City Council Faces a Taxing Problem

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 [...]

By | August 27th, 2014|0 Comments

The Cocks Are Crowing: Someone Must Be Trying to Build Something.

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.

By | July 30th, 2014|0 Comments

How Dry We Are…Again

Water, or the lack thereof, is once again in the news as it was back in the drought of '06. Pity the mighty Petaluma River is actually a brackish tide slough.

By | January 22nd, 2014|0 Comments

Petaluma Police Add Volunteers to Its Roster

The Petaluma Police Department held a bar-b-que yesterday where they presented awards to some deserving officers and employees, and recognized the department's first group of citizen volunteers #PPDVolunteers. The group will donate a couple of days each month to shouldering select administrative tasks in order to free up Petaluma's Finest to better [...]

By | September 26th, 2013|0 Comments

(Less) Power to the People.

Environmentalists are said to favor the creation of the "green" Sonoma County Power Agency. If the favor of those Utopian Fascists doesn't warn you off, then you must be eager for ObamaCare to kick in, drive up your  costs and reduce you access to services. Pretty much exactly what will [...]

By | June 2nd, 2013|0 Comments

God Bless the Cops!

Last week - along with about 25 other involved citizens - I completed the 10-week Citizen's Academy course offered by the Petaluma Police Department. It was informative, fascinating and occasionally disturbing as when the instructors would tell the class about emerging trends in criminal behavior or the recent State of [...]

By | April 23rd, 2013|0 Comments

Is Economic Growth Possible in Petaluma?

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 [...]

By | March 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Petaluma, Where Progress Doesn’t March, It Crawls.

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 [...]

By | March 3rd, 2013|0 Comments

Finally, some sales tax relief.

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.

By | January 31st, 2013|0 Comments

It’s a New Year…

...and another chance to fix what was ignored last year.    

By | January 18th, 2013|0 Comments