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Roseland Review - October 2016 - Duane Dewitt

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Double Alert: Red Letter Days!


by Duane De Witt

October 6, 2016 at 6pm Roseland Candidates Night for 5th District Supervisor at Roseland Library. Roseland topics and issues to be discussed by Noreen Evans and Lynda Hopkins. At the Roseland Library Branch. 777 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa.


October 11, Redwood Gospel Mission move into Roseland!

The Santa Rosa City Council hearing on the Redwood Gospel Mission proposed 250-bed Homeless Shelter, proposed for Roberts Road, has been rescheduled to October 11, 2016 after 5pm at Santa Rosa City Hall, 100 Santa Rosa Ave. At the Thursday September 8, 2016 meeting of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission it was decided to seek a different route for Roberts Road in the future. This will free up the area for the homeless shelter while projecting a future plan for either an overpass or a tunnel for Roberts Road across Highway 101. No mention of price was given at the meeting for the new route. But a current estimate for the Bellevue Ave. overpass across Highway 101 south of Roseland is now $15 million with no date in sight for completion of the project since the 2004 plan was announced.

The Planning Commission adopted resolutions recommending the City Council adopt the Roseland Specific Plan and approve amendments to the General Plan and the Downtown Station Area Specific Plan which would allow the homeless shelter to go forward. No discussion of the potential annexation of the Roseland County Island was put forward. The Press Democrat recently reported County Supervisor Efren Carrillo and Santa Rosa Mayor John Sawyer have been holding private discussions about the idea. However it appears no action will be taken until after the upcoming elections for a new county supervisor to replace the departing Carrillo. New City Council members will also be elected this fall so it may be back to square one for the annexation to go further onward as there may also be a new Santa Rosa Mayor chosen.

In August here were about 3,746 registered voters in the Roseland School District which is comprised of some more land area than the three census districts which make up Roseland as seen in the map above. There were just fewer than 48,000 registered voters in the 5th District, of which 68 percent came out to vote in the last election of 2014. This amounted to about 33,000 voters. This means even if all of the voters in Roseland vote it will only amount to about ten per cent of 5th District votes, but Roseland voters could swing an election or two in either the county or the city of Santa Rosa, so get out and vote in November! 

Balderdash and Boondoggle are two American slang words we need to find the most accurate and correct Spanish translation for before the November 2016 elections. This is so we can make sure the Spanish speaking residents of Roseland, and the Sonoma County 5th Supervisorial District, will be on the same awareness level as many other voters this year. Please contact Roseland Review with your Spanish translations of these words at dewittstory@yahoo.com as soon as possible for publication in the next issue. This is to have a more robust discussion of many of the issues in the 5th District up for political decisions now.