1. Congratulations, Class of 2020

    Congratulations, Class of 2020!

    While you may not be crossing the stage this year, we all applaud this accomplishment and wish you every success in the future. Read on...
  2. Message from Police Chief Rainer Navarro
  3. CityBus News Flash

    CityBus Rider Alert

    Effective June 1, CityBus will begin operating a new schedule with additional trips as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. Read on...
  4. Outdoor Restaurant Patio

    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Expand List of Businesses Allowed to Operate

    Outdoor dining, additional retail, and some business services allowed to reopen with social distancing protocols in place. Read on...
  5. News Flash_SSDP Mayor Update

    Safe Social Distancing Program Update

    The City of Santa Rosa is taking steps to protect individuals experiencing homelessness and our community as-a-whole from further spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  6. News Flash_Disaster Relief for Immigrants

    COVID-19 Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

    Starting Monday, May 18, California Human Development will begin connecting undocumented individuals in Sonoma County to disaster relief assistance. Read on...
  7. Update from the Governor

    May 18 Update from the Governor

    Today, CA Governor Gavin Newsom announced that counties throughout the State may request approval for specific business activities if they meet the strict criteria. Read on...
  8. News Flash_Virtual Permitting Services

    Virtual Permitting Services

    From concept to project completion, online permit application services for all land-use planning and construction activities is now offered. Read on...
  9. Safe Social Distancing Site at Finley Parking Lot

    Watch the Replay: Virtual Community Meeting

    More than 460 residents tuned in on May 14th to learn more about the Finley Parking Lot Safe Social Distancing Site, and the meeting replay is now online Read on...
  10. Man Playing Basketball on Outdoor Park Court

    Amended Parks Order Allows for Some Expanded City Parks Access and Amenities

    Good news for lovers of recreation and parks! Santa Rosa residents may now enjoy certain park amenities either solo or with other household members at some City parks close to their homes. Read on...
  11. News Flash_SIP Business Reopen Amendment

    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended to Allow Further Business Reopening

    The Sonoma County Public Health Officer has amended the Shelter-in-Place Order to allow additional businesses to operate with health safety modifications, effective May 15, 2020. Read on...
  12. Bocce courts at Juilliard Park

    Some City Park Amenities to Reopen Following Amended Park Closure Order

    Revised Parks Closure Order eases some restrictions on parks usage; City working to implement opening more local park amenities in next 24-48 hours Read on...
  13. Finley Parking Lot Safe Social Distancing Program Aerial site map

    Virtual Community Meeting: Implementation of Safe Social Distance Site in Finley Parking Lot

    City staff to answer community questions during Zoom meeting planned for 5/14 at 6 p.m. Read on...
  14. News Flash_Support Restaurants

    Support Local Restaurants

    During this public health crisis, support local restaurants! Read on...
  15. News Flash_SIP Retail Amendment

    Shelter-in-Place Order Amended for Additional Business Allowances

    The Sonoma County Health Officer amended the Public Shelter-in-Place Health Order to reopen retail stores for curbside pickup and delivery, effective May 8, 2020. Read on...
  16. News Flash_Safe Social Distancing Program

    Safe Social Distancing Program for Unsheltered Individuals

    City-owned parking lot at Finley Community Center to temporarily provide social distancing space for unsheltered individuals amid COVID-19 emergency. Read on...
  17. COVID-19 test swab sample

    COVID-19 Testing Sites in Sonoma County

    There are now three ways for Sonoma County residents to be tested for COVID-19. Read on...
  18. News Flash_City Services Update

    Some City Services Added, Support Enhanced and Projects Resume

    The City of Santa Rosa is adding some services, enhancing online support and resuming some public works projects following the County's release of COVID-19 Modified Health Orders Read on...
  19. News Flash Message From The Mayor 5.3.20

    A Message from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm discusses Sonoma County Health Officers's modified Shelter-in-Place Order and the modified parks closure Order. Read on...
  20. Social distancing measure in place at retail establishment

    Checklist for Essential Businesses

    The City has created a checklist to help guide essential businesses preparing to reopen following the release of the modified Shelter in Place Order loosening restrictions for a few industry areas Read on...
  21. Shelter in Place Order Extended

    Shelter-in-Place Order Extended Beyond May 3

    The new Health Order will go into effect on May 4, 2020. In addition to extending sheltering in place, the Order loosens restrictions to select businesses, industries, and faith-based organizations. Read on...
  22. 200428 Newsflash Sonoma County Order Easing Park Closures

    Limited Walk-in, Bike-in Access to City Parks

    The Sonoma County Health Officer issued a new order that allows limited access to neighborhood parks for walking, jogging, hiking, and bicycling. Read on...
  23. Leaves and debris in roof gutter

