It’s your September City Connections! Read about disaster preparedness, upcoming screenings of new wildfire documentary, a proposed rental inspection program, Creek Week activities, Howarth Park improvements, career opportunities and more.

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September 2019


City News


Prepared Not Scared — Be Ready for Disasters 

Prepared not Scared

September is National Preparedness month, and there’s no time like the present to commit to ensuring you and your family are ready, no matter the type of emergency. The City recommends taking the following three actions this month to help prepare your household for the unexpected: 

  1. Sign up for SoCoAlert, Sonoma County’s Emergency Notification System. 
  2. Learn what a Public Safety Power Shutdown (PSPS) is and how to prepare for one. 
  3. Attend Sonoma Ready Day, an emergency preparedness fair on Sunday, September 8. 

City Employees, Leaders Recall Experiences from 2017 Wildfires in Documentary Debuting this Month

Last October

The City will host free public screenings of Last October, a 50-minute documentary that captures the experiences of several current and former City employees and officials who served as first responders, disaster service workers, and community leaders during and following the Sonoma Complex Fires. Two of the three planned public screenings will take place in conjunction with temporary public art exhibits that reflect on the 2017 disaster. In the documentary, City staff and council members recount both their professional and personal experiences, the critical participation of mutual aid agencies, and the overwhelming selfless support and heroism of the community during and following one of the most destructive wildfires in state history. WATCH FILM TRAILER

Take the Community Wildfire Protection Plan Survey

Wildland Urban Interface area

The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department is developing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).  A CWPP identifies wildfire hazard and risks, community goals and objectives – and through public participation and collaboration – creates a road map for the community to address the wildfire threat. Please provide your input on the plan by taking the CWPP survey. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and will be evaluated for potential inclusion into implementable actions within the CWPP.  Survey closes October 1, 2019. TAKE SURVEY 


Wildfire Recovery Update

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Fire-Damaged Street Light Replacement 

Over 500 of the City’s 16,000+ streetlights were damaged during the fires. City staff have been working with PG&E to re-energize streetlights where electrical infrastructure is intact or as it is rebuilt. Where the infrastructure is damaged, the City has established a phased recovery prioritization process to rebuild, re-energize and — where necessary — redesign the system. LEARN MORE


Hazardous Street Tree Removal Update

Work continues in Fountaingrove and Hidden Valley areas to remove hazardous fire-damaged street trees which includes grinding of the tree stumps and filling the planter strips with fresh soil. By October the initial wave of street tree removal and follow-up assessment will be complete. Phase two of the fire-damaged tree removal will evaluate and remove hazardous trees on City parcels, open spaces and parks. LEARN MORE


Rebuild Update for Coffey Neighborhood Park  

The construction documents to rebuild Coffey Neighborhood Park have been completed, and the process for selecting a contractor to build the park began in August. The goal is to have the playground portion of the park open to the neighborhood by the end of 2019 and open the remainder of the park by Summer 2020.

Roseland Area Pavement Reconstruction

Overlay Pavement Project

Through the Roseland Annexation agreement with the City, the County of Sonoma will provide funding of $6.62 million over a 10-year period to share in the costs of infrastructure improvements. This year, the City is reconstructing sections of severely damaged roadway along Rose Avenue (Stony Point Road to Burbank Avenue) and Sunset Avenue (Burbank Avenue to McMinn Avenue) and upgrading four curb ramps to current ADA standards. Roadway reconstruction is a type of street surface repair in which the top six inches of the deteriorated street surface is ground, removed, and replaced with layers of hot mix asphalt concrete. Construction is currently underway and is anticipated to be completed by the end of September 2019. LEARN MORE

City Council Seeking Applicants for Cultural Heritage Board

City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Cultural Heritage Board. Members of this Board have special expertise or interest in historic preservation and undertake and update historic inventories or surveys, recommend designation of landmarks and preservation districts, review proposed alterations to historic buildings, and promote public awareness of preservation issues. Applicants must be residents and registered to vote in the City of Santa Rosa. LEARN MORE

