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Communities across California and the nation are struggling with how to create effective solutions for persons experiencing homelessness and living in encampments. Staff utilized several resources to develop the Pilot Program, including those available through the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH), San Francisco’s Navigation Center (low barrier shelter model), and local expertise through its partnership with Catholic Charities’ HOST. Communities that have implemented housing-focused shelter interventions have seen their housing placement rates double.
Wait times for shelters vary depending on individual or family circumstances and the availability of shelter beds. People seeking shelter should call 2-1-1 or visit 211sonoma.org, 24/7 for information and referral services.
There are numerous non-profit and faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups serving the homeless in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. Annually, the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless compiles a comprehensive Sonoma County Homeless Resource Guide available online or as a pocket-sized edition. Listings include free and low-cost services to help people struggling with homelessness to find shelter, food, health care, financial assistance, permanent housing, employment, disability services, and more.
I.) Declaration of Shelter Crisis: A declaration of shelter crisis will make it easier to waive certain health and safety and zoning rules if the City decides to use public property to create additional shelter for the homeless.
II.) Declaration of Local Emergency: In declaring a local emergency, the City Council has proclaimed that the level of homelessness in Santa Rosa constitutes a local emergency, along the same lines as safety issues that could be created by a natural disaster. This step allows the City of Santa Rosa to potentially lift zoning or public safety restrictions on private property owners – such as churches or private property owners – seeking to serve the homeless.
III.) Request for Gubernatorial State of Emergency Proclamation: By writing a letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting that he declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California, the City Council wishes to shed light on this issue not only locally, but also statewide. Furthermore, the City Council hopes this action will potentially open the door for state funding to help tackle this community health and safety concern.
On October 11, pursuant to the City’s authority under the declaration of local homeless emergency, the Council approved an interim Community Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP), establishing guidelines for use of private property for safe parking, safe camping, the placement and maintenance of portable toilets and access to existing bathroom facilities, the provision of temporary overnight shelter, and storage for personal belongings. The intent of CHAP is to foster community solutions through cross sector collaborations with the goal of reducing the impacts of homelessness on the community and to better serve persons experiencing homelessness. The CHAP guidelines are available on the Homeless Services Page.
How about the encampments at the 5th, 6th, and 9th Street underpasses?
Police, Public Works, and the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) have been coordinating regular clean-ups of the 5th, 6th, and 9th street underpasses, and have recently begun stepping up these efforts.
Or the encampment at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road?
This is one of the oldest and largest homeless encampments in Santa Rosa. The Police Department is very aware of the issues in the area and has taken extensive steps to address them through a partnership with HOST. Police and HOST have recently increased outreach and enforcement and will continue to monitor the encampment moving forward. Our ultimate goal is to find permanent housing for those living in the area and to clean all of the debris out of the area. This is, however, an extensive process, and the City is working not to just push those living at the encampment to other areas of the City. Please feel free to contact Lieutenant John Snetsinger directly at (707) 543-3635 for more information about Police efforts at this particular encampment. Also please do not hesitate to call the Police Department to report suspicious or criminal activity in the area at (707) 528-5222.
Beginning July 2016, the Downtown Enforcement Team was expanded to six officers and a dedicated Sergeant for the team, providing for expanded coverage and presence in the downtown. DET works closely with HOST to coordinate efforts in the downtown.
With regards to panhandling, the Chamber of Commerce and Catholic Charities have approached the City to use parking meters as a means to raise awareness about homelessness and to give people the option of making a donation to programs that help the homeless instead of giving money to panhandlers. IPS, the company the City has contracted with for new parking meters, has a philanthropic program where they donate new credit card enabled parking meters to be used to collect donations. The Chamber has submitted an application to IPS and is working with the City on determining the best locations for the donations meters.
For a comprehensive listing of community organizations please check out the Sonoma County Homeless Resource Guide or contact the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County.
The Task Force also coordinates a Winter Warmth program which accepts donations of life-saving survival gear year-round. The City is working diligently to address homelessness in our community.
For more information please check out our Homeless Services Page.
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All states base their speed regulations on the Basic Speed Law: “No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property” (CVC 22350).
