My wife and I moved to Petaluma 29 years ago because we fell in love with this town. We were charmed by the opportunity to intermingle with folks from all walks of life. We enjoyed the eclectic funkiness of downtown and the ability to patronize small businesses. We eagerly joined in the annual celebrations that surround the Sonoma-Marin Fair and Butter & Eggs Day. The river provided a place of calm and a precious respite from our busy professional lives. This was a wonderful place to raise our two children.
That Petaluma was a place where everyone who worked here could choose to live here. But this is no longer true. The rapid pace of development threatens both our quality of life and the environment. There is no doubt that Petaluma will have to continue to grow. But much of what we love can only be preserved if we build higher, smaller, and denser and hold steadfast to not harming the environment.
As a practicing physician I fought to ensure my patients got the best possible care. I will do the same as a member of the City Council. I will strongly oppose growth that only benefits developers. I will be a tireless fighter for growth that maintains the character of Petaluma; protects the environment; and ensures that everyone who works here is able to live here.