March 2018
Are You Rain Ready?

The National Weather Service’s general rule of thumb is that a half an inch of rainfall in an hour can cause flash flooding in areas affected by fires. To better prepare, you can:
● Use erosion control techniques, such as installing wattles and rock bags, and clear fire-related debris from creeks, storm drains and drainages on your property to reduce flooding.
● Have an evacuation and emergency plan ready.
● Share this information with others, including neighbors and people who may be in fire impacted areas of the county.
● Keep your cell phone turned on at all times to receive emergency alerts.

State of the County

The State of the County event, held on February 2nd, highlighted key opportunities, challenges, and initiatives in Sonoma County. The event included a presentation by the Board of Supervisors Chair, James Gore, and a Keynote Address by Jerry Nickelsburg, Director,  UCLA Anderson Forecas t, on the economic prospects for Sonoma County and California in the coming year. 

Permit Sonoma - Pre-Application Screenings

Property owners looking to rebuild, are encouraged to schedule a pre-application screening at the Resiliency Permit Center. These screenings will provide information and resources to help property owners complete permit applications and streamline the issuance of permits. Schedule meetings  online  or call (707) 565-1788.

County Receives $3.25 million Employment Development Department Grant to Support Workers Dislocated by Wildfires

A $3.25 million grant to help prepare and train residents for jobs in the construction industry was awarded to the Sonoma County Workforce Development Board in partnership with the Human Services Department Employment and Training Division. The emergency funds from the California Employment Development Department aims at helping 700 local dislocated workers gain skills and find jobs as part of the County's recovery from the October fires.

Sonoma County Job Link, the local America's Job Center of California, will assist job seekers with initial job-search preparation, career counseling, skills assessments, resume and interview workshops, mentoring, recruitment assistance, training and other support services. For information, call (707) 565-5550.

Voters Displaced by the October Wildfires

The Sonoma County Clerk • Recorder • Assessor • Registrar of Voters office wants to remind property owners who have been impacted by the wildfires to update their address and Voter Registration. For questions – Call (707) 565-6800 or (800) 750-8683, email, or visit the Registrar of Voters at 435 Fiscal Drive in Santa Rosa.

Registrar of Voters Office Announces Plan to Replace Voting System

The Registrar of Voters Office has begun a special project to select a new voting system for Sonoma County. Registrar of Voters William Rousseau has made it a priority in his final term of office to ensure Sonoma County modernizes and upgrades its voting system to the latest standards, using the most secure, accurate, and accessible technology available. Mr. Rousseau intends to have new voting equipment for polling places and machinery for counting ballots beginning in 2019.

Sonoma County residents may visit the County’s new voting systems webpage to read more about why replacement is necessary, why it must happen now, and how a new voting system will be selected.

Women's History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Sheriff’s Office is proud to share the history of female deputies at the Sheriff’s Office. Each week in March, the Office will highlight past and present female deputies.

Vital Lands Initiative Community Meetings

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) invites the community to review and provide comments on the draft goals, objectives, strategies, and performances measures of the Vital Lands Initiative – the district’s long-term strategic plan – at a series of community meetings this month. In addition, to community meetings, please take a moment to complete the Vital Lands Feedback Form to share your input on this important Initiative.

Trailblazers and Pioneers: SCYEC Cohorts on the Job

In January, through the collaborative Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps Career Pathways Program , a second group of Conservation Corps North Bay youth started a one-year work program with the Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA), while the first group transitioned into internships in three County departments.

The new cohort, nicknamed The Trailblazers, began six months of field work on local stream and trail maintenance and habitat restoration. Crew members develop new skills and improve their ability to work as a team, while caring for local lands. Members of the first cohort, The Pioneers, are now spending their second six months as interns with SCWA, General Services and Sonoma County Parks .

LGBTQI Coalition Partners Build Learning Community

The Human Services Department Adult and Aging Services Division kicked off the countywide coalition opening doors for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Seniors in Sonoma County. To better serve the LGBTQI older adult community, the Coalition’s 25 agency and community partners will build a learning community to share best practices, create valuable partnerships and improve organizational practices in Sonoma County.

The group will meet monthly through June. This work builds on past Division programs that provided support to LGBTQI seniors . For information, call (707) 565-7321. 

Ninth Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week

The Ninth Annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week, the tastiest time of the year, will be held from March 2nd-11th and will feature a wide variety of restaurants and culinary options that feature local ingredients at great prices.

Regional Parks Upcoming Events

March 3 rd 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Nuestros Parques , Crane Creek Regional Park

March 3rd 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Science Saturday , Spring Lake Regional Park – Environmental Discovery Center

March 6th 10:00 – 11:30 AM | Senior Saunters , West County Regional Trail

March 17th 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Family Hikes , Spring Lake Regional Park - Environmental Discovery Center

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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Sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings. Emergency officials use the SoCoAlert Emergency Notification System to deliver incident-specific information or life-saving instructions to the precise geographic area affected.

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

Explore employment opportunities with the County of Sonoma. 

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