downtown santa rosa

Server standing at snack bar on SMART train
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Regularly scheduled SMART Train service kicks off Friday. After a morning ceremony and Grand Opening celebration in downtown Santa Rosa, trains will leave the Santa Rosa airport station at 12:49 pm  headed to San Rafael.  

It’s been a long and winding road for the service, which will be free tomorrow– and half price until Labor Day. Reporter Steve Mencher talked with the CEO of the group providing concession service on the trains about its innovative partnership with SMART. 

Anti-racism march in Santa Rosa
KRCB

Demonstrations throughout our listening area—in Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati and Cloverdale—protested white nationalist activities in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend that resulted in three deaths. The outrage was stoked by President Trump's vague statements about the blame being spread "on many sides," and his refusal to immediately condemn the Nazis, KKK, and other alt-right members who led the marches there.

The slideshow above features signs and crowds in Santa Rosa, where a rally and march began at 4 pm in Courthouse Square. 

courtesy of City of Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square reunification project is nearly finished. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the new plaza, which city planners hope will revitalize and unify the city, is set to be dedicated this Saturday.

Fears of dragged out construction downtown stalled the project many times over the years, but Mayor Coursey says a simpler plaza design and a quick paced build-out helped get this version of the project through.