The local consensus is that cross-town traffic has never been worse. The once-popular belief (held, at least, in the more progressive corners of river city) that foot-dragging on road-expansion would somehow preserve the local charm has fallen from favor. Perhaps perennially clogged roads and 30-minute cross-town commutes were considered charming [...]
River City is no different than anyplace else: nobody wants new taxes, but everybody wants more services. In some quarters more government is the answer, nay, the holy grail. Unfortunately, government doesn't generate wealth - especially not with a "Smart" (e.g., limited or no) growth agenda. All government can do [...]
In Petaluma, when it concerns the dreaded "D" word, aka Development, everybody has a hidden agenda. The louder some scream about the "public good" to more you can be assured that person is seeking some private benefit.
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.
Gee it's tough being a Petaluma City Councilperson, so many activists to placate, constituents to coddle and issues to straddle. And of course, in this climate of diminished revenues (let's not trouble ourselves as to why revenues are diminished), all city departments have to share the pain equally. No favorites. [...]
Thanks to an approval for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), the widely desired (by 72% of Petalumans) and rabidly opposed (by nimby's, "progressives," and the rest of the anti-everything minority) Rainier connector - between the east and west sides of river city - is once again in the news. Don't [...]
For the time being, it seems as if the Burghers of Petaluma are entertaining the possibility that a little growth isn't a bad thing.
Historically, when the word "growth" has been uttered in the local cloisters of power, it's usually been coupled with other words such as "surgical removal," or "over our dead bodies." Lip service is given plenty to "increasing revenues," but given the progressive bias for regressive taxation, intrusive regulation and hectoring [...]
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.