebastiani Theatre where they have provided performing arts, films and creative educational programs to the community for over 30 years. City Council will recognize...
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City Council Meeting – September 12th, 6:00 PM

Posted on September 9, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, September 12th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda, including a special "Celebrate Sonoma" presentation to Diana and Roger Rhoten for their operation and preservation of the historic Sebastiani Theatre, and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The item to be considered...
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City of Sonoma Calls for Increased Water Conservation During Aqueduct Repair

Posted on September 9, 2022

Read the Full Press Release The Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) is scheduled to begin repairs on Monday, September 12, on a 16” pipeline near the Verano Avenue bridge in unincorporated Sonoma County near the City of Sonoma. The pipeline, known as the Sonoma Aqueduct, serves the City of Sonoma Water Division (City). To...
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Community Festival and Preparedness Fair at Larson Park Saturday, September 10th

Posted on September 9, 2022

A Community Festival and Preparedness Fair is coming to Larson Park in Sonoma Valley on Saturday, September 10th from 3-7 pm. Family-friendly fun, kids' activities, raffle prizes, Go Bag supplies while they last, and lots of information on how to be prepared and stay safe in emergencies. Participants include: Sonoma Valley Fire, Nuestra Comunidad, Latino...
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Public comment period for Draft Housing Element extended to 5:00 PM September 16th

Posted on September 8, 2022

The City of Sonoma has extended the public review and comment period for the State mandated Public Review Draft of the 6th Cycle 2023 – 2031 Housing Element (draft). The City invites community members, residents, and anyone with housing interests in the City to review the draft and provide written comments to City staff by...
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Potential rotating outages today (9/6), check if your address may be impacted

Posted on September 6, 2022

The state’s grid operator, California Independent System Operator (CAISO), has issued a notice that outages may occur today, Tuesday, September 6, 2022, if the demand for electricity exceeds the supply. CASIO issued a statewide Flex Alert for Tuesday, September 6, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to extreme heat in California and the West...
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Modified Tuesday Night Market September 6th due to heat

Posted on September 6, 2022

Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, tonight's Tuesday Night Market on the plaza will be modified. Hours of operation remain 5 pm - 8 pm. The number of vendors will be reduced and there will be no live music. In addition, Sonoma Plein Air's "Quick Draw" event has been canceled....
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Double Your CalFresh Benefits at the Tuesday Night Market

Posted on September 2, 2022

Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market is proud to welcome CalFresh/Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) at our market, and thanks to a generous sponsorship by Sonoma Harvest Olive Oil and Winery, customers using EBT will receive a one-to-one match in tokens, which can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan bread, meats, dairy, seeds, and plants that produce...
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Flex Alert! Conserve Electricity Friday (9/2) Until 9:00 PM

Posted on September 2, 2022

The California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) statewide Flex Alert called for Friday, September 2nd from  4 p.m. to 9 p.m. CAISO is the organization that manages the state’s power grid. While the Flex Alert is in effect on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., consumers are asked to: Set thermostats to 78 degrees or...
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Celebrate Sonoma! “Diana & Roger Rhoten Day” is September 12th, 2022

Posted on September 2, 2022

The next people to be honored as part of the “Celebrate Sonoma” program will be Diana and Roger Rhoten. They are being recognized for their operation and preservation of the historic Sebastiani Theatre where they have provided performing arts, films and creative educational programs to the community for over 30 years. City Council will recognize...
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UPDATE: Excessive Heat Warning Extended Through Thursday, September 8th

Posted on September 2, 2022

The excessive heat warning has been extended through Thursday, September 8th. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning effective 11:00 AM Sunday, September 4th - 8:00 PM Tuesday, September 6th for most of the San Francisco Bay Area including the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures in...
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Sonoma City Offices Closed Monday, September 5th

Posted on August 31, 2022

Sonoma City Offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
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Excessive Heat Watch Issued from Saturday Morning – Tuesday Evening

