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January 26, 2020
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City of RP Updates

Darrin Jenkins
Share in the spirit of giving
December 13, 2019

The Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers Association joins forces with Rohnert Park residents and Santa Claus to share in the holiday spirit of giving. The team enjoys spreading holiday cheer by taking photos of children with Santa and giving them one-on-one time to review wish lists. They also collect cash and gift donations for this year’s Annual Toy Drive. 

The Annual Toy Drive serves residents of Rohnert Park who are unable to provide toys for their children for the holidays. Families can sign up to be a recipient by coming to our main Public Safety building at 500 City Center Dr. and picking up an application. Applications are also available at most schools in Rohnert Park. The deadline to submit an application is Fri., Dec 14.The program partners with residents and the business community to ensure that every child in the program (ages 0-12) receives a toy or game for the holidays. 

Donation barrels will be available at select businesses around the city. Business owners wishing to host a barrel may call 707-395-TOYS to set up a drop off and pick up time. We are always accepting financial donations to purchase toys where we fall short. In order for Santa’s helpers to have time to organize and distribute gifts to children, donations are due Dec. 18.

If you choose to donate a toy, and you’re buying your toy online, consider getting your package delivered to a place where someone will be there to receive it in person. In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in names being added to the naughty list - porch pirates (porch package thieves). Report suspicious people and/or activity by calling 584-2612.

The Public Safety Officers Association relies on the generous residents and business owners, and of course Mr. Claus, to make this program a success. For an up-to-date Santa Sleigh Toy Drive schedule, visit Rohnert Park Public Safety Officers Assoc. Santa Sleigh and Toy Drive on Facebook. 

We still need your input. As you’ve been hearing, Rohnert Park is transitioning from at-large voting for city council members to district-based elections. The council-approved transition is expected to wrap up on Jan. 28. There is still time to voice (or draw) your public input on district boundaries. The final meetings, of the five, are scheduled for Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers at 130 Avram Ave. 

Districting is different than most issues that come before the city council. Instead of being limited to saying you support or oppose a city-prepared ordinance or resolution, you can draw a map yourself. In order to aid the public, we’ve compiled several tools. Districting tools are available online at rpcity.org/district. Deadline for submitting a district map draft is Jan. 3, 2019. All maps submitted by the deadline will be considered at the Jan. 14 public hearing. We welcome your participation in the district-based elections process, in both English and Spanish, at rpcity.org/district.

I’m confident that the district-based elections will not impact the effectiveness of the city’s leadership going forward.  Being elected from districts need not change the way councilmembers care for our entire community. I encourage you to participate in the process.