News & Updates

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Latest News Posts

Proposed Changes to Water Connection Charges

Posted on December 6, 2019

 The City Council will consider a change to the City’s water connection charges on December 16, 2019.  Meeting agendas and staff reports for City Council meetings are posted at least 72 hours in advance at sonomacity.civicweb.net.  For a copy of the consultant report referenced below, contact the City Manager at (707) 938-3681. The City’s current...
Travis Wagner, City of Sonoma Sustainability Coordinator

Meet our New Sustainability Coordinator, Travis Wagner

Posted on December 6, 2019

The City of Sonoma is pleased to introduce our new Sustainability Coordinator, Travis Wagner. Travis Wagner was an environmental consultant for 14 years working primarily to support municipal, hazardous, and radioactive waste planning and policy for the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, and the US Army. In 2002, he became a professor...
Moving Forward 2050

SCTA to Host “Let’s Talk: The Future of Transportation in Sonoma” – December 11th

Posted on December 6, 2019

The Sonoma County Transportation Authority  (STCA) is updating Sonoma County's Comprehensive Transportation Plan to ensure that the plan is relevant, useful, and represents the community’s needs for transportation. The new plan, called Moving Forward 2050, will look at transportation and projects over the next 30 years. The SCTA encourages residents to join them at "Let’s...
Sand for sandbags delivered to Depot Park

Winter Storm Preparedness

Posted on December 4, 2019

With the beginning of the winter storm season, we strongly encourage you to take time to prepare for upcoming storms. If your property has a history of flooding, please don’t wait for a storm to prepare sandbags. Sandbags can be prepared and kept on hand throughout the winter. Free sandbags are now available to City residents at City...
Charles Price Day, December 2nd, 2019

Celebrate Sonoma – Charles Price Day is December 2nd

Posted on November 27, 2019

The next person to be honored as part of the "Celebrate Sonoma" program will be Charles Price, a Sonoma Father, Boy Scout Leader, and public servant who spent his life in service to his family and his community. City Council will recognize Charles Price and declare December 2nd, 2019 "Charles Price Day" at their December...
City Council Meeting December 2nd, 2019

City Council Meeting – December 2nd

Posted on November 26, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm. The full agenda and staff reports including the next "Celebrate Sonoma"  recognition of Charles Price and items on the consent calendar can be found on our CivicWeb Portal.  Items on the regular calendar include: Draft “Administrative Regulations” and “Draft...
Sonoma Art Walk, First Thursdays, December 5th

Sonoma Art Walk + Holiday Decorating Contest December 5th

Posted on November 26, 2019

Join us to kick off the final Art Walk of 2019! Meet at H Frank to pick up a walking map, enjoy light bites & wine. You'll meet and interact with local artists to discuss their work and inspiration.  It's the perfect time to pick up holiday gifts for family or friends (or treat yourself...
2018 Alcalde Marcel Defreitas Holding the Silver-Headed Cane which he Passed to 2019 Alcaldessa Karen Collins

2020 Alcalde Nomination Deadline Approaching December 6th

Posted on November 22, 2019

The City of Sonoma is seeking nominations from the public for the 2020 Honorary Alcalde. Each year, since 1975, the City Council selects a citizen of the year who is given the title of Honorary Alcalde (“Alcalde” is the Spanish word for Mayor). The honoree is given a silver-headed cane as a symbol of the...
Happy Thanksgiving! Sonoma City Offices are Closed November 28th and 29th.

City Offices Closed November 28th & 29th for Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted on November 22, 2019

Sonoma City offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Sewer Main Trunk Replacement Map

Sewer Trunk Main Replacement Project Update from SVCSD

Posted on November 22, 2019

Please see the latest Project Update from the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District (SVCSD), 11/19/19 The SVCSD Sewer Trunk Main Replacement Project is making good progress. Construction got under way in July of this year and the contractor is now installing the final 300 feet of 27-inch pipeline that is replacing the existing 21-inch pipeline...
Council Action Recap

Council Action Recap – 11.18.19

Posted on November 21, 2019

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.
Minimum Wage Notice

Local Minimum Wage Rates Take Effect January 1, 2020

Posted on November 21, 2019

In mid-2019, the Sonoma City Council completed a Minimum Wage Study process and adopted a local minimum wage ordinance, which became Chapter 2.80 of the Sonoma Municipal Code. Sonoma’s local minimum wage is structured similarly to the State minimum wage, with different wage rates for large employers (26 or more employees) and small employers (25 or fewer...
2020 Treasure Artist and founder of Hula Mai, Betty Ann Ka`iilana Bruno

Betty Ann Bruno Chosen as Sonoma’s 2020 Treasure Artist

Posted on November 19, 2019

Sonoma’s Cultural and Fine Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the Treasure Artist for 2020 is dance teacher and performer Betty Ann Ka’ihilani Bruno, a former Oz munchkin, TV newscaster, and founder of Hula Mai. In selecting Ms. Bruno, the Commission noted her contributions to the cultural growth of Sonoma Valley through her commitment...
PG&E 7 day forecast

Potential Power Shutoff & Red Flag Warning beginning Wednesday (11/20)

Posted on November 18, 2019

The City of Sonoma is preparing to respond to the impacts of a possible power shutoff conducted by PG&E. The agency informed City and County officials that Sonoma County is under a Public Safety Power Shutoff  (PSPS) "Watch,” and current weather conditions may lead to a de-energization event beginning Wednesday, November 20th. PG&E estimates that...
Hotel Project Rendering

Public Hearing of Final EIR for “Hotel Project Sonoma” Continued to December 12, 2019

Posted on November 14, 2019

The Planning Commission hearing of the revised Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), Use, Permit, Lot Line Adjustment and Design Review and associated entitlements application for the "Hotel Project Sonoma" located at 153 West Napa Street and 541 First Street West originally scheduled for November 12th has been continued to the meeting of December 12, 2019....
City Council Meeting 11.18.19

City Council Meeting – November 18th

Posted on November 14, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, November 18th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda and staff reports including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal. The items to be considered on the regular schedule are: Safe Parking Program in the Police Department Parking Lot Report on Enforcement...
Council Action Recap

Council Action Recap – 10.21.19

Posted on November 14, 2019

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's Street Crew

City’s Streets Rated “Good” in Bay Area Assessment

Posted on November 14, 2019

Well-maintained streets are important both to our residents’ daily quality of life and to vehicular and pedestrian safety. The City of Sonoma’s streets received a rating of “Good” in the latest Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for Bay Area cities and counties, a detailed assessment of local roadway conditions provided by the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission....

November Water Billing Statements

Posted on November 12, 2019

Please be advised that this month's water statements will be mailed out a bit later than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our goal is to have them mailed out by the end of this week. If you are signed up to receive paperless billing, you will receive a notification letting you...
Hotel Project Rendering

Revised Final EIR for W Napa St Hotel Project Now Available

Posted on November 8, 2019

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...
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