Garage Parking Rate Changes – Free Parking Added


As of August 11, you can park for free on Sundays between 3 a.m. and midnight at the 5th Street and D Street garages in downtown. Parking is also free in all five of the public parking garages on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. LEARN MORE


Accessibility Improvements for Howarth Park

Howarth Park Accessibility Alterations train

The City of Santa Rosa is reconstructing the pathways at Howarth Park around the train, carousel, pony corral, animal barn, and picnic area adjacent to the carousel for the purpose of improving disability access. Construction is expected to start October 2019 and be completed by February 2020. Howarth Park will remain open during construction. Public access will be maintained to the train and pony corral during regular operating hours until seasonal closure at the end of October. The carousel, animal barn, and picnic area adjacent to the carousel will be closed during construction. LEARN MORE

Santa Rosa Takes Steps to Develop Rental Inspection Program

Rental Housing

The Department of Housing and Community Services is developing a proposed Rental Inspection Program to present to City Council at a study session on September 24, 2019. The study session will provide an opportunity for staff to seek further direction from Council on development of the proposed program. The program aims to ensure that Santa Rosa renters are living in safe, decent and sanitary housing by proactively inspecting rental properties every five years and asking owners and tenants to mutually certify the property’s condition on an annual basis. LEARN MORE

Search for City-Owned/ Leased Property Online

RE Asset Map

The City has introduced a new Real Estate Services webpage and interactive map that now makes it easier for the public to research property owned or leased by the City. Going forward, future City-owned property that becomes available for sale or for lease will also be listed on this website and map. LEARN MORE

Update on Algae at Lake Ralphine

Blue Green Algae

Potentially toxic Blue Green Algae has been intermittently spotted near the dock and boat launch at Lake Ralphine at Howarth Park in recent weeks. As a precaution, the boat dock and launch has been closed and boating activities canceled whenever these naturally occurring algae blooms are located in the area. These blooms are pushed by wind and move in and out of the boat launch area. Signage is posted at the lake near the launch and boathouse when blooms are present, and you can check the current status of Lake Ralphine operations on the City’s website. LEARN MORE

Call for Artists

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The Santa Rosa Public Art Program is seeking Sonoma and Marin County artists to participate in rotating art exhibitions at City Hall Council Chambers, Person Senior Wing and Steele Lane Community Center. Applications are sought for exhibitions during the summer and fall of 2020. A variety of mediums are accepted, including painting, works on paper, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, and more. APPLY NOW

Downtown Station Area Plan Photo Contest

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Share your Downtown pride! As the City currently works to update existing plans for how Downtown is zoned and functions, we want to know what you love about the core of your city. Take a photo, label it with #PlanDowntownSR, and you could be the recipient of some cool Santa Rosa swagLEARN MORE

Press Democrat "Best of Sonoma County" Award Winners

Best of Awards

Bennett Valley Golf Course and Howarth Park have earned top honors from Press Democrat readers. The newspaper has announced its 2019 Best of Sonoma County award winners, and Howarth Park was named the “Best Place to Take Kids” and Bennett Valley Golf Course won “Best Golf Course.” Thank you to all who voted to recognize these City of Santa Rosa destinations! LEARN MORE

Summer/Fall Spotlight 
 Pony Rides! 

Pony Rides

Thousands of families with children and adults of all ages visit Howarth Memorial Park each year. Called the "jewel" of Santa Rosa, this 138-acre park provides seemingly endless recreational opportunities. Take a look at one of the all-time favorite activities  pony rides with The Pony Express!  WATCH VIDEO


Events and Community Meetings


Last October Public Film Screenings  

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Thursday, September 5, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Finley Recreation Complex, 2060 West College Avenue  
Thursday, September 12, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Third Street Cinemas, 620 Third Street 
Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue 
Attend free public screenings of Last October, a 50-minute documentary capturing the experiences of several City employees and officials who served as first responders, disaster service workers, or community leaders during the Sonoma Complex Fires. The September 5th screening is hosted in conjunction with the opening reception for the public art exhibit “Sonoma County Residents Reflects on the 2017 Wildfires” (reception hours from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.). The September 17th event is hosted in conjunction with the public art exhibit Sketching Fire Stories on display at City Hall. LEARN MORE

