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city logoCity Manager Recruitment
Human Resources
The City of Santa Rosa is initiating the recruitment for a new City Manager, and your input will be important in that selection process. Your comments and suggestions can be provided by completing a short survey by April 18, 2014.
drought drive upDrought Drive-Up and Community Meeting
Community Event
On April 23rd Santa Rosa will offer "Drought Drive-Up" participants a handy shower bucket to fill with faucet aerators, die tabs, shower timers, high efficiency showerheads, and conservation tips.
SMART logoSMART-Train to Test Rails Between Petaluma and Santa Rosa
SMART Rail and Pathway Project
The special rail train will complete a single round trip through all crossings between Petaluma and Santa Rosa between 7:00am and 5:00pm on four Sundays: April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4.
animal servicesDog Licensing
City Manager's Office
"Love me, License me" Get your pup licensed today!
Housing ElementDraft Housing Element Available for Public Review
Community Development
The Housing Element addresses the 2014 to 2022 planning period and establishes a strategy to address housing needs for community members across the economic and social spectrum.
Animal ServicesAnimal Services
City Manager's Office
New name, same great animal care!
there's a drought on. turn the water off.Drought Information and Water Shortage Plan
Santa Rosa along with the rest of California is experiencing record low rainfall and dry weather conditions. To extend our local water supply we are asking customers to eliminate water waste an adopt water conserving behaviors.
Low Water-Use GardenLow Water-Use Landscape Workshop Series
Utilities Department
Learn how to use low water-use plants to transform your lawn into a low water-use landscape. Santa Rosa Utilities customers can prequalify to receive up to $250 in rebates through the Green Exchange Program.
Firefighter protecting a dog house from fireJump On Weed Abatement
Santa Rosa Fire Department
Santa Rosa Fire Dept will be inspecting May 15th. Are you ready?
bagCarryout Bag Reduction Ordinance
City Manager's Office
The new ordinance becomes effective March 21, 2014 and will prohibit all grocery stores and retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic bags.
SMART logoSMART to Test Railway Crossings on March 25
SMART Rail and Pathway Project
On Tuesday, March 25th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm SMART will be conducting testing of ten railway crossing warning systems that have been installed and/or upgraded in the City of Santa Rosa. Click this news item to see a list of the sites and to learn more.
Fix A Leak Week LogoFix a Leak Week
Utilities Department
Fix a Leak Week (March 17-23, 2014) is an annual reminder to Americans to check household plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems for leaks.
InstagramBusinesses Invited to Be Guest Instagrammer on SRBiz Account
Economic Development Division
The Economic Development Division is seeking representatives of Santa Rosa businesses who'd like to be a "Guest Instagrammer" on our Santa Rosa Business account, instagram.com/SRBiz to inform followers about their business with photographs.
Budget Outreach ProgramFiscal Year 2014-2015 City Budget Outreach
We are developing our budget for fiscal year 2014/2015 and would like to hear from you. As part of the City’s budget process, a preliminary step is to receive public input on budget priorities for the upcoming budget.
police badgePolice Chief Recruitment Postponed
City Manager's Office
The recruitment of a new Chief of Police will be postponed until the new City Manager is appointed by Council.
city logo flowerCity Manager to Retire
City Manager's Office
Kathy Millison annouced that she is retiring in September 2014.
naplogosmNational Arts Program Awards Reception
Recreation & Parks
The 11th Annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition is on view now at Finley Community Center. The Awards Reception will take place on March 2, 3-5pm and is open to the public.
City LogoSonoma County Library Commission Vacancy
City Council
That Santa Rosa City Council is seeking applications from interested citizens to volunteer for appointment to the Sonoma County Library Commission.
City LogoSanta Rosa Board Vacancies
City Council
Santa Rosa is seeking applications for current vacancies on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, the Board of Community Services, and the Personnel Board.
sand bagsFree Sandbags Available to Residents
Transportation and Public Works Department
Free sand and sandbags are available to City residents at the Municipal Services Center Yard.
citylogo flowerOpen Government Task Force
City Manager's Office
Mayor Bartley is creating a special task force to study important public policy matters related to open government. Applications are available now. APPLICATION DUE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 18 AT 5:00 PM!
