Wednesday, December 30, 2009
"After further review we have determined that your drawing EX 14 dated October 5th, 2009, inappropriately indicates the eastern bank of the river as the edge of the navigational channel. Based on the new information...your facility will create a navigational hazard to other users of the channel. The moored barge or barges as proposed would result in a violation of the federal anchorage regulations."
This image is the same one posted on Dutra's website.
Click here to read the entire letter (PDF)
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
85.4% think the modified proposal for an asphalt plant should be denied.
On 1.29.09, 73.8% thought the initial proposal for an asphalt plant should be denied.
Source: Pulse of Petaluma survey, Petaluma360.com
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Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Carrillo said Friday he wouldn't deliver an opinion on Dutra's revised proposal until he's heard what the company and the public have to say Tuesday.
"There are still questions to be asked on the project and that's what Tuesday's hearing lends itself to," he said.
Read Press Democrat story here
Join us and express your feelings about an asphalt plant being located next to an environmental asset, Shollenberger Park and the adjacent wetlands that citizens of the County and visitors alike have a right to enjoy.
RSVP HERE ON FACEBOOK
RSVP HERE VIA EMAIL
Saturday, December 5, 2009
In preparation for the final hearing, we are having an Energy-Raiser Event on Sunday December 6th, from 4-6pm.
Join us at our Headquarters for exhilarating music, delicious food, inspiring conversation and short informational talks by those leading this grass roots fight!
Click here to RSVP on Facebook
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Sunday, December 6th: 4-6pm
Save Shollenberger Headquarters
322 Western Avenue, Petaluma
Click here for directions
Our musical guest for the event will be the wonderful Larry Potts:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
R N M properties
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Tell your friends and neighbors too! Dutra will try to make it look like all of Petaluma likes their 'new' plant - unless we speak up.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
To our Visitors and Tourists from Near and Far:Dutra Materials wants to build an asphalt plant on the banks of the Petaluma River and 350 ft. from the walking paths of Shollenberger Park. The Petaluma City Council and our Mayor are unanimously opposed to this project!
Additionally, a recent poll showed 84.5% of the citizen respondents are also opposed. Yet three of the five County Supervisors are inclined to vote to permit this factory to be located in this Voter Mandated Scenic View Corridor. You can help protect this scenic wildlife preserve and wetlands by sending them your letter, stating how you value wetlands and scenic beauty and that this translates into longterm economic vitality for Sonoma County. (See template below).
Contact the Supervisors and Tell Them to Vote NO! The final vote is January 12th!!
Here is a standard letter script you can use if you'd like. We encourage you to expand it and make it personal.
I am often a visitor to beautiful natural destinations and Sonoma County is one of them. I'm writing to ask you to preserve and protect Sonoma County's wetlands by voting NO on the Dutra Asphalt Plant proposal at Haystack Landing. I plan to visit Sonoma County because of its natural beauty and commitment to a healthy environment. Please vote NO on the Dutra Asphalt Plant and you can be sure many tourists will thank you and will visit Shollenberger Park and Sonoma County.
Click Here to Contact the Supervisors
Please Also Review The Links to the Right
Visit and Support Petaluma Wetlands
The Petaluma Wetlands Alliance (PWA), a committee of Madrone Audubon, is dedicated to the creation, restoration and stewardship of publicly accessible wetlands and wildlife habitats. We support Shollenberger Park, Alman Marsh, the new wastewater treatment property, and future wetland sites in the watershed. PWA works with local governments, environmental organizations and other groups to educate the public about the ecology and value of wetlands.
Click Here to Visit the PWA Website
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Last summer the Ellis Creek trail was opened to the public. Now one can walk over seven miles of trails in the Petaluma Public Wetlands. The contiguous wetlands have much to offer – 200 species of birds, 25 of mammals, reptiles and amphibians and over 100 types of plants. The Greenbelt Alliance and San Francisco Chronicle have described it as a top destination for nature lovers. The study cited above says there are 46 million birders in the U.S. and almost 4 million in California. Petaluma plans to start promoting eco- tourism to the area. Starting next January a part of the National Geographic website on California’s Redwood Coast will feature a section on our local wetlands, for example.
