Hi Petaluma –
As we start to break out our sweaters in the coming weeks, please keep in mind that our region is still experiencing a severe drought which heightens our risk of wildfires. Please remember to take proper caution when in situations that can spark wildfires and visit cityofpetaluma.org/wildfires/ to learn more about what to do in the event of a wildfire emergency. Thank you for all being safe and doing your part to protect our community!
Read on for information about Fire Prevention Week and brushing up on your fire safety skills, a reminder about the current D Street Bridge Closure, opportunities to attend community workshops, resources for the upcoming November elections, an update about new electric maintenance vehicles being used in our city, and more.
Please enjoy, share with friends, and have a lovely evening. We’ll see you in your inbox next Wednesday!
CELEBRATE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY THIS MONDAY
This coming Monday, October 10, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an alternative to Columbus Day, which honors the beautiful cultures, traditions, and lives of indigenous people around the world!
Here in Petaluma, we respectfully acknowledge we reside on the ancestral land of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok people. This Monday, we encourage all members of our community to take the day as an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the Indigenous people who inhabited this land for generations and their descendants who are still here.
To learn more about Indigenous Peoples’ Day and more ways to celebrate, check out this article from Smithsonian Magazine.
BRUSH UP ON YOUR FIRE SAFETY SKILLS DURING FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
The City of Petaluma has proclaimed October 9 – October 15 Fire Prevention Week.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of National Fire Protection Association’s fire prevention week, with many cities across the country working together to offer essential tips, training, and assistance regarding proper fire safety practices. To learn more about fire prevention week and its history, click HERE.
Please join us in brushing up on your fire safety skills and preparing your family for any fire related emergency. Visit cityofpetaluma.org/departments/fire/ for vital tips and information on home fire safety.
JOIN US FOR THE CROSSTOWN CONNECTOR WORKSHOP!
Crosstown Connector Community Workshop October 10, 6 PM.
Petaluma is uniquely divided by 3 features: the Petaluma River, the SMART train tracks, and Highway 101. It has been a long-standing goal of our community to enhance and improve access to both sides of town via crosstown connectors.
Join us for a special workshop meeting of the Petaluma City Council, Monday October 10, to get an overview of existing connectors, proposed connectors, and discuss on potential options for improving crosstown connections in the future.
For more information on how to attend the workshop, either in-person or virtually, please stay tuned to cityofpetaluma.org/meetings. Information will be available when the agenda is posted.
REMINDER ABOUT DOCK & D STREET BRIDGE CLOSURES
The Turning Basin dredging started October 3, 2022 and will end October 18, 2022. Here’s what to expect during this project:
- D Street Bridge Closure: The D Street Bridge will be closed to cars, bikes, and pedestrians, Monday-Friday, October 3 – October 18. The Bridge will reopen on weekends during that time frame.
- Dock Closures: The floating docks and gangway on the northwest side of the Turning Basin will not be available from October 3 – October 18. The floating dock and gangway on the northeast side of the Turning Basin (along Weller Street) will be removed on October 3 and reinstalled during a different project in Fall 2023. The northeast trail will also be closed from October 3, 2022 – Fall 2023.
- Turning Basin Closure: The Turning Basin will be closed to boat traffic from September 26 – October 18, 2022, for safety reasons.
Thank you for your patience as we work toward our ultimate goal – a better Petaluma River!
For more info, please go to the project page HERE.
NORTH MCDOWELL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL
The North McDowell Blvd. Improvement Project was unanimously approved by Petaluma City Council Monday October 3. The project will make a variety of safety and accessibility improvements on N. McDowell Blvd. from Sunrise Parkway to Old Redwood Highway.
Thank you to all our community members who took the time to engage with us about this important project. It was wonderful to see so many Petalumans submit feedback, share ideas, and ask questions. We are grateful to have received such valuable community input that helped us shape the design. Community outreach will continue throughout the design and construction phases.
Learn more about the North McDowell Improvement Project at cityofpetaluma.org/northmcdowell.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE KENILWORTH PARK REVITALIZATION WORKSHOP
It’s time to revitalize Kenilworth Park! We look forward to working with YOU to understand which experiences you feel would best create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive space to serve our community’s growing needs.