Booters Field Day     

City Booters

Saturday, September 7, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Rincon Valley Community Park5108 Badger Road 
Boys and girls ages 4-7, attend a free field day to check out the City's coed soccer league before registration closes on September 11 LEARN MORE  

Oktoberfest, age 50+  


Friday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Finley Community Center, 2060 W College Avenue 
Enjoy a BBQ lunch with biergarten and live entertainment. Pre-registration is required ($6 fee with senior membership/ $10 fee for non-member).  LEARN MORE   

Community Meeting: Proposed Changes to A Place to Play Park 

A Place to Play

Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., A Place to Play Park2375 W Third Street 
Provide your input on proposed amendments to the Master Plan for A Place to Play Park which include the addition of a new emergency well and water system, reflect an existing water pump station, add picnic areas, hydration stations, and a basketball court.  LEARN MORE 

Celebrate Creek Week with a 
Free Tour of the Downtown Underground  

Underground Tour

Monday, September 23, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Prince Gateway Park, at Santa Rosa and Sonoma Avenues 
Tour the huge underground culvert that runs under Downtown Santa Rosa. You’ll descend to the creek bed down a slope and over large rocks and walk across the creek (the water will be several inches deep). Wear your sturdy, closed toe, water-proof shoes, no sandals. Bring your own flashlight. LEARN MORE 

Roseland Creek Week Tour and Nature Walk 

Nature Walk

Thursday, September 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Roseland Creek Elementary School1683 Burbank Avenue 
Join us for a free, slow picturesque walk along the flat, potentially uneven Roseland Creek and explore the natural bird and plant life in Roseland. All ages welcome. LEARN MORE

Tour the Laguna Treatment Plant During Creek Week 

LTP Tour

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Laguna Wastewater Treatment Plant4300 Llano Road 
Have you ever wondered what happens to your water after it goes down the drain? Join us for a fascinating and educational tour to see for yourself. All ages welcome; tour is freeSturdy, closed-toed shoes and socks are required. LEARN MORE  

Santa Rosa History Tour on Rosie the Trolley  

Rosie the Trolley

Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. departs from Howarth Park, 630 Summerfield Road 
Jump aboard Santa Rosa’s classic Rosie the Trolley for a tour of City parks with historian Bill Montgomery! $20 fee, pre-registration is required. LEARN MORE   

Bingo Party
 for Ages 50+    


Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Steele Lane Community Center415 Steele Lane 
Join us for bingo and some lunch, $10 cash fee at the door, pre-registration required. LEARN MORE 

Volunteer Opportunities


Creek Week Creek to Coast Cleanup on the Prince Memorial Greenway   

Creek to Coast Cleanup

Saturday, September 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Olive Park Footbridgenear 1698 Hazel Street 
Join us for the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, where we will help care for a restored section of Santa Rosa Creek that flows through the heart of downtown Santa Rosa. All ages welcome. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. Games and raffle prizes. LEARN MORE

Park a Month – 
Pearblossom Park 

Park a Month

Saturday, September 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Pearblossom Park, 2850 Edgewater Park 
Work together with your friends and family or come and meet new people!  These workdays are a fun way to help beautify a local park and a great way for students to earn community service hours.  

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. 

SRPD Police Officer Swearing In

Police Officer (Academy Attendee/Graduate) | Full-Time | $88,119.00 to $112,344.00 Annually | Police
Santa Rosa Police Officers are responsible for providing exceptional public safety services and taking a leadership role in building community partnerships to make Santa Rosa a better, safer, place to live, work and play. Open until filled.

Communications Dispatcher Trainee | Full-Time | $49,992.00 to $62,047.00 Annually | Police
Communications Dispatchers receive emergency and routine calls requesting police or other emergency services, as well as, accurately evaluate and process routine and life-threatening emergency communications. Closes September 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Stores Specialist | Full-Time | $61,256.00 to $74,490.00 Annually | Finance
Stores Specialists initiate bids, place orders, receive, store, issue, account for, and forecast the City’s needs for supplies, materials, and parts. Closes September 5, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.