The success of any promotional effort will depend upon maintaining the purity of the 500 acres from harmful development, such as the proposed Dutra plant which would be across the Petaluma River from the heart of the wetlands, Shollenberger Park. That operation would impact scenic vistas, generate pollution, noise and potentially devastate a heron/egret colony on the Dutra property.
According to a 2008 census, on an average day over 400 people (mostly local residents) walk the Shollenberger trail, amounting to some 150,000 day-trips a year. Visitors use the park to bird watch, exercise, ride their bikes, walk dogs or just enjoy a relaxing stroll in a natural surrounding. The level of carcinogens that would be released by the plant will certainly give pause to those who now use the park trails. Anyone with respiratory problems (asthma, etc.) most surely would have to forego walking there.
Every spring park docents escort hundreds of local elementary school children to the fishing pier at Shollenberger across from the proposed Dutra barging operation, to view the heron/egret colony (which produced over 70 chicks in 2009). A healthy colony reflects a healthy environment. The Dutra operation’s noise at that location would exceed the General Plan standard and require its amendment because of this serious problem. It would probably mean that docents will cancel this important part of the children’s learning experience because of the noise and fear of auditory harm.
The colony may no longer be there in any case. The excessive noise and other aspects of the proposed operation, including 100,000 annual truck trips in and out of the site would result in a “substantial risk of colony abandonment” per Dr. John Kelly, Audubon Canyon ranch, the leading expert on colony management in Northern California:
…these birds are apparently most sensitive to changes in human activity…loud noises might disturb a colony if the noise levels are increased dramatically or are associated with new or unpredictable human activities. Noise per se may not cause disturbance if the birds associate the noise with normal conditions under which the nesting sites were selected. [His emphasis.]
~ Analysis submitted to Steve Dee, Sonoma County, February 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We need your help to save our Wetlands from the toxic pollution of an asphalt plant.
Supervisor Efren Carrillo, District 5 (including Sebastopol), will cast the crucial vote on the Dutra Asphalt Plant. With Supervisors Zane and Brown on record as “NO” votes and Supervisors Kelly and Kerns on record as sure “Yes” votes, Efren’s vote determines what happens to Petaluma and the county’s wetlands, located in the 2nd District.
We need West County voters to write and call Efren Carrillo and remind him the West County voter wants the wetlands protected. A Super-majority of Sonoma County voters voted to keep the Scenic View Corridor protected in 1998. When asked, Sonoma County voters voices are strong- keep Sonoma County Green! Please call, write and email Supervisor Carrillo and let him know, as a voter in Sonoma county, how you feel about this plant.
Below is a suggested correspondence you can use.
Click here to Email Efren
County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors
575 Administration Drive, Room 100A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: (707) 565-2241
Dear Supervisor Carrillo:
I am a West County / Sonoma County voter and I ask you to vote to protect one of our County's finest assets, the wetlands and wildlife habitat of Shollenberger Park. Vote "NO" to approving the Dutra Asphalt Plant.
Don't spread pollution - clean it up. Shollenberger Park, Alman Marsh wetlands and adjacent Ellis Creek Polishing Ponds are the last of a precious resource, a high elevation salt marsh. Our Open Space tax-dollars have paid to acquire and protect these lands and an asphalt plant is incompatible with these goals.
Don't destroy what we have restored. Don't increase air pollution and associated cancers. Instead work towards reducing air contaminants produced by existing asphalt plants and reducing illness in Sonoma County by protecting the environment.
When asked, the Sonoma County Voter votes green by a Super Majority: 1998 Measure D Voter Mandated Scenic View Corridor, Open Space District Funding, Smart Rail, Community Separators and Urban Growth Boundaries. Don't ignore the mandate of the West County voter who passed Measure D to protect the Scenic View Corridor south of Petaluma.
