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Demolition OK’d at Petaluma squatters’ camp

A house that occupies the same land as the original European settlement of Petaluma will be demolished, probably later this month. The Beck house in Cedar Grove Park is too dilapidated and has been too modified over the years, stripping it of any historical value, Petaluma planning commissioners conceded this week.

Petaluma councilman Chris Albertson running for 2nd term

Petaluma City Councilman Chris Albertson confirmed this week that he will seek a second term.

Scale of Petaluma’s future development shifts

The proposals that yielded Petaluma’s two largest shopping centers, both anchored by big-box chains, created heated disagreements among the community and the City Council on what size and style of development were appropriate for Sonoma County’s second-largest city.

The Target project sparked two lawsuits and a $150,000 settlement with an opposition group, while developers of the Friedman’s project agreed to fund nearly $200,000 in amenities opponents wanted in order to head off threatened litigation.

Now that the nastiest development battles of the past decade are over, with Target’s East Washington Place already open and Friedman’s Deer Creek center well underway, what’s next for development in Petaluma?

Petaluma asphalt plant opponents’ appeal denied

Opponents of an asphalt plant just outside Petaluma city limits have lost another legal battle and are mulling whether to pursue one final appeal, a review by the state Supreme Court.

Sonoma Clean Power extends deadline for holdout cities

Sonoma County’s new public power provider is renewing its effort to woo three holdout cities into the electricity venture with an eye on spreading fixed costs over a greater number of customers and further reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Two old maps present shift in Lafferty Ranch dispute

County maps from the 1860s may be the ‘final nail in the coffin,’ park advocates claim.

Hope for blighted Petaluma parcel

Cedar Grove Park is an unhealthy squatters’ paradise of abandoned, graffiti-covered buildings, overgrown trees, discarded bedding, clothes and appliances.

Temporary ban on Petaluma gas stations fails

The Petaluma City Council on Monday night rejected a proposed moratorium on gas stations that would have prohibited Safeway from building a fueling station in front of its North McDowell Boulevard store.

Court rejects lawsuit over Petaluma asphalt plant

A state appellate court on Friday rejected on all counts an appeal by the city of Petaluma and environmental groups that challenged county approval of the Dutra Materials asphalt plant just south of Petaluma.

Petaluma’s budget shows improvement, for now

Petaluma’s mid-year budget analysis shows a fairly rosy short-term picture, but possible problems down the road.

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