Petaluma will add its weight to a renewed legal battle for public access on city-owned Lafferty Ranch northeast of town.
Petaluma is poised to replace the law firm that’s handled its land-use lawsuits, labor negotiations and routine legal matters for nearly two decades.
Instead of contracting with a firm, the city likely will create an in-house legal department with three attorneys and a legal assistant.
The move will provide ‘significant savings’ over the outside contract, City Manager John Brown said.
The Petaluma City Council late Monday night unanimously approved broad new smoking restrictions, including banning smoking in multi-family housing units, such as apartments and condos, and from certain outdoor spaces, including private balconies, decks, courtyards and bus stops.
The decision to place a sales tax increase on the November ballot in Petaluma rests in the hands of four City Council members after three others declared their opposition to it Monday night.
An effort to rewrite part of Petaluma’s sign code failed late Monday night as the City Council stalemated in a 3-3 tie.
The Petaluma City Council is set to examine the Petaluma Planning Commission’s recommendation on freeway-facing signage and make its own decision Monday.