Letters to the editor from the week of Aug. 7.

Inept leadership in the city council

EDITOR: Petaluma’s City Council demonstrates its lack of compassion and common sense in their opportunity to bring a prescription-only service window to a pharmacy in Petaluma.

Both the city attorney and the city manager said the item could be approved without a change to the city’s general plan if the council agreed to an interpretation of the plan’s terminology.

Three hours later, the council was still talking about a change in the general plan. The need for the window was fully explained and demonstrated by testimony from people on crutches, in wheelchairs, with walkers and by nurses, concerned citizens and members of the hospital staff, all without public objection.

At one point Mayor David Glass said he would give a positive vote if the pharmacy reps would caucus and approve solar power panels on the roof of the pharmacy. They did caucus and agree to the solar panels and then the mayor went back on his word by not bringing up the vote right then. Glass’ forgetfulness is habitual, I have been told.

The council delayed the matter to a date unknown; if that isn’t ineptness what is? The meeting lasted until after midnight, on a matter that should have been settled in 20 minutes. We need some positive changes on the council.

Byron Fauss, Petaluma

Give SMART a chance

EDITOR: As a taxpayer and long-term Petaluman, I have actively supported the concept of the SMART train since the mid-90s. Then the chair of the city council appointed the Petaluma Bicycle Advisory Committee, and I walked the tracks in the Novato Narrows with Marin County advocates, building support for the bicycle and pedestrian path.

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