I will remember how you vote. Vote NO on the Dutra Asphalt Plant.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
"The visual, noise, smell, toxic air and other asphalt plant impacts on Shollenberger Park are very real to residents of Petaluma. The proposed Dutra assault on voter-mandated protections and community values would cause consternation by any city of our county. Even London now requires asphalt plants to be located 20 miles from city limit lines.
The EIR finds regional asphalt plant capacity more than adequate, so why should the county accommodate a company with such a history of violations in our voter-mandated scenic corridor? "
Click here to read the entire article
Thursday, November 19, 2009
It appears Paul Kelley, Chair of the Board of Supervisors, is intending to conduct yet another straw vote on the Dutra Asphalt plant proposal on December 8th. Supervisor Valerie Brown, who is on record against the Dutra proposal, cannot be present on the 8th and has apparently received a commitment from Mr. Kelly that a final vote will not happen on that date. It also appears obvious that the pro-Dutra strategy is for Supervisor Kelley to use the Straw vote hearing to close public comment on the "revised" proposal, and then put Dutra on a Consent Calendar vote in January. He tried this earlier this year, but public outcry and right to speak stopped this tactic. Those in favor of Dutra’s proposal would like to close the record and end public comment on the vague "revised" project description as soon as possible, however the facts still remain:
1) The revised project is still a polluting industrial factory located in a protected Scenic View Corridor and next to a sensitive wildlife and wetlands habitat. Approval would still require a zoning change from commercial, agricultural and scenic to industrial. No overriding benefit to the residents has been proven to support re-zoning.
2) Noise of barge unloading still exceeds General Plan decibel limits and would require a General Plan Amendment for excessive noise.
3) The seven story towers (62 ft.) are still significant blight on the area and a noxious landmark for the Gateway to Sonoma County and Petaluma.
4) The project still adds air pollution of the area and the new calculation of 6.7 additional cancers per million exceeds CEQA's level of significance of 5. It is unhealthy and will cause illness.
5) Truck traffic will be constant, every 3 minutes, and the Petaluma 101 South Interchange will be dominated by Dutra traffic. By their own estimates 100,000 trucks per year coming in and out of the Dutra site at Haystack landing will occur.
Help us stop this proposal. It appears a final decision will occur in the very near future. Time is of the essence!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
322 Western Ave.
The Dutra proposal is likely to return to the Board of Supervisors in December, so it is vital that we begin to once again grow community awareness and return this issue to the forefront of Sonoma County consciousness. The large majority of Petaluma residents are against this Asphalt plant, as well as the entire Petaluma City Council and 5 other Sonoma County cities…but it could come down to the vote of one individual on the Board of Supervisors.
Don’t let this decision be made for us. Stand up and speak your mind. Please stop by on Saturday and help us spread the word.
Trick or Treat!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Medical experts disagreed over the health effects of continued mining at the San Rafael Rock Quarry during a key public hearing on the quarry Tuesday. More than 300 people attended the three-hour hearing at the Civic Center, where county supervisors voted unanimously to certify as adequate and complete an environmental impact report submitted by the Dutra Group to continue operations at the quarry for least another 17 years.
The Dutra Group wants to dig the pit twice as deep as the 200 feet below sea level allowed by a 1982 permit, and continue operations for another 17 years with 250 truck trips daily.
Read the article here
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We need your help to collect names & emails for Sonoma County residents opposed to the Dutra Asphalt Plant at Haystack Landing. Please collect contact information for folks in your community and forward the lists to us at our office:
Friends of Shollenberger Park
322 Western Ave
Petaluma, CA 94952
Or scan and email to us at SaveShollenberger at gmail.com
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Click here for directions to Tolay Lake Regional Park (PDF)
Click here to RSVP to attend on Facebook
Parking Free to those attending the Ceremonies. Be there by 9:30 to get a good position. We need volunteers to hold up our BIG sign and give Supervisor MIKE KERNS and all attendees our message: NO ASPHALT PLANT AT HAYSTACK LANDING - SAVE OUR PARK.
