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April 2019

Welcome to the City of Santa Rosa's first edition of City Connections! This new monthly newsletter delivers the latest happenings around the City by highlighting local news, events, community meetings, volunteer opportunities, job openings, and more. If you enjoy receiving this newsletter (we really hope you do), help us share by forwarding to a friend. If this email was forwarded to you, sign up here to receive this newsletter each month. If you wish to no longer receive updates about our City, unsubscribe here. Wishing you a happy spring from the City of Santa Rosa team.


City News


Council Goal Setting for 2019-2020

Council Goals

City Council held a special session to set the City’s top priorities for fiscal year 2019-20 on February 21. At the conclusion of robust discussion and public input, Financial Stability, Recovery and Resilience, a Comprehensive Housing Strategy, addressing Homelessness, and Implementation of the Climate Action Plan were identified as the highest priority focus areas for the City for the next 12 months. Council will next be working with staff to develop metrics for each of these priority areas. READ MORE

Homelessness Solutions 

Homelessness is a significant concern throughout Santa Rosa and remains one of the City Council's top priorities. Many City resources are committed to finding and implementing solutions. The City's response, including the Mayor’s new Open Letter on Homelessness, is thoroughly outlined on the City's Homelessness Solutions website. Please take a moment to learn about how your City is approaching this critical social issue. READ MORE

Rebuilding Updates


Repairing Fire-Damaged Infrastructure  

Under the presidential disaster declaration approved for the 2017 wildfires, Santa Rosa can seek federal aid to help with the repair and rebuilding of our fire-damaged public infrastructure through the FEMA Public Assistance Program. It’s a complex process to seek the aid necessary to restore our infrastructure and staff continue to work intently through the process. The City has created a new webpage to keep residents informed of this process, the status of infrastructure recovery projects and funds received from FEMA. READ MORE

Disaster Loan Assistance Program for Coffey Park Homeowners

Eligible Coffey Park area homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires, and who have not yet begun to rebuild, are able to apply for gap funding of up to $100,000 through the City of Santa Rosa’s CalHome Disaster Assistance Loan Program. READ MORE

Coffey Neighborhood Park Master Plan 

A walking path, fitness stations, two playgrounds, picnic tables, a dog park, portable restroom and a native garden are just some of the features proposed for the new Coffey Neighborhood Park. The City Council will consider the draft Master Plan for rebuilding the park tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2 and there will be an opportunity for public comment. READ MORE

Fundraising for Fire-Impacted Parks  

There is at least a $6-million gap in funding to restore Santa Rosa’s fire impacted parks. The Santa Rosa Parks Foundation is the contact for contributions to help fill the gap and is also looking for experienced fundraisers to serve on their board of directors. READ MORE

Plan Downtown

Help shape Downtown Santa Rosa's future by participating in the update to the Downtown Station Area Specific Plan. The plan explores ways to intensify housing development downtown and considers related issues of land use, transportation, economic development and historic preservation. READ MORE

Zero Waste Draft Master Plan 

Zero waste and recycling

The City is working with the community to develop a Zero Waste Plan that is quantifiable, reasonable and impactful locally. The plan focuses on a process and a philosophy around the redesign of products and consumption, so that all material goods can be reused or recycled – or not needed at all. We want to your input on the draft Zero Waste Plan which is available online for public comment through April 26, 2019. READ MORE

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan  

City Council has unanimously adopted Santa Rosa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update 2018. The Plan is a guidance tool informing the City of how best to build a citywide transportation system that is bicycle and pedestrian friendly. A key goal of the Plan Update is to encourage more residents to bike and walk in Santa Rosa. READ MORE

Now Accepting Applications for Policia y La Comunidad 


Do you want to learn more about the day-to-day activities of your Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD)? SRPD is now offering its popular Community Police Academy exclusively in Spanish. Hear from police officers and staff about the SWAT Team, Narcotics, Drones, K9 Team, and more. READ MORE 

New Community Portal for Requesting Public Records  

The City has introduced a new public records portal called NextRequest. You now have the ability to look up any public records request previously submitted by a member of the public or submit your own new record request online. READ MORE 

New Commuter Discounted Parking Permit 

Parking pay station

Commuting using public transportation just got a whole lot easier, with the City’s new Commuter Discounted Parking Permit. The new discounted parking permit is intended for commuters who regularly use public transportation and allows them to park in Garage 12 for a reduced monthly cost of $31—a 50% discount on the regular monthly rate. READ MORE

Join a Council Board, Commission, or Committee 

City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on a vacant Board, Commission, or Committee seat.

