Board of Supervisors

The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents. It is estimated that nearly 5,000 residential units were destroyed in the fires. At their meeting today, the Board of Supervisors approved leasing 80 existing Recreational Vehicle (RV) spaces at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds to house Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Temporary Housing Units.

Supervisors Back Medicine Disposal Program

Oct 5, 2016

Sonoma County Supervisors this week signaled their intention to apply the concept of Extended Producer Responsibility to pharmaceuticals, through a new ordinance to require the safe collection of extra or unwanted medicines.

While industry resistance persists, there is clear public support for the Extended Producer Responsibility approach advanced by county supervisors. The Water Agency's Susan Keach provided some figures for that, too.

This comes as no surprise to the California Product Stewardship Council's Heidi Sanborn.

Primary Votes Set Political Races for November

Jun 8, 2016

  The fields were narrowed in California’s contested electoral even in races that have established a clear front-runner. That was mostly the case for incumbents, some of whom face ongoing challenges from members of the same party.

Growth Worries Underlie Napa Elections

May 31, 2016
County of Napa

  Two incumbent supervisors are facing brisk challenges in Napa County’s primary election, while voters there are also being asked to approve funding for schools and a new jail.

Incubator Farm Revisions Offered to Mollify Neighbors

Apr 20, 2016
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

  A proposed hands-on "incubator farm” for young would-be farmers next to Rohnert Park has generated protests from nearby residents. So the project is being revised to ease their concerns.

The 45-acre Young-Armos property was purchased by the county’s Ag and Open Space District for $370,000 in 1997. Rohnert Park Mayor Gina Belforte is sympathetic to the Rohnert Park residents who would strongly prefer that nothing be changed on it.

Revised Tobacco Sellers Licensing Measure Approved

Mar 29, 2016
CA Department of Public Health

  On a third attempt, Sonoma County Supervisors yesterday approved a new ordinance that will require sellers of tobacco products to be licensed. The measure is meant to curtail youths’ access to cigarettes, and reduce the number who start smoking before age 18.

County Adopts Union Contracts

Mar 15, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  After county workers voted to ratify new contracts last week, it was up to the Board of Supervisors to affirm the agreements at their weekly meeting Tuesday. Which they did. 

Supervisor James Gore joined in the Supervisors’ sympathetic response to the home health workers’ declaration they would continue to press for a $15 per hour minimum wage, playfully offering to help them take their case to the state Capitol.

Bruce Robinson, KRCB

 

   County supervisors endorsed a $15 per hour living wage for some county employees in June, but are facing continuing pressure to extend that benefit to include home health care workers.

New Arts Agency Created for Sonoma County

Jun 26, 2014

  A new county-wide arts support organization, authorized by county supervisors this week, is intended to help expand the contribution of the arts to the local economy—both businesses and non-profits.

The entire report  and action plan adopted by county supervisors this week can be read here. Financial details for local arts non-profits can be found beginning on page 24.

Calls Mount for Carillo's Resignation

May 6, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo found no support from his colleagues at this week's Board meeting, as all four urged him to step down, as did most of the speakers in a lengthy public comment period.