Love Me Adopt MeAdoption Special
City Manager's Office
From February 11-15, Sonoma County Animal Care and Control is running the “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” adoption special: $25 adoptions for all dogs and cats.
Police badgeCommunity Forum for Police Chief Recruitment
City Manager's Office
Join the City Manager on February 3 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at a community meeting for input on selection of the next Police Chief.
fire badgeActing Deputy Fire Chief Named
City Manager's Office
Bill Shubin has been selected as Acting Deputy Fire Chief.
fire badgeActing Fire Marshall Named
City Manager's Office
Mark Pedroia has been selected as the Acting Fire Marshall.
fire badgeEmergency Preparedness Coordinator Chosen
City Manager's Office
The Fire Department has chosen Randal Collins as the new Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
Sonoma Access LogoIntroducing Sonoma Access
Sonoma Access
Sonoma Access is a One-Call, One-Click collection of transportation options for all of Sonoma County.
ILG logoCity’s DINE event gains statewide recognition
Community Engagement Program
The City of Santa Rosa Community Engagement Program's "Discussions Inspiring Neighborhood Engagement" (DINE) event has received statewide recognition by the Institute for Local Government.
NAP smallDeadline EXTENDED for the 11th Annual National Arts Program!
Recreation & Parks
Residents of Santa Rosa are invited to enter a piece of art in the 11th annual National Arts Program exhibition and competition held at Finley Community Center. Registration is now open through January 17, 2014! Don't miss you chance to apply.
flameHome Escape Planning
Santa Rosa Fire Department, Community Outreach
When the smoke alarm sounds: Have a Plan
city logo flowerShow your love for Santa Rosa with a "selfie"!
Economic Development Division
Santa Rosa’s Economic Development Division is seeking photos of people showing their love for Santa Rosa. We’d like to use these photos for promoting Santa Rosa as a visitor destination and boosting local pride.
SAY Dream CenterSAY Environmental Document
Community Development Department
The Community Development Department has completed the environmental analysis for the SAY Dream Center project. The document is available for review and comment from Dec. 6, 2013, through Jan. 3, 2014, and has been posted to the Department's webpage.
fire badgeActing Fire Chief Named
City Manager's Offfice
Deputy Fire Chief Tony Gossner has been appointed as acting Fire Chief effective December 28, 2013.
LogoAdditional Beds at Samuel Jones Hall
City Manager's Office
Additional temporary beds will be available starting December 24 at Samuel Jones Hall.
city logo flowerCFO Accepts New Position
City Manager's Office
Lawrence Chiu accepted a new position with Daly City as their Director of Finance and Administrative Services.
Snowy CloudPreparing for a Winter Freeze
Utilities Department
The weather forecasts freezing temperatures for December 4th and 5th. Insulate your exposed pipes and cover plants that are susceptible to frost. Click the headline to learn more.
Public Art Master PlanPublic Art Survey
Art in Public Places Program
Give us your opinion! You can help us shape the future of public art in Santa Rosa by taking this survey. The results will help shape the recommendations in the Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan.
Public ArtCall for Applicants: Art in Public Places Committee
Art in Public Places Committee
The City’s Art in Public Places Committee (APPC) is seeking applicants to fill two at-large vacancies. Deadline to Apply: December 16, 2013.
Holiday DinnerHelp NRP Spread Holiday Cheer!
Economic Development and Housing - NRP
The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) needs your help providing 100 families a special holiday meal this season.
housing elementSR Housing Element Update
Community Development
The City of Santa Rosa is updating the General Plan’s Housing Element. The Housing Element describes housing-related needs and resources, focusing on the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing.
new bids systemNew Online Bid System Going Live
Attention prospective new and current bidders, you must register to be notified of future bid opportunities and to use the City's new online bidding system to submit electronic bids. Click the headline to learn more.
Winter LightsWinter Lights | Santa Rosa Holiday Tree Lighting
Economic Development Division
Celebrate the holidays and remember loved ones through the annual tree lighting celebration in Courthouse Square. There will be music, singing, an appearance by Santa Claus, a toy drive, light refreshments, and participation by local merchants.
