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2020-01-29Jan 29, 2020

On 2 Jan. 2020, The Boys and Girls Club previewed a proposed brand new 23,600 square foot building to be built just off Sebastopol Rd. On Tues. Jan 14, 2020, the Roseland NeighborWood got a potential boost for a “Natural Park” as the Santa Rosa City Council “continued” a Public Hearing by moving to consider a local Roseland Community generated “Ideal Plan”. Other good news is the new Roseland Library should be available for opening in June 2020. If this is the case the current large library facility in the existing Dollar Store building will close. Some local residents are proposing a “going away” party for the site which has been so helpful to many people over the years as a library and “community center”

2020-01-05Jan 5, 2020

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

2019-11-24Nov 24, 2019

The city has released an "Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/Proposed MND) for the City’s Roseland Creek Community Park Project.” To see or download the map go here: It has a “Review Period: November 19, 2019 to December 18, 2019.” PLEASE READ IT AND MAKE COMMENTS before Dec. 18th. You can read it here: Comments may be directed to the attention of Ms. Jen Santos at 55 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa, CA  Many Roseland residents are concerned the city has discriminated against Roseland in this process while serving the residents of eastern Santa Rosa better in regards to park planning.

2019-10-27Oct 27, 2019

Thanks be given to close to 20 helpful 10th graders from Roseland University Prep High School who spent time on Weds. October 16 during their Biology class doing some outdoor study time at the Roseland NeighborWood between Burbank Ave. and McMinn Ave. Another Thanks be given for the new crosswalk signal light recently installed by Santa Rosa at the intersection of Burbank Ave. at Hearn Ave. leading into Southwest Community Park where the bus stop "turn around" is also located. One more Thanks be given along with a correction from last month's column. Daniel Chapparo from Roseland has again volunteered for and been reappointed to the Community Advisory Board to represent Southwest Santa Rosa residents. Thanks should also be given for the recent rebuilding of Rose Ave. running east from Stony Pt. Rd. to Burbank Ave. and the western block of Sunset Ave. Thanks be given to Lynda Hopkins who also serves as a Director of the Sonoma County Open Space District which has paid millions of taxpayer's dollars to secure the 19.5 acre NeighborWood from development.

2019-09-29Sep 29, 2019

Make a Difference Day for Roseland is Sunday October 27 at 10 pm in Roseland Neighbor Wood across from Roseland Creek Elementary School on Burbank Ave. Please come out to help keep the area clean to make it inviting for Roseland youth. The Green Space desired by the public is nowhere to be seen yet. While murals are an inspiring use of time and talent for our young people it is also time for there to be a “community conversation” about how to let the young people of our community have a real voice in the decision making process. There is an election next year for a NEW Santa Rosa City Council member to represent Roseland and South Park in what is termed District 1. Perhaps some young Roseland residents will step up to the fight. Until then this reporter has decided to enter the race for the city council seat so there will at least be discussions of the historical disadvantages placed on Roseland by local government decisions.

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