Posted on August 30, 2022

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the Bay Area including Sonoma and Sonoma Valley from the morning of Saturday, September 3rd through Tuesday, September 6th. * WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures in the upper 90s up to 110 possible, particularly across the interior. Overnight temperatures cooling only into the 60s...
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PG&E Surveying Power Lines by Helicopter in Sonoma Valley Beginning August 31st

Posted on August 30, 2022

The following is an announcement from the PG&E Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is surveying distribution power lines in high fire risk areas of Sonoma and Napa counties through September. Two helicopters will be equipped with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.   The surveys are to collect more data on PG&E’s power lines,...
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Drought Virtual Town Hall hosted by County of Sonoma & Sonoma Water on Sept. 1st

Posted on August 25, 2022

Please join Sonoma Water and the County of Sonoma on Zoom for a series of monthly town halls to update the public on the drought emergency. Experts will provide the latest information on drought conditions each month, answer questions from the audience, and explore key topics, including the impact of the drought on groundwater, recreation,...
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Public Comment Period Extended to Sept. 16th – Public Invited to Submit Comments on Draft Housing Element

Posted on August 25, 2022

UPDATE 9/8/2022 - The public comment period has been extended to Friday, September 16th. The State mandated Public Review Draft of the 6th Cycle 2023 – 2031 Housing Element (draft) for the City of Sonoma (City) has been released for public review and comment. The City invites community members, residents, and anyone with housing interests in...
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Special Meeting of City Council – Friday, August 19th, 8 AM

Posted on August 18, 2022

A special, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Friday, August 19th at 8:00 am. View the full agenda on our CivicWeb Portal. The item for discussion is: Agenda setting for the next 90 days and other topics of interest including, but not limited to the following, time permitting: Elected Officials’ Role in an...
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Application period for Climate Action and Parks, Recreation & Open Space Commissions extended

Posted on August 18, 2022

The City of Sonoma has extended the application period for two new City Commissions - Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Commission and Climate Action Commission. New Deadline: Friday, August 26th, 2022 Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and committees. These commissions...
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Heat Advisory in effect Tuesday, August 15th 11am – 8pm

Posted on August 15, 2022

The National Weather Service had issued a heat advisory for much of the Bay Area including Sonoma Valley this Tuesday, August 16th from 11 AM - 8 PM due to hot conditions with temperatures of 100+ degrees possible. The hottest days are forecast to occur on Tuesday and Wednesday. Warm overnight lows are expected through...
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Regular City Council Meeting – August 17th, 6:00 PM

Posted on August 12, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including presentations recognizing Toby Ford-Monroe, Mason Matulaitis, and Nate Jordan for their Heroic Efforts in Saving the Life of Mikey Serbicki, and also Bob and Kristy Brindleyfor their Contributions to the Community with...
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Candidate filing period for City of Sonoma 2022 General Municipal Election extended to August 17th

Posted on August 12, 2022

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, August 17, 2022, during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Closed 12:00 – 1:00 pm). In accordance with...
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Fryer Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Project Update

Posted on August 12, 2022

Notable progress has been made this summer on the City's Fryer Creek Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge Project. The project includes the construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge and circulation and accessibility improvements - improving access for residents on both sides of Fryer Creek, and connectivity to the citywide bicycle and pedestrian system. At...

Sonoma, you ROCK! Thank you to attendees and sponsors of the 25th Annual City Party

Posted on August 12, 2022

The 25th Annual Sonoma City Party was held last week, August 4, 2022, in front of Sonoma City Hall in the historic Sonoma Plaza to bring our local community together for fun, festivities and to celebrate our special town. The evening was filled with fantastic food, tasty drinks, incredible local entertainment and an abundance of...
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CANCELED – Free bike workshop in the Sonoma Plaza for families with kids on August 20th

Posted on August 11, 2022

This event has been canceled. ----- The family bike workshop led by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is 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...
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PG&E construction project on Broadway begins this week, continues through October

