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Sí. En abril de 2021, tanto el Gobernador Newsom como la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Sonoma declararon una emergencia por sequía en el Condado de Sonoma. La Junta Estatal de Control de Recursos Hídricos (SWRCB, por sus siglas en inglés) ha informado que el 95% de California se encuentra actualmente experimentando condiciones de sequía (de moderadas a excepcionales) y ha pedido a todos los usuarios que comiencen a ahorrar agua.

El 13 de septiembre de 2021, nuestro “City Council” (Ayuntamiento) aprobó una resolución que declara oficialmente una Emergencia Local por Sequía en Petaluma. Esta proclamación le permite a la Ciudad acceder a recursos que de otro modo no estarían disponibles, y así ayudar a abordar las condiciones actuales de sequía extrema, acceder a la ayuda de agencias externas y abrirnos a la posibilidad de recibir reembolsos por los costos de emergencia.

Para promover la conservación del agua, la SWRCB aprobó reglamentos de emergencia que se promulgaron en todo el estado a partir del 18 de enero de 2022. Las normas de emergencia estarán vigentes por un año e incluyen prohibiciones en el uso de agua potable, tales como el lavado de áreas impermeables y el uso de fuentes decorativas, lagos o estanques.

Yes. In April 2021, both Governor Newsom and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors declared a drought emergency in Sonoma County. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) reported that 95% of California is experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions and has called upon all water users to begin saving water.

On Sept. 13, 2021, our City Council passed a resolution proclaiming a Local Drought Emergency in Petaluma. This proclamation empowers the City to access resources that would not otherwise be available to help address the current extreme drought conditions, access help from outside agencies, and open us to reimbursement for emergency costs.

To promote water conservation, the SWRCB approved emergency regulations that were enacted statewide beginning January 18, 2022. The emergency regulations will be in effect for one year and include prohibitions on potable water use such as washing impervious areas and  decorative  fountains, lakes, or ponds.
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Desarrollos urbanos: 

  • Todo nuevo desarrollo urbano está sujeto a los códigos de construcción que requieren eficiencia en el uso del agua (interior y exterior).
  • Actualmente, los nuevos desarrollos urbanos no pueden colocar elementos de paisajismo en su jardín (no se permite colocar césped, plantas o árboles). 

Parques e instalaciones de la Ciudad: 

  • Instalación de inodoros y grifos de bajo consumo de agua 
  • Riego reducido a 1-2 veces por semana 
  • Riego manual de árboles
  • Se detuvo el riego en todos los campos de juego de césped que usan agua potable (no reciclada) 

Programas de conservación de agua: 

  • Planes de reducción – los clientes con un uso elevado de agua son incluidos en un plan de reducción obligatorio. 
  • Programa “Mulch Madness” – los residentes que reúnan los requisitos recibirán suministros gratuitos de mantillo y kits de conversión de riego. 
  • Programa de visitas a domicilio “Water-Wise Housecalls” – un experto en conservación del agua visitará su propiedad y le brindará consejos sobre cómo ahorrar agua.
  • Reembolsos – se ofrecen reembolsos especiales para la adquisición de inodoros y lavadoras de ropa de alta eficiencia (residenciales y comerciales).
  • Patrullajes para controlar el desperdicio de agua – patrullas diarias/respuesta a reportes de desperdicio de agua. 

Programa de agua reciclada: 

  • Estamos dando con formas de almacenar más agua reciclada para su uso durante todo el año (a través de la propiedad de Ellis Creek de la ciudad, granjas locales, etc.). 
  • Continuamos explorando oportunidades para usar agua reciclada en toda la ciudad, compensando aún más el uso de agua potable.

A partir del 18 de enero de 2022, se prohíbe el uso de agua potable para lavar aceras, entradas de vehículos, edificios, estructuras, patios u otras áreas de superficie dura, excepto cuando se trate de saneamiento.

El programa de agua reciclada de Petaluma no ofrece actualmente servicio a clientes residenciales. El agua reciclada que creamos está totalmente contratada a largo plazo por clientes existentes que brindan un servicio crítico a la ciudad durante las épocas de lluvia. 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.

Algunas agencias de agua están ofreciendo su agua reciclada a clientes residenciales. Desafortunadamente, Petaluma no puede hacer eso en este momento.

El programa de agua reciclada de Petaluma está totalmente contratado a largo plazo por clientes existentes que brindan un servicio crítico a la ciudad durante las épocas de lluvia. Implementar un programa residencial implicaría ajustar nuestro programa, obtener aprobaciones de los organismos de supervisión y luego expandir nuestra planta para generar más agua reciclada. Este proceso llevaría muchos meses, sino años.

Con esto en mente, alentamos a nuestros clientes de agua residencial a que prueben otras formas de reducir el uso de agua en el paisaje, mientras mantienen sus jardines (con suerte, tolerantes a la sequía) con un aspecto hermoso. Esto incluye instalar un sistema de riego por goteo eficiente, regar por la tarde o temprano en la mañana y elegir variedades de plantas que necesiten menos agua.

