Rainier Ruckus

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 [...]

By | November 20th, 2014|0 Comments

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


Can't wait for the rain.      

By | January 29th, 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

Miss Petaluma’s Oldies – Road Diet Redux

Noted in this morning's Argus yet more discussion about the on-going "road diet," the once and future solution to Petaluma's presumably flabby roads. After some seven years of steady dieting, cross-town traffic certainly hasn't improved (chorus of groans here), and there is little noticeable improvement in the quality or quantity [...]

By | December 26th, 2013|0 Comments

Homeless Vets Holiday Stocking

Chris Oakes and the wonderful folks at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club have put together a Holiday stocking for local homeless vets. The gift includes an Army blanket, knit cap, socks, toiletries, instant coffee and nutritious snacks. As many of you know, military veterans make up to 40% of our homeless [...]

By | December 4th, 2013|0 Comments

Miss Petaluma’s Oldies: Happy Thanksgiving (2006)

In case you were worried, you might be comforted to know that anyone who had the urge to drop a quarter in a slot machine at 3am on Thanksgiving morning was welcomed by the friendly folks at the Graton Rancheria Casino.  

By | November 29th, 2013|0 Comments

Miss Petaluma’s Oldies: Petaluma Continues To Be OutSMARTED (Circa 2012)

The headline on yesterday's Argus read "Train Stop in Limbo. No funds for a second SMART station." And, by the way, the Corona Station was the stop that was to have parking. Alas, no parking at the Lakeville / Washington station. Guess you'll have to take the infrequent buses. SMART [...]

By | November 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Rainier Connector Again in the News.

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 [...]

By | September 28th, 2013|0 Comments