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For Immediate Release: November 28, 2011

County Offices Closed or on Reduced Hours between Holidays as Part of Cost Cutting Efforts

Unpaid Employee Time Off Saves $2 Million as many County Offices will be closed December 23, 2011 through January 2, 2012

All Offices will Re-open on January 3, 2012

Santa Rosa, CA (November 28, 2011) – As part of the effort to preserve critical services, Sonoma County employees are taking 40 hours of unpaid leave. The impacts will be primarily felt between December 23, 2011 and January 2, 2012 as many Sonoma County offices will be closing, or on reduced hours. Although certain services, such as law enforcement, water delivery, transportation, and some health and human services will continue without interruption, many County offices will be closed to the public. All offices will return to normal hours of operation on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

The closures are due to an unpaid Mandatory Time Off (MTO) program for employees adopted by the County and agreed to by County employees. All County employees will take five (5) unpaid days off of work during the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year which began on July 1, 2011 and ends on June 30, 2012. Many departments will take the five days of MTO during the December to January period. The five (5) days of unpaid time off reflect an effective pay cut of 2% to all employees. For those departments not closing during the holiday period, employees will take unpaid leave throughout the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year to help achieve the savings.

The MTO program will save the County approximately $2.0 million and enabled the Board of Supervisors to preserve important programs. MTO was one of several efforts the Board adopted to close the $42 million budget gap created by the recession.

The dates of the MTO closures are December 23, 27, 28, 29, 30. All County offices will return to normal schedules effective January 3, 2012. This time period was selected for MTO because it typically has a lower demand for services than other times of the year.

The following is a summary of Sonoma County departments and agencies showing whether they will be open, closed, or offering reduced services during the MTO closure period.

Additional information about the MTO closure may be obtained from individual department web sites, or at:

As Sonoma County headed into the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year, it faced a general fund budget deficit of more than $42 million. A series of cost savings measures were instituted, including MTO, which brought the budget into balance. As a result, a substantial number of county services were preserved. The Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator continue to express their appreciation of the willingness of all employees to sacrifice in order to preserve services.

Department/DivisionMTO StatusServices Available
Agriculture CommissionerAgricultural DivisionReducedPest Exclusion Inspections (only)
Mail Terminal Inspections
Notice of Intents to Apply Pesticides
Quarantine Truck Inspections
Violation/Complaint Investigation for Threats to Public Safety
Weights and MeasuresClosed
Agricultural Preservation & Open Space DistrictClosed
Auditor Controller/Treasurer/Tax CollectorReducedPayroll Division
Treasury Division – Investments and banking Services
Accounting Division – Wire Transfers and Emergency Warrants
Board of SupervisorsIn Recess
Clerk of the Board/Assessment AppealsClosed
Clerk/Recorder/AssessorCounty ClerkClosed
RecorderReducedHours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
County AssessorClosed
Registrar of VotersClosed
Community Development CommissionHousing AuthorityClosed
Redevelopment AgencyClosed
County AdministratorClosed
County CounselClosed
Department of Child Support ServicesClosed
District AttorneyCriminal DivisionOpenAll
Victim Services DivisionOpenAll
Economic Development BoardClosed
Fire & Emergency ServicesAdministrationClosed
Emergency ServicesClosed
Fire ServicesOpenDuty Chief on duty
Hazardous MaterialsOpenDuty Chief on duty
FairgroundsReducedFacility Rental (if booked)
OpenGolf Course & Jockey Club only
General ServicesReducedFacilities Operations and Architects´ Office will partially open
Health ServicesAdministrationReducedPersonnel/Payroll
Alcohol and Other Drug ServicesDetox UnitOpenDetox Unit (24/7), Drug Testing
(Drug Testing)
Behavioral HealthPsychiatric
Jail, Norton Center,
Juvenile Hall support
Medication ClinicReducedMedication Services
Public Health Communicable DiseaseReducedMonitor and Emergency response
Public Health WIC ProgramReducedSupport for new mothers
Public Health — CCSReducedMonitor for critical issues; Provide urgent authorizations
Public Health LaboratoryReducedLaboratory Services
Public Health Vital StatisticsReducedBirth and Death Certificates
Public Health — Field NursingReducedReview Referrals Lead/SIDS response
Public Health — Animal Care and ControlOpenAll
Public Health — Coastal Valley EMSReducedMonitor and Emergency response
Human ResourcesClosed
Human ServicesAdult Protective ServicesClosedEmergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-5940 or (800) 667-0404
Child Protective ServicesClosedEmergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-4304 or (800) 870-7064
Public Administrator/Guardian/ConservatorClosedEmergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-5735
Economic Assistance/Employment & TrainingReduced
(8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon)
Emergency Applications from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at 2550 Paulin Drive for:
Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program, General Assistance, CalFresh (Food Stamps) and
Temporary Aid for Needy Families/SonomaWORKS (cash aid)
Redwood Children´s CenterOpenAll
Valley of the Moon Children´s CenterOpenAll
In Home Supportive ServicesClosed
Job LinkClosed
Veterans Service OfficesClosed
Information Systems DepartmentReducedTechnical Services: Service Desk (Help Desk), Operations, Sonoma County Public Safety Consortium – located at 2615 Paulin Drive; Systems & Programming: Justice Team – located at 370 Administration Drive; Communications Telephone: located at 445 Fiscal Drive; Records Management: located at 1375 N. Dutton Avenue (leased space)
LibrariesReducedOpen December 24th until 2:00 p.m.
Local Area Formation CommissionClosed
Permit & Resource ManagementClosed
ProbationReducedAll institutions open; Juvenile and Adult Probation Services partially open; Response to Courts and Public limited.
Public DefenderOpen
Regional ParksAdministrationClosedNo camping or Veterans Buildings reservations
Spud Point MarinaOpenAll
Cloverdale, Cotati and Sonoma Veterans BuildingsClosed
Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma Veterans BuildingsReducedNew Year’s Eve events
Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA)ReducedRetiree Payroll processed.
Civil Division & InvestigationReduced
Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA)OpenAll
Transportation & Public WorksOpenAll
University of California Cooperative ExtensionClosed
Water AgencyReducedWater Delivery, Sanitation, Flood Control


About the County of Sonoma

The County of Sonoma is comprised of 26 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1600 square miles and is home to almost 500,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.

Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

Contact Information

Community and Governmental Affairs Manager
County Administrator’s Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104 A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-3771 Work
(707) 565-3778 Fax Fax
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