Santa Rosa Community Empowerment Plan

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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Upcoming Community Input Opportunities

How to Watch and Participate in Virtual Public Meetings

City General Plan Update Community Conversations
A General Plan is a document that provides local governments with a framework for land use and zoning decisions in a community. It establishes a community’s long-term vision for the future and contains goals and policies that will help shape future housing, support job growth, foster healthy and resilient neighborhoods, protect and manage natural resources, ensure community safety, and promote social and economic equity. As Santa Rosa transitions during a period of incredible change, now is the time to discuss how the City and its residents can move forward to become a more sustainable, resilient, healthy, and inclusive community. MORE INFORMATION

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Community Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting
The mission of the CAB is to connect City government and residents so the public can have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and build a stronger community. LEARN MORE

Public Safety Subcommittee of the City Council
Meeting agenda and additional details coming soon.

  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020; 2:00 p.m.

Watch Replay of Previous Meetings

6/30/2020 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

7/1/2020 Public Safety Subcommittee of the City Council  

The Public Safety Subcommittee received an overview of the #8cantwait Campaign and how the Santa Rosa Police Department compares to the recommendations of the campaign by Police Chief Rainer Navarro. The Subcommittee also reviewed next steps for the Independent Police Auditor position and after action report pertaining to recent public protests and police use of force. A recording of the meeting will be available shortly. MEETING DETAILS

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