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Petaluma encourages residents to become involved in their local community. One way to do so is to serve on one of the City's various boards, commissions, or committees. The City accepts applications annually in June, or when positions become available. Please contact the City Clerk for more information on the application process.

 

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Airport Commission

Chair: Scott D. Ahrens
Vice Chair: David Taylor
City Council Liaison: Gabe Kearney
City Management Liaison: Joshua McKeighan 707.778.4404

Meets: 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 11 English Street, Petaluma.

Airport Commission members, with the assistance of the Airport Manager, familiarize themselves with the operations and facilities of the airport so they may perform the following duties:

  • Make recommendations to the City Council in those matters which are properly the subject of formal action by the Council.
  • Direct, within the limitations of the Petaluma Charter, the operations of the airport.
  • Recommend, within the limitations of the Petaluma Charter, ways and means of financing changes and additions to the airport.
  • Approve or disapprove changes in the methods of operation proposed by the Airport Manager.
  • Recommend changes in administrative policy and ensure that the Airport Manager carries out policies as directed.
  • Submit annually a completed financial statement correctly recording the operations of the prior fiscal year.
  • Recommend capital improvement projects (Petaluma Municipal Code 2.60.050).

Commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve one and four year terms.


Current Agenda (when applicable)

 

Name
(click on names to send email)

Address

Phone

Term

Scott D. Ahrens, Chair 1970 Falcon Ridge Dr, 94954 707.695.3151 7/1/15-6/30/19
Kyle Hook, PAPA Representative 1878 Falcon Ridge Dr, 94954 n/a 7/1/18-6/30/19
Gabe Kearney, Council Representative POB 61, 94953 707.238.2199 2019
Barry C. Lawrence 2900 Sonoma Mtn Rd, 94954 707.260.2376 7/1/15-6/30/19
Colin Macdonald 2072 Falcon Ridge Dr, 94954 707.291.2878 7/3/17-6/30/21
Thomas D. McGaw 409 Yosemite Court, 94954 707.762.3724 7/1/18-6/30/22

David Taylor, Vice Chair

408 Cherry Street, 94952

707.301.1206

7/3/17-6/30/21

Planning Commission

Chair: Richard Marzo
Vice Chair: Scott Alonso

2nd Vice Chair: Heidi Bauer
City Council Liaison: Kevin McDonnell
City Management Liaison: Heather Hines 707.778.4301

Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 11 English Street, Petaluma.

The Planning Commission performs the duties prescribed in the present or any future zoning ordinance (Title 21) or subdivision regulations (Title 20) of the City or any similar ordinance, statute, rule or regulation of the State, County or this City pertaining to the districting or zoning or dividing the City into districts or zones and regulating the construction of improvements, the use, division or minor subdivision of property within the City.

Also, the Planning Commission is charged with the responsibility of studying the needs of the City with respect to and advise and recommend to the Council concerning the establishment, modifications, and change of zones or districts and designations of the uses to which property contained therein may be prohibited, restricted and regulated and other duties as may be delegated by the City Council. The Commission consists of seven members, including one City Council Member, who have resided within the City limits not less than one year prior to their appointment. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

 
Current Agenda (when applicable)

 

Name
(click on names to send email)

Address

Phone

Term

Scott Alonso, Vice Chair 440 Park Place Drive, 94954 707.280.7673 7/3/17-6/30/21
Heidi Bauer, 2nd Vice Chair 114 Magnolia Court, 94952 n/a 7/3/17-6/30/21

Diana Gomez

501 Noriel Lane, 94954

n/a

7/1/16-6/30/20

Richard Marzo, Chair

4 Kotsaris Court, 94952

n/a

7/3/17-6/30/21

Kevin McDonnell, Council Liaison POB 61, 94953 707.778.4525 2019
Bill Wolpert 7 Fourth Street, #61, 94952 707.763.3101 7/1/15-6/30/19

VACANT

 

 

6/30/22

Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission

Chair: TBD
Vice Chair: Sara Sass

City Council Liaison: D'Lynda Fischer
City Management Liaison: Scott Brodhun 707.778.4345

Meets: 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 11 English Street, Petaluma.

 

The Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission was established to serve in an advisory capacity to the City Manager, City Council, and Recreation Services Director on all matters pertaining to public recreation, including the management, conduct, and care of the parks and playgrounds in the City, cultural arts programs, musical entertainment and programs by the municipal band and other musical organizations. The Commission studies the needs of the City and the means of meeting such needs in connection with all such matters pertaining to public recreation, cultural arts, music and other entertainment.

The Commission counsels the Recreation Services Director and the City Manager in connection with the preparation of the annual budget for the Recreation Services Department, and makes recommendations with respect thereto to the City Manager and City Council.

 

The Commission assists in the planning of recreation and cultural arts programs for the residents of the City and promotes and stimulates public interest therein, and, to that end, solicits to the fullest possible extent the cooperation of special authorities and other public and private agencies interested therein.

