Sonoma County News

Santa Rosa Natural Gas

Santa Rosa is going electric in new homes. Yesterday, the Santa Rosa City Council voted to require the exclusive use of electric appliances in most new residential construction below four stories. If passed by the California Energy Commission, Santa Rosa will join Windsor in efforts to ban natural gas in efforts to limit climate change. (photo Maker House Newest

PG&E deadline

The deadline to apply for PG&E's Wildfire Assistance Program is this Friday. So far, the program has distributed more than $25 million to people displaced by the 2017 wildfires and the 2018 fire in Butte County. The $100 million fund was approved by the judge in PG&E's Chapter 11 cases. As of yesterday, more than 16,000 claims for assistance have been received. (photo courtesy world property journal)

PG&E Claims

Yesterday, A federal bankruptcy judge in San Francisco officially approved a new Dec. 31 deadline for fire victims to file claims for harm suffered in the 2017 and 2018 North Bay wildfires allegedly caused by failures of PG&E electrical equipment. PG&E is seeking a financial reorganization plan in the face of billions of dollars of potential liability for the fires.(photo courtesy South China Morning Post)

Teachers' Strike

Teachers in the West Sonoma Union High School District will be going on strike tomorrow over salary and benefits. They are also upset about the district's plans to change the school day from seven to six periods. The district includes Analy High School and Laguna High School in Sebastopol, and El Molino High in Forestville. (photo courtesy GoFundMe)

Jimmy Carter Recovering

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is recovering after surgery this morning to relieve pressure on his brain, and there were no complications. The 95 year old has fallen at least three times this year, and bleeding from recent falls caused the pressure on his brain. Carter is the nation's oldest-ever ex-president. (photo courtesy The Atlantic)

Mary's And Toys

The Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots program is getting underway, delivering gifts to kids this Christmas. Mary's Pizza Shack has collection bins in each of there 17 locations. Mary's grandson, Vince, says she was a strong believer in supporting local community. (photo courtesy Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau)

Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the US Military, and those on current active duty. The annual Petaluma Veterans Day parade and fly starts with music and noon, then the parade steps off at noon. A special flag raising ceremony will take place to commemorate Veterans Day. A local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America will host the event at the main entrance Sonoma County Administration Building at 10:30am. Supervisor Shirley Zane and a representative from Congressman Mike Thompson's office will speak. (photo courtesy The Times Weekly)

Fire Debris Cleanup Process

The first steps in the clean up of fire destroyed sites from the Kincade Fire begin tomorrow. County crews will remove household hazerdous waste at no cost to property owners. After that is done, property owners can begin step two by hiring a licensed and qualified contractor to remove fire debris. Property owners can download a Debris Removal Application form at The Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip issued an order advising community members to refrain from entering the burn footprint without personal protective equipment. (photo courtesy The Petaluma Argus-Courier)

DUI Checkpoint

Santa Rosa Police conducted a DUI CHeckpoint Friday night, and the efforts resulting in 22 arrests. The checkpoint was on Farmers Lane at Sonoma Avenue. 6 people were arrests for DUI charges, and another 13 were cited or arrested for dirviers license offences, and one arrested for possesion of narcotics. (photo courtesy Santa Rosa)

Kincade Funds

The Kincade Fire has been determined to be too small to qualify for state of federal aid for debris cleanup, so land owners and the County will be responsible for the costs. The fire destroyed 174 homes and 200 other buildings. Costs for the regulated clean up could reach into the millions of dollars. (photo courtesy Napa County Register)

Kmart Petaluma Closing

Kmart and Sears stores will shut down in 96 locations in the next three months. The only KMart in Sonoma County, in Petaluma on N. McDowell, is on the list of closures. The owner of the that one, and the former one on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa, Transformco, decided not to rebuild the Santa Rosa KMart after it was destroyed by the Tubbs Fire 2 years ago, and closed the Sears store in the Santa Rosa Plaza at the end of last year. (photo courtesy Petaluma Chamber of Commerce)

Healdsburg Celebration

Today, the people of Healdsburg will gather for what is being called a Celebration of Gratitude for the residents, and first responders. From 3pm-5pm kids can "trick or treat" down town, from 4pm-6pm live music and kids activities, and at 5pm, a celebration ceremony in Healdsburg Plaza (photo courtesy

Raven Theater Benefit

Healdsburg's version of Dancing with the Stars happens tomorrow night. Its a fundraiser for the Raven Theater. Community leaders dance with professionals. Tickets are still available. For more information go the Raven Theater website. (photo courtesy Creative Sonoma)

Kincade Fire Contained

The Kincade Fire is finally contained. The burned acreage remains at 77,758, with 374 structured destroyed, including 174 homes. Fire personnel are being released to return home, or reassignments to other fires around the state. There are still several crews handling the final areas of fire and hot spots. Thanks to the preparation of prepostioning of resources and evacuation response from residents, there were no fatalities as a result of this fire. (photo courtesy LA Times)

Kincade Damage Assessments

Permit Sonoma has completed 1,388 initial damage assessments of Sonoma County structures impacted by the Kincade Fire. There were 976 "green" damaged but still safe and habitable structures, 39 "yellow" restricted use structures with the risk of damage in all or part of the structure, and 373 "red" structures that pose an imminent threat to life or safety and may not be inhabited. (photo courtesy Redding Record Searchlight)

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