SDC/Eldridge Transition

SDC/Eldridge Transition

SDC Committee LogoSDC PAT Virtual Community Kickoff

Read the blog post about the previous meetings here.

Even if you've provided input at earlier meetings that it is still important to participate in this current "official" County process.

Interested Forum parties are asked to complete the online questionnaire here.


On June 15, the SDC Coalition hosted the Eldridge Vision Workshop, where about 200 members of the community attended to learn more about the forthcoming specific land use planning process and provide feedback on a draft vision statement and guiding principles for redevelopment of the Eldridge property (formerly the Sonoma Developmental Center).

A current version of the draft vision statement and guiding principles can be viewed here. It has been distilled from input gathered over the past five years and is intended to help guide Sonoma County and California officials throughout transition and into the future. Your comments and feedback are welcomed and important!

Please check and for information about upcoming events and discussions.

Our Focus

Presently composed of a dozen concerned Glen Ellenites, the SDC/Eldridge Committee is monitoring developments surrounding the closure of the facility and working with other stakeholders to ensure community interests are foremost in its transition. For more information visit Eldridge for All.


Legislators Announce Tentative Agreement on Sonoma Developmental Center

update February 15, 2019

It’s been nearly a year since the Glen Ellen Forum’s SDC/Eldridge Committee hosted a workshop to explore the community’s hopes and goals for transformation of the Sonoma Developmental Center in Eldridge. In the year since the workshop, which drew 260+ participants, the committee has done its best to advocate for Glen Ellen’s vision with movers and shakers in the policy and political arenas. Now, with SDC in warm shutdown and questions swirling in the void, we thought we’d look back at what’s been accomplished, where things stand, and next steps. To read all about it, you can read our update here SDC Update   2-15-19.


Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) closed its doors after 127 years, we invite you to view the 2018 Art Installation photographs here. View the Halloween Parade photographs here.

Here is the link to the Committee Action Alert.

Letter to Governor Brown 8/21/18 - click here

Petition to Governor Brown 8/19/18 - click here

It's time to talk redevelopment of the SDC 4/16/18

Please see this Op/ed for more information.

Click on this link below to watch a recording of the meeting:

Glen Ellen Forum Sonoma Developmental Center Meeting 04/16/2018

Current & Future Projects

Participation on the Stakeholders Committee with WRT and the State of California.

Collaboration with local stakeholders, including the SLT, SEC, Glen Ellen Historical Society, and others, to develop a conceptual plan for the campus and open space.


To join this committee, inquire about our work or the next committee meeting, please email Committee Chair: Alice Horowitz at

Committee Members

Alice Horowitz (Chair)
Vicki Hill (Vice Chair)
Tracy Salcedo
Mary Guerrazzi
Sandy Horowitz
Steve Lee
Michael McClure
Lisa Hoxie
Cherie Brasset
Ben Compton
Diana Sanson
Anne O’Brien
Betty Brachman
Angela Morgan