Posted on August 11, 2022

PG&E has informed the City and Sonoma residents that their construction project replacing natural gas pipeline in multiple locations on Broadway between MacArthur Street and Fremont Drive in Sonoma began this week.  The work will retire portions of the natural gas pipeline and help enhance natural gas safety and reliability.  Work is expected to start...
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Public Review of the 6th Cycle Draft Housing Element

Posted on August 8, 2022

The State mandated Public Review Draft of the 6th Cycle 2023 – 2031 Housing Element (draft) for the City of Sonoma (City) has been released for public review and comment. The City invites community members, residents, and anyone with housing interests in the City to review the draft and provide written comments to City staff...
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City Seeking Applicants for New Parks, Recreation & Open Space and Climate Action Commissions

Posted on August 4, 2022

THE CITY OF SONOMA HAS EXTENDED THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR TWO NEW CITY COMMISSIONS - PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE COMMISSION AND CLIMATE ACTION COMMISSION NEW DEADLINE: 5:00 PM – FRIDAY AUGUST 26, 2022 Recognizing the vast knowledge and talent of our community, the City asks individuals to serve on a variety of commissions and...
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New EV Chargers Installed in Sonoma’s Lot B

Posted on August 4, 2022

New L-2 electric vehicle chargers were recently installed at the City’s Lot B public parking lot located behind the Sebastiani Theatre, with the entrance at 152 East Napa Street. These two chargers replaced the old chargers that had reached the end of their service life. These new chargers further enhance the publicly accessible EV charging...
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Arts Guild to Host Reception Honoring Rue Gobbée, Recipient of the 2022 Student Creative Artist Award, August 6th

Posted on August 2, 2022

2022 Student Creative Artist Award recipient, Rue Gobbée, will be the guest of honor at a reception on August 6th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, located at 140 East Napa Street. Her work will also be featured in the newly refreshed Arts Guild of Sonoma gallery during a...
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Regular City Council Meeting – August 3rd at 6:00 PM (Hybrid)

Posted on July 29, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, August 3rd at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including proclamations honoring Julie Morrison and Robert Parmalee, a presentation of a Downtown Parking Management Plan, and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular...
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Rue Gobbee Receives 2022 Student Artist Award

Posted on July 29, 2022

Each year the Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission (Commission) conducts the Student Creative Arts Award program soliciting entries from Sonoma Valley residents who are Juniors or Seniors in High School and are studying visual, literary or performing arts. Applicants must submit examples of their work and an essay explaining the role art has played...
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Register to be an emergency volunteer!

Posted on July 28, 2022

Volunteers are a critical part of disaster and emergency response. In an effort to build a cadre of community volunteers to fill vital roles during an emergency, the City of Sonoma has partnered with the Sonoma Community Center - the City's designated Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) as part of the City of Sonoma’s Emergency Plan...
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City Announces the Opening of Application Period for New City Commissions

Posted on July 27, 2022

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  5:00PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022 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 then provide feedback, recommendations and support to the Council on those...
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Chase St Bridge Replacement Construction Management RFP

Posted on July 26, 2022

The City of Sonoma is requesting proposals for Construction Management, Inspection, and Materials Testing Services. The City is seeking to retain a Construction Management and Material Testing consultant firm(s) with licensed professional civil, geotechnical engineers, and material testers for the Chase Street Bridge Replacement Project Federal Project BRLS-5114 (016). Proposals are due: Thursday,  August 18,...
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Are you prepared for an extended power outage?

Posted on July 21, 2022

Power outages can happen for many reasons, and being prepared is an important part of your emergency plan.  During wildfire season, Sonoma residents need to be prepared for the possibility of extended power outages related to Pacific Gas & Electric’s efforts to reduce wildfire risks (known as a Public Safety Power Shutoff or PSPS). Due...
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The City of Sonoma is Hiring for Two Positions

Posted on July 13, 2022

The City of Sonoma is currently hiring for two positions.  These positions include Building Inspector and Development Services Supervisor. If you are interested in acquiring additional information, and to view the recruitment brochures, visit the job posting page.

