SoCo Correspondent: November Issue
Time is Running Out to Save on an Electric Vehicle

Over a thousand Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties have already made the switch to driving on clean energy. 

You can save big on a new or used EV or Plug-in Hybrid during Sonoma Clean Power’s final year of Drive EV, now through November 16th. 

SCP customers are eligible to receive:
  • $2,000 toward a new EV/Plug-in Hybrid; or
  • $1,000 toward a used EV/Plug-in Hybrid;
  • Low-to-moderate income customers participating in the CARE or FERA program can get an additional amount in SCP incentives;
  • Exclusive pre-negotiated dealer and manufacturer discounts;
  • State and local rebates;
  • Federal Tax Credit for new purchases;
  • Free Level 2 EV smart charger to power your ride.

Visit   to apply today.
Local Forum to Highlight Energy Efficiency and Conservation Resources for the Agricultural Community

Farmers, vineyard owners, and other agricultural business owners are invited to participate in a free workshop on Tuesday, November 6 from 9 AM to 11 AM at the Farm Bureau Office.

Learn about:
  • Energy efficiency and water conservation best practices from local farmers
  • Financing, grants, and incentives available to help business owners fund projects

Justice Grants for Mental Health and Reentry

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the County of Sonoma two grants:
  1. Justice-Mental Health Collaboration Grant ($750,000 over 3 years)
  2. Improving Reentry for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Grant ($750,000 over 3 years). 
We hope to see you today at 1:30pm at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center for an opportunity to learn about how you can generate income while helping with the community's housing needs! Learn more:
Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership Wins National Awards 

The Sonoma-Marin Water Saving Partnership (Partnership), a group of North Bay water utilities, has once again been recognized with national awards for its water-saving efforts. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Partnership its second consecutive Sustained Excellence Award for continuing to improve its irrigation-professional training program by upgrading its curriculum and training materials.  Read More
Economic Development Board Receives an Award

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board received an Excellence in Economic Development Silver Award from the International Economic Development Council, for the:

#GoSoCo – All You Need Is Local”
Post Wildfires Shop Local Campaign

State Honors Sonoma County Foster Parents and Social Worker

We couldn’t be more proud: The California Department of Social Services named Santa Rosa residents Kim and Scott Streeter as California Foster Parents of the Year, and  Family, Youth and Children Division  Social Worker Rose Eshe as Social Worker of the Year at a ceremony in October.  

Ag + Open Space conserves 1,600-acre forest

Earlier this month, Ag + Open Space paid $4.25 million in local sales tax dollars to acquire a conservation easement covering 1,600 acres of forest land in northwest Sonoma County. This extraordinary deal conserves redwood and Douglas-fir trees, and a section of the South Fork Gualala River, as well as allows for a future public trail along the river. Read More
Apply for Renew Covered California

Got health care? Apply for Covered California health insurance or renew during open enrollment, now through January 15, 2019. Apply year-round for low- or no-cost Medi-Cal health care benefits . Apply online with one application at  or call (800) 300-1506. 

For in-person help with your application, visit:
  • Economic Assistance, 2550 Paulin Drive, Santa Rosa,
  • Human Services South County Center, 5350 Old Redwood Highway, Suite 100, Petaluma
  • Or a no-cost Certified Enrollment Counselor at one of many community locations around Sonoma County.

Housing for All
On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Zoning Code to expand opportunities for housing development in designated urban service areas. Read More

Reflections One Year Later

Rebuild Documentary: One Family's Journey Through Recovery and Rebuilding Watch

Grant Awarded to the ImpactSonoma, Tobacco & Nicotine Prevention Team

The ImpactSonoma Tobacco & Nicotine Prevention Team was awarded two years of funding from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program totaling $156,842. Funding will be used to build capacity within school districts and their local law enforcement agency partners to address youth vaping. Read More

New Individual Professional Advancement Grants for Artists Announced

Creative Sonoma, a division of Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board, announces a new grant in continued support of Sonoma County artists who were affected by the Wildfires in 2017. The Individual Professional Advancement Grant, established with the support of The California Arts Council, will allocate up to $5,000 each to individual creatives to help reestablish their careers. Read More
Planting Certified Vines is Critical

To obtain the cleanest plants possible using normal nursery production practices, most growers purchase certified vines from grapevine nurseries and the source of those vines can be traced back to Foundation Plant Services at UC Davis.

 Planting a vineyard with vines that are not infected with common grapevine viruses is essential to the bottom line.  Learn More
Tolay Opens Everyday
Tolay Lake Regional Park is now open daily to the public from 7 a.m. – sunset.

Click on the FAQs to help you plan your visit, along with a trail map .  

We wanted to get the park open as soon as possible after its master plan approval in early-October, which means we've opened Tolay with the existing services, such as porta potties, limited signage, and no drinking water. The "rustic" atmosphere adds to the park's charm, and we appreciate your patience as we add new amenities. Read More 
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