The Communications & Intergovernmental Relations Office (CIRO) is responsible for developing accessible and timely communication about city initiatives, programs, and services to enhance and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with the community and inform the public on current initiatives, events, and important topics in Santa Rosa. CIRO manages the daily operation of the City’s communications channels, including the website and social media accounts, guides and facilitates engagement with the media and the public, and provides departments with strategic communications counsel.


  1. CP_Maraskeshia Smith

    Santa Rosa 2022: A Year in Review

    An overview of my first year as Santa Rosa’s City Manager. Read on...
  2. Man Holding Phone Displaying City Service Finder Webpage

    Top 10 Ways to Stay Informed and Engaged with the City

    The City of Santa Rosa makes it easy for residents, businesses & visitors to stay informed & engaged. We put together a top-ten list of options to get timely, ongoing communications about City news, services, info, events & engagement opportunities. Connect With Us!
  3. Live at Juilliard logo with guitar

    City of Santa Rosa Accepting Applications for Live at Juilliard Concert Series

    The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is currently accepting talent applications for the 2023 Live at Juilliard Concert Series, which will take place Sundays, July 16 to August 20, 2023. Read on...
  4. AARP Tax Aide

    AARP Foundation Tax Aide Available at Santa Rosa's Franklin Park Clubhouse

    Santa Rosa residents in need of income tax preparation assistance are offered the free services of the AARP Tax Aide program. The focus is on serving residents over age 50 who have low to moderate incomes. Read on...
  5. NF_Transit Equity Day

    Ride Fare-Free on Rosa Parks Transit Equity Day

    On Feb. 4, to commemorate Rosa Parks life and legacy, Santa Rosa CityBus, Petaluma Transit and Sonoma County Transit invite everyone to ride public transit fare-free Read on...
  6. News Flash_2022 Rotary Club Public Saftey Award Winners

    Meet the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa’s 2022 Public Safety Award Winners

    Each year the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa honors an outstanding police officer and firefighter from Santa Rosa. Read on...
  7. NF_Fire Station 5 Design Rendering

    Contract Awarded for Fire Station 5 Resiliency and Relocation Project

    The contract award includes the $15.2 million Design-Build contract, a 20% contract contingency, and the appropriation of the CDBG-MIT federal grant funding. Read on...
  8. The word Unum over various words in other languages

    Final Installation Date Set for “Unum” in Old Courthouse Square

    Dedication ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 6 p.m. for the new public art sculpture. Read on...
  9. News Flash_SpringSummer 2023 AG

    See Spring/Summer Activities and Register on Feb. 2

    Join Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks and find opportunities for fitness, social enrichment, learning, and more! Additional Info...
  10. NF_Detour Ahead

    Caltrans to Detour Traffic During Overcrossing Repairs

    Baker Avenue Overcrossing will be closed to westbound traffic while Caltrans make necessary repairs, work will begin January 20, weather permitting. Read on...
  11. CityBus Electric Bus Ribbon Cutting

    City to Launch Four New Electric Buses

    Powered by EverGreen, 100% local renewable clean energy Read on...
  12. News Flash_City Logo

    City of Santa Rosa and Cal/OSHA Reach Settlement

    As noted by Cal/OSHA, the City immediately addressed each of the citations following the electrical accident. Read on...
  13. News Flash_Infrastructure

    City to Receive $19.4 Million for Critical Sewer System Improvements

    The City of Santa Rosa’s $19.4 million environmental infrastructure authorization under the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Additional Info...
  14. Mayor Natalie Rogers Headshot and Title

    Natalie Rogers Selected as Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa

    Mayor Natalie Rogers is the City’s first Black mayor and will serve through December 2024 Read on...
  15. NF_StateoftheCity2022_300x180_

    State of the City Update from Mayor Chris Rogers

    Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Rogers releases a state of the City update on his last day as Mayor. Per the City Charter, the Mayor may give an annual update to the City known as the state of the City. Read on...
  16. NF_GenericNewsRelease

    City of Santa Rosa Praises Congress’ Passage of FIRE Act

    The City of Santa Rosa celebrates Congress’ passage of S. 3092 FEMA Improvement, Reform and Efficiency Act of 2022, also known as the FIRE Act. Read on...
  17. Images of City Council Members Alvarez, Stapp, MacDonald, Fleming, Rogers, Okrepkie, and Rogers

    Santa Rosa to Swear in New Council Members; Select Mayor and Vice Mayor

    Swearing and selection to occur at Dec. 13 Meeting; all three City Measures (H, I, and J) also passed following the 2022 election. Read on...
  18. Future Site of Fire Station 5

    Pre-Construction Site Preparations for the Future Site of Fire Station 5

    Although construction is not anticipated to begin until summer 2023, preparing the site by removing the trees now helps avoid the bird and bat nesting seasons. Read on...
  19. News Flash_Drought Update

    Water Supply Update - Dec. 7, 2022

    Working together to save water remains critical with record low storage levels in Lake Sonoma despite much-needed rainfall. Additional Info...
  20. Zero Waste Holiday Tips of Gifting and Wrapping

