Sonoma County News

Sideshow Investigations

Law Enforcement agencies are working together to stop dangerous driving events called "sideshows". Sunday night, several cars were seen blocking intersections in Santa Rosa, with cars spinning doughnuts in the street while people stand nearby with phones recording the scene. Several arrests were made, and a few were injured when a car that had been in the sideshow crashed about a mile away. (photo courtesy


It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a celebration of the late civil rights leader. Schools will be closed today, as well as many goverment and financial institutions. Today there will be community service events. In Santa Rosa, the Day On Not A Day Off event will take place starting at Community Baptist Church on Sonoma Avenue at 10 am and end with a march to Courthouse Square this afternoon. (photo courtesy Sentinel Echo)

Homeless Census

Sonoma County's annual count of homless people will be delayed this year while many change locations at the end of the month away from the Joe Rodota Trail. This year, volunteers will make the count on February 28th, after approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. (photo courtesy Orange County Register)

Shutoff Bill

New legislation was introduced to improve conditions during wilfire related utility power shut offs. Senator Bill Dodd has written Senate bill 862, which expands existing law requiring utilities provide for customers on life support equipment prior to power shutoffs, and it will provide funding for local goverments when shut offs occur. (photo courtesy Napa Valley Register)

Supervisor Candidate Forum Today

Sonoma County Supervisor candidates will be gathering for a forum tonight to answer questions about issues that children and families in our community are facing. The event takes place at the Glaser Center at the Unitarian Church, 547 Mendocino Ave in Santa Rosa tonight starting at 6:30pm. (photo coutesy Lawrence Arts Center)

Homelessness Statewide

Governor Newsom will be in Oakland today to preview emergency actions to address homelessness in the state. The Governor aims to show off a state and local effort to deploy medical services, trailers and emergency tents to help the homeless. Part of the state response is the California Access to Housing and Services Fund, which has expedited the formation of a crisis response team and made state land assets available to address homelessness in California. (photo courtesy Governing)

Public Utilities Commission Review

A state lawmaker is demanding an extensive review of the California Public Utilities Commission to determine whether lax oversight enabled neglect at PG&E that triggered catastrophic wildfires, a messy bankruptcy and exasperating blackouts. Assemblyman Adam Gray made the request yesterday, which could turn up the heat on the commission while it plays a key role in determining PG&E's future. (photo courtesy UC Davis)

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