Skaci…! A Most Senior K-9

From time to time, while working in the front garden, I have noticed a “senior dog” during its morning walk and decided to find out a bit more.

  • Name–“Skaci”
  • Age–18 going on 19
  • Depending upon which conversion calculator you employ, Skaci is 85 to 123 years old in human years

So I decided to try for a portrait.

Skaci was agreeable and slowly got into position…

Of course, Skaci needed some encouragement…

Finally, success….

 

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Petaluma Residential Parking—Deja vu…once again

The residential parking issue exploded on Nextdoor yesterday.  It was, as Yogi Berra once said, “…déjà vu all over again.” (See Link Below)

By way of a brief history there was a time when the residential streets were filled with RVs, trailers, boats, cars, etc. to a density in some areas making the streets look like they were encased by walls…

All the Sturm & Drang from that era (admittedly, I was part of it…some would say the instigator) led to an Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance requiring vehicles to be moved after three days…a distance of three miles.  The purpose was to eliminate using the streets as storage locations.

The Police Department had the task of enforcing the ordinance and the situation did improve because of their efforts.

That was Then…This is Now

In our part of town I suspect that the major part of the current problem is that many people are living here now (renting rooms in homes) having been displaced by the fires the last two years—They are regular people who come and go to work, school, etc. on a daily basis.  This in itself dramatically increases the number of vehicles on the street.

In our local ‘Hood, finding parking at night is a challenge and the loss of a parking space due to boats, RVs, and vehicles being stored on the street–by anyone–needs to be addressed.

According to information from the Police Department on current enforcement of the Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance 

“We can respond to every complaint regarding abandoned vehicles that is submitted by calling the mainline at the PD… 778-4372, Ext. 0. We may not get out there immediately, as we have one Abandoned Vehicle Abatement Officer that works 4 days a week. He is responsible for all of these complaints throughout the City of Petaluma.”

“Every time our AVA officer tows a vehicle, it can take up to an hour per vehicle, as he is required to stay with the vehicle until the tow truck driver leaves. He can barely keep up with the complaints that come in. When a vehicle is tagged, he needs to go back after 72 hours to check for compliance. Every time there is a tow required, that cuts into his follow-up time. As there is a never ending list of vehicles to follow up on, it leaves no time to be proactive. We would love to have more staff dedicated to abandoned vehicle abatement, but the current budget does not allow that.”

OBSERVATIONS & SUGGESTIONS

CITY & POLICE DEPARTMENT

There is no question that the City has budget limitations and constraints.  That has been the case for quite some time and we have to accept that reality.  However, I sometimes wonder if there is not a little “bureaucratic passive aggression” at play also.  It would only be natural.

  • Working with what we do have, I suggest better communication to the public about what the parking laws are and highlighting this on the City Web Page and Police Web Page.  Make it clear how and where to report parking issues. Remember, not everyone knows that there is such a thing as the Abandoned Vehicle Ordinance. Put it on the front page!!
  • Make use of the other police staff. Too many times I have seen units, not on call, repeatedly drive (in one case walk) by vehicles parked in front of fire hydrants or on intersection corners.
  • City Council–Is it time to review the ordinance? Toughen up the penalties?  Repeat offenders get immediate ticket and towed immediately? As it is now, people are just moving them around and taking up parking space elsewhere. I leave it to your lawyers.

RESIDENTS

Density in our neighborhoods is inevitable. It is happening everywhere, especially neighborhoods that are more affordable. It won’t get better.

  • We are going to have to accept the reality of not being able to  regularly park in front of our own home.
  • Increased vehicle density often presents challenges in setting out the cans for the weekly pick-up. In our case we are able to use part of the driveway to set them out if there is a vehicle parked there. Perhaps Recology has some suggestions on where to place the containers.
  • Be sure to report Abandoned Vehicles to the Police Department…and keep reporting.

LINKS

From Nextdoor Using Your Street to Park Trailers

FOR VEHICLES STORED ON PROPERTY

 

 

Petaluma’s Smokey Skies…Post Butte County Fire

“Sometimes all I need
Is the air that I breathe”*

11/10/2018 7:54 am

11/17/18 7:19am

Fortunately we may be  receiving some rain this week to help restore a little blue in the skies!

 

*”The Air That I Breathe”  by Albert Hammond sung by The Hollies

Project Linus 2018 Craft Faire

The mission of Project Linus is…”to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. We do this by giving them gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created for Project Linus by Volunteer Blanketeers.”

“The Blanketeers are part of our mission, as well: we seek to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.”

  • The North Bay Chapter of Project Linus currently has 70 plus members and more are invited to join!
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018 we will “open the doors” for our Annual Holiday Fundraising Craft Bazaar…

Slideshow of past Holiday Craft Bazaars to tempt and entice you to stop by…

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The members of the North Bay Chapter in Petaluma have created and delivered 15,656 blankets since the chapter was founded.  RECIPIENTS INCLUDE…Petaluma Health Ctr., Petaluma Hospice, Petaluma Police Dept., Petaluma Valley Hospital, Project Keep, Pt. Reyes Clinic, Queen of the Valley Hosp., Redwood Children’s Ctr., Rohnert Park Health Ctr., Santa Rosa Birth Ctr., SAY, Sonoma Valley Health Ctr., Sutter Valley Health Ctr., TLC Child & Family Services., Verity, Women’s Recovery Serv., YWCA Sonoma County, 4C’s Childcare, 4C’s Cloverdale, Aurora Behavorial Health, Blue Bag Program, Bridges Pregnancy Ctr., CalParents, Camp Chance, CAP(Community Act Partnership), CARE, CASA, Center for Domestic Peace, Child Start Therapeutic, Christmas Cheer, Community Violence Solutions, Crossing the Jordan, Get on the Bus, Interfaith Shelter Network, Marin Community Clinics, Marin General, Marin Pregnancy Clinic, Memorial Hosp., Napa County Social Serv., Petaluma Birthright

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Batteries Plus Bulbs? Really? But of Course!

When I first noticed Batteries Plus Bulbs  stores popping up in the North Bay I thought that it was a stupid idea. How can they survive selling batteries & bulbs?

Recently I was in search for another of those little silver coin style batteries–and followed the usual course of searching for them in battery racks in grocery and drug stores–you know, trying to read the numbers on the battery and then finding a matching replacement.

Last week I was in pursuit of a battery and could not find it.  To be sure I found a rack that had a place for the one I was looking for but it was empty.  So I thought, what the heck–I will walk around the corner to that stupid Batteries & Bulbs in Plaza North and search there…

I was genuinely amazed when I entered–It was quite a site and the service was immediate.

  • I did not have to search–just handed it off to one of the Technicians and she provided me with a replacement–at half the price it was in the store with the empty battery rack.
  • I looked around briefly and noted an incredible selection of batteries of all sizes and types as well as bulbs of every type and description–including car & truck batteries, which they also will install.

I almost felt like I was back in a RadioShack Store. Remember them?

As their web site says: “We are your one stop shop for Batteries, Light Bulbs & Repairs.”  Repairs include cell phones, laptops, and battery chargers.

I returned the next day with a rechargeable battery pack that needed replacement.  The technician found one but said she could make a better one with twice the storage capacity if I could wait a few minutes.   And so she did: Price $5.06–less than half of the official replacement battery but with twice the storage.

My visits were enlightening…In fact I got a real charge out of them. Going back in a few days to fulfill the rest of my battery needs!

While this post discusses the store in Petaluma, it is a national chain and there may be a store in your area. Heck,there is even one in Peoria, Ill !