Please e-mail us if you can commit to coming to Tolay on SAT morning to assist us. Please be able to arrive by 9:30 am.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
“Later that year Lunetta [the Port of Miami Director] resigned amid a federal investigation charging him and two businessmen at the port with embezzlement, fraud, and theft of funds. But before he left, Lunetta approved $9.9 million in payments to Dutra for work it never completed.”3 “Dutra workers returned to the channel in January of  after the county made a deal with Safeco, a company that had insured the dredging project. Safeco agreed to finance a resumption of the dredging and to reimburse the port for the $9.9 million Dutra had overbilled.”3
It was in February of 1999 that DERM discovered the illegal dredging in Biscayne Bay and the “eighteen mysterious piles of coral rock on the ocean bottom”3 illegally dumped outside the federally authorized offshore disposal site. “In April 1999 DERM issued violation notices to Dutra chairman Bill Dutra, port director Charles Towsley, and Luis Ajamil of Bermello Ajamil and Partners (B&A),”3 the engineers of record. In mid-1999 Dutra “pulled out of the job, saying its arsenal could not compete with the resilience of coral rock,”3 despite the fact that they had previously “removed several football fields worth of seagrass and coral rock”1 illegally.
The illegal dredging led to a lawsuit: Miami-Dade County v. Safeco Insurance Company, Bill Dutra, Harry K. Stewart and George W. Gilfillan which alleged civil fraud and breach of contract.5 In this case, ‘No.: 98-17437 CA 20 United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida”5, tried in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court, the County sought $40 million in damages and settled for $22.5 million.6
The damage to Biscayne Bay cannot be directly mitigated because “the water was 2 to 5 feet deep where the sea grass was destroyed, now the area is 30 feet deep - unsuitable for sea grass.” 4 Therefore, the settlement money will be used for other environmental projects, including mitigating “62.5 acres with red mangroves within the Oleta River State Park, North Miami.”2
1: Harboring Pollution. The dirty truth about US Ports, NRDC and Coalition for Clean Air, March 2004 (PDF)
4: Miami Group, Sierra Club Conservation Archives: 2000 “Port of Miami Violations” Editorial by Nancy Lee
5: Website of AFC Group, Litigation and Valuation Advisory Services
6: Miami-Dade settles longstanding law suit over botched dredging project, Dredging News Online - January 30, 2006
A Chronology of Dutra Construction Co., Inc. in the Port of Miami, Florida
Dutra dredging begins in the channel where DERM had approved deepening a section of the shipping channel in Biscayne Bay in the Port of Miami.
Dutra “unlawfully scooped out several football fields' worth of seagrass and several tons of the bay's coral-rock floor below the seagrass.”
Dutra stops work and files for bankruptcy.
Dutra returns to work in the channel after the County made a deal with Safeco, the insurance company for Dutra; Safeco agreed to finance the resumption of work and to reimburse the port for the $9.9 million Dutra had overbilled.
Biologist Craig Grossenbacher of Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM) discovers illegal dredging in Biscayne Bay. DERM had approved deepening, not widening, a section of the shipping channel.
Illegal dumping is also discovered.
DERM issues violation notices to Dutra chairman Bill Dutra, port director Charles Towsley, and Luis Ajamil of Bermello Ajamil and Partners (B&A).
Dutra stops work.
Miami-Dade County v. Safeco Insurance Company, Bill Dutra, Harry K. Stewart and George W. Gilfillan. Action: Civil fraud, Breach of contract. Case No.: 98-17437 CA 20 United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The County sought $40 million in damages.
Settlement reached for $22.5 million between the County and Safeco
Contract awarded to another company to “mitigate 62.5 acres with red mangroves within the Oleta River State Park” in North Miami, using a portion of the Safeco settlement.
“This project was necessitated by damage caused by the County’s dredging company, Dutra Construction Co., Inc., which impacted 3.5 acres of seagrass outside of the permitted dredging area.”
