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July 2019

City News


Nominate a Community Member for a Merit Award

Merit Awards

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to our community? Merit Awards are presented annually by the City Council to honor Santa Rosa individuals, businesses and organizations for volunteerism leading to improved quality of life. All residents are invited to submit nominations by September 3, 2019 and to join us at the Awards Ceremony on October 21, 2019. LEARN MORE

Celebrate Safely, Fireworks are Illegal in Santa Rosa

No Fireworks

Celebrate and enjoy a safe 4th of July by leaving the fireworks show to the trained professionals. Fireworks can lead to damaging fires and the possession, storage, sale, and use of all fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Rosa. It is also illegal to purchase "safe and sane" fireworks from neighboring communities and bring them into Santa Rosa. LEARN MORE

Preparations for Emergency Response During Fire Season

Red Flag being raised at Fire Station

Fire season has begun, and the City wants to ensure residents are aware of the ways that Sonoma County public safety officials will be monitoring and responding to conditions in the field and communicating with the public to help protect our community from wildfires. This includes the use of advanced-warning fire cameras, up-staffing firefighting resources during Red Flag days, and through the use of public alert and warning tools. In addition, the Santa Rosa Fire Department is joining fire agencies across Sonoma County to implement a new way to increase public awareness during times of critical fire weather conditions. When the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag Warning locally, all City of Santa Rosa Fire Stations will fly a red flag to signify the conditions to the community.  LEARN MORE

Wildfire Recovery Update 

Pedestrian Bridge Before and After

Recovery repairs on the two fire-damaged pedestrian bridges on Parker Hill Road are complete and open to the public.

Disaster Assistance Program Expanded

Eligible Santa Rosa homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires and who have not yet begun to rebuild can to apply for a loan to provide gap funding of up to $100,000 through the City of Santa Rosa’s CalHome Disaster Assistance Loan Program. The program initially targeted the Coffey Park area and has now expanded citywide. LEARN MORE

Update on Settlement to Resolve Local Governments 2017 Fire Claims

The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, together with seven other counties and cities, have announced that they and PG&E have accepted a mediator’s proposal of $415 million to resolve the collective cities’ and counties’ North Bay Fires claims. The agreement is tentative and will be incorporated into a proposed plan of reorganization to be filed by PG&E in its pending Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case. The entire plan of reorganization is subject to confirmation by the Bankruptcy Court. There is no guarantee of funding until the bankruptcy proceedings are complete, which is not anticipated until mid-2020. LEARN MORE

Removal of Fire-Damaged Street Trees

Arborists have begun marking the 700 fire-damaged street trees scheduled for removal with an identifying red mark on the trunk. Removal of these trees will begin in the Coffey Park area and then continue into Fountaingrove and Hidden Valley. LEARN MORE

Minor Work for Water Services Affected by the Tubbs Fire

Crews are completing water service line connections and meter box replacements to select locations in the Fountaingrove area. The service lines will extend beyond existing water meter boxes for use when homes at these locations are rebuilt. This project will also replace existing sidewalk where meter boxes are replaced. LEARN MORE

New Online Affordable Housing Map

Affordable Housing Map

A new online map of affordable housing in Santa Rosa is now live and displays multifamily, senior citizen, and special needs rental properties, plus mobile home parks and links to property management websites when available. Currently, the map features properties funded by or under agreement with the City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority. Future enhancements will include additional affordable housing properties in Santa Rosa and will list the level of affordability. This new tool highlights the Housing Authority’s investment in affordability and commitment to helping residents in their search for housing. LEARN MORE & VIEW MAP

Former Bennett Valley Senior Center Site Considered for Affordable Housing

As Santa Rosa seeks to address the affordable housing and homelessness crisis, solutions for expanding the stock of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing are being explored. Leading this effort, the City of Santa Rosa has released a solicitation to develop the City-owned parcels at the corner of Bennett Valley Road and Rutledge Avenue, the former Bennett Valley Senior Center and ArtStart campuses. A community meeting will be held July 10 to gather neighborhood priorities for site development. LEARN MORE

Join SRPD’s Security Camera Registry for a Safer Santa Rosa

Security Camera Registry

Security cameras are popular tools to keep your home or business safe and sound. They can also help police solve crimes. Register your security camera system with the Santa Rosa Police Department and help solve and deter crime in your area. LEARN MORE

New EV Charging Fees Designed to Improve Access

EV Charging Station

The City owns and operates 10 Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations for a total of 18 charging ports available for public use at various locations, including those recently installed at Courthouse Square. The City is transitioning these charging stations to a new fee schedule beginning July 1, 2019. The new fee structure will add an additional cost for drivers who leave their vehicle parked at a station longer than necessary (4 hours), and is designed to influence more equitable access for all EV drivers. LEARN MORE

