Good morning. Here's a copy of the letter I wrote to Fulcrum Management (owners of the shopping center), Mayor Glass, and all six city council members:
Good morning. I am writing to express my concerns about a potential Safeway Gas Station on the corner of S. McDowell/Maria Drive. This is a crowded, busy corner, already in traffic gridlock with all the new apartment buildings on Maria. This location is DIRECTLY across from 4Cs Preschool and playground, McDowell Elementary School, numerous homes on McDowell and McKenzie, the Little League field, a busy bus stop and McDowell Park. Many children cross the street here.
The wind blows toward the schools. I have searched "Childhood Leukemia Rates for Children living or going to school near gas stations". It is alarming! Not to mention asthma or chemical or respiratory issues.
Is there anywhere else they can locate this gas station? Can they possibly buy out the existing Chevron station? Safeway is a business. What people don't realize is they raise their grocery prices to subsidize the lower gas prices. Or they count on people buying high-priced junk food in the convenience store.
I have not been able to find the answer to this question: "What are the California regulations of how many feet away a gas station can be built in proximity to schools and homes?" I would appreciate an answer to this.
I vote for the health of our Petaluma children. I value our children and grandchildren over saving a few bucks at the pump. PLEASE don't let this gas station cause illnesses, cause more gridlock, cause trauma to the neighbors, and ruin that corner. It would be a BIG MISTAKE.
Thanks. I would appreciate a reply.