City Council Meeting – Monday, 7:00 P.M. January 24
A key item of interest at this meeting will be City Council Liaison Appointments. At the January 3rd meeting Mayor Glass presented a win/win recommendation for appointments. The gang of three – Healy, Albertson and Harris blocked movement on the recommendation because Harris did not get appointed to the SCTA. Of particular note was Albertson’s vote against the recommendation despite having received all of his individual appointment requests. This behavior clearly signaled that H/A/H are going to be uncompromising – our own local party of no. They have an opportunity this meeting to show us differently when the appointments are discussed again at this meeting. The full agenda can be viewed via the City’s website and Granicus. Look at item 4, Unfinished business.
Please welcome Jaimey Walking Bear to the Board of Petaluma Tomorrow. Jaimey brings a history of community service and political activism to the Board as well as needed skills in social media. Jaimey has been instrumental in updating and revamping the Petaluma Tomorrow website.
Thank you to Board member Bill Phillips for Chairing the campaign to defeat Measure U. Bill Chaired Petalumans for Clean Water and Fiscal Responsibility’s efforts which led the successful opposition to the irresponsible efforts of Bryant Moynihan to pass Measure U in 2010, and led the PCWFR door hanger campaign that helped defeat Measure K in 2008. Bill’s efforts help the city avoid the inevitable bankruptcy of the city had either of the measures passed.
Petaluma Tomorrow a Plaintiff in Suit to Stop the Dutra Asphalt Plant
Petaluma Tomorrow joined with the City of Petaluma and several community groups including the Petaluma River Council, Friends of Shollenberger Park, Madrone Audubon Society and Moms for Clean Air and individuals in the suit to stop the building of the Dutra Asphalt Plant. The plant was approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The decision to become a plaintiff was a logical next step in PT’s active opposition to the plant over the past several years. PT funded 70% of a full page add in the Argus opposing the plant and has contributed additional monies and participated in strategy meetings since 2009. Our activity and participation in the suit is in keeping with a key objective for 2011 and with protection of a sustainable watershed as part of our mission. The law suit was accompanied by a letter demanding a cure to several breaches of the Brown Act regarding the plant. It points out how the BOS operated with little regard for the basic fundamentals of open government.