This is a different version of this week's cartoon than what appeared in the paper. John felt that I was belittling the hysteria about Global Warming, and he was right. Since he's the boss about what appears in print, I gladly revised the design. This being my blog, however... The [...]
After seven years of wooing Petaluma, Lowes threw in the towel. I guess the additional and unnecessary EIR's required by the city in the hopes of forestalling the blackmail, I mean frivolous litigation, threatened by the anti-growth gang finally wore Lowes down. So, who do you think is publicly chortling that Lowe's departure gives us "time to rethink the project?" The same bunch who will obstruct the next iteration of the project, and the one after that. And in the process, these self-righteous bullies continue to cost the city sorely needed tax revenues, and the citizens jobs.
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.
Petaluma's self-annointed Progressives elected the mayor to represent their heartfelt goals and achieve their most profound purposes. In short (no pun intended), the mayor is the living embodiment of a Petaluma Progressive - abusing subordinates, aiding a trespasser who interferes with legally-mandated activities, claiming ownership of projects that have survived despite his determined opposition. On one hand, you can say that he's no worse than most politicians, e.g., people who do whatever they have to do to get their own way, which (in my view) perfectly characterizes our local brand of "Progressive."
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.