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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

January 05, 2024 | Department of Health Services

Sonoma County health officials issue cold weather warning

The County of Sonoma today issued a cold weather warning in response to the National Weather Service frost advisory from midnight to 10 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service is also predicting sub-freezing wind chill temperatures from Sunday into early Monday. Officials recommend that residents limit time outdoors, as serious medical conditions including hypothermia and frostbite can develop with prolonged cold weather exposure. Read full story

December 26, 2023 | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office announces change to public hours

Beginning Jan. 3, 2024, the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office will have a change in regular office hours. Going forward, the office will be closed to the public on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Public office hours will be Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read full story

December 26, 2023 | Clerk-Recorder-Assessor-Registrar of Voters

La Oficina del Registro de Votantes del Condado de Sonoma anuncia cambios en el horario de atención al público

A partir del 3 de enero de 2024, la Oficina del Registro de Votantes del Condado de Sonoma modificará su horario regular de atención al público. De ahora en adelante, la oficina estará cerrada al público los miércoles a las 4 p.m. El horario de atención al público será los lunes martes, jueves y viernes de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m., y los miércoles de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Read full story

December 20, 2023 | Community Development Commission

Sonoma County Housing Authority awarded $1.18 million in funding for new housing vouchers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the Sonoma County Housing Authority more than $1.18 million in additional Family Unification Program (FUP) vouchers. The 53 new vouchers are in addition to the existing, fully-utilized, 117 vouchers that are provided through the HUD-sponsored FUP, which supports families and youths to find permanent stable housing. Read full story

December 15, 2023 | Natural Resources

Russian River Inflatable Dam lowered in advance of forecasted storm

In anticipation of a series of storms arriving in the next week and elevated river flows, the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) will begin the process of deflating its rubber dam located in the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, December 18. Sonoma Water routinely deflates the rubber dam when Russian River flow forecasts show the river exceeding 1,600 cubic feet per second in order to prevent damage to the rubber dam from high flows. Read full story

December 14, 2023 | Office of the District Attorney

Santa Rosa Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for October 2022 Shooting of Two Near Union Hotel in Santa Rosa

Defendant Marcell Battiest, 29 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Troye Shaffer to serve 65 years-to-life in prison after being convicted by a jury in September of two counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, shooting into an occupied vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, committing a felony offense while out on bail, as well as another robbery from February of 2021. Read full story

December 14, 2023 | Department of Health Services

Memorial to honor lives lost in Sonoma County’s unhoused community

On December 21, National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, HomeFirst and the Sonoma County Department of Health Services will host a memorial to honor individuals who lost their lives over the last year while living without housing in Sonoma County. The event will take place at the Arlene Francis Center, 99 6th St., Santa Rosa, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Read full story