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Hi, Everyone,
It’s been a while since we’ve sent a post to the St. Rose Neighborhood. If you are new to getting these – welcome! They are generated from our website: strosedistrict.org

First some good news! After several months of working with staff from the Planning Department, monitoring presentations to the Planning Commission, Cultural Heritage Board, and the City Council we were successful in changing the height limit on 12 historic properties in the St. Rose District from a potential 5-story height limit to a maximum of 3 stories. The residents invovled (Greg Parker, Roy Loessin, and Denise Hill with guidance from Council Member Chris Rogers) were concerned that a recent push by the Planning Department to apply a 5-story building on the parcels invovled would make these properties appealing to developers who would purchase the properties to destroy them and build new. On Tuesday, November 16, the City Council voted unanimously to put a 3-story limit on these buildings. Here are images of a few of the buildings that now have this extra protection:




City Zoom Meeting –  Monday, November 23, 5pm

For more information visit: https://srcity.org/3234/The-Flats-528-B-St

This proposed 5-Story building will be located between these two 2-and 3-story buildings on B Street:

534 B Street



“Game Saver Bud Toscani, St. Mary’s half-pint halfback, dragged a listless, almost beaten St. Mary’s team out of the mire yesterday and started them on the comeback trail when he grabbed the opening kickoff of the second half and raced down the field 95 yards to a touchdown over Oregon. The fighting spirit of the Galloping Gaels returned under that impetus and the Moragans wound up 16-0 victors over the northern university,” Oakland Tribune, Nov. 1931.

It’s Super Bowl weekend so the perfect time to tell the story of a local football hero from the early 1900’s who lived in the St. Rose Historic Preservation District:
Born in 1909, Francis “Bud” Toscani, was a local high school football star while a student at Santa Rosa High School. Starting in 1927, he went on to make a name for himself playing college football for the Saint Mary Gaels football team at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. In 1931 he was selected by the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) as a second-team halfback on the 1931 College Football All-American Team. He went on to play professional football in the National Football League in 1932 for the Chicago Cardinals and the Brooklyn Dodgers.
By 1933 he had returned to Santa Rosa, married, and started a family. In 1941, he was hired as Assistant Football Coach for the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cub varsity football team. At the same time he was working in the family bakery business with his father, Anthony Toscani.
In 1948, after the tragic death of his wife from Polio he moved with his father to Reno where they continued in the bakery business, working for Franco-American Bakery. By 1961, Anthony was the owner of the Franco-American Bakery in Reno. Tragically, Bud Toscani died in a car accident in 1966. His house still stands at 512 Morgan Street. but sadly there is a proposal to tear it down to build the Caritas Village Project.

Bud Toscani’s House – 512 Morgan Street

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Santa Rosa’s Historic 1910 Post Office (now the Sonoma County Museum)

Originally housed in the old adobe home on Maria Carrillo’s Rancho Cabeza de Santa Rosa, the Santa Rosa Post Office was later relocated in the Atheneum Theatre building on Fifth and D Streets. It was finally slated to be given a permanent home through a bill introduced in the House of Representatives on March 8, 1906. The legislation called for “the purchase of a site and erection of a public building at Santa Rosa, California . . . a suitable building with fireproof vaults therein, for the accommodation of the post-office and other government offices . . . ” with the entire amount of funding not to exceed “the sum of one hundred thousand dollars.” A month after the legislation was introduced, the 1906 earthquake destroyed most of downtown Santa Rosa. As a result, the Santa Rosa Post Office operated temporarily out of Jenkins Grocery, surrounded by wreckage and debris.
Local hop dealer, C.C. Donovan, wrote to James Knox Taylor, Supervising Architect of Federal Buildings, asking him to give priority to the construction of the new Post Office slated for Santa Rosa. Taylor (known as the national architect) designed a structure that linked architectural design to the history, environment, and culture of the community and its surroundings. The new Santa Rosa Post Office building was an example of Classic Federal Architecture in California, a design style greatly influenced by the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.
Construction of the new Post Office located at Fifth and A Streets began in 1908. The building process was a community effort, exemplified by determination and superior craftsmanship. The Santa Rosa-based contracting firm of Hoyt Bros. hired local firms to complete the majority of the interior and exterior work. Henry Kroncke of the Santa Rosa Planing Mills did the interior woodwork. J. C. Mailer Hardware installed the building’s plumbing. Stone contractor, George Reilly, was responsible for the Bedford stone columns and marble terrazzo floors.
Technologically, the building was ahead of its time. Ray Oil Burner Company of San Francisco installed a new automatic oil burning system, which was not shown publicly in the Bay Area until the 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. In addition to heating the building, the system provided hot showers for the mail carriers. On March 9, 1910, Post Master H. L. Tripp and his postal staff moved into the newly completed Santa Rosa Post Office.
Moving the Museum
The Santa Rosa Main Post Office was eventually relocated to 2nd Street and following the 1969 earthquake that ravaged much of downtown Santa Rosa, the historic post office was slated to be razed to make way for a mall. Architect Dan Peterson led the campaign to save the post office by proposing that it be moved out of the path of urban renewal. Starting in April 1979, workmen raised the great structure and lay before it a bed of rails and a network of pulleys and cables. The building moved, but almost imperceptibly — an average of 36 feet a day. The building was moved over 750 feet to its new home on 7th street, between A and B streets. Architect Dan Petersen restored it as a museum and placed the building onto the National Register of Historic Places. It reopened in 1985 as the Sonoma County Museum.

