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Posted on: February 1, 2023

Applications Open for Small Business Façade and Parklet Improvements

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Applications are now open for the City of Santa Rosa’s Small Business Support Program focused on façade improvement, placemaking, and parklet build-out grants in qualifying commercial districts within the city.

Applications are now open for the City of Santa Rosa’s Small Business Support Program focused on façade improvement, placemaking, and parklet build-out grants in qualifying commercial districts within the city. Applications are availa...

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Planning & Economic Development
Posted on: January 18, 2023

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

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The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is pleased to announce the installation of “Unum” by Blessing Hancock in Old Courthouse Square. This artwork sits on the unceded territorial land of the Southern Pomo People, past and present, ...

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Arts & Culture
Posted on: December 14, 2022

Natalie Rogers Selected as Mayor of the City of Santa Rosa

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On Dec. 13, Santa Rosa City Council selected Natalie Rogers to serve as the City of Santa Rosa’s mayor through 2024. 

Toward the end of the Council meeting, after the declaration of the final results of the election were approved by Council, and f...

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Posted on: December 9, 2022

City of Santa Rosa Praises Congress’ Passage of FIRE Act

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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. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted the bill, and earlier this week the...

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Posted on: November 17, 2022

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

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The Planning division is asking for public feedback on areas of focus to help build the platforms

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa is launching House Santa Rosa, a grant-funded project meant to create online tools and real-time information for housing development throughout the City. With this effort, the City is requesting public...

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Planning & Economic Development
Posted on: November 14, 2022

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

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Santa Rosa, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with the National Arts Program, is proud to announce the 20th annual National Arts Program Exhibition and Competition in Santa Rosa. This program provides local artists of all ...

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Arts & Culture
Posted on: November 10, 2022

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

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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. All Santa Rosa Nixle subscribers will have to register with CivicRe...

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Posted on: October 31, 2022

City Commences Installation of “Unum” in Courthouse Square

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Santa Rosa, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program is pleased to announce the long anticipated, upcoming installation of “Unum” by Blessing Hancock in Courthouse Square. The project breaks ground on Oct. 31, 2022, and is scheduled to be comple...

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Arts & Culture
Posted on: October 27, 2022

423 Guns Set for Destruction Following City Gun Buyback Event

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Santa Rosa, Calif. – On Oct. 22, the City of Santa Rosa hosted a 4-hour drive-thru gun buyback event, where it distributed $76,000 in cash from private donations and received 423 firearms.

Hosted by the Office of Community Engagement and the Santa Rosa Pol...

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Posted on: October 12, 2022

The City of Santa Rosa Moves Forward with Sideshow Ordinance

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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 arrest or cite participants, vehicle passengers, spectators, and organizers. A second reading for the adop...

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Posted on: October 10, 2022

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

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City Council and the Planning Commission will review the draft plan and public feedback at the Oct. 25 meeting.

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa has unveiled its preferred alternative for the general plan update and is moving forward with asking the public for feedback on a new survey and at two open houses this month. This effort marks the start of the ...

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Planning & Economic Development
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Santa Rosa Merit Awards Honor Outstanding Community Volunteers

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The city of Santa Rosa has selected 12 extraordinary individuals and organizations to receive the 2022 Merit Awards, which acknowledge outstanding volunteerism in serving the community and improving the quality of life in Santa Rosa. This year marks the 4...

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

Santa Rosa Housing Projects Approved for Homekey Funding

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The State of California has approved $24.6 million in Homekey funding for two projects that will provide much-needed new housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa. The City of Santa Rosa applied for the fund...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: August 18, 2022

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

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The hourly minimum wage applies to all employees working within city limits.

Starting Jan. 1, 2023, the hourly minimum wage in Santa Rosa will increase to $17.06 for all employees working within city limits. The increase represents the third of its kind following City Council approval of a local minimum wage ordinance in 2019.

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Planning & Economic Development
Posted on: August 25, 2022

City of Santa Rosa Launches Housing and Downtown Development Trackers

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

The City of Santa Rosa has launched two new tools designed to inform the public about the state of development around the city—one focused on Downtown, the other on the city’s progress towards housing for all. In addition, the city has refreshed its longs...

