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The Roseland Village Development; where are we now and what’s happening next. Update. Santa Rosa, CA

The small parkette in front of Roseland Village built on top of a former gas station. Santa Rosa’s Roseland neighborhood has been waiting years for the coming improvements







Benjamin Wickham, Affordable Housing Director – Sonoma County Community Development Commission joins me on today’s show to discuss the plans in motion for the long anticipated Roseland Village Project.

Beginning in 2005, through a series of community meetings, a vision was created for the future of the Sebastopol Road Corridor. Part of this vision was for the development of a neighborhood center, housing, a plaza and mercado where the Roseland Village shopping center is currently sited. In 2007, the Sebastopol Road Urban Vision Plan, which reflected the community vision developed during these meetings, was adopted by both the Santa Rosa City Council and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The Commission is working with the nonprofit MidPen Housing to bring this vision to realization.

Mr Wickham is also overseeing  the Roseland Brownfield Revitalization Project and will fill us in on that project as well.

The Roseland Brownfield Revitalization Project

In 2016 the Community Development Commission was awarded a $392,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to conduct critical environmental studies on at least 18 different sites along the Sebastopol Road Corridor and surrounding Roseland neighborhood.

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The 14th Annual Roseland Cinco de Mayo Festival in Santa Rosa, CA





When the first organized Roseland Cinco de Mayo event was held in 2006, it replaced several years of negative confrontations between local law enforcement and spontaneous Cinco de Mayo revelers.  Since then, the success of Roseland Cinco de Mayo has helped bolster the idea that the urban eye-sore at Sebastopol Road and West Avenue can be transformed into a thriving neighborhood center.

Today with more than 50,000 attendees under its belt, the Cinco de Mayo festival is an example of how the Roseland community has come together to deliver a non-alcoholic, family-friendly atmosphere that continues to attract wider attention throughout the county and state.

The one-day festival features local entertainment, fun for the kids, informational booths, plenty of food choices, crowning the “Reina del Cinco de Mayo”, Rosie the Trolley shuttling guests to and from the Cinco de Mayo event, and an awesome low-rider car show.

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About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although the Mexican Army was eventually defeated, the victory at Puebla over French occupiers has become a symbol of Mexican patriotism.

Though it is a minor holiday in most of Mexico, the celebration has become the most significant cultural celebration for Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the United States.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts presents, LBC Summer Camps 2019 in Sonoma County, CA

Summer fun and music at LBC Summer Camps 2019 Sonoma, CA






Sonoma County’s Luther Burbank Center for the Arts began hosting summer camps in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa 6 years ago. What started with a free visual art camp for students grades 3+ has evolved and grown to include visual (grades 3+) and advanced visual art camps (grades 7+), mariachi camp (grades 4+), and dance camp (grades 7+). This year, these three-week camps are held at Comstock Middle School the first 3 weeks in July and culminate in a reception for campers, friends, and family at the Luther Burbank Center on the final day of camp. Each year a few hundred students participate in these programs. This year, the beginning visual art camp is already sold out, but there is space available in the advanced art, dance, and mariachi camps. In addition to the camps at Comstock, mariachi camp is offered at additional locations in Cloverdale and Sonoma Valley.

Students in the visual art camp explore the visual arts through three weeks of sketching, drawing, painting and more. Students will create original art work that will be displayed at a special exhibit at the Luther Burbank Center at the closing reception. All supplies provided at no cost.

Students in the dance camp are introduced to hip hop dance and Ballet Folklórico. Students will learn basic dance terminology and choreography while preparing for a performance at the final reception at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. No experience necessary.

Students in mariachi camp will sing and learn to play the guitar, trumpet, or violin in this three-week camp while preparing for a performance at the final reception. No experience is necessary, and instruments are provided at no cost.

These camps are only a small part of the education and community engagement programs offered by LBC to our community. We serve our schools through in-school arts-integrated residencies, teacher professional development, school shows, and much more. All of these offerings are made possible through the generous support of donors and foundations based in our community who recognize the value arts education has to our next generation.