Events and Community Meetings

Free Composting Workshop

Tuesday, April 9 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Utilities Field Office, 35 Stony Point Rd
Learn how to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into wonderfully rich compost to use as a soil amendment or mulch in your garden. REGISTER

Earth Day OnStage

Earth Day OnStage

Saturday, April 27 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Downtown Santa Rosa, Courthouse Square
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great food, live performances OnStage, local and earth-friendly products, and eco-friendly crafts and activities for kids. LEARN MORE

Parent Engagement Month 

It's Parent Engagement Month! The City is offering free training, resources, and support to help parents create a healthy foundation for their children. LEARN MORE

Senior Expo

Senior Expo

Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Person Senior Wing, 2060 West College Ave.
Explore the best of senior living in Santa Rosa with 80+ interesting and informational exhibits. Not just for seniors, bring the whole family to this free event! LEARN MORE

Eco-Friendly Garden Tour 

Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout Sonoma and Marin counties
This self-guided Eco-Friendly Garden Tour promotes sustainable landscaping practices by showcasing inspiring gardens throughout Sonoma and Marin counties. Registration is required for this free event. REGISTER

City Council and Board Meetings

City Council Meeting

City Council meets most Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. VIEW AGENDAS

City Boards, Commissions, Committees meet regularly and support Council/ Departments. VIEW AGENDAS 

Volunteer Opportunities

First Saturday Clean-up on Prince Memorial Greenway


Saturday, April 6 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Olive Park near 1698 Hazel Street
On the first Saturday of every month you can help take care of Santa Rosa Creek. Located in the heart of downtown, the Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, steelhead trout. It also provides our community opportunities for recreation, public art and environmental education. SIGN UP

Neighborfest Event Planning 

The City is working with neighborhoods in Santa Rosa to plan Neighborfest events. Neighborfest is a block party-style event that offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, engage, and build a stronger, more connected community. We need volunteers to help with planning, set-up and clean-up; assisting with event activities, serving food, capturing photos and videos, and event promotion and outreach. SIGN UP


Park-a-Month Event tree planting

Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Youth Community Park, 1701 Fulton Road
Bring your friends and work together or come and meet new people while helping to keep our parks in great shape! SIGN UP

Earth Day on the Greenway Creek Clean-up

Saturday, April 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Olive Park near 105 Olive Street
Celebrate Earth Day’s 49th birthday on the Prince Memorial Greenway. Help clean-up Santa Rosa Creek. This includes native plant care and trail maintenance. Tools and refreshments provided. SIGN UP

Earth Day OnStage Volunteers Needed 

Earth Day Volunteers

Saturday, April 27 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Downtown Santa Rosa, Courthouse Square
Volunteers make Santa Rosa's Earth Day OnStage possible. Two and four hour shifts available. Volunteers receive an event t-shirt and a reusable stainless steel Take it From the TAP! water bottle. SIGN UP

Join Our Team

The City offers great career opportunities with excellent salary, a generous benefits package, including retirement through CalPERS, a competitive leave package, a choice of three health plans, flexible spending program, and top of the line, employer paid vision and dental coverage.

Current Job Openings 

Buyer | Full-Time | $62,403.00 to $75,869.00 Annually | Finance Department 
Buyers purchase and arrange a variety of supplies, equipment, and services used by the City of Santa Rosa. Recruitment Closes: April 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Senior Administrative Assistant | Full-Time | $4,052.33 to $4,925.67 Monthly | Various Departments
Senior Administrative Assistants provide critical administrative support for a variety of operations across the City. Recruitment Closes: April 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

Utility System Superintendent | Full-Time | $7,782.17 to $10,101.42 Monthly | Santa Rosa Water
Utility System Superintendents manage the construction, repair, maintenance and operation of the City's water distribution, urban recycled water, and wastewater systems. Recruitment Closes: April 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.


Seasonal Employment Opportunities  

City of Santa Rosa Temporary Employees

Work at our parks, lakes, pools and community centers! The Recreation & Parks Department is hiring for over 300 part-time seasonal employees for aquatics, sports, neighborhood services, customer service, park maintenance, concessions, recreation classes and camps. APPLY NOW