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Petaluma considers limits for outside water users

About 50,000 gallons of Petaluma drinking water are being trucked out of town each day for some other purpose — agriculture, construction, filling swimming pools. And with the drought quickly becoming a top priority, city officials are looking into that long-standing practice.

Petaluma seeks county rules on renewable energy

Petaluma city leaders seek tighter regulations on where commercial renewable-energy projects should be allowed on the county’s ranches and farmland.

Petaluma’s Hansen House declared a local landmark

A 1906 farmhouse, one of the last on Petaluma’s suburban east side, was officially declared a local landmark Monday, affording the home built by Danish immigrants a place in the city’s future.

Petaluma Planning Commission gets more pro-development

For the second time in four years, the Petaluma Planning Commission has undergone a wholesale makeover, this time at the hands of the business friendly City Council majority.

Petaluma weighs public power agency

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.

Proposed Petaluma waterfront project to create 2,500 jobs

A proposed housing, retail and hotel development along the Petaluma River brings with it the promise of nearly 2,500 temporary and permanent jobs.

Petaluma proceeds with EIR for proposed westside subdivision

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.

Petaluma City Council votes to keep city manager

The Petaluma City Council Monday night approved an amended contract for City Manager John Brown to remain on the job through June 2019.

Petaluma City Council OKs tough smoking ban

The Petaluma City Council unanimously voted Monday to broaden citywide restrictions on smoking to include private living spaces, medical marijuana and electronic cigarettes.

Petaluma police seek new rules on massage businesses

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.

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