    Zero Waste Holidays: Gifting and Wrapping Tips

    Choices we make in gifting and gift wrapping can make a big impact on our environment, review a few of our tips for a Zero Waste holiday. Read on...
  21. NF_OperationXmas

    Santa Rosa Police Department and Operation Christmas Tree Distributed 300 Trees to Families

    On Nov. 29, the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Community Engagement Team, in collaboration with the local nonprofit, Operation Christmas Tree . . . Read on...
  22. Zero Waste Holiday Entertaining

    Zero Waste Holidays: Entertaining Tips

    The holidays can add up to a lot of waste, though if we consciously plan, we can maintain our focus on zero-waste living while still enjoying the festivities. Read on...
  23. A house, an apartment, and row homes on top of the words House Santa Rosa

    City to Launch Housing Data and Development Tools; Needs Public Input for Initial Build

    The Planning division is asking for public feedback on areas of focus to help build the platforms Read on...
  24. NF_Zero Waste Holiday Kitchen Scraps

    Zero Waste Holidays: Food Scraps and Leftovers

    By placing your food waste, scraps and uneaten leftovers in the green bin where they can be composted can help to make a positive lasting impact on our environment. Read on...
  25. D.J. and his case manager posing for photo

    A Success Story: From Homeless to Home Sweet Home

    The City's primary homeless services provider, Catholic Charities, shares the story of one man's successful journey out of homelessness and into housing. Read on...
  26. NF_HomelessPlan

    City Council Authorizes 5-Year Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan

    On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Santa Rosa City Council authorized a five-year strategic plan, which outlines actions to achieve 'Functional Zero' homelessness by 2027. Read on...
  27. News Flash_RainWaterHarvesting

    Everything You Need to Know About Rainwater Harvesting

    With an average annual rainfall in Santa Rosa of 30 inches, you could harvest and reuse over 19,800 gallons of water per year with that 1,000 square foot roof. Additional Info...
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  29. NF_Leaf Season 2

    Fall is Here, Let's Keep Leaves off the Street and Out of the Storm Drains

    We all need to do our part to keep leaves and debris off the streets, to keep our creeks, streams, and storm drains flowing clear Read on...
  30. NAP_Blue_300x189

    Call for Artists: 20th Annual National Arts Program, Exhibition and Competition

    This Call for Artists is open to all City of Santa Rosa residents, City employees and relatives of City employees. Registration ends Jan. 6, 2023; the City strongly encourages early registration. Read on...
  31. News Flash_CivicReady

    The City of Santa Rosa is Transitioning from Nixle to CivicReady for Public Safety Alerts and News

    As of Dec. 16, 2022, the Santa Rosa Police Department and Santa Rosa Fire Department will no longer be using Nixle for public safety alerts, press releases, and information notifications and will transition to CivicReady. Read on...
  32. For rent sign in front of house with blurred background

    ‘Housing Heroes’ Can Open Doors to Affordability

    A message from Councilmember Tom Schwedhelm and Supervisor Chris Coursey encouraging more homeowners and property owners to consider the need and benefits of renting to tenants who hold housing vouchers. Read on...
  33. Hand setting digital thermostat to 60-degrees

    City Prepares Warming Center in Advance of Extreme Weather Conditions

    Preparations are being made to open a drop-in Warming Center in downtown Santa Rosa once extreme weather conditions are forecasted by the National Weather Service. Read on...
  34. News Flash_Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Rendering

    Highway 101 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Design Updates

    Transportation and Public Works team will present the updated bridge designs to the Design Review Board during a public meeting on Dec. 1. Read on...
  35. News Flash_Operation Green Light in Courthouse Square

    Courthouse Square Lighted Green in Support of Veterans

    Courthouse Square will be lighted green Nov. 7-13, in support of Operation Green Light, a new national initiative to shine a light on the service of military veterans. Read on...
  36. Fire Danger Sign on Low Risk

    Santa Rosa Fire Department Officially Declares the End of 2022 Wildfire Season in Santa Rosa

    The City of SR Fire Dept has officially declared the end of the 2022 wildfire season in SR. While conditions around the region & state vary, SR has received enough rainfall, w/ more forecasted this week, to significantly reduce the threat of fires. Read on...
  37. News Flash_Daylight Saving Time_Fall Back

    Daylight Saving Time

    Remember to "Fall Back" for Daylight Saving on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022. Read on...
  38. News Flash_Rain Ready

    Is Your Home Rain Ready? Simple Actions Have Big Impacts.

