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Face Mask Requirement Changes

California is expecting to have a new mandate on face mask requirements. Governor Newsom says the state will no longer require wearing masks. The Governor is looking at June 15th for that to happen. The same day the state will end the color coded tiers for reopening. However, individual counties may still impose their own face mask rules, and Newsom says face masks may be necessary at large indoor activities including concerts and sports events. (photo courtesy Reuters)


Mobile Vaccination Unit

Sonoma County has partnered with the COVID-19 testing and public health services company, Curative, to administer COVID-19 vaccinations by way of a mobile unit that will provide clinics at locations throughout the County. Today and tomorrow from noon to 6:30, the mobile unit will administer vaccinations at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Windsor, then at Coddingtown Shopping Center this weekend. After that, at Andy’s Unity Park on Monday. (photo courtesy Insurance Journal)


Rohnert Park Fireworks

Fireworks sales in Rohnert Park are one step closer to happening this year. A petition drive in support of fireworks sales that help fund non-profit organizations has collected enough signatures to get the issue before voters to decide. Weeks ago, the Rohnert Park city council banned pyrotechnics in the interest of preventing wildfires. (photo courtesy The Desert Sun)


District Attorney Recall Effort

Voters will decide whether to recall Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch in a special election to be held later this year. Proponents of the recall have gathered more than the required 30,056 signatures to trigger a recall election, based on complaints of failures in racial justice and law enforcement accountability. (photo courtesy Press Democrat)


No Yellow Tier Status

Sonoma County did not acheive the approval to move to the yellow tier yesterday. State Health Officials say our local COVID 19 case rate is slightly above what it needs to be to move to the less restrictive tier of the reopening plan. Here in the Bay Area, only San MateoCounty advanced. Sonoma County will try again, but as of now, we remain in that moderate orange tier. (photo abc7news)


Santa Rosa Fire Season

The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department will officially declare May 17th as the start of this year’s wildfire season in Santa Rosa. The season comes significantly earlier than normal due to severe drought conditions locally, and throughout the state. The Fire Department is asking residents to take steps to prepare properties and update household emergency plans in anticipation of an active wildfire season. (photo courtesy Patch)


Climate Resiliency Fund

Sonoma County will begin projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. County Supervisors established a $10 million Climate Resiliency Fund that will go toward short term projects addressing climate change, including use of solar energy and infrastructure improvements. (photo courtesy Center for Climate Protection)


California Homeless Help Plan

Governor Newsom is proposing $12 billion in new funding to get more people experiencing homelessness into housing. His proposal includes $8.75 billion to quickly convert motels, dorms and other properties into 46,000 housing units. Advocates for the homeless say they can't house people quickly enough given the combination of too few units and too high rents. (photo courtesy NNB)


Sexual Violence Accountability

Yesterday, survivors of sexual violence received some support. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to hold those involved responsible. The Board strongly condemned the actions of all perpetrators of sexual violence and vowed to not remain silent in the face of such acts while continuing to provide safety net services and work collaboratively with community organizations on behalf of all survivors of sexual violence. (photo courtesy CUNY Events)


Sonoma County Water

Water pumped from the Russian River may be reduced by 20% to preserve supplies in local reservoirs. Today, Sonoma County Supervisors are expected to support the plan. The change will reduce water to more than 600,000 consumers in Sonoma and Northern Marin Counties. Yesterday, Governor Newsom extended an April 21st drought emergency proclamation for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties to include 39 more counties. (photo courtesy WHYY)


Children Vaccine

The FDA lowered the age to 12, for people to receive Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in the US. It's a move expected to make millions of more shots available as early as this Thurday. The Pfizer vaccine was authorized for use in ages 16 and older in December. Now, it's approved for children 12-15. (photo courtesy VeryWell Health)


Utility Scams

PG&E warns customers to protect themselves from an increase in scams involving people posing as PG&E employees. According to the IRS, scammers are impersonating utility workers to try to steal financial information from unsuspecting victims to file fraudulent tax returns in their names and then collect their refunds. These imposters can be convincing and are also stealing money from gas and electric customers by contacting them to ask for immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. (photo courtesy PG&E)


Red Flag Warning

The extention of the Red Flag Warning until Tuesday at 6pm in the upper elevations of Sonoma County and other parts of the Bay Area is raising concerns that just the slightest spark could start a massive wildfire. Fire Agencies are already staffed and alert to the possibilities. The extra crews have already put out several small fires that could have taken off with the dry, hot, and windy conditions. Prepare now by having your "go bag" ready, by creating defensible space around homes and property, and being extra careful with anything that could spark a fire. (photo courtesy Sacramento Bee)


Sonoma County Yellow Tier

Sonoma County Health officials are hoping to hear good news of being able to move to the Yellow Tier of the state's reopening plan. It could happen as early as next tomorrow, if the number of new COVID 19 cases stays low. Sonoma and several other Bay Area counties are still in the moderate Orange Tier. (photo courtesy Star Tribune)


Governor's Recovery Plan

Today, Governor Newsom is scheduled to unveil his economic recovery plan that's designed to help California emerge from the pandemic. The Recovery Plan will include dramatically expanding funding for California's child care program. The Governor's entire budget proposal is set to go to the state's legislature later this week. (photo courtesy The Straits Times)


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