Zero Waste Water Webinar

Posted on July 13, 2022

When it comes to a home's irrigation system, a little maintenance can save a lot of water. Just one broken sprinkler head could waste up to 25,000 gallons of water between May and October.  Join @SonomaWater and @SonomaCountyMasterGardeners for a Q&A discussion on ways to spruce up your irrigation system! Learn how to eliminate water waste...

In-person ADU tours in July–July 14th, 23rd and 28th!

Posted on July 13, 2022

As part of the launch of the Napa Sonoma ADU Standard Plans Program, three in-person events will be held this month in downtown Santa Rosa where attendees can tour 3 different prefab ADUs (2 on-site, one down the street) and meet with multiple vendors in person. The prefab units and vendors featured are all folks...
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Let’s Talk Housing at Sonoma’s Tuesday Night Market – July 19th

Posted on July 13, 2022

Worried about housing in the City of Sonoma? We're updating the housing plan and want to hear from you at the Sonoma Tuesday Night Market on July 19, 2021, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Join us at the Housing Element booth for snacks and be part of the conversation. For more information about the housing...
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Rosé 5K and Half Marathon Road Closures & Traffic Impacts

Posted on July 13, 2022

The Rosé 5K and Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon return to the Sonoma Plaza this weekend! Please be aware that the 5K on Saturday, July 16th, and the half marathon race on Sunday, July 17th will have traffic impacts. Rosé 5K - Saturday, July 16, 2022 Motorists can expect traffic delays in and...
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Fryer Creek Trail – Temporary Closure

Posted on July 11, 2022

Important Trail Closure information on the Fryer Creek Bicycle Bridge Project! This week  F. Loduca will begin constructing the Western Bridge Abutment that is immediately adjacent to the Fryer Creek Multi-Use Trail.  The Fryer Creek Multi-Use Trail that runs from West MacArthur Street down to Leveroni Road will be closed from July 12th to July...
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Sonoma City Party Returns to the Plaza Thursday, August 4th

Posted on July 7, 2022

The Sonoma City Party Returns to the Plaza Thursday, August 4th! The Sonoma City Council and the City of Sonoma are delighted to present the 25th Annual Sonoma City Party. The City of Sonoma hosts this annual party to bring our community together for fun, festivities, and to celebrate our special town. A long-standing tradition,...
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City of Sonoma Installs New Energy Efficient Lighting

Posted on July 1, 2022

The City of Sonoma just completed a lighting efficiency upgrade project to support the city’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases. Older, inefficient interior and exterior lighting in city-owned buildings were replaced with higher efficiency LED lighting, which included the City Hall, Carnegie Library, and the Corporation Yard, home of Public Works. According to Travis Wagner,...
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Sonoma City Offices Closed July 4th

Posted on July 1, 2022

Sonoma City Offices are closed Monday, July 4th in observance of the Independence Day Holiday.
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Happy National Parks and Recreation Month – July 2022!

Posted on July 1, 2022

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities across the country. This year, it’s all...
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2022 Citywide Slurry Seal Project Now Underway

Posted on June 30, 2022

The City of Sonoma is pleased to announce the 2022 Citywide Slurry Seal Project (Project) started today. The Project began with preparations on June 30th and will be followed by the application of the slurry seal on July 7th and 8th.  After the application of the slurry seal, new markings on the street surface will...
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Beat the Heat! Summer Weather Preparedness Tips & Resources

Posted on June 30, 2022

Summer is officially here and the temperatures are going up. It's important to consider the effects of warmer temperatures and to take appropriate precautions to protect your health and safety during heat events. By following a few important steps, you can keep yourself, your loved ones, neighbors, and pets comfortable and safe during a heatwave:...
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Pour Over the Facts – the 2021 Annual Water Quality Report is Now Available

