Your January City Connections: 19 Residents to Interview for Vacant City Council Seat, Get Ready for the 2020 Census, Update on the Joe Rodota Trail and More.

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January 2020

City News


19 Residents to Interview for Vacant City Council Seat

City Council Chambers

A total of 19 applicants will be interviewed by Santa Rosa City Council Members on Tuesday, January 7th during a televised public meeting to fill one vacant Santa Rosa City Council seat. Immediately following the interviews, City Council members will utilize a voting process to determine the appointee. The Council seat has a term expiring in December 2020. A call for Council Member applicants opened December 4th through 18th after the Council seat was vacated by Julie Combs on November 25, 2019. READ MORE

Census 2020

What is the 2020 Census?

It's officially 2020 – the start of a new decade and the year of the next Census! Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each state. In addition to determining federal representation, the government also uses census data to distribute more than $675 billion dollars in federal funding annually to states and local governments. In California, more than 70 federal programs that benefit our residents use the Census data and population counts as part of their funding formulas, including programs for housing, roads and transportation, schools and education, healthcare, emergency services, child care, and other vital needs. A complete and accurate census count will help ensure our community gets its share of federal funding and political representation! The City is committed to ensuring a full count of all Santa Rosa residents, and we hope you will join us in working toward this goal by getting included in the count and encouraging others to do the same! The 2020 Census is this Spring, so be on the lookout for more information in the coming months. READ MORE

Update on Joe Rodota Trail

The Joe Rodota Trail 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 of Sonoma activated its Emergency Operation Center on December 17th as a Joint Operations Center (JOC) involving participation from multiple County departments and non-profit service providers focused on resolving the situation on the JRT in a viable and effective manner. At a Special Meeting on December 23, the County Board of Supervisors approved $12 million to fund a number of solutions to house and shelter those on the JRT.  READ COUNTY OF SONOMA PRESS RELEASE

Take the Winter WaterSmart Challenge

Woman fixing leak under kitchen sink

Santa Rosa Water is launching an indoor water conservation campaign this winter to help reduce wastewater flows to the Laguna Treatment Plant. The need for conservation is a result of the recent Kincade Fire damaging recycled water infrastructure. Residents can help by participating in the Winter WaterSmart challenge. It’s easy! Visit to schedule a FREE WaterSmart check-up and learn about free water saving devices, rebates, and more. 

Recovery Update



A Message from the City of Santa Rosa Rebuilding Permit Center

The City of Santa Rosa remains committed to helping fire survivors in our community rebuild following the 2017 fires. In the last 27 months, more than 2,200 homes have engaged in the rebuilding journey, including 900 that have completed construction. We are so proud of how far our community has come, but we know this means that there are still approximately 700 property owners who have not yet begun the rebuilding process. For those just getting started or contemplating how best to move forward, we want you to know that the rebuilding permit center remains open and is dedicated to helping you navigate rebuilding your home. Please contact our permit center staff for help with your rebuilding questions — we are here to help you get back home.
Web: | Email: | Call: 707-543-4649 | Visit: 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Rm 6 

CalHome Disaster Loan Program Expanded to Benefit More Homeowners

The CalHome Disaster Assistance Loan Program has expanded to make households earning up to 120% of the Area Median Income (AMI), which is currently $111,950 for a family of four, eligible for the Program (the previous AMI was up to 80%). In addition, the property types eligible for the program now include mobilehomes located in mobilehome parks within the Santa Rosa City Limits. The program provides eligible Santa Rosa homeowners whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the October 2017 wildfires and who have not yet begun to rebuild the opportunity to apply for gap funding of up to $100,000. Additional eligibility requirements apply. Applications will be accepted until all funds are committed.  READ MORE

Public Meeting: Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation Program (Hosted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development)