Tiered Pricing Offers More Choices for Parking Downtown

Progressive Parking

Summer is here and it’s time to head Downtown for fun in the sun, great dining, and shopping! To make parking easier and more convenient throughout the Downtown, the City offers two pricing zones for metered parking.
For those who want the convenience of a space in the highest demand areas of Downtown, there are Premium spaces marked with blue signs and have meters that operate until 8:00 p.m. with a 3-hour time limit and cost $1.50/hour to park. In the periphery of the core Downtown you’ll find Value spaces, marked with green signs with lower hourly rates and longer time limits. The Value parking spaces have 4 or 8-hour time limit, cost $1.00/hour, and end at 6:00 p.m.. The tiered pricing helps to improve access to parking spaces and provide more choices to people parking Downtown.  LEARN MORE

Recent Playground Enhancements in City Parks

Playground Upgrades

Thank you for your patience while five City parks received a bit of a facelift this past month! The playgrounds at Galvin, Youth, and Northwest community parks, and Hidden Valley and Steele Lane neighborhood parks all have new playground surfacing, which is among the best type of surfacing for durability, safety and environmental impact. LEARN MORE

Kawana Springs Community Park Planning Back in Motion

Kawana Springs Park

The master planning process for Kawana Springs Community Park is back on track after a delay following the October 2017 fires.  The proposed Master Plan will go before City Council on August 6, 2019. If approved, the park will be built in the southeast quadrant of the City and will encompass nearly 20 acres. LEARN MORE 

Finley Community Center Gets Some TLC    

Finley Flooring

After years of community giving, the Finley Community Center is receiving a little TLC of its own. New manufactured hardwood flooring is being installed throughout 12,000 square feet of space within the center, which hosts hundreds if not thousands of Santa Rosans each week for celebrations, church services, and business meetings. Finley was also the City’s main shelter during the 2017 wildfires, creating heavy usage for several months that expedited the need for new flooring. LEARN MORE

Information on the Planned Removal of the Caretaker's Cabin at Howarth Park

Howarth Park Cabin

The upcoming removal of the caretaker cabin at Howarth Park has generated both community interest and questions. The City has compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help provide a better understanding of the condition of the building and the reason for its planned removal. LEARN MORE

Roseland Area Pavement Maintenance In Progress

Dowd Drive Paving

Roseland Area streets recently received asphalt patching along a heavily used portion of Corby Avenue and Dowd Drive. In July, pavement maintenance will begin on Rose Avenue (Stony Point Rd to Burbank Avenue) and Sunset Avenue (Burbank Ave to McMinn Avenue). In addition to the pavement improvements, this project will also modify all curb ramps within the project area to meet current ADA standards. LEARN MORE

Reallocation Request to SCTA for Measure M Funding for Hearn Avenue Interchange

Hearn Avenue Interchange

Santa Rosa City Council approved the request to ask Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) officials to reallocate $9.5 million in regional Measure M sales tax revenue toward Phase 3 of the Hearn Avenue interchange construction, a $28 million project. If funding for the project is secured by the summer of 2020, construction could begin as early as January 2021. LEARN MORE

Annual Water Quality Report Now Available

WaterQuality Report July 2019

The 2018 Annual Water Quality Report is now available online. This report documents our ongoing commitment to providing high quality drinking water to our community. Before drinking water ever reaches your tap it is tested over 200 times to ensure its safety. LEARN MORE

Permit Fees Reduced for Granny Unit/ ADU Construction

Accessory Dwelling Units

Interested in becoming a landlord, but can't afford new property? Want to help the governor’s call for 3.5 million new homes in California by 2024? Consider converting that spare space or adding a new structure to create an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on your property. ADUs (commonly known as in-law or granny units) are secondary housing structures added on to a single-family lot. Turn a garage into a one-bedroom; a shed into a studio; or build a two-bedroom structure from scratch. The City has reduced barriers to building ADUs, including reducing some fees by up to 50%, to help make it a feasible project for property owners. LEARN MORE

Senior Membership Drive

Senior Membership

July is National Parks and Recreation Month and locally we’re highlighting the City’s robust recreational programming for seniors! Opportunities for fitness, activities, hobbies, education, social events and more are available at Santa Rosa’s two senior centers – Person Senior Wing at Finley Community Center and Steele Lane Community Center. Special celebrations and perks for joining are offered this month. LEARN MORE

Neighborfest Pilot Program has Launched


The first Neighborfest of the summer kicked off last month in the Junior College Neighborhood, officially launching the start of this pilot program. Neighborfest offers neighborhoods the chance to come together, have fun, and build a stronger, more prepared and connected community through block party gatherings. Find out if your neighborhood will be hosting a Neighborfest this summer: LEARN MORE