Little Fire Chiefs at LunchFire Chief for a Day 2013
Santa Rosa Fire Department
Third Grade Winners for Fire Chief for a Day
GIS Day Global Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day
Community Event
GIS Day is a FREE event and open to the public. On November 20, 2013 come and see how GIS is being used in your community and at local schools.
Coffee with a Department HeadCoffee with a Local leader - Meet Ben Stone
Community Engagement Program
Get to know Ben Stone, Director of Sonoma County Economic Development Board over coffee and ask questions about our local economy, business initiatives, resources for families, and efforts underway to promote responsible environmental business practices.
Howarth Park TrainSanta Rosa Parks Foundation to fundraise for new train for Howarth Park!
Rec & Parks
Howarth Park’s train, the C.P. Huntington Engine #74, has been a marquee attraction in Santa Rosa for 44 years. If you’ve been around Santa Rosa long enough, you might remember the original steam engine that was established by “Pop” Lampson in the 1950s.
Geysers Recharge Project - Santa Rosa Subregional Water Reuse System The Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project (SRGRP)
Santa Rosa Utilities is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Santa Rosa Geysers Recharge Project.
construction coneCaltrans Update for Airport Blvd
City Manager's Office
Highway 101 will be closed at Airport Blvd in order to begin construction of new bridge. Read more to get the dates and times of actual closures!
Fire BadgeFire Chief Mark McCormick Announces Retirement
City Manager's Office
Mark McCormick announced that he will retire at the end of the year after serving the City of Santa Rosa for 22 years.
badgeChief of Police Schwedhelm Announces Retirement
City Manager's Office
Tom Schwedhelm announces retirement after 30 years serving the City of Santa Rosa.
Graywater System ImageFree Graywater Workshops
Utilities Department
This FREE Laundry to Landscape Workshop includes instruction and support for designing, installing and maintaining a graywater system at your site.
Parking MeterNew Single Space Parking Meter Pilot Program
Parking Division
New single space parking meters that accept coins and credit cards are coming to the 600 block of Fourth Street in September 2013. Take this survey to give us feedback.
Out ThereSanta Rosa launches tourism campaign
Economic Development Division
The Economic Development Division launched a visitor destination campaign called "Out There... In the Middle of Everything" that highlights Santa Rosa's world-class beer, cycling, events, music, food, neighborhoods, and more.
SCPSonoma Clean Power Seeks Applicants for the Business Operations Committee and Ratepayer Advisory Committee
City Council
Sonoma Clean Power is seeking nominations from interested community members who wish to be considered to serve on two committees.
Remote contol rock crawlersRemote Control Rock Crawlers on Sunday, September 29
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Come out to Santa Rosa Creek under U.S. Highway 101 in the Prince Memorial Greenway to see a North Bay Remote Control Rock Crawler Club event. Competitors will race against the clock on multiple courses.
people hikingJoin the Headwaters Hike on Saturday, September 28
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Come explore the headwaters of Kawana Springs/Colgan Creek. This is a moderately strenuous four mile hike from Colgan Park through neighborhoods and winding up to the headwaters in Taylor Mountain Regional Park.
City LogoSanta Rosa Seeks Applicants for the Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group
City Council
The City of Santa Rosa is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Climate Action 2020 Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) for the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA).
Reunification of Courthouse Square Environmental Impact ReportReunification of Courthouse Square Environmental Impact Report
Community Development
The Courthouse Square Draft Tiered Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for public review.
Fish SpottingFish Spotting on Wednesday, September 25
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Join local fisheries biologists to see and learn about fishes of Santa Rosa Creek, as they sample along the Prince Memorial Greenway.
Public ArtConsultant Selected for Public Art Master Plan
Art in Public Places Program
The City of Santa Rosa’s Art in Public Places Program has selected a consultant to develop its Public Art Master Plan.
Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley with a new Santa Rosa CityBus Day PassSanta Rosa CityBus Offer New Day Passes
Santa Rosa CityBus
The new 24-hour CityBus Day Pass is a great value for anyone who would need to pay more than two fares within any 24-hour period, making it perfect for someone who wants to run multiple errands without the constraints (time and usage) of a regular transfer.
