Rebuilding Together At COTS!

Saturday, June 24, 2017 was a special Rebuilding Together Petaluma  (RTP) workday at Petaluma’s COTS  generously funded by Wells Fargo. Sixty Wells Fargo employees joined to serve as volunteers during the workday with 10 volunteers from COTS.

Wells Fargo Volunteers (Photo Credit: RTP)

I  managed to capture some of their efforts in the photo gallery below.

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The team also included a special group of volunteers…

 

 

The Smart Train Is Not As Smart As Our Roomba!!

We had our first encounter with The Smart Train intersection control lights in December 2012–See the Press Democrat Article–Railroad crossing arms close on Petaluma couple’s car at green light

We were assured that they were aware of the situation and it would be fixed.

But then in September 2016 we encountered another intersection light control issue at a different location in Petaluma and discussed it in two blog posts…

TODAY at 3:25 PM we were returning home from Point Reyes and found ourselves again at the intersection of D and Lakeville–THE SCENE OF THE FIRST SMART ATTACK ON US in December 2012 (see above)

TODAY AT 3:25 PM

  1. The Smart Train pulled up and stopped by the train depot by the Petaluma Arts Center.
  2. The traffic lights were working normally controlling the heavy traffic.
  3. My wife was driving.
  4. Fortunately there was plenty of sunlight so I could see the train and keep my eye on it–unlike in December 2012.
  5. We were first in line and the traffic light turned green and my wife started forward and I yelled at her to stop as I could see the train starting to move and then the gates started to come down. Fortunately we able to stop before getting hit–Unlike in December 2012
  6. I was able to capture a photo as the light changed to yellow and the gates were already down or coming down…

D St & Lakeville Petaluma CA

SMART does not seem to understand that drivers are focused on their control lights.  Traffic lights should be red long before the crossing gate arms are activated!

  • AT LEAST OUR HOUSE ROOMBA “Bob” FOLLOWS INSTRUCTIONS IF PROPERLY PROGRAMMED.
  • SMART seems unable to get it right and safe. If SMART cannot program the crossings to operate correctly and  safely, then they should not be running the trains.
  • Perhaps they would like to practice with our Roomba before running any more trains!

UPDATE April 29, 2017

I sent this  article to every agency and elected official I could think of plus the two papers. 

I clearly expect no answers or actions—Past promises have been repeatedly made and nothing changes.  Whatever they say now I will not believe.

SMART is beyond shame or even ridicule…

UPDATE May 4, 2017

Received the following E-Mail from SMART at 8:27 am…

“Thanks for the link. I have forwarded it to our ops team.

 Matt


Matt Stevens | Community Outreach & Education

Direct: 707.794.3074| Mobile: 707.328.3046

SMART | Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit

5401 Old Redwood Hwy., Suite 200, Petaluma, CA  94954″

 

Rebuilding Together On Earth Day 2017!

The Annual April Workday for Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) happened to also be Earth Day!

Briefly, 264 volunteers from the community joined together to lend a helping hand to neighbors and the community at eleven locations. * (Details at end of article)

I was able to photograph the volunteers at four of the eleven locations…

The RTP Volunteers at Shollenberger Park  had their “hands full” at times… becoming at times a part of the Earth in my viewfinder… 🙂

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*Here’s s short incomplete list of what 264 volunteers accomplished:

  • A wheelchair accessible shower was installed for a man who has had a stroke
  • A rotten bathroom floor, broken toilet and porch were replaced for a brother and sister, one of whom has cancer
  • 5 dumpsters were filled to the brim with debris & unwanted junk from every site
  • New wall heaters were installed and 40 year old carpet replaced, a fence built and a backyard sheet mulched for an 84 year old widow
  • A new kitchen floor was laid for a 90 year old WWII veteran as well as the exterior of his home painted, grab bars installed.
  • An employee kitchen was installed, gutters cleaned, landscape cleaned up and counseling rooms painted at Petaluma People Services Center
  • Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s new home was painted, landscaped, and new doors that actually open were installed
  • The home of an 89 year old woman who is blind was cleaned and landscaped
  • Two porches and a bathroom and laundry room floor were replaced for a disabled homeowner.
  • A 90 year old widow recieved a new roof on her mobile home earlier in the week, pressure washing outside,  and soft spots in her floor fixed
  • An unsafe and rotten porch was replaced for a disabled woman
  • Collapsing kitchen cabinets were replaced for a disabled homeowner
  • And Shollenberger Park had a team of volunteers pull out invasive weeds to restore the wetlands.

Balshaw Bridge Fitness Center?

It appears that we may have another fitness center in Downtown Petaluma!*

I noticed the gear this morning under the Balshaw Pedestrian Bridge over the Petaluma River.

YES, I DID! 

No editing tricks–images straight from the camera made during this morning’s perambulation…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

No hours are posted for this new facility.  However, it may be open 24 hours for boaters who want to lift weights while on the river…

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Balshaw Bridge Barbell

Hmmmm! I wonder what kind of permit was required for this installation?

*While written with tongue in cheek, I hope this will be taken seriously and corrected…Until then, boaters should be careful under the bridge

MLK DAY OF SERVICE–2017 Walker Creek Ranch School & Conference Center

Martin Luther King Day is a day of service in many parts of the country. This year 60 employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities and 20 AmeriCorps Volunteers participated in the MLK Day of Service at the Walker Creek Ranch School and Conference Center

Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

On top of accomplishing an enormous amount of warehouse clearing, the volunteers engaged in storm drain clearing, pond algae removal, outdoor clean up and filling 4 large dumpsters to the brim. Kaiser is also funding the purchase of some much needed lodge furniture for Walker Creek Ranch.

Below are a few images, photo galleries, and one slide show from the day. At the end  of the article I have included a link to a more complete set of photos

 Volunteers Assembled

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Volunteers

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Volunteers of all ages…including children participated

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Heavy Lifting!! Slideshow

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An image that captures the spirit of the day

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For additional photos go to RTP’s Photo Page