Saturday, August 29, 2009
September 27, 2009, 8:30am start
LOCATION AND PARKING
Race starts and finishes at the Ellis Creek entrance at 3890 Cypress Drive. Parking is limited, so please arrive early to allow time to find a spot.
Registration & Check-in: 7:30—8:15am
Both races start at 8:30am
Awards ceremony will begin after 10K race concludes
100% of race entry fees go directly to the Carousel Fund. The Carousel Fund is an all volunteer organization dedicated to assisting Petaluma families with children who suffer from catastrophic illnesses.
DIVISIONS AND AWARDS
•10K Awards: Medals to top three males and females. Ribbons for age groups M & F : 0-12, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
•5K Awards: Medals to top three males and females.
•Participation ribbons for children.
REGISTRATION & CHECK-IN
Save money and time by registering early - in store at Athletic Soles in downtown Petaluma, or by mailing this registration form by September 23rd. Race day registration: 7:30—8:15am. On facebook? Confirm your attendance and support here!
Click here for a PDF flyer which includes registration information
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
We are encouraged by the City's response and look forward to management practices for next year and years to come that meet the multiple objectives needed in such an important and complex project.
Photo by Gerald Moore
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
“As previously mentioned, the entire area surrounding the project site west of Highway 101 is designated with a Scenic Resource zoning overlay. Application of the Visual Assessment Guidelines indicates that development of the project site would result in visual dominance of the area, which in combination with the high sensitivity assessment, would result in a significant impact to visual resources.”
~ Dutra Environmental Impact Report
(Vol. 1, V.A. Aesthetics pg. 25)
Please explore the links to the right for ways to help stop this plant from happening.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ellis Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Trails link with Shollenberger Park's Trails and will together provide approximately 8 miles of walking paths through the wetlands and along ponds. Ellis Creek and Shollenberger Park are linked together ecologically, physically and financially. The 500+ acres of Shollenberger, Alman Marsh and Ellis Creek were acquired and restored with a pooling of resources for protection of this wildlife habitat by the City of Petaluma, The Coastal , Conservancy and the Open Space District. Your tax dollars at work.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Shirlee Zane and Valerie Brown were each strong and determined in their voice voting to deny the Dutra asphalt project, however Efren Carrillo switched sides and voted to allow the project to live for another day.
EMAIL EFREN AND LET HIM KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
CONTACT EFREN ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE FOR AN EXPLANATION
Dutra's concessions do nothing to answer the jurisdictional issue of whether County Supervisors have the right to re-zone, to industrial use, the parcels located in a voter mandated scenic view corridor. Only the voters can change this zoning designation. Lowering the production capacity of the plant lessens, but does not eliminate the toxic impacts of this asphalt production facility on a wildlife preserve, 22 schools, hundreds of residences, and 150,000 visitors (and growing) to Shollenberger park per year. Foregoing the recycling part of production still leaves recycled tires (used for rubberized asphalt) in piles on the property. Excessive noise is still created at the barge unloading site and will still require amending the General Plan to allow Dutra to exceed the county noise limits.
So what does Dutra gain and why does Supervisor Carrillo want to reconsider his NO straw vote of June 9th? Dutra gains time to wear out the community's opposition. But they underestimate our staying power - For Friends of Shollenberger and all of the other Environmental and Community organizations this isn't about profits, it’s about future generations. With that long view, we will never stop fighting to preserve and protect Shollenberger Park. There is no compromise possible with a company whose environmental record is as worrisome as Dutra's.
We hope Supervisor Carrillo will reject the project at the next “Final Vote”, knowing that he went the extra mile for the applicant and its supporters in the construction and aggregate industries, but voting to reflect the wishes of his 5th District.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
This Tuesday, July 21st at 2:00 PM (please arrive at 1pm) the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors will cast their final vote for or against the Dutra Company building an asphalt plant across from Shollenberger Park.
