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Posted on: March 3, 2021

Provide Input on Plan to Distribute Federal Housing, Homelessness, and Community Development Funds

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The City of Santa Rosa would like your input on how it plans to distribute federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investments Partnership Program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) funds that it will receive fo...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Skyhawk Open Space Open to the Public

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Final assessment of Skyhawk Open Space determined the area was safe to reopen and the fencing has been removed for public access. The Fawn Drive pathway remains closed while repairs are completed to the damaged pedestrian bridge.

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

City Launches Santa Rosa Forward, Seeks Input for General Plan Update

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa is seeking input from residents regarding the long-term changes they would like to see in the City, their neighborhood, and their health. Input is being collected through an initial engagement survey that is kic...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

City Exploring Options for Bennett Valley Golf Course Property in Advance of 2022 Operator Contract

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Community input has been robust following a Feb. 2 City Council Study Session on the future of the City-owned Bennett Valley Golf Course property. To clarify, the City’s review of the property is in the early stages, and among the options the Ci...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

When Vaccination is Your Destination

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Local Transit Agencies Offer Fare-Free Rides to Vaccination Appointments

Santa Rosa CityBus, in coordination with Sonoma County Transit (SCT) and Petaluma Transit (PT), are now offering systemwide fare-free transit and paratransit transportation for any pe...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

New Dedicated Team Targets Debris Removal on Public Property

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The City has established a new dedicated team to respond to complaints associated with debris left on public property, including along roadsides, trails and creeks as well as in parks and around public buildings. The Debris Response Team (DRT) will remove...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Register Now for 20+ New Recreation Programs for Spring 2021

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Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks announces 20-plus new recreation programs for spring, with lifeguard training and swimming lessons topping the list! These programs in drowning prevention are especially important to the health of our community and are pe...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Council Goal-Setting

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The Santa Rosa City Council will hold their Goal-Setting Meeting Session as a virtual Zoom meeting over three days – February 17th to 19th. This annual meeting is a chance for Council to set what the goals and priorities of the City will be for ...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Programs and Proposals to Address Homelessness Presented at Study Session

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Update: 2.11.21

During a City Council Study Session on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Council and community members received an update on Santa Rosa’s Homeless Services, including a review of current programs and new program options. Community members provided input dur...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

New Protective Bollards for Courthouse Square

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The City of Santa Rosa is finalizing construction plans to install new protective bollards within Courthouse Square at the intersections of 3rd Street and Santa Rosa Avenue and 4th Street and Mendocino Avenue. 

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

$38M in Disaster Relief Funds Approved to Build Affordable Homes

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In October 2017, the Tubbs fire destroyed over 3,000 residential units in Santa Rosa, constituting a loss of approximately five percent of the City’s housing stock. In response to the 2017 wildfires, the United States Department of Housing & Urban Dev...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

City of Santa Rosa Board Vacancy

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City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving as At-Large board members on the Housing Authority.

The purpose of the Housing Authority is to ensure adequate, decent, safe and sanitary housing for qualified people within Santa Rosa consistent wit...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Fire Chief Tony Gossner Retiring Dec. 23

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After 30 years of service with the Fire Department, Chief Tony Gossner will be retiring from the City Dec. 23. Chief Gossner was originally hired by the Santa Rosa Fire Department on October 15, 1990 as a Firefighter. He rose through the Department ranks ...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Housing and Community Services Director Dave Gouin Retiring Dec. 30

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Housing and Community Services Director Dave Gouin will be retiring on Dec. 30 after 21+ years of service with the City of Santa Rosa. Dave joined the City as the Program Manager for Affordable Housing in 1999 and was promoted to the Director of Housing a...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Fulton Road Project Awarded for Innovation and Sustainability

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The City of Santa Rosa’s Fulton Road Reconstruction project is the recipient of two awards for innovation and sustainability, 

  • 2020 Best Projects Award of Merit by the Engineering News-Record - California region, and the 
  • Infrastructure Pr...
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Posted on: November 19, 2020

CityBus Joins Clipper START Program

CityBus Joins the Clipper START Program

Santa Rosa CityBus is one of six more Bay Area transit agencies to join the new Clipper START program which allows lower-income adults age 19-64 to receive fare discounts ranging from 20 percent to 50 percent on a growing number of transit systems around ...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Thank You for the Honor: Howarth Park “Best Place to Take Kids!”

