June 2018
Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Recommended Budget
Now Available for Viewing

The County of Sonoma is providing an online view of the County’s annual operating budget as part of our commitment to transparency, open government, and citizen engagement. This site presents the County’s operating budget in a visual style to help promote an understanding of how the budget is structured and where the County is dedicating available resources.
Budget Hearings Begin June 12, 2018

Each year the Board of Supervisors holds public hearings on the recommended budget in the Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 575 Administration Drive, Santa Rosa 95403. During the budget hearings, the public has the opportunity to comment on different departments recommended budgets. The official budget hearing schedule will be posted on Thursday, June 7 on the Budget Report page.

* At the discretion of the Chair department budgets listed for the afternoon or the next day may be moved up, if time allows.
**Board final budget deliberations may be moved up, if time allows.
Housing Initiatives

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, on  May 8, 2018 , approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Code, to take effect June 7, 2018. These code amendments are designed to reduce constraints to housing production and to provide broader options for permanent housing solutions.

Joe Rodota Trail Reopened

On Tuesday, June 6, Sonoma County Regional Parks reopened the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton and Roseland avenues after completing a multi-day cleanup of an illegal homeless encampment.

The trail was closed May 30 to allow the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa to reestablish a safe and clean trail for pedestrians and cyclists.

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Arts Education Innovation Grants Program

Arts Education Innovation Grants totaling $88,000 have been awarded to fifteen arts education programs serving students in the County who may have limited access to arts experiences. 

These grants are being provided in a partnership between Community Foundation Sonoma County and Creative Sonoma, view recipients at the link below. 
Andy's Unity Park Opens

On Saturday, June 2 , the community came together to celebrate the opening of Andy's Unity Park. The park encompasses the spirit that transformed a site of tragedy into a space to play, garden, gather, and remember. Designed by residents, Andy's Unity Park is a testament to a neighborhood's vision and perseverance.

Rebuilding Videos

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Sonoma County Fair
"Salute to Heroes"
 
The Sonoma County Fair is preparing to celebrate our community of heroes with our 2018 “Salute to Heroes.”

Pre-Sale tickets are available now through August 1. Purchase tickets at the Box Office, or online at SonomaCountyFair.com .
$ for $ CalFresh Match at Farmers Markets
 
Locally grown, fresh food is more affordable for CalFresh clients in Sonoma and Marin counties thanks to Farmers’ Market L.I.F.E. (Local Incentive for Food and Economy) Market Match program.

For each $1 that the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture awards for CalFresh, L.I.F.E. secures $1 in funds or in-kind contributions. That means that when you use $10 of CalFresh benefits, and you can get another $10 worth of food.
 
4-H is Helping Prepare Youth for College & Careers

Sonoma County 4-H will expand the College and Career pilot programs next year by creating a Sonoma County 4-H Teen Club, which will focus on leadership development, career exploration, and social connection.

4-H will also start offering the Juntos family workshops at Cook Middle School. Through these efforts, 4-H is helping prepare our young people for college and career options after they graduate high school.

Learn More About Child Support Services on the Local Univision Station

Learn more about Child Support Services offered by Sonoma County, on local Univision Radio at 7:00 a.m., June 18, 2018 UniMas 66 KSFS; or on the Univision NOW smartphone app.

The origram will include information on services such as Establishing Child Support Orders, Genetic Testing, Enforcing Child Support Orders and Modifying Child Support.

If you have any questions, please contact Sonoma County Child Support Services Department.
Child Support Director Jennifer Traumann Receives Top Award

On May 3, 2018, the Child Support Directors Association of California awarded Director Jennifer Traumann with the highest award offered to child support professionals, The Truly B. Knox Award.  

The award speaks to the dedication of Traumann and the County to delivering child support to the families in our community. 

(Pictured: Don Semon, President of California Child Support Directors Association (CSDA); Jennifer Traumann, Director the Department of Child Support Services; and Greg Wilson, Exectuive Director, CSDA.)
Happy Pride Month Opening Doors for LGBTQI Seniors

The Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult & Aging Division and community partners have convened the Adult & Aging Services Coalition: Opening Doors for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) Seniors in Sonoma County.
 
For some older LGBTQI adults, a lifetime of discrimination has left its mark in isolation and social concerns. The group will increase accessibility to vital community services and support for LGBTQI seniors in Sonoma County.
 
To learn how your agency can increase the accessibility of services for LGBTQI older adults, visit the  Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders’ (SAGE) National Resource Center for LGBT Aging

Regional Parks Upcoming Events

June 6, 2018 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Peoples Yoga Pop Ups

June 6, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Nature Heals: Settle Down at Sun Down

June 7, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Andy's Unity Park Community Garden Work Days

June 8, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Natural Exploration: Redwood Forest Flora

June 8, 2018 from 5:30 – 9:00 PM
Funky Fridays

June 9, 2018 from 8:00 – 11:30 AM
Sugar Shuttle: North Sonoma-Jack London

June 9, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Andy's Unity Park Community Garden Work Days

June 9, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Tide Pool Talks

June 9, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Beach Side Campfire Program

Documenting Fire Recovery

You can help track Sonoma Valley Regional Park's recovery from the Nuns Fire by contributing to a crowd-source time-lapse photo project. Look for the smartphone stand on the Valley of the Moon Trail and follow the easy instructions (in English and Spanish) to take and share photos of a hillside that burned in the wildfire.

Over time, Regional Parks will curate and share the images to show how the land heals.

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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.

Employment Opportunities

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