    Residents Encouraged to Prepare Properties for Wildfire Season

    Santa Rosa Fire ask residents to prepare properties and update household emergency plans while sheltering in place Read on...
  24. City of Santa Rosa

    Statement from the City of Santa Rosa

    Update from City regarding ballot casting for PG&E reorganization plan, finalized allocation agreement Read on...
  25. COVID-19 Redwood Food Bank Make a Donation Logo

    Donations Needed to Help Feed Sonoma County Residents During COVID-19 Emergency

    City of Santa Rosa seeks to raise $25,000, plus non-perishable food donations for food drive with Redwood Empire Food Bank Read on...
  26. Earth Day_Newsflash

    How to Celebrate Earth Day 2020 from Home

    Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re encouraging everyone to take part in the celebration from home. Please enjoy this special video video to hear about our favorite ways to celebrate Mother Earth from home. Read on...
  27. ENG Face Coverings Video 2

    Face covering or mask? What's the difference and what's required?

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm helps clear up the when, where and what of the Public Health Order on Face Coverings. Read on...
  28. April 17 of ENG_PoliceChief_YouTubeThumb

    A Reminder from the Police Chief: Follow Health Orders

    As Chief Rainer Navarro explains, the Santa Rosa Police Department is now shifting from education to enforcement through citations as needed to ensure compliance with the Shelter in Place Order and protect the community. Read on...
  29. Downtown Parking Fees Temporarily Waived

    Downtown Parking Fees Temporarily Waived During Shelter-in-Place Order

    The Santa Rosa City Council has authorized a temporary waiver of parking fees for the duration of the Sonoma County Health Order which requires residents to Shelter-in-Place Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read on...
  30. Small Business Administration Logo on Blue Background

    SBA Unable to Accept New Applications for COVID-19-Related Programs

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that they are unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) until additional funding is available. Read on...
  31. Take the 2020 Census YouTube Thumbnail

    Take the 2020 Census Today

    Your participation is needed now to help direct federal funds to our community for schools, roads, childcare, education, public safety, and other critical services. Council Member Ernesto Olivares explains the importance of completing the Census today... Read on...
  32. SRFD News Flash image

    SRFD Forms New Pandemic Response Unit

    The Santa Rosa Fire Department announces the expansion of their services to include a new Pandemic Response Unit. Read on...
  33. News Flash eComment Video

    A Message from City Council Member Chris Rogers

    City Council member Chris Rogers shares how to participate in City Council meetings during Shelter in Place. Read on...
  34. Fire Chief Tony Gossner

    A Message from Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner

    Santa Rosa Fire Chief Tony Gossner provides an update on the Santa Rosa Fire Department's response to COVID-19. Read on...
  35. CityBus Reduced Service

    CityBus to Further Reduce Service on Monday, April 13 in Response to COVID-19

    CityBus will operate on a Sunday schedule seven days a week starting Monday, April 13 for essential travel only. Read on...
  36. Reporting Violations and Stay at Home

    Stay at Home Reminder from the Santa Rosa Police Department

    The Santa Rosa Police Department reminds the community to follow the Sonoma County Health Officer's Order to shelter in place to protect vulnerable populations and essential, front-line workers. Read on...
  37. Surgeon General News Flash

    Face Coverings Recommended

    The Sonoma County Health Officer now recommends that everyone who leaves home for an essential activity wear a face covering to the extent possible. Watch as the Surgeon General demonstrates how to make a face covering with a t-shirt and two rubber bands. Read on...
  38. Procession video thumb

    Public Safety Procession for Detective Marylou Armer

    On Friday, April 3, Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer was honored by her public safety family in a procession to transport her to her hometown. Read on...
  39. NewsFlash_City Defers Lease

    Tenants of City-Owned Property May Defer Lease Payments

    Businesses and organizations to receive immediate relief through June 30 amid COVID-19 emergency Read on...
  40. Photo of Detective Marylou Armer

    Honoring Detective Marylou Armer

    Santa Rosa Police Chief, Rainer Navarro, honors Detective Marylou Armer in a video message to the community Read on...
  41. NewsFlash

    Passing of Detective Armer

    It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of a member of our SRPD family, Detective Marylou Armer. Read on...
  42. March 30 of ENG_PoliceChief_YouTubeThumb (1)

    03/30: A Message from the Police Chief

    Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro discusses two additional COVID-19 positive test results for employees of the Santa Rosa Police Department. Read on...
  43. NewsFlash200326_PoliceChief_Edit

    03/27: A Message from the Police Chief

    Today, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro announced two more police officers tested positive for COVID-19 after reporting the first three positive cases on Tuesday, March 24. Read on...
  44. Inspector writing on clipboard

