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)
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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!