The St. Rose neighborhood has had quite a few notable residents.
We will be posting their stories as we finalize researching them. Here are the first two:
Friday, Nov. 27th 5pm to 7:30pm Winter Lights– Annual Downtown SR Tree Lighting Celebration
Welcome the holidays with this all-ages event designed to bring together community to celebrate the holidays and remember our loved ones.
At 5pm, Santa Claus arrives on a fire truck. There will be photos with the jolly elf, music by The Zins, and performances by Sebastopol Ballet and the 6th Street Playhouse.
Just before 7:30pm, anyone who’s interested can light a candle for all who are no longer here to enjoy the holidays. A highlight of the city’s WinterLights celebration is this passing of a flame from candle to candle in a simple, solemn act of remembrance.
Right at the end (about 7:30pm), a switch will be flipped and one of the towering trees will light up!
Several food trucks will be on hand, and there will be plentiful hot cocoa, cider, beer and wine.
City Survey – Reunification of Courthouse Square
The City council recently agreed to spend $10 million to reunify Courthouse Square and is currently asking residents to fill out a survey on what they want to see in the reunified Square. Unfortunately, they don’t ask the bigger question – do you want to see the city spend money to unify the Square?
Residents of the St. Rose neighborhood may not be aware that all southbound traffic that normally would take Mendocino Avenue through the Square will be re-routed from the College/Mendocino Avenue intersection onto Healdsburg Avenue and B Street. Based on a 2008 Traffic Study, 14,000-16,000 vehicles pass through the Square on Mendocino Avenue each day. If half of those vehicles are headed south, there is the potential that another 7,000-8,000 vehicles will be using Healdsburg Avenue/B Street to Seventh Street once the Square is reunified. If this causes you concern, we would suggest you take the survey and mention it in the comments field for question #14.
For those of you who like to read gov’t documents, here is the link to the 2008 Traffic Study.
Dear Community Member,
The Santa Rosa Police Department is conducting a community survey. The last survey in 2012 focused on the residents. This time we are expanding to include those who work in the city or visit for other purposes.
The survey allows community members, like you, to provide me with information regarding the performance of the Santa Rosa Police Department and to help me understand how the Department can continue to strive to meet your public safety needs. The survey results are used to inform me on how I make decisions about where to focus the police department’s resources, and assess the needs of the community. I feel we will serve you better as we get to know and understand the community’s concerns, and also get feedback on what we are doing well so we can do more of that also. Your feedback is very important to me.
Please select one household member, 14 years of age or older, to complete the survey. Additionally, other community members who wish to participate may take the survey online at www.santarosapd.com. I wanted to thank you in advance for your time and look forward to personally reviewing your responses.
Chief Hank Schreeder
Last month a resident of Lincoln Street had UPS delivery on a Saturday and someone was apparently following the truck and took the box that was delivered. They opened it around the corner and sound it contained work shoes and left the package, and a gardener found the box, realized what happened and returned the box to them. Tip: Have UPS deliver packages to your place of work to avoid thefts.
JOURNEY TO FOUNTAINGROVE AND BEYOND BOLLYWOOD: INDIAN AMERICANS SHAPE THE NATION
Opening Reception: Sunday, Nov. 8, 4-6pm
Journey to Fountaingrove: From Feudal Japan to California Utopia, spans the large geographical and cultural distance that Nagasawa had to navigate. It is the story of the connections that brought this unusual man from Japan to Santa Rosa, and the man himself who became known as the “Wine King of California.” This exhibition explores the Indian American experience and the community’s vital political, professional, and cultural contributions to American life and history. Click here for more information.
History Museum of Sonoma County, 425 Seventh Street
Street Lights are Being Turned Back On and Equipped with LEDs
Ahead is a brighter future for Santa Rosa. City electricians have been busy turning street lights back on. These are the street lights that were turned off as a cost saving measure from 2009 – 2013. City electricians have turned back on approximately 30% of the lights that were deactivated and will have every light back on by July 2016.
The future is also looking greener. We are equipping the City’s street lights with new high efficiency LED lamps. Street lighting is a large source of greenhouse gas production. By retrofitting our street lights with high efficiency LED lamps, the City will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 150 metric tons a year and save on annual energy costs. An added benefit is that LED fixtures require less maintenance and have a longer life span than the sodium lights they are replacing.
Learn more about the Street Light Program.
Santa Rosa Water News
Preparing For Fall!
Clean and maintain gutters: A clean gutter can help protect your home’s roof, walls, foundation, and landscape. Keep your gutters clean to ensure that rain water makes it into the storm drain and away from your home.
Keep storm drains clean: By removing leaves and debris from the landscape and around storm drains, urban flooding and storm water pollution can be prevented. Rain can drag pollutants and leaves down the drain, making its way to our local creeks, streams, and rivers without treatment. Pollutants can also clog drains causing flooding on streets and sidewalks.
For more information on pollution prevention and storm drain maintenance, please visit: Storm Drain Maintenance
Current Water Statistics
Reservoir Levels: As of October 5th, reservoir storage in Lake Sonoma is 72% of capacity and Lake Mendocino is 57% of target water supply storage.