Petaluma is only just becoming a suburb. Petaluma had suburbs, now a bunch of people are moving from the big city looking at what has always been an awesome little town and see it as simply a suburb of their big city (like the guy who wrote this article).
And seriously, not gentrifying? As people flee the high prices of SF and Marin, they drive up rents here. Petalumans are moving to Santa Rosa because they are being priced out. In the three years ive been in my current place the duplexes on my street have gone from $1100 and $1200 a month to $1400 and $1450. I rented a 2 bedroom victorian in "the letter street neighborhood" for $1350 7 years ago. Now you are looking at $1800-$2000 for the same. Money from Marin and SF has been buying up real estate for profit. Petaluma Hotel, where all the poor people lived, has been gentrified. What I hear from the people I know...? Many think they will be having to move on. I mean seriously with all these new people, and the slow construction of new homes (population isn't exactly exploding), can this guy really believe that the poorer folks aren't being pushed out? I came to a sweet affordable town a decade ago, hoping someday to be able to buy a sweet home and live my life here, now what I see is gentrification and strip malls popping up everywhere. And as a single parent, I have watched my dream of being able to afford my own home here fly out the window.
@TC is threatened by the plurality of people coming to their white-ass neighborhoods who have diverse ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Also, like some of these people are just coming home anyway. You saying that someone can't come home to raise their kids where they themselves grew up? Creep.
This article was geared toward people with money like our friend from Sausalito, who cant afford to live in Marin or SF. The target audience is people with money. "Come to Petaluma, you can buy our houses!" Sounds more Capitalist than its liberal fish wrap!
@ PT..."Places change over time"...true, but HOW do they change? Gentrification. Be it socially or economically. I agree that comparing SF to Cowtown707 is not fair. Its like comparing your apples to a produce farmers market. You can keep your low wage job and barely make it lifestyle to live in a place like this. Are you on government assistance? Like sooooo many other Americans.....and Illegals too.
The article sucks. Wagons: North. So keep the propaganda and brochure to why its so great that people from the Bay Area are moving to Petaluma.
@CT: Can people who work at Target afford to buy a house most places in California? I wish they could, but the answer is no. So that is not really a fair question, especially considering that if you tried to rent a closet in the city on a retail wage you wouldn't be able to. As someone who has successfully rented in Petaluma for more than 5 years on a low salary, it is definitely possible (and in a great neighborhood). You can't compare SF and Pet real estate apples to apples because they are dramatically different places. But if you compare square footage-wise, Petaluma is less per square foot aside from ethereal questions of aesthetics and quality of life. The bus question is also not fair either, as no one is claiming that Petaluma is on par with the services of a major city with more than 10 times the population. As for businesses, Camelbak, Traditional Medicinals tea, multiple tech companies such as MarketLive and Cyan, Biosearch, Athleta and many more have chosen to be in Petaluma. Some of those companies began here and chose to stay, some moved from other places. And you know what? Places change over time. The North Bay is an expensive place that is less expensive than the other expensive places in the Bay Area. So what?
Propaganda! Petaluma pretends to be part of Marin County already. Home sales for 1.5 in SF cannot be compared to the barns being sold for 500K (as you put it, 1/3 the cost) in Petaluma. So, do you think the people working at the new Target store (BTW, their prices are more expensive than the RP/SR stores!) can afford these houses? Absolutely not. Your focus point is a Therapist from Sausalito-Marin County??? How is the public transportation system in Petaluma? Any buses across town every 20 mins? Or does the community only cater to people with cars and suvs? What companies have moved there that are not part the monoculture strip malls and restaurant chains? Exactly. People with money cannot afford to live in the Bay Area. SO they are migrating to the north bay. Where they can price out those who have been here all this time? Might want to reconsider that "G" word qualification!
I am getting so frustrated with those who enjoy the rights of being an American not granting those same rights to another American. Mr. Carrillo is PRESUMED INNOCENT until found guilty in a court of law. Not only that, but he allegedly knocked on her door with two beers in his hand. If he was going to sexually assault her why would he knock on her door. People are stupid when they are drunk, and Mr. Carrillo had attended two official functions earlier in the evening, at least one of them at a winery -- this is wind country, right? Kennedy drove his car into a body of water and sobered up before contacting police and kept his seat in the Senate. But then again, he was white.
Hi im 15 years old and live in Santa Rosa, I was looking up cool sex tips to help me when I need to pleasure that certain someone with my sexual orgin, but what I have to say, and I know this sounds weird, but I've taken a strange sexual addiction to my dog, Carla. I was just looking at her one day and, exuse me but, I got extremely " horny" and put peanut butter on my sexual orgin and let her lick at it. I've grown very attached to her and really want to take it a step father with real sexual intercourse. Is what I'm doing wrong? I'm so confused, it's just I try to stop but when I do I get really strange all most as if it's a drug to me. Please reply in some way, thanks.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSxW37IpeNc Kinda cheesy, and definitely cheese How can you make cheese without milk was my first topic on my video's. If you would like to see how you can turn two cups of nuts into cheese this is worth the cheesiness.
Slight correction- the OTHER way into Glenn Ellen from Santa Rosa is along Bennet Valley Road to Warm Springs Road and then onto Arnold. It's much more scenic and far scarier to ride on a bike.
Don't neglect the colonial interior. My new book is not specifically about the gay lifestyle in Mexico, but in my travels talking to expats in out of the way places, I discovered a remarkable number of gays living satisfying lives in tolerant, but not well-known, communities. The book is called, Into the Heart of Mexico: Expatriates Find Themselves Off the Beaten Path. A sample is available on my website.
I agree with Michele Luna that we need to find other ways--besides use fees--to generate revenue to help fund our State Parks. I believe there are revenue-generating options at the state and regional level to supplement operational costs and do away with use fees altogether. I for one would be interested in a committee at the regional level to explore alternatives for generating additional income for our local parks and preserves.
A wonderful idea rooted in, I believe, the practices of the New Zealand Maori. It's one of those non-intuitive ideas (or perhaps "non-emotional" is a better term) for returning the young back to society. I deeply applaud this effort.
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Restorative Resources is a great organization + we are lucky to have it here in Sonoma County. Another local organization, Center for Restorative Process, provides a curriculum + trains facilitators to help schools build a positive culture based on the values of restorative justice. This includes positive support for problem-solving and community building before things get to the stage of needing restorative justice intervention. See www.CenterForRestorativeProcess.com, where you can download a curriculum + training manual for free. Experience shows that building this kind of foundation also helps to support positive outcomes when student behavior escalates to where restorative justice intervention is needed. Thanks!
How many Latinos are working the Santa Rosa area for the sheriff's dept.? Are any in supervise?
I know many young adults who would benefit from programs like that. The hard part is getting them interested.
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