RSVP AT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
At the last meeting three supervisors expressed, in a straw vote, their opposition to the plant while two for it. They could not vote it down at that time because this balance was unexpected and they did not have a resolution of denial prepared, which is apparently needed for a final no vote.
On Tuesday they will have two resolutions prepared, one to approve the project, and one to deny it. Despite their most recent straw vote opposing the asphalt plant, we are very concerned that one of the tentative no-voters will change their mind and vote for the project. Therefore, it is very important we see a turn out in huge numbers to ensure that no one on the County board decide to change their vote. Please give us one final push in defeating this project, which is the wrong plant in the wrong place...run by the wrong company.
Please join us at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors chambers at 575 Administration Drive, Room 100A in Santa Rosa this Tuesday and help sway the vote with your presence. Plan to arrive by 1PM so you can secure a spot in the chamber.
Interested in carpooling? Meet us at our headquarters at Noon on Tuesday. HQ located at 322 Western Ave., in Petaluma.
See you there!!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A very special thanks again to Israel Escudero for putting these documents together!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Join us at Vine and Barrel Wine Shop July 16th, 6pm-8pm for a glass (or 2) of wine, tasty snacks, live music and good company!
We are gathering together to celebrate Shollenberger Park, Petaluma's clean air and to thank all of our supporters before the final, final, FINAL vote.
Music by: “The Clean Air Duo” featuring Todd Bugbee and Nate Lopez $5 per glass charge; free yummy snacks
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A BIRDER’S DREAM
At the end of July, the new Ellis Creek trail will be opened to the public, adding over two miles to an existing trail system in the Petaluma wetlands that includes strolls through Alman Marsh, and around Shollenberger Park. One will be able to walk almost eight miles (roundtrip) starting at the Sheraton Hotel located at the Petaluma Marina. This will only enhance what many (Greenbelt Alliance, S.F. Chronicle, etc.) have already described as a top destination for nature lovers.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
June 13, 2009
Dear Sonoma County Supervisors Brown, Carrillo, and Zane,
We commend you for opposing the Dutra Group’s project proposal for Haystack Landing in Petaluma. As you have witnessed, and the SCCA door to door canvass and Know Your Neighbor program volunteers have observed, there has been an enormous amount of community opposition to Dutra’s project at this location. We feel that the community has done their research and found many valid reasons to reject this asphalt plant. As you have acknowledged, the health concerns are undeniable; and these are in addition to many more unmitigable impacts.
Thank you so much for making a wise decision on this issue. We greatly appreciate your recognition of the public’s distaste for this project. In addition, it is honorable of you to consider Petaluma’s (and all cities’) Urban Growth Boundary. Given that it is clearly in our county’s General Plan to promote harmonious relationships between local governing bodies, we value your respect for unanimous opposition by the entire Petaluma City Council.
In closing, thank you for making the decision to not support Dutra’s project at Haystack Landing, and we encourage you to vote accordingly at the final meeting on July 21, 2009.
Bonnie Berkeley, Board Chair
Bill Kortum, Board President Emeritus
Denny Rosatti, Executive Director
Jenna Brager, Know Your Neighbor Coordinator
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sincere gratitude goes out to our courageous community for standing up to the status quo of power brokering and tit for tat destruction of our environment. We've proven that when people work together, we are a force to reckon with!
Please do continue to send letters of thanks to the three Supervisors that voted for Shollenberger Park, its wildlife, and the people of Petaluma and Sonoma County - Shirlee Zane, Valerie Brown and Efren Carrillo. We would like to thank them for taking the path of the best and highest decision in the public interest, for being dedicated to our future, and for having vision and understanding of the complex issues related to this proposal. Also, for the health, livelihood, environment and prosperity of Sonoma County, while respecting all of our cities' urban growth boundaries and General Plans. We very much look forward to their votes on July 21, finalizing the decisions expressed yesterday (Tuesday June 9th) to keep Dutra from locating their asphalt plant at Haystack Landing.
