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Las sequías periódicas son parte de la vida en el estado de California. Debido a esto, la ciudad de Petaluma tiene un Plan de Contingencia de Escasez de Agua de múltiples etapas, listo para funcionar cuando surjan condiciones de sequía, tales como las que estamos experimentando ahora.

En este momento, la Ciudad ha promulgado la Etapa 4 de este Plan la cual está diseñada para ahorrar un 30% del uso de agua a través de los restricciones obligatorias.

127. Work with Fair District board and agricultural stakeholders to find creative ways to promote and support Petaluma’s agricultural heritage.
136. Ensure ongoing and proactive maintenance of Petaluma’s public art.
154. Prioritize completion of all phases of the Petaluma Community Sports Field project.
214. Cedar Grove Park and Open Space

129. Identify partners and funding for developing the fairground property.
128. Engage the community to envision and adopt a master plan for the fairgrounds property.
130. Celebrate existing public art by completing an inventory and develop promotional materials.
134. Continue to look for opportunities for smaller, community-oriented public art projects.
139. Develop a rehabilitation/reconfiguration plan for City Hall which includes a lobby area, expansion into County-wing, and wayfinding signage.
144. Finalize Certified Local Government designation process and recommend next steps.
149. Develop a plan to prioritize playground upgrades/replacement and accessibility improvements.
150. Repurpose existing amenities to promote recreational opportunities, including initial phases of tennis court rehabilitation citywide and pickleball courts.
155. Refine proposed trail network and begin guided tours for interim access on Lafferty Ranch; consider incorporation into City.
208. Complete a Greenhouse Gas Inventory Assessment for parks maintenance to establish a baseline assessment of city facilities and adopt best practices for future maintenance.
209. Open the Paula Lane Nature Preserve to the public, including agricultural demonstration activities, trails, interpretive signage, and educational research.
212. Parklets – create a permanent parklet program that includes clear guidelines on how parklets can be installed in Petaluma’s public right-of-way areas.
213. Objective Design Standards.
224. Develop a scope and plan to initiate a vision for City parks and open space for Council consideration.
225. Execute contract for skatepark community outreach and complete re-design.

42. Find ways for City operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, decrease waste, and minimize use of fossil fuels and investigate and pursue options for carbon sequestration.
49. Install solar panels on city-owned properties where appropriate and work with Sonoma Clean Power on a solar program for potential revenue generation.
50. Engage the Regional Climate Protection Agency, City Council, staff, and community members in the development of a city-wide Climate Action Plan.
52. Develop a framework to move the city and transit vehicle fleet from fossil-fuel based to hybrid, renewable compressed natural gas, and/or electric vehicles and continue pursuing grant funding opportunities for electric vehicles.
71. Revisit flood plain management practices to address climate change and sea level rise.
42. Ensure equitable new development, including affordable housing and shelters, by revising the General Plan, building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board.
197. Inform and invite local California Native peoples into our ongoing dialogue as part of cultivating respectful and collaborative relationships with indigenous communities with the intention to understand, highlight, and integrate their community needs, climate action priorities, and ecological insight and values into our climate actions.
200. Use the Climate Emergency Framework as a foundation for the new General Plan update, including all guiding principles.
201. Integrate climate action, environmental justice and public health improvements throughout the General Plan document and include elements and/or extensive discussion (including community and expert discussion) and metrics for Environmental Justice, Climate and Healthy Communities so that all planning and land use related CEF goals and objectives are fully developed and embodied in the General Plan. As part of the General Plan process develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan that contains the action the City shall take and ask the community to undertake over the life of the General Plan towards meeting the CEF Goals. Ensure equitable new development by revising building and development codes, and other relevant City policies to apply climate-action equity priorities fairly across the board concurrently or in advance of the General Plan update process.
204. Evaluate the process to divest from all fossil-fuel investments including pension funds and the costs/benefits of developing a new carbon neutral and green economy investment portfolio.
207. Adopt a natural gas ban for new construction and adopt a policy to phase in building energy retrofits for existing buildings to meet climate targets. Provide resources and programs to ensure retrofits are available and affordable to low-income residents and do not cause rent increases for tenants over and above monthly savings on utility bills from the upgrades and include tenant protections to avoid displacement and eviction.

46. Establish and promote a citywide sustainability program leading with exemplary environmental practices.
47. Adopt a Zero Waste ordinance.
56. Update Implementing Zoning Ordinance (IZO) to ensure ability to provide full environmental review for all discretionary projects.
60. Adopt a citywide single-use plastic and polystyrene ban.
64. Create tool / dashboard that tracks City progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration.
66. Educate our community and provide sustainability tools for City staff, developers, employers, property owners and all residents.
191. Develop an initial outreach and engagement plan that the city funds as part of resourcing and educating Petalumans, including outreach campaigns and events to increase knowledge of energy efficiency and building electrification benefits and ensure that local energy providers or businesses that sell home energy equipment provide up-to-date and climate-smart options.
193. Identify funds to support Storm Water program and infrastructure.
194. Adopt a VMT policy that is consistent with the 2030 carbon neutrality goal. In order to meet these targets, prepare policy recommendations for rapidly implementing alternative clean, safe, accessible, and affordable and active and public transportation modes to meet the rising community need for climate-friendly transportation.
196. Update the City’s Integrated Pest Management Plan and formalize a policy of how the City maintains its parks, trails, open spaces, streetscape, creeks, landcape assessment districts, and other City’s properties in a more sustainable way that is better for the environment, the community, and the health of the public and staff.
203. Impose a moratorium on City purchases of fossil fuel powered vehicles, power equipment, and appliances, with limited exceptions for emergency vehicles and equipment where no low climate pollution causing alternatives are reasonably available.
206. Develop an assessment of climate change impacts by neighborhood and demographic group to assess where and for whom environmental justice and equity work needs to be focused.

 

120. Robust focus on the riverfront and river-oriented development, including redevelopment potential of the Golden Eagle Shopping Center and Water Street.

114. Identify potential parking and transportation alternatives for downtown.
186. Work with local businesses who need support during COVID recovery.
221. Revisit Cannabis Ordinance and consider storefront options.

73.1. Prioritize youth safety through education, safe routes to school, enforcement, traffic calming, and community resource officers.
73.2. Restore the Homeless Outreach Services Team.
76. Adopt a Care and Shelter operations manual to improve City logistics planning during emergencies.
88. Facilitate construction of Accessory Dwelling Units.
92. Adopt a Tobacco Retail Licensing ordinance and re-evaluate the City’s smoking policy to include e-cigarettes/vaping.
95. Adopt a “visit ability” ordinance to provide accessibility in new single-family home construction.
179. Complete needed facility upgrades to meet safety standards regarding COVID-19.
235. Just Cause, Ellis Act Implementation.