California state law also establishes maximum speed limits. For example the maximum speed on an undivided two-lane roadway is 55 MPH (CVC 22349b). All other speed limits are called prima facie limits, which are considered by law to be safe and prudent under normal conditions. Certain prima facie limits are established by California law and include the 25 MPH speed limit in business and residential districts and the 25 MPH limit in school zones when children are present.
Additional information may be found on the Speed Limit page.
Traffic studies have shown that these signs do not increase driver awareness to the point of reducing vehicle speeds or pedestrian accidents. In fact, placement of the signs may actually increase the potential for accidents by providing a false sense of protection that does not exist and cannot be guaranteed.
Citizens also frequently request SLOW signs or reduced speed limit signs on residential streets. The speed limit on a residential street is 25 miles per hour, whether posted or not. If the City posted such streets at 10 miles per hour, it is likely that the courts would consider the street a speed trap, and in accordance with state law, find any citation issued invalid. SLOW signs are ineffective at reducing speeds because if a driver passes the sign and encounters no reason to slow down (or doesn’t know how much to slow down) that driver may become confused and foster disrespect for all signs.
Beyond that, the City of Santa Rosa also keeps track of all reported collisions involving wildlife. If the City notices a collision pattern in a particular area without Deer Crossing signs, we will install them in appropriate locations.
However, we cannot put up Deer Crossing signs at all locations where deer are spotted. Deer are wild animals and the locations and times they may cross streets are completely random. Drivers in the rural areas of Santa Rosa need to be aware that deer may jump onto the roadway from out of sight whether or not there is a sign there.
If you have any questions, requests or suggestions concerning traffic, please call Traffic Engineering at 707-543-3814.
Generally the City does not paint red curb in front of fire hydrants due to the high cost of maintenance. The City has thousands of fire hydrants within the city limits and maintaining 30 feet of red curb in front of all of them would take away time that can be spent on other public facilities maintenance around the City.
If a vehicle is parked too close to a hydrant in a fire emergency, the fire department will use all means necessary to gain access to the hydrant. In non-emergency situations a vehicle parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant is in violation of CVC22514 and can be cited by a Police Officer or Parking Enforcement Officer.
If there is a vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant in the downtown area please call Transit and Parking at 707-543-3325. If there is a vehicle parked in front of a fire hydrant in all other parts of the City please call the Police Department at 707-528-5222. If there is a fire emergency, call 911 immediately.
If the sight distance is inadequate and can be improved by trimming vegetation, we will send a letter to the property owner informing them to trim the obstruction. If the sight distance is limited due to parking we will evaluate the length of parking that is needed to be eliminated and either paint red curb or install No Parking signs.
Please direct all concerns regarding sight distance to Traffic Engineering at 707-543-3814.
For more information, visit this page about traffic control devices.
Section 35701 of the California Vehicle Code authorizes cities to pass ordinances prohibiting the use of a street by any commercial vehicle or by any vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight limit. The ordinance shall not be effective until appropriate signs are erected.
Section 35703 of the California Vehicle Code states that no ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 35701 shall prohibit any commercial vehicles from using a restricted street when necessary, for the purpose of making pickups or deliveries.
Commercial vehicle prohibitions around the City of Santa Rosa are designed to eliminate pass through commercial vehicle traffic. These prohibitions are not meant to prohibit commercial vehicles from making deliveries to private residences or businesses on the streets where the prohibition exists.
There are several exemptions to the commercial vehicle prohibitions, which include:- Emergency vehicles- Vehicles used in transporting passengers such as buses- Vehicles used in conjunction with building construction or delivery- Vehicles used for local pick-up or delivery- Vehicles used by local businesses to gain access to and from the business
Commercial vehicle prohibitions can only be installed after analysis by the Traffic Engineering Division showing a need for the prohibition and approval of an ordinance by City Council. If you have questions, requests, or suggestions regarding commercial vehicle prohibitions, please contact traffic engineering at 707-543-3814.
The City of Santa Rosa Police Department also has a radar feedback trailer which can be moved onto certain streets throughout the City on a rotating basis.
These feedback signs are only a tool and are used best when drivers may not be aware that they are speeding. They are designed to let the drivers know how fast they are going in relation to the posted speed for the road segment they are on.
