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January 23, 2024 | Climate Action and Resiliency

Public invited to North Bay Induction Cooking Expo on January 27 in Santa Rosa

The public is invited to learn about the benefits of induction cooking and financial incentives to upgrade a kitchen on January 27 at the North Bay Induction Cooking Expo in Santa Rosa. Read full story


January 23, 2024 | Sonoma Public Infrastructure (formerly TPW)

Board of Supervisors authorizes planning and development of advanced composting facility in Sonoma County

The Board of Supervisors today authorized engineering and environmental planning for the first centralized composting facility in Sonoma County, which is expected to divert and process approximately 65,000 tons of organic material each year. The initiative, in alignment with the County’s Five-year Strategic Plan for Climate Action and Resiliency, moves the county toward carbon-neutral operations by 2030 and is supported by grant funding. Read full story


January 19, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Santa Rosa Woman Sentenced for Vehicular Manslaughter and Leaving Scene of Accident Resulting in Death

Defendant Allisa Marie Whitten, 35 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mark Urioste to serve 3 years and 3 months in state prison after pleading no-contest in November of last year to crimes including felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, misdemeanor destroying evidence, and misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Read full story


January 19, 2024 | Board of Supervisors Department

The Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council seeks public input on Lower Russian River Governance study

Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and The Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council are inviting the public to take part in the final workshop to ask questions and provide feedback on the draft Lower Russian River Governance Study. The workshop will be held at Guerneville School, 14630 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. In-person Spanish interpretation will be made available. Free child care will also be provided during the workshop. Read full story


January 18, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Petaluma Man Sentenced for Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Solicitation to Commit Murder

Defendant Anthony Eugene Nelson, 33 years old of Petaluma, was sentenced earlier today by the Honorable Dana Simonds to serve 50 years in state prison after pleading no-contest in November of last year to crimes including sexual assault, inflicting great bodily injury upon a domestic partner, and solicitation to commit murder. Read full story


January 18, 2024 | Office of the District Attorney

Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Sign Agreement to Coordinate Investigations, Outreach, and Training to Protect Workers’ Rights

District Attorney Carla Rodriguez announced today that the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office has signed a memorandum of understanding creating a 5-year partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The specific goals of the agreement are to increase coordination between the two agencies in conducting outreach and education in the community, conducting joint investigations of wage theft law violators, and cross-training investigators and staff at both agencies with the goal of greater protection of victims of wage theft. Read full story


January 18, 2024 | Department of Human Services

Applicants needed for new advisory committee seeking to improve services for older adults, people with disabilities

The Sonoma County Human Services Department is accepting applications to serve on a new advisory committee that will draft an equity-focused plan to address the unmet needs of older adults and people with disabilities in Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley, particularly those who are Black, Indigenous and people of color Read full story


January 10, 2024 | Board of Supervisors Department

Supervisor Rabbitt elected chair of Sonoma County Board of Supervisors; Hopkins named as vice chair

Supervisor David Rabbitt on Tuesday was elected chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in a unanimous vote of the five-member body. Supervisor Lynda Hopkins was named vice chair, and Supervisor James Gore was named chair pro-tem. Read full story


January 09, 2024 | Sonoma County Regional Parks

Local parks tax supports $14 million in improvements

Parks departments throughout Sonoma County updated their playgrounds, sports facilities, and signage and completed other crucial maintenance projects with $14 million in Parks for All/Measure M sales tax revenue in the 2022-23 fiscal year. Read full story


January 08, 2024 | Board of Supervisors Department

Sonoma County to celebrate opening of new service center in Sonoma Valley on January 17

Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin and other local leaders will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 17 to celebrate the opening of the county’s new East Sonoma County Services Center. Read full story