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Santa Rosa officials to conduct test of CivicReady emergency alert system Wednesday

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The city of Santa Rosa, along with local fire and police departments, will conduct a test of the CivicReady emergency alert system Wednesday morning.

Residents signed up for the mass notification system ― which the city and public safety entities use to send out alerts ― will receive a message about 10 a.m., the Santa Rosa Fire Department said in a news release.

The message will arrive in a text, email or both, depending on the information the resident entered when registering for the service.

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Finding Grace: She lived in a Santa Rosa park for 3 years. Then, suddenly, she and her belongings were gone.

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For more than three years, Grace Davis lived on Schurman Drive in north Santa Rosa.

She lived alone. No pets, no kids. She spent most of her time in Steele Lane Park, regardless of the weather, making conversation with friends and strangers alike.

She seemed to know everyone in the tight-knit neighborhood. The neighbor who lived just behind her. The couple across Schurman Drive. The woman on Steele Lane whose home backs up to the park. The man who walks his dog in the park.

Neighbors, who ultimately became friends, described 58-year-old Grace Davis as friendly, educated and positive. A true source of support.

One called her “Amazing Grace.”

So when, on the morning of April 5, neighbors saw no sign of Grace, their worry was immediate.

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4.4 magnitude earthquake in Sonoma County

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On April 11, 2023, a moderate 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck 28 miles north of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, at 10:39 pm local time. The quake was recorded at a shallow depth of 1.2 miles below the surface. Although many people in the area likely felt the shaking, it was not expected to cause significant damage beyond objects falling from shelves or broken windows.

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Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park police to participate in weeklong crackdown on distracted driving

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Sonoma County law enforcement agencies will place greater focus this week on enforcing distracted-driving laws, which prohibit actions such as texting behind the wheel and not using hands-free devices.

Agencies such as the Santa Rosa Police Department and the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety are partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a campaign against distracted driving, according to a news release from Santa Rosa police.

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Santa Rosa ranks near the bottom of WalletHub’s ‘Most Fun Cities in America’ list

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Santa Rosa is among the least fun places to live in the United States, according to a report out this week by financial website WalletHub.

The city barely made it onto WalletHub’s list of “2022’s Most Fun Cities in America” and was ranked No. 178 out of 182 cities.

To put together the ranking, WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated cities in the country, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state, and gathered data related to recreation and entertainment options, nightlife activities and parties, and the cost of the available offerings.

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The Bay Area could get even colder this week – and then the rain returns

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The wet weather across the Bay Area and the snow in the Sierra will last through the morning on Tuesday. After that, the thermometer will dive: cold air will keep temperatures cooler than normal this week, with highs in the 50s across most of the Bay Area. The overnight temperatures will become even colder, with lows dropping to the 30s and lower 40s for most spots. The North Bay valleys and inland in the East Bay could get close to the freezing point. The weather will be dry with clear skies for the next couple of days, as the low pressure that brought the rain moves out and high pressure moves in. By the end of the week, wet weather will return.

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For the City of Santa Rosa, wildfire season is over

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On Monday, Santa Rosa Fire Department officials declared an end to the five-month 2022 wildfire season.

The department announced that, “While conditions around the region and state vary, locally, Santa Rosa has received enough beneficial rainfall, with more forecasted this week, to significantly reduce the threat of fires in the community.”

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Santa Rosa City Council advances veterans housing project in Roseland area over neighbors’ opposition

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The Santa Rosa City Council rejected an appeal of a veterans hosing project on West Hearn Ave. filed by surrounding neighbors, overriding local residents’ concerns about development. The home is a veterans treatment facility, Friday, March 18, 2022. (The Press Democrat) 2022

The Santa Rosa City Council rejected an appeal by neighbors of a veterans housing project in the Roseland area in a 5-2 vote this week, the latest move by the council to override some residents’ concerns about development in the southwestern part of the city in favor of new housing.

The project at 2149 West Hearn Ave. would provide rooms for 32 homeless veterans.

The neighborhood group that filed the appeal contends the project will harm the environment while degrading the rural character of the surrounding community.

The two council members voting in favor of the appeal were Vice Mayor Eddie Alvarez and Councilwoman Natalie Rogers, who represent southwest Santa Rosa. During Tuesday’s council meeting, they voiced support for local veterans but called for new development plans that take into account neighbors’ concerns.

“Our veterans have been to war. They’ve been deployed. They’ve been where people don’t want them,” Rogers said. “I don’t want them to move into a neighborhood where that is the case. I want them to move into a neighborhood where people are welcoming them with open arms.”

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Burlington plans to open Santa Rosa discount clothing store this spring

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Burlington Stores discount clothing store is set to fill the shuttered Office Depot location in Santa Rosa Marketplace, seen here before it closed a few years ago, in spring 2022. The Santa Rosa store will be one of the new smaller-format locations the New Jersey company plans to focus growth on for “higher sales productivity” in coming years. (Keegan & Coppin Co. Inc. photo)

Burlington Stores (NYSE: BURL) plans to open a 31,000-square-foot Santa Rosa store this spring, part of a nationwide expansion of smaller locations.

The New Jersey-based discount clothing retailer sees this as supportable especially because of inflationary pressure on household budgets. Burlington focuses on in-season, fashion-focused merchandise, intended to be significantly below other retailers’ prices. Products include women’s ready-to-wear apparel, menswear, youth apparel, baby, beauty, footwear, accessories, home, toys, gifts and coats.

The coming Santa Rosa location will be in a shuttered Office Depot site at 1960 Santa Rosa Ave. in the Santa Rosa Marketplace power center. It would be Burlington’s third in the North Bay and 94th in California, a company spokesperson confirmed. Burlington also has stores in Rohnert Park and Vacaville.

CEO Michael O’Sullivan said on a March 3 financial-results conference call that the higher-inflation environment could be a risk to the company as lower-income consumers are stressed to pay for more-expensive food, gas and other essentials. But it also could be a “big opportunity” for Burlington, as off-price retail historically has done well in such an economic environment as consumers trade down.

“Usually in times of economic stress when consumers are under pressure, their natural and rational reaction is to focus even more heavily on finding great value,” O’Sullivan said, according to a transcript by Seeking Alpha.

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NOAA: California drought continues for 3rd year as ‘driest on record’

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It’s official. California faces a “prolonged, persistent drought” that will “elevate the risk of wildfire across the West,” the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday in its spring outlook that runs through June.

Following three-year precipitation levels that were the “driest on record” for Central California since measurements started in 1922, the “low snowpack going into the dry time of year in May and June” isn’t helping, as NOAA’s meteorologist Brad Pugh pointed out on a virtual press conference call. “This sets the stage for wildfire activity.”

Pugh singled out the Bay Area as an area where “the concern is quite high as we go into spring and early summer” in respect to wildfire danger and water resources drying up.

“We’re running out of time to make up for any precipitation deficit,” he said.

Despite atmospheric river downpours in October and December, January and February were well below normal in producing any type of ground drenching.

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