Rainier Avenue is scheduled to be repaved and re-striped in late 2022. The traffic calming demonstration would be implemented by mid-summer and would provide an opportunity for people to submit their feedback on the design. Prior to the demonstration project, the City of Petaluma will present the overall project to the City Council this summer.

We plan to install a temporary demonstration project along a portion of the street so that we can test the design and get additional community feedback. This would be done by removing existing pavement markings and installing new painted markings to create the new alignment. During the demonstration period, the community would have the opportunity to weigh in so the City can make adjustments before the final paving and striping installation, if necessary.

The project budget does not include funds for planting street trees at this time. However, street trees could be planted in the future, possibly even in some of the wider buffer areas.

The protected bike lane would be designed to allow streetsweepers to safely clean the bikeway and street.  There would also be ample space to place garbage bins along the sidewalk where they could be reached by garbage trucks.  

The gaps before, at, and after driveways would allow garbage and mail vehicles to pull over without holding up traffic in the vehicle lanes.

Zoomed In Concepts with Annotations_Street Sweeping Garbage

While a two-way bikeway on the south side of Rainier would not require cyclists to cross driveways, this is not the safest option for cyclists on Rainier Avenue. A two-way bikeway would create complex conflict points at heavily trafficked intersections where drivers would need to look for vehicles, pedestrians, and two directions of bike traffic before making a turn. Drivers would need to look for cyclists traveling against the flow of vehicle traffic: this is an unexpected place for cyclists to be and could lead to collisions from drivers not spotting cyclists in time, especially when cyclists must cross Rainier to turn onto a side street.  

With the one-way bikeway design, drivers would still need to look for cyclists in the bike lane when entering and exiting their driveways, however, the potential conflict points at driveways are less complex. This is because they have much lower vehicle volumes, vehicles are moving at much slower speeds, and they are only moving in two directions – in or out of the driveway – as opposed to intersections where hundreds of vehicles are moving in multiple directions and at varying speeds. Additionally, the fact that vehicles’ movements can be staged into two movements when exiting the driveways gives them more time to look for potential conflicts. Drivers first scan for pedestrians on the sidewalk and for cyclists in one direction before moving to the buffered area before they enter the travel lane, which would have improved sight lines under the proposed design. Here they can scan for moving vehicle traffic and make their turns safely. 

We strongly believe that installing a protected bikeway in each direction, one on each side, is the safest solution because it allows cyclists to more safely travel through and across Rainier Avenue compared to a two-way bikeway. This aligns with NACTO and FHWA guidelines, which recommend one-way bikeways instead of two-way bikeways when streets are wide enough to accommodate them, where there are destinations on both sides of the street, and where there are limited connections to other bike facilities.

Studies show that almost two-thirds of adults would consider riding their bike more often if they had better places to ride, and as many as 81% of those would ride in protected bike lanes.

Another type of bike lane, “buffered bike lane” delineates space for bicyclists but does not provide a physical separation between people cycling and driving. With on-street parking, they also place the bicycle between parked vehicles and moving motor vehicles. This can feel uncomfortable for cyclists, especially on streets with multiple vehicle lanes, high traffic volumes, and high speeds. Buffered bike lanes are also “pervious”, i.e., cars can cross them at any location to enter or exit on-street parking areas.  This results in additional conflicts.

Protected bikeways use physical separation – such as posts or parked vehicles – to create a space that is consistently designated for cyclists. These are recommended instead of buffered bike lanes on roads where daily traffic volumes are higher than approximately 6,000 vehicles and where vehicle speeds exceed 25 MPH, such as Rainier Avenue. Physical separation makes these bikeways safer and more comfortable for cyclists of all ages and abilities regardless of the number of lanes, traffic volumes, or speeds. Protected bikeways also improve the overall organization of the street, which increases safety for people walking, cycling, and driving. (NACTO)

Rainier Bike lanes 4_25

ISO’s Public Protection Classification program provides fire protection ratings for communities throughout the United States. In addition to providing standards for evaluating a fire department’s capabilities, a community’s rating can impact fire insurance premiums for property owners.

On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 representing superior property fire protection, the City of Petaluma’s current rating (effective August 1, 2020) is Class 2/2X. We are proud of this achievement, as a Class 2 rating or better typically is awarded to fewer than 5% of communities nationwide.

When studying the street, we realized that the driveways located along Rainier Avenue do not provide adequate sight lines for people currently exiting the driveways. We plan to correct that by painting the curbs red for 20 feet on each side of the driveways. Regardless of how we decide to move forward with the repaving and repainting project, we would paint the curbs to meet safety standards. 

Under existing conditions motorists maneuvering out of their driveways to Rainier Avenue immediately have to focus on yielding to pedestrians. Then their focus switches to avoiding cyclists and vehicles all from a location with limited sight distance due to parking being allowed all the way up to their driveways.  

