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Positively Petaluma by Wayne Dunbar - May 2016


Positively Petaluma - May 2016

Congrats to fellow contributor Lyndi Brown (Check out Penngrove Station) for being our #1 Citizen “Good Egg”. Petaluma is a happening place because of people like her who contributed so much to our community. Hats off also to Charlie Siebenthal of Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society honored with the duty of being our Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Parade Grand Marshal.

This week I was reminded of an article in the Harper’s Bazaar magazine last year (Fall Travel Guide) that lists Petaluma as the #1 place to visit in the world in their fall travel guide. Paris, France was listed as #10 (Doh!). This week Petaluma’s Mayor Glass said because of this article he called the Mayor of Paris France and invited them to visit Petaluma. He did so without any expectations that they would accept the invitation. He stated this week that they may take him up on our offer. I have one bit of advice for our French friends when they arrive and that is “Put a Petaluma egg in that soufflé and you won’t be disappointed”. It appears we also make the best ‘French’ cheese too! Congrats goes out to Marin French Cheese and their sister company, Laura Chenel, who won at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, Wisconsin in March. They were awarded best of class for their Triple Crème Brie with Truffles. Why is this impressive? This year there was a record 2,955 entries from 23 countries and 31 states. What does ‘Marin’ French Cheese have to do with Petaluma? They just can’t shake that 7500 Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd, Petaluma Ca address and they get a lot of their product from surrounding Petaluma dairies.

Speaking of cool places to be in Petaluma in May! the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off will be held on Saturday May 7 at Sonoma-Marin Fairground’s Herzogg Hall from 1-5PM (rain or shine). Yours truly will be a Chili Judge this year again so come by and say hello. Great food, beer, and entertainment will be in abundance all to support a great cause, Cinnabar Theater. Over 400 classic cars will be lining the streets and “Cruisin’ on the Boulevard” on Saturday May 21. This is our ‘Salute to American Graffiti’ that is hosted by an all-volunteer non-profit group of classic car and American Graffiti movie enthusiasts. 

Is P-Town Boom Town? In April Teddy Herzogg posted a video that has over 5000 views (not going viral by any means). But! what is impressive is the number of comments and social media activity this video has triggered. It definitely struck a nerve much like it did with the McDonalds commercial last year. The video talks about thousands of new residential units being developed as well as thousands of square feet of new commercial and industrial space being built. There are a few misstatements in this video as some of the projects mentioned are not going forward. What this tells us is Petalumans, young and old, are very passionate and protective about their city. They want to preserve our small farm-town charm. Another concern is the perception that new apartment units and housing won’t make Petaluma a more affordable place to live. Our next generation of young folk, and the workers that make this place a great place to live, may not be able to afford to live here. To see the video, go to 

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