Santa Rosa Community Empowerment Plan

The City of Santa Rosa Stands in Solidarity with Our Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Please read this important message from Mayor Chris Rogers about standing in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander Community:

A Letter to Our Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Por favor, lea este importante mensaje del alcalde Chris Rogers sobre solidarizarse con nuestra comunidad asiático-americana de las islas del Pacífico:

Una carta a nuestra comunidad: Solidaridad con nuestra comunidad asiático-americana de las islas del Pacífico

Other Actions Taken by the City of Santa Rosa

Actions for Change: A Commitment from the Santa Rosa City Council and City Manager

Santa Rosa is an Indivisible City

The Santa Rosa City Council passed a resolution on Feb. 7, 2017 declaring Santa Rosa an Indivisible City to safeguard the civil rights, safety, and dignity of all Santa Rosa residents. This resolution remains in place today, and it is important to note that the Santa Rosa Police Department does not undertake joint efforts with federal, state or local law enforcement agencies to investigate, detain, or arrest individuals solely for violation of federal immigration law. Additionally, the City Council passed a resolution in 2018 opposing the separation of children and families at the U.S. - Mexico border. Both resolutions can be below:

  • Resolution of the City Council to Declare Itself an Indivisible City and Safeguard the Civil Rights, Safety, and Dignity of All Santa Rosa Residents: RES-2017-017
  • Resolution of the City Council Opposing the Separation of Children and Families at the U.S. - Mexico Border: RES-2018-119

Seminar: Deconstructing Race and Racism with Dr. Sharon Washington

The Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership, through the Office of Community Engagement hosted Tipping the Scale: Deconstructing Race and Racism with Dr. Sharon Washington on January 27, 2021 as part of the City of Santa Rosa’s annual Violence Prevention Awareness Series. This three-hour free virtual seminar (VIDEO BELOW) explored the historical and social context of institutional racism, unconscious bias & racial micro-aggressions, as well as the development of social awareness and mindfulness for participants.

Dr. Sharon Washington, founder & CEO of Sharon Washington Consulting, who as an anti-bias content educator, has 12 years of experience in creating safe spaces for diverse audiences to connect and explore our shared history and identify strategies for dismantling the systems of inequity that exist today.

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    Danielle Garduno

    Community Engagement Coordinator
    Phone: 543-4696

Community Empowerment Plan Background

The Santa Rosa Community Empowerment Plan is a starting point for change in recognition that the City of Santa Rosa needs to reorient efforts and change policies in a collaborative manner with the community, and particularly with our communities of color. The Plan is a result of the outcry, protests, and demands stemming from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. The focus of the Plan is to engage and work in partnership with the public in a way that all community members feel they have a voice and are empowered to seek and implement a better more inclusive system. An overview of this initial plan, intent and timeline will be reviewed so that it may be modified as needed based on public input. With a repetitive loop of input, action, and analysis, it is intended that the Community Empowerment Plan be iterative and ongoing, evolving based on feedback and need.


The Community Empowerment Plan is rooted in the principles of community engagement developed originally, through extensive research, by Community Engagement staff, supporting the recommendations set forth by the 2014 Mayor’s Open Government Task Force and the international Spectrum of Public Participation model.

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Listening Sessions Summaries

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Community Engagement staff have been busy coordinating and attending meetings in alignment with Goal One objectives of the Community Empowerment Plan. The intended outcome of these meetings is to understand the concerns and priorities of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Black, Indigenous, and Latinx community members, to improve and strengthen the City’s relationships with these community groups, and to find actions that will positively affect the quality of life of our underrepresented residents. Summaries of these listening sessions are listed below.

Resúmenes de sesiones de escucha

El personal de Participación Comunitaria ha estado ocupado coordinando y asistiendo a reuniones en alineación con los objetivos de la Meta Uno del Plan de Participación Comunitaria. El resultado esperado de estas reuniones es comprender las preocupaciones y prioridades de los miembros de la comunidad afroamericana, indígena y latina de los condados de Santa Rosa y Sonoma, para mejorar y fortalecer las relaciones de la Ciudad con estos grupos comunitarios y encontrar acciones que afecten positivamente la calidad de vida de nuestros residentes subrepresentados. Los resúmenes de estas sesiones de escucha se enumeran a continuación.

Upcoming Public Meeting Information and How to Participate Virtually

For a list of upcoming meeting dates and information on how to participate virtually, please visit the City's Virtual Public Participation website.       

Community Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.
AGENDA - coming soon

How to Participate

  • Zoom link: Coming soon

Other Ways to Make Public Comment:

Other Ways to Watch

Watch Replay of Previous Public Meetings

2021 Meetings

2/24 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLY

2/8 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

1/27 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

1/27 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

2020 Meetings

12/16 Community Advisory Board  Special Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

11/23 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

11/18 Community Advisory Board Special Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

10/29 Open Government Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

10/28 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

9/25 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

9/23 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

8/26 Community Advisory Board Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

8/7 Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting - WATCH REPLAY

City Council Goal Setting Sessions

7/22 Community Advisory Board Meeting (CAB)

The CAB received a presentation on the Community Involvement Strategy of the General Plan Update and provided feedback to the Project Team. The Project Team also received input from the public. The CAB also heard a presentation on the City’s Community Empowerment Plan Implementation Update and provided feedback to staff on the Plan. Members of the public also provided input to staff and Chief Navarro. VIEW MEETING RECORDING

General Plan Update Community Conversations

7/1 Public Safety Subcommittee of the City Council - WATCH REPLAY

6/30 City Council Study Session and Community Input Forum on the Community Empowerment Plan  

Staff presented the Community Empowerment Plan to City Council, providing an overview the plan goals, objectives, and timeline so that it may be modified based on public input. Immediately following the presentation, the Council held a Community Forum to provide an opportunity for open dialogue for all citizens of Santa Rosa around public safety policies. WATCH REPLAY

To learn more about Santa Rosa Police Department changes, CLICK HERE.
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