The CAB connects city government and residents so the public can have a voice in decisions that impact their lives and build a stronger community.
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The CAB meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, except when otherwise noticed. Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the City’s Chamber Building, located at 637 1st Street, Santa Rosa.
The CAB has two subcommmittees: Empowerment and Expertise.
The Empowerment Subcommittee is the external arm of the CAB. Their focus is on neighborhood engagement and civic engagement training for residents. The Empowerment Subcommittee meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the City’s Chamber Building, located at 637 1st Street.
The Expertise Subcommittee is the internal arm of the CAB. They are currently working on developing an onboarding and mentoring program for the CAB, as well as educational materials for City Council, staff and residents. The Expertise Subcommittee is also working on developing a selection process for the CAB’s Community Improvement Grant - Neighborfest Program. They meet the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m., also in the City’s Chamber Building.
There are 14 members of the Community Advisory Board; seven (7) area appointment members and seven (7) at-large members. Each City Council Member appoints one area representative and one at-large representative. Currently, the seven CAB areas are based on predetermined boundaries. View the CAB MAP.
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A Neighborfest is a locally organized gathering, also known as a block party, that offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, and build a stronger, more connected community.
Neighborfest aims to strengthen social cohesion or connectedness, resilience and to prepare neighborhoods for disasters. Research has shown that the more connected neighbors are to each other, the stronger their resilience is after an emergency.
The City of Santa Rosa’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a five-year financial plan for the maintenance and expansion of the public infrastructure (e.g. City facilities, buildings, parks, streets, etc.). The CIP identifies public infrastructure improvements that are needed, provides a design and construction schedule, and identifies funding for these projects.
The City Council, through the City Charter and associated Resolutions, assigned the CAB the role of obtaining public feedback on CIP priorities. Through meetings and community events, the CAB encourages Santa Rosa residents the vote on their top five (5) infrastructure project priorities for the upcoming year. This feedback is presented to the City Council during the City’s budget season.
Community engagement is the process by which people, government, and organizations (the community) work together collaboratively to create and realize sustainable visions for their community’s future. For governments and organizations, it is about working with and listening to, communities to build long-term relationships and develop meaningful solutions to complex issues.
Another way to describe community engagement is through decision-making: everyone who is impacted by an issue in the community should have a say in how it is resolved. Community engagement holds the promise that public participation can influence decisions that affect the provisions of services, future visions, and sustainability of our communities.
Source: Hussey, Sally (2019). What is Community Engagement? Bang the Table: https://www.bangthetable.com/what-is-community-engagement/