Frankly, I CANNOT believe I am having to tell this story…Again! Fortunately, this time we avoided damage to our vehicle.
I was foolish to believe that any serious corrective action would be taken after the close call we had with the total lack of coordination of the railroad signals and traffic lights on Lakeville & D Streets in December 2012. For details of that event, go to Railroad crossing arms close on Petaluma couple’s car at green light.
Today, I observed that the Same Dangerous Lack of Coordination is still manifest–this time at Lakeville and East Washington.
- We were headed downtown this morning and stopped at the red light on Lakeville and East Washington. As in December 2012, I was the passenger in the vehicle.
- Our light turned green for East Washington traffic and within a few seconds the railroad lights started flashing and the arms came down.
- At least two cars continued through the intersection driving past the arms as they were lowering.
- The traffic light stayed green throughout the event.
Fortunately, I caught a few photos through the windshield to document this lack of coordination between the two signal systems.
About 5 seconds passed before I took the first photo of the scene…
Here is another…eleven seconds later…
A minute later these railroad cars appeared…stopped at this location…then reversed and left the scene without crossing East Washington.
The arms went up and the traffic light finally went from green to red!
Fortunately there were no vehicles in the intersection at the time the arms finished closing–how the two that did pass through made it was pure foolish luck on their part.
Given the overall incompetence displayed here in failing to coordinate the lights, it will only be a matter of time before there are serious injuries or worse.
I dare anyone in authority to explain this kind of screwup…much less defend it!
I am passing this on immediately in hopes that someone or somebody will locate this missing Petaluma Droid!
Details and owner contact information below photo…
“As of last Tuesday, July 5, at 11 am, my Robot Roomba 650 Vacuum Robot went missing. I’m pretty sure he went out the side door. Petaluma isn’t that big, but on a full charge, a Roomba has a range of several miles. Until he runs out power. Roombas are notorious for going rogue. I’m sooooo bummed. This is the droid you’re looking for! Your help is appreciated.”
Petaluma’s Argus Courier sponsors an annual awards event for local businesses…known as the People’s Choice awards. “The contest… gives members of the public a chance to vote for their favorite local business and service in more than 70 different categories.” (Petaluma Argus Courier)
Ohana Construction won as Best Contractor for 2016. As a point of information, this is the third such award won by Ohana. We have contracted with Ohana Construction numerous times and just finished a major project with them in June.
We believe that a major factor in their service is the quality of their people and their associate contractors. They are all consistently friendly, hard working, and dedicated to their crafts.
Perhaps the clue is in the name “Ohana”–Do a Google Definition search to learn the meaning of the word.
Here are a few images of Team Ohana on our recent project…
Some of the associated contractors Ohana employed on our recent project…
A few weeks ago a new mural on the outside terrace at Petaluma’s Graffiti restaurant caught my eye*…
Graffiti Restaurant Mural (Artist: Basayne)
Initially I thought it had already been defaced (Tagged, if you will) with the addition of the white “G”…
The Letter G
However, after much consideration, pondering, and musing…I have concluded (I hope correctly) that it was an intentional part of the mural.
I admit it had me going for a time!! :-)
*From the restaurant’s web page: “Graffiti–The use of a public forum for artistic expression. In Petaluma: The art of fine food.”
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.”
AND HERE HE IS!
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…