Sonoma County News

Yellow Tier Counties

While Sonoma County holds its breath in hopes of getting the approval to move into the yellow tier for reopening next week, San Francisco today officially moves into the yellow tier. That means restaurants, movie theaters, offices, gyms, and bars can reopen indoors with increased capacity. 7 of the state's 58 counties are now in the yellow tier. 7 Bay area counties are still in the orange tier, including Sonoma County. (photo courtesy Verywell Fit)

Burn Permits Ban

Cal Fire is suspending all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Areas of Sonoma, Napa, Solono, Yolo, and Colusa Counties. The ban begins Monday, May 10th, and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris such as branches and leaves. And with that, a reminder that wildfires can spark by lawn mowers, chainsaws, weedeaters, and other equipment. (photo courtesy Clarksville Now)

Windsor Vote Counting

In the Windsor City Council race, Roza Reynoza has a significant lead in the mail in ballot count so far at 47%, compared to 17% each for rivals Jeffery Leasure and Oscar Chavez. The election will fill the open seat for the 18 months that remain after Dominic Foppoli was elected Mayor last November. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Tourism)

Yellow Tier Counties

Next week, Sonoma County may be able to move to the yellow tier of the state's reopening plan. Yesterday, San Francisco and Los Angeles counties qualified this week. Marin County was hoping to move to yellow, but a small rise in new infections stopped the process. State officials say Sonoma and San Mateo counties currenly have case rates that are low enought to qualify for the yellow tier next week, if their those numbers don't change. (photo courtesy USA Today)

Cinco De Mayo Safety

Today is Cinco De Mayo, the 5th of May, and parties are planned to celebrate. For many that means street parties and alcohol. The police and highway patrol are on alert today and tonight looking for impaired drivers. If you're going to a party and plan on drinking, have a designated driver or call a cab or ride service to get home. The annual Cinco de Mayo festival in Roseland, has been canceled, for the 2nd year in a row, due to the pandemic. 2019 was the last year it took place. (photo courtesy Patch)

School Vaccination Clinics

Vaccine Clinics for Students age 16 and up, and their Families will take place this Saturday, and next Wednesday the 12th. The Saturday clinic will take place at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa, from 2:00-6:00pm. And next week it will be at Sonoma Valley High School, from 3:00-7:00pm. You can make an appointment at the SCOE website. (photo Verywell Health)

PG&E Probation Violation Case

A judge is now considering whether PG&E violated its probation by sparking the Kincade Fire in 2019. Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch charged PG&E with 5 felonies and 28 mistemeaner counts for the fire that destroyed homes and forced many to evacuate. PG&E is on probation for the 2010 explosion and fire in San Bruno. Terms of that probation included PG&E not commit another federal, state or local crime. Both go back to court June 2nd. (photo courtesy SF Gate)

Spare the Air Season

This week, the Spare the Air smog season has begun, reminding residents to check air quality reports daily, and prepare for Spare The Air alerts and advisories, and to drive less often. During the months from now through October, the air district will issue alerts when ozone pollution is forecast to reach unhealthy levels. (photo courtesy MarketWatch)

Teachers Day, Week, Month

The California Teachers Association has begun a monthlong celebration honoring teachers, education support professionals, and school nurses. This week, CTA starts off with National Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day, today, to honor all educators who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to reach each one of their students. (photo coutesy SnapWidget)

Bear Sightings

Bear sightings have been on the increase in Sonoma County. Sebastopol Police posted a social media photo of a bear with a caption saying we are bearing witness to something unusual. And, he's lost his bearings. All fun aside, police do want people to be aware. This is the time of year when cubs leave their mothers and find their own space. A black bear has been seen near Hessel Road and near the city's edge. Another bear has been seen in Cotati. If you seen one, stay away and call the police. (photo courtesy BBC Wildlife Magazine)

Younger Children Vaccinations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age 12 and older by next week, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year. Shots could begin after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention adopts the committee’s recommendation. Those steps could be completed in a matter of days. (photo courtesy Insurance Journal)

Wildfire Preparedness Week

Today is the start of Wildfire Preparedness Week, and already part of the Bay Area is already under a Red Flag Warning, because of dangerous fire conditions. Drought conditons are the key element to the danger of fires spreading quickly. So far, Sonoma County is not under the Red Flag warning, but that could change as conditions worsen this season. (photo courtesy Flame Institute of Fire and Safety)

Yellow Tier, Near But Not Here

This could be the week that San Francisco and Marin Counties move into the less restrictive yellow tier. Sonoma County's new cases per 100,000 residents is still slightly above the threshold as of last week. But, once that annoucement is made, restaruants, movie theaters, gyms, and offices could start operating at 50% capacity. (photo courtesy ABC7News)

Brazil Varient Discovered Locally

Sonoma County has it's first confirmed local case of the Brazil Varient of the coronavirus, a strain that is considered twice as transmissible as earlier versions of the virus. The Brazil Varient is just one, along with local cases tied to the UK, and West Coast varients. Dr. Sundari Mase, the County’s Health Officer, said the presence of COVID-19 variants in Sonoma County is expected and should not cause alarm at this small number. (photo courtesy PBS)

Peggy Sue Car Show Stalls

The popular annual Peggy Sue Car Show and Cruise has been cancelled for this year, due to the maximum number of participated allowed under the current orange tier, and even in the eventual yellow tier of the state's reopening plan. Plans are now to hold the event again in 2022. (photo courtesy Sonoma County Tourism)

Wildfires Across California

The wildfire season is underway, and crews are already battling fires around the state. The Sky Fire in Lake County, southeast of Clearlake, has burned around 45 acres off Morgan Valley Road, and is around 50% contained. In Southern California, the fire neat Castaic has burned over 500 acres. (photo courtesy Napa Valley Register)

Bay Area Drought Map

The lastest drought map now shows most of the Bay Area is in extreme drought defined as having the potential for leading to widespread water shortages or restrictions. California State Senators have proposed $3.4 Billion in spending for drought related operations. They would pay for things like trucking in drinking water for small communities, and also encouraging farmers and home owners to use less water. (photo courtesy Union of Concerned Scientists)

Santa Rosa Protest Discussions

The City Of Santa Rosa will be holding community Zoom meetings to address peaceful protests and civil unrest. The meetings next Tueday and Wednesday will review the findings of several independent reports on the City’s response to the protests, to hear from the community on their concerns and recommendations, and to receive an update from the police department on efforts made thus far to improve relations and policing in the community. (photo courtesy Inter Press Service)

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