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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: Barry Lawrence
City Council Liaison: Chris Albertson
City Management Liaison: Bob Patterson 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)


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Scott D. Ahrens, Chair 1970 Falcon Ridge Dr, 94954 707.695.3151 7/1/15-6/30/19
Chris Albertson, Council Liaison POB 61, 94953 707.778.4525 2016
Scott DeBel, PAPA Rep 61 Meadowglen Dr, 94952 707.478.3634 7/1/16-6/30/17

Joe Debnar

1501 Baywood Drive, 94954



Sam Doolittle 827 Blossom Court, 94952 707.763.4441 7/1/16-6/30/18
Barry C. Lawrence, Vice Chair 2900 Sonoma Mtn Rd, 94954 707.260.2376 7/1/15-6/30/19

Kristin Winter

905 Holly Lane, 94952



Planning Commission

Chair:Diana Gomez
Vice Chair:Richard Marzo
Second Vice Chair:Bill Wolpert
City Council Liaison: Dave King
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)


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Gina Benedetti-Petnic

511 D Street, 94952



Diana Gomez, Chair

501 Noriel Lane, 94954



Dave King, Council Liaison POB 61, 94953 707.778.4552 2016

Jocelyn Lin

252 Edinburgh Lane, 94952



Richard Marzo, Vice Chair

4 Kotsaris Court, 94952



Jennifer Pierrre

22 Hilligoss Court, 94952



Bill Wolpert, 2nd Vice Chair

7 Fourth Street, #61, 94952



Recreation, Music, and Parks Commission

Chair: Beverly Schor
Vice Chair: Kevin McDonnell

City Council Liaison: Kathy Miller
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)


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Dave Alden

416 Webster Street, 94952



Ryan Cassidy 112 Rose Petal Court, 94954 n/a 7/1/15-6/30/19
Roger Leventhal 594 Paula Lane, 94952 n/a 9/21/15-6/30/19

Kevin McDonnell,Vice Chair

311 Howard Street, 94952



Kathy Miller, Council Liaison POB 7211, 94955 707.778.4524 2016
Sara Sass 126 Hill Blvd, 94952 n/a 7/1/16-6/30/20
Beverly Schor,Chair 112 7th Street, 94952 n/a 7/1/13-6/30/17
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 meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Central Library, Third and E Streets, 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.

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Tim May, Appointee to Sonoma County Library Commission and Commission Liaison to Petaluma Library Advisory Board.

1 Grossland Way, 94952



Teresa Barrett,
Council Liaison to Petaluma Library Advisory Board.

POB 901, 94953



Youth Commission

Adult Chair:Tara Bartosch

Adult Vice-Chair: Marie Mastrup

Youth Chair: Tessa Hughes
Council Liaison: Gabe Kearney

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 24 members as follows:

  • Eight adults (ages 21 or older) and up to fourteen youth (8th grade through age 20), 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.
  • 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

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Adult Members:

Patricia Badenhop

1392 Mountain View Ave, 94952



Tara Bartosch 515 Western Ave #B, 94952 707.318.2450 7/1/16-6/30/18
Tammy Lee Gregg 145 Jeffrey Drive, 94954 n/a 7/1/16-6/30/17
Gabe Kearney, Council Liaison POB 61, 94953 707.238.2199 2016
Marie Mastrup 37 5th Street, 94952 n.a 7/1/16-6/30/18
Sara Sass, RMPC Liaison 126 Hill Blvd, 94952 n/a 2016-2017
VACANT     6/30/17





Youth Members:
Matthew Armstrong Casa Grande High School
Ophelia Chiang Casa Grande High School
Julie Chojnacki Casa Grande High School
Alexis Frias Casa Grande High School
Ben Hoffman Santa Rosa Junior College
Tessa Hughes, Youth Chair Casa Grande High School
Michael Quinto Casa Grande High School
Dylan Santa Casa Grande High School
Ava Schafbuch Petaluma High School
Conrad Smith St. Vincent High School
Manas Varma Casa Grande High School
Sienna Wigert Casa Grande High School
Olivia Zimmerman Petaluma High School



Contact Information

City Clerk,
Claire Cooper, CMC

Samantha Pascoe

11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4360
fax: 707.778.4554
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs
Closed Fridays


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