We hope this email finds you well. Today marks the lifting of the indoor mask mandate in Sonoma County (unvaccinated individuals over age 2 will continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor public settings). This is a big shift and we encourage you to continue to show the compassion and respect for those around you that you have throughout the pandemic. Thank you, Petaluma, for the kindness and caring you embody. Our community is the special place that it is because of you.
Tonight, we share updates on COVID-19 in our city and Sonoma County, projects designed to make our roads safer, our transition to district elections, drought, upcoming events, and much more. Please enjoy, share with friends, and have a lovely evening. We’ll see you in your inbox next Wednesday!
Please take a moment to check out these important COVID-19 resources and updates from the City of Petaluma and the County of Sonoma:
City Facilities Have Reopened
Hey, Petaluma! As of Tuesday February 15, our City facilities are once again open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm and/or by appointment.
Please visit cityofpetaluma.org/essentialservices for details regarding the specific services you are looking for.
As our County and community emerges from the pandemic and as case rates decline, we are continuing to work toward a full reopening.
Sonoma County Lifts Mask Mandate
In alignment with the State, the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings beginning today, Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Unvaccinated individuals over age 2 will continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor public settings. Businesses, venue operators, and hosts may determine their own paths forward to protect staff and patrons and may choose to require all patrons to wear masks.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
Continue Efforts to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19
Per the Petaluma Health Care District, though the County of Sonoma has rescinded its local masking orders we need to continue to be vigilant in following California Department of Public Health guidelines to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They encourage everyone to move forward with caution, keeping your health and the health of others in mind.
CLICK HERE to read full requirements and guidance from CADPH.
A message from the County of Sonoma:
Large-scale vaccination clinics are being held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19-20 from 9am – 4pm.
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa (Brookwood Avenue entrance)
No appointment needed. No proof of citizenship status required.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Available
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.
Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
CLICK HERE to learn more and place your order today.
THE LATEST ON THE TRANSITION TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS
At District Election Public Hearing #4 on February 14, City Council reviewed the updated draft plan provided by the third party demographers, Redistricting Partners, as well as the draft maps provided by the public and all other community input. City Council provided direction to the demographer and the new draft plan will be posted for public review on Friday, February 25. As a reminder, Petaluma is being mapped into six districts of nearly equal population. In our new district election model, residents from each district will vote for one fellow resident to represent them on City Council. The Mayor will continue to be selected with the at-large election system.
If you would like to provide a draft map, Community of Interest form or other public testimony to be considered by City Council at Public Hearing #5 on Monday, March 7, please submit any items by Wednesday, February 23.
CLICK HERE to submit your public testimony and to view all the maps provided by the demographer, Redistricting Partners, so far.
To review all maps submitted by the community and the associated demographic data, CLICK HERE.
TIME TO RAMP UP ALL WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS
Petaluma is still very much in a drought emergency. Lake Sonoma’s water levels are currently lower than they were this time last year (2021) and drastically lower than in 2020. The rest of February is forecasted to be dry and if we do not experience substantial rainfall in March, it is likely that the City of Petaluma will have reduced water allocations from its water supplier Sonoma Water beginning in July or earlier. If you have relaxed any of your water-saving practices this winter, we ask you to return to your water conservation efforts to help us reduce citywide use.
As a reminder, Petaluma’s water use restrictions are still in place and the full list can be viewed here. Please limit outdoor water use and if needed, only irrigate during the restricted watering schedule – overnight Tuesday and Saturday from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 am. We encourage you to review this list of indoor and outdoor water-saving tips. Thank you for your continued efforts to save water with us!
For water supply levels at Lakes Sonoma and Mendocino, please visit Sonoma Water’s website here.
PEOPLE’S VILLAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The first units of People’s Village are under construction today! We can’t wait to start welcoming our first residents later this month – and we’re so grateful to our partners including COTS, County of Sonoma, and Quickhaven for helping to bring this project to life. We look forward to updating you on continued progress in the coming days and weeks!
To learn more, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/peoplesvillage
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ROAD SAFETY IN PETALUMA
- Studying collision reports and statistics
- Monitoring pavement conditions
- Collaborating with outside agencies like the Sonoma County Transit Authority (SCTA)
- Working with our community to understand areas of concern
SAFETY UPGRADES GOING IN ON PETALUMA BLVD SOUTH
Heads Up, Petaluma! Starting Friday, February 18, the southbound lanes on Petaluma Boulevard South from E Street to Mountain View will be reconfigured to accommodate the construction of the new pedestrian “bulbouts,” which are the extensions of the sidewalk into the road. They will increase safety through improving visibility for drivers and reducing crossing distance for pedestrians.
These improvements will also include rectangular rapid flashing beacon crosswalk signs for added safety. The temporary lane configuration will reduce the two southbound lanes down to one. Parking will not be removed to accommodate temporary lane configuration. The temporary lane configuration will reduce the two southbound lanes down to one.