The speed trailer may not be used on certain road segments. The speed trailer cannot be parked on the sidewalk or in a bike lane. It is also not effective if other vehicles can be parked in front of it, blocking the radar function and the sign visibility for drivers.
If you think that a particular street might be a candidate for a permanent radar feedback sign please call Traffic Engineering at 707-543-3814.
If you would like to recommend a location for the speed trailer please contact Officer Perry Plattus of the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-543-8341.
If you think there is an abandoned car in your neighborhood please call the Santa Rosa Police Department at 543-3600. Any other questions relating to parking time limits and restrictions can be directed to the Transit and Parking Department at 707-543-3325.
At other intersections, some movements have detectors and other movements do not. At some intersections, where possible, the pedestrian movement is automatically recalled each cycle. At others pedestrians must push a button to bring up the walk signal. The proper operation of signals can be checked remotely by computer or in the field by traffic signal personnel.
Those with specific questions about signal operations should contact the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
The quality of movement through a series of traffic signals depends on the spacing between signals, the speed of traffic, the cycle length, and the amount of traffic. Signals along main arterial streets are generally coordinated with each other during the day, when there are heavy traffic flows. It is often not possible to progress traffic in both directions because of poor spacing between traffic signals. Sometimes it is necessary to choose one direction to progress.
When two-way progression is not possible, the City often uses computerized traffic modeling to find coordinated timing plans that decrease the total delay and stops for all users of the system. Traffic turning onto or off of a side street is generally not progressed, and turning vehicles can usually expect to stop at the next signal.
Specific questions about signal progression should be referred to the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
Cycle lengths range from 60 seconds to 140 seconds in the City, depending on the size of the intersections and the amount of traffic. Cycle lengths must be longer at larger intersections to serve the greater number of separate traffic movements during the timing sequence, to accommodate much longer pedestrian crossing times, and to accommodate higher volumes of traffic.
Requests for timing changes at individual intersections should be referred to the Traffic Department. Information needed for a signal technician to investigate a requested timing change is what day of the week and what time of day a problem occurs. Call the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
Requests for timing changes at individual intersections should be referred to the Traffic Engineering Division. Here too, information needed for a signal technician to investigate a requested change is what day of the week and at what time of day a problem occurs. Call the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
If a signal meets the warrants outlined in the CA-MUTCD, the next challenge is to find a method of funding construction and maintenance of the signal. One way this is done is conditioning new development to install a signal on a street that leads to a major subdivision. A new signal usually costs more than $250,000 to construct, and then additional dollars will be needed for annual maintenance. All intersections that meet signal warrants are put in a database and ranked corresponding to their fulfillment of warrants. Those intersections are signalized as funds become available, at a maximum of one per year. Requests for new traffic signals can be referred to the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
Records of all programming changes and all maintenance responses are maintained at the Traffic Engineering Division. Requests for historical records concerning traffic operations should be referred to the Traffic Engineering Division. Requests must be made in writing on a Request for Documents form. All requests will be answered in 10 days. The Traffic Engineering Division does not interpret any timing sheets. To obtain a Request for Documents form, call the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
Once a pedestrian indication starts, there can be some confusion as to the meaning of the signal indications. The first indication is a white walking person. This symbol means the pedestrian can start walking in the direction of the signal. This is followed by a flashing orange hand symbol. The flashing hand does not mean that the pedestrian should stop crossing the street. When this flashing symbol is shown, any pedestrians who have started to cross the street should continue crossing, but pedestrians that have not yet started to cross should not begin crossing. At certain intersections there is also a countdown timer associated with the flashing hand that lets the pedestrian know how much time is left to continue crossing the street.
The length of the flashing hand indication can be quite long. It is calculated based on the length of the crosswalk and the nationally recognized average walking speed of pedestrians. A flashing hand terminates with a solid orange hand symbol. Pedestrians should not be in the crosswalk when the solid hand symbol is being shown. Questions about pedestrian signals should be referred to the Traffic Engineering Division at 707-543-3814.
Yes, additional taxes or fees would be charged; however, some existing costs may decrease. A summary is provided below:
Storm Water Management Assessment: A typical single family home on standard-size lot will pay $32.56 in 2017/2018, billed through the property tax assessment on a yearly basis.
