ABOUT the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council (MAC)

PHOTO: Members of the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Council were sworn into office in Guerneville in February 2019 at the beginning of the first LRRMAC meeting. They are, from left to right, Cynthia Strecker, Jeanette Dillman, Lucy Hardcastle, Jordan Lebovich, Mike Nicholls, Pip Marquez de la Plata, Jeniffer Wertz, Claudia Sisomphou, and Vesta Copestakes. In its third year, many communities have elected new representatives. Please see below. Photo by Frank Robertson of Sonoma West Times & News 2/2019.

This website is a workshop location for the Short-term Vacation Rental ad hoc committee of the Lower Russian River Municipal Advisory Committee (Lower River MAC). The official website where you can find meeting notifications, representative information, agendas, and meeting documentation is here:  https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/River-Municipal-Advisory-Council/ official page)

Our committee was created to address Short-term Vacation Rental‘s impact on neighborhoods, housing, schools, businesses, and more. Our hope is to learn both the positive as well as the negative consequences of an industry that serves visitors. Tourism is an essential part of our local economy, therefore benefits us through dollars spent and taxes levied. We encourage you to help us gather the information that will guide us to help Sonoma County update the current Short-term Rental Ordinance so that we can enhance the benefits and mitigate the negative consequences for neighborhoods and commercial centers in our towns.

As we develop this website other committees will add pages on their specific topics and therefore opportunities for you to participate in these community forums on matters that concern you. Please attend our public meetings and reach out to your representative any time through their email to bring up topics you’d like to see your representatives address in the future. 

To learn who represents YOUR community, please visit:

Please VISIT:
https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/River-Municipal-Advisory-Council to learn our mission and to sign up for meeting updates and more.

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Lower Russian River MAC Districts


Animal Services – adoptions, abandoned animals, etc.:

Board of Supervisor – Agendas, Item Materials, Minutes, and Meetings:

CHP / California Highway Patrol – any parking and traffic enforcement:

Economic Development Board (EDB) – Business Resources, economic data:

Garbage / Trash – Recology:
If that does not solve the issue, Transportation and Public Works (TPW) contact overseeing waste management is Brandon Hart: Brandon.Hart@sonome-county.org

HEART – Unhoused. This is the place to report encampments:

Legal Aid – free legal advice for renters, landlords, employment issues, a wide variety of assistance: 

Mental Health:
For immediate assistance, contact the warm line at (707) 565-2652 any day of the week from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. to speak to a trained professional.

Sonoma County Regional Parks – maps, reservations, classes, hikes & more:

Permit Sonoma:

Sonoma County Sheriff
To report suspicious activity, call 707-565-2121. To report a crime or safety emergency happening now, call 911. Please call the Sheriff on anything that should be reported. Having the data on crimes and issues is incredibly helpful. This is also the place to report Graffiti issues as this is the defacement of property. 

SoCo Emergency – for any disaster information and assistance and to sign up for alerts: 

SoCo Report It – reporting any non-emergency road issues including vegetation, potholes, lign-of-sight limitations, trash dumping, etc. any road issues. 

State Representative’s contact (Unemployment is the most frequent )
Senator Mike McGuire – Senate District 2

Assemblymember Jim Wood – California’s 2nd Assembly District for Federal assistance.