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Posted on: August 6, 2020

‘School of Recreation’ Puts Learning, Safety & Fun All in One!

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Autumn is almost here, which means the kids are back in school…OR ARE THEY? Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks has been working hard coming up with solutions to the COVID-19 distance-learning challenge! We are proud to offer a brand-new program ...

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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Stay Safe Santa Rosa

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The tail end of a summer unlike any other is upon us and the joys of autumn are coming soon. As you enjoy these last warm days and prepare for fall, please make health and safety your top priority. From dining outdoors to being active in our City parks, t...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

College and 4th Street Improvement Workshop

Virtual Workshop

In collaboration with community agencies, the City is seeking community input on pedestrian and bicycle enhancement opportunities along the 4th Street and College Avenue corridors. The workshop is presented through the Community Pedestrian and Bicycle Saf...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

E Street Bike Lanes

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The Pavement Preventative Maintenance (PPM) project 2020 consists of performing preventative maintenance on arterial City streets including crack sealing, localized asphalt repairs, pavement resurfacing and striping reconfiguration at select locations.

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting

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The next Public Safety Subcommittee Meeting is set to take place this Friday, August 7 at 9:00 a.m. This subcommittee, which is newly established by the Mayor of Santa Rosa and met for the first time on July 1, is tasked with review of public safety polic...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

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WATCH this video, as Mayor Tom Schwedhelm has accepted the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and is asking all Santa Rosans to show their support for WaterSmart habits by pledging to conserve water. It only takes a minute,...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Council Goal-Setting

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The Council Goal Setting Meeting Session will be held over two days – August 3 and 4 – as a virtual Zoom meeting and all members of the public are welcome and invited to participate. More information on the City’s plans for t...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Serving Santa Rosa During COVID-19

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Even though most City of Santa Rosa facilities may be closed to the public, WATCH this short video and find out how City staff are working around the clock to maintain essential City services and identify new ways to provide services that protect your hea...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Board Vacancies

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City Council is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the following Boards that have current vacancies:

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board (One Senior Community Representative, One At-Large Position)

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Fire Threat Addressed in Encampment in Fremont Park

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(Updated 7.29.20)

Addressing the Fire Threat

In recent weeks, the Santa Rosa Fire Department (SRFD) has responded to a number of structure and wildland fires across Santa Rosa resulting from encampment activity and SRFD remains on heightened watch for such ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Blue Green Algae Blooms Observed at Lake Ralphine

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UPDATE: 7.30.20

Boat Rentals to Open 8/1 & 8/2, Be Aware of Blue Green Algae

A reminder as you venture out this weekend to our City parks, Blue Green Algae (BGA) is common in bodies of water at this time of year and can be toxic to people and pets. Boat...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Emergency Expansion at City’s Homeless Shelter Property to Restore Bed Space to Pre-COVID-19 Levels

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The Samuel Jones Hall (SJH) Homeless Shelter, located at 4020 Finley Avenue, is a critical facility providing shelter and services to persons experiencing homelessness. In March 2020, it was necessary to put measures in place to help protect SJH guests fr...

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Posted on: July 21, 2020

Update on City’s 2017 Wildfires Claim Settlement from PG&E

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(Posted 7.21.20)

Last week, the City of Santa Rosa received settlement payment resulting from its claim filed in PG&E’s bankruptcy proceedings. The settlement was received following the Bankruptcy Court’s final approval of PG&E&...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food & Fund Drive

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It’s back! WATCH THIS VIDEO and help us feed our community and make a donation to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive. Now through July 22, the City of Santa Rosa is teaming up with Redwood Empire Food Bank to help feed our neighbors in o...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Most City of Santa Rosa Public Counters Closed Thru August 2nd

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The City of Santa Rosa is closing most of its public counters beginning Wednesday, July 15 through at least August 2 to help curb a resurgence of coronavirus infections occurring in Sonoma County and statewide. The move follows direction from the Californ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Additional Business Restrictions Implemented by State

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As of July 13, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has ordered new restrictions on bars, restaurants, and other indoor business operations statewide to slow the recent rapid spread of COVID-19 across California. The State has also implemente...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Statement from Chief Navarro

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Statement from Chief Navarro in Response to the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights Report:

The Santa Rosa Police Department is a proactive, progressive, and professional organization committed to making Santa Rosa a safe place to live, work, and play...

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Posted on: July 12, 2020

New Business Restrictions Beginning Tomorrow

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The California Department of Public Health has ordered new restrictions on bars, restaurants and other indoor business operations in Sonoma County as part of statewide actions to slow the increased spread of the coronavirus.

