Petaluma’s city leaders Monday night dug into the structure and risks of the planned Sonoma Clean Power Authority, an alternative to utility giant PG&E promised to bring a greener product to county residents.
A proposed housing, retail and hotel development along the Petaluma River brings with it the promise of nearly 2,500 temporary and permanent jobs.
The Petaluma City Council, despite some reservations, has directed its staff to forge ahead with a draft environmental impact report that analyzes the city’s largest housing subdivision in almost a decade. During a 4½-hour hearing for the Davidon Homes project on hilly land on the western outskirts of town, the council Monday said it wanted more information in the final document on water drainage, potential landslides, noise, wildlife protection, traffic and preservation plans for a historic barn on the former Scott Ranch property.
Massage therapists in Petaluma may have wondered what decade they were in following discussion of a proposed ordinance regulating their profession. Police Chief Pat Williams presented the proposed new ordinance to the City Council this week, noting that occasional investigations have exposed prostitution operations masquerading as legitimate massage businesses.
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.
Petaluma residents’ garbage bills will go up by more than 6 percent in July, part of a new franchise agreement the city agreed to last week that will also bring in an extra $750,000 a year to the city’s coffers.
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.