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is holding a public meeting in Santa Rosa for residents impacted by the 2017 Wildfires to discuss the $88 million in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation funding that has been authorized by Federal Government for the state of California as a result of the state's October 2017 Wildfires and December 2017 Wildfires, Mudslides, and Debris Flows. HCD is working with local governments and organizations throughout the State to fund programs and activities aimed at reducing future losses from natural disasters. At these meetings, HCD will discuss proposed mitigation programs, eligibility for the programs and the timeline for funding. The Santa Rosa meeting is on Thursday, January 9th from 6-8 p.m. at the City of Santa Rosa Utilities Field Operations Center located at 35 Stony Point Road. READ MORE

Put a Freeze on Winter House Fires

Electric space heater in home

Be warm and safe this winter! Did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths and injuries? December, January, and February are the peak months for heating fires. With a few simple safety tips and precautions, you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

Small Cell Antennae Pilot Program

The City is exploring the need for a local ordinance to regulate certain aspects of small cell antennae. Small cell antennae (also known as small cells) are small short-range cellular transmitters placed on existing utility poles to provide service for wireless devices. The City is rolling out a pilot program, starting in commercial areas, to help see how it would implement a broader small cell ordinance to regulate the design, location, and placement of small cells on City-owned utility poles. READ MORE

Building Code Updates

A new year means a new set of state and local rules and regulations for building code standards within City limits. Property owners, or their contractors, who are planning to start construction on a home or business in the coming year should understand all the changes that would impact how structures can be built and how properties can be modified. If you are considering changes to your property in 2020, please contact the Planning and Economic Development Department. CONTACT

General Plan 2050 Consultant Selected

Santa Rosa 2050

Following a three-month search, the Planning and Economic Development Department has proposed selecting Placeworks and MIG to assist the City’s update to the general plan, pending City Council approval. If approved, the consultant will work with staff on the General Plan 2050, updating the City's long-term vision of community development with goals and policies that guide day-to-day decisions regarding housing and commercial development and infrastructure improvements.

Downtown Station Area Specific Plan Update

Downtown Santa Rosa

Following the December 3rd study session, City Council and the Planning Commission instructed staff to begin creating the final version of the Downtown Station Area Specific Plan. Just a few community outreach meetings remain which provide the chance for community members to contribute input that will shape Downtown. Times and dates are pending and will posted when finalized. 

Major Upgrade Coming to Finley Aquatic Center

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Finley Aquatic Center is getting a new pool heater this month! The aquatic center will be closed Monday, January 13th through Friday, January 24th for installation, and will reopen on January 25th to swimmers and all pool users. As this short video explains, this is a much-needed upgrade that will deliver more reliable and efficient pool heating. 

New Activity Guide & Block Blast

Block Blast

Look for the Spring/Summer Activity Guide coming out online on January 16th and printed copies available at community centers and other locations around town later in the month. You’ll find options to keep everyone in the family busy and happy – such as swim lessons, spring and summer camps, work experience for teens, youth and adult sports leagues, and a lot more! Registration begins January 30th. LEARN MORE 

The new Block Blast newsletter from Neighborhood Services is available online now with information about after-school programs, sports and recreation opportunities for income-qualifying families. These low-cost programs are supported in part by Measure O sales tax. READ MORE 

Events and Community Meetings


Santa Rosa Fire Department Blood Drive

Experience the Wonder Donate Blood - 14th annual Blood Brigade

Wednesday, January 8, 
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., SRFD Training Tower, 2126 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Fire Department invites you to participate in the 14th annual Bucket Brigade Blood Drive Challenge! SRFD has partnered with Vitalant (formerly Blood Center of the Pacific) to host the Challenge, a friendly competition among participating fire departments to see which department can host the largest blood drive by enlisting members of the community to donate lifesaving blood during the holiday season. Keeping an adequate blood supply – both locally and nationally – is critical to ensuring medical needs can be met when the unexpected happens within a community. Schedule Appointment