15. Identify funds and develop plan to improve Petaluma’s streets and roads.
22. Complete the second SMART station at Corona.
30. Engage and support all City committees and commissions, allowing opportunities to cross-pollinate with each other and to better integrate and provide recommendations for improved City decision-making.
159. Update the Citywide Records Retention Schedule whereby reducing the City’s exposure and liability and reducing the cost of storing outdated records.
217. Establish metrics to review who receives services with the goal of increasing services to underserved populations.

4. Review and update the City’s Development Impact Fees where appropriate.
9. Study the feasibility of developing a City-wide Fellowship Program with Sonoma State and/or other institutions of higher education.
13. Establish a new employee orientation program.
14. Identify funding options to complete Petaluma’s planned cross-town connectors.
18. Establish and improve paths, as useful transportation options, and make walking and biking easy, fun and safe.
19. Implement community bike share system and explore other multi-modal transportation offerings.
26. Update the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian plan and realize opportunities for crosstown connections for all modes of transportation.
36. Implement an online permitting system.
37. Implement agenda management software system to improve the efficiency of electronic meeting packet preparation and to increase public engagment.
158. Engage the community to improve race relations and make recommendations on City and policing policies.
161. Increase community engagement through programs that attract new followers. Complete Latinx outreach strategy and begin implementing recommendations from the strategy.
163. Review and finalize five (5) existing city-wide administrative rules.
165. Update the City’s Urban Water Management Plan and Water Shortage Contingency Plan to reflect City’s most current needs, the climate crisis, and expected increase intensity of wet and dry weather.
167. Complete a Public Safety Facilities Assessment.
169. Develop guidelines and policies to reopen city facilities in a way that supports safety and flexibility for city staff.
170. Complete a thorough update of the City’s Telecommunications regulations including cell tower rules.
171. Complete a thorough review and update of Wastewater and Water regulations, benchmarking with other municipalities and agencies, reviewing latest state requirements and codes to verify City’s regulations are not in conflict and provide an equitable application of requirements on businesses and residents while providing safeguards for the utility systems.
174. Complete 2022 Utility Rate Study to ensure rates support sustainable and resilient water distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and recycled water systems.
177. Procure board management software to streamline the application and appointment process, increase community engagement, and to track ethics and anti-harassment training, for City committees, commissions, and boards.
178. Reconstitute a cohesive Community Development Department.
231. Develop activities and events to promote teamwork, collaborative relationships, celebrating staff successes and City of Petaluma years of service to rebuild in-person workplace culture.
233. Update City’s purchasing ordinance and policies.

Según los mandatos actuales de restricción de agua de la Etapa 4 está permitido utilizar el lavado a presión para limpiar su hogar. Sin embargo, actualmente está prohibido lavar la acera o pavimento.

Power washing your home is allowed under the current Stage 4 water restriction mandates. Washing down pavement, however, is currently prohibited.

Sí. Estos mandatos se harán cumplir y quienes los infrinjan estarán sujetos a multas de hasta $1,000. Consulte a continuación nuestro manual de procedimiento por una infracción y las multas aplicables (Sección 15.17.100 del Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  1. Los clientes que incumplan con los requisitos de la 3 Etapa o del Capítulo 15.17 del Código Municipal de Petaluma recibirán una advertencia escrita o verbal y se les ordenará que la corrijan lo que hayan incumplido dentro de un tiempo razonable. Un plazo de setenta y dos (72)  horas desde la notificación de la infracción será considerado un tiempo razonable para volver a estar dentro de la ley.
  2. La Ciudad podrá instalar un dispositivo de restricción de flujo en la línea de servicio.
  3. La Ciudad podrá imponer una multa por desperdicio de agua al cliente. La 1 infracción: $100, 2 infracción: $500, 3 infracción: $1,000.
  4. La Ciudad podrá cortar el servicio de agua y cobrar a los clientes por la reconexión. El servicio no se restablecerá hasta que la Ciudad verifique que la violación ha sido corregida y que se han pagado todos los cargos y tarifas adicionales. 

Yes. These mandates will be enforced and violations are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Please see our violation procedure and fine schedules below (Petaluma Municipal Code Section 15.17.100).

  1. Customers in violation of Stage 4 requirements or PMC Chapter 15.17 will receive a written or verbal warning and order that the violation be corrected within a reasonable time. Seventy-two hours from notice of violation shall be considered a reasonable time for correction.
  2. The City may install a flow-restricting device on the service line.
  3. The City may levy a water waste fine to the customer. 1st violation: $100, 2nd violation: $500, 3rd violation, $1,000
  4. The City may shut off water service and charge the customer for reconnection. Service shall not be reinstated until verified by the City that the violation has been corrected and all charges and fees have been paid.

The launch of our SAFE program was made possible by $1 million in seed funding from Measure U, a sales tax increase voted in by the people of Petaluma. To continue to provide programming, both the City and PPSC are working to secure additional funding.

The SAFE program is managed by the Petaluma City Manager’s office, and is a collaborative partnership with the City, Police, Fire, and PPSC. PPSC is leveraging its existing partnerships with healthcare providers, community-based programs, and their 70 existing human services programs to access services currently provided. PPSC has the contract to provide this program to our community.

The SAFE program launched July 4, 2021 and has been working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week since. The program continues to grow in personnel and capacity and aims to be operating 24/7 by October 2021.

Individuals may access SAFE services as follows:

  • Call 9-1-1 – an emergency dispatcher will answer and determine if your situation requires the SAFE team, first responders such as police, fire, or paramedics, or a combination of both.
  • Call 707-781-1234 – you will reach a directory where you can choose to speak with a 9-1-1 operator or a non-emergency staff member to help.

Services are available in both English and Spanish.

To access PPSC or to find out more about the program, email [email protected]

El programa de agua reciclada de Petaluma no ofrece actualmente servicio a clientes residenciales. El agua reciclada que creamos está totalmente contratada a clientes existentes a largo plazo que brindan un servicio crítico a la ciudad durante los años lluviosos. Para implementar un programa residencial, primero tendríamos que ajustar nuestro programa, obtener las aprobaciones de los órganos de supervisión y expandir nuestra planta para generar más agua reciclada. Sin embargo, podemos brindar asesoramiento y apoyo para ayudar a nuestros residentes a mantener sus jardines durante esta época de restricciones obligatorias de uso del agua.

Seguramente usted habrá notado que el césped en algunos parques alrededor de la ciudad se vuelve marrón mientras que en otros permanece verde. ¿Por qué?

