SoCo Correspondent: January Issue
A Message from the Board of Supervisors
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors would like to wish you a happy new year.

2018 was a challenging year for many of our residents, but it was also the year we started to rise together. Although we know we have a long way ahead of us, we want to make 2019 the year of recovery.   

We look forward to improving our emergency and fire services, addressing our housing and homelessness challenges, and building a more resilient community as we work to create a better, safer future for all Sonoma County residents.

We are thankful for the support we have received over the past year as we created a plan to guide our recovery efforts, and we ask you to continue participating in building a stronger, more resilient Sonoma County.
Latest News
Board of Supervisors Approves Recovery & Resiliency Framework

On December 11, 2018 the Board of Supervisors approved the Recovery and Resiliency Framework, which provides a blueprint to help the county rebuild and recover from the October 2017 wildfires.

Of the 273 potential action items identified in the Framework, a total of 31 have been completed and 103 are already underway. Click here to find the Priority Projects identified by the Board, and here to see the full document.  
Sonoma County to Build Hundreds of Affordable Homes
In a significant step towards addressing Sonoma County’s housing crisis, the Board of Supervisors approved a series of actions that will result in the creation of 618 new units of affordable housing over the next three years.

Find out how here.
Fire Prevention Services Relocation 

Effective January 1, 2019, the Fire Prevention Division and Hazardous Materials Division will be integrated into Permit Sonoma.

The Board of Supervisors approved the relocation with the goal of increasing coordination of these fee-based inspection programs.This move is one component of a phased effort that re-imagines how fire and emergency services will be provided in the county.

Accessory Dwelling Units

 The County of Sonoma and partnering cities want your input on potential barriers and incentives for building accessory dwelling units, with the ultimate goal of providing more housing for residents in Sonoma County.

Learn more about Accessory Dwelling Units and take the survey here.
TPW Uses Technology to Address Community Concerns about Aggressive Drivers 
The Department of Transportation and Public Works (TPW) is implementing a new traffic calming program in response to community concerns about aggressive and unsafe driving along certain road segments in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County.

The program consists of placing radar feedback sign trailers to alert drivers to their speed. It also allows for data collection to help law enforcement better understand speeding issues. 

Sonoma County Airport Announces Flights to the Lone Star State
American Airlines is expanding its services from STS to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), s tarting June 2019.
Tickets are on sale now at www.flySTS.com
New Preserve Coming to Northeast Santa Rosa

Ag + Open Space has purchased and transferred nearly 1,200 acres of land to Regional Parks for the new Mark West Creek Regional Park & Open Space Preserve.

Regional Parks will initiate an approximately five-year planning process to permanently open the property to the public, and will offer interim public access through “park preview” days beginning this spring.

Important Reminders
Sign Up for Health Insurance before January 15
Apply for or renew Covered California health insurance coverage before the open enrollment period closes on January 15, 2019.

Since many Covered California applicants find they are eligible for low- or no-cost health insurance, Medi-Cal and Covered California now use the same application. Applications for Medi-Cal are accepted year-round.
Rain Season Is Here!
Here’s what you can do now to prepare for winter rains:

  • Stay informed by texting 888-777 to sign up for Nixle, and following the County of Sonoma on Social Media.

  • Receive Alerts by signing up at SoCoAlert.com, and making sure that Wireless Emergency Alerts have not been disabled on your mobile device.

  • Plan ahead by packing an emergency kit and preparing an evacuation plan with two routes.

  • Be aware of changing conditions especially when driving. In case of flooding on roadways, “turn around, don’t drown.”
Sign up for SoCoAlert to receive local emergency alerts and warnings.
These may include evacuation notifications, shelter-in-place, boil water advisories, tsunami warnings and flood warnings.

This service is free, secure, reliable, and easy to use. SoCoAlert notifications may be sent via text, email, voice, web, and social media.
Upcoming Events
Farmer / Buyer Mixer
At this "speed dating" mixer, growers and food buyers will meet, learn about sourcing options and together build a stronger local food economy.

This event is open to any food business looking to source more directly from local growers as well as to any professional farmers or ranchers ready to provide a steady supply of high-quality ingredients.
When: January 8, 3pm
Where: 6000 Sebastopol Ave (Hwy 12)
Sebastopol, CA 95472 
Volunteer & Employment
Volunteer Oppotunities

Volunteering is one of the greatest forms of civic engagement, and in Sonoma County volunteers enhance and extend the County's ability to provide services to the community.

Employment Opportunities

Take your next career step with the County of Sonoma.

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