Under the proposed conditions, sight lines will be improved by adding 20-25-feet of red curb paint recommended by NACTO and the FHWA at driveways, giving motorists coming out of their driveways better sight lines and more time to react to oncoming vehicular traffic. Additionally, moving the bike lanes towards the curb allows drivers to first focus on pedestrians and bikes safely. They can then pull out of their driveway and focus on oncoming traffic, which will be afforded with improved sight lines. With the parking setbacks motorists entering Rainier Avenue will improve safety conditions.

Zoomed In Concepts with Annotations_Sight Lines

One of the best ways to park cars and protect cyclists is by moving cars away from the curb and putting the bike lane in between the sidewalk and the parked cars. If this did occur, there would be a five-foot buffer protecting the parked cars from the bikeway and an extra three-foot buffer protecting the parked cars (and doors) from the moving vehicle travel lane. The design would alleviate the potential for car doors opening into bike lanes or sidewalks.

Parking on Rainier Avenue is currently provided along both sides of the street: there is space to park over 200 vehicles along the entire length of the roadway. However, less than one-third of the curb space west of Maria Drive is occupied during peak times, and even less is occupied east of Maria Drive. To accommodate a safer road design for all users, parking would be limited to the north side of the street. Given the number of spaces that will be on the north side, we believe that there will be sufficient parking to accommodate current needs. With parking on the north side of the street, additional mid-block high visibility crosswalks with median refuge islands could be installed to provide safer pedestrian and bicycle crossings for people who live on the south side of the street.

Zoomed In Concepts with Annotations_Parking

Rainier Avenue is large enough to accommodate about 40,000 cars per day. Even with a lane reduction the street could accommodate more than the total vehicles using the road now. If Rainier Avenue were extended westerly at some time in the future, we believe that a three-lane street would still be sufficient for the expected increase in cars that would use Rainier Avenue. Thus, we don’t believe people would choose to go out of their way to avoid Rainier Avenue and use nearby neighborhood streets. 

Traffic volumes on Rainier Avenue are well below the threshold to support one through lane in each direction. During the peak hours, Rainier Avenue carries up to 325 vehicles in each direction, but the street’s peak hour capacity is over four times that. Reducing the number of lanes from four to three would provide traffic calming while still leaving room for over 800 vehicles per hour in each direction. This is still many more vehicles than use the road today. There would also be more than enough room for potential future traffic from the Crosstown Connector, which would be projected to result in about 200 additional vehicles per hour, or a total of 525 vehicles per hour in each direction during the peak hours.

DRIVING LANES

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), converting four traffic lanes to three lanes – one travel lane in each direction with a center left-turn lane – can improve safety and traffic flow while adding benefits for pedestrians and cyclists.¹ 

Converting four traffic lanes to three makes the street safer by reducing vehicle conflicts and speeding. Studies have shown a 19-47% decrease in collisions on roads where the number of lanes has been reduced from four to three. The addition of a center turn lane provides a safer space for vehicles turning left from or onto the street, leading to fewer rear-end, left turn, and sideswipe crashes. Reducing street to three lanes has also proven to lower vehicle speeds and reduces lane changes, creating a safer driving environment. 

Converting four traffic lanes to three lanes can improve traffic flow so there are fewer delays. The addition of a center turning lane can reduce delays on side streets, since vehicles turning left onto the main road have fewer lanes to cross and can turn more comfortably. Reducing the speed difference between vehicles also improves traffic flow since there is less stop-and-go traffic. 

Pedestrians and cyclists also benefit from reducing the number of traffic lanes. Lower vehicle speeds make the street safer for everyone. Pedestrians can cross the street more safely and comfortably since they have fewer lanes to cross and are at risk from moving traffic for a shorter length of time. Reducing the number of traffic lanes makes room to add bicycle lanes. These create more space between cyclists and moving vehicles, especially when there is a buffer or parking lane between the bicycle lane and vehicle lane.

CROSSWALKS
Reducing the width, reducing lanes, and potentially adding refuge islands to a street makes it easier for pedestrians to cross for two reasons: the distance to walk is less and there are fewer lanes to cross. Increasing sight lines is another way to protect pedestrians. This is usually accomplished by painting curbs red near areas where cars can intersect other cars, such as an intersection or driveway. By keeping parked cars further away from a driveway or a crossing, cars and pedestrians have more space and better sightlines to see each other. Finally, new crosswalks with Americans with Disability Act (ADA) ramps will ensure that all users can safely and easily cross the street. This would make it easier for people to walk to nearby parks, schools, and other neighborhood destinations.

Rainier Example Crosswalk
Example of a crosswalk with reduced crossing distance and improved sightlines.

BIKE LANES

Currently, cyclists use a narrow bicycle lane from North McDowell Boulevard to Rushmore Avenue. Wider, protected bike lanes would make cycling safer and more comfortable for people of various ages and abilities. Given the high traffic volumes and speeds on Rainier, a protected bikeway is recommended to protect cyclists. Both the FHWA and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) recommend a separated bikeway for roadways like Rainier Avenue based on the street’s speed limit (35 MPH) and vehicle volume (over 6,200 vehicles per day).² 

Protected bikeways, also known as cycle tracks, are typically at the street level and use a variety of methods for physical protection from passing traffic.³ Cyclists may be separated from traffic by a parking lane, post, bollard, or other barrier. Protected bikeways improve safety and comfort for cyclists of all ages and abilities by dedicating protected space for cyclists to ride. They remove the risk of collisions from vehicles passing too closely to cyclists, and buffers between the bicycle lane and parking lane prevent the risk of being hit by opening vehicle doors.

