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Pulse of Petaluma

Taking the pulse of the Petaluma community

Poll: Many dangerous roads in town


With more than 300 collisions, 180 injuries and nine deaths since 2009, Lakeville Highway is Petaluma’s most dangerous road when you look at the numbers. But there are plenty of other intersections that cause consternation for Petaluma drivers. When asked what the city’s most dangerous intersection is, those who took part in the Argus-Courier’s unofficial online poll identified dozens of problematic roadways. Here were some of the comments: “Washington at McDowell. As a pedestrian and bike rider, it is impossible… Read More »

Poll: Mixed opinions on ridesharing


The digital age continues to create new challenges for municipalities, most recently in the form of ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft. The concept is simple: users can download the app and call for a ride anywhere in Sonoma County. If a driver is available, they will come pick you up and let you know how long it’ll be until they arrive. But complications arise when cities attempt to regulate these services, including ordering drivers to carry insurance or… Read More »

Poll: Voters split on raising TOT tax


Two members of the Petaluma City Council have expressed an interest in raising the city’s transient occupancy tax, the tax levied on visitors at hotels and other inns. The tax revenue would be paid into the city’s general fund, and could be used for a wide array of projects or services. Previous attempts to raise the tax have been unsuccessful in Petaluma. The council members said they’d like the tax rate raised to 12 percent from 10 percent, a move… Read More »

Poll: City should change general plan to allow pick-up window


The Petaluma Health Care District has been working to get a Walgreens pharmacy built on South McDowell Boulevard for more than a year. Because the Walgreens includes a pick-up window, and the city has a moratorium on new drive-thrus, the project has had an uphill battle getting the city’s approval. At a recent city council meeting, a group of mostly senior residents came out to show their support for the project, passionately describing how difficult it can be to get… Read More »

Poll: Hospital should keep current contract


The Petaluma Health Care District is at a crossroads. Its 20-year contract with St. Joseph Health to manage Petaluma Valley Hospital will expire in 2017, which means the district must soon to decide what to do next. It could choose to renew the contract with St. Joseph Health, select a new medical provider to run the hospital or take over operations at the facility itself. A slight majority of Petaluma Pulse respondents thinks the best option is for the Petaluma… Read More »

Poll: Nighttime roadwork will impact some


Construction work is everywhere, and Highway 101 will be closed through Petaluma at night over the coming weeks, sending drivers on a detour to Highway 37 between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Half of those who took part in the Argus-Courier’s unofficial online poll said the nighttime work would impact their commute. Here were some of the comments: “I commute to Novato multiple times per day. I can’t believe all of this hassle won’t even result in additional lanes in… Read More »

Poll: Museum should close after abuse


The Petaluma Wildlife Museum, which is run by students and overseen by a board of directors, faced public outcry when videos of students killing feeder rodents by slamming them against walls and rocks surfaced online. An Internet petition to shut down the museum, which is located on the campus of Petaluma High School, garnered more than 1,200 signatures. A small majority of those who took part in the Argus-Courier’s unofficial poll agreed that the museum should be shut down. Here… Read More »

Poll: City doesn’t need to regulate short-term rentals


Websites such as Airbnb.com, which allows anyone to post a short term rental online, are exploding in popularity all over the country. Whether they include the entire house or just a room, it’s created a cottage industry for those who want to make extra cash off their property. But cities across America, most specifically San Francisco, have struggled with how to regulate such rentals. Recently, the City of Petaluma has taken up the issue with plans to create an ordinance… Read More »

Poll: City should keep fairground lease as it is


The City of Petaluma is currently holding negotiations with the Sonoma-Marin Fair board over the future of the fairground property. The city would like to see the land generate more revenue, while the fair wants an extension of its current lease, which gives it ultimate authority over the property. A small majority of those who took part in this week’s online poll agreed that the fair should maintain its lease. Here were some of the comments: “Make it into baseball… Read More »

Poll: Parents should vaccinate their kids


Sonoma County public health officials have seen a rapid influx in the number of cases of whooping cough in 2014, so many that the disease could reach epidemic levels by the end of the year. A California law requires students to get a whooping cough vaccine before they begin seventh-grade, but parents can sign an exemption form to waive that requirement. A vast majority of those who took part in this week’s unofficial online poll feel that parents should get… Read More »