Good Evening, Petaluma –
Tomorrow is Earth Day and we are committed to preserving our incredible natural environment for generations to come. Did you know Petaluma has committed to becoming a carbon neutral city by the year 2030? It’s a big goal and we are taking massive action to achieve it. Learn more at CityofPetaluma.org/ClimateReady
In tonight’s email we’ll share COVID news from the County of Sonoma, our strategies for making important City communications available in Spanish, information on public meetings, and other news and upcoming events around town.
Please enjoy, share with friends, and have a wonderful evening. We’ll see you back in your inbox next Wednesday!
Please take a moment to check out these important COVID-19 resources and updates from the County of Sonoma:
Please Get Tested to Keep Our Community Safe
As we move down the path to reopening, testing remains a crucial piece of keeping our community safe and maintaining our forward momentum. Between 30 to 40 percent of people who have COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms, and they can then pass it on to others who might not have the same mild response.
County health officials recommend that those who go out into the public get tested at least once per month and those who regularly interact with the public get tested twice each month.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
Graduation & Commencement Ceremony Guidance
On March 26, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued guidance for safely holding outdoor graduation and commencement ceremonies. Outdoor, in-person ceremonies are permissible, consistent with this guidance.
CLICK HERE to view the guidance from the CDPH.
In the Orange tier (Sonoma County’s current status), 33 percent capacity is permitted for such events. All attendees, including school staff, performers, students and families, are counted toward any occupancy capacity limit. Other guidelines include:
- Limit attendee groups to a household unit. People from the same household do not need to be six feet apart.
- Audience seating must be fixed or marked, with signs to indicate by section, row, and seat. Marked seats should clearly define space for individuals with appropriate space per person (no blanket reservations or group areas).
CITY COMMUNICATIONS IN SPANISH
In addition to our translations, we are currently working on a year-long project to find out what media, communication channels, and relevant content Latinos and Latinas in Petaluma are using, all for the purpose of strengthening communication between the City and the Latinx community. The goal is to generate inclusive strategies, inspire people to get involved, and give everyone access to the information, benefits, and activities that our City offers.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding our translations, or would like to be part of our communications discussion, please email: [email protected].
CLICK HERE to learn about our Spanish communications efforts.
AD HOC COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING RECAP
At this first meeting, committee members worked together to outline the best ways to collaborate and set priorities for the next 6 months. You can view recordings of the meeting via the links below:
CITY COUNCIL NEWS: UPCOMING TOPICS
- A City That Works for Everyone
- Our Environmental Legacy
- A Safe Community That Thrives
- An Economy That Prospers
- Spaces and Places that Inspire
HELP CLEAR THE WATER TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
This Earth day, help keep our community and waterways clean by joining the Friends of the Petaluma River and the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance for a 3-day Shollenberger Park Cleanup.
This event runs 4/22 – 4/24 from 9am – 11am. For more information and to volunteer, please register online at FriendsofthePetalumaRiver.org/Events
GET HEALTHY WITH US!
Our Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Petaluma Health Care District, is excited to present “May Your Health Move Forward: Petaluma Walking Day Reimagined”, an interactive virtual event that will take place during the month of May.
Community members will be invited to participate in a series of fun-filled health and wellness activities, including fitness challenges, healthy recipes and meal prep plans, park-based scavenger hunts, and a whole lot more.
For more information, check out the official event page HERE and be sure to follow both our Parks and Recreation Department (@PetalumaParksandRec) and the Petaluma Health Care District (@PetalumaHealthCareDistrict) on social media.
SHORT ON RENT MONEY? COTS CAN HELP
We are proud to partner with COTS to help those in our community struggling with paying their bills during the pandemic.
Households within City of Petaluma limits who have been impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for rental assistance from COTS. Household income must be below 80% Area Median Income. COTS can pay up to 6 months of graduated rental assistance to qualified households.
CLICK HERE to learn about more City and County-funded rental assistance programs.
SHOP THE KENTUCKY STREE OUTDOOR MARKETPLACE THIS WEEKEND!
We would have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Butter & Egg Days Parade this weekend, so let’s make it a safe and fun celebration for us all. Come and meet your downtown merchants and local makers at the Kentucky Outdoor Marketplace and Shop Local Petaluma!
Join us Saturday April 24, 11am-5pm, on Kentucky Street between Western and Washington streets. Masks and social distancing required.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
TREATED WOOD DISPOSAL EVENT