Community Update for February 16, 2024

Posted on February 16, 2024

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Happy Friday, Petaluma! 

As we gear up for another five days of rain in the forecast, please take some time to clear your gutters and storm drains this weekend to prevent flooding. And bookmark our Flood Alert Info page HERE for news and tips on how to report an issue. While the storm itself may not be too severe, the ground is saturated from previous storms which can mean a higher risk of falling trees, landslides, and standing water. Take care out there, neighbors!

Then, after you’ve prepared for the weather, why not cozy up with the Petaluma Visitor’s Guide? It’s the perfect start to mapping out your next local adventure – indoors or out! And while you’re thinking about spots around town to visit, don’t forget to book your reservations for Sonoma County Restaurant Week from Feb 19-25.

Wishing you dry feet this month and thriving spring gardens in March! Thanks for reading, Petaluma. 




We’re on a mission to make Petaluma’s streets safer for everyone! When vehicles park right next to an intersection or crosswalk, it makes it hard for drivers to see pedestrians entering the crosswalk. Children, strollers, and people using wheelchairs or walkers are particularly vulnerable because they’re more likely to be invisible behind a parked car or truck.  And with the increase in size and height of many trucks and SUVs, even adults are vulnerable to collisions at low-visibility intersections.  

For some time now, we have been updating intersections with crosswalks in Petaluma to increase safety and visibility through the addition of red curbs. These updates are also in accordance with the Daylighting to Save Lives Bill (AB-413), a California State law that bans vehicles from stopping, standing, or parking within 10-15 feet of the approach side of a crosswalk. “Daylighting” refers to the concept that safety is improved by removing parked cars next to crosswalks.  

You will see new red curbs painted to reduce parking near crosswalks around town. While every effort is being made to retain as many parking spaces as possible, the work will result in the addition of red curbs and the removal of some spaces.   

If daylighting work is planned to take place in your area, you will receive notification via a postcard from our project team. 

You can learn more about Daylighting to Save Lives HERE

For questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Public Works & Utilities department: 

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 707-778-4303 




We are excited to share that work continues on Lucchesi Skatepark! Our team has been hard at work conducting technical assessments of the proposed site (at Lucchesi Park across from the tennis courts) as we move forward with finalizing the park design. 

Projects like this require a lot of steps to be taken prior to the start of construction. Visit to learn what we’ve been up to the past few months. Don’t forget to sign up to receive project updates while you’re there! 

We’ll be circling back with the community in the spring to provide an update on the project which will include a design update along with an anticipated construction schedule.  We look forward to inviting you all to a community workshop to discuss these items. Stay tuned! 

The Lucchesi Skatepark project has truly been a collaboration with our community. A heartfelt thanks to all who provided input and helped us make this awesome project a reality. We look forward to our continued work together! 




Tuesday February 20, 6pm
City Hall, 11 English Street

In the coming months, we will be making upgrades on Howard and some nearby side streets. We have been working closely with our community to understand what you would like to see improved on this busy road that connects Petaluma to City Hall, the downtown area, schools, churches, and more. 

Our goal is to improve safety and accessibility for all road users while smoothing the surface of the roadway. We will also be making upgrades to underground water and sewer lines.  


  • Learn what we’ve heard so far 
  • Get information about upcoming utility work
  • Review and provide feedback on proposed road improvements 
  • Discuss project details and ask questions 

WHEN: Tuesday February 20, 6pm
WHERE: Council Chambers at City Hall, 11 English Street, Petaluma  

Learn more and sign up for project updates:




Thursday, February 29, 6pm

Interested in new or better routes to walk, bike, or roll across town? We are currently studying how to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and access when trying to travel from one side of town to the other – and we want to hear from you!  

Please join us for our 101 Crossings Community Workshop to discuss ways to enhance crosstown travel for those walking, biking, or rolling at the following locations: 

  • Corona Road 
  • Rainier Avenue 
  • Lynch Creek Trail
  • Pedestrian Overcrossing at McKenzie Ave. (catwalk) 

We’d love to hear about your experiences, your ideas, and share the information we’ve gathered on these locations so far.  

When: Thursday, February 29, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Petaluma Community Center, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. 

Spanish interpretation will be available upon request. 

Can’t make it to the meeting? Please take a moment to fill out our survey:


This study is made possible by funding from Measure M, the 2004 Traffic Relief Act for Sonoma County.  

Learn more and sign up to receive project updates at:  

We look forward to seeing you there! 



Sediment Solutions: Adobe Creek Community Meeting

Friends of the Petaluma River invite you to the Adobe Creek Community Meeting:

February 28th, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Lucchesi Community Center

Help create a future vision for Lower Adobe Creek! The San Francisco Estuary Institute is spearheading the Sediment Solutions project to protect our wetlands and increase resilience to climate change and rising seas. We want your help as we re-envision Lower Adobe Creek and its connection to our Marshland.

Free food, empanadas, and kids activities will be provided. Contact Stephanie Bastianon for more information at 707-763-7756 or [email protected] 



Emergency Prep Help for Seniors

Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Attend a FREE 2-part workshop by Emergency Prep Help geared for Seniors with expert speakers, free go-bags & incentives!


Part 1 – Friday, Mar 15, 10:00-12:00
Emergency plans, evacuation safety for seniors, FREE emergency go-bags, earthquake readiness

Part 2 – Friday, Mar 29, 10:00-12:00
Extended power outages, securing important documents, car prep, pet safety in emergencies, 2-1-1 resources

Location: Petaluma Community Center
320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma

To reserve your spot, call the Petaluma Senior Center at 707-778-4399.

*** Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented products due to severe allergies **




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.

Assistant Engineer I/II

Associate/Senior Civil Engineer

Facilities Technician II/Senior/Supervisor

Part Time Building Attendant

Part Time Recreation Leader (Summer Camps)

Part Time Tiny Tots Teacher I

Police Officer (Current Academy Attendees & Graduates)

Police Officer – Lateral

Police Officer Trainee

Project Manager

Public Safety Dispatcher – Lateral

Senior Transit Planner (Grants Management) / Transit Planner II




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 21, 3:30pm – Tree Advisory Committee Meeting

February 21, 6:00pm – Recreation, Music & Parks Commission Meeting

February 22, 4:00pm – Transit Advisory Committee Meeting

February 26, 6:30pm – City Council/PCDSA Regular Meeting

February 27, 6:00pm – Planning Commission Meeting

February 28, 5:00pm – Measure U Oversight Committee Meeting

March 4, 6:00pm – City Council/PCDSA Regular Meeting

Check for upcoming meetings, agendas, and how to participate on the City’s meeting webpage:

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