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New Dedicated Team Targets Debris Removal on Public Property

Debris Response Team-6


The City has established a new dedicated team to respond to complaints associated with debris left on public property, including along roadsides, trails and creeks as well as in parks and around public buildings. The Debris Response Team (DRT) will remove debris proactively through a routine inspection program as well through service requests generated by community members.

DRT will work closely and coordinate activities with several City departments, including Housing & Community Services, Police, Fire and Water through the Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) to ensure its actions are within HEAP protocols and within the restrictions of a preliminary court injunction.

The DRT crew consists of four dedicated full-time staff members and a supervisor who have been reassigned from other duties within the Transportation and Public Works Department to focus solely on removal of debris from the public right of way.

How to Request Service

In order to make reporting easy, community members may request DRT services in the following ways.

Want to Know More About Santa Rosa Creek?

The Historical Society of Santa Rosa (HSSR)  has posted its most recent webinar featuring four panelists discussing Santa Rosa’s history and interraction with the creek (from native people to today) including the city’s attempts to stop polluting the creek and its channelization to control flooding. Visit the HSSR facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalSocietySantaRosa/about/?ref=page_internal  or the HSSR YouTube channel if you are unable to view here.

Proposed Outside Area Design

Hi, All,

Here is the link to the recording of the County meeting with our neighborhood  last week along with additional info from Rohish:

We have updated our Project Homekey webpage (https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Homeless-Services/Project-Homekey/) with the video from Wednesday evening’s meeting as well as included the attached images in the future changes page. You can also access the video directly from youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJD4RN6R–c.

We appreciate your continued participation in these meetings and look forward to seeing you all next month. Have a wonderful weekend.



Reminder: The County’s standing zoom meeting regarding with our neighborhood onthe Mickey Zane Place, is February 3rd from 6 to 7 p.m. County staff will provide us with a brief update on the project and then take questions. District 3 Supervisor Chris Coursey will be in attendance along with Community Development Commission leadership.

Please see the zoom meeting information below.

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You can also access past meetings and find the latest information on the Project Homekey webpage here: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Homeless-Services/Project-Homekey/.

Do you live on Tenth, Klute, or Lincoln Streets between Washington and B Streets?

If so, your home is probably part of Klute’s Addition (filed with the County in 1906, but lots weren’t sold until the 1920’s).

Click here to read more about the Cooper-Klute family.









Happy New Year!

My New Year’s resolution is to start posting again on our neighborhood website and to that end, youll see a few come through in your email today. ~ Denise Hill

Avenue 320 Apartments

We’re starting the new year with another developer’s project on Lincoln Street in our neighborhood. While the neighborhood welcomes more housing downtown, we have concerns with the size and scale of this proposed apartment bulding which at 4 stories will significantly overwhelm the one-story homes adacent to the property and nearby. Our historic district guidelines limit the height of new construciton to 2 stories or 35 feet. Unfortunately, developers can propose a higher building and, if approved by the City boards and commissions that review the project, they may get the OK to do this. There is also a concern that this project will add to the cars parked on our streets and generate increased traffic through the neighborhood (especially on Lincoln Street).

For more information on this project visit: https://srcity.org/3160/Avenue-320

If you have concerns, we encourage you to emal them to Adam Ross – the city Planner on this project: ARoss@srcity.org 

There is also an online petition you can sign. Here is the link:  https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/320-college-apt-development

Location May – 320 Project proposed on Lincoln Street


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

Want to provide comments on what new development will look like in and around downtown? Take this easy survey!

Note: to start the survey, go to the map on the link below, click the neighborhood for which you would like to provide input. Only the colorful parts of the map are clickable. You’re welcome to take surveys for as many areas in color as you’d like.



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.