Posted on June 29, 2022

The 2021 Water Quality Report is now available online in English and Spanish. To request a printed copy, please contact the City of Sonoma Public Works Department Water Operations Supervisor, Tim Tillery, by calling 707-933-2231 or emailing ttillery@sonomacity.org.
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Now Hiring Public Works Maintenance Worker I/II – Apply by June 30th

Posted on June 28, 2022

The City of Sonoma is recruiting to fill one Maintenance Worker position in the Public Works Department. The position will perform maintenance functions in an assigned division, including streets, parks, cemeteries, or water distribution systems; to operate, maintain, and repair assigned City facilities; and to provide technical support to an assigned supervisor. The ideal candidate...
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Sonoma City Council Meeting – June 21, 4:00 PM

Posted on June 16, 2022

A regular meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at 4:00 pm. View the full agenda on our CivicWeb Portal. The item to be considered on the consent calendar is: Campaign Contribution Limitations The meeting will be held at City Council Chambers at 177 First St. West and can also be viewed...
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Nomination Period Opens July 18th for 2022 General Municipal Election

Posted on June 14, 2022

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, a general municipal election will be held in the City of Sonoma for three Council Member seats. Official nomination papers for eligible candidates desiring to file for the above office(s) may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk, No. 1 The Plaza, Sonoma, beginning July 18, 2022, through...
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What’s Your Zone? Sonoma Evacuation Zone Map, Tags and Gate Code Registration

Posted on June 14, 2022

 The County of Sonoma's official evacuation zone maps, including the City of Sonoma and incorporated Sonoma Valley, are designed to help residents be ready for any emergency that may require them to evacuate their homes. In the past, evacuation zones were different for each incident. Now zones will remain the same, and residents are urged...
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City Council Meeting – June 15th, 6:00 PM

Posted on June 10, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including a presentation of the  2022 Creative Student Artist Award Recipient Rue Gobbeeon, a presentation on Juneteenth in Sonoma, and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered...
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Vegetation Management & Weed Abatement

Posted on June 10, 2022

Temperatures are rising, grasses are drying, and fire season is near - it's time to take measures to create defensible space around your home by managing vegetation. Proper Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement play a critical role in reducing potential fire hazards. The Sonoma Valley Fire District's (SVFD) Annual Weed Abatement Program is in full swing...
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Summer Weather Preparedness Tips & Resources

Posted on June 9, 2022

Summer is almost here and the temperatures are going up. It's important to consider the effects of warmer temperatures and to take appropriate precautions to protect your health and safety during heat events. By following a few important steps, you can keep yourself, your loved ones, neighbors, and pets comfortable and safe during a heatwave:...
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City Council Summer Break begins July 1

Posted on June 9, 2022

By resolution, the Sonoma City Council annually approves an Annual Meeting Calendar.  A Summer Break from July 1 – July 31 is included. During this time, the Council does not hold regular Council or Standing Committee meetings. Because there are no meetings, the community may notice fewer e-newsletters and electronic communications during that timeframe. Sonoma...
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Sonoma’s Hometown 4th of July Parade and Celebration Returns to the Plaza

Posted on June 8, 2022

Sonoma’s 4th of July Celebration is a tradition that brings the community together in of all that makes Sonoma great and honors our great nation's independence. The Parade begins at 10 am winding its way around the town’s historic Plaza. After the parade, enjoy an old-fashioned festival with food,  drink and game booths by Sonoma’s...
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Reserve Tickets for Treasure Artist Reception Honoring Pat Meier-Johnson by 5PM, June 6th

Posted on June 1, 2022

The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission of Sonoma is hosting a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception to honor local artist Pat Meier-Johnson who was recently named the 2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year...and you're invited! WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022 WHERE: Vintage House, 264 First Street East, Sonoma COST: $30 per person, must...
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Now Hiring – Public Works Maintenance Worker I/II

