Thursday's letters to the editor
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.
IN SUPPORT OF PNA
EDITOR: Although the deal will no doubt be spun negatively, I have absolutely no problem with the $191,000 to be paid by Deer Creek Village developers in exchange for the Petaluma Neighborhood Association dropping its appeal.
More than 57 percent of that money ($110,000) will be used to fund “improvements to the Lynch Creek bike and pedestrian trail, traffic calming measures on Rushmore Avenue, and crosswalks and pedestrian signals at Rainier Avenue and Maria Drive.” Another $30,000 is earmarked for the City’s tree-planting fund. The question for me is why the City of Petaluma didn’t insist on these things to be included in the first place.
I congratulate the PNA for trying to making those improvements happen. I wish the city had done its job to begin with to ensure plans for the second-largest shopping center in Petaluma included such considerations.
Ken Egel, Petaluma
IN CRITIQUE OF PNA
EDITOR: After reading the article re. Deer Creek in the Sept. 20 edition of the Argus and recalling past articles, I got to thinking. Why are we taxpayers wasting so much money on a City Council, mayor and city manager? It should be obvious that the only ones who know what is right for all of us is Paul Francis and the Petaluma Neighborhood Association gang.
The elected officials should be thrown out now and hand over the reins of government to the PNA.
Mr. Francis can declare himself the Petaluma Czar and can govern the city with the help of the loyal royals and the green meanies. That way nothing will ever get built in Petaluma, roads won’t get fixed or garbage picked up. They can hire anyone they want to be the town sheriff so the police department personnel can find other employment. They can return the fire department to strictly hail and hardy volunteers. Eventually, the majority of citizens will get tired of nowhere to shop, rampant crime, filthy and undrivable streets and move elsewhere. Then, and only then, will the PNA get the city they want — the quaint old town of the past.
Anthony Morgan, Petaluma
EDITOR: This is in response to the Press Democrat article, “Demos clash before endorsing for Petaluma council.” I was disappointed in the Sonoma County Democratic Party's endorsements but more disturbing was the reported manner in which they were finalized.
The County Democratic Party has a nominating committee who interviews the respective candidates and makes a recommendation to the Sonoma Democratic Party. It appears the recommendations from the nomination committee were ignored. Two local politicians, Mayor David Glass and former Mayor Pam Torliatt, were able to hijack the nomination process in favor of their personally selected candidates, advancing their own political agenda.
The two candidates promoted by Glass and Torliatt include Jason Davies and Alicia Kae Herries. These two candidates are not bad people. It is simply that their vision for Petaluma takes us back to a period where the council procrastinated and vacillated about any project that would enhance the city, provide goods and services to its citizens, and tax revenues for its municipal government. Maybe the local voter does not know these two candidates. Look to the people who endorse these candidates. You will see the names Pam Torliatt, David Glass, David Keller, and Janice Cader-Thompson. As an involved member of our community, I do not want my name, nor my vote, associated with those who have endorsed Davies and Herries.
I am proud to be a member of the Democratic Party, especially because of the callousness seen from the Republican Party at the national level. I am not proud of our local County Democratic Party and they should be ashamed of themselves for allowing two vocal politicians to coerce the committee’s nomination process for local candidates.
The Petaluma Council election is non-partisan but, as Sunday’s article reveals, party politics plays a role. I am going to vote for the three best candidates in this election, regardless of party affiliation. I am voting for a better tomorrow, not a return to a disappointing yesterday. I am voting for three candidates who will serve all the citizens of Petaluma and will move the city forward: Mike Healy, Gabe Kearney, and Kathy Miller.
Chris Albertson, Petaluma City Councilmember
ON THE COUNCIL RACE
EDITOR: In an Aug. 23 letter to the editor, a caring person voiced support for her “three stellar candidates” who, she believes, would preserve and protect the environment, the wetlands, bird sanctuary, and so forth.
As an equally caring person, I would like to recommend my three outstanding candidates: Mike Healy, Kathy Miller, and Gabe Kearney. These folks care as much as anyone about the quality of life in our town and will, I know, work diligently to safeguard the birds that delight us, the water that sustains us, and the air we breathe. In addition, they will encourage solid and creative businesses into our community, which in turn will broaden the tax base in order to save our schools, parks, and emergency services.
Moreover, they are the only ones who will work toward the completion of those well-known, long-overdue projects that are so vital to the easing of traffic congestion, the safety of the citizenry, and, yes, the quality of life itself!
Nanette Fredette Hromalik, Petaluma
YES ON MEASURE X
EDITOR: I’m proud to live in a town with a community that appreciates the value of parks. As part of a group that collected 5,200 signatures to put Measure X on the ballot, I saw this support first hand.
And while the measure has received an unprecedented amount of support from the local business community, political leaders, educators and environmental organizations, it will be up to the voters on Nov. 6 to cash in on this effort and provide critical funding for Petaluma parks and recreational facilities.
It was amazing to see the community come together this summer when the Petaluma National Little League played in the World Series. While this team is fortunate to be able to play on a well-maintained field, most sports teams in town play on fields that are overused and under-maintained.
Measure X is the solution to our rundown parks and recreational facilities.
By providing $12 million for eight specific parks projects, Measure X will fully fund immediate repairs to our trails, fields, tennis courts, parks, pools and it will fund the first phase of the East Washington Park project.
With no other funding option available, this is the only chance we have to make this important investment in our community. Please vote yes on Measure X.
Chris Mason, Petaluma
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