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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.

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/Division MTO Status Services Available
Agriculture Commissioner Agricultural Division Reduced Pest 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 Measures Closed
Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District Closed
Auditor Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector Reduced Payroll Division
Treasury Division – Investments and banking Services
Accounting Division – Wire Transfers and Emergency Warrants
Board of Supervisors In Recess
Clerk of the Board/Assessment Appeals Closed
Clerk/Recorder/Assessor County Clerk Closed
Recorder Reduced Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
County Assessor Closed
Registrar of Voters Closed
Community Development Commission Housing Authority Closed
Redevelopment Agency Closed
County Administrator Closed
County Counsel Closed
Department of Child Support Services Closed
District Attorney Criminal Division Open All
Victim Services Division Open All
Economic Development Board Closed
Fire & Emergency Services Administration Closed
Emergency Services Closed
Fire Services Open Duty Chief on duty
Hazardous Materials Open Duty Chief on duty
Fairgrounds Reduced Facility Rental (if booked)
Open Golf Course & Jockey Club only
General Services Reduced Facilities Operations and Architects´ Office will partially open
Health Services Administration Reduced Personnel/Payroll
Alcohol and Other Drug Services Detox Unit Open Detox Unit (24/7), Drug Testing
(Drug Testing)
Reduced All
Behavioral Health Psychiatric
Open All
Jail, Norton Center,
Juvenile Hall support
Open All
Medication Clinic Reduced Medication Services
Public Health Communicable Disease Reduced Monitor and Emergency response
Public Health WIC Program Reduced Support for new mothers
Public Health — CCS Reduced Monitor for critical issues; Provide urgent authorizations
Public Health Laboratory Reduced Laboratory Services
Public Health Vital Statistics Reduced Birth and Death Certificates
Public Health — Field Nursing Reduced Medication Services
Public Health — Animal Care and Control Open All
Public Health — Coastal Valley EMS Reduced Monitor and Emergency response
Human Resources Closed
Human Services Adult Protective Services Closed Emergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-5940 or (800) 667-0404
Child Protective Services Closed Emergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-4304 or (800) 870-7064
Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator Closed Emergency Hotline Response
(707) 565-5735
Economic Assistance/Employment & Training Reduced
(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 Center Open All
Valley of the Moon Children´s Center Open All
In Home Supportive Services Closed
Job Link Closed
Veterans Service Offices Closed
Information Systems Department Reduced Service Desk (Help Desk), Operations, Sonoma County Public Safety Consortium – 2615 Paulin Drive;
Systems & Programming: Justice Team – 370 Administration Drive;
Communications Telephone: 445 Fiscal Drive;
Records Management: 1375 N. Dutton Avenue (leased space)
Libraries Reduced Open December 24th until 2:00 p.m.
Local Area Formation Commission Closed
Permit & Resource Management Closed
Probation Reduced All institutions open; Juvenile and Adult Probation Services partially open; Response to Courts and Public limited.
Public Defender Open
Regional Parks Administration Closed No camping or Veterans Buildings reservations
Parks Open All
Spud Point Marina Open All
Cloverdale, Cotati and Sonoma Veterans Buildings Closed
Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma Veterans Buildings Reduced New Year’s Eve events
Sonoma County Employees Retirement Association (SCERA) Reduced Retiree Payroll processed.
Sheriff Patrol Open All
Detention Open All
Civil Division & Investigation Reduced
Administration Reduced
Dispatch Open All
Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) Open All
Transportation & Public Works Open All
University of California Cooperative Extension Closed
Water Agency Reduced Water 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
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