Thursday, January 16, 2020

Upcoming Santa Rosa City Council Meetings

Greetings!

Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, alerted us that this week's Council meeting has been cancelled.

On January 28th, the Council has a study session at 2:30pm on Sonoma Clean Power's Evergreen and Clean Start programs.

The regular session contains a consent item increasing the contract for towing vehicles in the City, a report on the long-term finances of the City, the adoption of a rental housing inspection program, and considering expanding the Community Homeless Assistance Program which supports safe parking in more areas of the City.

Gregory

Monday, December 16, 2019

Building Neighborhood Power

Santa Rosa Together, Santa Rosa Housing For All, the Sonoma
Intersections Coalition and the City of Santa Rosa Present: Building
Neighborhood Power

Join neighbors as we begin defining the types of services, structures and
support we want in our neighborhood. With well-defined neighborhood
visions, we can better help policymakers and developers deliver the
neighborhoods of our dreams! 

We will be led by world-renown community
builder, Jim Diers, the former Dir. of the Seattle Department of
Neighborhoods and Professor at the University of Washington's Asset-
Based Community Development Institute.

Spanish translation & children activities provided!

You may register by clicking on this link.

Construyendo poder en el vecindario
Un taller dirigido por Jim Diers, el ex director. del Departamento de
Vecindarios de Seattle y profesor del Instituto de Desarrollo Comunitario de
Activos de la Universidad de Washington.

Únase y comenzamos a definir los tipos de servicios, estructuras y apoyo
que queremos en nuestro vecindario. Este taller trata sobre el desarrollo del
poder del vecindario - identificando y construyendo sobre nuestras
fortalezas. ¡Vamos a ver y hacer planes de acción para ayudar a los
responsables políticos y desarrolladores a cumplir los vecindarios de
nuestros sueños!


¡Traducción al español y actividades para niños!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

S.R. City Council August 13th

Greetings!


Our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens for Santa Rosa, has again provided an excellent summary of this week's City Council agenda:


Friends:  At 3 PM there will be a Joint Study Session with the Planning Commission:
 4.1 General Plan Update Work Plan.  The City soon will be putting out an request for Proposals (RFP) for a consultant to help update the General Plan (GP).
  The last GP, 'Santa Rosa 2035' was adopted in 2009, and a lot has changed, including the need to address post-fire recovery, the challenge of Climate Change, Homelessness in Santa Rosa, the impact of cannabis business activity on industrial and commercial land and the annexation of Roseland.

4PM Council Meeting
9.1 Santa Rosa's City Attorney will report to the Council  on rewards in court cases as well as ongoing legal battles. a report the Council asked for on a quarterly basis.
 15.1 The Council will consider a proposal to amend the Santa Rosa Code, adding a Housing Anti-Discrimination Chapter.  This would prohibit rental housing discrimination against people using rental subsidies issued through governmental and non-profit agencies.

5PM Public Hearings
 16.1 Preferential Parking Permit Plan.  Parking on certain streets in the West End neighborhood has become constrained. Some business owners have asked the City to offer a Preferential  Permit Parking Program that would allow employees of eligible businesses to park on streets in designated areas beyond the posted parking limits.

 16.2  The Annual Santa Rosa Fire Department Weed Abatement Program Report. This is required the hear objections to the costs of requirements to abate weeds and rubbish.

To check out further details yourself, enter srcity.org in your web browser, then click Government, then City Council and then look for the date of the agenda in the long list of agendas.  For Mac users, press your Control key and select the  date 8/13/19 to be a new tab. In that tab you'll see the whole agenda.  Use the same procedure (for Mac users) to open up links within the agenda For others types of computers, I don't know your procedures.

See you there!
Anne

Friday, July 12, 2019

Homeless Action! Order for Preliminary Injunction

Greetings!

Here are Federal District Judge Vince Chhabria's:

Order Staying Litigation

Stipulation and Order for Preliminary Injunction

More Detailed Informational Press Release

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

S.R. City Council, April 30th

Greetings!

Thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa, for her analysis of the April 30th City Council agenda

Dear Friends:
  There is a 2:30 Study Session before the 4PM regular meeting.
4.1 Review  of City-Wide After-Action Report, regarding the City's actions during the October, 2017, fires.  There's an emphasis on 'Critical Recommendations.'
4PM
Under Mayor's and Council members' Reports:
11.2.1 Action to take a position on the recently-released CASA Compact on Housing.  A letter is to be sent to our local legislators from the Mayor's and Council members' Association (in which each city has representatives) reporting a unanimous vote against the Compact.  This is due to the Compact's one-size-fits-all approach to planning housing for cities of different sizes.  A suggestion is made that with modifications, the plan would be helpful to on-going efforts in each city.

11.3.1 A Request from Council member Combs for a Study Session on a $15 an Hour Minimum Wage.  Seconded by Council member Tibbetts.

Report
  15.2 Approval of a Subregional Wastewater Treatment Plant  Budget.  This Budget covers Operations and Maintenance, Capital Improvements, Debt Service and Associated Costs. The plant treat 21.34 MGD (million gallons per day in average dry weather) of what we don't like to call wastewater - but what's a better term?  In the recent heavy rains and floods, the plant had to release treated wastewater to the Laguna, as it was overwhelmed.
The System has five users: Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Sebastopol, and the Sonoma County South Park Sanitation District
  After the budget is approved, allocations of costs to each participant will be determined. Then each participant will allocate costs among sewer users (us).

See you there!
Anne

Sunday, March 24, 2019

S.R. Council Agenda, March 26th

Greetings!

Here is the Santa Rosa City Council agenda for March 6th, thanks to our friend, Anne Seeley, of Concerned Citizens For Santa Rosa.

Friends:
  There is a Study Session at 2PM:  CASA Compact and Related Legislative Update.
CASA is a panel of Bay Area Leaders across various sectors to address the area's housing affordability crisis.    They've produced a proposed plan involving many of the concepts you've heard of and some newer ones.    Come and listen, and comment if you'd like to.
    I plan to comment on, among other things, tightening up some of the language that is 'squishy' ; that is, it leaves too much room for interpretation and possible abuse.
  
4PM Regular meeting
10.2.1 Request for an agenda item to establish a community wildfire protection plan by     April,  2020.  Request was from Council member  Combs, seconded by Vice Mayor Chris Rogers.

10.3.1 Sonoma County Mayors and Council Members Association/ City Selection Committee.
The Council will provide direction to the Mayor on recommended appointees to 1) the Airport Land Commission; 2) the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO); the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). 
10.3.2  The Council will provide direction to the Mayor on appointees to ABAG, the Association of Bay Area Governments.  Applicants are Santa Rosa Council member Julie Combs and Susan Adams of Rohnert Park.  Also to be considered are applicants to represent Sonoma County on the League of California Cities.

Report
  14.1 Yet another appeal of the Cannabis Policy Committee's selection of one dispensary business over another, this one on Piner Road.

  14.2 Sonoma County Water Agency (SCWA) 2019/2020 Water Transmission Budget and Rate Increases.  Ninety percent of the water provided to Santa Rosa users comes from the SCWA.  The SCWA proposes to increase water rates by 4.6%, which would result in an  increase to the average customer of 1.9%.
    The Board of Public Utilities and Santa Rosa Water Department recommend approval.  The decision ultimately will be made by the SCWA Board of Directors, who are the County Supervisors.  They are advised by the county Water Advisory Committee (WAC).

See you there!
Anne