Santa Rosa Community Empowerment Plan

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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, January 27, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.

How to Participate

  • Zoom link: COMING SOON 

Other Ways to Make Public Comment:

Other Ways to Watch

Watch Replay of Previous Public 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

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