Downtown Petaluma merchants concerned about a self-imposed tax meant to encourage visitors to spend money in the historic business district will have an opportunity to make their feelings known next month.
Those people in Santa hats and red sweatshirts are at it again, feeding expired parking meters in downtown Santa Rosa and Railroad Square to save folks from a $35 parking ticket.
An ambitious transit-oriented planning model for Petaluma’s downtown and river area will return to the City Council with modifications after concerns were raised on several fronts late Monday night.
Santa Rosa City Hall has shown an unfortunate propensity for missteps when it comes to downtown parking. Over the years, the litany of common complaints include overzealous enforcement, high fees and costly fines, parking meters that don’t work, dark and dingy garages and yes, inconvenient pay stations.
Santa Rosa is moving forward with a plan to rip out dozens of relatively new downtown parking stations that merchants said were baffling to their customers and bad for business.