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2017-08-10Aug 10, 2017

Sheriff’s Office will release a revised policy that affects how it cooperates with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the jail. The policy results in less cooperation with ICE and will be implemented on Friday, August 18. Generally, the jail will respond to ICE’s inmate release date requests only when the inmate has a previous conviction for a serious crime. These crimes are those listed in the TRUST Act, plus another 14 crimes that are not in the TRUST Act but still present a threat to our community’s safety. 

2017-05-18May 18, 2017

State Senator Mike McGuire’s groundbreaking legislation - SB 790 - that significantly restricts pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts and incentives to medical professionals was approved today in the Senate. California has an opportunity to put patient care and drug affordability before corporate profits with SB 790. 

2017-04-26Apr 26, 2017

I talk to people all the time who are waiting for one thing or another. This makes perfect sense for many things like I am waiting until I graduate from medical school before I start work as a surgeon. I am waiting until I get the job offer before I move across the country…

2017-04-20Apr 20, 2017

Senate Elections Committee Approved SB 149 on Tax Day

Millions of Americans filed their tax returns this week – yet President Donald Trump’s taxes are still a mystery. This is despite the fact the President promised to release his taxes months ago during the campaign.

2017-03-30Mar 30, 2017

The Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) was established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in 2015. IOLERO was borne out of the tragic shooting death of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus in Sonoma County in 2013.

2017-03-29Mar 29, 2017

I recently listened to the story of a 29 year-old recovering meth addict, who we decided to call “Joe” to keep him anonymous. He had a bright smile, and a kind and gentle demeanor.

2017-02-23Feb 23, 2017

There has been much talk recently in the news about immigration enforcement. I thought it would be a good time to re-state the Sheriff’s Office policies and practices regarding immigration enforcement and/or cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

2017-02-10Feb 10, 2017

Senator Mike McGuire, who has been voicing concern over the last several months about the tight timelines associated with Proposition 64, will chair the Senate Governance and Finance Committee hearing next week focused on cannabis business taxes, implementing California’s Cannabis tax collection system and the “track and trace” system which verifies cannabis taxes and product safety – all critical elements of the structure for cannabis that is being developed, and that is slated to go live on January 1, 2018.  

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

Starting July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the river Sheriff's sub station to focus on the homeless issues we have been experiencing. Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.” The Guerneville Community Alliance volunteers spearheaded an effort to get a dedicated deputy in the lower river area to exclusively address issues surrounding the homeless.

2017-07-17Jul 17, 2017
Starting this Wednesday July 19th Deputy Daniel Avina will join the staff out at the Russian River sub-station in Guerneville to focus on the homeless issues the community has been experiencing.   Deputy Avina will work with residents and businesses in the lower river area, addressing the myriad of issues relating to homeless encampments, including problems with loitering and drinking downtown.
2017-07-07Jul 7, 2017

Sheriff Steve Freitas announced his retirement as the Sheriff of Sonoma County effective August 1st. 

2017-06-29Jun 29, 2017

After halting logging in the environmentally sensitive mature floodplain redwood forest of the lower Gualala River, Judge René Chouteau of Sonoma County Superior Court awarded $162,000 in attorney’s fees to the successful parties in environmental litigation over CAL FIRE’s approval of the Dogwood Timber Harvest Plan. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

On June 17, the Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the 2017-2018 County Budget. While “adopting a budget” sounds like a spectacularly boring bureaucratic procedure — and it does indeed involve an endless procession of spreadsheets, pie charts, and thick binders brimming with graphs — the budgeting process tells an important story. Any budget worth its salt reflects the values of the organization adopting it.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

Greetings! My name is Misti Harris, and I’m your Community Engagement Liaison with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.

2017-06-26Jun 26, 2017

Immigration Law is a complex web of laws and policies…so complex that just about every letter of the alphabet (plus double-letters, just like the seating at Oracle Arena) are used to define the type of visa required to enter and remain legal in the United States.

2017-05-24May 24, 2017

DEAR READERS: Do you have a legal question on your mind? If so, please email me at debra@newbylawoffice.com. Your name will remain confidential. This Q & A Legal Column is intended as a community service to discuss general legal principles and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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