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Latest News Posts

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City Update on Local Protests Planned in Sonoma

Posted on June 2, 2020

The City of Sonoma supports the people’s right to free speech and to peacefully assemble.  We are aware of the protests planned by local community members for this evening and tomorrow afternoon in the Sonoma Plaza.  The City and Sonoma Police Department are working in coordination with local organizers of the events to ensure our...
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Joint Statement from Susan Gorin, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and Mark Essick, Sonoma County Sheriff/Coroner

Posted on June 1, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma - En Espanol Together, we are experiencing something not seen in a century – a pandemic that has required the lockdown of our communities, our gathering centers and much of our economy. Today, we are faced with the daunting task of how best to...
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City of Sonoma and F.I.S.H. Partner to Provide Rental and Utility Assistance

Posted on May 27, 2020

The City of Sonoma has set aside a fund and partnered with the local organization Friends In Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) to provide rental and utility assistance to  residents of Sonoma and those who work (or would be working but for the Coronavirus pandemic) in the City and Sonoma Valley. Already in May, the City and...
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Eviction Moratorium Ordinance and Eviction Protection Information

Posted on May 26, 2020

The City Council approved an Eviction Moratorium Urgency Ordinance on May 18, 2020, which will provide protection from eviction due to COVID-19 related loss of income or significant medical expenses. The Eviction Moratorium applies to both residential and commercial tenants in the City of Sonoma. During this time of shelter in place, self-isolation, and other...
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Sonoma County Public Health Officer Amends Shelter in Place Order to Allow Additional Businesses to Reopen

Posted on May 22, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma - En Espanol The Sonoma County Health Officer today amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to expand the list of businesses able to operate in the County as allowed by the State’s approval of the County’s Variance request to accelerate into Stage 2 of...
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Sonoma Valley Safe Program Launched

Posted on May 22, 2020

Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance, Sonoma Valley Chamber,  and the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau have rolled out Sonoma Valley Safe to support local businesses in taking the necessary steps to follow safety and health guidelines, as well as communicate to customers and the community that Sonoma Valley is committed to maintaining the highest safety...
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Sonoma Service Area Expansion Pre Application

Posted on May 21, 2020

The City of Sonoma, in partnership with our local business organizations, is in the process of adopting new policies and procedures aimed at quickly assisting local businesses with adapting to the challenges created by physical (“social”) distancing requirements as we re-emerge from the most stringent phase of the COVID-19 “shutdown”. The goal is to help...
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Sonoma Small Business Reopen Kit

Posted on May 21, 2020

The Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau have partnered with Victor Restaurant Supply, a local business located on 8th St. E to ensure local businesses have access to the supplies and equipment they need to implement a safe and responsible reopening as soon as they...

Get Tested! Expanded COVID-19 Testing Options now Available to Everyone

Posted on May 21, 2020

Help us open safely. Community-wide testing is a critical step toward re-opening the County and allows us to identify and increase our understanding of COVID-19 community spread. We know that upwards of 40% of people who test positive experience no symptoms (asymptomatic), but can still spread the disease. Testing is now available at multiple locations,...
Public Works Week 2020

Happy National Public Works Week! May 17th – 23rd

Posted on May 20, 2020

Infrastructure and public works activity are all around us, but we seldom notice it...unless it stops working! We would like to take this week to recognize our City of Sonoma Public Works staff who support the Sonoma community through planning, building, operating and managing our city year-round. Their efforts are especially appreciated during this time...
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Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force Installs “Heart of Sonoma” Artist Series on Sonoma Plaza, in Boyes Hot Springs and at Sonoma Community Center

Posted on May 19, 2020

The City of Sonoma, in partnership with Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force (Task Force), is pleased to announce the installation of the “Heart of Sonoma” artist heart series in front of Sonoma’s City Hall, in Boyes Hot Springs at the parking lot at E. Thompson Ave and Sonoma Hwy 12, and at the Sonoma Community...
City Council Meeting, May 18, 2020, 6pm

City Council Meeting – May 18th, 6PM

Posted on May 15, 2020

A regular meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, May 18th at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal.   Items on the public hearing include: CONTINUE TO JUNE 15, 2020 - Appeals of Three (3) Use Permits/Sites for Verizon Small Cell Facilities...

Sonoma County Public Health Officer Amends Shelter in Place Order to Allow Further Business Reopening

Posted on May 14, 2020

The following is a Press Release from the County of Sonoma - download en Espanol The Sonoma County Health Officer today amended the Shelter-in-Place Health Order allowing the reopening of additional businesses, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020. On May 12, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that additional businesses could operate statewide with...
Sonoma County Economic Development Board Survey

Participate in Sonoma County Economic Development Board’s weekly COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

Posted on May 14, 2020

Local business owners, executives and nonprofit organizations: The Economic Development Board (EDB) has contracted with Dr. Robert Eyler, principal of Economic Forensics and Analytics, to conduct a thorough analysis of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sonoma County. To assist in accurately measuring local impact, they are conducting a weekly survey of local...
Parks COVID-19 Safe Practices

City of Sonoma Parks Partially Open Following County Health Officer’s Amended Park Closure Order

Posted on May 13, 2020

The Sonoma County health officer has issued an updated amended parks closure order that allows limited access to parks for outdoor recreational activities beginning May 13, 2020, and until further notice. The order replaces the total parks closure order of March 23, 2020 and the amended parks closure order of April 28, 2020. Please read...
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Parks Access Expanded in New Sonoma County Health Order

Posted on May 12, 2020

The following is a press release from the County of Sonoma from May 12, 2020 - download en Espanol Sonoma County’s health officer today further eased restrictions on outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic by issuing an order that allows park agencies to reopen some parking lots and sports facilities. The health order means residents...
Budget Study Session

Council Studies Impacts of Pandemic on City Finances

Posted on May 8, 2020

Along with many businesses, city finances have been hit hard by the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. With a tourism-based local economy, the City of Sonoma is reliant on hotel and sales taxes which represents 54% of the City’s General Fund budget. While City revenues were trending at or above projections prior to the...
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Sonoma County Public Health Officer Amends Shelter in Place Order to Allow Additional Businesses to Reopen

Posted on May 7, 2020

 Leer  En Espanol The Sonoma County Health Officer today amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to reopen retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, effective 12:01 a.m. on May 8, 2020. These businesses include but are not limited to bookstores, jewelry stores, toy stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, home and furnishing stores, sporting goods stores, antique stores,...
Special City Council Meeting May 8th

Special City Council Meeting, City Budget Update and Study Session – May 8th

Posted on May 7, 2020

The City Council will hold a City Budget Update and Study Session to discuss the financial impacts of the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency and the Resulting Economic Emergency on Friday, May 8, 2020, at 1:00 PM. See the full agenda on our CivicWeb Portal.  The update and study session will include: Overview of Pandemic Impact...
Water Rates

City Council Defers July 2020 Water Rate Increase

Posted on May 5, 2020

On May 4, 2020, the City Council of the City of Sonoma adopted a resolution deferring the scheduled July 2020 water rate increase of 7.5% for six months.  The water rate increase will now take place on January 1, 2021.  This City Council action was taken because the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are...
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