  • Hemos cerrado el agua en más de 26 de nuestros parques de mayor uso (el césped en ellos se volverá marrón)
  • Hemos reducido drásticamente el uso en muchos parques para conservar el agua y al mismo tiempo preservar los árboles (el césped en estos parques puede permanecer parcialmente verde)
  • Estamos utilizando agua reciclada para regar 5 parques (estos parques permanecerán verdes)

All-digital permitting is much more efficient than paper-based permitting. Staff will no longer need to spend time on tedious, low-value tasks like physically date-stamping plans. Instead, they’ll be able to focus on high-value tasks, like answering applicant questions. With all permit-related information in one online hub, staff will be able to work in tandem, with better accuracy. On the applicant’s side, the self-service portal brings convenience, allowing applicants to complete permit tasks from desktop, mobile, or other device, 24×7. The portal will even be the place where staff and applicants communicate. All of this translates into better service to the community.

A second benefit has to do with transparency–the ability of the public to see into the City’s processes. Transparency is an important component to our democracy, and it’s also vital to City staff and project applicants. Applicants and staff will be able to see where projects are in the review cycle, which will help applicants manage their budgets and timelines.

Finally, all-digital permitting is better for the environment. No paper and no need to drive to City Hall–two ways to support the local and global environment, a priority for our City as we work toward becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The Permits & Planning Hub is Petaluma’s new web portal for applying for most permits and planning approvals that the City requires through the Building, Planning, Public Works, Fire and Police Departments.

You will be able to track the progress of your application through a personalized dashboard that will show the status of all the permits you have applied for, any additional documentation is requesting, and any fees that are outstanding.

Yes. All fees for applications will be payable through the Hub.

In addition to being able to apply for a permit, you will also be able to upload any required supporting documents such as plans, reports, or authorizations.

Petaluma is hoping to have CSS available to the public before the end of August 2021.

Petaluma’s recycled water program does not currently offer service to residential customers. The recycled water we do create is fully contracted to long-term existing customers that provide a critical service to the City during wet years. To implement a residential program, we would first have to adjust our program, get approvals from oversight bodies, and expand our plant to generate more recycled water. However, we can provide advice and support to help our residents maintain their landscaping during the mandatory water restrictions.

Some water agencies are offering their recycled water to residential customers. Unfortunately, Petaluma is not able to do that at this time. 

Petaluma’s recycled water program is fully contracted to long-term, existing customers that provide a critical service to the City during wet years. Implementing a residential program would involve adjusting our program, getting approvals from oversight bodies, and then expanding our plant to generate more recycled water. This process would take many months, if not years.

With this in mind, we encourage our residential water customers to try other ways to reduce their landscape water use, while still keeping their garden and (hopefully, drought-tolerant) yards looking beautiful. This includes putting in an efficient drip irrigation system, watering in the evening or early morning, and choosing plant varieties that need less water.

You may notice some parks around town turning brown while some stay green. Why?

  • We have turned off water at 26+ of our highest usage parks (these will turn brown)
  • We have drastically reduced use at many parks to conserve water while preserving trees (grass at these parks may remain partially green)
  • We are utilizing recycled water to irrigate 5 parks (these parks will stay green)

After Aug 23, 2021, the City will no longer accept paper applications, including plans, filled out forms, etc.

Applicants will need to convert their materials to a digital file that can be uploaded via the portal. We recommend high resolution, professional scanning for plans; for forms and supporting materials we prefer scanned over digital photos. The file types we will accept include:

 

Los Mandatos de la 4 etapa del plan de contingencia por la sequía estarán en vigor a partir del 13/09/21.

The Stage 4 Drought Mandates are in effect beginning9/13/21.

Any further questions can be directed to Ken Eichstaedt at [email protected]

To report issues including potholes or sidewalk concerns click here.

Electric bikes and scooters are treated as bicycles and are subject to the same regulations and provisions within the city. For more information click here.

The Petaluma Bike and Pedestrian Master plan provides a thorough glimpse into City plans which can be accessed here. Sign up here to stay informed and share your thoughts!

If you are interested in joining the PBAC or any other commission, committee, or board click here.

The Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee makes walking and biking safer and more enjoyable by developing new bike and pedestrian projects, providing recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, reviewing development applications and more. Additional information about the PBAC can be found here.

Registering your bike with the Petaluma Police Department helps you get your bike back if it gets lost or stolen. For more information on why you should register your bike and to access the registration form click here.

Access the proposed and existing bike facilities maps here.

La población en el estado de California (como en el resto del mundo) está creciendo. Con el fin de garantizar que haya suficientes viviendas para que todos vivan de manera asequible, el estado de California determina las cifras de población proyectadas y después estima cuántas unidades de vivienda deben crearse para satisfacer la demanda de vivienda. Luego, el Estado pide a las ciudades que ayuden, asignando a cada ciudad una cantidad de unidades de vivienda que deben crear para apoyar a la población en crecimiento (esto se conoce como Asignación de Necesidades de Vivienda Regional). 

En pocas palabras, el estado exige que Petaluma, como todas las demás ciudades de California, cree unidades de vivienda. El número de unidades cambia a medida que cambian las proyecciones de población del Estado, pero siempre debemos seguir su dirección o corremos el riesgo de que el Estado revoque nuestros poderes de uso de la tierra, lo que significaría que el Estado podría decidir qué se puede y qué no se puede construir aquí. 

El Plan General y el Plan de Gestión del Agua Urbana de Petaluma nos ayudan a proyectar y prepararnos para el uso futuro del agua, incluido el uso asociado con nuevas unidades de vivienda. Planeamos con mucha anticipación y contamos con planes de respaldo para las sequías, que es una condición recurrente en nuestra región. Algunos de estos planes de respaldo incluyen pedir a nuestra comunidad que ayude a conservar el agua, expandir el tratamiento y la distribución de agua reciclada y contar con los suministros de agua subterránea cuando se reducen las asignaciones de agua superficial. 

Por otra parte, para asegurar que la ciudad de Petaluma tenga suficientes suministros de agua para satisfacer el aumento de la demanda de agua, el Plan General (la hoja de ruta de Petaluma para el crecimiento) requiere un monitoreo de rutina de los suministros de agua en comparación con el uso real, y la evaluación para cada nuevo proyecto de desarrollo (Política 8-P- 4). 

Además, todos los nuevos desarrollos están sujetos a los últimos estándares del código de construcción, que requieren la implementación de eficiencia del agua para usos de agua en interiores y exteriores. La Ciudad también impone una Ordenanza de Eficiencia en el Uso del Agua para Jardines, que minimiza el uso de agua para riego. 

