Sonoma County News

Property Insurance Secure

Homeowners and renters in 22 Northern California counties impacted by wildfires are guaranteed not to lose property insurance policies for the next year. State law temporarily bans insurance companies from dropping customers who live in ZIP codes that are either next to or within the perimeter of a declared wildfire disaster. Yesterday, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued a temporary moratorium for about 325,000 policyholders who live near those wildfires. (photo courtesy HousingWire)


Blue Ribbon School

This morning, Technology High School in the Cotati-Rohnert Park School District was named one of the 28 California Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021. The annual recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. (photo courtesy Press Democrat)


Cannibus Growers Permits

Today, Cannibis growers will be watching for a decision on cultivation permits. The Sonoma County Supervisors will consider temporarily banning a type of permit intended for small-scale farmers. Tensions have been mounting for years between farmers and neighbors over safety, water use, smell and other impacts on neighborhoods. (photo courtesy Leafly)


Another Sonoma County Casino

A surprize announcement of a new casino planned for Sonoma County. Yesterday, the Koi Nation unveiled plans to build a $600 million casino resort on 68 acres at the corner of East Shiloh Road and Old Redwood Hwy between Santa Rosa and Windsor. The Tribe of Pomo People revealed the plan that includes a 1.2 million square foot Las Vegas style facility with slot machines and card games, restaraunts, and hotel. (photo courtesy CasinoBeats)


Stimulus Checks Arriving

More California stimulus checks are on their way this week. The second round of payments of the Golden Gate Stimulus will be released tomorrow. Payments will be from $500 to as much as $1100. The funds are being drawn from federal recovery funds and California's budget surplus. (photo courtesy The Economic Times)


Recall Election Results

California's Recall Election is over. Governor Gavin Newsom will stay in office, after the recall efforts against him failed. This morning, statewide, the number of NO votes received 78%, and the YES vote 22%. Also in the election yesterday, an attempt to oust Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch. Voters decided not to recall Ravitch, 80% NO to 20% YES, and she will remain in office for the remainder of her term, which she had already announced would be her last. Rohnert Park voters were deciding on a Measure banning personal fireworks. Measure D was too close to call last night, and more mail in ballots are being counted. This morning, the vote is in favor of the measure with a lead in the counted votes. 57% YES, to 42% NO (photo courtesy Spectrum News)


Petaluma Water Restrictions

The city of Petaluma, has tightened restrictions on water use; declaring a drought emergency. The move calls for a 30% mandatory water reduction goal for customers, up from its previous goal of 25%. Reports say it also bans the installation of new landscapes, and the re-planting of existing ones, that require water. (photo courtesy WHYY)


Water Town Hall

There will be a virtual town hall meeting tonight to discuss water supply alternatives for ranchers and farmers. Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt will host the meeting, and Sonoma County Farm Bureau reps will answer questions about where the water will come from. The meeting will be available on the Sonoma County website starting at 5:30pm (photo courtesy Development News)


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