Infrastructure, youth services top issues as Santa Rosa seeks to engage residents in new ways

11 September 2023

Residents at a town hall gathering Thursday in Roseland pointed to infrastructure needs, road safety and expanding youth services as some of their top concerns.

The event was the first in a more organized effort designed to bring elected Santa Rosa officials and their constituents together. Hosted by Mayor Natalie Rogers and Council member Eddie Alvarez at Roseland University Prep, it attracted about 100 people for an informal discussion about needs in the community.

Though council members and past mayors have held open office hours, virtual town halls and even turned to podcasts to connect with residents outside of City Hall, Thursday’s event was one of the first of its kind and of this scope in southwest Santa Rosa since the city transitioned to district-based elections beginning in 2018.

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