Social Advocates for Youth small photoSocial Advocates for Youth
Community Development
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is proposing to occupy the former Warrack Hospital with both their administrative offices, as well as an Emergency and Transitional Housing location for up to 63 young adults (ages 18-24).
creek clean upPiner Creek Stewardship Event
Storm Water and Creeks Program
All ages are welcome to learn about and tend our Piner Creek watershed. Participate in a creek clean up and enjoy watershed education with Naturalist, Stephanie Lennox.
Creek WeekCreek Week - September 21 - 29
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Creek Week is a week-long a celebration of our local creeks. This will be a time of fun and adventure, with educational activities for everyone at your local creeks and natural areas.
Downtown UndergroundDowntown Underground - Tour
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Tour the Underground creeks and fish ladders in Downtown
Art WalkArt Walk
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Join us for an artwalk along the Prince Memorial Greenway. See and learn about the sculptures and murals located along Santa Rosa Creek and nearby in the downtown area.
Dragon Fly Close UpFamily Insect Exploration
Storm Water and Creeks Program
Connect your youngsters with the outdoors and discover the exciting world of aquatic insects along Santa Rosa Creek.
animalsSonoma County Animal Services Partnership
City Manager's Office
Community Meeting September 18, 2013
SCWA logoSonoma County Water Agency Tour
Sonoma County Water Agency
The Sonoma County Water Agency is holding a public tour of the Russian River water supply system including its local drinking water pumping facility at 9 AM on Saturday, September 14.
Coffee with a Local LeaderCoffee with a Local Leader - Socorro Shiels, Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools
Community Engagement Program
Please join us in our expanded program, Coffee with a Local Leader, and get to know Socorro Shiels, the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools. Ask questions, learn about her vision for students, and find out how you can be involved.
BicycleBicycle Rules, Tips, and Teaching
Santa Rosa Fire Department
Here are some safety tips to help everyone on a bike from the Santa Rosa Fire Department
logoProgram Manager Named
City Manager's Office
New Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force Program Manager Named
MediaWorkshopMultimedia Access Workshops
Information Technology Department
The City of Santa Rosa is seeking to improve its Multimedia Access programs. We need your input to know what classes, services, equipment and programming we should consider funding.
Monika Steiner BillboardSecond Round of Artist Billboards Installed
Art in Public Places
The second round of temporary "artist billboards" were installed in Santa Rosa on July 31, 2013.
The S & P gives the Wastewater System an Bond Rating UpgardeWastewater System Receives Bond Rating Upgrade
Utilities Department
Santa Rosa’s Wastewater System is recognized for its sound fiscal management by an upgraded bond rating.
Parks Make Life Better(R)July is Parks Make Life Better! Month®
Recreation & Parks
Did you know that the state of California officially recognizes July as Parks Make Life Better!® month? It’s a time to celebrate the importance of our parks, trails, open space, and recreation facilities for the health and wellness of all Californians.
Seismic Upgrade to the Santa Rosa AqueductSeismic Upgrade to the Santa Rosa Aqueduct
Utilities Department
On Thursday, August 1, work crews will be completing the seismic upgrade work to the Santa Rosa Aqueduct. This project is vital to the safety and reliability of Santa Rosa’s water supply.
slurry seal being applied to a street surfaceA Slurry Seal Application - Summer 2013
Transportation and Public Works
Each year about 2.5 million square feet of the City's streets are slurry sealed. Over the years, streets have been treated in neighborhoods throughout Santa Rosa; this summer some streets in the Fountaingrove and Oakmont areas will be treated.
Wednesday Night Market - Parking ReminderWednesday Night Market - Parking Reminder
Parking Division
Every Wednesday from May 8th to August 21st, please be aware of the parking adjustments in downtown Santa Rosa. Parking is prohibited 3:30pm-9:00pm in areas marked “no parking” to accommodate the Wednesday Night Market.
Fireworks are Illegal in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Fire Prevention
Fireworks, of any kind, are illegal in Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Go LocalNew GO LOCAL Santa Rosa Online Business Directory
Economic Development & Housing
The City of Santa Rosa's Economic Development Program has teamed up with Sonoma County GO LOCAL to provide an online business directory to support and promote local businesses.
city logoNew Director of Recreation & Parks Named
City Manager's Office
Kathy Millison has appointed Nanette Smejkal as the new Director of Recreation and Parks.
construction coneUpdate on Lane Closures. Construction Begins at 101 and Airport Blvd.
