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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declares Erik Gelhaus used excessive force

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declares Erik Gelhaus used excessive force

The panel affirmed the district court’s order denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the defense of qualified immunity in an action brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus deployed excessive force when he fatally shot thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez.

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The Pressure is On - State Agency Plans to Clean up Russian River Watershed

The Pressure is On - State Agency Plans to Clean up Russian River Watershed

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board plan to clean up the Russian River returned to Sonoma County on Aug. 17, as the Water Board presented its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan to the public in anticipation of the deadline for comment on the plan.

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Good Jobs and Zero Waste Now!

Good Jobs and Zero Waste Now!

Sonoma County residents have an historic opportunity to address two of America’s most critical 21st century issues: one is soaring economic inequality and the explosion of low-wage jobs paying less than $15 an hour; the other is global warming and the imperative to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ending our reliance on fossil fuel. California communities have addressed both crises with “good jobs and zero waste” policies.

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Subscribe Now for Property Tax e-Billing

Subscribe Now for Property Tax e-Billing

The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce that its Property Tax e-Billing System is now live. By enrolling, taxpayers will receive a tax bill via email. The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office invites all interested taxpayers to sign up this service at www.sonoma-county.org/acttc. Taxpayers enrolled by September 1 will receive an e-Bill for their secured property tax payments due December 11, 2017, and April 10, 2018.

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PG&E Flying Low in Sonoma & Mendo Counties to Inspect for Dead Trees

PG&E Flying Low in Sonoma & Mendo Counties to Inspect for Dead Trees

As part of its response to California’s tree mortality crisis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will conduct aerial patrols in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties starting today, Tuesday, September 19, through the 22, to identify dead trees that could pose a wildfire or other public safety risk.

Even with the abundant rain this winter, five years of drought in California have caused millions of trees to die or become structurally compromised. That’s why we are taking extraordinary measures to help keep the communities we serve safe,” said Kamran Rasheed, manager, PG&E vegetation management.

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Russian River Pathogen TMDL - Community Input Meeting in Guerneville

Russian River Pathogen TMDL - Community Input Meeting in Guerneville

Two regulatory actions currently proposed by the Regional Water Quality Control Board will soon have a significant impact on the lives of many river property owners: they are the Russian River WatershedPathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Action Plan (Action Plan) and the Basin Plan Amendment.

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Sonoma County Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Sonoma County Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announced today that a group of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv) in Sonoma County. The WNv positive mosquitoes were collected in the vicinity of Wilfred Avenue and Whistler Avenue in Rohnert Park. 

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Sonoma County Cannabis Penalty Relief Program Extended

Sonoma County Cannabis Penalty Relief Program Extended

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on September 12, 2017, to modify and extend the Temporary Code Enforcement Penalty Relief Program for Cannabis businesses. This extension allows existing cannabis businesses to remain operational and avoid land use fines while providing additional time to meet the standards required to successfully obtain a local commercial cannabis cultivation permit.

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Request for Proposals: Lower Russian River Homeless Housing and Services

Request for Proposals: Lower Russian River Homeless Housing and Services

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $750,000 in flexible local resources in the 2017-18 fiscal year to help address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area. Proposals are sought from eligible organizations or groups that can effectively mitigate the impacts of homelessness in the Lower Russian River area leading to a reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness by fifty (50) by January 2019. 

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The renewed threat of offshore drilling – by geologist Thomas Cochrane

The renewed threat of offshore drilling – by geologist Thomas Cochrane

The bad news is we now have a party in power who wants more oil production and offshore drilling. The good news is that for the oil and gas industry to actually be able to drill off the California coast it will require a long process with a sizable amount of paperwork and public input. This gives us several steps we can take to slow and hopefully even prevent offshore oil drilling

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Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow

Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grow

In a quiet rural Sebastopol neighborhood in early August, bulldozers and water tanks appeared on the property next to our neighbors. “Illegal grows are a huge concern, environmentally and socially,” wrote Supervisor Hopkins. “Unfortunately they give the folks who are doing the right thing (going through County permitting processes and growing in appropriate locations) a bad name,” she added.

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Watershed and Coastal Cleanups 2017

Watershed and Coastal Cleanups 2017

For decades Sonoma County has led the way in the creation of open spaces and stewardship of the natural beauty and resources we all depend upon for recreation and survival.

 

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