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Planning & Economic Development
Posted on: August 16, 2022

City of Santa Rosa Hires Daryel Dunston as Assistant City Manager

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Santa Rosa, CA — The City of Santa Rosa has hired Daryel Dunston as its new Assistant City Manager, where he will provide leadership to Housing and Community Services, Information Technology, Planning and Economic Development, Community Engagement and Vio...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

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

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Members of the Santa Rosa City Council and City Manager Maraskeshia Smith invite residents to participate in the first series of community meetings to share comments and feedback about policing in Santa Rosa with OIR Group, the city’s contracted Independe...

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Posted on: June 30, 2022

2022 North Bay Zero Waste Week

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The first annual North Bay Zero Waste Week is July 24 through 30, with free events and activities open to the public. Organizations and community groups across Sonoma County will be hosting different events throughout the week to raise awareness about the...

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Transportation & Public Works - News
Posted on: June 30, 2022

Laguna Treatment Plant Ultraviolet Disinfection Improvements Project

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A new $68 million ultraviolet (UV) light disinfection system will be installed at Santa Rosa Water’s Laguna Treatment Plant located on Llano Road in Santa Rosa. The new UV system will replace the existing system originally installed in 1997. UV disinfecti...

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Transportation & Public Works - News
Posted on: June 30, 2022

Flock of Birds Land in Santa Rosa July 1

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The City of Santa Rosa announces the July 1 launch of a one-year electric scooter share pilot program with Bird Rides, Inc. (Bird), an environmentally-friendly electric transportation option. Bird will initially deploy 100 electric Bird Three scooters in ...

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Transportation & Public Works - News
Posted on: June 30, 2022

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

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Summer is officially here 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 all fireworks is illegal within...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 23, 2022

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

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Santa Rosa 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 July 3, 2022. The appointment follows an inclusive and equitable process grounded in community and stakehol...

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Posted on: June 22, 2022

Santa Rosa City Council Passes 2022-23 Fiscal Year Budget

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On Tuesday, Santa Rosa City Council passed the city’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget totaling $478.8 million, a 0.8 percent increase from the prior fiscal year’s $474.9 million adopted budget. The budget includes a robust capital improvement program (CIP) as ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

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

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Santa Rosa, CA — The City of Santa Rosa will revise its fee structure starting July 1 for all parking garages, lots, and meters, following over two years of various free or reduced-fee parking programs. 

The update will align parking fee...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

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

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UPDATE (6/23/22 @ 8:00 a.m.)The Santa Rosa Fire Department in cooperation with CAL FIRE and Caltrans, will conduct a controlled burn on a 9.73-acre State-owned parcel located to the west of Old Redwood Highway just north of Mendocino Avenue this Saturday,...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: June 6, 2022

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

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The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department officially declares today, June 6, 2022, as the start of this year’s wildfire season in Santa Rosa. Despite another round of late season rains, recent fire activity and above average temperature this week make the de...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: May 19, 2022

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

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The City of Santa Rosa Fire Department will officially declare June 6, 2022, as the start of this year’s wildfire season in Santa Rosa. The date has been determined following late season rains and based on drought conditions, current weather and long-rang...

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Fire Department News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

City Council Approves Master Plan for Roseland Creek Community Park

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The Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to approve the Roseland Creek Community Park Master Plan and Mitigated Negative Declaration at their September 28 council meeting, following a robust public hearing.

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Transportation & Public Works - News
Posted on: October 28, 2021

CityBus Initiates Plan for Zero-Emission Fleet by 2040

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Santa Rosa CityBus has purchased four battery-electric buses (BEBs) and will install six single-port Electric Vehicle (EV) charging systems initiating its plan to transition to a fully zero-emission fleet by 2040. The new all-electric zero-emission buses,...

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Transportation & Public Works - News
Posted on: March 15, 2022

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

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Last week, 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. The projects receiving the federal support are:

  • Emergency Operations...
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