Lafferty Ranch advocates say an easement over 905 square feet of private land standing between the public and the proposed nature preserve near Petaluma could finally be secured by newly discovered property records dating back to the Civil War era.
Petaluma will add its weight to a renewed legal battle for public access on city-owned Lafferty Ranch northeast of town.
Petaluma residents will get a chance to sound off on a potential new tax to pay for city services. City Council members authorized City Manager John Brown to commission a survey of Petalumans to determine whether they are willing to approve a tax.
A Sonoma County judge on Thursday dealt a serious blow to opponents of the tribal casino being built outside Rohnert Park, ruling against them in a lawsuit aimed at halting the project that had been set for trial today.
Petaluma city leaders are working to shore up federal opposition to a potential casino on 277 acres south of city limits, land owned by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians.
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.
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.
The Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday night to hire its own city attorney and end its longtime contract with Meyers Nave, a large statewide firm that handles legal matters for dozens of cities.
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.