As Alan Pendley said, and we sincerely second: "We will NEVER stop fighting to protect Shollenberger Park."
Congratulations to all the volunteers who put in so many hours to save our park. Thank you!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Supervisors Brown, Carrillo & Zane showed great leadership, standing up for the Petaluma community and ensuring Shollenberger Park and the surrounding community remains free of toxic emissions.
Please email these three Supervisors and thank them for their leadership and ask that they affirm their stance at the official confirmation on July 21st.
Unfortunately, Supervisors Kelley & Kerns continue to support the Dutra project.
Please email these two Supervisors and let them know how you feel.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP, SUPPORT AND ENERGY!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
"In these very difficult economic times, the Petaluma City Council believes that now is a time when public agencies should cooperate as good stewards of local and regional resources and minimize the expenditure of public funds on litigation. Nevertheless, the City of Petaluma is ready to take action to help safeguard important local and regional resources like the Petaluma River corridor and Shollenberger Park."
~ Pamela Torliatt, Mayor, City of Petaluma
Click here for full letter
THANK YOU PETALUMA FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP!
Click here to email the members of the City Council and our Mayor
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The County Supervisors Final Vote On The Proposed Dutra Asphalt Plant In Petaluma
TUESDAY, JUNE 9th, 2009 at 2PM (Please arrive at 1pm to ensure a spot in the building)
Click here for a map
The Board of Supervisors will vote to amend the County General Plan to change the zoning of the property at Haystack Landing from commercial to industrial and change the general plan to allow the asphalt plant to produce excessive noise and toxic emissions. Come tell the Supervisors this is not what you want!
Click here to download our emailable / printable flyer (PDF file)
RSVP here on Facebook
Meet us before or after at Velasco's Mexican Restaurant at 190 Kentucky Street in Petaluma for a Dine-Out Fundraiser!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Following are several videos from the meeting.
The final vote is only days away...please talk to as many people as possible and ask them to voice their concerns to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and to our local and regional media!
Click here to read K's detailed account of the event from her blog Local Dialect
Click here to read Frank Simpson's blog on Petaluma 360
CLICK HERE TO HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO THE FINAL VOTE ON JUNE 9TH!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
RSVP ON FACEBOOK
HELP SPREAD THE WORD BY PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTING THIS FLYER (pdf document)CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE VETERANS BUILDING IN PETALUMA
Friday, May 22, 2009
Do you find this acceptable?
We need the community to STAND UP and express your concerns in any way possible. On June 9th, these five individuals will determine whether or not our community will be forced to accept an asphalt plant at Haystack Landing.
Call & Fax:
PHONE (707) 565-2241
FAX (707) 565-3778
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This Thursday the Sonoma County Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the General Plan Policy alterations proposed by Dutra Co. for their Asphalt Batch Plant at Haystack Landing. Please join us and make your opinion and voice heard!
RSVP ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE
PRMD Hearing Room
2550 Ventura Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The Dutra Asphalt Plant project has been seeking approval based on touting the environmental advantages of barging their aggregate to the site (which may or may not be a reality due to navigation issues on the river.) Seems like barging and unloading aggregate is Dutra’s Achilles heel. Despite all possible mitigations, despite the County Staff averaging decibel levels instead of looking at maximum levels, and despite the absence of any scientific analysis of the effect of loud noise and unmeasured frequencies of noise on wildlife, they still can’t make their project fit this site. The noise levels at three locations in Shollenberger Park, including the viewing pier opposite the heron and egret colony’s nesting grove of Eucalyptus trees, exceeds the allowable level.
But Staff is ingenious, and proposes inventing a new policy LU-19i to exempt Dutra’s Barge off-loading facility from the General Plan’s noise level requirements, and give them their own special levels. Wouldn’t that be lovely if every owner of every asphalt plant proposed in Sonoma County from now on could emit as much noise as requested by the applicant...and the public peace be damned?