Rainier Protected Bikeway Images
Examples of a protected bikeways. Rainier Avenue is wide enough to provide a 5-foot buffer between the parking area and the bike lanes, and a 3-foot buffer between parked cars and the westbound travel lane.

 

 

¹FHWA Road Diet Informational Guide

²FHWA Bikeway Selection Guide, NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

³NACTO One-Way Protected Cycle Tracks

WIDE STREET 

Wide streets and traffic lanes can encourage vehicles to speed, especially when the streets are greatly over-sized, i.e., road capacity is not used. While Rainier Avenue serves about 6,200 vehicles per day, the street is designed for over six times that amount!. Because speeding is commonplace on Rainier, there have been many avoidable crashes and injuries.  There have been 15 reported collisions from 2015 to 2019: 9 of these resulted in injuries and were caused by excessive speeds, automobile right-of-way violations, and improper turning.

 

LONG CROSWALKS / NARROW BIKE LANES 

There are only two marked crosswalks along this 3,500-foot segment of Rainer Avene. These crosswalks are long, and pedestrians often report that drivers don’t always see them when they cross the street. People riding bikes use narrow bicycle lanes with only a thin line of paint separating them from speeding vehicles; east of Rushmore Avenue, they must ride next to parked vehicles with no buffer protecting them from getting hit by opening vehicle doors. 

Site distance on Rainier Avenue is poor for motorists turning out from the quad homes, especially when vehicles parked along Rainier Avenue are parked all the way up to the driveways. This makes it difficult for motorists coming out of the driveways to see oncoming speeding vehicular traffic as well as bicycle traffic.

Rainier Pie Chart

Filming in Petaluma requires a film permit. Go to cityofpetaluma.org/permits to apply.

More info about film permits:

  • Required for all types of film shoot — traditional camera, digital camera, drone, etc.
  • Submit at least 21 calendar days before desired film date. Please plan ahead!
  • If filming downtown, please also contact Marie McCusker, Petaluma Downtown Association, (707) 762-9348
  • Issued by the Police Department. For more information, contact [email protected].

CLICK HERE to learn more about FEMA’s flood insurance. CLICK HERE to view the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map for Petaluma.

Employees who believe they are not being paid in accordance with the Petaluma Living Wage ordinance or the Petaluma Minimum Wage Ordinance should contact the City’s Economic Development Division at [email protected]

Employers subject to Living Wage Ordinance and the Minimum Wage Ordinance are required to compensate employees at the higher applicable rate.

The Petaluma living wage ordinance applies to employees of the City or for-profit entities that contract with the City. The Petaluma Living Wage must be paid for hours worked on behalf of the City and/or work funded by City monies, regardless of where that work happens.

The Petaluma minimum wage ordinance applies to anyone who qualifies as a non-exempt employee under State minimum wage laws, for hours worked within the Petaluma City limits. Most employers, including businesses and nonprofits, are subject to Petaluma’s minimum wage ordinance; the exceptions are federal and state agencies. Tips and benefits cannot be considered when calculating the Petaluma minimum wage. Click HERE for more information (link to minimum wage page).

The Ordinance provides for an annual increase based on the average Cost of Living Adjustments for City employees but no more than the most recent December to December Consumer Price Index for San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (CPI-U), published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.” The Ordinance also provides that the City Council may review the impact of the cost of living adjustment (COLA) on an annual basis to assess any potential adverse impact and may modify or suspend adoption of a COLA otherwise allowed by this subsection. Pursuant to the Living Wage Ordinance, any adjustment would be effective on July 1.

The Petaluma Living Wage for 2021-2022 is $16.90 Per Hour (with an Employer Contribution of $1.50/hr toward medical benefits) and $18.94 Per Hour (without a $1.50/hr Employer Contribution Toward Medical Benefits).

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  • employees of city service contractors 
  • Subcontractors 
  • employees of recipients of city financial assistance  

Staff have reviewed the Petaluma City Charter and it is clear from the Charter that it requires seven council seats. It is Council’s direction to draw a map with six districts and a mayor to be chosen at large, which would not require an amendment to our Charter.

Yes, as explained in detail below, because the Petaluma Charter defaults to “plurality” voting pursuant to Elections Code Section 15452, to change Council member elections to ranked choice voting would require a charter amendment.

