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Roseland Review by Duane Dewitt

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2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

Gentrification of Roseland is in full swing this Spring.  Look all around Roseland and as flowers are blooming the construction of housing is zooming.  Over 600 new housing units are being built inside the boundaries of Roseland as the price of local housing is going through the roof. On Dutton Ave. the Paseo Vista “affordable housing” complex given waivers of various city and county requirements because single units of family housing would “only” cost $350,000.00 now has prices close to half a million dollars per unit.  In north Roseland on Boyd St. at Sebastopol Rd. the Village Station housing complex is selling units at $500,000.00.  These prices might be bearable to the middle class of Santa Rosa, but many lower income Roseland renters would be hard pressed to be able to purchase their own Roseland home at these costs.  Displacement is the term used to describe when local Roseland residents move away because they cannot keep up with a rising cost of living which comes with gentrification.  It appears the city of Santa Rosa is encouraging gentrification as it has named Roseland an “opportunity zone”. 

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

David Self, a botanist, ecologist and storyteller leads hikes around Sonoma County, encouraging participants to reflect on their experiences in poetry. This poem is based on the 'NeighborWood,' a park in Santa Rosa's Roseland neighborhood.

2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

$2 million dollars of Roseland taxpayers’ money should get your attention. On Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chambers on Administration Drive the Local Agency Formation Committee (LAFCO) will hold a public “Protest Hearing” to discuss the Roseland Fire Protection District Dissolution. There is still approximately $2 million in funds held by the Fire Protection District based at the Roseland Fire Station on Burbank Ave. since the 1940s. This money could be lost to the city of Santa Rosa without regard to Roseland residents unless people speak out on April 3 or write letters voicing concerns on how the funds should be kept for use in Roseland. The money was raised over the years for the refurbishing or upgrading of the existing fire station. Now with the annexation of all of Roseland completed, the city may get these funds, but they are not obligated to spend the money in Roseland.

2019-02-25Feb 25, 2019
2019-01-30Jan 30, 2019

Authentic Community Engagement has been “deprioritized” in Roseland according to Margaret Van Vliet the current Executive Director of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC). She informed the Citizens Advisory Committee of the CDC about this decision during the Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 meeting held at 10:00 am. When some questions were asked of CDC staff by the Commissioners about the status of keeping the Commissioners informed about ongoing projects Ms. Van Vliet conceded there were times the staff was not doing well at updating the Commission, let alone the community.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Five years after the killing of Andy Lopez, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $3 million settlement with Lopez's family. Is it a step towards community healing for the family?

2018-12-21Dec 21, 2018

New things can be an uplifting experience for to carry you into the New Year. Here is an example of a positive change occurring in Roseland. The Community Club of Roseland is the new name for the Roseland Parents Club which has been meeting in Roseland for a few years now. This was announced at a Dec 11, 2018 community health training by Ms. Chelene Lopez, the manager of Health Promotion at the St. Joseph Health organization in Santa Rosa.Read on for so many more new events and projects in Roseland.

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