Parking will not be removed to accommodate temporary lane configuration. The temporary striping will be in place for the duration of the project. Final striping will be installed in June of 2022.
To learn more, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/blvdsouth
JOIN OUR RAINIER AVENUE PAVING & TRAFFIC CALMING VIRTUAL COMMUNITY WORKSHOP!
We are planning to seal coat Rainier Avenue between North McDowell Blvd. and Sonoma Mountain Parkway and are considering “Complete Street” elements to be included in the project. Complete Street features include things like revising vehicular travel lanes to reduce speeding and improve safety, enhancing intersections and crosswalks, adding safer bike facilities, and improving bus stops, among other measures that benefit all roadway users.
Please join us at this virtual community workshop to review the proposed project ideas and potential phasing. Most importantly, we want to hear from you about your concerns and ideas for Rainier Avenue.
For more information on the project and how to attend the meeting, please visit: cityofpetaluma.org/rainieravepaving.
CLIMATE ACTION UPDATE
REMINDER: FEBRUARY GENERAL PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE (GPAC) SESSION
Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 6:30 PM over Zoom
This is a brief reminder to join us for the February General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) session!
As you may have heard, the City of Petaluma is in the process of updating our General Plan – our city’s roadmap for growth for the next nearly 2-3 decades. Our February General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) Session will review progress on the Vision Statement, Pillars, and Guiding Principles, provide an overview of the Housing Element, discuss maps that capture community feedback, and kick off our GPAC working groups.
Remember all GPAC meetings are open to the public, and available through Zoom, Granicus, and Petaluma Community Access Television. All interested community members and stakeholders are welcome to get involved in the planning process to share their lived experiences and knowledge.
FREE YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT CARDIAC SCREENING FEBRUARY 27
Did you know Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death on school campuses and the #1 killer of student athletes, many of which are due to an undetected cardiac anomaly? That is why the Petaluma Health Care District has partnered with the VIA Heart Project and Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma Campus to bring a FREE Youth and Young Adult Cardiac Screening on February 27 that is open to all Sonoma County residents ages 12-25. COVID vaccination is required to attend. Sonoma County and CDC COVID guidelines will be followed.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Be sure to check out these upcoming community events:
Junior Historians Interactive Exhibit at Museum
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum is excited to welcome junior historians to join them for family-friendly activities!
This interactive exhibit invites kids to help build an archive of Petaluma’s history from kids’ perspectives.
- Calling all budding artists! In our creativity station, kids can color or draw Petaluma-themed art and add it for display on the museum walls.
- What’s your favorite playground? On an interactive map, kids can share their favorite Petaluma spots to build a kids’ map of Petaluma.
- Be a history sleuth with our scavenger hunt! Find some of our favorite museum objects and win a prize.
This exhibit will take place during museum open hours (10:00 am – 3:45 pm) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the last two weekends in February, with bonus hours (10am-3:45pm) on Presidents’ Day, February 21.
CLICK HERE for more information.
Free Webinar: Financing Your Accessory Dwelling Unit!
Are you a homeowner who wants to:
- Build a passive income stream?
- Create a home for an elderly parent?
- Plan for your retirement?
If so, an accessory dwelling unit may be the perfect solution for you!
Join us February 23 at 6pm for a conversation about how to leverage financing from the Redwood Credit Union to build your dream accessory dwelling unit! We’ll cover:
- ADUs 101
- How to leverage financing from the Redwood Credit Union to build your ADU
- What makes RCU’s NEW ADU loan financing easier to qualify for than other loans?
- Homeowner next steps to get your ADU financed
- YOUR questions, answered live!
Presented by the Napa Sonoma ADU Center, a nonprofit organization fiscally-sponsored by Napa Valley Community Foundation with support from Community Foundation Sonoma County.
Gospel & R&B Concert in Honor of Black History Month
Petaluma Blacks for Community Development and The Petaluma Museum Association will host a Gospel and R&B Concert in honor of Black History Month on February 27, 2022. There are two performances so that you don’t miss out on this fantastic event – Matinee at 3:00pm and Evening 5:00pm. Learn more HERE.
COME JOIN OUR PETALUMA TEAM!
The City of Petaluma is looking for talented people to join our team! Please click the links below for more information about our open positions. CLICK HERE for a full list of career opportunities.
Have questions about working for the City? Please reach out to [email protected].
The City of Petaluma is hard at work for our community. Please check out our upcoming meetings and click on the links below for more information:
February 22, 6:30pm – Youth Commission
February 23, 7pm – Technology Advisory Committee
February 24, 6pm – Public Art Committee
Check for upcoming meetings, agendas, and how to participate on the City’s meeting webpage: https://cityofpetaluma.org/meetings/.