Santa Rosa to survey residents on spending $95 million PG&E settlement

18 August 2020

Kent Porter / Press Democrat

Santa Rosa city officials are working out a plan to ask fire victims and members of the public how to use the money the city received from PG&E to settle claims arising from 2017 wildfires.

The city received roughly $95 million from the utility in July and got the ball rolling earlier this month at its annual goal-setting meeting, long-delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council assigned the initial work of preparing a plan for the funds to a council panel focused on long-term financial matters.

That panel met Thursday, assenting to a plan that will involve surveying Santa Rosa residents, specifically reaching out to residents and organizations in Coffey Park and Fountaingrove. City finance and communication staffers expect to develop those surveys and other ways of gathering input over the next few weeks before beginning to gauge community sentiment in September, said Adriane Mertens, the city’s top spokeswoman.

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