The restrictions will take effe...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Santa Rosa City Council Candidate Nomination Period Opens July 13, 2020

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SANTA ROSA, CA – The City of Santa Rosa has announced the candidate nomination period for the November 3, 2020 City Council Election for Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7. Eligible candidates residing in District 1, 3, 5 or 7 who are interested in runnin...

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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Update on Efforts to Address Homeless Encampments in the Corporate Center Parkway Area

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The City’s Homeless Encampment Assistance Process (HEAP) focused efforts on Thursday, July 9 to address encampments located in the Corporate Center Parkway area. This follows prior actions by the City to address illegal dumping into storm drains...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Virtual Food Drive and Donation Station

Food Cans

Following a successful food drive in April, the City of Santa Rosa is once again teaming up with the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to host another food donation drive—online and in-person—in response to growing hunger needs amid the ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Update on City Actions to Resolve Encampments

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Homelessness Services Update

UPDATE - 7.2.20

The City is continuing to monitor encampments in Santa Rosa’s Downtown area following last week’s efforts to address encampments at the 101 underpasses and College Avenue and will focus next o...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Evacuation Planning Toolkit – Prepare Your Household

Evacuation Planning Toolkit

When disaster strikes, residents may be asked to evacuate their homes. Depending on the emergency, the safest route out of your neighborhood may not be the typical route you would take. It’s important to know all of the ways out of your neighbor...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Fireworks Reminder

All Fireworks Are Illegal

In the wake of canceled public events, including local professional fireworks shows, we urge Santa Rosans to make safe choices as you look for other ways to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July.While it may be tempting to use fireworks, remember that ALL...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Appoints Community Engagement Division Director

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Santa Rosa, CA – The City of Santa Rosa has hired Magali Telles as the next Community Engagement Division Director. The position is a key role for the City as Telles will be the lead on efforts to create equitable and effective engagement with a...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Actions for Change

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Did you see the Santa Rosa City Council and City Manager’s letter in solidarity and support of Black Lives Matter that appeared in the Press Democrat on Sunday (June 28, 2020)?

In case you missed it, please read the letter here (en espa&ntild...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Fireworks Are Illegal in Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa, CA – Summer is officially underway which means increased outdoor activities, with the Fourth of July being no exception. The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department wants to remind residents that the possession, storage, sale and use of a...

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Posted on: June 27, 2020

Red Flag Warning for Upper Elevations of Sonoma County

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A Red Flag Warning will go into effect tonight (Sunday 6/28) at 10 pm and last through 8 pm tomorrow (Monday 6/29) for the upper elevations of Sonoma County (North Bay Mountains over 1000 ft).

Northeast wind 15-25 mph with gusts 30-45 mph with poor overnig...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Know Your Emergency Alerts

Know Your Emergency Alerts

Emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time. WATCH this video to learn more about the City of Santa Rosa’s notification and warning systems that will send you important information during an emergency. Opt-in for alerts from the City of Santa R...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

Update on SRPD’s Commitment to Action

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SRPD Outlines Current Policies and New Changes at SRCity.org/ChangefortheBetter  For the past several weeks, officials from the City, including the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD), have met with community members and groups ...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Changes to Nixle Communication Service

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We’ve had many recent questions about the City’s use of Nixle communications service. We want to confirm that Nixle is still working.

A few weeks ago the vendor did experience a temporary system-wide issue with their platform that cause...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

New Shelter-in-Place Health Order Aligns County With State

New Health Officer Order

Today, June 18, Dr. Sundari Mase issued a new Health Order allowing more business operations and activities in the County, including the City of Santa Rosa. The new Health Order, effective tomorrow (Friday), June 19 at 12:01 a.m., aligns the County with t...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Opinion Research Firm Retained to Poll Santa Rosa Voters

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The City of Santa Rosa has contracted with an opinion research firm to poll Santa Rosa voters to gauge the feasibility of extending the City’s (3) quarter-cent sales tax measures. This survey will be conducted in English and Spanish and will be ...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Watch Live at 3pm: Sonoma County Mayors & Police Chiefs Press Conference

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Watch LIVE today, June 10, 2020, at 3 p.m. PST: Sonoma County’s Mayors and Police Chiefs hold a joint press conference with Congressman Thompson to announce the region’s commitment to community review of law enforcement policies and pr...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

City of Santa Rosa Unveils Santa Rosa Community Empowerment Plan, Starting Point for Ongoing Change

