Santa Rosa, California
Santa Rosa is in Sonoma County, 55 miles north of San Francisco. It is part of the North Bay region and sits along the U.S. Highway 101 corridor. Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the area around Santa Rosa was home to Pomo Indians. The first known European settlement in the area was established in the 1830s by the Carrillo family, who were in-laws to Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, but it has been said that Spanish and Mexican setters from nearby communities grazed their livestock in the area in the 1820s. Indeed, the confluence of two local rivers — the Santa Rosa River and Matanzas Creek — became known as La Matanza, because many of these settlers slaughtered their livestock near the location. The family of Maria Lopez de Carrillo built an adobe house on the family's Rancho Cabeza de Santa Rosa land grant, east of what later became downtown Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa was named after the feast of Santa Rosa de Lima. In the mid-1850s Julio Carrillo, son of Maria Lopez de Carrillo, designed a grid street pattern for the city with a public square at the center — a design that still remains in spite of all the changes to the square, and which is now named Old Courthouse Square. Santa Rosa was incorporated as a city in 1867.
Santa Rosa is the largest city in the North Bay's Wine Country region and the fifth largest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The population of Santa Rosa was approximately 170,685 as of the 2012 census. Latinos represent the second largest demographic group of the population, comprising nearly one-third of the city’s residents. The city's population grew steadily during the 1800s, and in the early 1900s growth was slow but steady. After World War II the population grew substantially for the next couple of decades. Then starting in the 1970s, the city's population began to grow by about 3,000 residents a year during the next 20 years. According to projections made by the Santa Rosa City Council, the population is expected to reach 195,000 by 2020. Beyond the city’s borders are the nearby towns of Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Guerneville, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Sonoma and Windsor, all of which are very popular tourist destinations and easily accessible from Santa Rosa.
Examples of wildlife that can be found in Santa Rosa include great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and black-crowned herons. Deer regularly walk through the neighborhoods, foxes and rabbits are usually seen in the rural areas of the city, and mountain lions are sometimes seen near the city limits. Wild turkeys are a common sight in some areas, while raccoons and opossums are common everywhere within the city. Some of the main neighborhoods of the city are Bennett Valley, Burbank Gardens Historic District, Cherry Street Historic District, Coffey Park, Hidden Valley, Montgomery Village, Olive Park, Roseland and Ridgeway Historic District. The city's top employers are the County of Sonoma, Kaiser Permanente, Agilent Technologies, Medtronic, Sutter Medical Center, the city of Santa Rosa and Safeway. The city has a well established performing arts community and many historic commercial buildings, outdoor recreational spaces, and museums, all of which make it an entertaining and vibrant place to visit.
In 2013, the city of Santa Rosa was ranked by INC Magazine as the venue for two of the 5,000 fastest growing businesses in the nation — these were the VinoPro and Humble Abode. Once again in 2013, Forbes identified Santa Rosa among the most favorable cities for starting a business. In addition to success in business growth, Santa Rosa’s business atmosphere is characterized by a diverse marketplace where businesses such as Santa Rosa Salsa, Rancho Mendoza Marketplace develop as a functional part of the greater community. Some of the larger, well-known businesses that can be found in the city include Kaiser Permanente, the St. Joseph Health System, Sutter Health and Agilent Technologies. As part of the city's Strategic Planning, the City Council has created goals to make Santa Rosa a desirable place to live and work in by creating a vital downtown as well as diverse, healthy and safe neighborhoods. In addition, the city seeks to invest in creating spaces for recreational activities for seniors and youth.
At Willoughby Brod, LLP, we take care of individuals and small businesses in and around Santa Rosa. Our clients' interests are our No. 1 priority, and we take tremendous pride in meeting their legal needs and challenges in personal injury cases of all kinds. As Santa Rosa injury attorneys, we work on a contingency-fee basis in cases, which means that unless a recovery is obtained on your behalf, no legal fees are owed. Willoughby Brod, LLP proudly serves the community of greater Santa Rosa, and provides Spanish-speaking legal services to the Spanish-speaking community of this great area.
Directions to our Santa Rosa area office are as follows: Take U.S. Highway 101 south and exit onto State Route 116 east, which is exit 472B. Turn left onto Lakeville Street and then right onto Baywood Drive in Petaluma. The office is on the right side of the street at 755 Baywood Drive and is on the second floor.
Directions to our San Francisco office from Santa Rosa are as follows: Take U.S. Highway 101 south across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. Continue on Lombard Street to Van Ness Avenue, and make a right turn. Make a left turn at Bush Street, which will become First Street as the road bends to the right and crosses over Market Street. Make a right turn onto Mission Street, and turn right onto Anthony Street, which is before Second Street. Anthony Street will become Jessie Street, and the office is at 96 Jessie St., which is the brick building at the corner of Anthony and Jessie streets.