A Petaluma360 Blog
Steve Rustad illuminates issues and dissects politics
Can’t wait for the rain.
Water, or the lack thereof, is once again in the news as it was back in the drought of ’06. Pity the mighty Petaluma River is actually a brackish tide slough.
Some say one definition of insanity is to expect different results from unchanged behavior. If that be true, Petaluma is one crazy town. Fun to watch, to be sure, but crazy none the less.
Noted in this morning’s Argus yet more discussion about the on-going “road diet,” the once and future solution to Petaluma’s presumably flabby roads. After some seven years of steady dieting, cross-town traffic certainly hasn’t improved (chorus of groans here), and there is little noticeable improvement in the quality or quantity of road-side commerce, which was (is) the stated goal of shrinking the roads in the first place. One cheer for urban planning. No…that sounds like a groan.
Chris Oakes and the wonderful folks at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club have put together a Holiday stocking for local homeless vets. The gift includes an Army blanket, knit cap, socks, toiletries, instant coffee and nutritious snacks. As many of you know, military veterans make up to 40% of our homeless population. If you know a homeless vet, and would like to see them receive this gift, please contact Chris @ firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact PVAC (707) 789-9898.
The next Resilience Cafe occurs this Monday, December 9, at Aqus Cafe. The first one was a powerful evening. Here’s a link to a video about the evening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgC9dFQ5bho
In case you were worried, you might be comforted to know that anyone who had the urge to drop a quarter in a slot machine at 3am on Thanksgiving morning was welcomed by the friendly folks at the Graton Rancheria Casino.
The headline on yesterday’s Argus read “Train Stop in Limbo. No funds for a second SMART station.” And, by the way, the Corona Station was the stop that was to have parking. Alas, no parking at the Lakeville / Washington station. Guess you’ll have to take the infrequent buses. SMART has never measured up to the double entendre of its acronym, but it demonstrates a truth about bureaucracies – regardless of their reasons for coming into being, after they’re established… Read More »
“Campus Pot Busts Spike in October” reads another headline on the cover of today’s Argus-Courier. Unlike the locally-grown, weak-tea (pun-intended) weed that prevailed when I went to college in the late 1960′s, today’s maryjane should be called MajorJones. Thanks to improvements in horticulture and the diligence of the Mexican cartels, kids today can readily score killer dope. Despite serious and incontrovertible evidence the pot-smoking does in fact damage the cognitive functions of young adults, progressive folks continue… Read More »