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Roseland: Disadvantaged, Underserved, Over-burdened (DOU)

Nov 2, 2018


Roseland DUO

One of the nicest things to see in Roseland is when an excited child is either entering or leaving the Roseland Librarywith a big smile on their face. The small library has become a much-loved addition to the oldRoseland Village Shopping Center on Sebastopol Rd.

Disadvantaged, Underserved, Over-burdened (DOU) Roselandhas had this unexpected blessing by the presence of the branch of Sonoma County Library operating at 779 Sebastopol Rd for close to two and a half years now. Now there are many local residents concerned by what may happen when the branch closes for a proposed housing development to be built on the western 7 acres of the shopping center site.

People are needed to speak up in favor of continuing to have a fully functional library branch in Roseland while the construction project is underway. On Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Santa Rosa City Hall at 100 Santa Rosa Ave. there will be an opportunity for supporters of the Roseland Library to speak about the plans for the library. This will be at the monthly meeting of the Sonoma County Library Commission which is the advisory body for the county Supervisors regarding operation of all libraries in the countywide system. Many residents are concerned the library may be closed entirely during construction. Please come out to the meeting or contact Lynda Hopkins our County Supervisor to urge her to help us have a library all the time now and into the future. Her contact information is Phone: (707) 565-2241. Her email is

Many Roseland residents came to “Make a Difference Day”held on Saturday October 27th in Roseland at the Bayer Farm and at Roseland Neighbor Wood. Hosted by the Community Benefit Initiative of the Community Action Partnership, the Burbank Ave. Neighborhood Association, and the Hughes Ave. Neighborhood Association along with members of Roseland Action as well as the Southwest Health Action Team there was food and fun for the volunteers who helped out. They met at Bayer Farm first at 9 am for coffee and pastries with some pre-game pep talks. Folks from west Roseland went to the Roseland Neighbor Wood at 10 am across the street from Roseland Creek Elementary School on Burbank Ave. They cleaned along the creek and into the woods. At noon time people returned to Bayer Farm for a barbeque of Burgers and Hot Dogs.

Next year in April there will be an Earth Day cleanup and people said they are hoping we can make this a barbeque also. Roseland Review will look deeper into how to do an Earth Day “Roseland’s Way”.

  While walking along the streets of Roseland near Bayer Farm during the cleanup there were also numerous people out “Walking precincts” to get people to vote for various items on this year’s election ballots. Last month Roseland Review pointed out the political powers that be in the city of Santa Rosa deliberately worked to stifle the opportunity for Roseland residents to have any voice in the city council elections until 2020. Also Roseland Review gave an opinion on a number of Santa Rosa election measures. While Roseland Residents are not allowed to vote by Santa Rosa in this election Roseland Review still wants to make sure you know this writer’s opinion regarding the election.

Vote No, N & O, No. Vote No on all the measures and propositions except the County Parks Measure M.Tell your friends to vote for Lee Pierce a good man, and an Army Veteran, who will listen to people from Roseland and South Park as he previously did while on the Santa Rosa City Council in the past. For the best thing for Roseland a woman named Mary Watts who works for Community Action Partnership could be our best bet. We don’t get to vote for her, but you could tell your friends about her. Lee Pierce and Mary Watts know about Roseland. They will help Roseland if elected so please spread the word so we can try to have a better Roseland sooner than later.

Get out there and VOTE Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 between 7 am and 8 pm!!Participate in our local government in any way you can. If you don’t vote you have no right to complain about the way politics go and things turn out in Racist Santa Rosa surrounding Roseland.


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