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Taco trucks were doing a booming business without worrying about the “social distancing” guidelines the local governments were calling for in both Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Just one of the ways thw
Taco trucks were doing a booming business without worrying about the “social distancing” guidelines the local governments were calling for in both Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Just one of the ways officials, and the Santa Rosa police, appear to no longer be interested in enforcing any rules in Roseland.d

Ruleless Roseland Restless?

May 25, 2020
by Duane Dewitt

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It has been a beautiful spring this year with greenery bursting out all over in Roseland. Plus the air has been as clean and crisp as ever in the last 30-40 years. Now the “Shelter in place” restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted, the crush of traffic is back onto Sebastopol Rd., as well as Hearn Ave., so air pollution has risen again in Roseland. During the two months of “Shelter in place” in Roseland it was a noticeably quieter time. Except for the drivers with exhaust amplification systems on cars and motorcycles “winding out” their engines at all hours of the night and day. Many young folks were getting restless while there were more and more people of all ages out walking dogs. 

The Taco trucks were doing a booming business without worrying about the “social distancing”guidelines the local governments were calling for in both Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. It has been 15 years ago since the city of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County officials tried to deal with the Taco trucks for fairness to existing businesses. There were endless rule breakers who then were selling all kinds of food and things in the area without licenses or permits. This was, and still is, a problem for local business people who obey the rules. Especially those who have buildings, the “bricks and mortar” type of businesses which have competitive disadvantages because they play by the rules. 

These disadvantages are growing because the officials, and the Santa Rosa police, appear to no longer be interested in enforcing any rules in Roseland.  It appears there is no traffic law enforcement, and no parking tickets being given out anymore, so to many residents it appears now is “anything goes” time. But on Wednesday, May 22, 2020 at 5:30 a.m. there were a whole bunch of police on Westwood Dr., including police officers from as far away as Sonoma.”

The Press Democrat reported the Sonoma County, “SWAT team served a search warrant at the suspect’s house, located in the 700  block of Southwood Drive in Santa Rosa.”  They had come to arrest a juvenile male suspected of a gang related shooting the week before at Andy’s Unity Park in the Moorland neighborhood miles south of Roseland. He was arrested. Roseland Review has not seen any police in the area since then. With the opening of Southwest Community Park again to the drinkers and “drive through drug dealers” it would be nice to have more police present in Roseland on a daily and nightly basis. “Beat cops” up on Sebastopol Rd. enforcing the law and issuing tickets would make a world of difference right now.

Enjoy the weather be well and stay safe while you can. Burbank Ave. has become a speedway for cars so be careful if walking in the area south of Roseland Creek. Local residents are concerned about another Burbank Ave. subdivision at 1400 Burbank Ave. 136 homes are up for discussion at an appeal hearing before the Santa Rosa Design Review Board. There are no public allowed at the meeting on Thurs. June 4, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Readers can comment online athttps://www.srcity.org/design   review

Read My Article in this issue specifically about the subdivision at 1400 Burbank Ave.

Duane Dewitt

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