The current data reflect that community spread of infection is of increasing concern across the state, and most particularly in those counties on the County Monitoring List, which includes Sonoma County. Therefore the State Public health officer has ordered Bars, pubs, breweries, brewpubs, dine-in restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, and cardrooms will be closed to indoor services. All other Orders, Guidance, and Directives, including but not limited to the State Public health officer's guidance mandating the wearing of face coverings and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 ft, and the guidance prohibiting all gatherings, continue to apply to Sonoma County.
Due to sharp increases in new coronavirus infections since early June, Sonoma County was added to the state monitoring list on friday july 10. Our County will be subject to new restrictions as part of statewide actions designed to slow the spread of coronavirus. The restrictions would start as soon as Monday, July 13, 2020 and would be in place until the state takes further action, which would be no earlier than July 22, 2020.
The Groundwater Sustainability Workshops being held in July 15– july 29 will provide an opportunity for well owners, farmers and others in Petaluma Valley, Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain to learn about groundwater in these basins and to help define local, sustainable groundwater management. Community workshops help the County get ideas and feedback from those who have wells in the basin and who rely on groundwater for their livelihood.
The California Coastal Commission will consider whether or not the Farallones Poison Drop is consistent with California’s federally-approved Coastal Plan, at the upcoming November 2020 virtual online meeting. The Coastal Commission has a unique and decisive role to play in protecting our coastal wildlife, and Commissioners listen carefully to the public. We need Public input: This free webinar, on July 14 at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern, will fill in the details about this controversial proposal, the pending decision, the harmless alternatives, and the precedent-setting implications for marine protected areas everywhere.
Recent natural disasters including the fires of October 2017 and the COVID-19 pandemic have served to underscore the disproportionate challenges communities of color face on a daily basis. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors committed to making “Racial Equity and Social Justice” one of the pillars for its revised Strategic Plan.
What he has learned from reading the medical literature for nearly six months and speaking from medical experience as a physician, Jon Jackson shares some important information. The take away is simple: Wear the Mask, Wash your Hands, Practice Social Distancing. The unique nature of the virus are in the details. Find out more...
We need to do everything we can to make sure everyone who wants to vote CAN, and that they can do safely AND fairly. Vote-by-mail is the safest and fairest way to hold an election. (As of May, California is an all-mail ballot election state.) However, for mail-in ballots to work, we must have a functioning Post Office. The pandemic reduced the Post Office’s income from first class mail and marketing mail by as much as 50%. The administration has opposed any bailout stimulus money for the Post Office. The least WE CAN DO IS BUY STAMPS. Just half the Americans over age 18 buying a sheet of 20 Forever stamps would raise about $1.15 billion.
Senator Mike McGuire’s legislation, SB 1312, will hold utilities accountable for grid hardening, modernization and vegetation management by expediting these improvements which will ensure power shutoffs have smaller footprints and shorter durations. The bill passed the full Senate with bipartisan support.