Public Hearing on Roseland Creek Community Park

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Tuesday, January 14
at or after 5:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. 
The Santa Rosa City Council will consider approval of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determination and the proposed Master Plan for Roseland Creek Community Park. The project proposes to develop a community park on 19 acres located between McMinn and Burbank Avenues in southwest Santa Rosa.  LEARN MORE 

Council to Consider Rental Inspection Program Ordinance

Rental Inspection

Tuesday, January 28, at or after 4:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Ave.
An ordinance that aims to ensure Santa Rosa renters are living in safe, decent and sanitary housing is set to go before the City Council on January 28th. If approved, the new rental inspection program ordinance would require that most rental properties in the City over 10 years old be inspected every five years and ask owners and tenants to mutually certify the property’s condition on an annual basis. LEARN MORE

Want to be a police officer? Run with a Recruiter!

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Fridays in January (10, 17, 24, 31), 6:00 - 7:00 a.m., Santa Rosa Police Department
, 965 Sonoma Ave.
Ready for a career as a police officer with the Santa Rosa Police Department? Join us every Friday in January at 6:00 am to run with our recruiting team and learn more about our hiring process. Run with a Recruiter is a great opportunity to get more information about SRPD and to get a good workout too. It's 3 to 3.5 mile run and a few strength training exercises - open to all fitness levels. REGISTER AND LEARN MORE  


Volunteer Opportunities


Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery Workday

Rural Cemetery Work Day

Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, 1600 Franklin Ave.
Join the Rural Cemetery Preservation Committee at their monthly volunteer workday. Projects include weeding and landscaping, painting, repairing borders, restoring plots and various maintenance work. SIGN UP

MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service

Monday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
., MLK Park, 1208 S Hendley St 
Join us for a day on, not a day off! Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, volunteers across the nation donate their time and energy towards helping others and strengthening their local communities. Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks is hosting a clean-up at MLK Park, where volunteers can help beautify this neighborhood park. SIGN UP

12th Annual MLK, Jr. National Day of Service on Piner Creek

Monday, January 20, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., 3215 Coffey Lane near Bluebell Dr.
Bring family, friends, and community spirit to help clean-up Piner Creek. Plan ahead and wear weather appropriate clothing. Heavy rain will cancel the event, but work will continue in light rain. Tools and snacks will be provided. 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. 

Water Department employee testing water sample

Environmental Compliance Inspector III | Full-Time | $77,222 to $93,207 Annually | Water
The Environmental Compliance Inspector III position is an advanced journey-level position. Environmental Compliance inspectors enforce local, state, and federal standards for discharges into the wastewater and storm water systems by inspecting businesses and obtaining water samples to determine requirements for discharge permits and compliance with permits. Closes January 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Principal Human Resources Analyst| Full-Time | $7,935.83 to $10,138.25 Monthly | Human Resources
The Principal Human Resources Analyst is an advanced journey-level position responsible for a wide range of complex human resources activities. This position is responsible for analyzing, organizing, and implementing data and programs, as well as, formulating important recommendations. Additionally, this position plans, coordinates, and reviews the preparation of various reports, correspondence, statistics and publications. Closes January 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Deputy Director Field Services| Full-Time | $116,976 to $151,305 Annually | Transportation & Public Works 
The Deputy Director of Field Services is a leadership role within the Transportation & Public Works Department. The Deputy Director of Field Services is a seasoned public works professional with experience in providing municipal streets, fleet and park services and exercises considerable independent judgment in the administrative and operational activities of the City’s Field Services Operations. Closes January 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


Recreation & Parks Seasonal Jobs

R & P Seasonal Jobs

Spend time at Santa Rosa’s lakes, parks, pools and community centers! Camp counselors, lifeguards, swim instructors, sports coaches and building aides are just some of the jobs available. All positions will earn $15 or more by July 1 with the increase in minimum wage. Most positions are filled by April. APPLY NOW

Census 2020 Jobs

Earn extra income while helping the community! The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country (including here locally!) to assist with the 2020 Census count. LEARN MORE AND APPLY