The link to the information and the registration page can be found on our website at this link:


Located in the heart of the Sonoma wine country, the Luther Burbank Center is owned and operated by the Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation, and relies on the generosity of members, donors, and sponsors to achieve its mission to enrich, educate, and entertain the North Bay community.  Founded by the community to serve the community. You can follow this link if  you’d like to
Become a Member to support and share this experience

Founded in 1981, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is the North Bay’s premier arts and events center presenting world-class performances, nationally-recognized education programs, contemporary visual art, and many popular community events. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Center is ranked among world’s top 100 performing arts presenters hosting performances in music, theater, dance, comedy, family programming and renowned speaker events; and serving more than 40,000 children and adults annually through its Education Through the Arts programs.


All about Septic on this week’s show with Mike Treinen!

We’re talking Septic Systems on this week’s show. Mike Treinen, Septic Inspector/Consultant and former Sonoma County Sanitarian joins me on today’s Real Estate Hour and we have a lot to talk about.  

  • New Sonoma County Regulations in the works; and what to expect!
  • What is a septic system
  • Types of Septic Systems
  • Expansion, Maintenance, Pumping, etc.
  • Why you should always get a septic inspection when buying a home with a septic system.
  • Update on Fire lots with Septic.

… and your questions;  Mike Kelly’s Real Estate Hour with Allison Norman on KSRO 9-10am Sunday’s 1350am, 103.5/94.5fm and streaming live on

Podcast: March Numbers and Buyer/Seller Real Estate Tips

03/07/2019 – Did you miss the show? Or want to hear it again? Here’s the podcast:


Radio Show podcast – David Bouquillon, President of Laulima Development – Station Avenue a Downtown Urban Development – live, work, play and stay in Rohnert Park, CA

David Bouquillon, President of Laulima Development Joined me on The Real Estate Hour March 31st, 2019. for a great discussion about upcoming Station Avenue project, a downtown redevelopment project in Rohnert Park, CA.  – Listen here: 

A little Rohnert Park history; Rohnert Park was built on land originally owned by Waldo Emerson Rohnert, and later passed on to his son Fred Rohnert.  At that time, the land was a thriving 2700 acre seed farm.

In 1954, Paul Golis and Maurice Fredrickson, both recent law school graduates, had become very active in representing developers in the area. They came up with an idea to develop large tracts of land by first drawing up an master for the entire area. They presented the plan to Waldo Rohnert’s widow, and she agreed to sell the entire seed farm.

Paul Golis came up with a plan for the land. The core of the plan (a plan that eventually became the city of Rohnert Park) was a “neighborhood unit” concept where each “neighborhood” would consist of 200-250 homes, a school, and a neighborhood park/pool.  No home would be more than a third of a mile from the corresponding school. These neighborhoods would be supported by commercial and industrial development.  It was to be “a country club for the working class”. 8 of these neighborhood units were created, and over the years other smaller neighborhoods were added, some schools have closed and students consolidated.

Golis’ forward thinking plan was a great idea, at the time. But, it  lacked one important thing…a downtown! Maybe at the time, a downtown wasn’t necessary.  As Rohnert Park becomes more urban, the need for a real downtown becomes more apparent.

The city, after much community discussion and outreach, has determined that what Rohnert Park’s citizens want the most is a downtown core. That’s where David Bouquillon, and his company Laulima Development comes into the picture. In 2017 Laulima purchased the long vacant 32 acre State Farm campus where they plan to create a vibrant urban district…a downtown!

The Station Avenue plan will consist of retail, office space, a hotel, and eventually residential rental units, creating a well thought out urban live, work, play experience.

And the icing on the cake? Station Avenue is adjacent to the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) train connecting residents of Sonoma and Marin counties with jobs, education and shopping. The train will also deliver commuters to the Larkspur ferry terminal for a connection to San Francisco & beyond, making Station Ave the only Transit Oriented Development along the SMART route.

