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Rocklin City Manager Steve Rudolph

Message From City Manager Steve Rudolph on COVID-19

To all residents and businesses,

It is imperative the Rocklin community stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is not only for our individual health and safety, but for the wellbeing of our loved ones – young and old.

Gabrielle de Farcy hard at work

Keeping Rocklin Running
Permit Center Coordinator Gabrielle de Farcy

Permit Center Coordinator Gabrielle de Farcy is helping to keep Rocklin running during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I oversee operations of the city’s permit center—giving information, direction, and requirements to the public related to building, planning, and engineering. My job is to ensure accurate and efficient processing of building permit submittals and fees,” de Farcy said.


Council Meeting Recap: March 24

Proclamation of Local Emergency Ratified

Tuesday night, the Rocklin City Council ratified a local state of emergency proclamation first made by City Manager Steve Rudolph on March 18 due to the novel coronavirus. The proclamation will be in effect until ended by the City Council.

Interim Rocklin Fire Chief Micheal Despain

Rocklin Appoints Micheal Despain as Interim Fire Chief

Rocklin, CA – Micheal Despain has been appointed as the City of Rocklin’s interim fire chief and will begin his duties on April 4.

Despain will take the helm from current Fire Chief William Hack, who informed the City in January of his plans for retirement from 26 years of fire service.


Rocklin Chamber Assembling Quick Guide to Open Businesses

The Rocklin Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. The Chamber has created a quick guide that allows businesses to share with residents how they continue to operate during this time. All local businesses are welcome to submit their information and the list will be updated every 24-48 hours.

Click here to fill out the Quick Guide form.


March 24 City Council Meeting
Log in Live Online and Practice Social Distancing

The Rocklin City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. will be conducted as planned.

To aid in reducing the spread of COVID-19, the City strongly encourages residents to practice social distancing by watching the meeting live online at the City of Rocklin website. Click on the red video camera icon to the left of the meeting date here to view the livestream when the meeting is ongoing. Users can also find the complete agenda at the link.

Comments may be submitted in advance of the meeting by emailing Rocklin City Clerk Hope Ithurburn at

Article By Alyssa Mielke, City of Rocklin
Hope Ithurburn, Rocklin City Clerk

Hope Ithurburn Appointed as Rocklin City Clerk

Hope Ithurburn was appointed as Rocklin’s city clerk after City Council unanimously approved her four-year employment agreement on March 10. Her appointment was effective March 14.

Ithurburn most recently served as Rocklin’s interim city clerk and the deputy city clerk.


Rocklin PD now Offers Online Non-Emergency Crime Reporting

Due to the rapidly evolving circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and as an additional convenience to the public, the Rocklin Police Department now offers an online reporting option for the following list of non-emergency incidents where a suspect is not known:


Rocklin Seeks Affordable Housing Proposals for Downtown Property

Image showing the location of the site up for bids for affordable housing.

The City of Rocklin is seeking affordable housing development proposals for a piece of downtown property along Pacific, Oak and Pine Streets.

March 25 Update: Given the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, the City has elected to extend the proposal submittal deadline from April 1, 2020, to April 15, 2020, by 5 p.m.  Proposals can submitted via email to and hard copies are no longer required.

RFP Document - City of Rocklin Request for Affordable Housing Proposals


Rocklin Homepage Gets Refreshed Look
Improvements based on analytics

Mockup of the new Rocklin homepage, showing several computer and mobile devices with screens of the city's new home page.

The City of Rocklin homepage at has been redesigned to provide better improved access to the information used most by Rocklin residents, businesses and stakeholders.

The changes include a new “Get Started” menu at the top of the page, a streamlined “What’s Happening” news and events section, and more.

A detailed analysis of how web visitors interacted with the current homepage was conducted and update decisions were based on the data collected.


SBA Offers Disaster Assistance Loans to CA Small Businesses
And Other Resources for Small Businesses

Disaster relief low interest rate loans are now available through the U.S. Small Business Administration for both for profit (3.75 percent) and non-profit (2.75 percent) California businesses impacted by coronavirus. This amount can be up to 2 million, and the payback period may be up to 30 years.

For more information or to apply, visit the SBA’s webpage


March 16 Coronavirus Update
Rocklin Parks and Recreation Programs Canceled Through March 31

The City of Rocklin’s highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our community. To help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City is cancelling parks and recreation programs through March 31.

This includes:

  • Group classes for seniors
  • Youth sports programs
  • Community activity courses
  • Field rentals
  • Venue rentals with expected attendance of 50 or greater (Cancellation of rentals with expected attendance under 50 can be done on a voluntary basis, with full refunds provided)

Staff is contacting individuals and organizations with reservations and will refund rental fees for cancelled events. 


March 13 Coronavirus Update
Rocklin Postpones or Cancels Events as Recommended by CDPH

The City of Rocklin’s highest priority is to ensure the safety and health of our community. To help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the City is following recommendations released by the California Dept. of Public Health on March 12 and postponing or cancelling all events at City-managed facilities expected to gather 250 or more people through March 31.


Council Meeting Recap – March 10
Wi-Fi in the Parks, Sunset Station Development, and Economic Development

Wi-Fi in the Parks

The City of Rocklin negotiated a new agreement to continue providing free Wi-Fi at all five community parks with Wave Broadband LLC. The parks include Johnson-Springview, Kathy Lund, Margaret Azevedo, Twin Oaks Park, and Whitney.

City analytics show that over 22,000 people logged in and used the amenity last year between August 2018 and August 2019. The free service benefits everyday park users and youth sports leagues and their patrons.


Rocklin Fire Department Employees Cleared for Duty

Three Rocklin Fire Department employees are clear to return to protecting the community after being under voluntary quarantine due to potential exposure to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Fire Dept. employees have not shown symptoms after responding to a call 15 days ago on Feb. 27, where the person assisted later tested positive for COVID-19 and died.