Actualmente estamos actualizando nuestro Plan de Gestión del Agua Urbana del 2020 (UWMP, de sus siglas en inglés). Puede ver nuestro UWMP final del año 2015, el borrador de UWMP del 2020 y la contingencia de escasez de agua aquí: Entrega y calidad del agua de la ciudad de Petaluma – Obtenga más información.

Estos mandatos se harán cumplir y quienes los infrinjan estarán sujetos a multas de hasta $1,000. Consulte a continuación nuestro manual de procedimiento por una infracción y las multas aplicables (Sección 15.17.100 del Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  1. Los clientes que incumplan con los requisitos de la 4 Etapa o del Capítulo 15.17 del Código Municipal de Petaluma recibirán una advertencia escrita o verbal y se les ordenará que la corrijan lo que hayan incumplido dentro de un tiempo razonable. Un plazo de setenta y dos (72)  horas desde la notificación de la infracción será considerado un tiempo razonable para volver a estar dentro de la ley.
  2. La Ciudad podrá instalar un dispositivo de restricción de flujo en la línea de servicio.
  3. La Ciudad podrá imponer una multa por desperdicio de agua al cliente. La 1 infracción: $100, 2 infracción: $500, 3 infracción: $1,000.
  4. La Ciudad podrá cortar el servicio de agua y cobrar a los clientes por la reconexión. El servicio no se restablecerá hasta que la Ciudad verifique que la violación ha sido corregida y que se han pagado todos los cargos y tarifas adicionales. 

Las siguientes restricciones del uso del agua se aplican durante todo el año. Para obtener una lista completa de las restricciones del uso del agua, consulte la Sección 15.17.070 del Código Municipal de Petaluma (Código Municipal de Petaluma). 

  • Lavado de áreas de superficie dura con manguera directa,a menos que esté equipado con una boquilla de cierre.
  • Desperdiciode agua a través de roturas o fugas dentro del sistema de plomería o distribución privada del cliente, durante un período de tiempo considerable. 
  • Riegode un modo, o en la medida que permita el escurrimiento de agua, o el rociado excesivo de las áreas que se están regando. 
  • Lavar automóviles, botes, remolques u otros vehículos, equipos y maquinaria directamente con una manguera que no esté equipada con una boquilla de cierre en el extremo de la manguera.
  • Riegodel jardín durante o dentro de las 48 horas de lluvia mensurable. 
  • El riego con agua potable de césped ornamental en medianeras de vía pública.
  • Usar aguapara cuestionesdel agua que no sean de reciclaje. 
  • Cubiertas para piscinas y spas: las piscinas y spas al aire libre deben cubrirse fuera del horario comercial o mientras no estén en uso.

Si sabe dónde está la fuga, llame a un profesional o repare la fuga de manera oportuna. Según la EPA, el 10% de los hogares tienen fugas que desperdician 90 galones de agua o más al día. Las fugas comunes suelen ser por “flappers (placas) de inodoro desgastadas, grifos que gotean y otras válvulas con fugas. Arreglar estas fugas o contratar a alguien para que lo ayude puede ahorrarle al menos un 10% en su factura de agua y evitar que el agua se desperdicie. 

Si no sabe de dónde proviene la fuga, el mejor lugar para comenzar es revisar su medidor de agua. Para obtener instrucciones paso a paso sobre cómo verificar su medidor, haga clic AQUÍ

Alentamos a los residentes a reportar los casos de desperdicio de agua en su área. Ejemplos comunes de desperdicio de agua son los sistemas de riego como: riego roto, exceso de pulverización, escorrentía y sincronización incorrecta. Si ve desperdicio de agua, háganoslo saber. Para reportar algún caso de desperdicio de agua, comuníquese telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]

En caso de grandes fugas y emergencias relacionadas con el agua, llame al 707-778-4546. 

También puede informar estos problemas y otros en línea ingresando al sitio web a continuación: cityofpetaluma.org/issues

Petaluma compra agua de Sonoma Water. Para obtener más información sobre el suministro de agua de Sonoma y los niveles de los reservorios en caso de escasez de agua, visite el siguiente sitio web sonomawater.org/drought.

Apagar su sistema de riego o reducir significativamente el riego es una manera fácil de ahorrar grandes cantidades de agua. Si no puede dejar de regar su jardín, los siguientes pasos pueden ayudar a reducir el uso de agua en exteriores: 

  • Revise minuciosamente su sistema de riego para asegurarse de que no haya roturas, fugas o desperdicio de agua cuando esté encendido o apagado.
  • Programe su riego para que solo funcione entre el nuevo horario de riego restringido: por las noches de los martes y sábados desde las 7pm hasta las 8am del día siguiente.
  • Revise su programa de riego semanalmente. Apague el riego cuando haga frío o llueva.
  • Utilice tiempos de riego más cortos para permitir que el agua penetre completamente en el jardín y para reducir la escorrentía. 
  • Use mantillo para una mejor retención dela humedad. 
  • Riegue a mano cuando sea necesario en lugar de utilizar un sistema de riego automático.
  • Para obtener recomendaciones gratuitas sobre el programa de riego semanal durante los períodos en que no hay sequía, visite srcity.org/3446/Watering-Recommendations

La ciudad de Petaluma ofrece muchos programas, reembolsos y recursos para ayudar a los residentes de Petaluma a contribuir y ahorrar agua. Para obtener información sobre cualquiera de los siguientes programas, reembolsos o para solicitar cualquier artículo, por favor comuníquese telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]

  • Dispositivos de conservación de agua gratuitos: la ciudad ofrece dispositivos de conservación de agua gratuitos a todos losusuarios de agua de Petaluma. Para obtener más información sobre los artículos disponibles, por favor visite el siguiente sitio web: CityofPetaluma.org/SaveWater 

Reembolsos por ahorro de agua:

  • Reembolsos por la adquisición de inodoros residenciales de alta eficiencia (HET, de sus siglas en inglés): si tiene un inodoro que descarga 1.6 galones por descarga (gpf) o más, puede calificar para solicitar un reembolso de hasta $150 para reemplazar su inodoro antiguo con uno de alta eficiencia (HET). Para obtener más información, por favor visite el sitio web a continuación: CityofPetaluma.org/Toilets
  • Reembolsos para inodoros y urinales comerciales de alta eficiencia: las empresas pueden calificar para solicitar un reembolso de hasta $260 por cada accesorio de baño antiguo que se reemplace por un inodoro o urinal de alta eficiencia. Usted puede comunicarse telefónicamente al 707-778-4507 o enviar un correo electrónico a conservació[email protected], para obtener más información. 
  • Reembolsos para lavadoras de ropa de alta eficiencia: reemplace una lavadora de ropa de carga superior con una lavadora de carga frontal que califique y reciba un reembolso de $75. Para obtener información sobre lavadoras que califican y una solicitud de reembolso, puede visitar el siguiente sitio web: CityofPetaluma.org/Washers 

