In our Wednesday editorial, we encouraged the Santa Rosa City Council to make the annexation of Roseland one of its top priorities as it goes through its goal-setting process for the year. We weren’t alone. David Rabbitt, chairman of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Efren Carrillo, who represents Roseland, and Supervisor Shirlee Zane all sent letters last week encouraging the City Council to make this a top priority.
“The Board of Supervisors remains committed to focusing county staff resources on identifying what needs to be done to allow for annexation,” Rabbit wrote. “We know we can refresh our discussions in earnest this year …”
“The Joint Roseland Subcommittee was a good effort but no meaningful action or progress took place … over the course of nearly a decade,” wrote Carrillo, who also testified at the council’s goal-setting session Friday. Roseland is the largest of about 50 unincorporated “islands” in and around Santa Rosa. Perhaps this will be the year the residents are finally brought ashore.
- Paul Gullixson