 

The Commission studies present and future needs of the City with respect to recreation, music, and park facilities, programs, and events, and makes recommendations to the City Council and City Manager concerning the same. All six commissioners are appointed by the City Council and serve four-year terms. 

 
Current Agenda (when applicable)

 

Name
(click on names to send email)

Address

Phone

Term

Ryan Cassidy 112 Rose Petal Court, 94954 n/a 7/1/15-6/30/19
Megan Cusimano 221 Jacquelyn Ln, 94952 n/a 7/3/17-6/30/21
D'Lynda Fischer, Council Liaison POB 61, 94953 707.778.4345 2019
Roger Leventhal 594 Paula Lane, 94952 n/a 9/21/15-6/30/19
Sara Sass, Vice Chair 126 Hill Blvd, 94952 n/a 7/1/16-6/30/20
Beverly Schor 112 7th Street, 94952 n/a 7/3/17-6/30/21
VACANT     6/30/21
Sonoma County Library Commission/Petaluma Library Advisory Board

Sonoma County Library Commission: Council appoints one Petaluma resident to a 4-year term on the Library Commission. That person also serves as the Commission’s Liaison on the Petaluma Library Advisory Board.

The Sonoma County Library Commission generally meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at 100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa.

Petaluma Library Advisory Board: Council appoints a Council Liaison to the Petaluma Library Advisory Board for a term of 1 calendar year.

The Petaluma Library Advisory Board meets the fourth Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 4:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma.

Visit the Sonoma County Library's web site or the Friends of the Petaluma Library website for book sales dates.

Name
(click on names to send email)

Address

Phone

Term

Paul Heavenridge, Appointee to Sonoma County Library Commission and Commission Liaison to Petaluma Library Advisory Board.

625 D Street, 94952

n/a

8/1/18-7/31/22

Teresa Barrett,
Council Liaison to Petaluma Library Advisory Board.

POB 901, 94953

707.953.0846

2019

Youth Commission

Adult Chair: Neal Ramus

Youth Chair: Kylie Kerr

Youth Vice-Chair: Ava Schafbuch
Council Liaison: Kathy Miller

Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 P.M. at the Petaluma Community Center, 320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, 94954.


The Youth Commission consists of up to 35 members as follows:

  • Up to eight adults (ages 21 or older), appointed by Council from the community at large, and who shall be voting members. Members shall live within local school district boundries. Members shall serve two-year terms.
  • Up to twenty youth (eighth grade through age 20), appointed by Council, and who shall be voting members. Members shall live within local school district boundries. Members shall serve two-year terms.
  • Up to five youth advocates (eighth grade through age 20), appointed by Council, and who shall be non-voting members. Members shall live within local school district boundries. Members shall serve two-year terms.
  • One liaison from the Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission (RMPC), selected by RMPC, and who shall be a voting member. The RMPC Liaison shall serve a one-year term.
  • One liaison from the City Council, chosen by the Council, and who shall be a voting member. The Council Liaison shall serve a one-year term.

The purpose of the commission is to be an advocate for the well-being and development of youth through age 21 in the City of Petaluma and in the five areas of their mission: health, safety, recreation, jobs, and community engagement.

 

Current Agenda (when applicable)

Archived Minutes

Name
(click on names to send email)

Address

Phone

Term

Adult Members:
Fred Carroll 414 6th St, 94952 n.a 7/1/16-6/30/18
Kathy Miller, Council Liaison POB 7211, 94955 707.778.4524 2019
Linda Pantoskey 2001 Western Ave, 94952 925.788.5349 7/1/18-6/30/20
Neal Ramus, Adult Chair 24 Acorn Circle, 94952 n/a 7/3/17-6/30/19
Jorge Servin 1704 Southridge Dr, 94954 415.781.0793 7/3/17-6/30/19
TBD, RMPC Liaison     2018-2019
VACANT     6/30/19
VACANT     6/30/20
 
Youth Members:
Leah Ahmed PACS McKinley School
Giselle Aragon Garcia Petaluma High School
Isabel Davido PACS McKinley School
Lea Fabian-Davis Petaluma High School
Steven Frias Casa Grande High School
Jannely Garcia Petaluma High School
Maya Greenburg Petaluma High School
Serena Horvath Petaluma High School
Kylie Kerr, Youth Chair Petaluma High School
Christina Lang Petaluma High School
Liliana Licon Petaluma High School
Suraj Rajan Petaluma High School
Fabian Romo Macias Petaluma High School
Sophia Ryan Petaluma High School
Devin Ruy Petaluma High School

Ava Schafbuch

Petaluma High School

Lucas Stevenson

Petaluma High School
Olivia Taylor Petaluma High School
Jorge Villalobos-Brizuela Petaluma High School
Henry Winter Petaluma High School
Samantha Woolley Petaluma High School
Huizhi Yang Casa Grande High School

 

Contact Information

City Clerk,
Claire Cooper, CMC

Deputy City Clerk,
Samantha Pascoe, CMC


11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4360
fax: 707.778.4554
email: cityclerk@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs
Closed Fridays

 

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