Changes Coming to Transit Mall and City Hall Parking Lot

The new driveway at City Hall is completed in preparation for the Temporary Transit Mall.  The new driveway, entrance/exit to the main City Hall parking lot, is located on D Street between First Street and Sonoma Avenue. The current driveway on First Street will be closing soon.

In mid-May, First Street will be closed to all traffic between Santa Rosa Avenue and D Street to prepare for the Temporary Transit Mall. This one block section of First Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic, with the exception of transit buses until the Downtown Transit Mall (located on Second Street between B Street and Santa Rosa Avenue) renovation project is completed. The expected completion date is expected to be early Fall 2012.

The Temporary Transit Mall on First Street will open on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

All time schedules may fluctuate based on weather and other unforeseen events and conditions.


Water Smart Expo – It’s That Time of Year Again!

The City of Santa Rosa’s Water-Use Efficiency team is hosting their annual Water Smart Expo on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at the Santa Rosa Downtown Market at the intersection of Fourth and D Streets in Santa Rosa.

The Expo provides an opportunity for you to talk to employees from both City and County agencies, and meet with representatives from local businesses.  You’ll have access to qualified professional landscaping and plumbing advice, information about new technology in appliances and the most efficient irrigation products, and can learn about mosquito abatement and other water-related topics. 

Interested in how rainwater harvesting systems or graywater systems work? The Expo offers several product demonstrations. Bring the kids so they can enjoy activities, and, of course, free face painting … an all time favorite!   

Don’t miss this fun and informative event and enter a raffle to win a high-efficiency clothes washer or high efficiency toilet!

water expoface painting


First DINE Event a Huge Success!

I am excited to announce the success of the first Community Engagement’s DINE (Discussions Inspiring Neighborhood Engagement) event! Approximately 100 residents sat down for dinner at ten locations throughout the city on April 13 to talk about community building and how Santa Rosans can work to create a sense of closeness in their neighborhoods. Participants were organized by their Community Advisory Board districts so they could meet new people from their part of town. Guests enjoyed potluck dinners and conversations guided by volunteer facilitators from the community. Some groups are already talking about getting together again and a second event is being tentatively planned for September. New participants are encouraged to join in order to expand the conversation and diversify input.

A feedback questionnaire was given to each participant to help narrow down what was most successful and what could be improved for the future. They were also asked for input on future DINE discussion topics such as education and youth, civic participation, and safety concerns/gangs. Staff and volunteers from the Organizational Development Master’s Program at Sonoma State University will be analyzing the feedback and reporting back to participants. Some early feedback includes,

 “Well organized, efficient, and stimulating.”

“I had a wonderful time tonight!”

“I personally really appreciate the time and effort you put into this program to give us opportunities to make connections with good people and to make a difference even if it begins small.”

DINE event

The City looks forward to many more events and activities that will bring residents together to discuss meaningful issues that require a community response.  For more information, contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Georgia Pedgrift, gpedgrift@srcity.org or visit our website: www.srcity.org/communityengagement.