Smith: Well, that’s embarrassing — it’s real paint marring new SR square

It will come right off, only it didn’t.


Santa Rosa municipal workers and visitors to the new Old Courthouse Square cringe at the sight of spray-painted lines and numerals on the paving stones and concrete.

It’s not graffiti. The painting was done by organizers of the festival on the plaza that accompanied the Rose Parade.

The brackets and numbers indicated where each of the festival’s vendors and information booths was to go. The people who did the spraying swear they were assured when they bought the aerosol cans that they contained a chalk that would wear off or be easily washed away.

But it was regular ol’ paint.

Research delves now into the safest, friendliest way to remove it from the $10.5 million square that’s just now turning one month old.

LOOKING FOR A GOOD TIME, retired folks flock to the sweet, new activities center that the Salvation Army created beneath Santa Rosa’s 10-story Silvercrest apartment towers.

The most senior of the seniors who came to the social center’s dedication was Naomi Felton, who’s 99 and was Miss Sonoma County before there was a Miss Sonoma County.

Naomi is especially drawn to the new Senior Activities Center because its director and designer, Carol Orr, is a granddaughter-by-marriage, the wife of her grandson, Derek Orr.

Naomi was born in San Francisco in 1917 and came to Santa Rosa the following year. She lived at La Rose Hotel through the stint that her father, John Ghiorso, worked there as chef.

Naomi recalls parts of old Santa Rosa that most of us have forgotten or never…

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