Sonoma County News

Purple Tier

For the first time since the color-coded system has been in place in California, there are no counties in the most-restrictive purple tier. That milestone was reached this week when Merced advanced to the red tier. The color system for re-opening, has been in effect for 8 months now. Sonoma County is in the orange tier. (photo courtesy of abc7news.com)


Petaluma Dispensary

Petaluma residents have joined forces to try and stop a cannibus facility from being built across the street from their homes. Reports today say it's planned for Pepper Lane, just outside city limits, and calls for special fencing and armed security patrols. So far, the group has 1,200 petition signatures to convince the county to disapprove the project. (photo courtesy of naturalcannibus.com)


Windsor Mayor

More than a thousand people squeezed onto Zoom, to participate in the 6-hour Windsor virtual Town Hall meeting to demand that mayor Dominic Foppoli resign from office, after being accused of sexual assault by six women. Angry residents screamed at him, swore at him, and told him to step down for the good of the community. After 4 hours,Foppoli abruptly left the meeting. He did not resign. The community has already started a recall campaign. (photo courtesy of townofwindsor.com)


Vaccine Expansion

Today marks the day that everyone 16 and older in California is eligible for a coronavirus vaccine. However, reports say this could come with challenges in Sonoma County, where the supply of doses is not keeping up with demand. Next week, the county expects over 13,000 vaccine doses, which will be far below its ability to administer 40,000 shots at local clinics. (photo courtesy of paho.org)


Emergency Meeting

The Town of Windsor is hosting an emergency meeting tonight to consider demanding that Mayor Dominic Foppoli resign. Foppoli denies the sexual assault allegations by 6 women, and insists he will not step down. The special Zoom meeting, will take place at 6 oclock, and is open to the public. (photo courtesy of townofwindsor.com)


J&J Vaccine

Several Sonoma County clinics have suspended vaccinations or changed to a different product, as the state paused the use of the Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine due to a handful of incidents involving blood clots. Locally, the suspension disrupted West County Health's clinic at Guerneville School, and the drive- thru clinic at the Santa Rosa Vet's Building. As of this week, close to 11,000 doses of the J and J vaccine had been administered in Sonoma County. (photo courtesy of cnn.com)


Foppoli Investigation

The California Attorney General's Office would prosecute any potential criminal charges against the mayor of Windsor, who's been accused of sexual assault by six women. Dominic Foppoli has denied the claims. The Attorney General's Office took over as lead agency, after a conflict of interest within the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office forced local prosecutors to bow out. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office opened an investigation last week. (photo courtesy of townofwindsor.com)


Sonoma County Airport

Some positive news today coming from the Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. Just days after announcing the addition of a fourth commercial airline, airport officials say passenger volume more than doubled last month. Alaska Airlines, which brings the most business, flew close to 11 thousand passengers in March. (photo courtesy of wikipedia.org)


Local Earthquakes

Did you feel some shaking this weekend around Sonoma County? There were reports of 2 earthquakes on Saturday; one, was a 3.4 that struck at 7:15 am, three miles from Santa Rosa. A few hours later, another hit; a 3.0 in the East Bay, some 9 miles from Livermore. No reports of injuries or damage. (photo courtesy of sonomacounty.ca.gov)


Windsor Mayor

Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli is no longer associated with his family's Christopher Creek Winery; his brother Joe says he's been removed from his role there, and has even asked him to step down from his elected post. The Chronicle reported last week, that Foppoli was accused of sexual assault by 5 women. Over the weekend, Windsor council member Esther Lemus, became the sixth to come forward, and allege she was sexually assaulted by Foppoli. The Town of Windsor is holding a special public meeting on Wednesday at 6 pm, on Zoom. (photo courtesy of townofwindsor.com)


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