Projects by private landowners to boost salmon and other fish populations in North Coast streams are set to receive an additional $2 million this year from an arm of the federal government. Federal and local officials on Friday announced the commitment of new grant money for six major river basins stretching from Sonoma County — and including the Russian River — to Eureka, in Humboldt County.
After more than three years with a temporary leader, Petaluma has hired a permanent police chief.
An initial group of 42 applicants for Petaluma’s police chief job has been narrowed to four finalists, including two in-house candidates. City Manager John Brown said he hopes to make an offer to the top candidate by July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Brown wouldn’t discuss the finalists or whether Petaluma interim chief Dan Fish and Lt. Dave Sears are among them. But other sources within the city said Sears and Fish were among the final four interviewed in the past two weeks.
Petaluma city leaders agreed late Monday to tighten the budget belt one more notch. In another round of cuts that trim about 5 percent from the 2012-13 general fund, the $32.5 million spending plan should maintain priority services and put the city on course to begin rebuilding a rainy day fund.
Animal advocates are rallying behind the Petaluma shelter after the police chief’s budget-cutting plan includes the elimination of both of the city’s animal control officers. Interim Chief Danny Fish’s recommendation also includes eliminating ‘most responses to the public’ for animal-related calls, such as sick or injured animals, strays and abuse reports.
Petaluma residents looking to have input in the selection of their next police chief have two avenues for making their preferences known: a Town Hall meeting and an online survey. For the first time, the city has sought comments and suggestions from the local citizenry in picking its top cop.
The Petaluma community will have input in the selection process of the next police chief. Lt. Danny Fish has been serving as interim chief for three years, saving the city about $600,000 in salary and benefits during that time, City Manager John Brown said.
As a process gets underway to appoint a permanent police chief in Petaluma, Interim Police Chief Dan Fish is facing allegations from his ex-wife that he concealed an affair with a married police department employee at the time he was appointed to the post in April 2009.
UPDATE 4:45 PM: City officials granted Occupy Petaluma a 24-hour permit extension Wednesday, giving the protesters a day to fix compliance issues before they receive permission for a longer stay. The group has tried to collaborate with the city, rather than confront it. Should the city let the campers stay longer?