Posted on June 1, 2022

The City of Sonoma is recruiting to fill one Maintenance Worker position in the Public Works Department. The position will perform maintenance functions in an assigned division, including streets, parks, cemeteries, or water distribution systems; to operate, maintain, and repair assigned City facilities; and to provide technical support to an assigned supervisor. The ideal candidate...
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TrainTown Parcel Annexation Not Being Considered on June 1 City Council Meeting

Posted on May 31, 2022

The City has received a number of phone calls and emails from community members who are concerned about TrainTown, Sonoma, being at risk of closure following an article in the newspaper that discusses the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission’s (LAFCO) recent Municipal Services Review (MSR) recommendation that the City of Sonoma annex the parcel on...
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May 4th & May 18th Budget Workshop Recordings Now Available

Posted on May 31, 2022

Video Recordings of the two City Council Budget Workshops are now available to view online. City Council held the special budget workshops to review, discuss, and provide initial direction to staff on the FY 22-23 City of Sonoma’s Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets. Each workshop covered different sections of the proposed budget. The first Budget...
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Special City Council Meeting – June 1st, 2PM

Posted on May 31, 2022

A special, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, June 1st at 2:00 pm. View the full agenda on our CivicWeb Portal. The item to be considered is: Discussion, Consideration and Possible Action to Approve the Fiscal Year 2022-23 City of Sonoma Operating and Capital Improvement Budget The meeting will be held...
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City Council Meeting – June 1st, 6:00 PM

Posted on May 27, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, June 1st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and public hearing on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Introduction of Campaign Contribution Limitations Ordinance. Vacant Parcel Tax in...
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City Launches Virtual Parks and Recreation Directory on SonomaCity.org

Posted on May 27, 2022

Discover all the recreational opportunities our public parks, facilities, and non-profit organizations have to offer the community on the City of Sonoma’s (City) new virtual Parks and Recreation Directory (Directory)! In partnership with the Community Recreation and Parks Task Force (Task Force), the City launched an "one-stop-shop" online Service Provider Directory for information on recreational...
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Sonoma City Offices Closed Memorial Day – May 30th

Posted on May 26, 2022

City of Sonoma offices will be closed Monday, May 30th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
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COVID-19 Status Update – Boosters now available for anyone 5 and older, Free testing at Health Center on Saturdays

Posted on May 26, 2022

Para traducir esta página, desplácese hasta el final, haga clic en “Translate”, y seleccione su idioma. The County reported a case rate this week of 43.5 new daily cases per 100,000 (up slightly from 41.4 last week), a test positivity rate of 11.4 percent, and 32 COVID-related hospitalizations in the county as of Monday. Four...
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Sonoma Valley evacuation exercise planned in Diamond A / Grove Street neighborhood

Posted on May 19, 2022

The Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management, in partnership with community preparedness groups, will be holding an evacuation exercise on Sunday, May 22 at 9 a.m. in the Diamond A and Grove Street neighborhoods of Sonoma Valley (evacuation zone 6D1). Participating residents will evacuate to Sonoma Valley High School at 20000 Broadway in the City...
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City Council Meeting – May 18th, 6:00 PM

Posted on May 13, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including a presentation of a proclamation in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the...
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City Council to Hold Second Budget Workshop – May 18th, 2:00PM

Posted on May 13, 2022

The second of two Special Sonoma City Council meetings to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY 22-23) Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Sonoma and Successor Agency will be held on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 pm in the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC). Find the agenda for the workshop here. The...
Covid Status Update

Health Officers urge public to take precautions as COVID levels rise

Posted on May 13, 2022

Twelve Bay Area health officers are stressing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID cases and hospitalizations. The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID infection rates. The current wave is fueled by highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Bay Area counties are seeing increases...
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2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist Reception Honoring Pat Meier-Johnson – June 9th