RCV allows the electors to select in addition to their first choice, a second and third choice as backups. All first choices on the ballots are counted and if a candidate receives 50% + 1 votes than that candidate will be elected. If not, the candidate with the fewest first choices is defeated. The ballots for that candidate go to those voters’ second choices. Next, the votes will be counted again to determine if a candidate received 50% +1 votes. If a candidate has still not received a majority of the votes, this process of the defeated candidates’ votes going to the remaining candidates will repeat until there is a candidate with a majority of the votes. Below is an illustration of this process.

ranked choice voting graphic

First, it is doubtful that just switching from an “at-large method of election” to a “ranked choice vote election” system would satisfy the California Voters Rights Act and would leave the City vulnerable to litigation. “District-based Elections” is defined in Elections Code Section 14026(b) as “a method of electing members to the governing body of a political subdivision in which the candidate must reside within an election district that is a divisible part of the political subdivision and is elected only by voters residing within that election district”. To remain in the statutory safe harbor provision and limit the City’s exposure to only $30,000 in attorney’s fees, Elections Code Section 10010(a) requires a political subdivision to “change from an at-large method of election to a district-based election.” Therefore, to limit the City’s exposure the City still needs to transition from an at-large election system to a district-based election system. However, the CVRA would likely be satisfied with a transition to district-based elections where each district has ranked choice voting.

Article III, Section 4 of the Petaluma City Charter states, “Except as herein otherwise specifically provided, all regular and special municipal elections of this city are to be held in accordance with the provisions of the Elections Code of the State of California, including all amendments thereto.”  Elections Code section 15452 provides:

“The person who receives a plurality of the votes cast for any office is elected or nominated to that office in any election, except:

  • An election for which different provision is made by any city or county charter.”

Accordingly, under the Petaluma City Charter, City Council members are elected by “plurality” voting as opposed to “majority” voting like runoff or RCV. In plurality voting, the candidate who receives the most votes, even if it is not a majority of the votes cast, is elected. As an example, if Candidate A receives 45% of the total votes cast, Candidate B receives 35%, and Candidate C receives 25% of the votes, in this scenario Candidate A has a plurality of the votes and would be elected under a plurality voting system.

Again, As the Petaluma Charter defaults to “plurality” voting pursuant to Elections Code Section 15452, to change Council member elections to ranked choice voting would require a charter amendment.

Yes, but only residency requirements for 30 days. Legal residence is defined as physical presence combined with an intent to remain.[1] Durational residency requirements imposed as a precondition to candidacy for public policy have been found to implicate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment, specifically the fundamental rights to vote and to travel. Five-year, three-year, two-year, and even one-year durational residency requirements have been struck down as a denial of equal protection of the laws, even for charter cities.[2] The California Supreme Court has stated that an entity may constitutionally require that the prospective candidate be a resident at the time that they file their nominating papers and for a period of not more than 30 days preceding their filing date.[3] It is not believed that anything in the Petaluma City Charter currently restricts Council from including in the district elections ordinance a durational requirement that prospective candidates must reside in their district as a precondition to run for City Council in their district; however anything beyond 30-days preceding when the candidate filed their election papers would likely be found unconstitutional.

It should be noted that an elected City Council member who moves their residence outside their district from which they were elected, immediately vacates their office.[4] As part of the ordinance that determines the district boundaries, City Council will also determine the sequential timing of when each district will be elected. For instance, in the first election the even numbered districts will be up for election and in the following election the odd numbered districts.

[1] Government Code Section 244

[2] See Smith v Evans (1974) 42 Cal. App. 3d 154, where the city of Chico’s one year residency requirement for City Council members charter provision was struck down as unconstitutional and a violation of equal protection.

[3] Thompson v. Mellon (1973) 9 Cal. 3d 96

[4] Government Code Section 34882

Everyone! We want everyone in our Petaluma community to help us determine the best way to map out these district-based election boundaries. This means we need you to tell us what make sense when drawing a district. Does your neighborhood have shared concerns? Is there a park, school, major road, or intersection that would define your district? You know your community best!

The City of Petaluma will be working with the community to draft maps that meet the requirements of the law regarding districting while also reflecting our community in ways that support communities of interest.  This process requires input from you to better understand our community and where districts would make sense.  There will be three public hearings next year between January and April to review options, draft maps and to vote on a final district map by April of 2022.

A Community of Interest is a connected population that shares common social and economic interests that should be included within a single City Council district for purposes of its effective and fair representation as a potential voting bloc in current or future elections. Such groups include (but are not limited to) groups with cultural or historical bonds, shared economic interests, shared racial, ethnic or religious identities, neighborhoods, school districts, media markets, transportation districts, opportunity zones, business improvement districts, communities concerned about environmental hazards, or a shared vision of the future of a community.

How to Submit a Community of Interest (COI)s?

  1. Fill out the Community of Interest Form online
  2. Complete a printable community of interest form (HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para español) and return it by email to [email protected] or drop off/mail a hard copy to the Office of the City Clerk at 11 English Street, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Petaluma currently uses an at-large election system, which means all voters in the city cast a ballot for all six councilmembers and our Mayor.   In our new district election model, voters from a specified area will vote directly for one of six Councilmembers to represent them. For example, if you live near a park or a school, you and your neighbors could vote directly for a Councilmember who lives in your district and represents everyone in your neighborhood. The entire city will be mapped into six distinct districts of nearly equal population that equitably represent all people who live in Petaluma, whether they are eligible to vote or not. The Mayor will continue to be selected with the at-large election system.