Block of St. Rose Preservation district with dark shading denotes areas proposed for highest density.

The City has initiated an update to their Downtown Station Area Specific Plan, which was originally adopted in 2007. The city’s position is a lack of vitality in the downtown is the result of  being too restrictive in terms of development standards such as density and height.

This plan affects our neighborhood. The plan to be presented to City Council this Tuesday, 12/2, includes the rezoning of an entire southern block of our historic district to allow for the highest density and height possible. This is clearly an attempt to remove this block from our historic district by catering to developers over historic preservation and sets a precedent that would endanger all historic districts in our city. If you have concerns about this, please email the City Council and Planning Commission members by end of day Monday, 12/1. citycouncil@srcity.org, planningcommission@srcity.org

From the city’s own documents provided with the above suggested plan: The purpose of the -H combining (Preservation) district in the City of Santa Rosa’s  is to recognize, preserve, and enhance Santa Rosa’s locally-designated historic resources.


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Advisory: Severe Fire Weather & Potential New Power Shutoff Event Forecast to Begin Saturday, 10/26 in Santa Rosa.

New PG&E Power Shutoff Event Probable Beginning this Saturday
Due to forecasted weather conditions, there is potential for another PG&E Power Shutoff event that would impact significant portions of Sonoma County, including the City of Santa Rosa. The timing for the potential shutoff begins Saturday starting as early as approximately 1:00 p.m. (10/26) through Monday (10/28), at which time the restoration process would then begin. Due to the intensity of the forecasted weather and the likelihood of damage to PG&E’s infrastructure, it is anticipated that the restoration process may take multiple days and power may be out for an extended time frame. Community members are urged to prepare now in the event of an extended outage lasting several days.

Use PG&E’s address lookup tool to enter your address in searchable map to determine whether you are impacted at psps.ss.pge.com
Additional PG&E updates can be found at pgealerts.com
During an extended PSPS or power outage, our ability to alert residents could be impacted. Learn about the use of Hi/Lo sirens for emergency alerting and preplan evacuation routes by visiting srcity.org/knowyourwaysout

Severe Fire Weather Forecast for Weekend
A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 8 p.m. Saturday (10/26) to 11 a.m. Monday (10/28) for the North Bay mountains, valleys, and coastlines and including all of the City of Santa Rosa. A High Wind Warning is also in effect.
The National Weather Service has indicated that this event looks to be the strongest since the 2017 North Bay Fires and a potentially historic event given the strength and duration of the winds.
Santa Rosa Fire and Police departments will have extra staffing in place through the duration of the weather event and potential power shutoff. The City’s Emergency Operation Center also remains activated.

Anticipated Traffic Signal Outages and Driver Safety
If PG&E implements a power shutoff this weekend, multiple intersections are expected to be without power. Due to traffic signal impacts caused by an outage, drivers are encouraged to stay home and stay off the roads as much as possible. If you must drive, please reduce speeds, drive with caution and treat all intersections without power as a 4-way stop, per state law. Based on information received from PG&E, the City anticipates a number of traffic signals to be nonfunctional during the shutoff. A list of intersections anticipated to be impacted is available at srcity.org/PSPSTrafficImpacts
Stop signs will be staged at intersections with the highest traffic volume and roadway speed to help remind drivers that they must stop at intersections where signals are out.

For up-to-date emergency information, visit srcity.org/emergency or call 2-1-1.


Caritas Village is the Catholic Charities project that proposes to destroy all historic structures on the southern-most block of our historic district and replace them with a 3-story family and homeless drop-in center along with two structures up to 4-stories in height that will have 126 living units. The entire complex will have 54 parking spaces. The applicant will be presenting this project to the city’s Cultural Heritage Board and the Design Review Board this Wednesday, 10/16, at 4:30pm in the City Hall council chambers. This is a public meeting that residents can attend and speak if they wish. Comments can also be emailed to the city planner on this project: Kristinae Toomians at KToomians@srcity.org