According to Dutra supporters we need this asphalt plant in the South County, presumably to give them an advantage at winning the 101 Narrows Project. But the Dutra EIR states there is more than sufficient production capacity from the three existing plants in Sonoma and Marin Counties and I quote:
“… Based on these plant locations, it appears that the region’s needs would still be met for asphalt production and recycling without the proposed project.” Dutra EIR
Once the new policy LU-19i is in place it sets a precedent for the next company who wants to locate an asphalt plant near the next road project. Will we be told we need an asphalt plant near every job site to deliver cheap asphalt? Imagine plants at the city limits of each of Sonoma County’s cities making excessive noise. All duly and ”lawfully” recommended by our Planning Commissioners and approved by our Supervisors. That’s how you make the shoe fit, when it doesn’t. You change the rules. You stretch the shoe.
It’s still the “Wrong Plant and Wrong Place!” Write your elected official to stop this General Plan Amendment.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Published: Thursday, May 7, 2009 - Argus-Courier
During this unprecedented period of global economic meltdown, the new Petaluma City Council is making decisions quickly, rationally and responsibly. However, according to local columnist Don Bennett, this City Council is part of a progressive machine that is ruining Petaluma.
I am certainly part of the City Council that unanimously voted to oppose the Dutra asphalt plant and conserve Shollenberger Park and our city’s multi-million dollar investment in that amenity and tourist magnet. As Supervisor Mike Kerns’ appointee to the Sonoma County Planning Commiss-ion, Mr. Bennett ignored Petaluma and its elected officials and voted to recommend constructing the Dutra asphalt plant on the bank of the Petaluma River.
I was also part of last term’s pro-business council that voted to determine the fiscal and economic impacts of all new major development on existing local businesses. So too, I am part of the current council that unanimously voted to direct our city to establish an economic development strategy to guide Petaluma’s future growth.
Although Mr. Bennett implies I have been on the council for two decades, I expect he was being hyperbolic. I have actually served on the City Council for two and a half years. Oddly, he complains about decisions that were made over the past two decades — decisions he in fact helped to make as a member and chair of the Petaluma Planning Commission for 11 years. The current council majority that he complains about has been in place for exactly four months.
The problems Mr. Bennett also wants to blame on the current council were created over the past two decades during which he served. These problems are a direct result of approving development without demanding the necessary infrastructure to make it work.
As Councilmember Glass is fond of saying, “We have been promised traffic relief but only received traffic.” However, in the past four months, the new council has achieved unanimous approval from the Sonoma County Transportation Authority to fund construction of the East Washington freeway interchange improvements, including a new northbound onramp behind Raley’s. We have also kept funding on track to widen and improve the Old Redwood Highway overpass and interchange. Construction will be finished within four years. This current council is providing traffic relief.
Sadly, the Argus-Courier is developing a habit of acerbic, nasty, biased and misleading editorials, cartoons and columns, which then require set-the-record-straight guest commentaries. The paper would better serve the Petaluma public by having an editorial board that no longer supported old, failed policies. It will take cool heads, without vested interests, working together to create a livable community. Perhaps the Argus could become a voice for this new approach.
Indeed, the Petaluma City Council members are progressive insofar as they work to determine what the city can afford in the face of a severely decreased budget that is in large part a result of the current global economic crisis. To that end, the council is working toward designing an economic strategy that requires new development to pay its own way, thus helping the city grow in a way that maximizes value for those who live here, while minimizing negative impacts. This sustainable approach will enhance the quality of life of all residents.
This kind of progressive change defines the current Petaluma City Council. This is progress of which Petalumans can be proud.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Claim: Normal operating hours will be Monday through Friday from 7am to 5pm, and the plant will only operate 24/7 when “required to do so by Caltrans, County or municipal projects”
yet their own website states:
“Over 80% of the aggregate and asphalt that leaves the Dutra Materials plant will be used for publicly funded road and infrastructure projects either for the County of Sonoma, the City of Petaluma, Caltrans or other government agencies.”
Saturday, April 18, 2009
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