SoCo Correspondent: October Issue
Dear Sonoma County Residents:

As you know, California is experiencing one of the most challenging years in its history as it battles devastating wildfires across the state. The October 2017 Sonoma Complex Fires event had a profound impact on the Sonoma County community. As we rebuild and heal, we are mindful that even as we focus on future planning in the aftermath of our own fire event, our neighboring counties are dealing with fire containment and response, the displacement of community members, and the reality that recovery will be a long and difficult process.

While we as a County, our people and communities, work to rebuild, we are resolved to bounce back from the fires better than before. We have a lot of work to do but are committed to become stronger and more resilient to future disasters, whatever they may be. 

In service,
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Anniversary of the Wildfires

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa will hold a ceremony on October 8, 2018 in observance of the one year anniversary of the Sonoma Complex fires.

The ceremony will include a memorial bell ringing to remember those who lost their lives in the fires and provide an opportunity for community grieving, healing and reflection through public chalk art expression.  Read More
Draft Recovery & Resiliency Framework Open for Public Comment

On Tuesday, September 25th the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors received the Draft Recovery and Resiliency Framework which provides a blueprint to help the county rebuild and recover from the October 2017 wildfires to emerge stronger and better prepared for future disasters.

Members of the public are encouraged to submit feedback on the Draft Framework for 30 days, until October 26, 2018.

Public input can be submitted by via email to
Cal Fire Grant for Fire Prevention

Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works (TPW) was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,082,969 by CAL FIRE, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Fire Prevention Grants Program. The award will support TPW in the proposed Roadway Safety, Fuels Reduction, Community Chipper and Engagement Project. The proposal includes support for the project from Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services and Fire Safe Sonoma, Inc. Read More
Firewise Practices for Home Landscape
October 6th | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Firewise Landscaping supports creating and maintaining fire-resistant and sustainable landscapes in the wildland-urban interface. Master Gardener volunteers will host a half day education workshop on October
6th at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma.  

This workshop is free of charge to all. Space is limited, so make your reservation now.
Septic Community Meetings

Permit Sonoma invites the public to participate in an online survey and to attend upcoming community meetings to share feedback on the proposed Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS) Manual. Read More

Upcoming Meetings:

County Targets Unpermitted Cannabis Operations

As Sonoma County’s cannabis industry moves into the regulated commercial market, the County’s Code Enforcement staff has increased its efforts to halt unpermitted cannabis operations. The County delivers quick turnaround times to respond to cannabis complaints and bring these operations into compliance with County ordinances. Learn More
Jenner Headlands Preserve Open to the Public!

Visitors to Sonoma County’s stunning coast will now have the opportunity to explore at their leisure and free of charge the trails of the spectacular 5,630-acre Jenner Headlands Preserve — and to climb to the top of the highest peak along the coast on Sonoma Land Trust’s Pole Mountain Preserve. Read More
978-acre Southern Sonoma Mountain Ranch Protected Forever

Last month the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors approved over $3 million in public funds to acquire a conservation easement over a 978-acre ranch located at the top and eastern-facing hillsides of southern Sonoma Mountain. The easement will protect the highly visible scenic hillsides, rolling grasslands, and oak woodlands on the property, as well as several intermittent headwater streams draining to San Pablo Bay. Read More
Survey on Post-Fires Housing Needs in the North Bay

The North Bay along with the rest of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area is experiencing a housing affordability crisis that is negatively impacting families and their employers. 

The catastrophic fires of 2017 exacerbated this situation by destroying thousands of homes. While some of the initial immediate post disaster relief work has been completed, rebuilding the community will be a longer road ahead, and it will require a great deal of research and planning. 

Please help this effort by responding (anonymously) to this survey and letting us know more about what your current needs are and what you would prefer to see in the future. 

Regional Parks Update
Tolay Fall Festival Returns - Visit the Creature Barn and join in hayrides to the pumpkin patch, farm crafts, pumpkin seed spitting contests, lawn games, and other family fun Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 at the annual Tolay Fall Festival. Read More

Bill & Dave Hike Hood Mountain - Join cult hiking sensations Bill and Dave on Saturday, October 13 for a strenuous 11-mile, round-trip hike exploring Johnson Ridge, Hood Mountain and Summit Trails on the way to Gunsight Rock. Read More
Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together – Honor the one-year anniversary of the 2017 wildfires by surrounding yourself with artistic expression focused on community well-being and connections in Shiloh Regional Park on Oct. 6. Read More

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