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Roseland Review by Duane Dewitt

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2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

With July 4th upon us and summer weather causing folks to seek relief from the heat, now is a good time to wade in local creeks still wet from winter storms. It is also time for leaving on vacations for some. But if you are going to be in Roseland for the summer take some walks around the neighborhoods and enjoy the shade trees. Check out the beauty of the Roseland NeighborWood also. 

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County held its Youth of the Year youth recognition program in late April.  The awards highlight young people’s character, personal growth, academic performance, and leadership qualities.  A total of 1,142 youth were recognized for being outstanding Club Members this year.

2019-05-25May 25, 2019

According to a recent Santa Rosa news release, work is already happening. Along a portion of Roseland Ave. north of Sebastopol Rd. Santa Rosa City road repair crews, “Removed 10 yards of dirt and gravel from the surface of the road then installed new asphalt pavement”. There is a need for many Roseland roads to be repaired as soon as possible. But with the city of Santa Rosa in a “Structural deficit” for the budget it will take many years to get roads repaired. his summer, funding received through the annexation agreement for capital improvement projects will fund the Roseland Pavement Maintenance Project to rehabilitate Rose Avenue and Sunset Avenue. The pavement improvements completed by our streets crews are in addition to the annexation agreement for the annual capital improvement projects.” During a two day study session for a Santa Rosa city budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 it was stated there may be an opportunity to have $150,000.00 put into keeping a branch library open when the current library building is demolished.

 

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

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