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Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2016 - Elaine Holtz


Santa Rosa Snippets - March 2016 - Elaine Holtz

National Women’s History Month- 2016 Inez Millholland Centennial:

March is Women’s History Month. In 1980, the National Women’s History Project (NWHP) was founded in Santa Rosa by Molly Murphy MacGregor, Mary Ruthsdotter, Maria Cuevas, Paula Hammett and Bette Morgan to broadcast women’s historical achievements.  Celebrating their 36th year the theme this year is “Working to Form a More Perfect Union:  Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.”  According to co-founder Molly McGregor this year there were seventy nominations and sixteen were selected.   Their goal is to to make sure as a group that women are represented across the century, all ages and cultural groups everywhere in the United States.   For details go to   An important year long project is the “2016 Inez Mulholland Centennial,” a project to celebrate American suffragists and to honor her memory on the centennial of her death.   The Centennial aims to raise the visibility of this popular New York attorney and activist who died campaigning for Votes for Women in November 1916 and became a symbol of women’s sacrifices.  A separate website with more information, has been created.     

National Association for Women (NOW) Hosts Presentation on Rent Stablization:                                  

As part of their monthly meeting for NOW an in-depth overview of the issues around housing and rent stabilization was presented by Councilwoman Julie Combs at the Rincon Valley Library.  Combs who is running for re-election is an ardent supporter of rent stabilization.  Rent Stabilization sets maximum rates for annual rent increases and, as with rent control, entitles tenants to receive required services from their landlords and have their leases renewed on an annual basis.  According to Combs if Santa Rosa decides to take that route, a Rent Guidelines Board most likely will be formed.  The board will meet on an annual basis to determine how much the landlord can set future rents on the lease.  For Combs this would be a win-win situation for both landlords and tenants.  “The discussion is not over, and I encourage people to contact me with ideas and attend City Councils meetings when this topic is on the agenda,” said Combs.  The Santa Rosa City Council generally meets on Tuesdays starting at 4pm.  You can check out the agenda at  The meetings are at Santa Rosa City Hall 100 Santa Rosa Ave.

Travelling Showers for the Homeless-Four Locations: 

The city of Santa Rosa in partnership with Catholic Charities has equipped a trailer outfitted with private shows and bathrooms to serve the homeless population.  The project cost the city about $87,000.and was given to Catholic Charities to buy and outfit.  The trailer will be available for one year and located at four sites throughout Santa Rosa.  The project goals are to provide privacy for individuals utilizing the trailer and also to help reduce some of the pollution in the waterways from homeless encampments where there are no facilities.  A social worker from the county will be at each location to help provide information on homeless services available.  Kellie Kuykenball is the program specialists overseeing the project and can be reached 707-543-3315 or go to website   

 The four sites are:  

1.  Doyle Community Park – Tuesdays from 10-1pm (until end of May) 

2.  Youth Community Park Across from Piner High School – Thurs. 10-1pm (until end of May)

3.  Santa Rosa City Hall – Large Parking Lot – Saturdays from 10-1  (until end of June)

4.  Roseland Village – still in the planning Stages.    

Tree Update:

     The Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously to approve the final design for the Courthouse Square Reunification Project. What this decision meant according to Council Woman Julie Combs is the project after three decades could move forward.  One of the hot issues around this project was the removal of thirty redwood trees from the area.  Fortunately all of the trees are not being removed and according to Combs twenty two of the thirty redwoods were being saved.  The eight trees being removed are considered heritage trees because of their size, which in some cases are several feet in diameter at the base.  The decision to take down the trees was accepted by business leaders as a positive decision while critics believe that the destruction of these trees is bad for the environment.  Combs also reported that part of the project includes the planting of one hundred twenty new trees.  

Let Me Know:

     Anything special happening in Santa Rosa that you believe folks need to know about – email me at and let me know.  Santa Rosa is a big town and lots going on.  Hot off the press candidates for City Council Erin Carlstrom, Julie Combs, Jack Tibbett and Ernesto Oliveras.  The daffodils are beautiful this year and so abundant.  .

 Elaine B. Holtz is producer/Host “Women’s Spaces” airs on KBBF 89.1FM Monday 11-12noon & Monday 11-12midnight.  Visit her website at:  Become a Fan on Facebook.