Posted on May 10, 2022

The Cultural and Fine Arts Commission of Sonoma will host a reception to honor local artist Pat Meier-Johnson who was recently named the 2022 Sonoma Treasure Artist of the Year. Members of the public are invited to attend the event which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2022, at the Vintage House,...
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Fryer Creek Bridge Project Expected to Break Ground this Month

Posted on May 5, 2022

On November 17, 2021, City Council awarded the Fryer Creek Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge project construction contract to F. Loduca Co. Construction work, which was originally scheduled to start this winter, has been slightly shifted to begin in late spring 2022 due to seasonal creek work window restrictions. The crews are expected to break ground...
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City Council Meeting – May 4th, 6:00 PM (In Person Only)

Posted on April 29, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including presentations and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular calendar are:  A Residential Permit Parking Program  on Public Streets in the Clay Street Neighborhood...
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Two City Council Workshops Scheduled to Review the City’s FY 2223 Proposed Budget

Posted on April 29, 2022

Two special Sonoma City Council meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, May 18th at 3:00 pm in the City’s Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to review the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY 22-23) Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Sonoma and Successor Agency. Find the agenda for the...
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New Downloadable Guide for Maintaining Low Water Use Landscaping

Posted on April 29, 2022

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership has published a new guide for homeowners to help maintain a low water use landscape. The  “Water Smart Gardens Maintenance Manual” (Manual) is an easy-to-use, step-by-step instruction manual on how to care for and maintain the plants, drip irrigation systems, and green features offered in the Water Smart Landscape Design...
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Mayor Ding to give remarks at library program exploring Chinese history in California May 14th

Posted on April 29, 2022

Join historian Arthur Dawson for an exploration of our Chinese history, the struggles of other marginalized groups, the roles played by locals Charles Stuart and C.C. O’Donnell in fighting or fomenting prejudice, and how this history lives on today. Jack Ding, Mayor of Sonoma, will conclude the program with remarks about the recognition of the...
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Celebrate the first Tuesday Night Market of the Season – May 3rd, 5 – 8 PM

Posted on April 28, 2022

Join Sonoma City Council and Market management as they officially kick off the Sonoma Tuesday Night Market season on Tuesday, May 3rd in the Sonoma Plaza. The opening program begins at 5:00 p.m. and will include welcoming remarks, an overview of what you can look forward to at the market this season, and recognition of...
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City of Sonoma Hires Mike Berger as New Public Works Director

Posted on April 26, 2022

The City of Sonoma (City) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Berger as the new Director of Public Works. Mr. Berger, who started April 18th, brings more than 30 years of civil engineering experience as a designer, contractor, construction manager and operations manager.  Mike most recently worked for the City of Napa Department of Public Works where he started as...
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City seeking applicants for 2022 Student Creative Artist Award

Posted on April 26, 2022

The City of Sonoma Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the 2022 Student Creative Arts Award Program. This award program is open to high school Juniors and Seniors, who reside within the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, and who have a strong interest in visual, literary, or performing arts. Applicants must submit...
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Reception Announced in Honor of 2022 Alcalde Steve Page

Posted on April 26, 2022

A reception honoring Steve Page, the City of Sonoma 2022 Alcalde, will be held Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Vintage House, 264 1st St E, in Sonoma beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend and participate in the recognition of this devoted citizen, who has done so much for the community. There...
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Refill Madness Sonoma Recognized for Sustainable Business Practices

Posted on April 22, 2022

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and City of Sonoma are pleased to announce that Refill Madness Sonoma is this year’s Earth Day Sustainable Business Honoree! Located in the Sonoma Valley Center, Refill Madness Sonoma opened in February 2021 at 500 West Napa Street, Suite 540 with a mission to foster a clean planet and a clean community....
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Announcing the Winners of the 2nd Annual Earth Day Photography Contest