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Thank you, thank you for once again choosing Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park as the “Best Place to Take Kids” in Sonoma County for the Press Democrat’s 2020 Readers' Choice Awards! This honor means so much becaus...

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Posted on: July 12, 2019

City, County Reach Agreement with Homeless Advocates on Preliminary Injunction

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Working together to expedite and attempt to resolve a pending federal lawsuit, the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and the City of Santa Rosa have reached an agreement with Homeless Action! and three individuals exper...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Local Entities File Suit Against PG&E for 2019 Kincade Fire Damages to Public Resources

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Santa Rosa, California—Today, the County of Sonoma, City of Santa Rosa, Town of Windsor, City of Cloverdale, City of Healdsburg, Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Water Agency and Community Development Commission f...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Stony Point Road Bike and Ped Improvements Community Meeting

News Flash Stony Point Road Bike and Pedestrian Improvements Meeting

Stony Point Road Proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Virtual Community MeetingNovember 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://srcity-org.zoom.us/j/98631969322 Or Call: 888-475-4499 Meeting ID: 986 3196 9322

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Safe Social Distancing Program Completed, Community Invited to Provide Input at Dec. 7 Meeting

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Update (11.19.20)

Closure of the Safe Social Distancing Program (SSDP) in the parking lot at Finley Community Center is completed and a virtual community meeting is scheduled for December 7 to help evaluate the program. Established in May as a temporary me...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

City to Restore Homeless Shelter Bed Capacity to Pre COVID-19 Levels

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UPDATE (11/10/20)

Crews are making good progress in constructing an emergency shelter structure at Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH). The project will restore bed capacity at the City-owned homeless shelter to pre-COVID-19 levels while maintainin...

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Posted on: November 9, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Appoints Chief Financial Officer

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The City of Santa Rosa has appointed Jan Mazyck to serve as Chief Financial Officer, a role responsible for overseeing the City’s financial and accounting functions, including budgeting, accounting, purchasing and long-term planning.

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Posted on: November 2, 2020

A Statement from Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

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An Important Message from Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm

Tomorrow (November 3rd), City of Santa Rosa voters will be making their voices heard. November 3rd is also the last day to cast your votes in the 2020 Consolidated General Election. You can use the ...

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Posted on: October 28, 2020

City Completes Rebuild of Coffey Neighborhood Park and Reopens Park to Residents

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A three-year, community-wide effort led by the City of Santa Rosa to rebuild Coffey Neighborhood Park culminated today with the reopening of the park to Coffey Park residents and release of a video that celebrates the park’s rebuilding ...

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Posted on: October 15, 2020

Celebrate Safety with CityBus

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Santa Rosa CityBus prioritizes safety year-round in our transit operations, and we pride ourselves on our excellent safety record; in fact, we celebrate it! Please join us in a round of applause as we celebrate our 28-safety award-winning CityBus operator...

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

County of Sonoma Provides Guidance for Safe Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Activities

COVID-19 Health Officer Update - Guidance for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

With Halloween and Dia de los Muertos quickly approaching, residents reminded to plan ahead and celebrate safely by avoiding gatherings

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Posted on: October 12, 2020

City Playgrounds Open, Play It Safe – Follow Precautions!

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City Playgrounds Open, Children and Adults Must Follow COVID-19 Precautions

Following September 28, 2020 guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the City of Santa Rosa has reopened all City playgrounds with requirements and precautions to...

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Posted on: October 8, 2020

Bell Ringing Ceremony

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Tune in to the City's YouTube channel tomorrow (Friday, October 9) at 7:30 a.m. for a LIVE ceremonial bell ringing.

During the 5-minute ceremony, members of the Santa Rosa Fire Department Honor Guard will ring the ceremonial bell 24 times in honor of each ...

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Statement from the City of Santa Rosa

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On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Daryl Clark, a 12-year veteran of the City of Santa Rosa Water Department, passed away while on-the-job. Daryl, a water systems technician, was working at the City of Santa Rosa’s Laguna Wastewater Treatment Pla...

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Posted on: September 26, 2020

Heat Advisory in Effect 9/27 & 9/28

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HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11AM SUNDAY (9/27) TO 7PM MONDAY (9/28)

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for most of the region, including Santa Rosa for Sunday and Monday (9/27 & 9/28). Robust warning and drying trends are ex...

