VIDEO: The Bohemian Interviews “J.J.” at Petaluma Hills Brewing

Petaluma Hill Brewing Company Is A Family Run BusinessStett Holbrook editor (owner/founder) of The Bohemian in Petaluma, California interviews JJ owner and brewmaster of Petaluma Hills Brewing Company on a segment they call “The Bohemian Life” that is a new video series that had its first debut this month. This is a Petaluma business run by a Petaluman family, and the video does a great job capturing and telling their story.

Also see the excellent write up in the Bohemian, Malt in the Family Petaluma Hills carves out niche in Petaluma beer barrio 

Also check out our previous posts where JJ gives advise to Home Brewers in 5 Tips For Homebrewers Entering The Sonoma County Home Brewer’s Competition.

Also you may be interested in a recent interview with Ken Weaver author of Northern California Craft Beer Guide and editor of ‘All About Beer’ Magazine called “I Drink Beer For A Living”: An Interview with Petaluma’s Ken Weaver

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Winner’s of the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off

It was an honor to be a chili judge at this year’s event. We produced this short video highlighting the day to share with you, and photos and videos of this year’s winners.

And now for photos and videos of this year’s winners

Most Spirited Team
Sax’s JointSax Joint Wins Most Spirited Team For 2015 Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off


What’s Happening In #Petaluma This Week? May 9 – May 16

Spring Library Book Sale – May 8-16: For info call 763-9801. Petaluma Regional Library, 100 Fairgrounds Drive.

lh-7-thLiving History Day at the Petaluma Adobe – Sat., May 9, 10am-4pm: History comes alive as volunteers recreate life in 1840s Mexican-era California. $3 for adults 17 & older. 3325 Adobe Road. 762-4871.

PARTY1SOpening Day on the River – Sat., May 9, 10-4: Meet at the Turning Basin to demo kayaks & SUPs and more. Call 766- 8070 or visit:

PoetsPanel_SlideThe Poetry of Harold Norse – Sat., May 9, 1:30pm: Reading features the book’s editor, Todd Swindell, and renowned SF poets Neeli Cherkovski and A.D. Winans. Free. 762-0563.

PetalumaChili15Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa & Beer Tasting – Sat., May 9, 1-5pm: Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chili and salsa chefs in the Bay Area. Rain or shine. Marin-Sonoma Fairgrounds.

Boating at the Barn – Sundays, 10am-1pm: Pick a rowboat, canoe, kayak or sailboat. River Heritage Center in Steamer Landing Park. Call 769-0910 for information.

Petaluma Live! Open Nic Night (See featured photo above for details) – Sun., May 10, 6-9pm: Free For information, call 762-9785

Petaluma East Side Farmers marketEast-Side Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, 10am-1:30pm: Year-round, rain or shine! Petaluma Community Center Parking Lot, 320 N. McDowell Blvd. 415-999-5635.

pulp-fiction-gunsPetaluma Cinema Series – Wed., May 13: Screening of “Pulp Fiction.” Pre-film lecture 6pm; Film 7pm; Post-film discussion til 10pm. SRJC Petaluma Campus, 680 Sonoma Mountain

Salute to American Graffiti – May 14-16: 10th Anniversary! See website for full list of events & activities happening in Petaluma.

Here is Petaluma Pete’s video introducing the Petaluma Sock Hop May 14.

#Petaluma Police K-9 Basko Bounces Another Bad Boy

                      Photo'd Officer Corie Joerger and K-9 Basko


According the Petaluma Police Department, Officer Corie Joerger has been a K-9 handler with PPD since 2009 and was named “2014 Petaluma Police Officer of the Year” partly due to her team work with Basko which resulted in the seizure of 4 pounds of methamphetamine, 1 pound of cocaine, 10 pounds of marijuana and over $275,000 in cash in 2013.

As reported in a press release yesterday evening this incident happened on Wednesday May 6, 2015.

On 5/6/2015 at approximately 3:32 PM, K-9 Officer Corie Joerger was patrolling in the 800 block of Petaluma Blvd. North.  Officer Joerger observed Shane Kee, riding his bicycle towards her vehicle.  Officer Joerger was aware Kee was a wanted felon and currently had 3 outstanding arrest warrants for his arrest. Officer Joerger was also aware Kee has been arrested in the past for weapons violations.  Kee had fled from Petaluma officers on May 5, 2015, the previous evening and eluded arrest.

Officer Joerger stopped her vehicle and ordered Kee to stop.  Kee immediately fled from Officer Joerger.  Officer Joerger pursued Kee into a parking lot, where he dropped his bicycle and continued fleeing on foot.  Kee ran toward the rear of the parking lot, out of Officer Joerger’s view.  Based on Kee’s warrants and his history of weapons charges, K-9 Officer Joerger removed her canine partner “Basko” from her vehicle to search for Kee.  “Basko” located Kee hiding under a truck in the rear of the parking lot, concealing his hands.  K-9 Officer Joerger ordered Kee several times to show his hands and surrender, Kee refused.  Officer Joerger was forced to use “Basko” to assist in the apprehension of Kee. 