    It's that time of year to rake leaves, clear gutters, and replace windshield wiper blades. People caring for their homes can unknowingly impact local creeks. Additional Info...
  39. News Flash for Local Road Safety Plan North Dutton Avenue

    Local Road Safety Plan Shares Design for North Dutton Avenue

    Join us for a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss the LRSP design for the North Dutton Avenue Corridor Read on...
  40. News Flash_Free Transit Countywide on Election Day

    Ride Transit Free Countywide on Election Day

    On Election Day, Nov. 8, Ride Fare-Free to the Polls on Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Sonoma County Transit Read on...
  41. News Flash_Turn Off Irrigation

    It’s Time to TURN OFF Your Irrigation

    Help preserve and prolong our local water supply by turning off your irrigation system until next Spring. Additional Info...
  42. CivicPlusNF_OldCourthouseSquare-20.12.17

    City Commences Installation of “Unum” in Courthouse Square

    The project breaks ground on Oct. 31 and is scheduled to be completed by early December. Read on...
  43. GunBuyback Post Event_300x189

    423 Guns Set for Destruction Following City Gun Buyback Event

    Private donors contributed all of the $76,000 spent at the gun buyback event. Read on...
  44. Envision Hopper Avenue Corridor Improvements

    City Launches 'Envision Hopper' Community Engagement Campaign

    Join us on Nov. 9 for the first community meeting to provide input on the Hopper Avenue Corridor Recovery and Improvements project. Read on...
  45. News Flash_Groundbreaking

    Groundbreaking for Recycled Water Project

    On Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022, Santa Rosa Water broke ground on a $68 million project to replace the aged-out recycled water disinfection system at the Laguna Treatment Plant. Read on...
  46. NF_Break Out the Rake

    Break Out the Rake!

    Do your part to protect our waterways and roadways by ‘Breaking out the Rake’ to keep neighborhood storm drains clear of grass, leaves and debris. Read on...
  47. NF_LindaTunis

    Grand Opening of Linda Tunis Senior Apartments

    Santa Rosa Housing Authority joins with PEP Housing to celebrate the opening of new affordable housing complex for seniors in Rincon Valley. Read on...
  48. Local Road Safety Plan for 4th Street and Montgomery Drive Corridors

    Local Road Safety Plan Reveals Designs for 4th Street and Montgomery Drive Corridors

    Join us for a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to discuss the LRSP designs for the 4th Street and Montgomery Drive Corridors. Read on...
  49. NF_Under Construction

    Traffic Control Measures Planned for Piner/Fulton Road Intersection

    Traffic signals at Fulton/Piner Road intersection will temporarily turn to flashing red starting Tuesday, October 25 - 28, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Read on...
  50. NF_Leaf Season 1

    Where You Leave Your Leaves Matters!

    We all need to do our part to keep leaves and debris off the streets, to keep our creeks, streams, and storm drains flowing clear. Try home composting or mulching your leaves. Read on...
  51. NF_Hopper Ave 2

    Hopper Avenue Corridor Recovery Improvements Project

    Join us for a Community Meeting on Nov. 9 at 5:30 pm as we envision roadway improvements for the Hopper Avenue Corridor Recovery. Read on...
  52. NF_Sideshows

    The City of Santa Rosa Moves Forward with Sideshow Ordinance

    The Santa Rosa City Council is moving forward with a new Sideshow Ordinance introduced at the Oct. 11 Council meeting, which includes the ability to. . . Read on...
  53. NewsFlash_Santa Rosa Forward

    City Seeks the Community’s Input on Preferred Alternative for Santa Rosa’s Future

    City Council and the Planning Commission will review the draft plan and public feedback at the Oct. 25 meeting. Read on...
  54. NF_Fir Ridge Park Play Structure

    Recovery Status for Six Fire Damaged Parks in Fountaingrove

    Recovery work that began in May 2022 on the Six Fire Damaged Parks is nearing completion, including installation of the play structures at Fir Ridge Park. Read on...
  55. NF_FD Roadway Landscaping 102022

    Recovery Work Begins on the Fire Damaged Roadway Landscaping Project

    After extensive delays, we are pleased to announce that recovery work for the Fire Damaged Roadway Landscaping project in Coffey Park and Fountaingrove areas is underway Read on...
  56. NF_Mendo_9.29.22

    Local Road Safety Plan Reveals Design for Mendocino Avenue

    Santa Rosa envisions a community where walking and bicycling are comfortable, convenient, and common for people of all ages and abilities. Join us as we present the roadway corridors improvement designs. Read on...
  57. Drone photo of exterior of new Caritas Center in Downtown Santa Rosa

    Santa Rosa Homeless Services Move to New Caritas Center

    City funded services for community members experiencing homelessness are being relocated to the expansive, newly opened Caritas Center, operated by Catholic Charities in downtown Santa Rosa. Read on...
  58. citystatement

    City Statement on the Unsealed Alvarez Search Warrant Affidavit

    The Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) has an obligation to the public to investigate all leads in connection with any serious crime, regardless of who is involved. Read on...
  59. NF_Fire Damaged Roadway Landscaping Project Update

    Fire-Damaged Roadway Landscaping Project Recovery Update

    This recovery project will remove and replace portions of roadway landscaping, including irrigation infrastructure damaged in Fountaingrove and Coffey Park burn scar areas. Read on...
  60. hands holding model of house

    Housing Heroes Campaign Shines Light on Housing Crisis and How to Help

    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are teaming up to celebrate “Housing Heroes” to encourage greater participation in housing rental assistance and home-sharing programs. Additional Info...
  61. NF_Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Launch the City's New Scooter Share Program!