Mapping tools will be made available for members of the public to draw their own district maps and submit them for consideration.

Download a City Boundary Map to start thinking about how you would draw districts in Petaluma.

Initial draft maps will be posted seven days in advance of Public Hearing #3, and changes to any draft maps will be posted seven days in advance of subsequent hearings.

The City is required to follow a prescribed schedule when considering a transition to district elections under threat of a lawsuit. The following schedule is subject to change and will be updated as needed.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Activity

Date

Received Demand Letter 8/23/2021
Adopt a Resolution of Intention, effective 10/7/2021, to transition from at-large to district-based elections 10/04/2021
Launch Districting Website Page 10/26/2021
Public Hearing #1 to gather input from communities of interest (no draft maps are drawn until these are complete) 11/01/2021
Public Hearing #2 to gather input from communities of interest (no draft maps are drawn until these are complete) 11/15/2021
Launch mapping tools on website for public to submit proposed maps 12/10/2021
All Initial draft maps posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing 01/24/2021
Public Hearing #3 to gather public input on draft maps and election sequencing 01/31/2021
Changes to initial draft maps posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing 02/07/2021
Public Hearing #4 to gather public input on draft maps and election sequencing 02/14/2021
Final map posted on website at least 7 days prior to public hearing 02/28/2022
Public Hearing #5 to introduce Ordinance establishing district-based elections 03/07/2022
Adopt Ordinance establishing district-based elections 03/21/2022
205 days prior to next regular election the Ordinance must be adopted (Elections Code §21602(a)(3)) 04/17/2022
First district-based election to be held 11/08/2022

 

Community input is needed! Petaluma is seeking community input to determine how to best map district-based election boundaries. Now is your chance to have your voice heard.

  • What would districts mean to you?
  • What would you consider to be your district within Petaluma?
  • What “communities of interest” or “neighborhoods” do you feel should remain intact?
    • Is there a park, school, major road or intersection nearby or within what you consider to be your district?
    • Does your neighborhood have shared concerns or is it within a particular development?
  • Should districts be drawn that have a broad range of different land uses?
  • Are there any locations of growth that Council should consider that you feel are important in how the boundaries are drawn?
  • Are there any natural or man-made geographical boundaries that are important for consideration?

The City Council will be holding hearings to receive public input on where district lines should be drawn. Ways to participate in the public hearings and to provide public comments are listed on the top of each meeting agenda, posted at: cityofpetaluma.org/meetings. The schedule for those hearings is listed below.

We will continue to provide timely updates on this web page throughout the district elections transition process. You can sign up to receive updates on our District Elections Updates email list.

To sign up to remain informed, to ask a question, to provide a comment, or to share your thoughts on the questions above, please fill out the form located on the bottom of this webpage.

The City will reach out to local media to publicize the redistricting process. Also, we will make a good faith effort to notify community groups of various kinds about the redistricting process. All districting materials will be provided in English and Spanish, and live Spanish translation will be available for all public hearings. The City will notify the public about districting hearings, post maps online before adoption, and host this dedicated web page for all relevant information about the districting process.

The legally required criteria that apply to the creation of voting districts are as follows:

  • Each council district shall contain nearly equal population, with any deviations justified by other traditional redistricting criteria.
  • A districting plan shall be drawn in a manner that complies with the state and federal Constitutions, the Federal Voting Rights Act and state other applicable law, including the CVRA.
  • Each council district shall not be drawn with race as the predominant factor in violation of the principles established by the United States Supreme Court in Shaw v. Reno, 509 U.S. 630 (1993).
  • Each council district shall be contiguous, meaning that there can be no islands or parts of the district that are not attached to the whole.

Districting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a City Council member. The City Council is seeking input on the district voting map for Petaluma. You have an opportunity to share with the City Council how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.

The California Voting Rights Act requires cities to elect their council members from districts if certain conditions are met. As a result, we are changing our election process. Currently we elect our 6 council members and mayor by voters citywide. In the future we will elect our council members by voters from six distinct districts. We will continue to elect our mayor by voters citywide. To meet legal rules, we will need to approve the new district maps by April of 2022. Working backward, we will need to review draft maps by January 31, 2022. This is a significant change in how Petalumans vote for council representation.

BACKGROUND

On August 23, 2021, the City received a certified letter from Kevin Shenkman, an attorney based in Malibu, which alleged violations of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) (Elections Code §§14025-14032). The letter alleged that the City’s at-large election system has impaired the ability of Latinx voters to elect their preferred candidates and demanded that the City convert to district-based elections for choosing City Council members. The letter requested that the City inform Mr. Shenkman by October 8, 2021 whether the City would discuss a voluntary change to its current at-large election system.

