13. PUBLIC COMMENT ON NON-AGENDA MATTERS
Duane DeWitt invited Council to several community events and
spoke on the Governor facilitating groundwater recharge projects.
Peter Tschernoff spoke on Operation Mockingbird, banking system
concerns, and other concerns regarding recent community events.
Juan Venegas, Field Representative with the NorCal Carpenter's
Union, Local 751, spoke in support of his organization, the benefits
of being a member, and the importance of labor standards language
for future projects is critical.
Ana Diaz, Roseland School District, spoke to request a crosswalk
across from Roseland Creek Elementary.
14. REPORT ITEMS
REPORT - RECOMMENDATION TO RESCIND JUNE 29, 2021
DROUGHT EMERGENCY DECLARATION, RESCIND STAGE 3 OF
THE CITY OF SANTA ROSA’S WATER SHORTAGE CONTINGENCY
PLAN, REMOVE AUTHORIZATION TO UTILIZE WATER
ENTERPRISE FUND CATASTROPHIC RESERVES, AND
IMPLEMENT DEMAND REDUCTION ACTIONS CONSISTENT WITH
THE REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE 23, SECTION 996(c)(1) OF THE
CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS FOR THE DURATION THIS
EMERGENCY REGULATION IS IN EFFECT
BACKGROUND: In response to drought conditions, on June 29, 2021,
the City Council declared a water shortage emergency and adopted
Stage 3 of the City of Santa Rosa’s Water Shortage Contingency Plan
imposing mandatory restrictions and requiring customers to reduce
community-wide water use by 20%. Beginning late December 2022, the
region experienced a series of atmospheric rivers filling our region’s
water supply reservoirs, Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino. Lake
Sonoma now holds sufficient storage to provide more than three years
of water supply. Therefore, required reductions in water use are no
longer necessary. However, compliance with the State Water
Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted emergency
water conservation regulations is still required. The City of Santa Rosa