MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
MARCH 2022
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  • March 8 - International Women’s Day
  • March 13 - Daylight Saving Time
  • March 17 - St Patrick’s Day
  • March 20 - Spring Equinox
IN THIS ISSUE
  • COVID Updates
  • 2022 Annual General Meeting and Board Elections
  • Butter & Egg Days Parade and Festival
  • Spring Antique Faire
  • American Graffiti
  • Sonic Network Expansion
  • Petaluma Road Diet

Welcome New PDA Team Members!
Elisa Seppa
Administration & Communications

Sarah Tipple
Event Support
UPCOMING EVENTS
We are proud and excited to be bringing you Petaluma’s 39th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade this year after a 2-year hiatus. The 2022 theme “Community – The Heart of Petaluma!” recognizes the importance of our outstanding, engaged nonprofits, businesses, and volunteers with huge giving hearts that fuel our community spirit.

Saturday, April 23
Free Admission - Come join the fun and celebrate all things Petaluma!

Apply now for the parade- Early bird pricing ends March 7!
Visit ButterAndEggDays.com for more information on how to be a vendor, sponsorship opportunities, volunteers, and other ways to participate.
2022 spring antique
"The Bay Area's Premier Antique Center", Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one-of-a-kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 200 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books, and all kinds of unusual collectibles to suit everyone's budget.

Sunday, April 24
Free Admission
Visit Antique Faire Petaluma Downtown to find out how to participate!
Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti is an annual celebration of American Graffiti, classic American cars, cruising the “main drag”, rock ‘n roll music and the “happy days” of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. This multi-day community-wide celebration is most known for large car show and cruise.

Saturday, May 21
Free Admission. Come join the fun!
Visit AmericanGrafiti.net to learn more!
COVID UPDATES
Sonoma County Mask Mandate Lifted
In line with the State and most the Bay Area counties, Sonoma County has lifted universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings. Unvaccinated individuals over age 2 continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor public settings. Businesses, venue operators, and hosts may determine their own paths forward to protect staff and patrons and may choose to require all patrons to wear masks.

Though the County of Sonoma has rescinded its local masking orders, the Petaluma Health Care District advises the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidelines must continue to be followed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They encourage everyone to move forward with caution, keeping health of self and others in mind.
2022 PDA ANNUAL MEETING AND BOARD ELECTIONS - MARCH 9TH AT 6:00 PM

CITY OF PETALUMA TO GIVE UPDATES ON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENTS
Petaluma Downtown Association and Business Improvement District Members are invited to vote for the 2022-2024 Board Candidates and attend the Virtual Annual General Meeting Wed, March 9 at 6 pm. Click below for candidate information and to cast your vote.
WHAT'S NEW DOWNTOWN
Magnificent Mural
Petaluma welcomes a new work by local artists Amandalynn and Lady Mags.

The artists have offered the creation of the mural as a gift to the City of Petaluma in the spirit of celebrating community resilience and inspiration for visitors and residents.

Located on the side of Rex Hardware and visible from the river, the mural is intended to improve the general aesthetic of the area and increase visible interest while the adjacent site at the corner of B Street and Petaluma Boulevard South remains vacant.
Sonic Network Expansion
The sonic network will be installing new underground telecommunication networks in an effort to expand Fiber Internet to Petaluma Businesses.

They are offering eligible Petaluma businesses THREE MONTHS FREE!

For questions or concerns: preconstruction@sonic.com 707.284.7006
Petaluma Road Diet
The Petaluma Boulevard Complete Streets Road Diet will transform the Boulevard South from Crystal Lane to downtown, providing increased safety, mobility, and access for all road users.

The planning for the project included consultation between the city's Public Works Department's traffic engineers and the Police Department's traffic team to enhance safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
INPUT WELCOME AT DISTRICT ELECTIONS PUBLIC HEARING #5 ON MARCH 7
 
As the transition to district elections continues, today marks the deadline to provide a draft map, Community of Interest form or other public testimony to be considered by City Council at Public Hearing #5 on Monday, March 7. The Zoom link to attend the Public Hearing will be available here as the date approaches.
 
At District Election Public Hearing #4 on February 14, City Council reviewed the updated draft plan provided by the third party demographers, Redistricting Partners, as well as the draft maps provided by the public and all other community input. City Council provided direction to the demographer and new draft plans will be posted for public review this Friday, February 25. As a reminder, Petaluma is being mapped into six districts of nearly equal population. In our new district election model, residents from each district will vote for one fellow resident to represent them on City Council. The Mayor will continue to be selected with the at-large election system.
 
CLICK HERE to submit your public testimony and to view all the maps provided by the demographer, Redistricting Partners, so far.
 
To review all maps submitted by the community and the associated demographic data, CLICK HERE.
VETERAN'S & ACTIVE-DUTY MILITARY NOW RIDE FREE ON PETALUMA TRANSIT
 
Starting on President's Day, Monday, February 21, 2022, all US Veterans and Active-duty Military are able to ride free of charge on all Petaluma Transit fixed-route buses by presenting one of the following forms of identification to their bus driver:
 
·    Military ID Card, DD Form 2
·    Valid Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) ID Card
·    Active California Driver's License with "V" status noted
·    Sonoma County-issued Veteran's ID Card
 
Veterans interested in applying for a Veteran ID card can learn more HERE.
GET INVOLVED

Join the PDA
The Petaluma Downtown Association works in partnership with its members, the city, and the business community to protect Petaluma's historic character, sustain economic vitality, and promote a dynamic and welcoming downtown.

Click the button below to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member - take an active part in creating a vibrant downtown!
ShopPetaluma.com was created to help promote the colorful collection of shops, restaurants, and service providers of Petaluma.

Find out how you can list your business and participate in the local eGift Card Program!

Petaluma Downtown Association