DDS Announces Second Public Hearing on SDC Closure, September 21 in Sonoma

September 8, 2015:

The Department of Developmental Services has published the following public notice for A Public Hearing on the Transformation of Sonoma Developmental Center.


Senate Bill 82, signed by the Governor June 24, 2015, requires the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to submit a plan, or plans, to the Legislature by October 1, 2015, to close one or more of the state’s three remaining developmental centers. Efforts are underway to submit a plan to close Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) in Eldridge, CA by the end of 2018. A draft closure plan specific to SDC will be available for review at on September 15, 2015. DDS is seeking public comment on the draft plan at a public hearing. These comments will be considered in finalizing the closure plan to be submitted by October 1, 2015, for Legislative approval.

A Second Public Hearing on the Transformation of
Sonoma Developmental Center
Will be conducted by the Department of Developmental Services
Monday, September 21, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Conference Call Line: (866) 261-7147
The Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma — Sonoma Ballroom
1325 Broadway (Leveroni & Napa Roads)
Sonoma, CA. 95476

(Additional copies of this agenda may be obtained at:
Introduction — 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Public Testimony — 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To assure that each person has an opportunity to speak, each speaker is requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 5 minutes.

Please click here to view the rest of the agenda for the day, along with information pertaining to accessibility, accommodations, the written comment submittal process, and the available conference line.

Thank you and hope to see you there!

Provided courtesy of the Department of Developmental Services.

2 thoughts on “DDS Announces Second Public Hearing on SDC Closure, September 21 in Sonoma

  1. My daughter and I went to the DDS Meeting on Sept 21st and it was the same. Parents are given information they don’t want to hear and parents tell sad stories and cry. This is not a meeting to solve the problem, it is like any other meeting on the subject. We go to the meetings in the hopes someone will tell us what we can do to stop the Brown Admin’s madness. We should be talking about a class action lawsuit and an injunction to stop what they are doing. Someone has to confront them with reality else it is going to be our worst nightmare as far as our family members are concerned.

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    • Yes, the Public Hearing’s aren’t intended like meetings and workshops to help provide you with information. They are used as a gathering place where DDS can hear the communities concerns, taking them into consideration and including them in the closure plan.

      As for our workshop on October 17th from 9AM to 12PM, also shown on our blog site here, we will be showing examples of how to Transform SDC into a possibly more self sustaining location in hopes of maintaining some of the services provided at SDC as well as protecting the land the center resides on not only for the residents, but for the entire community as a whole.

      transformsdc, Sonoma Land Trust

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