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Santa Rosa Snippets by Elaine B. Holtz

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2018-01-04Jan 4, 2018

District Elections:  Due to the local state of emergency for Santa Rosa, the topic of district based elections was put on hold. Councilman Tibbetts reports the city was granted a postponement from the attorney, Kevin Shankenman, to resume in early spring.

2017-10-15Oct 15, 2017

CAL FIRE, the Santa Rosa Police Department, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol provided updates related to the fires in Sonoma County.

2017-10-02Oct 2, 2017

Public Hearings: The City of Santa Rosa has initiated the legal process to transition to district-based voting for council members. The City asks for your help in designing voting districts. A series of Public Hearings will be held to receive community input and direction from the Council will be used by independent demographers to inform the development of the district boundaries.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

Santa Rosa City Council: “The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (the “Education Project”), through its attorney Kevin Shenkman, submitted a demand letter challenging the City’s at-large election of council members in July 2017.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

The Redwood Empire Food Bank is pleased to share that it’s continued partnership withKosta Browne,the Sebastopol-based winery dedicated to producing premium wines from California’s top appellations, has resulted in a $60,000 donation that will support the organization’s continued efforts to provide critical food and nutrition assistance for the local community.

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

“It takes a village to answer the needs of individuals who find themselves chronically without a home.” The answer for some of Santa Rosa’s homeless population comes in the form of shelter at a former motel known as the Palms Inn, located on southern Santa Rosa Avenue. On a visit to artist Mario Uribe’s studio in late 2016, the owner of the property Akash Kalia, asked how he could bring an art component to The Palms Inn.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

Santa Rosa Quality of Life Ordinance EvokedThe Santa Rosa City Council endorsed City staff recommendations to proceed with enforcing “quality of life ordinance violations.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

“It takes a village” is a saying we are all familiar with.   The nonprofit, Serve A Little was founded in 2009, by Matthew Nalywaiko, with the idea that every community has needs, and people with abilities to meet those needs. 

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

The Jewish Community Free Clinic is seeking volunteer Providers (MD, DO, NP, and PA) and Nurses (RN and LVN) to help us
provide care at our weekly drop-in clinics.

2017-08-29Aug 29, 2017

The Spring Lake Water Bark, which allows dogs to swim and play off-leash at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon, will take place on seven dates this fall.

2017-08-25Aug 25, 2017

Hundreds of spectators, dignitaries, and SMART Train employee family members crowded a bunting bedecked Railroad Square Depot on Friday, Aug. 25 to celebrate the kickoff of the first passenger rail service in Sonoma County in six decades.

2017-12-15Dec 15, 2017

In the first weeks of October, the Tubbs Fire raged through the Coffey Park neighborhood destroying nearby K-Mart and numerous businesses along Hwy 101. Flames and high heat scorched Kohl's Department Store and destroyed Chloé’s French Café located on the north side of Sutter Health's Largest Medical Office Building in Sonoma County. But the building survived even though nearly 300 widows blew out and smoke and heat damage closed the center for nearly two months.

2017-11-30Nov 30, 2017

As Santa Rosa recovers from the unprecedented wildfires disaster, it is our top priority to help those affected by the rebuilding process. We’d like to share a few updates and new resources that provide assistance and answer questions regarding the fire recovery efforts.

2017-11-22Nov 22, 2017

Santa Rosa Fire Update: Fires are 100% Contained: It has been one month since fires broke out in Santa Rosa and surrounding areas, and to give you an idea of the magnitude of the fire,The Tubbs fire burned down 4,658 homes in the Santa Rosa area, including Fountaingrove, Coffey Park, and Larkfield and is the most destructive of the Sonoma County fires.

2017-11-11Nov 11, 2017

On Sunday, November 12th, the City of Santa Rosa will host a press conference on the potential impacts of incoming rain in the Fountaingrove area, and provide important information for area residents. 

2017-10-25Oct 25, 2017

On the morning of October 9, 2017 at approximately 2:30am the lives of thousands of Santa Rosa residents changed. I was sitting at my computer when I smelled smoke; I searched the house, but saw no fire so I went outside and was met by howling winds and a sky that was bright red.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

For some of the 480 Santa Rosa Junior College students who lost homes in the recent fires, returning to class will help them regain a sense of normalcy. But many students will find it challenging to attend classes while trying to resurrect day-to-day basics of their lives. 

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Dan and Stacey Hageman live just east of Coffey Park, in a house at the point whereHemlock Street and Dogwood Drive meet on the northeastern edge of a neighborhood almost completely destroyed in the firestorm that roared offFountaingrove on Monday, Oct. 9.


2017-10-22Oct 22, 2017

The American Red Cross will be opening a Client Service Center for residents impacted by the Pocket, Tubbs, and Nuns Fires on Monday, October 23, 2017 at the American Red Cross Santa Rosa Office (5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday, October 29th.

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