Petaluma

Healy, Miller & Kearney Campaigns Heavily Funded by Basin St. and its Associates

Here’s an open letter to Petaluma citizens from fellow resident Don Lewis Jr., who recently took a closer look at the campaign financial filings of Petaluma City Councilmembers Mike Healy, Kathy Miller, and Gabe Kearney, all of whom are up for re-election on the upcoming ballot. The trio has been widely criticized over the past…

Lagunitas Brewery to Install the Third Largest Brewery Solar System in the World at its Petaluma Facility

The Lagunitas Brewing Company is planning on installing the third largest solar panel system at a brewery in the world, near its Petaluma facility. The North Bay Business Journal reported on the project in April. You can read that report by Cynthia Sweeney here. The full pdf of the project filing with the County of Sonoma…

Kayaker Records Worrisome New Fish Die-Off on the Petaluma River

Petaluma kayaker Bruce Cohn has been documenting a growing and worrisome fish die-off on the upper Petaluma River.
Cohn created a YouTube channel recently and posted this video on Saturday, September 3 in an effort to raise awareness of the occurrence.
He writes:
“I have reported this situation over a month ago to the Mayor of Petaluma; David Glass, no help there, so I went to the “hot line” for fish kills in Calif and several agencies contacted me, I was told the city of Petaluma water Dept went out and took samples of the water and determined the fish died from the lack of oxygen in the water, I filmed that fish kill a few weeks ago, today it is several times worse and the dead fish are now located 1/4-1/2 mile downstream, I am not a professional in this field; however after paddling this area for over 7 years I have never seen this, as a foot note we pulled an empty 30 gallon container of Armor All paint sealant about 1/2 a mile from the main fish kill and Petaluma Auto Row is located just up stream.. that’s all the detective stuff I am going to reveal”

Petaluma Planning Commissioner Bill Wolpert Runs for City Council

Petaluma Planning Commissioner Bill Wolpert kept local progressives waiting until the Friday August 12 deadline before jumping into the race for Petaluma City Council. Wolpert – an architect by trade – has developed a solid reputation for longterm & thoughtful consideration of where the City of Petaluma should be headed in terms of development policy,…

Weary of the Developer-Friendly Status Quo in Petaluma? Your Deadline to Run for the City Council Has Arrived

Will three Petaluma City Councilmembers be running for re-election unopposed? That’s the big question of the day, as the deadline to file paperwork to run for City Council is tomorrow, Friday, August 12 at 5 pm. City Clerk Claire Cooper informed RR that several people have requested the necessary paperwork to declare their candidacy, but…

Postscript: Coloring Outside the Box – Defined

“Coloring Outside the Box” Utilized locally by longtime Petaluma City Councilmember Mike Healy*, this is a somewhat nebulous phrase describing something which is always frowned upon. As of the summer 2016, it appears to be defined as any city requirement of prospective developers within Petaluma city limits that: Is of benefit to the citizens of Petaluma,…

Coloring Outside the Box – Why Basin Street Properties Loves the Petaluma City Council

At the April 4, 2016 meeting of the Petaluma City Council, Mayor David Glass expressed astonishment that a city requirement to construct a small segment of bicycle path along an abandoned railway corridor would cause developer Basin Street Properties to consider abandoning its proposed Marina Apartments project altogether. Glass suggested at the outset of the…