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State health officials announced last week that all counties will start playing by the same rulebook on March 1, when Blue Shield will take over distribution of vaccines in California. Counties across California will have a phased in transition to the new plan, with Blue Shield taking over v…

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The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors announced earlier this week that it’s establishing a 15-member commission to aid the supervisors in redrawing supervisorial district boundaries, once it receives results from the 2020 Census. Those who are interested in applying to join the commission, …

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In a statement released on Feb. 25, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) announced it will be shutting down its teacher vaccination clinic next week due to lack of vaccine availability.

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School districts in California’s richest neighborhoods are far more likely to offer in-person instruction than those serving its poorest, though the state as a whole remains behind the rest of the country in bringing students back inside physical classrooms, according to a CalMatters analysi…

The Sebastopol City Council received a mid-year budget review presented by Administrative Services Director Ana Kwong at the Feb. 16 city council meeting, unanimously approving a resolution to adjust the city’s adopted operating budget for the fiscal year of 2020-21.

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California will soon be sending out $600 one-time stimulus payments to millions of low-income California households, with extra help for undocumented workers left out of the federal government’s pandemic relief. The Golden State Stimulus is part of a $7.6 billion economic stimulus package th…

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Feb. 25 will mark the first in a series of public meetings being held to update Sonoma County’s hazard mitigation plan. The five-year update of the 2016 Sonoma County Local Hazard Mitigation Plan will have a more multi-jurisdictional approach.

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Some west county school districts are positioning to invite elementary and some middle schoolers back for in-person learning now that Sonoma County’s adjusted daily case rate has eased to below 25 per 100,000 residents for five days straight, signaled in a Feb. 10 joint press release from th…

Kevin Kilgore was recently appointed as the new police chief of the Sebastopol Police Department after the city spent over a year on the lookout for a permanent authority figure since Police Chief James Conner retired in December 2019.

The West Sonoma County Union High School District (WSCUHSD) trustees wasted no time at the Feb. 10 board meeting approving a resolution to shift to a by-trustee area election system and seek a waiver of a community vote to have the new system in play by the 2022 board election.

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The Sebastopol City Council meeting this week has a short but mighty agenda this week, as the council reviews the city’s mid-year budget, receives information about its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers and holds a public hearing and first reading for its campaign finance disc…

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Permit Sonoma is presenting an opportunity for the public to provide input at a virtual public workshop on Feb. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. regarding the development of the draft County Winery Events Policy. This effort is a countywide initiative related to agricultural zoning districts outs…

Those who live in the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District or the West Sonoma County Union High School District (WSCUHSD) have until Feb. 16 at midnight to register to vote in the March 2 special election to sink or support two measures on the ballot, according to a Feb. 11 press release from…

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Sonoma County is administering COVID-19 vaccines at a faster rate than other counties of its size, according to new data from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services.

A new portal of COVID-19 relief has opened for the west county community. West county residents can now apply to receive rental and utility assistance through West County Community Services (WCCS) and River to Coast Children’s Services (RCCS).

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