Jan 5, 2020
by Duane Dewitt
“A Community of Impunity” has become so entrenched in Roseland many longtime residents have grown frustrated with BOTH Santa Rosa and Sonoma County government officials.
This new year WE residents should take heart. Let’s do OURBEST to overcome the past and look to the future with goals WE set by telling the government what WE want in no uncertain terms. Start by contacting your elected officials. A polite conversation can help you keep track of your proposal.
A good place to start helping Roseland is by applying for a Community Improvement Grant NeighborFest Program by Jan. 6, 2020to Santa Rosa. Applications can be done online at www.srcity.org/cabgrants.
What is a NeighborFest you ask? According to the city Community Advisory Board website, “A Neighborfest is a locally organized gathering, also known as a block party, that offers neighbors the chance to come together, have fun, and build stronger, more connected communities.” Now is the time to get your neighbors together to ask for some city support.
City guidelines state, “For the 2020 Community Improvement Grant - Neighborfest Program, the CAB will work with staff from the City of Santa Rosa and several community partners to offer one (1) Neighborfest event in each of the seven (7) City Council Districts. Due to the limited number of events that can be conducted, this year’s CIG Program is considered competitive and eligibility of an application does not guarantee funding. The CAB is the final decision-making body in selecting grant awards.” Some neighbors have accomplished fun events such as “Roseland Cup 2016” which received $1,000.00. Get your ideas together and help Roseland have fun this year.
In regards to helping Roseland recently, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation did a creek clean up on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Roseland Creek Elementary School. Where Roseland Creek flows on the west side of Burbank Ave. volunteers were busy helping our community. If you are interested in planting trees to help Roseland theForest Unlimited 23rd annual Redwood TreePlanting on Saturday, Jan. 4th and Sun. Jan. 5th may have extra trees afterward. Contact us atRoseland Review to find out afterward.
Recently Roseland Review was contacted by members of the Madrone Audubon Society as well as members of the California Native Plant Society to say comments were submitted on the Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration issued by Santa Rosa for Roseland Creek Park. These refer to the 19.5-acre area known as the “NeighborWood”. Many longtime Roseland residents who worked hard to get the Sonoma County Open Space District to preserve the land for what some residents thought this would be a “Nature Preserve.” Saving all the trees on the land will help to keep air in Roseland a bit cleaner and fresher. Trees, especially Redwoods and Oaks, help clean the air.
The city of Santa Rosa may hold a public hearing on the report, and the comments received, on Tues. Jan. 14 after 5 pm in the Santa Rosa City Council Chambers at 100 Santa Rosa Ave. If you want to conserve nature in Roseland please be there. 2020 is the year to take the long view and work hard to OPPOSE the efforts by Santa Rosa for increased building and development in Roseland. The city needs to focus on Environmental Justice for Roseland first and foremost. For the upcoming city General Plan this is required now that all of Roseland is included in the city. Roseland has been identified as a “disadvantaged community” and must be treated better.
True Environmental Justice will “identify objectives and policies to reduce pollution exposure, improve air quality, promote public facilities, improve food access, advance access to housing and increase physical activity.” according to California state Office of Planning and Research guidelines. Santa Rosa must help Roseland residents fairly to have more natural open spaces as well as more dedicated parkland in the future.
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