Sonoma County, CA

Former SF DA Chesa Boudin to Speak in Sonoma

On Sunday, Aug. 14, former San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin will visit Sonoma for a talk hosted by local nonprofit Praxis Peace Institute. Boudin, who was elected in 2019, ran on a progressive platform which emphasized expanding diversion programs, ending cash bail and decriminalizing poverty and homelessness by declining to prosecute quality-of-life crimes such as public camping, soliciting sex and public urination.
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Garbage truck dumps load of burning trash near Windsor park

No injuries or property damage were reported Tuesday after the contents of a garbage truck caught fire along a residential street in Windsor. Sonoma County Resource Recovery personnel and Windsor town crews were cleaning up the site after firefighters extinguished the fire, according to Cyndi Foreman, a public information officer with the Sonoma County Fire District.
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Horse Racing at the Sonoma County Fair Cancelled for Thursday

People excited to see horse racing at the Sonoma County Fair tomorrow are out of luck. Fair officials have been forced to cancel Thursday’s racing action because there simply aren’t enough horses to compete. The fair didn’t receive enough entries. There are still seven horse races scheduled for Friday. Some of tomorrow’s cancelled races were pushed back a day. This is the first time horse racing has been featured at the Sonoma County Fair since 2019.

7 Sonoma Wine Tasting Rooms That Are the Perfect Introduction To the Region

Sonoma may not have the same level of name recognition as its grape growing neighbor Napa, but it should–some of the best wines in the United States are made here. Sonoma County as a whole encompasses 1,768 square miles and is home to close to 20 AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), each one producing a wide range of wines. There is a lot to see and taste when it comes to California wine, but rushing to do too much during one trip doesn’t match with the region’s easygoing reputation. With wineries big and small, historic and modern, Sonoma tasting rooms are a perfect place to start your tour of wine country.

Sonoma County Well Regulations Changes Kicked Down the Road

Possible changes to Sonoma County’s well regulations will have to wait. The Board of Supervisors decided not to adopt changes during Tuesday’s meeting, saying there needs to be more studies, analysis and public outreach. The proposed changes are meant to put the county’s well ordinance in line with California’s Public Trust Doctrine, which says local governments must protect certain waterways for public uses, like commerce, recreation, navigation, and habitat. The main waterways classified as so-called public trust resources in Sonoma County are the Russian River, Petaluma River, and Sonoma Creek. The board is considering regulations that would require applicants for wells to undergo a review of potential impacts to any nearby public trust resources.

Sonoma County Approves New Limits for Campaign Contributions

Sonoma County Supervisors have approved new campaign contribution limits. Campaign contributions are now limited to $3,500 per election, down $17.75. The county limit remains lower than the state limit of $4,900. The Press Democrat reports that local campaigns typically raise less than $10,000 to more than $100,000. The new limit will take effect January 1st, 2023.

North Bay crews douse garbage fire after truck dumps burning load in Windsor

WINDSOR -- Crews in Sonoma County were able to extinguish a garbage fire in Windsor Tuesday after a truck was forced to dump its burning load in front of a park, authorities said.The incident happened Tuesday afternoon when the load in the garbage truck caught fire, forcing the driver to dump his load on a residential street in front of Robbins Park in Windsor. The load was reportedly near the intersection of Billington Lane and Cornell Street. The Sonoma County Fire District Twitter account posted images of crews at the scene of the fire.While the trash fire was quickly extinguished, authorities said crews would be on scene for a couple of hours cleaning up the mess. Residents were advised to avoid the area.  

Sonoma County winery Balletto Vineyards names new events director

Allyson Taylor has joined Sonoma County-based Balletto Vineyards as its director of events. “We are excited to have Allyson join our team with her abundant events experience. Our property hosts everything from private events to our annual BBQ and others that feature our estate wines and local grown food when it is in season and available. Having the right person in place to manage and grow our programs will only make the experience at Balletto that much better,” said John Balletto, president and founder of family-owned winery in the announcement.

Perchance to Dream: Two-man show on making it in “the biz” comes to Sonoma

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the theatre community to be even more creative than usual to survive, a struggle for many companies even in the best of times. As theatres dealt with dwindling audiences, theatre artists dealt with dwindling opportunities as theatres postponed or cancelled performances or worse, shut their doors completely. Streaming theatre was an outlet for some, but most agree it’s a less than ideal replacement for the communal experience of live theatre.

Spreckels stages world premiere of new play

Playwright Deborah Yarchun’s dark comedy, “Atlas, the Lonely Gibbon,” has never been produced onstage before, although the script was a finalist in competition last year at the National Playwrights Conference. That will change this weekend with the Spreckels theatre company’s world-premiere production of the play. It’s one...

Sonoma County Approves Emissions Tracking Contract

The County of Sonoma will be tracking emissions. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized the creation of an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions from all county government facilities and operations. The inventory will be used as a baseline to help the county move toward its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030. Oakland-based Cascadia Consulting Group, Inc. was chosen to conduct the greenhouse gas audit with a contract amount of about $142,000. The Board previously allocated $500,000 as part of Strategic Plan funding to conduct both an internal greenhouse gas emissions inventory and a study evaluating the potential of carbon sequestration. The carbon sequestration study will be pursued at a later date.

Balletto Vineyards Adds Allyson Taylor as Director of Events

Balletto Vineyards, a family-owned, estate winery in Sonoma County, is proud to add Allyson Taylor to its team. Allyson joins as Director of Events and brings 20 years of experience in planning and managing events to the position. “We are excited to have Allyson join our team with her abundant...

Sonoma County Winegrowers Launch New Weekly Post, “The Good Stuff,” to Share the Local History, Happenings and Stories

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (August 10, 2022) – A new weekly series, inspired by the good works of Sonoma County’s winegrape growing community, has just been launched. Titled, “The Good Stuff,” the weekly column will tell stories, provide insight and profile Sonoma County farmers from the ground up with a glass-half-full perspective.

Dreamgirl Comes to Sonoma Community Center

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the theater community to be even more creative than usual to survive, a struggle for many companies even in the best of times. As theaters dealt with dwindling audiences, theater artists dealt with dwindling opportunities. Theaters have postponed or canceled performances or worse, shut their doors completely. Streaming theater was an outlet for some, but most agree it’s a less than ideal replacement for the communal experience of an in-person show.

Where to Sip Frosé and Wine Slushies this Summer

While a nice iced cocktail or a cool, crisp glass of white wine on a sunny day is delightful, nothing pairs quite as nicely with blazing hot weather as an icy, slushy, adult beverage. I challenge those people who—like me, until recently—feel wine and sugar, or wine and sugar and...

Murder and Regret: Carolyn Davis’ Sister Recounts the Fear that Permeated the Teen’s Last Days

Cold cases grow cold because their stories stop being told. Last year, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office published an interactive map and timeline with over sixty missing and murdered people whose cases remain unsolved. We have taken on the task of writing about each and every one of those cases, to keep their stories alive and hopefully find justice for the victims and families.