City Manager's Office
Caltrans has announced that construction has begun at US 101 and Airport Blvd. Read about the updated lane closures.
citylogoFY2013/2014 - City Manager's Budget Memo
City Manager's Office
Santa Rosa City Council will conduct the public hearing to review the proposed FY 1213/14 City budget on June 18-20, 2013.
image of Water Quality Report cover pageThe Annual Water Quality Report is Now Available
Utilities Department
The City of Santa Rosa’s Annual Water Quality Report is now available. This report serves to inform you about the quality and sources of your drinking water.
Citywide Creek Master Plan UpdateCitywide Creek Master Plan Update
Citywide Creek Master Plan Update
Attend Community Meeting No. 2 for a brief presentation of the plan update and the opportunity to review large maps that depict creeks and planned improvements.
Coffee with a Local LeaderMeet Matt Martin of Social Advocates for Youth, at Coffee with a Local Leader
Community Engagement Program
Please join us in our expanded program, Coffee with a Local Leader, and get to know Matt Martin, Executive Director of Social Advocates for Youth. Ask questions, learn about services for homeless and at-risk youth, and find out how to get involved!
Water Smart Expo Water Smart Expo
Water Smart Expo
Come join us the Water Smart Expo at the Santa Rosa Downtown Market on May 29, 2013 from 5 - 8:30 pm. Enter a raffle to win big prizes, take a picture at our free photo booth, visit with professionals about your water and energy use!
Amgen Tour of CaliforniaAmgen Tour of California Overall Finish
Amgen Tour of California Local Organizing Committee
The 2013 Amgen Tour of California Overall Finish is taking place on Sunday, May 19th in downtown Santa Rosa!
CALED Award of ExcellenceCity Receives CALED's Award of Excellence
Economic Development & Housing
The City of Santa Rosa won the Award of Excellence, presented by the California Association of Local Economic Development, for its Aggressive Economic Development (AED) Zoning Measures.
AnimalsSonoma County Animal Care and Control
City Manager's Office
The ACC will be holding Community Outreach meetings and hosting an online survey aimed at realizing an efficient and collaborative system for animal services that benefits our entire community.
City LogoBoard Vacancy - Board of Building Regulation Appeals
City Council
The Santa Rosa City Council is seeking applications from interested citizens to fill two volunteer positions on the Board of Building Regulation Appeals.
FlameChange Your Batteries and Rest Assured
Santa Rosa Fire Department, Community Outreach
A dead smoke alarm battery will not save a life.
Railroad Constuction Thumbnail imageRailroad Construction Notice
Transportation and Public Works
As part of the replacement of the tracks to prepare for passenger rail service in our area, SMART will be doing construction on the railroad right-of-way between Sebastopol Road and Guerneville Road, from February 19 through April 2013.
Coffee with a Department HeadHave Coffee with Fran Elm, the City's Human Resources Director
Community Engagement
Please join the Community Engagement Program’s monthly event and get to know your Director of Human Resources, Fran Elm. Learn more about job availability at the City, how to be a strong candidate, and our organizational development and training programs!
Amgen Tour of California2013 Amgen Tour of California Route Announced
Amgen Tour of California Local Organizing Committee
For the first time, America’s greatest cycling race will travel south to north, beginning in Escondido and crossing beaches, deserts, mountains, Golden Gate Bridge.
Flashing Yellow Left-Turn ArrowNEW Flashing Yellow Left Turn Signal
Transportation and Public Works
The Transportation and Public Works Department will install Sonoma County’s first flashing yellow left-turn arrow at the intersection of West Ninth Street and Dutton Avenue.
Coffee with a Department HeadMeet Eric McHenry, the City of Santa Rosa's Chief Technology Officer!
Community Engagement Program
Get to know your Chief Technology Officer & Director of IT, Eric McHenry over coffee and learn how his department uses technology to make government more efficient, transparent and responsive to citizens.
animalsFree Pet Adoption
City Manager's Office
Free Pet Adoption Dec 13-15 at Sonoma County Animal Shelter
logoDavid Guhin Appointed Director of Utilities
City Manager's Office
David Guhin Appointed Director of Utilities