Programas de ahorro de agua:

  • Programa Mulch Madnessse trata de un programa gratuito de reemplazo de césped, para residentes y negocios que desean transformar sus céspedes sedientos de agua en un jardín cubierto de mantillo tolerante a la sequía. Este programa incluye suministros gratuitos de mantillo en hojas (abono, cartón, mantillo) y su entrega, así como kits de conversión de riego para residentes. Para saber cómo calificar, por favor visite el sitio web a continuación: CityofPetaluma.org/Mulch 
  • Programa de visitas a domicilio HouseCall Water-Wise: este es un programa personalizado para ayudarlo a usar el agua de manera más eficiente, tanto dentro como fuera de su hogar. Con cada visita a domicilio de Water-Wise HouseCall, un profesional capacitado en eficiencia del agua evaluará su uso actual de agua y describirá las mejores y más prácticas formas de maximizar el ahorro de agua. Debido a las restricciones de Covid-19, nuestro personal de conservación no puede ingresar a las casas, pero puede ayudar con las áreas al aire libre (verificaciones de riego, horarios de agua, verificar su medidor) y también guiarlo a través de cómo realizar una inspección de fugas en interiores. Las inspecciones de HouseCalls Water-Wise se pueden realizar en persona o por teléfono. Para obtener más información, puede ingresar al siguiente sitio web: CityofPetaluma.org/WaterWise
  • Kits de fugas DIY (hágalo usted mismo): aprenda a comprobar si hay fugas en su hogar con un kit de fugas DIY GRATUITO. Cada kit incluye instrucciones fáciles de usar, un práctico manual de plomería, tabletas de tinte para inodoro y más. Disponible para los usuarios de agua de Petaluma a pedido, los kits se entregan semanalmente sin contacto. Para obtener más información, por favor visite el siguiente sitio web: CityofPetaluma.org/SaveWater

La Etapa 4 estará en vigencia hasta que se recuperen los niveles de suministro de agua o hasta que las condiciones de escasez de agua empeoren y la Ciudad deba implementar la Etapa 5 o superior del Plan, para reducir la brecha en el suministro de agua y el uso del agua por parte de los clientes. 

No. El objetivo de reducción del 30% para Petaluma es para toda la ciudad. Petaluma reducirá su uso total de agua en un 30% en comparación con el consumo promedio del período comprendido entre los años 2020. El objetivo de Petaluma no se aplica a cada cliente individual, sino a la Ciudad en su conjunto. A los clientes individuales de agua se les pide que sean prudentes con el uso del agua, cumplan con las restricciones obligatorias, aprovechen los programas de reembolso por conservación de agua de la Ciudad, y eliminen y denuncien el desperdicio de agua.

The population of California (like the rest of the world) is growing. In order to ensure there is enough housing for everyone to live affordably, the State of California determines projected population numbers then estimates how many housing units must be created to meet the housing demand. The State then calls upon cities to help, allocating each city a number of housing units they must create to support the growing population (this is known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation). 

Simply put, Petaluma, like all other cities in California, is required by the State to create housing units. The number of units changes as the State’s population projections change, but we must always follow their direction or we run the risk of the State revoking our land use powers – which would mean the State could decide what can and cannot be built here. 

Petaluma’s General Plan and Urban Water Management Plan help us project and prepare for future water use, including use associated with new housing units. We plan far in advance and have back-up plans in place for droughts, which is a recurring condition in our region. Some of these back-up plans include calling on our community to help conserve water, expanding treatment and distribution of recycled water, and reliance on groundwater supplies when surface water allocations are curtailed. 

Furthermore, to assure that the City of Petaluma has sufficient water supplies to meet increased water demand, the General Plan (Petaluma’s roadmap for growth) requires routine monitoring of water supplies against actual use and evaluation for each new development project (Policy 8-P-4). 

Additionally, all new development is subject to the latest building code standards, which require water efficiency for indoor and outdoor water uses. The City also imposes a Landscape Water Use Efficiency Ordinance, which minimizes water use for irrigation.   

We are currently updating our 2020 Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP). You can view our Final 2015 UWMP and the Draft 2020 UWMP and Water Shortage Contingency here: City of Petaluma Water Delivery and Quality – Learn More.

RESTRICCIONES ACTUALES DE USO DE AGUA PARA TODOS LOS USUARIOS

  • El programa de riego limitado al aire libre se ha reducido a dos veces por semana –  por las noches de los martes y sábados desde las 7pm hasta las 8am del día siguiente.
  • La Administración Central de la Ciudad puede cambiar las reglas de riego, si es necesario.
  • Todas las mangueras deben estar equipadas con una boquilla en los extremos de las mismas.
  • Se recuerda a los usuarios del servicio de agua que deben reparar cualquier fuga y eliminar cualquier desperdicio de agua (este paso es necesario incluso cuando no estamos en una sequía, según el Código Municipal de Petaluma).
  • No se podrá utilizar agua para lavar la acera, excepto por cuestiones de saneamiento.
  • El lavado de vehículos solo está permitido en instalaciones comerciales.
  • Apague las fuentes de agua y todo artefacto que use agua.
  • No se permite el llenado de piscinas y spas.
  • No rellenar piscinas y spas existentes. El código municipal de Petaluma exige que se utilicen las cubiertas para piscinas y spas, deben estar cubiertas fuera del horario comercial o mientras no estén en uso.
  • No colocar o replantar nuevo césped o plantas de alto consumo de agua.
  • Los nuevos desarrollos urbanos deberán esperar para darle forma a sus jardines, no se permite colocar césped, plantas y árboles en ellos hasta nuevo aviso.

COMERCIOS

  • Los restaurantes servirán agua a sus comensales solamente cuando estos lo pidan.
  • Los operadores de hoteles y moteles deberán ofrecer a sus huéspedes la opción de no lavar las toallas y la ropa de cama todos los días.
  • La frecuencia y el tipo de riego con agua potable en parques, campos de golf, distritos de evaluación del paisaje, escuelas, medianeras y fachadas serán determinados por la Administración Central de la Ciudad, quien podrá modificar la frecuencia de riego de cada espacio verde según lo determinado.
  • Deberá usarse agua reciclada para la limpieza de las calles.

