Businesses and neighbors in Petaluma are opposing a plan to create an experimental Bicycle Boulevard on East D Street. They are worried the city’s plan will remove parking spaces and make the street less safe. One says she has got about 150 signatures on a petition opposing the plan.
Matt Maguire, one of two chairmen of the Petaluma Community Coalition, said it hadn’t been decided what he and Paul Francis will do with the money.
Petaluma City Council members Monday night officially announced their approval of a controversial legal settlement that pays opponents of a Target-anchored development $150,000 to drop legal challenges to the big-box retail development.
What will the Petaluma Community Coalition do with its $100,000 settlement from the Target shopping center lawsuit? Part of the money will be used to repay donors, co-chair Matt Maguire says. And some of the funds could be put back into the community. But that hasn’t stopped some local officials from worrying that the payment sets a precedent for lawsuits and business in Petaluma.
The developer of a Target-anchored shopping center in Petaluma and a neighborhood group opposed to the project have signed an agreement in which both sides will drop their lawsuits against the city. The developer will pay the city $72,000 and pay $100,000 to the Petaluma Community Coalition.