Utility User Tax: The City adds a 5% Utility User Tax to the cost of monthly utilities provided by PG&E, the telephone company (non-cellular) and cable TV. For a house with these bills totaling $200 per month, the Utility User Tax would be $10 per month.
Garbage & Recycling Service Billing: Garbage and recycling collection service is required for every household and business. If you do not currently receive collection service, call 707.586.1478 to establish service at your address. The current charge for a 32-gallon can is $17.05. Effective January 1, the new rate for a 32-gallon can will be $26.85 per month.
Water & Sewer Service Billing: If your property is connected to City water, the Santa Rosa water bill will not change and usage charges will continue to be based on monthly water use. If your property is connected to South Park Sanitation, sewer charges will continue to be billed through the property tax assessment on a yearly basis.
Once the wastewater goes down the drain, it enters the property’s sewer lateral which then connects to the City’s public sewer main. Once the wastewater reaches the sewer main, it makes its journey to the Laguna Treatment Plant, located on Llano Road via larger “trunk sewer” lines.
Wastewater enters the Laguna Treatment Plant through a pipe system from urban homes, businesses and industry. Solids removed from rural septic systems are combined with the wastewater at the head of the treatment plant.
The pipe system depends largely on gravity. A gentle slope in increasingly larger pipes moves wastewater to the plant. Tanker trucks bring septic wastes to the plant for treatment. Each day these two sources contribute 18 million gallons of wastewater to the plant, which also accommodates additional water during storms.
The sewer system is different from the storm drain system. The City’s storm drains are not designed for “wastewater” and the storm drains do not go to the treatment plant, but to creeks and waterways.
The recycled water that leaves the Water Reuse Plant is a high quality, tertiary-treated water that is safe for many reuse options.
Inflow is surface water that enters the wastewater system through improper connections, such as catch basins, yard, roof and footing drains, downspouts, groundwater sump pumps, and through holes in manhole covers. Inflow typically occurs as a result of storm events. Peak inflow occurs during heavy storm events when storm sewer systems are full, resulting in backups and ponding.
Infiltration is groundwater that enters the wastewater system through holes, breaks, joint failures, connection failures and other openings in the pipe. Infiltration amounts often exhibit seasonal variation in response to groundwater levels. Storm events can trigger a rise in groundwater levels and increase infiltration flows. The highest infiltration flows are observed following significant storm events or following prolonged periods of precipitation when the ground is saturated with water.
Water crews guide portable television cameras through the wastewater system pipes to determine any sources of inflow or infiltration.
Filling the wastewater system lines with smoke and watching where it emerges can identify many sources of inflow. The smoke is kept from entering buildings by the drain traps required on all sanitary fixtures and drains. It will emerge from the sewer stand-pipe vents on the roof of buildings, from improper connections such as downspouts, and it may also emerge from holes in the ground that lead to leaks in sewer lines.
Santa Rosa Water can monitor the amount of water flowing through wastewater system by inserting special measuring devices into the sewer lines. If the flow increases during rainstorms, it's a sure sign of infiltration. Smoke Testing (PDF)
2006 Inflow and Infiltration Study
Grease usually enters the sewer system through the kitchen sink. Grease is found in items such as meat fats, lard, cooking oil, food scraps and dairy products. The grease sticks to the sides of the pipes on your property and in the streets. Over time, build-up can cause a block in the entire pipe.
Foreign materials also contribute to overflow by entering through unsecured clean-out caps and broken sewer laterals.
What this may mean to you is:
• Raw sewage overflowing in your home or your neighbor’s home; • An expensive and unpleasant cleanup; • Raw sewage overflowing into streets, yards, parks and creeks; • Potential contact with disease-causing bacteria; and • An increase in repair and maintenance costs for the City of Santa Rosa, which causes higher sewer rates for customers.
What can you do to help?
The easiest way is to keep grease and foreign material out of the sewer in the first place and if you have an issue or happen to see an overflow in progress, call immediately!
How can you do this?
Never pour grease down the sink or toilet. Place all cooking grease and oil in a sealed container and dispose in the trash.
Scrape grease and food scraps off of cooking surfaces and put them into the trash for disposal.