CONSTRUCCIÓN

  • Cuando esté disponible, se deberá usar agua reciclada para controlar el polvo.
  • El número de transportistas de agua reciclada a los que se les permite usar agua reciclada para fines distintos de la construcción será determinado por el Administración Central de la Ciudad.
  • Los medidores de agua potable para la construcción están limitados al uso para pruebas hidrostáticas y cloración de líneas de agua. El uso de medidores de agua para la construcción se evaluarán caso por caso.

AGRICULTURA

  • No se permitirán nuevas cuentas de transportista de agua para comprar agua potable (o según lo determine la Administración Central de la Ciudad).
  • Los transportistas de agua potable que ya tienen cuentas no podrán transportar más de la asignación actual, y las cargas de agua serán monitoreadas para el uso mensual.
  • Los transportistas de agua potable no tendrán permitido tomar nuevos clientes (o según lo determine la Administración Central de la Ciudad). El Proyecto de Resiliencia a la Sequía en la Llanura de Santa Rosa está exento de esta disposición.

These mandates will be enforced and violations are subject to fines of up to $1,000. Please see our violation procedure and fine schedules below (Petaluma Municipal Code Section 15.17.100).

  1. Customers in violation of Stage 4 requirements or PMC Chapter 15.17 will receive a written or verbal warning and order that the violation be corrected within a reasonable time. Seventy-two hours from notice of violation shall be considered a reasonable time for correction.
  2. The City may install a flow-restricting device on the service line.
  3. The City may levy a water waste fine to the customer. 1st violation: $100, 2nd violation: $500, 3rd violation, $1,000
  4. The City may shut off water service and charge the customer for reconnection. Service shall not be reinstated until verified by the City that the violation has been corrected and all charges and fees have been paid.

The following water use restrictions are enforced year-round. For a complete list of water use restrictions please refer to the Petaluma Municipal Code (Petaluma Municipal Code) Section 15.17.070.  

  • Washing of hard-surfaced areas by direct hosing unless equipped with a shutoff nozzle. 
  • Escape of water through breaks or leaks within the customer’s plumbing or private distribution system for any substantial period of time. 
  • Irrigation in a manner or to the extent that allows runoff of water or over-spray of the areas being irrigated. 
  • Washing cars, boats, trailers, or other vehicles, equipment, and machinery directly with a hose not equipped with a hose-end shutoff nozzle. 
  • Irrigating landscape during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall. 
  • The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians. 
  • Using water for non-recycling water features. 
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Covers – Outdoor swimming pools and spas are to be covered during non-business hours or while not in use. 

If you know where the leak is, call a professional or fix the leak in a timely manner. According to the EPA, 10% of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more a day. Common leaks include worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. Fixing these leaks or hiring someone to help you can save you at least 10% on your water bill and save water from being wasted. 

If you do not know where the leak is coming from contact the Water Department at (707) 778-4546 and one of our Water Customer Service Representatives can check your meter for leaks.  For step-by-step instructions on how to check your meter, please click HERE

 

We encourage residents to report water waste in their area. Common examples of water waste are from irrigation systems such as: broken irrigation, overspray, run-off, and improper timing. If you see water waste, please let us know. To report water waste please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] 

For large leaks and water emergencies please call 707-778-4546. 

You can also report these issues as well as others online at cityofpetaluma.org/issues

Petaluma purchases water from Sonoma Water. For more information on Sonoma Water supply and water shortage reservoirs levels, please visit sonomawater.org/drought.

The City of Petaluma offers many programs, rebates, and resources to help Petaluma residents save water. For information on any of the below programs, rebates, or to request any items, please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] 

Water Saving Rebates: 

  • Residential High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) rebates – If you have a toilet that flushes 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) or more you can qualify for up to a $150 rebate to replace your older toilet with a HET. For more information, please visit: CityofPetaluma.org/Toilets 
  • Commercial High-Efficiency Toilet and Urinal rebates – Businesses can qualify for up to a $260 rebate for each older bathroom fixture that is replaced with a high-efficiency toilet or urinal.  Please call 707-778-4507 or email [email protected] for more information.  
  • High- Efficiency clothes washer rebates – Replace a top- loading clothes washer with a qualifying front- loading washer and receive a $75 rebate. For information on qualifying washers and a rebate application please visit: CityofPetaluma.org/Washers 

Water Saving Programs: 

  • Mulch Madness Program – A free turf replacement program for residents and businesses who want to transform their water thirsty lawns to a drought tolerant mulched landscape. This program includes free sheet mulching supplies (compost, cardboard, mulch) and delivery, as well as irrigation conversion kits for residential accounts. To learn how to qualify please visit: CityofPetaluma.org/Mulch 
  • Water-Wise HouseCall Program – This is a personalized program to help you use water more efficiently both inside and outside your home. With each Water-Wise HouseCall, a trained water efficiency professional will assess your current water usage and outline the best and most practical ways to maximize water savings. Due to Covid-19 restrictions our conservation staff cannot enter homes but can help with outdoor areas (irrigation checks, water schedules, check your meter) and also walk you through how to do an indoor leak inspection. Water-Wise HouseCalls can be performed in-person or on the phone. For more information, please visit: CityofPetaluma.org/WaterWise 
  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Leak Kits – Learn how to check for leaks in your home with a FREE DIY Leak Kit. Each kit includes easy to use instructions, a practical plumbing handbook, toilet dye tablets, and more. Available to Petaluma water customers by request, kits delivered contact-free weekly. For more information, please visit: CityofPetaluma.org/free-water-conservation-devices

Turning off your irrigation, or significantly reducing your irrigation is an easy way to have big water savings. If you are unable to stop irrigating your landscape, the following steps can help with reducing outdoor water use: 

  • Thoroughly check your irrigation system to ensure there are no breaks, leaks, or water waste occurring when it is on or off.  
  • Set your irrigation to only run between the new restricted watering schedule: overnight Tuesday and Saturday between 7pm and 8am. 
  • Reassess your irrigation program weekly. Turn off irrigation in cool weather or when it rains.  
  • Use shorter run times to allow water to fully soak into the landscape and to reduce runoff.
  • Use mulch to retain moisture. 
  • Hand water when needed instead of using an automatic irrigation system.  
  • For free weekly irrigation schedule recommendations during non-drought periods, please visit srcity.org/3446/Watering-Recommendations

Stage 4 will be in place until water supply levels recover or until water shortage conditions become worse and the City implements Stage 5 or higher of the WSCP to reduce the gap in water supply and customer water use.

No. The 30% reduction target for Petaluma is Citywide.  Petaluma shall reduce its overall water use by 30% compared to the average of 2020 consumption. Petaluma’s target is not applied to each individual customer, but to the City as a whole. Individual water customers are asked to conserve water, comply with mandated restrictions, take advantage of the City’s water conservation rebate programs, and eliminate and report water waste.