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Posted on: September 26, 2020

City to Open Cooling Center Sunday & Monday (9/27 & 9/28)

 Cooling Centers Open 8/17 & 8/18

Temperatures are expected to rise through Monday, 9/28 with daytime temperatures reaching the high 90s to low 100s. The hottest days will be Sunday and Monday. 

Due to the heightened weather conditions, the City of Santa Rosa will activate a cooli...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Red Flag Warning Expanded to include all of Santa Rosa/ Sonoma County

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RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF SANTA ROSA/SONOMA COUNTY FROM 9PM SATURDAY (9/26) TO 9PM MONDAY (9/28) FOR WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY

Note: The Red Flag Warning was previously only for the upper elevations and was shorter in duration.

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Health Order Amendment

Amended Health Officer Ordered Issued

Sonoma County’s Health Officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, today (9/23) issued an amended health order to align the existing local health order with the state's revised framework for reopening. The amendment to the Stay Well Sonoma County Health Order (C19-15), wh...

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Posted on: September 23, 2020

Nail Services and Physician-Ordered Electrolysis Allowed to Reopen Indoors

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Yesterday (9/22), nail services and physician-ordered electrolysis in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, may open for business indoors with certain modifications.

Individuals operating or working at a nail or beauty salon, or offer pers...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Statement from the City of Santa Rosa

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City of Santa Rosa Response to Cal/OSHA-Issued Citations for COVID-19 Violations

The City of Santa Rosa has received notice via a press announcement by the State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that Cal/OSHA has issued four citations...

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

Community Input Process Resumes to Help Prioritize Investment of City’s PG&E Settlement Funds

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UPDATE 10/14/20 

The community input process to help Santa Rosa City Council prioritize investment of the City’s $95 million in PG&E settlement funds has been extended through October 25th. The process was delayed due to the City&...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

City Reveals 5 Public Art Proposals to be Considered for Permanent Installation in Courthouse Square

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SANTA ROSA, CA - The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is excited to share the design proposals submitted for the permanent Courthouse Square public art project Imagine Art in Old Courthouse Square. The following five artists were id...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Malls Allowed to Reopen in Sonoma County

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As of Monday, August 31, barber shops, hair salons and malls in Sonoma County will be allowed to resume indoor operations with modifications. This is in response to the revised health orders issued by Governor Newson last Friday (August 28), and replaces ...

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Posted on: August 27, 2020

City to Restore Homeless Shelter Bed Capacity to Pre COVID-19 Levels

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UPDATE (9/24/20)

Installation of an emergency shelter has begun to restore bed capacity to pre COVID-19 levels at the City’s Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter (SJH). In March 2020, to help protect SJH guests from COVID-19, it was necessary to...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Ford v. City of Santa Rosa

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SANTA ROSA, CA –  A settlement has been reached between the City of Santa Rosa and Andy Ford in the case of Ford v. City of Santa Rosa. This settlement was reached amicably, formally, and finally resolved all issues concerning the Compl...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

City Council Passes Local Urgency Ordinance

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At the August 8, 2020 Santa Rosa City Council meeting, the Council approved an urgency ordinance authorizing administrative enforcement of the public health orders in Santa Rosa. The ordinance mirrors Sonoma County’s recently passed enforcement ...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Blue Green Algae Blooms Observed at Lake Ralphine

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UPDATE: 8.14.20

Boat Rentals Closed and Boating Classes Canceled - 8/15 & 8/16

Blue Green Algae blooms were spotted in the waters near the boat dock at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park on Friday, 8/14. As a precaution, boat rentals and boating classes at L...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

School of Rec: Distance Learning Camp & Care

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No matter what school your child attends or their virtual classroom schedule, the School of Rec - Distance Learning Camp & Care is here to help you support your child during the COVID-19 distance learning challenge! This program provides a learning en...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Update on Efforts to Address Encampment at Fremont Park

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Update 9/3/20

This week, the City’s Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) led an operation to address the encampment in Fremont Park (also known as Cancer Survivors Park). Over the past several weeks, HEAP had been monitoring conditions i...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Stay Safe Santa Rosa

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The tail end of a summer unlike any other is upon us and the joys of autumn are coming soon. As you enjoy these last warm days and prepare for fall, please make health and safety your top priority. From dining outdoors to being active in our City parks, t...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting

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The next Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting is set to take place this Friday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. This subcommittee, which is newly established by the Mayor of Santa Rosa and met for the first time on July 1, is tasked with review of public safety polic...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Council Goal-Setting

