What appeared to be a routine appointment to a new redevelopment oversight board in Petaluma turned into a rancorous quarrel Monday night between two old political foes.
The issue, a disagreement over the likely construction of the long-planned Rainier Avenue cross-town connector, escalated into sharp comments between Mayor David Glass and Councilman Mike Healy.
Glass accused Healy of being inflammatory and said he was taking a "cheap shot" at him politically.
Healy said he would be a better guardian for redevelopment funds meant for a Rainier project that Petaluma voters overwhelmingly supported in an advisory vote in 2004.
As part of the state-mandated abolishment of redevelopment agencies, the City Council was scheduled to consider Glass' two recommended appointments to the seven-member countywide board that will oversee the council's handling of redevelopment monies.