Petaluma in a pickle
Developers spent an estimated $50,000 to torpedo Janice Cader-Thompson from the Petaluma City Council and replace her with someone who would play ball. As far as traffic is concerned, Petaluma is grinding its gears in reverse. Read Cader-Thompson's observation of a recent City Council vote. These words originally appeared on Petaluma Tomorrow, a Yahoo group.
Why should the city continue wasting the
tax payers money with the
In Petaluma it's the tax payer who will be
asked to pay to fix our
Traffic all over Sonoma County is not just bad, it's intolerable. Long communte times don't just waste time, they pollute the air, create a racket, cause expensive accidents, waste stupendous amounts of fuel and—most recently—snarled communtes breed a whole new type of mental illness known as "road rage".
So what are city and county officials going to do about it? Why, pump more cars on the road—Duuuh!
Planners as far back as 1984 figured out that more automobiles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, SUVs, and tractor trailers would be on the roads in the future. In fact, Penngrove's Specific Plan of that year allowed for lots more traffic by the year 2000.
But when 2000 rolled around we discovered that planners did not plan ahead too well. They had underestimated by a whopping 300%. That's right. Three-hundred percent more automobiles, trucks, vans, motorcycles, SUVs, and tractor-trailers now clog our roads, create traffic jams, belch cancer-causing soot into the air, and burn up expensive petrohemicals that we buy from dangerous people who demand American treasure and blood.
Throwing Fuel on the fire
So already, right now, our road systems groan under the weight of exceeded capacity. The solution to over capacity, you might think, would be to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads. But that's not what elected officials are going to do. They have made it clear that they intend to add more vehicles to the mix.
Look at Adobe Road. Every year since 1985, about 700 to 800 new vehicles join the traffic rumbling down that road. Think about this. Every year, almost a thousand more cars have crammed on to that country two-lane road.
In 1998, planners studied the intersection of Adobe Road where it ties into Main Street and Petaluma Hill Road and figured that the average wait at the light was a frustrating three minutes. But get this: The same rush hour wait in 2005 they estimated would be eight minutes even if there were no growth in Rohnert Park, Cotati and SSU. Obviously, there has been considerable growth in all of these affected areas so traffic is worse today than planners ever dreamed.
And it's about to get much worse.
A new business park in Petaluma (McDowell and Old Redwood Highway), the Kawana Spring mini-metropolis in Santa Rosa, the gigantism infecting SSU, the annexation of farmland by Rohnert Park for its 4,500 houses and the mega-huge shopping mall (five million square feet of it), the religious event center at Roberts and Petaluma Hill Road for 60 drug addicts and countless sports fans, and the $40 million Green center devoted to making loud noises out-of-doors will all add to traffic woes—bigtime.
Follow the money
Who is this helping? Does it help you to have more and more vehicles on existing roads? Does it help the people who live next to roads and highways? Do more cars help people who communte? Ask yourself: who benefits from this?
If you want to know who is behind all this unmitigated destruction then—in the now immortal words of Watergate's "Deepthroat"—"Follow the money!"
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