May 26th, Monday, 1 p.m.- Memorial Day Ceremony
Location: Santa Rosa’s Rural Cemetery.
Honor Memorial Day at an old fashioned decorative commemoration. Free. Location: S. R. Rural Cemetery located at Franklin & Monroe Streets, Franklin Gate.
Tuesday, May 27th from 6 to 8 pm: The Mayor’s Open Government Task Force – Public Forum
Location: in the Santa Rosa City Council Chambers, 100 Santa Rosa Avenue.
The purpose of this Task Force is to review applicable law, city policy and practice, and related information in order to develop a report that will inform the community about the current status of open and transparent government practice in the City of Santa Rosa; to review the exceptions, limitations and restrictions imposed by State or Federal law or Constitution; and to present options for improvement or additional best practices that the Mayor and City Council may wish to consider.
This forum allows community members who cannot attend their daytime meetings to speak about issues and concerns related to aspects of “open” government such as accessibility, transparency, communication, trust, and community engagement.
Wednesday, May 28 from 5-8:30 pm – Water Smart Expo
Location: Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market at the intersection of 4th and D streets
The Expo will provide an opportunity for you to talk to employees from both City and County agencies, and meet with representatives from local business.
The Water-Use Efficiency team will be showcasing rainwater and gray water demonstrations and will be available to answer questions and offer suggestions regarding rebate programs and services and up to date drought information.
- – Free photo booth and games!
- – A raffle to win a high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet!
- – Many product demos!
If you have questions about the Water Smart Expo, contact Water-Use Efficiency staff at (707) 543-3985 or visit our webpage at www.srcity.org/wue for more information.
Updates from Jennielynn Holmes of Catholic Charities.
(More discussion and info at Thursday’s meeting.)
• In terms of the buildings on 7th street, Catholic Charities has hired a project manager to help with the structures on the Block. We know this is an issue and we are investing resources in it, and a lot of this is attributed to what we need to do for services as well as the need to address the concerns that have been brought forward by neighbors. This project manager will be at the meeting on Thursday to address these specific questions, since that is his area of expertise.
• I have contacted SRPD, and through a much stronger working relationship that has developed over the year they have agreed to be at the Neighborhood meeting tomorrow night to address neighborhood concerns.
• In terms of Safe Parking and the Press Demo, that was a misrepresentation, and was not directly what was said. The correct version is that Safe Parking intakes go through HSC, but the actual parking is not all centralized at HSC. The parking is going to be on scattered sites throughout Sonoma County. Right now we have three sites. That is not a physical option for us to have 45 additional vehicles on the Block on a permanent basis. I do believe this will be coming up at the meeting from other neighbors, so we do have our partners in Safe Parking coming to address these concerns just in case.
• I have also contacted a group of neighbors on the other side of the freeway who have been working with Redwood Gospel Mission and St. Vincent DePaul, and I think this is a bigger issue across the entire downtown community, and it only makes sense we start addressing it together rather than silos. Their group facilitator said she couldn’t be there this Thursday but would come to future meetings. They have taken a really great approach and I think we could look to them for continued discussions with how to move forward. I look forward to hearing other’s thoughts on whether this could be beneficial.
Please attend Thursday’s meeting for more information and/or to provide input.
Address: Family Support Center – 465 A. Street
Date: Thursday, May 22
Neighborhood Meeting with Catholic Charities This Thursday
Purpose of Meeting: To provide updates on the
Homeless Services Center as well as addressing
any neighborhood concerns.
Address: Family Support Center – 465 A. Street
Date: Thursday, May 22
Catholic Charities runs the Family Support Center on A Street and the Homeless Service Center on Morgan Street in our neighborhood. Recently, they started offering overnight parking which is not covered by their Conditional Use Permit (CUP). Here is an excerpt from an April 15 article in the Press Democrat: Parking at the fairgrounds will end April 30, …..Anyone who needs a place to park during the transition can use the Homeless Services Center on Morgan Street, which can accommodate 45 vehicles, Holmes said.
As of last week the City had not been contacted by Catholic Charities regarding this change to their CUP.Typically, an application for change of service would be filed with the city and a neighborhood meeting held prior to a new service being approved and added to the CUP by the city.
Please attend this meeting for more information and/or to provide input.
This year the Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival is celebrating with the theme of Heroes and Helpers honoring all of those people that have made a difference in our community. The parade will start at Sonoma Avenue and E Street location and proceed north on E Street, turning left onto 4th Street and proceed west on 4th Street then south onto Mendocino Avenue where the parade will disband at 1st Street. After the parade, the fun continues with the 2014 Festival in beautiful Juilliard Park. We’ll have lots of family fun activities, music and a wide variety of food booths. The Awards ceremony takes place at 2 pm so stick around, enjoy the day and see who wins a trophy. This is one of Sonoma County’s most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California. FREE
Saturday & Sunday, May 17 & 18, 8am-4pm – Free E-Waste Recycling
E-waste is an informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their “useful life.” E-waste is anything with a circuit board. Look for products with digital displays & programmable features. Examples include TVs, office equipment, kitchen appliances, household & bath appliances, computer equipment and consumer electronics. Location: Whole Foods Coddingtown, 390 Coddingtown Mall (in the parking lot).
Travelodge to become Boutique Hotel
The owners of the old Travelodge in downtown Santa Rosa are transforming the property into a “boutique hotel,” the latest in a series of projects underway across Sonoma County to upgrade and expand the region’s network of hotels. Now renamed Hotel Azura, the makeover of the 44-room facility on Healdsburg Avenue is aimed at attracting leisure and business travelers who want in-room espresso machines, extra plump mattresses and name brand bath products. “I think Santa Rosa needs something like this,” manager Nick Patel said.
Hotel Azura stopped being a Travelodge in 2012, he said. The renovation project began within the last year and the hotel is slated to open soon. The new rooms feature high-end bedding, windows with wooden Hunter Douglas shades, illy Francis Francis espresso machines and Neil George bath and body products. Still planned is the replacement of the hotel’s former pool with a Jacuzzi and lounge area, said Anil Patel, one of the owners. He also has hotels in San Rafael and San Francisco.
The project comes at a time when Sonoma County’s hotel industry is enjoying strong business and making plans to significantly add rooms. Hotel companies have applied to build more than 1,400 rooms in 22 new and expansion projects around the county, according to a February report by Sonoma County Tourism and the county’s Economic Development Board. “Absolutely there’s more activity than normal,” said Ken Fischang, CEO of the tourism group. The county has 11,000 lodging rooms, including bed-and-breakfast inns and vacation rentals. County hotel occupancy rates for the first quarter rose to 64.4 percent from 60.4 percent a year earlier, according to STR, formerly Smith Travel Research. The average daily room rate increased 11.5 percent to $109.97. County hotel revenues reached $38.7 million for the quarter, an increase of 18.3 percent from a year earlier. Even when adjusted for inflation, revenues are greater than for the same period in 2007, a time before the last recession officially began
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