As the recent stabbing over gang-related colors shows, Petaluma is no longer the oasis of rational peace in a sea of chaos that many wish it were. As the recession-driven cuts in public safety services hit our city, wanton, irrational acts of violence may well get increase. Whatever happens, it’s good to remember that Petaluma is – at root – a genuine community of people who by and large care for each other and are willing to work together when times get tough. I believe in the coming year our genuine, that is to say non-agenda-driven, community spirit is going to be tested.

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