News & Updates

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Red flag warning / Alerta Roja

Red Flag Warning for North Bay Wednesday (10/23) at Noon – Thursday (10/24) at 4PM

Posted on October 22, 2019

The US National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay including Sonoma County beginning Wednesday (10/23) at Noon to Thursday (10/24) at 4 pm. A Red Flag Warning is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire behavior that will occur within 24 hours. A Red Flag Warning is the...
PSPS Watch Graphic

Public Safety Power Shutoff “WATCH” & Fire Weather Watch This Week

Posted on October 21, 2019

10/21, 5:50 PM - Read the latest information from PG&E and View a Potential Power Outage Map. 10/21, 3:30 PM – The National Weather Service has issued a 'Fire Weather Watch' due to gusty winds and low overnight humidity in the North Bay Area later this week. Due to these conditions, PG&E ‪has raised the...
Resident Experience Survey

Sonoma County Residents: Power Shutoff Experience Survey

Posted on October 18, 2019

The PG&E Power Shutoff that began October 9, 2019, disrupted communities in Sonoma County as well as other areas across Northern California. The County of Sonoma requests that residents fill out a survey accessible from the link below. Their intent is to understand residents' challenges and successes during this event, so the County can better...
Business Survey

Last Day to Take Business Owner Planned Power Shutoff Survey

Posted on October 18, 2019

‼️ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS‼️ As a result of the recent PG&E Power Shutoff event, we have developed a brief survey to help the County of Sonoma and other local organizations understand the impacts to local businesses and the economy, as well as develop resources to assist local businesses. The data in this survey will be used...
Kristina Tierney, Associate Planner, City of Sonoma

Meet Kristina Tierney, Our New Associate Planner

Posted on October 17, 2019

The City of Sonoma is pleased to introduce Associate Planner Kristina Tierney. Kristina is a land use and environmental planner with fifteen years of experience, including 10 years as a planner for Marin County. Kristina specializes in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and has worked on large infrastructure projects all over California. She has...
City Council Meeting, October 21, 2019

City Council Meeting – October 21st

Posted on October 17, 2019

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, October 21st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including a presentation on the recent PG&E power shutoff event, items on the consent calendar and staff reports on our CivicWeb Portal. Items to be considered on the regular schedule include: Proposed Safe Parking Program at...

Draft Ordinance Adopting and Amending the 2019 CA Building Standards – Strikeout

Posted on October 11, 2019

Draft Ordinance Adopting and Amending the 2019 CA Building Standards - Strikeout
Power Shutoff Update

PG&E Power Shutoff & Restoration Updates, October 11, 2019, 10:00 AM

Posted on October 11, 2019

PG&E Power Shutoff & Restoration Updates, October 11, 2019, 10:00 AM:  •Sonoma City Hall has resumed regular hours and services. Open 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Closed 12 NOON – 1:00 PM for lunch. •The National Weather Service reports the fire weather threat has diminished despite continued dry conditions. Overnight temperatures continue to drop to...
Power Shutoff Update

PG&E Power Shutoff & Restoration Update

Posted on October 10, 2019

Update, Thursday 10/10 at 6:30 PM. The PG&E power restoration process has begun and will continue, possibly for several days. While portions of the west side of Sonoma have been re-energized, much of the City and the Valley are still without power.  The City has not received any official notification from PG&E about when we can...
Power Shutoff Update

Parts of City of Sonoma Report Power Restoration

Posted on October 10, 2019

Promising news from our friends at Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority & Sonoma Valley Hospital --- both have had power restored as of 4:00 PM, Thursday, October 10, 2019. We have not received any official notification from PG&E about when we can expect full power restoration. PG&E has advised that it could take 1...
Power Shutoff Update

Power Outage Updates – October 10th, 9:30 AM

Posted on October 10, 2019

Updates - October 10, 2019: 9:30 AM Sonoma Valley experienced high winds overnight, but there was no fire activity in Sonoma County or neighboring communities.  The Red Flag Warning for our area has been extended through 5 pm today. PG&E has not yet initiated the re-energization process, which includes checking for downed lines.  With a...

Power Outage Updates – October 9th, 5:30 pm

Posted on October 9, 2019

Updates, October 9, 2019: 5:30 PM National Weather Service reports that a high wind weather event is expected with high confidence after sunset today (10/9) through early morning tomorrow (10/10). The City has activated its Emergency Operation Center to mobilize resources to address the power loss and increased fire threat, and SVFRA has increased staffing...
City Hall

List of Businesses Open During Power Shutoff

Posted on October 9, 2019

The Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau is keeping a list of businesses that are open in Sonoma Valley despite the power shutoff. Be advised that while the page is being updated regularly, information may change. You can find the list at: www.sonomavalley.com/open
Power Shutoff Update

Power Outage Updates – October 9th, 8:00 AM

Posted on October 9, 2019

Good Morning Sonoma - here are latest #SonomaPSPS Updates - October, 9, 2019 - 8:00am >Red Flag Warning Through Thursday at 5PM >Be careful with generators, candles, and BBQ's, one spark can start a major wildfire >Charging Center at Sonoma Veteran's Building, 126 1st St W, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, please bring your own...
Power Shutoff Update

What to do in an Emergency if Cellular Phone Service is Disrupted or Unavailable

Posted on October 8, 2019

In the event that cell phone service is disrupted during the upcoming PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS): Find a neighbor with a landline. If it needs charging, visit the charging station at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, 126 1st Street West between 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. For PSPS updates, visit City Hall, Sonoma...

Sonoma Responds to PG&E’s Power Shut-Off

Posted on October 8, 2019

This afternoon, the City of Sonoma (City) acted to prepare for a shutdown of Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) power to areas of Sonoma County including the City of Sonoma. PG&E has notified the City and Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority that they will activate their Public Safety Power Shut-Off protocols due to extreme...

PG&E Confirms Public Safety Power Shutoff for the City of Sonoma Beginning at Midnight

Posted on October 8, 2019

Pacific Gas and Electric Company has confirmed that they will perform a Public Safety Power Shutoff to 32 counties in California including the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. The Power Shutoff is anticipated to start starting late tonight, October 8, 2019, or early tomorrow morning, October 9, 2019. PG&E indicates it may take up...
Council Action Recap

Posted on October 8, 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.
Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week Reminds Households to Plan Ahead

Posted on October 7, 2019

Permit Sonoma’s Fire Prevention Division invites the public to celebrate Fire Prevention Week, October 6-12, 2019. The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) theme for the week “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice Your Escape!” reminds the community to take action by developing and practicing a home fire escape plan. “The County of Sonoma is committed...
Sonoma County Recovers

County of Sonoma, Santa Rosa to Hold Obervances of Two-Year Anniversary of Wildfires

Posted on October 7, 2019

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa invite community members to gather to observe the two-year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex Fires at a brief ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in Courthouse Square in Downtown Santa Rosa. The gathering will include a moment of silence and a ceremony with...
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