December 30, 2016
Election, transportation top Petaluma stories of 2016
National and global events, dominated by the U.S. presidential election, combined to make 2016 a monumental year. In Petaluma, the local election had less of an impact, but certainly became one of the top stories of the year.
The severe drought that captured headlines for four years finally ended in 2016 as significant rainfall soaked the region. Even more significantly, Petaluma’s flood wall project, finally completed at the beginning of the year, did its job and no major flooding was reported.
Operations at Petaluma Valley Hospital, the city’s lone acute care facility, went through a rocky 2016, leaving the future uncertain in the new year. Longtime hospital operator St. Joseph Health abruptly pulled out of talks to continue running the facility, as local health care officials scrambled to find a successor.
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