    Permitting and Inspections Essential Services

    To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Santa Rosa has temporarily limited its operations to provide only essential services, including permitting and inspections Read on...
  45. PARKSCLOSEDVideoCoverEnglish_3.26 News Flash

    03/26: COVID-19 Question of the Day

    “How can I stay active if the parks are closed?” Read on...
  46. Homeless Services and COVID-19

    Support for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

    The City is closely following interim guidance provided by the CDC as it works to protect this vulnerable population and the community at large from the coronavirus disease Read on...
  47. March 24 of ENG_PoliceChief_YouTubeThumb News Flash

    03/24: A Message from the Police Chief

    Police Chief Ranier Navarro shares news of two police officers testing positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Read on...
  48. MayorVideoCoverEnglish_NewsFlash_3.23.20

    03/23: A Message from the Mayor

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm offers three simple ways you can help the community during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on...
  49. MayorVideoCoverEnglish_3.20.20 250px

    03/20: A Message from the Mayor

    Mayor Tom Schwedhelm shares information on the State-Wide Order to Shelter in Place now in effect for California until further notice. Read on...
  50. News Flash: Statewide Shelter in Place

    Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Effect

    Issued by Governor Newsom, the order establishes consistency across jurisdictions and defines essential services in the state. Read on...
  51. News Flash_Shelter in Place

    Shelter-in-Place Order In Effect for COVID-19

    Sonoma County Public Health Officer directs all individuals living in the County to shelter at their place of residence. Read on...
  52. News Flash_Service Finder

    Online Services and Phone Numbers

    The City of Santa Rosa is committed to the health of our community and our employees. We strongly encourage you to use the services that are available online or over the phone. Read on...
  53. News Flash_ SUBSCRIBE News Alert

    Stay Informed, Subscribe Today!

    Receive the latest COVID-19 News Alerts when you subscribe to our City Connections Newsletter. #PreventTheSpread Read on...
  54. newsflash

    Santa Rosa's Drinking Water is Safe

    We want to reassure residents that the coronavirus is not spread through tap water. Your drinking water is tested regularly to ensure it meets all safe drinking water standards. Read on...
  55. Washing Hands

    NEWS RELEASE 3/2: Coronavirus Update

    Santa Rosa Declares Local Emergency to Safeguard the Community Against the Coronavirus Read on...
  56. Youth Swim Lessons

    Recreation Scholarships Now Available for 2020

    Recreation program scholarships are now available for families who qualify. Read on...
  57. covid19

    Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The latest updates from the Sonoma County Department of Health Services Read on...
  58. Measure M_news flash

    Santa Rosa Seeks Input to Improve Parks for All

    Community to help prioritize spending of Measure M sales tax revenue for parks. Second of four planning workshops scheduled for March 26th. Read on...
  59. Recreation Staff

    Hiring Now for Fun Summer Jobs

    Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks launches spring and summer job recruitment. Read on...
  60. Spring/Summer 2020 Activity Guide Cover; Kids Playing Soccer

    The NEW Spring/Summer Activity Guide is here!

    Start planning your spring and summer adventures now! Read on...
  61. Coffey Neighborhood Park Construction News Flash home page

    Coffey Neighborhood Park Construction Underway

    Reconstruction of the new Coffey Neighborhood Park is underway. First phase will build the nature-themed playground area, anticipated to open in late March 2020, weather permitting. Read on...
  62. Coffey Park Recovery Update_news flash

    Recovery Update: Coffey Neighborhood Park

    Update on FEMA funding, park design, perimeter fencing and debris removal. Read on...
  63. Hopper Ave Trees Removed_news flash

    Hopper Ave Trees Removed

    Efforts to replace the burned wall along Hopper that leads to-and-through Coffey Park are now a step closer. Read on...
  64. Public Art Walk_news flash

    Public Art Walk

    Santa Rosa’s public art is calling you downtown! Read on...
  65. Bayer Reservations_news flash

    Bayer Neighborhood Park Reservations

    A new, easier process is in place to reserve a picnic for 100 people or less at Bayer Neighborhood Park & Gardens. Read on...
  66. dt_common_streams_StreamServer

    Digitization Project Preserves Historic Image Collection of Famed Horticulturalist Luther Burbank

    Hundreds of photos and other images are preserved for all time and made available online. Read on...
  67. Trees Assessment in Fire Damaged Parks_news flash

    Recovery in Parks, Open Spaces & Public Landscaping

    See steps to restore Coffey Neighborhood Park and what's happening with trees in fire-impacted areas... Read on...
  68. Santa Rosa Parks Foundation Logo

    Help Restore Santa Rosa City Parks

    Donate to help rebuild Santa Rosa's fire damaged City parks! Read on...