Top-Read Stories for Week of Nov. 12-Nov. 16

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On Monday, we wrote about Petaluma mom Starrlynn Martin who was arrested on charges of stealing money from teachers at her children’s school. She then used the money to purchase beer, cigarettes and food before being finally being caught a month later.

Another story that got Patch readers talking this week was about a petition by California residents to officially secede from the union following President Barack Obama’s reelection. Similar petitions have been signed in many states, but many were surprised by secession fervor in California, a Democratic Party stronghold.

Did you see that Bernard Elredge Elementary is reopening next school year? Closed in 2010 due to declining enrollment, the school, located on Maria Drive, will now house an expanded dual immersion program that teaches children in both English and Spanish.

Next week, the city will discuss a proposal to extend the so-called road diet to McNear Avenue at Petaluma’s southern edge. If approved, the city will apply for a grant to reduce the boulevard from four to two lanes, adding a turn out lane and widening parking spots.

At the same meeting, the city will also discuss awarding a no-bid contract to the Ratto Group for trash services over the next 15 years. In exchange, North Bay’s largest waste hauler has promised $500,000 in annual payments. The plan has been criticized for eliminating the competitive bidding process in exchange for a payoff from a powerful company.

Also, Snoop Dogg, or is it Snoop Lion, is playing the Phoenix December 15. Tickets are a pricy $70, but still available. Click here for more info. 

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