February 2018
2017 Annual Report:
Together, we are strong, we are resilient, we are Sonoma County.

As we reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, the vital role the County plays in improving the lives of the people and communities we serve has become all the more clear. We are living and working with a pre-and-post fire frame of reference – just like every county resident, business, government agency, and nonprofit. The 2017 Sonoma County Annual Report shares many of our accomplishments before and after a night our community will never forget: October 8th.

Recovery Workshops

Mark your calendars! The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors invites community members to attend and provide input to guide post-fire recovery efforts at several upcoming recovery workshops:

  • February 13, Natural Resources and Economic Development Workshop
  • February 27, Infrastructure Workshop
  • March 13, Health and Human Services Workshop

Looking for information on the February 6th Housing Workshop? A recording of the Board of Supervisors Meeting will be available shortly.

Community members are also invited to submit feedback on these areas of recovery by emailing us at  info@sonomacountyrecovers.org .

Resiliency Permit Center to Open on February 13th

The County of Sonoma is establishing a Resiliency Permit Center exclusively dedicated to assist fire survivors with the rebuilding process. The center, which will open on February 13, will accelerate the permitting process for home owners of the approximately 3,000 residential properties destroyed or damaged in unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

Save the Dates - Vital Lands Initiative Community Meetings

Last fall, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) put its Vital Lands Initiative planning process on hold to respond to the Sonoma Complex fires. With the recovery and rebuilding process underway, the agency is turning its focus back to the comprehensive plan that will guide its work for the next 15 years to maintain a healthy and resilient Sonoma County.

With that in mind, Ag + Open Space invites the community to review and provide comments on the draft goals, objectives, strategies, and performances measures of the plan at a series of community meetings in March.

SOS Fire-Related Grants Offered to Low-Income Residents

Low-income residents who lost possessions, jobs or income due to the fires may apply for the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) special assistance grants for up to $3,000. The grants aim to help those affected by covering a month's mortgage, rent or a security deposit; cover utility bills; buy essential household furniture, a wheelchair or other vital health aids; and cover costs of some automotive repairs for critically needed transportation. Oversight of the program is by the Human Services Department.

Application Period is Open for the Community Investment Program 

The Community Investment Program Grant application period is now open. The following Community Investment Program grants are available for Fiscal Year 2018-19: Chambers of Commerce, Visitors Centers (separate application required), Visitor Way Finding and Signage, Workforce Development and Scholarships, and Major County Events and Organizations, Seasonal and Off Peak Programs. View the online application.

Cannabis Advisory Group Meeting

The next Cannabis Advisory Group Meeting will take place at the Glasser Center on February 28, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. All Cannabis Advisory Group meetings are open to attendance by interested members of the public.

Regional Parks Upcoming February Events

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Help Local Seniors: 
Volunteer to Offer a Free Ride!

The generation that put America on the road now needs our help driving. Seniors need the help of the younger generation to get to important places such as doctor appointments or the grocery store. Become a volunteer driver, serving residents age 60 or older and people with disabilities.

Get Your Flu Vaccine

Because the flu is unpredictable and the vaccine can take about two weeks to become fully effective, Sonoma County health officials urge everyone, six months and older, to get vaccinated. Ensuring timely flu shots can prevent a disease that hospitalizes 200,000 Americans every year. Please protect yourself and your family and get the vaccine. To find a location near you, visit vaccinefinder.org .

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This service is free, secure, reliable, and easy to use. SoCoAlert notifications may be sent via text, email, voice, web, and social media.

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