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Coffey Park residents seek share of Santa Rosa’s $92 million PG&E payout

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It’s not clear when Santa Rosa will receive its share of the $1 billion deal hammered out between PG&E and local governments to settle claims for damage caused by wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

But it could be as soon as July. Santa Rosa’s share of that sum — $92 million after legal fees and litigation costs — could come as early as July, said Chris Rogers, a member of City Council.

Coffey Park, which lost 1,422 homes in the devastating Tubbs fire in 2017, intends to be at the front of the line for a slice of that money.

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At long last, Coffey Park’s grand entry nearly complete

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Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat
Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat

Men with their excavators showed up first to scrape the lots, preparing them for planting. Mounds of mulch then appeared.

At long last, landscaping soon will be completed on the 200-square-foot tracts on either side of Hopper Avenue, where it crosses Coffey Lane, a landmark known to locals as the Entryway. Ever since the Tubbs fire leveled much of Santa Rosa’s Coffey Park neighborhood in October 2017, this intersection has been a gathering place for residents to show their unity and resolve.

It is taking shape as the neighborhood around the Entryway returns. Nearly 900 of the more than 1,400 homes destroyed in Coffey Park by the Tubbs fire have now been rebuilt and another 419 are under construction or in the permitting process.

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