The Petaluma City Council is considering a moratorium on all gas stations in the city. The move seems to be directed at Safeway, which has plans to build a fueling station next to its McDowell Street store.
A vast majority who took part in this week’s online poll disagree with the council. Here were some of the comments:
“All this city council ever does is stop projects. For once do what the people want and stop spending money on stopping things.”
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“As a single mother of three, I spend hundreds of dollars a month at Safeway and its discounted gas is one of the few things that helps me save a few dollars. I don’t understand why the city thinks it has the power to control our everyday lives.”
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“Safeway displaced long-term businesses there that complemented the shopping center. If you want a preview of what they want, look at their gas station in Novato — lots of motors idling, congestion and longer waits to get in and out.”
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“The City Council should do more to help Petaluma with the gas price problem.”
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“We don’t need more traffic congestion on McDowell and Washington. And we certainly have enough gas stations in town to accommodate everyone.”
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“Whatever happened to competition?”
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“This again shows the lack of business acumen by the majority of those serving on the city council. Jobs and tax revenue, along with improving our quality of life, should be the priority.”