    Join us on Monday, 9/19 at noon in Courthouse Square as we celebrate an environmentally friendly electric transportation option in our city. Read on...
  62. Merit Awards_news item

    Santa Rosa Merit Awards Honor Outstanding Community Volunteers

    Twelve extraordinary individuals and organizations have been selected to receive the 2022 Merit Awards, which acknowledge outstanding volunteerism in serving the community and improving the quality of life in Santa Rosa. Read on...
  63. Earthquake News Flash

    Responding to the 4.4 earthquake 2 mi. north of Santa Rosa

    The City is aware of the earthquake that just occurred at 6:39 p.m. today and is actively assessing any potential damage . . . Read on...
  64. NF_CoolingCenter2

    Excessive Heat Event Update

    Cal-ISO Declares Energy Emergency Alert 2, Flex your Power Until 10 p.m. Today, Santa Rosa Cooling Center is Open Thru 7 p.m. Today Read on...
  65. Power Lines

    Conserve Power, Prepare for Potential Power Outages

    With excessive heat in the forecast, grid operators expect high electricity demand. Conserve power and prepare for potential power outages. Read on...
  66. News Flash_Excessive Heat Warning_9.6.22

    Excessive Heat Warning Saturday (9/3) through Thursday (9/8)

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has upgraded the Excessive Heat Watch to an Excessive Heat Warning for the entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast, including ALL of Santa Rosa from 11 a.m. Saturday (9/3) through 8 p.m. Thursday (9/8). Read on...
  67. News Flash_Cooling Centers Open

    Cooling Center in Santa Rosa to Open this Sat. Through Thu. Evening due to Excessive Heat Warning

    *UPDATE* The City of Santa Rosa to open a cooling center at Finley Community Center from Saturday (9/3) through Thursday (9/8). Read on...
  68. NewsFlash_Planning Interns 2021

    City of Santa Rosa Launches Housing and Downtown Development Trackers

    The tracking tools address community questions about how the city is meeting its housing needs. Read on...
  69. NF_Homekey_Caritas

    Santa Rosa Housing Projects Approved for Homekey Funding

    State’s Homekey program to fund Caritas Center and St. Vincent de Paul Commons, creating new housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa. Read on...
  70. Ukraine Flag

    Update on Efforts to Support Santa Rosa's Sister City: Cherkasy, Ukraine

    On August 23, 2022, during the City Council meeting, members of the Santa Rosa Rotary updated the community and Council about its efforts to support Santa Rosa’s Sister City Cherkasy in Ukraine. Read on...
  71. Seventeen dollars and six cents

    Santa Rosa Minimum Wage Increasing to $17.06 on January 1, 2023

    The hourly minimum wage applies to all employees working within city limits. Read on...
  72. Youth playing basketball

    Membership Drive for Recreation Programs Serving At-Risk Youth

    Sign ups are underway for Measure O funded recreation, sports, and afterschool programs starting soon! These programs are available for youth living in priority neighborhoods and/or who meet income based criteria. Read on...
  73. NF_Back to School

    Students Ride Back-to-School Free with CityBus!

    Students in grades K-12 and SRJC students can ride any bus line, anytime on Santa Rosa CityBus Fare-Free Read on...
  74. News Flash_Thunder Lightning_8.16.22

    Chance of Dry Lightning

    The National Weather Service has forecasted a slight chance of thunderstorms with dry lightning tonight (8/16) into tomorrow morning (8/17). Read on...
  75. Daryel Dunston_300x189-01

    City of Santa Rosa Hires Daryel Dunston as Assistant City Manager

    Dunston will head over Housing the departments and offices of Community Services, Information Technology, Planning and Economic Development, Community Engagement and Violence Prevention Partnership, and Homelessness Services. His first day will be Aug. 22 Read on...
  76. News Flash_Heat Risk_8.15.22

    Heat Risk Monday (8/15) through Wednesday (8/17)

    A Moderate Heat Risk Event is forecasted for today (Monday, 8/15) though Wednesday (8/17) with the hottest temperatures expected on Tuesday (8/16). Read on...
  77. covid19

    CDC Streamlines COVID-19 Guidance

    CDC is streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus. Additional Info...
  78. NF_CityBus Reduces Service July 6 to 8

    CityBus Announces New Service Schedule Effective Sunday, August 14

    The new schedule will provide a more consistent day to day service while also addressing transit staffing shortages and school bell times as students return to the classroom after summer break. Read on...
  79. Short Term Rental Image - News Flash Size

    City Council Approves Amendment and Fee Adoption for Short-Term Rentals

    The maximum number of non-hosted short-term rentals permitted in the city is now capped at 198 citywide. Hosted rentals have no cap amount. Additional Info...
  80. News Flash_Tree Care