The City of Petaluma currently uses an at-large election system in which all voters in the City have the opportunity to vote for candidates for all seven seats on the City Council. A “district-based” election is one in which the city is divided into separate districts, each with one Councilmember who resides in the district and is chosen by the voters that reside in that district. The CVRA generally requires jurisdictions with “at-large” elections to convert to “district-based” elections if racially-polarized voting is found to exist in the jurisdiction. Racially-polarized voting exists where a protected minority group prefers an issue or candidate that differs from the preference of the majority. At the October 4, 2021, City Council Regular Meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 2021-164 N.C.S. declaring its intent to initiate procedures to consider transition from at-large to district-based elections. On October 8, 2021, the City informed Mr. Shenkman of the adoption of Resolution 2021-164 N.C.S. and provided him a copy.

Choose an alarm that is listed with a testing laboratory, meaning it has met certain standards for protection. Whether you select a unit that requires yearly changing of batteries, or a 10-year unit that you change out at the end of the 10 years, either will provide protection.

CO alarms also have a battery backup. Choose one that is listed with a testing laboratory. For the best protection, use combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that are interconnected throughout the home. These can be installed by a qualified electrician, so that when one sounds, they all sound. This ensures you can hear the alarm no matter where in your home the alarm originates.

Smoke alarms sense smoke well before you can, alerting you to danger. In the event of fire, you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape safely, which is why smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas (like a hallway), and on each level (including the basement). Do not put smoke alarms in your kitchen or bathrooms.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that displaces oxygen in your body and brain and can render you unconscious before you even realize something is happening to you. Without vital oxygen, you are at risk of death from carbon monoxide poisoning in a short time. CO alarms detect the presence of carbon monoxide and alert you so you can get out, call 9-1-1, and let the professionals check your home.

Development:

  • All new development is subject to building codes that require water efficiency (indoor and outdoor).
  • Currently, new development is not allowed to install landscaping.

City Parks and Facilities:

  • Installing water-efficient toilets and faucets
  • Reduced Watering 1-2x per week
  • Hand-watering trees
  • Cut irrigation to all grass playfields that use potable (non-recycled) water

Water Conservation Programs:

  • Reduction Plans – Customers with high water use placed on a mandatory reduction plan.
  • Mulch Madness – Qualified residents will receive free sheet mulching supplies and irrigation conversion kits.
  • Water-Wise Housecalls – A water conservation expert will visit your property and provide advice on how to save water.
  • Rebates – Special rebates are offered for high-efficiency toilets and clothes washers (residential and commercial).
  • Water Waste Patrol – Daily patrols/response to reports of water waste.

Recycled Water Program:

  • We are finding ways to store more recycled water for use throughout the year (the City’s Ellis Creek Property, local farms, etc.).
  • We continue to explore opportunities for using recycled water throughout the City, further offsetting potable water use.

If you are interested in learning more about DST, we encourage you to attend one of our Weekly Success Meetings every Thursday at 1pm on the lawn of Petaluma City Hall.

If you have questions about the program, please email [email protected] or email:

Tatiana Mora Liautaud, Project Manager, DST Petaluma – [email protected]

Karen Strolia, Senior Director of the North Bay – [email protected]

Donations to support the Downtown Streets Team program can be made by sending a check to the address below with “Petaluma Team” in the memo field or by contacting Karen Strolia, Senior Director of the North Bay by email at [email protected].

As with many things in life, working to end homelessness takes a village. The City of Petaluma and DST are eternally grateful to the amazing partners in our community who make our work possible and supplement services for this population that is so often overlooked. We are proud to work with:

We are also in the process of expanding our regional partnerships with organizations like Nation’s Finest, dedicated to creating better lives for veterans and their families.

“Homelessness” is a complex problem – and severe mental illness, addiction and/or major life events are not the most common cause. Often, economic hardship or family issues (such as divorce or running away from an unsafe home) are factors on one’s path to losing housing. What’s more, the experience of homelessness itself can be traumatic. For some, these events continue to stack until finding a way out feels impossible.

Because each person’s path to homelessness is unique, the services offered are tailored to the specific needs of the individual. Participants join the program with a desire to find support with the employment and housing search, but are offered much more:

  • A daily meaningful activity to participate in each day of the week
  • A community of peers and mentors
  • A goal-oriented structure through which to gain lifelong skills
  • A sense of commitment to giving back to the larger community
  • A feeling of pride in the results they create (cleaner streets, new relationships)
  • An opportunity to demonstrate leadership

These elements come together to help create confidence, dignity and a stronger sense of self for program participants. In addition to the practical and emotional benefits DST provides, the program offers the following services:

  • Case management
  • Employment support & opportunities with local companies
  • Community Outreach
  • Additional support offered through partnerships:
    • Substance use support, therapy, legal services, etc.

DST is different from other work experience programs in that participants are engaged 20 hours per week to help clean and beautify our city. In contrast to counseling or case management services that might provide 1-2 hours of interaction each week, the DST model works to establish a deep connection with participants, which allows for understanding of their unique stories and specific needs in ways that make meaningful support possible.