Please join us for a Community Workshop on October 20, 2022 to:
- Learn more about the project
- Explore community needs for the park
- Gather input and ideas for park experiences
- Engage in conversation with interested neighbors and residents
- Share your questions and comments with City staff
We invite you to join us for a casual dinner from 5:30 PM – 6 PM in Kenilworth Park. The workshop will be held from 6 PM – 8 PM in the Kenilworth Teen Center adjacent to the park (150 Fairgrounds Dr.). You are welcome to join for whichever portion of the workshop your schedule allows.
An RSVP is not required, but will help us to plan for enough food and facility space. If you are able, please RSVP via this online form.
Visit cityofpetaluma.org/kenilworthpark to learn more about the project and provide feedback via the community input survey.
Spanish language interpretation services will be available. Habrá servicios disponibles de interpretación al español.
PREPARE FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTION
Earlier this year, Petaluma was mapped into six districts of nearly equal population as part of our transition to district elections. Voters in each district will now vote for one eligible candidate to represent them on the City Council, as well as the at-large Mayor.
Please review the below information in preparation for the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election.
1. FIND YOUR DISTRICT
To learn your district and when your district will elect the next City Councilmember, visit cityofpetaluma.org/elections.
2. FIND YOUR POLLING CENTER
Visit the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website to find your closed polling center: sonomacounty.ca.gov/registrar-of-voters.
3. REVIEW YOUR VOTER GUIDE
Voter guides should arrive early/mid October.
To learn more about the upcoming election, visit cityofpetaluma.org/elections.
Questions? Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 707-778-4360 or [email protected].
THE PEOPLE’S VILLAGE CELEBRATES 6 MONTHS OF HOUSING SUCCESS
The People’s Village is a City-funded project, in partnership with the County of Sonoma and COTS, that has placed tiny homes on the COTS campus in Petaluma to provide shelter and services to people currently living in encampments. This project provides an alternative to traditional dorm-style emergency shelters while taking us forward on our path toward ending homelessness in Petaluma.
The People’s Village recently celebrated six months of housing! Since welcoming its first residents on March 25th of this year, the People’s Village has helped almost 20% of Petaluma’s unsheltered individuals access transitional housing and supportive services. The program has served approximately 41 people, with four going on to permanent housing.
The People’s Village, headed by Stacie Questoni, People’s Village Services Manager, consists of 25 private “tiny home”-style units. Services and case management are provided on site, along with a dog run, showers, access to nutritious daily meals, and shared bathroom facilities.
CLICK HERE to learn more.
CITY FLEET CONTINUES TO ADD ELECTRIC VEHICLES
The City of Petaluma is excited to announce that a third Ford Lightning was added to the Parks Maintenance fleet this week! This addition is the fifth all electric vehicle that has been added to the Petaluma fleet this year as we work towards full electrification of our city maintenance vehicles. Keep your eyes open for these new vehicles while you’re out and about!
CHECK OUT A SHOWING OF THE MOTHERLOAD DOCUMENTARY
Join us at Grand Central Café, 226 Weller St. in Petaluma, on October 8 at 7:00 PM for a showing of the Motherload documentary. The Motherload documentary showcases the history and future of the cargo bike. We hope to see you there!
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.
Assistant Engineer I/II & Associate Civil Engineer
Deputy Director of Environmental Services
Part Time Emergency Medical Technician
Police Officer (Current Academy Attendees & Graduates)
Public Safety Dispatcher – Lateral
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:
October 5, 6:30pm – Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee
October 6, 6:00pm – Airport Commission
October 8, 6:30pm – Planning Commission Regular Meeting
October 11, 4:00pm – Historic and Cultural Preservation Committee
October 11, 6:30pm – Youth Commission
October 13, 4:00pm – Transit Advisory Committee
October 13, 6:30pm – Climate Action Commission
Check for upcoming meetings, agendas, and how to participate on the City’s meeting webpage: https://cityofpetaluma.org/meetings/