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SANTA ROSA – Today, the City of Santa Rosa unveiled a proactive plan to address Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) policies and practices through a strategic process guided with community input – the Santa Rosa Community Empo...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Santa Rosa Police Department Stops Use of Carotid Restraint as a Use-of-Force Procedure

Santa Rosa Police Media Release

Santa Rosa – After several days of productive discussions with community members, city leaders, and police command staff, Police Chief Rainer Navarro announced the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) will stop using the carotid restraint as a us...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

More Business Operations and Community Activities Allowed with Mitigation

New Health Officer Order

Good news from the Sonoma County Health Officer! Today, June 5, Dr. Sundari Mase issued a new Health Order allowing more business operations and activities in the County, including the City of Santa Rosa. The new Health Order, effective tomorrow (Saturday...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Excessive Heat Watch 5/25 to 5/28

NWS Excessive Heat Watch

Our local US National Weather Service office has issued an Excessive Heat Watch beginning Monday (5/25) at 11AM through Thursday (5/28) at 7PM for the entire Bay Area with the exception of some coastal ranges. 

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

2020 Weed Abatement Season

Open Field of High Weeds

As fire season approaches, the City of Santa Rosa Fire Department asks that property owners do their part to help keep Santa Rosa fire safe by abating weeds and grasses on their property throughout the entire fire season.The City of Santa Rosa has a Weed ...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Santa Rosa Remains an Indivisible City

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The City of Santa Rosa would like to remind the community of the Resolution passed by City Council on Feb. 7, 2017 declaring Santa Rosa an Indivisible City to safeguard the civil rights, safety, and dignity of all Santa Rosa residents. This resolution rem...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Applicants Sought for Board Vacancies

Get involved in your community

City Council is actively seeking volunteers interested in serving on the following Boards, Commissions, and Committees that have current vacancies:

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board (One Senior Community Representative)About: The City’s Bic...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Applicants Sought for Board Vacancies

Get involved in your community

City Council is always accepting applications for City Boards, Commissions, and Committees. The City is actively seeking volunteers interested in serving on the following Boards that have current vacancies:

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board (One Seni...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Community Promotions Funding

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The City of Santa Rosa invites nonprofit organizations to apply for grant funding for events that help promote Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa City Council annually allocates Community Promotion Funding in the form of cash support and/or city services to promo...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

New Milestone Reached in Rebuild Areas

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Today, the 1000th home officially completed rebuilding in Santa Rosa’s areas impacted by the 2017 wildfires.

The City of Santa Rosa would like to congratulate all who have moved back home and thank those who continue to strive to rebuild. The Cit...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)

Joe Rodota Trail Update

The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) 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 ...

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Downtown Improvements

Downtown Accessibility Improvements News Flash

A few upgrades are coming to the downtown area near the City Hall campus. Improved accessibility is the focus for the sidewalk, driveway, and curb ramp reconstruction project scheduled to begin in February along the west side of D Street from Second Stree...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Annual Slurry Seal 2020- *NEW DATES*

News Flash - Slurry Seal 2020

Each year the City of Santa Rosa slurry seals the pavement of about 2.5 million square feet of City streets. The streets to be slurry sealed are selected based on the condition of the pavement identified by the City’s Pavement Management Program...
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Posted on: January 24, 2020

Resilient City Permit Center Moving Locations

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The City of Santa Rosa’s Resilient City Permit Center moves to Room 5 at the City Hall complex (100 Santa Rosa Avenue) starting January 27, 2020.

With the room change, the Permit Center will operate at City Hall as it has since its inception in N...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

Joe Rodota Trail (JRT)

Joe Rodota Trail Update

The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) 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 ...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

CalHome Disaster Loan Assistance Program Update

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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%). The program provi...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

Census 2020

CA Census 2020

It is officially 2020 – the start of a new decade and the year of the next census count!

Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution requires a count of the nation’s population to determine the number of congressional representatives for each...

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Posted on: January 1, 2020

City Connections Newsletter

City Connections Newsletter

The City Connections Newsletter offers the latest City News. Read the March 2020 edition that includes upcoming holiday events, community meetings, volunteer opportunities, and job openings.

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Posted on: December 18, 2019

Recap of City Staff Response to PSPS and Kincade Fire Emergency

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Beginning Tuesday, October 22, 2019, the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activated for the third PG&E power shutoff event of the year. There would be three different PG&E public safety power shut off events in total throughout the 9 days ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

A message to 2017 fire survivors rebuilding in Santa Rosa

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The City of Santa Rosa has been, and remains, 100% committed to helping fire survivors in our community rebuild following the 2017 fires. This message comes directly from your fellow community members, neighbors, and other fire survivors who also serve as...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

State Program to Help Homeowners Rebuild Has Launched

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The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released its Interest Survey for the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Homeowner-Occupied Rehab Program. Homeowner fire survivors who suffered major damage or total...

