Mayor's Message

As Mayor of the City of Cotati, I'm pleased to welcome you to our website and our city.

Founded in 1893, Cotati has long been considered the "Hub" of Sonoma County, by virtue of its central location, and its distinct and historic hexagonal plaza. Surrounded by beautiful vistas of hills, vineyards, majestic oaks and redwoods, Cotati offers all the benefits of living in a small city, with the cultural advantages of being located near major urban centers and a highly acclaimed state university. Cotati's roots are steeped in agriculture and music, and our citizens are proud of the diverse and charming community that has been shaped by over 100 years' history.

Cotati's residents are very passionate about how we plan ahead for our future. We are actively looking to expand our business base in a way that compliments, enhances and protects our small town atmosphere. We have an energetic and involved business community and a variety of retail experiences. There are a number of events and celebrations that take place throughout the year that offer something for everyone. Our annual Kids' Day Parade and Festival, our summertime Farmers' Market, the Cotati Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, our annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration, and the Cotati Accordion Festival, the largest Accordion Festival in California, all take place in historic La Plaza Park, in the heart of Cotati.

We encourage you to come and visit, and in the process discover the spirit of Cotati. While you're here, enjoy our public art displays and visit our Historical Society Museum located in City Hall.

If you come for a visit, you might want to pack for a lifetime: my wife Jan and I visited 30 years ago, and the result was we chose to make Cotati our home.

Mark Landman
Mayor of Cotati