Do not put grease down the garbage disposal. Garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the system, they only shred material into smaller pieces. Put in sink strainers to collect scraps and place scraps in the trash.
Secure all sewer clean-out caps and repair any broken sewer laterals.
Call the City of Santa Rosa, Environmental Services Section at (707) 543-3369 if you have any questions. Additional overflow information on CIWQS website.
After submitting a written request, Water billing will review your usage history to confirm excessive use during the October wildfires. Once Water Billing has qualified you for relief you will receive an adjustment as a credit on a future bill within 8 to 12 weeks.
Once Water Billing has qualified you for relief, you will receive an adjustment as a credit on a future bill within 8 to 12 weeks.
Customers may only apply for one excessive usage billing adjustment for the affected billing period during the October 2017 fires.
No. Water billing has already stopped service for all customers that were identified as having destroyed properties due to the fires, even if they did not call the City.
The City has estimated each customer's water use. The City took the customer's previous month's water use and then prorated the use and their fixed charges to the number of days of service from the last read to the fires. This also means that water lost after the fires began would not affect their bill.
Once the meter is read again, most have already been done, we will compare the actual use to the estimated use and if the actual use is lower we will adjust the bill.
Police service will transition from the Sonoma County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol to be provided by the Santa Rosa Police Department; this change will be effective November 1, 2017. For inquiries regarding police reports occurring before November 1, 2017, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 707.565.2650.
Pick up your race bib from Fleet Feet Santa Rosa (111 Third Street) on Saturday, March 10th from 10am-6pm. You must bring a signed Waiver Form to pick up your bib. If you are picking up race packets for other participants, you must bring their signed forms with you or we cannot issue their packets – no exceptions. You do not need to show your ID at packet pickup.
Sorry, the last day to register is March 8, 2018.
There will be water at the start and finish line. If you know you will need more water than that during your 3.14 mile run or walk, please plan to have a water bottle with you on the course. Fresh fruit provided by Whole Foods Market will also be at the finish line for refueling.
The race will start in Finley Community Park, travel southbound down Stony Point Drive and make a left to enter onto the Santa Rosa Creek Trail traveling East on the trail. There will be a turnaround midpoint at Pierson Street and the route will then travel West back down the Creek Trail, until getting to Stony Point Road and heading back to Finley Park. To ease the flow of traffic on the route, when you go to line up at the start line you will have to choose one of the following waives for your start position:- Under 9 minute and 30 second per mile pace- Over 9 minute and 30 second per mile pace (All participants with baby strollers must line up for this waive)
Only single baby strollers are allowed on the course, but must line up in the very back at the start line. Please be courteous of all participants' 5K experiences out on the course, thank you! Sorry, no dogs or double strollers allowed.
If you finish in the top 3 in your age group, and are not able to stay to pickup your award bag, you will be able to pick it up from Fleet Feet Sports Santa Rosa (111 Third Street) during their business hours until March 25, 2018. Fleet Feet's business hours are:- Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm- Saturday, 10am-6pm- Sunday, 12-5pm
If water quality is compromised, your water supplier is required to notify you with a “Boil Water Notice”, “Do Not Drink Water Notice” or a “Do Not Use Water Notice.” If you receive a boil water notice, do not drink the water without boiling it first. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one (1) minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. If under a Boil Water Notice, boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking and food preparation until further notice, as boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
Private well water is not regulated by any government agency. Although your well water may taste and smell fine, the only way to know your well water is safe is by testing it. It is the responsibility of the individual property owner to ensure that their drinking water supply is safe by having the well water tested by a state certified laboratory. View a list of Laboratories that can perform these tests on the County of Sonoma Environmental Health & Safety website.
Inspect your property frequently throughout the year. You are required to maintain your property per the ordinance until the end of the fire season.
If the property is maintained properly and is in compliance when inspected by the City, owners will not be charged for the notice or the inspection.
If a property is not in compliance when inspected by the City, the owner will be charged for all costs related to the inspection and re-inspection of that property.
If a violation remains uncorrected, the City is authorized to hire a contractor to abate the property at the expense of the owner.
If you are maintaining your property to be in compliance, we thank you and appreciate your fire prevention efforts.