Lower Russian River

Governance Study

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Thank you for attending Workshop 2! 

Community Workshop 2, convened Saturday, July 15, 2023, with over 35 community members in attendance. Following presentations from the consultant team, Supervisor Hopkins moderated a robust discussion and Q&A about how best to address the government service needs identified in Workshop 1. The feedback and questions posed by the community will help guide the development of governance options for consideration by the community in Workshop 3 tentatively planned for sometime in September.   

About the Study

The Governance Study will seek to improve government services in the Lower Russian River region. The Study will take 6 – 9 months (Dec '22 – Sept '23) and result in recommendations for improving local, "city-level" services throughout the Lower Russian River region. Recommendations will be based on an analysis of funding and governance strategies matched with community input on service gaps and needs. 

Through public workshops, stakeholder meetings, and online tools, the community will be asked to identify unmet needs, gaps in existing services, and potential new services. And, the community will have a chance to review current revenue spending and governance tools to understand such questions as "where are ToT revenues spent?"  

The Office of Supervisor Lynda Hopkins District 5 is managing the Study with technical and outreach support from Blue Sky Consulting Group based in Oakland, California.

For more information, contact the Office of Supervisor Hopkins at district5@sonoma-county.org