    Help Your Trees Survive Drought

    Give your trees some TLC. We need trees and trees need our care. Adding mulch under the canopy and providing infrequent but deep watering will keep your trees thriving. Additional Info...
  81. Santa Rosa city leaders at preview of new Caritas family shelter and homeless services center

    New Caritas Family Shelter and Homeless Services Center to Open Downtown

    City leaders working to address homelessness received a preview of Caritas Center, an innovative new family shelter and homeless services center set to open in September. Read on...
  82. Fall Swim Scholarships_news flash

    Fall/Winter 2022 Recreation Scholarships Now Available

    Recreation program scholarships are now available for Swim Lessons, Lifeguard Training, Senior Memberships, Winter Camp Wa-Tam, and more for those who qualify. Additional Info...
  83. NF_One Less Spark

    Wildfire Training Burns – Stony Point Road – City of Santa Rosa Municipal Services Center

    The Santa Rosa Fire Department will be conducting training burns this week on the west side of the City of Santa Rosa’s Municipal Services Center located at 55 Stony Point Road. The burns will occur on Tuesday (8/9), Wednesday (8/10) and Friday (8/12). Read on...
  84. NF_Todd Rd OC

    Westbound Todd Road Detour at Hwy 101 Overpass

    Caltrans will close westbound Todd Road at the Highway 101 overcrossing in unincorporated Santa Rosa beginning August 15, to allow workers to replace bridge railings that line both sides of the overpass. Read on...
  85. Blue green algae in lake

    Potentially Toxic Algae at Local Lakes and Rivers

    Please be aware of potentially toxic algal blooms in local lakes and rivers and follow precautions. Read on...
  86. News Flash_City Logo

    City of Santa Rosa to Hold First Series of Police Oversight Community Meetings

    Members of the SR City Council & City Manager Maraskeshia Smith invite residents to participate in the first series of community meetings to share comments & feedback about policing in SR with OIR Group, the city’s contracted Independent Police Auditor. Read on...
  87. NF_QWEL

    Hire a QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) Pro for Your WaterSmart Landscaping Needs

    Hire a QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) Pro for your WaterSmart landscaping needs. QWEL Pros have been trained in efficient irrigation principles and sustainable landscaping practices. Find a QWEL Pro today! Additional Info...
  88. News Flash_Summer Contest with Movies in the Park & Mary’s Pizza Shack

    Summer Contest with Movies in the Park & Mary’s Pizza Shack

    Movies in the Park brought to you by SR Rec & Parks and Mary's Pizza Shack are celebrating National Park & Recreation month this July with a special contest for residents! Read on...
  89. News Flash_FallWinter AG

    See Fall/Winter Activities and Register Now!

    Join Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks and find opportunities for fitness, social enrichment, learning, and more! Additional Info...
  90. NF_Eco CityBus v2

    State Funding Expedites Local Transition to Clean Public Transit

    SCTA announces $25M in state funding awarded to local transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Read on...
  91. NF_CityBus Reduces Service July 6 to 8

    CityBus Staffing Shortages and Service Level Reductions

    CityBus will continue to cancel some weekday trips July 8 to August 14 Read on...
  92. News Flash_Summer Popup

    Saving Water Summer Pop Ups

    Pick up a free water-saving drought toolkit this summer at one of the many community events our Santa Rosa Water team is attending through September. Additional Info...
  93. NF_Zero Waste Week

    2022 North Bay Zero Waste Week

    The first annual North Bay Zero Waste Week is July 24 through 30, with free events and activities open to the public. Read on...
  94. NF_Bird Three

    Flock of Birds Land in Santa Rosa July 1

    Bird’s Electric Scooter Share Pilot Program launches on Friday, July 1 with the deployment of 100 electric scooters in Santa Rosa Read on...
  95. LTP_UV

    Laguna Treatment Plant Ultraviolet Disinfection Improvements Project

    A new $68 million ultraviolet light disinfection system will be installed at the plant. At full capacity, the new system will be one of the largest UV disinfection systems in the United States. Read on...
  96. No Fireworks

    Santa Rosa Fire Department Reminds Residents About Use and Dangers of Fireworks in Advance of Fourth

    The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department wants to remind residents that the possession, storage, sale, and use of all fireworks is illegal within the City of Santa Rosa. Read on...
  97. News Flash_2022JointChiefMessage

    Joint Message from Police Chief Cregan and Fire Chief Westrope Ahead of July 4th Celebrations

    Following late season rains, a growth of now dry seasonal grasses and ongoing drought conditions, we urge Santa Rosans to make safe choices and NOT use fireworks when celebrating the Fourth of July this year. Read on...
  98. Man taking ticket to pass controlled accessed point in parking garage

    New Fee Structure for All City of Santa Rosa Parking Starts July 1

    Parking will now be free for the first hour at all city parking garages. Read on...
  99. News Flash_Chief Cregan

