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Argus Courier Letter to the Editor

September 16, 2016


Bill Wolpert is running for a seat on the City Council. His architecture background and tenure on both the Planning Commission and Historic and Cultural Review Committee provide him with ample experience and expertise to make him highly qualified to serve. Perhaps his most significant qualification, however, is a simple yet important statement made to the Argus (“4 candidates vie for 3 Petaluma City Council seats”, August 18, 2016): “The city needs to hold a larger vision for what is built and developed in town.”

Clearly, we are undergoing significant change not only in Petaluma but the North Bay generally.  Population pressures are impacting the economy, development, housing, and traffic. Consequently, city services need additional revenue to keep police on the beat and roads repaired. While the siren song of development and other fees encourage the City Council to approve new projects, it seems that the character of what has made Petaluma unique is rapidly going away. Without a clear picture of what it is we want for our town, we may soon find ourselves living in a place that looks like all the others with the same uninspired shopping center architecture accommodating the same chain stores. 

To preserve Petaluma’s local character and guard against its “McDonaldization”, we need to elect city officials who will make thoughtful decisions about its future. City Planner, Bill Wolpert, “gets it” and will get my vote in November.


Susan Thompson           

Bill Wolpert for Petaluma City Council
40 Fourth St., Box 278
Petaluma, CA 94952
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