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The Council Goal Setting Meeting Session will be held over two days – August 3 and 4 – as a virtual Zoom meeting and all members of the public are welcome and invited to participate. More information on the City’s plans for t...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

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WATCH this video, as Mayor Tom Schwedhelm has accepted the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and is asking all Santa Rosans to show their support for WaterSmart habits by pledging to conserve water. It only takes a minute,...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

E Street Bike Lanes

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The Pavement Preventative Maintenance (PPM) project 2020 consists of performing preventative maintenance on arterial City streets including crack sealing, localized asphalt repairs, pavement resurfacing and striping reconfiguration at select locations.

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Serving Santa Rosa During COVID-19

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Even though most City of Santa Rosa facilities may be closed to the public, WATCH this short video and find out how City staff are working around the clock to maintain essential City services and identify new ways to provide services that protect your hea...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Board Vacancies

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City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the following Boards that have current vacancies:

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board (One Senior Community Representative, One At-Large Position)

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Fire Threat Addressed in Encampment in Fremont Park

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(Updated 7.29.20)

Addressing the Fire Threat

In recent weeks, the Santa Rosa Fire Department (SRFD) has responded to a number of structure and wildland fires across Santa Rosa resulting from encampment activity and SRFD remains on heightened watch for such ...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Update on City’s 2017 Wildfires Claim Settlement from PG&E

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(Posted 7.21.20)

Last week, the City of Santa Rosa received settlement payment resulting from its claim filed in PG&E’s bankruptcy proceedings. The settlement was received following the Bankruptcy Court’s final approval of PG&E&...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Most City of Santa Rosa Public Counters Closed Thru August 2nd

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The City of Santa Rosa is closing most of its public counters beginning Wednesday, July 15 through at least August 2 to help curb a resurgence of coronavirus infections occurring in Sonoma County and statewide. The move follows direction from the Californ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Statement from Chief Navarro

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Statement from Chief Navarro in Response to the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights Report:

The Santa Rosa Police Department is a proactive, progressive, and professional organization committed to making Santa Rosa a safe place to live, work, and play...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive

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It’s back! WATCH THIS VIDEO and help us feed our community and make a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive. Now through July 22, the City of Santa Rosa is teaming up with Redwood Empire Food Bank to help feed our neighbors in o...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Santa Rosa City Council Candidate Nomination Period Opens July 13, 2020

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SANTA ROSA, CA – The City of Santa Rosa has announced the candidate nomination period for the November 3, 2020 City Council Election for Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Eligible candidates residing in District 1, 3, 5 or 7 who are interested in runnin...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Virtual Food Drive and Donation Station

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Following a successful food drive in April, the City of Santa Rosa is once again teaming up with the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to host another food donation drive—online and in-person—in response to growing hunger needs amid the ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Update on City Actions to Resolve Encampments

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Homelessness Services Update

UPDATE - 7.2.20

The City is continuing to monitor encampments in Santa Rosa’s Downtown area following last week’s efforts to address encampments at the 101 underpasses and College Avenue and will focus next o...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Actions for Change

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Did you see the Santa Rosa City Council and City Manager’s letter in solidarity and support of Black Lives Matter that appeared in the Press Democrat on Sunday (June 28, 2020)?

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Update on SRPD’s Commitment to Action

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SRPD Outlines Current Policies and New Changes at SRCity.org/ChangefortheBetter  For the past several weeks, officials from the City, including the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD), have met with community members and groups ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Opinion Research Firm Retained to Poll Santa Rosa Voters

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The City of Santa Rosa has contracted with an opinion research firm to poll Santa Rosa voters to gauge the feasibility of extending the City’s (3) quarter-cent sales tax measures. This survey will be conducted in English and Spanish and will be ...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)

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The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) is a Sonoma County Regional Park space maintained by the County of Sonoma. To address the growing homeless encampment along the Trail – at the direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors – the County ...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)

Joe Rodota Trail Update

The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) is a Sonoma County Regional Park space maintained by the County of Sonoma. To address the growing homeless encampment along the Trail – at the direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors – the County ...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

Permit Santa Rosa

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The City of Santa Rosa recently launched Permit Santa Rosa, on which you can review permit activity on an interactive map, apply for permits, schedule inspections, and explore our data portal.In an effort to increase transparency and access, and improve c...

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