Archive for May 2007

Explore Poppy Creek

May 21, 2007

Explore Poppy Creek as it winds its way through the JC neighborhood and into our own North JC neighborhood via Long’s parking lot.  Thanks to the fine folks from LandPaths and Alistair Bleifuss, Creek Steward for the City of Santa Rosa, this great tour will allow us to learn more about what we can do for the two urban creeks (the other one is Paulin Creek) that flow through our neighborhood.  This 2-3 mile urban walk & talk will finish with a picnic dinner and possible project in Steele Lane Park, (hopefully soon to be renamed Poppy Creek Park).  “Poppy Creek Park” is located behind Steele Lane School at the end of Schurman Dr. off of Rowe Dr.

Meet at the park on Thursday, June 7, 5:30 p.m., The City will provide Rosie the Trolley to shuttle us to the start of our walk near the rural cemetery.  If you would like to join us, drop a line at or call 707.524.9318 and you will be provided details on where to meet, what to bring, etc. We should be done by 8:00 p.m.


Hwy 101 End Date

May 12, 2007

The completion date for expansion work on HWY 101 has been move to April 2009, according the the Press Democrat. Apparently the CalTrans web site has had it listed incorrectly as Fall 2008 for a while and recently realized their mistake. The three-year project started in the spring of 2006.

New Whole Foods to Herald Coddingtown Changes?

May 12, 2007

The Press Democrat reports that Whole Foods Market, the nation’s largest organic grocer, plans to open a second Santa Rosa store at Coddingtown Mall in the 50,000 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Ralph’s. The new store, expected to open in the fall of 2008, will be twice the size of Whole Foods’ existing Santa Rosa location on Yulupa Avenue.

Brad Baker, president of Codding Investments, which in 2005 sold half its interest in the mall to Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest mall developer, said he hopes the addition of Whole Foods will convince Simon to move forward on a major facelift for the mall, which opened in 1962.

One preliminary version submitted to Santa Rosa officials called for an $85 million facelift that included a $27 million parking garage, a fourth anchor store, renovation of 225,000 square feet of the mall and the addition of 50,000 square feet of smaller retail shops.

Next NJCNA General Meeting May 15

May 2, 2007

The next general meeting of the North JC Neighborhood Association will be held May 15 at the Steele Lane Community Center from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join Us and meet your neighbors! This meeting was originally scheduled for May 8 but was moved to not conflict with the public hearings on changes to the Long’s Drugs at Steele and Mendocino (see below).

Lynn Woolsey to Visit Community Center

May 2, 2007


We will have some political celebrities in the ‘hood May 5th. Lynn Woolsey, our Congressional Representative, will be hosting a Congressional Roundtable to discuss the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), and in particular how it would impact current labor organizing efforts for the Saint Joseph’s Health System here in Sonoma County.Two special guests, Congressman George Miller, Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration and NPR commentator, are scheduled to attend.Priscilla Yaeger and Mito Gonzales will discuss the issues SJHS workers have faced while attempting to organize. The panel will discuss how the EFCA would provide stronger protections and a fairer process than current law.

It’s at Steele Lane Community Center, 415 Steele Lane, Santa Rosa, California
Saturday May 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Paulin Creek Preserve Walk

May 2, 2007

As you may recall, Paulin Creek flows between out neighborhood and the County Center. Now get an inside look at this beautiful piece of urban open space east of us near Sutter Hospital, protected with help from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. We’ll explore the preserve, including its riparian and creek habitats, highlighting its easy trails & botanical diversity.
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2007
Time: mid day
Reservations: Email or call Landpaths Event Line 524-9318.

Open House at Steele Lane School

May 2, 2007

Steele Lane Elementary School holds its annual Open House on Thursday, May 10. Come check out the school and meet parents, teachers and students.

5:30 -7:00 p.m. – Pot Luck, Plant Sale and Basket Fundraiser

7:00-8:00 p.m. – Visit Classrooms

Contact the school for more information, 522-3260.