Sunday, April 17, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, April 19th


Many thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens for Santa Rosa:

Friends:   There is no study session before the 4PM meeting

7 Staff briefings:  These are informational offerings on things the Council will likely see on future agendas.
  7.1 Flashing Yellow Arrow Signals

  7.2 Green Pavement Markings for Bike Lanes - to be considered for busy intersections where bike and auto traffic is high.
  7.3 Earth Day Onstage at Courthouse Square for Saturday April 23

  7.4 Santa Rosa Joins the White House Police Data Initiative

10.2.1 Measure AA examination for possible Council endorsement. This is the measure to appear on our June ballots to charge a $12 per parcel tax in all 9 Bay Area counties to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

14.1 Santa Rosa Housing Reports #3 and 4.  This continues the 6-part series to address how Santa Rosa can increase housing production.   The 3rd report is a summary of comments from the development community about what they see as impediments and how they might be improved.   The 4th report is a summary of various housing programs and their effectiveness.  All three of these links are worth looking at.

14.2 DeTurk Wine Village mixed Use Development, asking the City to "vacate" a right-of-way on Donahue Street to provide parking for this planned development.

14.3 Authorization to Submit a Grant Application to the Sonoma County Ag Preservation and Open Space District SCAPOSD) to fund portions of the Colgan Creek restoration.

14.4 Authorization to Submit a Grant Application to the Ag and Open Space District and Authorization for the City Manager to Accept All Donations to the Southeast Greenway project 

14.5 Authorization to Submit a Grant Application to SCAPOSD for acquisition of property for the  Roseland Creek Community Park.

14.6 Revised Master Plan Approval for Courthouse Square Reunification and Construction Contract Award.

I'll see you there!    Anne

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Draft Plan for Reimagining Santa Rosa CityBus

Dear Friends,

As you may know, the City of Santa Rosa has released the Draft Plan for the Reimagining CityBus project (now available at  We are just going into full swing with outreach for this final phase of the project.  We wanted to make sure you aware of our outreach plans and opportunities to comment, and also request your help in disseminating this information to your colleagues and the people your organizations serve.  We have the following resources available to help people understand the proposed changes to the CityBus system:
  • Draft Plan available at  It is quite long, so we have prepared the other resources below to give people a way to engage with the process other than reading a 100 page plan!  The plan does have an Executive Summary that is helpful in understanding the major proposals in the plan.
  • Summaries of the short-term service proposal (to be implemented in 2016) in English and Spanish—attached to this email and available in hard copy on all of our buses, at the CityBus customer service counter at City Hall, at various locations throughout the community, and at all of our outreach events.  If you would like hard copies of this brochure to distribute, please let us know! 
  • Several outreach events over the next few weeks—please see for more information.
  • A “webinar” providing an overview of service proposals in the Draft Plan:
  • An online survey in English in Spanish, available at  The survey enables people to comment on a route-by-route basis on the proposed changes for CityBus routes and schedules in the Reimagining CityBus Draft Plan.  We would love to have your help getting the survey link out on social media and to your organizational email lists.  I’ve provided a blurb and image at the end of this email that we used for our social media post (you can also visit the City of Santa Rosa Transportation and Public Works Dept. Facebook page to share our post).  Just FYI—the English version of the survey has a prompt on the splash page that enables people to go to the Spanish version, so you really only have to post the one link to connect people to both English and Spanish versions. 

The next step in the process is a public hearing at the May 3rd City Council meeting (at or after 5:00pm).  At the hearing we will report to the Council on the feedback we have received on the Draft Plan.  We will bring a final plan back to the Council for potential adoption later in May (currently scheduled for May 24th). 

Thanks for your participation during this process, and thanks also for any help you can provide in distributing the information above to your networks.  If you have questions or concerns about the service proposals, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Best regards,


Social media blurb example for disseminating online survey link:


The Reimagining Santa Rosa CityBus interactive survey is now available:
(English) or (Spanish).

This short online survey provides a systemwide map and description of proposed changes and allows you to COMMENT ON EACH ROUTE individually.

Please make your voice heard, and also share this survey link with friends who may be interested!  More information on the Reimagining CityBus project is available at

Rachel Ede | Transit Planner
Santa Rosa CityBus
Transportation and Public Works Department
100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Room 6 | Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Tel. (707) 543-3337 | Fax (707) 543-3326

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Open Government Ordinance Community Meetings Notice

Share Your
  • Feedback about our Open Government Ordinance draft
  • Thoughts about increased public engagement
  • Ideas about transparency in the digital age
  • Opinions about opportunities for public collaboration and participation
Community Meetings (snacks & refreshments will be served) 
  • April 18, 2016:Roseland Elementary School Library, 950 Sebastopol Road, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  • April 19, 2016: Finley Community Center, Manzanita Room, 2060 West College, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • April 21, 2016: Steele Lane Community Center, Room 4, 415 Steele Lane, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
  •  April 22, 2016: Oakmont Central Activities Center, 310 White Oak Dr., Room B, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • April 22, 2016: Bennett Valley Senior Center, Room 16, 704 Bennett Valley Road, 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Saturday, April 2, 2016

S.R. Council Agenda, April 5th


Again, thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, from Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of next week's City Council agenda:


There is a 2PM Study Session before the 4PM regular meeting

3.1 Council Guide to Emergency Management Basics Part l.      The Council has a big role to play in the event of a large emergency, See below for more information.

3.2 Vision and Strategy of Code Enforcement.
   Staff will present a high-level overview of the principles of emergency management and the City's Emergency Response organization. This might include a proactive fee-based inspection program in the coming year.

Consent items

Report 13.1  Introduction to the Draft County-wide Climate Action Plan.  The plan is a collaborative effort among all 9 cities and Sonoma County to reduce greenhouse gases and respond to the impacts of climate change. 
It is recommended by Planning and Economic Development that the Council accept the report.

5PM Public Hearings

14.1 Parking Ordinance Amendment
   Current City code doesn't permit the use of parking fees for construction of on-street parking.  This amendment broadens the permitted uses of parking fees to include on-street parking.
    As the City considers how to add the 44 new parking spaces along the streets that being restored on the east and west of the Reunited Courthouse Square, this change will be helpful.

And finally, the schedule of upcoming meetings and their agendas:

I'll see you there!