Monday, October 31, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, Nov 1st


Thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Friends For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of this week's City Council agenda:

Friends:    Two important matters are before the Council on Tuesday:   

3:00 PM     First, a Study Session with the Planning Commisson on alternatives for the Southeast Greenway project. There are three alternatives for land use and circulation. The Council and Planning Commission are asked for feedback to guide the staff in preparing a preferred alternative.

14.1 Santa Rosa Housing Series   Report #6
In early 2016 the City Council began a 6-part housing series addressing supply, affordability and other issues.
This part considers housing as economic development and presents a draft plan for priorities in the housing plan development.
Please take a look at the priorities presented.  There are some odd choices, such as putting 'Amending the Hillside Ordinance' in the first priority, while some more easily obtainable goals are planned for next year.

I'll see you there!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Senator Mike McGuire's LiveSteam of Meeting on Housing and Homelessness


Here is a link (click here) to a 10/27 meeting on the "No Place Like Home" funding, held in Ukiah, in a Homeless Housing & Services Town Hall, sponsored by Senator Mike McGuire.  The meeting starts about 46 minutes into the tape.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, Oct 25th


Thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of this week's City Council Agenda.

Friends:    There is a 3PM Study Session before the 4PM meeting.

3.1 Groundwater Sustainability Agency Formation Update  This might sound esoteric, but it will mean a lot in the future for what water comes out of your faucet.
The State mandates that certain watersheds of concern will create oversight agencies to protect groundwater.  There are 3 in Sonoma County: Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma and Sonoma Valley.
The way the State Board has this set up, the agencies will be lead by elected leaders from the cities and from the county.  There are some (such as the Sonoma County Water Coalition) who believe alternatives would better serve the area, especially since almost all city water users are served by water obtained from the Russian River.  A lot of rural well-owners will not be represented and/or part of the discussion.  This will be an interesting staff report. See below.

4PM Meeting
12.3 Ordinance Adoption regarding a change in zoning policy for certain designations of land use.   This is one of the votes (along with the next two items) to prepare for the annexation of Roseland, according to the plan approved by the Council last week.  These are confirmatory votes.

12.4 Ordinance Adoption regarding reclassification of 190 properties in the Roseland Area/Sebastopol Road Specific Plan (RASR Plan).

12.5 Prezoning of 1606 Properties in the RASR Specific Plan area

   Here is a map of the proposed project area: Map.pdf

14.1 Extension of the Proclamation of Homeless Emergency  The Council first voted to Declare a Homeless Emergency on 8/9/16 and the declaration must be reviewed and renewed every 30 days in order for many types of funding and programs to be possible.

Staff also recommend sending letters to our Congressional representatives seeking support for change to the  of Continuum of Care Care Funding Formula

20. Upcoming meetings

See you there!   Anne

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homeless Talk

Greetings! Here is the video which Homeless Talk has produced to use in its community discussions.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Oct 17th-22nd HUTS Schedule

HUTS construction schedule

Monday, Oct 17th
Clean up, Set up, Organize
Moving day from studio to site
Pick up lumber from Mead Clark
Check out the table saw
Cut plywood panels
Drill pocket holes in cross pieces
Assemble top deck frames
Pre-drill holes in deck side rails

Tuesday, Oct 18th
 Cut plywood panels
Prime and paint floor ply
Glue and staple plywood onto wall framing
Trim out for end walls

Wednesday, Oct 19th
Rip 3/4" for bay windows
Build bay windows, alternate window sides
Sand out lumber marks
Caulk interior
Paint interior

Thursday, Oct 20th
   Cut and frame ceiling panel
   Paint ceiling panel
   Install ceiling panel
Cut roof framing
Build roof
   Install vent mesh
   Install insulation
   Attach purlins and trim
Cut insulation
Rough frame for windows

Friday, Oct 21st
Install windows
Caulk exterior
Paint exterior

 Saturday, Ot 22nd
Cover roof
   Temp plastic sheeting
   Metal roof
       Cut panels to length
       Finish with flashing
   Cut rails and stiles
   Drill pocket holes
   Glue on plywood panels
   Attach hardware


Building Homeless HUTS this week

Saturday, October 15, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, Oct 18th


Thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for this analysis of this Tuesday's City Council agenda:

Friends:   There is no study session before this meeting.
14.1 Courthouse Square Project Update, Expenditure Report and Contingency Action
       With the discoveries about needed design changes, the council is asked to increase the Contingency level.

