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.
Perhaps the title should be Omission instead of Commission, given the propensity of some of the members to do almost anything but make productive contributions to the planning process. John and Chris have asked me to be "nice," so I won't tee off on the City Council, or share my thoughts as to why the Planning Commission is dysfunctional. Suffice it to say, look at how they were appointed. Oh, BTW - in response to those you who consider my Lowe's cartoon to be anti-Semitic, you should look up the definition of the word. The mention of Passover, Jews, or Hebrews is not - in and of itself - anti-Semitic. And there's nothing in my attached commentary that is anti-Semitic. On the contrary, I'm highly respectful of the Jewish tradition, have attended numerous Seders and, for several years, was married to a woman of the Jewish faith.
Wow. Here's an idea. Allow a pot dispensary in Petaluma so we can collect the sales tax. Let's see, the dispensary in Sebastopol brings in a whopping $50,000 a year in tax. Whereas, had the Target store been approved, oh, say 2 years ago, River City would have collected over $2,000,000 in sales tax revenues. I guess smoking dope does effect your cognitive functions. Or, perhaps, progressives simply prefer to ignore empirical data when advancing their pet causes.
You can't write fiction that funnier or stupider than what happens in real life. Witness the the wacko who complained that the proposed Chicken Plop Bingo event - designed to raise money for the PPS homeless shelter - was harmful to chickens. The event organizers, every wary of River Town's lunatic fringe, cancelled the event. The same individual blocked someone from building on her block by claiming that the project would harm local badgers. Anyone who objected was dubbed a, "Badger Hater." And, thus, the Great Paula Lane Badger Holocaust was averted. Alert the Nobel Committee.
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.
The Regency Center (Target) is still being delayed after years of stalling, foot-dragging, and outright obfuscation on the part of the City abetted by a tiny (but vocal) cohort of NIMBY activists who cloak their selfishness in civic pride. Now the Deer Creek project (Lowes) is entering into that same ever-mutating cycle of abuse, e.g., the review and (dis)approval process. Why any business person would want to engage with a community that so-reviles commerce is beyond me. Maybe the City mothers and fathers could hire the Disney folks to run the City as an amusement park called NIMBYLAND. Think of the rides: The Road to Nowhere, Legal Limbo, The Incredible Expanding Fee...
City Manager John Brown is yelling from the rooftops that the City has about a year before fiscal Armageddon. Is anyone listening? Last year, Mayor Glass-Half-Full promised that, "Revenues will come," without actually saying from where. Since then, when he's not intimidating City staff, his "revenue-generating-efforts seem to have focused on stalling the Deercreek shopping center, now that that the Regency Center is has been delayed yet another year, if not longer.
Well folks, the cranky Hobbit-In-Chief has lashed out again - this time at a city employee, which makes him a work-place harasser. He's apologized (after a fashion) saying that "he was scared." Scar-Y is more like it, as Ms Padrovan can attest. I mean, who likes being attacked by a ferocious Chihuahua. And remember, this is the man who was elected to lead our troubled city through difficult negotiations with the very same municipal employees that he publicly yelled at. Time for an anger management class, or perhaps a recall?