Posted on April 22, 2022

Congratulations to Leslie Lerude and Andre Temperatura, winners of the 2nd Annual Earth Day Photography Contest! As part of Earth Day 2022, the City held a Photo Contest encouraging people to submit photos of their favorite natural spot, plants or creatures in Sonoma. The public was invited to vote online for their favorite entries. Leslie...
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City Council Meeting – April 20th, 6:00 PM (In Person Only)

Posted on April 15, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including presentations and items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Resolution Re-establishing the Position of City Historian Amendments to Sonoma Municipal...
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Sonoma Shake Out earthquake drill – April 18

Posted on April 15, 2022

Sonoma County residents are encouraged to take part in the Sonoma County Shake Out drill to be held on April 18 at 10 a.m., an annual exercise during national earthquake preparedness month. The drill will provide the community an opportunity to practice drop-cover-hold-on, which is the recommended action to stay safe when an earthquake hits....
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2022 Citywide Slurry Seal Project Out to Bid

Posted on April 15, 2022

The Citywide slurry seal project, consisting of street and multi-use trail (pathway) surface treatment for various streets throughout the City, is out to bid until May 5, 2022.  The Notice to Bidders and bid documents are available at sonomaplanroom.com. The slurry seal project also includes pavement striping and markings and street signage installation and replacement....
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Sonoma Overlook Trail Repairs Completed

Posted on April 15, 2022

The portion of the City of Sonoma’s Overlook Trail that was closed for repairs to trail surfaces from March 23 to April 14, has reopened on time. During the trail repair, three sections of the Lower Trail between the junction with the Rattlesnake cut-off and the junction with the Toyon spur were rebuilt to include...
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City Announces the Opening of Application Period for City Commissions & Committees

Posted on April 7, 2022

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 to then provide feedback, recommendations, and support to the City Council. The Council also makes...
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Take our Housing Survey for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

Posted on April 6, 2022

Help us shape the future of our community’s housing needs by taking the Housing Needs and Priorities survey. Taking this survey will automatically give you a chance to win a $50 gift card! The City of Sonoma is in the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2023-2031 period as...
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Earth Day Photo Contest Exhibition and Voting – Online Now through April 15th

Posted on April 6, 2022

Thank you to all of the photographers who submitted pictures to celebrate the beauty, strangeness, and amazing qualities of our planet in honor of Earth Day. View the virtual exhibition and vote for your favorite through April 15, 2022, at www.sonomacity.org/earth-day-photography-contest/. Winners are to be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, and will be...
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City Council Meeting – April 6, 6PM (In-Person Only)

Posted on April 1, 2022

A regular, in-person-only meeting of the Sonoma City Council will be held on Wednesday, April 6th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar and public hearing items on our CivicWeb Portal. The item to be considered on the regular calendar is: FY 2021-22 Budget to Actuals and Discussion, Consideration and Possible Action...
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Last Call for Entries! Earth Day Photography Contest Submissions due April 4th

Posted on April 1, 2022

Celebrate mother nature and all its wonders in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Photo Contest. Take a picture to celebrate the beauty, strangeness, and amazing qualities of our planet. No professional camera is needed - we welcome photos taken on any device! Submissions open March 8 – April 4 Online Exhibition and Voting April 5...
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Portion of Overlook Trail Closed through April 14th

Posted on April 1, 2022

A portion of the City of Sonoma’s Overlook Trail will be closed to walkers and hikers for repairs to trail surfaces from March 23 to April 14. During this period, the affected trail segments are not safe for foot traffic, due to the movement of heavy materials and the need for trail crews to work...
Covid Status Update

Second booster shots available for Sonoma County residents age 50 and up

Posted on April 1, 2022

Residents age 50 and older and those who are immunocompromised are now eligible to receive a second booster of the mRNA (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine at county-sponsored clinics as well as at local pharmacies and healthcare providers in Sonoma County. Under guidance approved this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers...
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