With each passing day, East Washington Place becomes more and more evident. A growing testament to the determination of many to prevail over the obstructions, lies and legal shenanigans of a few who claimed to represent the interests of our community as a whole but, in the end, stood only for [...]
After all the foot-dragging, hysteria, disingenuous arguments, outright lies, and frivolous litigation that verged on blackmail, Petaluma will finally plug some of the "retail leakage" that serious citizens have been complaining about for nearly a decade.
So an EIR projects that local air pollution will increase if Friedman's Home Improvement comes to town. However, the scope of the report is so narrow that it doesn't include the drop in pollution that would result from all the cars not driving to Rohnert Park for their home improvement [...]
If you want to make sure that your town stays mired in the past, there's no better place from which to foist your vision of petrification than a seat on the Planning Commission. Apparently such is Petaluma's lot, give the Planning Commission's recent flanking movement on the Deer Creek Development. [...]
I've observed a feature common to local citizens oversight groups: a significant portion of the membership is there not to add value, offer creative input, or support the stated purpose of the group. These participants join the group just so they can veto whatever irks them or their cronies. I suggest renaming the Planning Comission to the Planning Omission.
Despite all the foot-dragging, long-rolling, hand-wringing, buck-passing and frivolous litigation (to date, anyway), it looks as if Petaluma is one step closer to having it's own Target store. Despite the hysterical efforts of the anti-big-box, Keep Petaluma Egregious (erroneous, execrable...whatever) bunch, many who are forced to burn up fossil fuels and abrade their rubber tires driving out of town to shop at the nearest Target, may soon be able to stay in town and reduce their carbon footprint. And let's not forget that sales taxe revenue. Not that the city needs it, of course.
This just in... A former Petaluma City Councilperson, a spouse, and an individual who strongly resembled hizzoner, the Mayor, visited the site of the future (hopefully) Deercreek Shopping Center. The Councilperson and spouse attempted to block the mowing of the grass for reasons that are not clear, while the third individual stood by on the sidelines. When told they were trespassing, all three parties departed without further incident and the mowing was resumed.
A hearty welcome to Ingrid Alverde, Petaluma's new Economic Development Manager. Ingrid came to River City from Poway, where in a similar role she helped bring Costco, Home Depot and Kohls to that city. I hope she brought with her a thick skin, a carload of Pepto and pain killers, and a manual on how to tame the local dinosaurs who work overtime to keep Petaluma trapped in the Jurassic Age.
The "Passover" saga is the latest in a long history of so-called progressive efforts to block progress of any kind. I mean no disrespect to Passover, a sacred day to Jews the world over that celebrates the Lord's sparing of the Hebrews as His angel slew the firstborn among the Egyptians who held them in bondage. Though it is ironic that the Holiday was used as yet another stalling tactic in the anti-growth faction's effort to hold all developments in bondage to their whims.