The program focuses on reacclimating individuals who have not been engaged in the workforce in a long time, refamiliarizing them with being accountable to a set schedule, showing up on time, and learning valuable soft skills that translate into rich employable skills, including collaboration, team work, and leadership. This lays a foundation which participants can then build upon on their journey toward long-term employment and housing.

You will see our DST Team’s brightly colored shirts around town weekdays from 8am-12pm as they both clean and beautify our City, with Team Leads providing their singular approach to homeless outreach and services.

Many participants begin as residents of well-known encampments around town (Steamer Landing, Cedar Grove, Lynch Creek Trail), spend their mornings volunteering to give back to their community, eventually transitioning to interim or permanent housing and employment as a result of the skills and support gained through the program.

 Item #

Description

123 Fund and support a Downtown Streets Team to assist in beautification of Downtown and outreach to Petaluma’s unsheltered population.
126 Begin planning for update of the City’s General Plan 2025.
210 Identify location, select artists, and safely install a Black Lives Matter Mural.

Downtown Streets Team (DST) is an organization that works in partnership with the City of Petaluma to provide tailored, individualized support for people striving to overcome the challenges that contribute to experiencing homelessness. DST offers a step-by-step approach, understanding that lasting change takes time.

Program participants volunteer their time beautifying our community and receive access to employment and case management services to support them in achieving their goals.

While the end goal of DST is to provide a path to long-term employment and permanent housing, the program also offers participants case management services, a caring community, and a sense of purpose.

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Description

44 Consider and move forward to adopt City’s participation in Sonoma Clean Power’s Evergreen program.
48 Adopt an ordinance creating and empowering a City Climate Commission.
190 Make permanent the moratorium on new gas stations and develop a plan for building out publicly available EV charging infrastructure and capacity to meet projected needs.
195 Enact a prohibition on new gas stations throughout the City.
198 Adopt 2030 as the City’s target for carbon neutrality.
202 Develop a plan and timeline to source 100% renewable energy for use in City facilities, and advocate and work with regional partners to ensure 100% clean renewable power for all City residents in order to meet Petaluma’s 2030 carbon neutrality target.

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105 Establish City minimum wage ordinance.
184 Establish a Free Range, outdoor dining program that allows merchants impacted by the Covid Shelter in Place regulations to operate their business outdoors.
185 Reach out to individual businesses to determine how Covid shutdowns are affecting them and to see how staff could support them.
187 Develop a ShopPetaluma website, supported with marketing and a dedicated gift card program.
188 Develop and issue loans to businesses to support their cashflow needs during COVID Stay at Home regulations.

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80 Assess and identify traffic needs and develop organizational structure to support needs, including the possibility of restoring a full-time City Traffic Engineer position.
81 Promote emergency preparedness and resiliency strategies to our residents and businesses.
83 Consider a firework and use sales ban, or other modification to current ordinance; assist the non-profits who rely on these sales to identify alternatives for fund raising.
99 Secure designation as an Age Friendly City
180 Provide safety support and shelter during two significant fires in County, concurrent with COVID-19.
181 Establish a CAHOOTS program.
182 Complete an updated Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.

 

 Item #

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1 Develop a fiscal sustainability plan with the community that balances City services with available revenues and integrates policies and identifies potential revenue sources that can ensure long-term financial health and effectiveness of the City.
2 Continue implementing strategies to reduce pension costs and unfunded liabilities.
3 Develop a budget-in-brief to provide the City’s financial information in an understandable, accessible format.
17 Upgrade traffic signal management by re-establishing full-time traffic engineer position.
25 Inventory and promote all road paving and reconstruction projects with funding sources and dates of completion, made in the last five years.
33 Develop and publish public record request guidelines on City website
35 Develop a citywide IT Masterplan that identifies and prioritizes City technology needs, funding, and implementation strategies.
38 Complete the roll-out of an updated City website that creates a more user-friendly, accessible, and interactive information resource and online experience for the community.
160 Implement participation in Council, Committee, Commission, and Board meetings through online platforms.
172 Complete identified CIP Program projects: D St. Bridge emergency repairs; Runway Electrical lighting upgrades; Denman Reach Flood Mitigation Project completion; Water Service repair project; Petaluma Boulevard South Water main replacement; McNear Park Neighborhood water and waste water replacement; Country Club and Victoria water pump station upgrades
173 Install voter ballot boxes at City facilities.
176 Procured and implemented FPPC Campaign Statement and Statement of Economic Interest filing software through which filers and treasurers can more easily file statements in a timely manner without error, reducing liability for both filers and the City

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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 Explore the potential to acquire Cedar Grove in collaboration with representatives from the Federate Indians of Graton Rancheria for creation of passive recreation 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. Develop objective design standards to guide review of streamlined ministerial housing development as required by the State of California.
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.

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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.
192 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.

 

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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.

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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.

As of January 18, 2022, potable water use for washing down sidewalks, driveways, buildings, structures, patios, or other hard surfaced areas is prohibited, except sanitation.

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.

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. 

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 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 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]

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.

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!

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.

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.

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