14.2 Approval of an agreement to host the IronMan event in Santa Rosa from 2017 through 2021.  The Council is asked to authorize the City Manager  to sign the needed documents.  An explanation about the finances can be found in the link below.

5PM Public Hearing

15.1 Roseland Area Projects.   Among them are the Roseland Area/Sebastopol Road Specific Plan and preliminary work toward future Roseland Annexation.
 The link below shows the extensive work that has been done over a couple of years.  Come and see and hear about the planning done.

20 Upcoming meetings

See you there!   Anne

Saturday, October 8, 2016

S.R. City Council Agenda, Oct 11th


Our thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of this Tuesday's City Council agenda:

Friends:    There is no Study Session before this 4PM meeting.
I begin with Report items, because there are many important ones.

14.1 Referendum - Petition Challenging Ordinance #4072, the Rent Stabilization and Just Cause Eviction Ordinance. This is an update from staff on how this challenge will (or will not) proceed.
You've likely read of the petition drive funded by The California Apartment Association challenging the ordinance.  Many signatures were obtained using mixed-up language that lead signers to think that they were signing to support Rent Stabilization. See below for more info;

14.2 Expanded Year-Round Community Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP).  It is recommended by the Housing and Community Services Department that the Council issue regulations to allow for immediate implementation of the Year-Round CHAP.  See more below:

14.3 Plan Bay Area Draft Preferred Scenario.  It is recommended by the Planning and Economic Development Department that the Council provide direction for comments to be sent to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) regarding the draft scenario and to authorize the mayor to sign a letter submitting those comments.

14.4 One Bay Area Grant 2 (OBAG2) (Everything has its acronym!)
    The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) will release a call for for projects in November. This is a request from the City of Santa Rosa that the Council will discuss.

14.5 Measure Y -Should the Council Endorse Measure Y, the Sonoma County Library 1/8 percent sales tax to restore and enhance Library Services?
14.6 Proposition 52 - The Council will discuss whether to endorse Prop 52.  This is about protecting the funding that the state collects from hospitals that is required of hospitals to allow them to receive Medi-Cal payments.

15 Public Hearings
  15.1 Short-Range Transit Plan for Possible Adoption. It is recommended by the Transit and Public Works Department that the Council adopt the Fiscal Year 2016-2025 Short Range Transit Plan.

29.  Upcoming Meetings

See you there!

Friday, October 7, 2016

S,R. City Council Agenda item - CHAP Guidelines


Here is the Powerpoint presentation which the City Staff are using to inform the City Council of the history, content, and intentions for the expansion of CHAP:

Pilot Program
• October 2015 Council approves initial pilot (CHAPP) for 2015/2016 winter months
• Safe parking, placement of portable toilets, temporary overnight shelter
• March 2016 Council extends by 30 days to April 30

Expanded Program
• July 2016 Council received a report from staff regarding an expanded year-round CHAP
• Council directed staff to work with the Homeless Policy Subcommittee to prepare appropriate ordinance amendments for an expanded CHAP

Homeless Emergency Declaration
• August 9, 2016 – action provides City with more flexibility to address homeless crisis
• Subcommittee prepares recommendations
• Strategy Adoption
• CHAP Guidelines
• Emergency Declaration Work Plan
• Prioritizes CHAP Guidelines

CHAP Guidelines Content
• Allow property owners to use their properties or facilities, which meet the Zoning Code definition for “Meeting Facility, Public or Private”, for a range of activities
• Safe parking or safe camping
• Placement and maintenance of portable toilets and access to existing bathroom facilities
• Provision of temporary overnight shelter
• Storage for personal belongings

CHAP Guidelines Intentions
• General operating guidelines – further refine as part of code amendment process
• Immediate implementation
• Allow interested parties to begin operations to further address the homeless crisis in Santa Rosa