WATER USE RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL WATER CUSTOMERS
  • Limited outdoor watering schedule reduced to two times a week –  overnight Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 am.
  • Irrigation rules can be changed by the City Manager, if needed.
  • All hoses must be equipped with a hose-end nozzle.
  • Water users are reminded to fix leaks and eliminate water waste (this step is required even when we are not in a drought, per Petaluma Municipal Code) 
  • No washing down pavement with potable water, except sanitation.
  • No vehicle washing at home – commercial car washes only.
  • No operating ornamental water fountains and water features.
  • No filling new pools or spas.
  • No topping off existing pools and spas. Pool and spa covers are required by the Petaluma municipal code to be covered during non-business hours or while not in use.
  • No planting of new or existing landscapes that require water.
  • New development to withhold landscape installation until further notice.
COMMERCIAL
  • Water served in restaurants by request only.
  • Operators of hotels and motels to provide guest with option of choosing to have towels and linens laundered daily.
  • Frequency and type of landscape irrigation with potable water at parks, golf courses, landscape assessment districts, schools, medians, and frontages to be determined by City Manager.
  • Street sweepers must use recycled water for street cleaning.
CONSTRUCTION
  • Recycled water must be used for dust control when available.
  • Number of recycled water haulers permitted to use recycled water for purposes other than construction to be determined by City Manager.
  • Potable water meters for construction limited to use for water line hydrostatic testing and chlorination. Water meters for construction will be evaluated on case-by-case basis.
AGRICULTURE
  • No new water hauler accounts permitted to purchase potable water (or as determined by City Manager.)
  • Current potable water hauler accounts will not be allowed to haul more than current allocation, and load accounts will be monitored for monthly usage.
  • No new potable water hauler customers will be permitted (or as determined by City Manager.) The Santa Rosa Plain Drought Resiliency Project is exempt from this provision.

For more information about financing, please contact the Finance Department at (707) 778-4341. For information about the Encroachment Permit process or sidewalk repair questions, please contact the Public Works & Utilities Department at (707) 778-4303.

You may attend a public hearing before the City Council to dispute the charges. A date and time will be provided in your invoice. At the public hearing, the City Council will hear and pass upon a report on the cost of the repair together with any objections or protests, if any, which may be raised by any property owner liable to be assessed for the cost of such repair and any other interested persons. The City Council will only hear objections on the date provided in your invoice. Please do not attend a different City Council meeting. City Council members will not comment on your concerns if you are not scheduled to present your dispute.

Once the execution of a finance agreement takes place, this agreement serves as a legal document. If an owner defaults, does not pay the invoice by the due date, the City in its sole discretion may choose to collect amounts owing through a lien and/or special assessment on the property and billed on the annual property tax bill. Collection Agencies may be used to collect, all additional costs including attorney fees may be collected as well.

The administration fee is currently $320.00 and may be updated annually to reflect the full cost of staff time managing the sidewalk work and finance agreement. This fee covers costs such as: mailing notices, make or receive phone calls, meet with property owners, manage contractor, inspect work and set-up financing arrangement. A $5.00 monthly statement preparation fee applies.

Final Financing Agreement must be submitted to the Finance Department.

The maximum term for a finance agreement is 3 years or 36 months.

The minimum monthly principal payment is $100.00. Fees and interest will be in addition to the monthly principal payment.

The total invoiced amount can be financed. This invoice amount includes sidewalk repair, tree removal if necessary and the program administration fee.

If the City of Petaluma perform the sidewalk repair work and the cost of the repair is more than an owner can afford to pay in a single payment, the City provides financing to property owners at the prime interest rate. monthly interest based on the prime lending rate and will be updated annually. *Financing through the City is only available if the City completes the repairs.

It is not recommended. If a resident wants to complete the repairs, the City Engineer and City Inspector must sign off on the repairs prior to work beginning. The City prefers that a licensed contractor completes the repairs (either an A or C8 license). Additionally, a bond must be posted and insurance provided. The amount of the bond is dependent on the total amount of the repairs.

If your property is noticed by the City of Petaluma, property owners have two options for repairing the sidewalk:

1. Owners may make repairs themselves by hiring a licensed contractor and obtaining the proper permits from the City prior to beginning work; or

2. Owners may have the City repair the sidewalk by requesting the repair be completed and agreeing to reimburse the City fully for the cost of the repair plus an administrative fee to cover staff time.

Note: An Encroachment Permit is required for any work in the public right-of-way; and to plant, trim, remove, or replace trees in the public right-of-way. An Encroachment Permit can be obtained from the City of Petaluma Public Works Department at (707) 778-4303 Option 6. For more information click here. All repairs much be completed by one of the options above and each property owner will be given approximately 30 days to comply with the specifications of the Sidewalk Program.

Yes, a Tree Removal permit is required. It is unlawful to remove any tree located within the public right-of-way without first obtaining a tree removal permit. A replacement tree may need to be planted. The City Arborist reviews all tree removal permits. The City has a list of approved replacement trees.

The City does not recommend repairing the sidewalk without addressing the tree root problems if that caused the unsafe sidewalk conditions. Sometimes, tree roots can be safely trimmed in a way that does not affect the stability of the tree. Any cutting of tree roots 2″ or bigger must be approved by City staff or a Certified Arborist. If a Certified Arborist other than the City’s certified Arborist is used, you must provide written documentation that the tree roots can be safely trimmed. If the tree roots cannot be safely trimmed, it is recommended that the tree be removed. A Certified Arborist can help determine if the tree roots can be safely trimmed.

Trees in the planter strips between the sidewalk and the street are the responsibility of the property owner fronting the tree. In some cases, tree roots have caused sidewalk damage. The City will work with the homeowner to determine if the tree needs to be removed or if root trimming will fix the problem.

City of Petaluma municipal code 13.10 states that the owner of the property fronting the sidewalk is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk, curb, gutter, and park strip area in a non-hazardous condition. Although the City of Petaluma has an easement to allow safe pedestrian access, it is not responsible for maintenance and repair of the owner’s property. Property owners are potentially liable for personal injuries caused by their failure to maintain reasonably safe sidewalks. Property owners are not exempt from liability for the cost of repairs even though the damage may have been caused by tress planted in the public right-of-way.

Yes, the fee proposal would count towards the 20-page limit. The Index/Table of Contents, tables, charts, graphic exhibits, and resumes of key staff are excluded from the page count limit. Additionally, any writing samples as attachments to the proposal will be excluded from the page count limit.

