Petaluma Street Lights–ONE person does it all!!!

Several years ago I noticed that some street lights were on all the time and decided to be a “good citizen” and report them. I was advised that they only had one person for this task and it would take some time.

I did not follow-up on any of this but remembered it when a street light problem recently developed on our street–half the lights were out. So I reported it last March via the City web page. Here is their prompt response…

“Thank you for your submission…we will make every effort to address your request in a timely manner…Please note that at this time, because of reduced staffing, the Public Works Department has fewer personnel available to work on street light outages. We have one full time Street Light Technician working to eliminate the backlog of requests.”


Changing Street Lamp 1910a1


Crows Nest In Petaluma River!!


Local crows– found in open and clear violation of “Cal Fornia” Penal Code!!😦


In front of the entire public on Water Street they took over an Abandoned Shopping Cart in the Petaluma River–visible only at low tide.


Oh the shock and shame of it all…such a blatant disregard of the law…DSCF8517WEB


Ah April 16! Another Rebuilding Together Community Workday!

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs. It should be noted that many of the home projects have been underway for some time meaning that it was not all done in one day. The volunteers have been hard at work for many days—rain or shine!

I had occasion to visit some of the worksites on April 16th and offer a few photos of the volunteers at work.  My selection, as usual, is arbitrary and capricious.


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Just Another Petaluma Drunk Driver…Sigh

According to one of this morning’s police reports:

Location: 100 block of Petaluma Blvd. North 

Crime: 23152 (a) (b) CVC, Drunk Driving

Incident: Suspect was involved in a traffic collision that resulted in his arrest for DUI.

Suspect: Jason Lopez, 22 years old, Petaluma Resident

On February 15, 2016, at approximately 1:38 am, Petaluma Police received several 911 calls of a vehicle that had crashed into a building in the 100 block of Petaluma Blvd N. Officers arrived and found a vehicle had driven into the display window of a closed business. The vehicle came to rest a few feet into the business. The vehicle and business both sustained major damage. The City of Petaluma Building Inspector responded to the scene and based on the damage red tagged the business until repairs could be made.

Lopez remained at the scene and was contacted by officers. Lopez and his passenger were uninjured from the collision. While speaking with him, Officers could smell the odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. A DUI investigation was initiated and Lopez was found to be operating his vehicle while intoxicated. He was arrested without incident. Lopez submitted to a breath test with the result of .20% BAC.

Lopez was booked at the Sonoma County Jail and held on $5,000 bail.”


The photos below speak for themselves…😦





A Petaluma January…

The longstanding multi-year California drought notwithstanding, we have done a little better in the rain department this January…so on this February 1st…I offer a few Petaluma images from last month…

101 Rainy Day

101 Rainy Day

Occational Showers Downtown Petaluma

Occasional Showers Downtown Petaluma

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls

Sunshine Puddles & Gulls

MLK Day of Service–2016 McKinley Elementary School, Petaluma, CA

As on past MLK Days, 70+ employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities participated in a Day of Service. Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!


This year they applied their efforts to various projects at McKinley Elementary School in Petaluma.

  • Helping to transform a classroom and hallway into the home of the STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technical, Engineering, Art and Math facility…a.k.a. the Steam Room). Part of the renovation includes a large wall mural in the classroom and one in the hallway under the design and supervision of Ryan Petersen. The Mural in the classroom will be covered with IDEA paint, a substance that transforms any surface into dry erase surface.
  • Performing garden maintenance and makeover
  • Cleaning and storage closet organizing, classroom cleaning & organizing
  • Constructing  4 heavy duty worktables on wheels which will also be covered in IDEA paint for the STEAM Room and the rehab of kindergarten trikes

Upon project completion the Kaiser grant will pay for a 3D printer for the classroom.  

Below are three photo galleries of selected  images from the day…


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