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Posted on: December 3, 2019

City Awarded Two Federal Hazard Mitigation Grants

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The City of Santa Rosa has been awarded two Federal grants to provide the City with more than $3.3 million to replace 19 stationary generators at water and wastewater facilities and more than $1 million to install backup battery systems for traff...

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Posted on: November 29, 2019

City Sandbag Filling Station Now Open for Rainy Season

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The City’s sandbag filling station is open for residents throughout the rainy season. For City of Santa Rosa residents who need to control rain run-off on their property, sand and bags are available for free at the City Municipal Services Center...

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Posted on: November 26, 2019

New Vice Mayor

Vice Mayor Victoria Fleming

City Council appointed current Council Member Victoria Fleming to serve as the next Vice Mayor of Santa Rosa at a Council Meeting on November 19th. Vice Mayors serve a one-year term in the City of Santa Rosa per the City Charter.

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Park Construction Underway

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Great News! 

The contractor has started work on the reconstruction of the new Coffey Neighborhood Park. The project will construct the neighborhood’s vision as captured in the recently approved Coffey Neighborhood Park Master Plan. The first phase...

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Posted on: November 25, 2019

Silver-level National Recognition

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The City of Santa Rosa's commitment to provide comfortable and enjoyable places to bike for all ages and skill levels has been nationally recognized. Today, the League of American Bicyclists is honoring the efforts of the City of Santa Rosa to build bette...

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Posted on: November 21, 2019

Update on Downtown Parking

Downtown Parking Update

Changes to Metered Parking Hours

Metered parking hours will soon be changing to 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., following guidance from City Council at a Council study session on the City's parking program on November 19th. The metered hours currently go from 10 a.m. to...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

Community Homeless Assistance Program – Proposed Expansion

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The Department of Housing and Community Services is seeking input from the community on a proposal to expand the Community Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP) that will be presented to the City Council in early 2020.  CHAP currently allows for the...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

City Wildfire Documentary

Last October

Following three local film screenings held in September, the City’s documentary Last October is now available to watch online and at scheduled times on local broadcast television. 

The 50-minute film captures the City of Santa Rosa's loc...

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Posted on: September 1, 2019

Prepared Not Scared — Be Ready for Disasters

National Preparedness Month 2019 — 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 has identified a list of three recommend actions to take this month to h...

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

City of Santa Rosa Wildfire Documentary to be Screened in September

Last October

The City of Santa Rosa will host three FREE public screenings of Last October, a new 50-minute documentary
film that captures experiences during and following the Sonoma Complex Firesfrom the perspective of several current and former City employees and...

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Posted on: December 19, 2018

FEMA Public Assistance Projects Dashboard

FEMA Public Assistance Project Dashboard

The October 2017 wildfires caused extensive damage to Santa Rosa's public infrastructure. Under the presidential disaster declaration approved for the wildfires, Santa Rosa has the ability to seek cost recovery for the repair and rebuilding of this infras...

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Posted on: September 19, 2018

Public Art Walk

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Santa Rosa’s public art is calling you downtown! See a gorgeous horse statue, a colorful mosaic fish, a gigantic mural underway and plenty more. View this video preview (or click on image below), then come see for yourself!     ...

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Posted on: August 1, 2018

Digitization Project Preserves Historic Image Collection of Famed Horticulturalist Luther Burbank

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The Sonoma County Library and City of Santa Rosa are pleased to announce the completion of a project to digitize over 1700 images belonging to Santa Rosa’s famed Luther Burbank Home & Gardens. The project preserves the locally and nationally significa...

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Posted on: March 22, 2018

Help Restore Santa Rosa City Parks

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The October 2017 firestorm damaged approximately 75 acres within 10 Santa Rosa City park sites. Damage was sustained within Community Parks, Neighborhood Parks, Open Space and Landscape Areas. Total damage estimate is more than $40-million. The City’s mos...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

Community Promotion Funding

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The City of Santa Rosa is inviting non-profit organizations to apply for grant funding for events that help promote the City. Each year the Santa Rosa City Council allocates Community Promotion Funding in the form of City services and/or cash support in a...

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Posted on: December 28, 2016

Permit Santa Rosa

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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.In an effort to increase transparency and access, and improve c...

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