This item goes hand in hand with the items it follows, Key Staff and Summary of Firm’s Capabilities. The intent was for our evaluators to get to know your firm’s work by being able to see some examples of successful grants that your firm has produced. The amount of writing samples is up to the firm, ultimately the quality of the work is what will be evaluated. The sample(s) can be included as an attachment(s) to your proposal in one complete pdf. The writing samples will not be counted in your page limit.

The information requested in this section should describe the qualifications of the firm, key staff, and sub-contractors performing projects within the past five (5) years that are similar in size and scope to demonstrate competence to perform these services. There is not a specific number of past projects the City of Petaluma is looking for; the City is looking for competence to perform the listed services in the firm’s provided past projects.

The City of Petaluma does not have a list of specific grants that we will be seeking on-call grant writing assistance for. Internally a few departments have running lists of grants to watch and that staff may be applying to. We envision leveraging funding through on-call grant writing assistance to help apply to more specialized and big-ticket type grants that fit the City Goals and Priorities or that our staff does not have the capacity to do in house.

It is up to the proposer to establish and illustrate if they can fulfill the needs of the City of Petaluma identified in the Request for Proposal from their location of operation or location of employees. Note: We understand that some firms may have employees working remotely due to the pandemic.

Any firm may submit a proposal. All proposals will be evaluated through the listed criteria.

Due to the state of the pandemic and our offices currently closed to the public, we will accept a PDF submission of your proposal via email. As stated in the proposal, the deadline to submit is Thursday, February 25th, at 3:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. If you wish to submit electronically, please email Aaron Zavala, Senior Management Analyst, at [email protected]

Due to the state of the pandemic and our offices currently closed to the public, if we were to have meetings for the finalists, they would be conducted virtually.

Effective October 20, 2020, the Petaluma River is open for boating all the way up to the Turning Basin.

For specific details on visiting the Turning-Basin, please contact the Petaluma Yacht Club 707- 765-9725. They are more than happy to provide visitor assistance.

The County of Sonoma has published a page about evacuating safely in the era of COVID-19. Read the page so that you and your family members can respond in the safest way in the event of an emergency.

Staying Safe in Emergencies During COVID-19

If an alert or warning needs to be issued for a potential threat to the City of Petaluma, community members can receive these messages by subscribing to Nixle or SoCo Alerts. As part of our emergency management and preparedness, the City of Petaluma provides this alert and warning service free to our community. To subscribe to Nixle text your Zip code to 888777. We encourage all of our community members to also sign up for SoCo Alerts if you have not already done so.

Like the County of Sonoma, the City of Petaluma also has the ability to activate the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system for situations that present an imminent threat to life or property. This notification does not require subscription and is typically received through a wireless device like a mobile phone or tablet. You may have already seen this type of alert before as it commonly used for AMBER alerts.

For more info and access to the evacuation map, go to our Evacuations Page.

The City works with Petaluma People Services Center to coordinate donations and volunteers during a wildfire or other emergency.

PPSC is a trusted partner in our community. It has good working relationships with other nonprofits, including faith based organizations, that serve our community.

For information about how to donate/volunteer, please contact PPSC at Phone (707) 765-8488 or petalumapeople.org.

 

The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure U. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a presentation on Measure U please contact Ingrid Alverde at 707-778-4549 or [email protected]. You can also find additional Measure U background and voting information in the links below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To check your registration or get registered to vote, visit registertovote.ca.gov.

Measure U was placed on the ballot after months of community engagement. Over 3,000 residents participated in workshops and survey responses. Residents identified top priorities, including:

  • Emergency public health, wildfire, and natural disaster preparedness
  • Maintaining 911 emergency response times and fire prevention and protection
  • Ensuring 24-hour police and fire staffing
  • Keeping public areas safe and clean
  • Repairing streets, roads, and potholes
  • Supporting local businesses through recovery

Measure U is a one cent locally controlled sales tax that would generate local funding for vital city services. Measure U is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries, and out-of-town visitors to our City also pay the cost. Measure U is not a tax on your property or home.

Yes. In keeping with our tradition of prudent fiscal stewardship, Measure U requires Independent Citizen Oversight, spending priorities based on community input, financial audits, and public disclosure of all spending. All Measure U funding stays in Petaluma and none can be taken by the State.

Yes. Petaluma’s 396 miles of roads are rated the worst in the Bay Area and are pitted with potholes and cracks and in dire need of maintenance. Measure U will repair existing hazards and properly maintain our streets, which will only get more expensive to fix the longer they go without repair and repaving. Measure U will fix our streets and potholes and make our roads safer, including for first responders who need to reach people quickly that need help.

Petaluma has been fortunate and spared from recent fires but calls for emergency response to the Fire Department continue to increase to record levels – an increase of 95% in the past decade which has also increased emergency response times. Measure U will ensure our firefighters can respond quickly to any emergency with adequate staffing and equipment that protects our city and residents.

If enacted, Measure U funding would stay local to address Petaluma’s local needs. It’s more important than ever to maintain fiscal stability and be prepared for any future wildfire, public health and safety, or other natural disaster. We cannot depend on the state or federal government to adequately address our local needs, recovery efforts, and community priorities for a safe, prepared, and well-maintained city.

The Petaluma City Council unanimously placed Measure U on the November 3, 2020 local ballot. Measure U would enact a one-cent sales tax to address community priorities with reliable, locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State.

PG&E operates drop-in Community Resource Centers during the day in counties impacted by a PSPS.

All centers provide ADA-accessible restrooms and hand-washing stations, medical equipment charging, device charging, Wi-Fi, bottled water and snacks.

Indoor centers also offer air-conditioning or heating, seating and ice.

For more information, go to PG&E’s community resources web page.

People who rely on a medical device that requires electricity or who take medicine that must be refrigerated must take special care to prepare for a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

Here are steps to take NOW so that you are ready when a PSPS is called:

Register with PG&E’s medical baseline program
Click HERE for more information. Medical Baseline customers may receive extra notifications as part of this outreach which may include additional phone calls or a door knock to ensure they’re aware and can make preparations to stay safe. It is important that Medical Baseline customers acknowledge receipt of a notification by answering the phone and speaking or replying to the text message.

Consult your Health Provider
Because each situation is unique, we recommend that you ask your health care provider or pharmacist for advice on how to properly store your medicine during a power outage.

Get Help from an Independent Living Center (ILC)

If you rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices, an ILC may be able to cover the costs associated with accessible transportation to and from PG&E Community Resource Centers. They may also provide funds for hotel expenses, use their offices as charging stations, and provide loaner backup battery power. Get more info HERE.

Investigate Backup Power
To learn about backup power options, go to PG&E’s backup power web page and/or read this handout.

Tips for Keeping Medication Cold
Read this handout.

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