    John Cregan Appointed as Santa Rosa’s New Chief of Police

    SR City Manager Maraskeshia Smith has appointed Interim Chief John Cregan as the new Chief of Police for the City of Santa Rosa to begin on 7/3/22. The appointment follows an inclusive and equitable process grounded in community and stakeholder feedback. Read on...
  100. NF_Fulton Road Widening

    Construction Begins on the Fulton Road Improvement and Widening Project

    Work is underway this week on the Fulton Road Project, to widen, reconstruct, and rehabilitate one mile of Fulton Road between Guerneville Road and Piner Road Read on...
  101. News Flash_City Logo

    Santa Rosa City Council Passes 2022-23 Fiscal Year Budget

    The budget totals $478.8 million, a 0.8 percent increase from the prior fiscal year’s $474.9 million adopted budget. Read on...
  102. News Flash_Prescribed Burn_6.11.22

    Santa Rosa Fire Department to Conduct Prescribed Burn on Old Redwood Highway

    This is the rescheduled prescribed burn originally scheduled for June 11, which is now scheduled for June 25. Read on...
  103. News Flash_Heat Advisory_6.20.22

    Heat Advisory - Tuesday (6/21)

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Heat Advisory for inland areas throughout the Bay Area, including ALL of Santa Rosa, from 10AM to 10PM Tuesday, June 21. Read on...
  104. NF_HEAP -2

    Update on Efforts to Address Encampment on Old Stony Point Road

    Updated information on a large encampment located on private property on Old Stony Point Road Read on...
  105. News Flash_Heat Advisory_6.8.22

    Heat Advisory – Friday (6/10)

    The National Weather Service (NWS) has Upgraded the Excessive Heat Watch to a Heat Advisory for inland areas throughout the Bay Area, including ALL of Santa Rosa from, 11AM Friday to 10PM Friday. Read on...
  106. NF_BVGC

    New Operator for Bennett Valley Golf Course and Restaurant/Event Facility

    On Tuesday, 6/7, city council voted 6-1 to approve a management agreement with Touchstone Golf, LLC to operate and manage BVGC Enterprise Read on...
  107. Firefighters in burnt field

    Santa Rosa Fire Department Declares Official Start of Wildfire Season in Santa Rosa

    Residents reminded to maintain properties and keep emergency plans current. Read on...
  108. Know Your Emergency Alerts

    Know Your Emergency Alerts

    With the recent fire activity locally and the start of Fire Season in Santa Rosa on June 6, it is important to understand the different warning notifications and systems public safety officials will use to alert you during an emergency. Read on...
  109. Encampment Map

    New Encampment Map Tracks City’s Efforts to Address Homelessness

    The city has launched a new encampment map and locator tool to monitor encampments and track efforts to address them. Read on...
  110. Cash for Grass

    Cash for Grass Rebate

    Santa Rosa Water has increased its Cash for Grass rebate as of July 12, 2021. Now removing a square foot of grass will earn you $1.50 with a maximum rebate of $1,500 and save you approximately 5,500 gallons of water each year. Additional Info...
  111. Firefighters in burnt field

    Santa Rosa Fire Department to Declare Official Start of Wildfire Season in Santa Rosa

    Residents reminded to prepare properties and make emergency plans. Read on...
  112. News Flash_Wind Advisory_5.19.22

    Wind Advisory in Effect Thursday (5/19) through Friday (5/20)

    A Wind Advisory has been issued for the North Bay Interior Mountains from tonight (Thursday, 5/19) at 11 PM to tomorrow (Friday, 5/20) at 2 PM. Read on...
  113. County Logo

    Bay Area Health Officers urge public to take precautions as COVID levels rise

    Twelve Bay Area health officers are stressing the importance of taking safety precautions, including continued masking indoors, as the region experiences a new swell of COVID cases and hospitalizations. Additional Info...
  114. Scooter Share Pilot Program

    Bird to Operate Scooter Share Pilot Program in Santa Rosa

    Bird was awarded the permit to operate up to 200 shared electric scooters during the city's one-year pilot program planned to launch this summer Read on...
  115. NF_PWW Proclamation 4b

    City Council Proclaims May 15-21, 2022 National Public Works Week

    In recognition for the substantial contributions public works professionals make in protecting the health, safety and quality of life in the communities they serve. This years recipients include Eddie Curiel, Tim Finegan, Marty Barber, and Jose Valencia Read on...
  116. NF_Joy of Biking

    May is National Bike Month – also known as Bike to Wherever Days

    Bike Month is a celebration of bicycles as a fun and healthy way to get around and an opportunity to empower new riders. Read on...
  117. Fire Recovery Park Projects

    Recovery Process to Start on Two Remaining Fire Damaged Park Projects

    The parks recovery process involves restoring six parks and open space parcels in the Fountaingrove area and removing fire damaged roadway landscaping and replacing the irrigation system damaged in the Fountaingrove and Coffey Park burn scar areas. Read on...
  118. NF_HomelessSolutionsStrategicPlan

    Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan

    The city is developing a 5-year strategic plan to address homelessness in Santa Rosa. Read on...
  119. What Home Means to Me poster contest entry

    'What Home Means to Me' Poster Contest

    The Santa Rosa Housing Authority invites children who live in affordable housing or who participate in affordable housing programs to join the ‘What Home Means to Me’ poster contest. Read on...
  120. NF_Fare Free Day

    North Bay Transit Agencies Support Earth Day with Fare-Free Rides

    In celebration of Earth Day, four North Bay Public Transit Agencies are joining forces on April 23, to encourage residents and visitors to Go Green and ride fare-free with Marin Transit, Petaluma Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus, and Sonoma County Transit. Read on...
  121. NF_Pecos-ScubaDivers

    Professional Baseball Coming to Santa Rosa

    City to pursue licensing agreement with Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs for use of baseball field at Doyle Community Park. Read on...
  122. NF_FS5 Rendering

    Property Acquisition Complete for Santa Rosa's New Fire Station 5

    Fire Station 5 Resiliency and Recovery project reached a major milestone with completion of the 2.11-acre land acquisition Read on...
  123. CityBus

    CityBus Selected by Federal Transit Administration to Receive $4.3 million

    Grant funding to complete package for battery-electric buses and bus charging infrastructure Read on...
  124. News Flash_City Logo

    City of Santa Rosa Receives Two Critical Community Projects as Part of Federal FY 2022 Spending Bill

    Two critical community funding projects sought by the City of Santa Rosa were included in the overall Fiscal Year 2022-2023 appropriations spending bill that Congress approved. Read on...
  125. News Flash_Transit Driver Appreciation Day 2022

    Join us in celebrating our hard-working bus operators!

    Transit Driver Appreciation Day is an annual event to celebrate the essential service of public transit operators. Our CityBus drivers are dedicated to what they do, and they deserve a heartfelt thank you! Read on...
  126. NF_Lifeguard

    Lifeguards & Swim Instructors Urgently Needed

    Recreation & Parks is hiring now for crucial positions to maintain pool operations and water safety programs for the community. Read on...
  127. NF_HomelessServices

    City Council Approves Selection of Homeless Shelter Operator and Service Providers

    City Council has selected two charitable organizations to provide homeless services for the city and operate the city's homeless shelter. Read on...
  128. NF_Colgan Creek Park Reopening

    New City Playground Reopens at Colgan Creek Neighborhood Park

    Mayor Rogers and Vice Mayor Alvarez officially reopened the new play structures today, Feb. 23 at Colgan Creek Park in southeast Santa Rosa Read on...
  129. News Flash_Drop-In Warming Center

    City of Santa Rosa to Open Drop-In Warming Center During Period of Extreme Cold

    A temporary Drop-in Warming Center is opening for persons experiencing homelessness within Santa Rosa city limits in advance of a freeze warning beginning overnight Tuesday, Feb. 22. Read on...
  130. News Flash_ARPA Community Work Group Seeking Members to Distribute Funds

    Rep. Mike Thompson Announces $4+ Million in Grants to SR for Secure Housing During COVID-19 Pandemic

    City of SR receiving $4,313,977 grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency & Department of Homeland Security that will reimburse a program that relocated at-risk residents from Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter to Sandman Hotel during COVID-19. Additional Info...
  131. Female Medic

    Santa Rosa Examines Ways to Improve Ambulance Services

    In the Feb. 15 Santa Rosa City Council Study Session, Fire Chief Scott Westrope presented follow-up information about the city’s ambulance service delivery options. Read on...
  132. BV Golf Course_NF

    Council Approves Recommendation for Bennett Valley Golf Course and Restaurant/Event Facility

    On Feb. 15, 2022, Council approved the Ad Hoc Committee for the Bennett Valley Golf Course and Event Facility recommendation to continue golf course operations and reopen the restaurant/event facility. Read on...
  133. News Flash)_Wind Advisory_2.1.22

    Wind Advisory/High Wind Watch in Effect through Thursday (2/3)

    The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the North Bay Valleys, including ALL of Santa Rosa and has also issued a High Wind Watch for the North Bay Mountains through 9AM Thursday (2/3) Read on...
  134. RES Asset Map_NF

    New Real Estate Asset Map

    Locate City-owned properties and associated documents with the New Real Estate Asset Map. The Map Help tab offers property search tips. Read on...
  135. NF_Rider Alert Reduced Service

    Rider Alert: CityBus has Temporarily Reduced Service

    Due to the shortage of bus operators and the rapid spread of the omicron variant, CityBus must temporarily reduce service until further notice. Read on...
  136. NF_Municipal Project Site

    City Council Approves Acquisition of Six-Acre Municipal Use Project Site

    On Jan. 11, 2022, City Council voted 6-0 to approve the acquisition of a six-acre municipal use site on Hearn Avenue in southwest Santa Rosa. Read on...
  137. NF_EScooterProgram