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About David Bouquillon; As a managing partner David is responsible for setting strategic goals, overseeing the development and construction process for all Laulima’s projects.

David’s primary responsibilities are to evaluate new development opportunities through strategic acquisition of projects with an emphasis on development opportunities and value enhancement.  David oversees all aspects of the project, from entitlement, negotiating governmental agreements, developing a leasing strategy, and development management.  With over 20 years of extensive development and construction experience in mixed-use urban real estate development.

Having served as the Senior Director for notable mixed-use projects such as Bay Street Emeryville, Santana Row, The Historic Guasti District in Ontario, CA and the Ballpark Village in Fremont, CA.

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction Technology from the School of Construction Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

David Guhin, Assistant City Manager, and Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Santa Rosa on The Real Estate Hour

David M. Guhin | Assistant City Manager/Director Planning and Economic Development Tel. (707) 543-4299 |

Tune in Sunday 3/24 ,      9-10am pst. on KSRO.

When it comes to government, economic development, and planning, in Santa Rosa, CA, David Guhin wears a lot of hats, so we’ve got a lot to talk about!! (Scroll down to a list of topics)

In addition to the Assistant City Manager duties, Mr. Guhin’s responsibilities include the City’s Planning, Building, Engineering and Economic Development functions.

Mr. Guhin has established ongoing process improvement implementations to expedite and enhance the development process, guided the development of the City’s Housing Action Plan, lead the development of the City’s comprehensive cannabis policy and tax initiatives, oversaw the Roseland Annexation process, and is developing an aggressive downtown housing initiative to encourage multi-family housing in the downtown core to support transit oriented development and the health and economic vitality of our downtown.

Mr. Guhin is also heading the rebuild effort for the City of Santa Rosa from the 2017 Tubbs Fire that destroyed approximately 3,000 homes in the City. 

Tune in 9:00-10:00am pst Sundays on KSRO, 1350am, 103.5/94.5fm and streaming live at

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Jan Loewen – Loewen Insurance – Calls in with Insurance Tips After the Flood

Jan Loewen – Insurance Broker/Agent

Tune in at 9:00am Sunday on KSRO – Jan Loewen joins The Real Estate Hour this morning for a brief conversation about what steps you should take if your home or business was affected by the recent flooding in Sonoma County. As a previous insurance claims adjuster and long time insurance broker/agent, and owner of Jan Loewen Insurance, Jan has a wealth of information to offer when it comes to insurance.

To contact Jan or learn more about her business, visit her website:


Phone: (707) 528-8483 – Email: jan [@]

Structural Engineers–Why you should consider this during your Home Inspection period.

This Week’s Guest: Marc Durand–Residential Structural Inspections

(Mike next to Marc Durand with his “Speedy” work helmet! )

When should I hire a structural engineer?

Buying/Selling Of A Home:
In many instances, we are called to evaluate a potential problem un-covered after a home inspection. In this scenario, the homeowner is usually selling their home. After a general home inspection is complete, sometimes a structural engineering inspection is also
warranted. If this is the case, the home inspector will include this recommendation in his or her final home inspection report. Home inspectors are not qualified to assess and diagnose structural problems. Only a licensed, structural engineer can provide accurate assessments
and solutions for a home buyer or seller.

Continue reading Structural Engineers–Why you should consider this during your Home Inspection period.

Tom Havstad, Permit Consultant, winding your way through the county post fire!

Looking forward to long-term guest, Tom Havstad, permit consultant, and his take on the County of Sonoma and how it is coping with the onslaught of building permitting, septic issues and a post-fire working environment. Tom has great insight also on permitting structures which you might think are illegal or non-conforming. He can legalize your non-conforming lots too. Tune in for some frank discussion on the current state of the Permit Resource Management Division or “permit Sonoma county”!

Tom Havstad

Permit Consulting Services

12651 Fiori Lane

Sebastopol, Ca. 95472

Cell Phone: 707-695-0857

Office Phone: 707-874-2078

Fax: 707-827-8073