Santa Rosa CityBus Receives Bay Area Metro Grand Award

2019 Bay Area Metro Awards

The Bay Area Metro Awards recognized Santa Rosa CityBus, Sonoma County Transit, Napa Vine Transit and Sonoma Clean Power with a Grand Award last month for their work to save lives, protect communities and aid in rebuilding in response to the October 2017 North Bay fires. LEARN MORE

Public Input Shaping Development of General Plan Update

The votes have been tallied, and your results are in. Thank to everyone for participating in the Community Conversations and online survey for Santa Rosa 2050, an update to the City’s General Plan. These results will help us take the next steps to creating a plan that encapsulates a clearer vision for the city’s future. You can find the results of public input, and information about what’s next, on the General Plan’s webpage. LEARN MORE

Summer Spotlight

Prince Gateway Spray Ground Video

With over 70 parks, two community centers, two public pools, a gorgeous golf course and numerous special destinations, you don’t need to travel far or spend a lot to have fun this summer!  In fact, many of our City attractions are free for your enjoyment, like the Spray Grounds at Prince Gateway Park.

Events and Community Meetings


Live at Juilliard Music Concerts

Live at Juilliard

Sundays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Juilliard Park, 227 Santa Rosa Avenue

July 7 featuring Dgiin 
July 14 featuring The Ralph Woodson Blues Band
July 21 featuring Black Sheep Brass Band 
July 28 featuring Miss Moonshine 
August 4 featuring Michael Capella Band
August 11 featuring Free Peoples

There’s no better way to spend your summer Sunday evenings than enjoying music, food and fun, with some of the Bay Area’s finest bands, at Juilliard Park in Downtown Santa Rosa. LEARN MORE

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Workshops

Wildland Urban Interface area

Workshop 1 - Monday, July 22, 6:00 - 8:00 Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Avenue
Workshop 2 - Thursday, July 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Santa Rosa Veterans Bldg, 1351 Maple Avenue
Workshop 3 – Wednesday, August 14, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rincon Valley Library, 6959 Montecito Blvd.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department is developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) which will ultimately provide a road map of actions to address wildfire hazards and risks in our community. Please join us for one of these three upcoming workshops and share your input.  LEARN MORE



Saturday, July 27, all day in Courthouse Square & at scheduled times on City Streets in Santa Rosa
The world's most elite athletes swim, run and bike from Lake Sonoma to Downtown Santa Rosa in the ultimate test of endurance. Join athletes at the IRONMAN Village during the week and watch racers cross the finish on the day of the event, July 27. Please be aware of traffic impacts to various areas during race. LEARN MORE


Volunteer Opportunities


First Saturday Clean-up on the Greenway  

Greenway Clean Up

Saturday, July 6 from 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 care for Santa Rosa Creek. Volunteers help pick up trash and perform plant care. Tools and refreshments provided. LEARN MORE

Park-A-Month: A Place to Play (Dog Park)

Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at A Place to Play Park, 2375 West Third Street
Bring your friends and work together or come and meet new people while helping to keep our parks in great shape! These family-friendly workdays are a fun and productive way to help beautify a local park and a great way for students to earn community service hours. LEARN MORE

Workday at the Rural Cemetery

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, 1600 Franklin Avenue 
Join the Rural Cemetery every third Saturday of the month for a volunteer work party. Projects include cemetery beautification efforts such as mowing grass and landscaping projects, painting, repairing borders, restoring plots, and various maintenance work.  LEARN MORE


Join Our Team


Current Job Openings 

The City of Santa Rosa 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. 

July Job Openings

Maintenance Worker| Full-Time | $45,302.40 to $53,705.60 Annually | Transportation and Public Works
Maintenance workers perform physical labor in a variety of tasks related to construction, street and road maintenance and construction, and general interior and exterior maintenance duties. Opening Soon

Community Outreach Specialist | Full-Time | $5,200.25 to $6,329.33 Monthly | Fire Department & Violence Prevention Partnership (2 recruitments)
Community Outreach Specialists develop and implement community-based programs, provide community informational and educational outreach programs, and serve as a community liaison to establish effective relationships on behalf of the City. Recruitment closes July 4th at 11:59 PM

Student Intern | Part-Time | $12.00 to $16.00 Hourly | Water
Interns work up to 20 hours per week gaining on-the-job training from experienced staff in the Water Department’s Water-Use Efficiency, Energy and Sustainability, Environmental Laboratory, Environmental Compliance and Storm Water & Creeks sections. Recruitment Closes July 12th at 11:59 PM