    City Council Green Lights Scooter Share Pilot Program

    A fleet of Electric Scooter Rentals will be available in Santa Rosa by mid-2022 Read on...
  138. CP_Maraskeshia Smith

    Santa Rosa City Council Announces Intent to Appoint Maraskeshia Smith as City Manager

    Ms. Smith’s employment agreement will be considered at a regular City Council meeting in December. Pending contract approval, Ms. Smith’s tentative start date is January 3, 2022. Read on...
  139. NF_Eco CityBus v2

    CityBus Initiates Plan for Zero-Emission Fleet by 2040

    CityBus takes first steps toward transitioning to an all-electric fleet as four new battery-electric buses are scheduled to arrive summer 2022 Read on...
  140. NF_BPOC Bridge Rendering west view

    Design Review Board to Consider Design for Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing

    The community is encouraged to participate and make public comment on the preliminary bridge design during the DRB meeting on Nov. 4th Read on...
  141. NF_Chanate Water Main Break

    Chanate Road has Reopened for Eastbound Traffic 10/25 following Water Main Break

    Eastbound Chanate Road has reopened as crews complete repairs to fix a broken water main. Read on...
  142. SRPD Counter Hours

    Public Hours for SRPD Lobby and Front Counter

    SRPD Public hours for the Records Bureau as of Saturday, October 9th, 2021. Read on...
  143. NF_Roseland Creek Community Park Master Plan

    City Council Approves Master Plan for Roseland Creek Community Park

    The approval is a major milestone for Santa Rosa and especially the Roseland community as it marked the conclusion of more than a decade of community engagement and public input to shape and develop the plans for this park. Read on...
  144. NF_Portland Loo Installation

    New "Portland Loo' Public Restroom Opens Downtown

    The City has opened the first 24-hour single public restroom in the downtown core. The Portland Loo is a single occupant, unisex restroom designed for durability, safety, security and energy efficiency. Read on...
  145. NF_BPOC 2.1

    City Awarded $12 Million for City Infrastructure Project

    The City has been awarded $12 million in federal grant funds from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through California's Active Transportation Program to go toward construction of the City’s Highway 101 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing. Read on...
  146. CityBus UR Free Teen Girl

    Youth Ride Free with Increased Route Frequency on CityBus

    The service level increases, in combination with the Unlimited Rides (UR Free) youth program, provides students with reliable, comfortable, and fare-free transportation to school, work, or on any CityBus route throughout Santa Rosa. Read on...
  147. Zero Waste

    Santa Rosa Adopts Zero Waste Food Ware Ordinance

    The ordinance is designed to reduce local community's collective usage and reliance on single-use plastic materials, it is effective January 1, 2022. Read on...
  148. NF_URFree

    All Youth Ride CityBus Free Starting July 1

    Unlimited Rides UR Free, CityBus pilot program providing fare-free rides for Santa Rosa youth TK through grade 12 on any of CityBus’s regular fixed routes, seven days a week beginning July 1 Read on...
  149. News Flash_City Logo

    Questions About Evacuation Tags?

    Read why evacuation tags are helpful in some communities, including rural areas, but are not utilized as part of the City of Santa Rosa's community evacuation strategy Read on...
  150. SRFD_Declares Fire Season 2021 (2)

    SRFD to Declare May 17th Official Start of Wildfire Season in Santa Rosa

    The Fire Department is asking residents, especially those who live within or around the City’s Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area, to take steps to prepare properties and update household emergency plans in anticipation of an active wildfire season. Read on...
  151. Transit Driver Appreciation Day 2021 News Flash

    Join Us in Celebrating Our Hard-Working Bus Operators!

    Transit Driver Appreciation Day is an annual event to celebrate the essential service of public transit operators. Our CityBus drivers are dedicated to what they do, and they deserve a heartfelt thank you! Read on...
  152. Fulton Road Reconstruction

    City Claims Top Honors in 2021 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Awards

    The City is the honored recipient of two Transportation and Public Works infrastructure awards from the League of California Cities, County Engineers Association of California, and California State Association of Counties. Read on...
  153. NF_Vaccine Ride

    When Vaccination is Your Destination

    Local Sonoma County transit agencies offer fare-free transit and paratransit transportation for individuals traveling to or from City/County COVID-19 vaccination sites with proof of vaccination appointment. Read on...
  154. News Flash CHS Bollards

    New Protective Bollards for Courthouse Square

    The City is finalizing construction plans to install new traffic-rated protective bollards in Courthouse Square. Construction is anticipated to begin early-March 2021. Read on...
  155. City and County Logos

    City, County Reach Agreement with Homeless Advocates on Preliminary Injunction

    Agreement defines under what circumstances SRPD may enforce a violation of camping ordinances on public property and establishes protocols to be followed in connection with such enforcement efforts Read on...
  156. PED_newsflash_permitsantarosa_300x189

    Permit Santa Rosa

    The City of Santa Rosa recently launched Permit Santa Rosa, on which you can review permit activity on an interactive map, apply for permits, schedule inspections, and explore our data portal.