Kee received medical treatment for minor injuries he received during his arrest.  Kee was later booked into Sonoma County Jail for 3 outstanding arrest warrants and resisting arrest.  Kee is being held on a No Bail hold.

Good job to Officer Joreger and Basko!

KRON 4 Picks Up Report Also UPDATE: Police Aided By K-9 In Apprehension Of Wanted SuspectPublished:


KSRO Radio Interviews Sunday and Porter Great #Petaluma Chili Cookoff

Steve Jaxon radio broadcaster for KSRO interviewed Petaluma’s Laura Sunday and Houston Porter.  Sunday tells how the Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff started and Porter, a Positively Petaluma contributor, will be supervising the event from oversees.  During the interview they tasted some chili from a few contestants – you will have to watch to video to find out. Also they announce the “Golden Ticket” that will go to the Grand Champion this year.

It’s Easy! Feed Needy #Petaluma Families By Setting Food By Your Mailbox Saturday May 9

Helping others in Petaluma hasn’t been easier than this.  Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Petaluma USPS Letter Carriers will collect non-perishable food from the people/companies on their routes. This food will go to the Petaluma Salvation Army who distributes more than six tons of food per month to the needy in our community!

Donations have been down, but needs are higher than ever before. We are absolutely dependent upon the support of our community to help Petalumans in need. YOU can make a difference!

Please (right now before you forget) set a reminder in your online calendar, phone, or just ask your mother to remind you to set food out by your mailbox on the morning of Saturday, May 9th. And better yet, why not put the bag together the day before and have it by your door as a reminder?

Though all non-perishable food is welcome (no glass or expired food please), this is what is most needed:

  • Canned Meat (Tuna, Chicken, etc.)
  • Peanut Butter 
  • Soups & Stews
  • Cereals
  • Dry Beans
  • Dry Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Dry Milk
  • Canned Fruit
  •  Snack Foods (Things like trail mixes, popcorn, healthy snacks, etc.)

Please also see our previous post Help Feed Families In #Petaluma: Volunteer this weekend for Letter Carrier Food Drive. Here is a quick video about the program.

Thank you for helping to feed the hungry in OUR community…The Petaluma Salvation Army Advisory Board

For questions please contact [email protected] or 707.769.0716

City of #Petaluma Declares May 2015 “Health Care District Month”

Photo: Back row (from left to right): Suzanne Cochrane, PHCD Executive Assistant/Board Clerk; Elece Hempel, PHCD Board President; Front row (from left to right): Andrew Koblick, PHCD Controller; Ramona Faith, PHCD CEO; Tami Bender, Lifeline of the North Bay Home Service Representative, Healthquest Instructor and HeartSafe Community Lead Role; Tina Deason, Healthquest Coordinator and Instructor; Maria Larsen, Lifeline of the North Bay and Healthquest Program Manager

City Council Vote Pays Tribute to Petaluma Health Care District’s Work and Promotion of Health Care Awareness and Options in the Community

Petaluma Health Care District logoPETALUMA, Calif., May 5, 2015 – Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) is pleased to announce that the Petaluma City Council voted last night to declare May 2015 as Health Care District Month. This declaration recognizes the essential role PHCD plays in Southern Sonoma County and the importance of creating and promoting health and wellness programs, services and initiatives that contribute to the health and vitality of the community.

Photo by BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat
Photo by BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat

In celebration of Health Care District Month, PHCD has formally launched its new website,, and released its 2014 Annual Report, providing easy-to-access information and resources pertaining to its many community health programs and services. Throughout May, PHCD will be present at various local events, educating Southern Sonoma County residents on the district’s role in the community, including how to access its services and programs. These events include the Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo race, the Tuesday East Side Farmers’ Market on May 26 and the Saturday West Side Farmers’ Market on May 30. PHCD will culminate this month-long celebration with a breakfast in appreciation of its community partners. PHCD will also share information throughout the month on social media via its Facebook page.

From PHCD Website Lifeline Emergency Response
From PHCD Website Lifeline Emergency Response

“It’s an honor to receive this formal recognition, which we see as a platform to prompt awareness of the fact that we are here every day advocating for the health and well-being of our community. PHCD has a multitude of offerings and benefits related to community health, education, partnering efforts, and emergency and acute care services, as well as programs in place for our residents to access,” said PHCD CEO Ramona Faith. “Our belief is that good health is a state of complete physical, mental and societal well-being and not merely the absence of disease – and it takes a dedicated collaborative effort in today’s world to keep people educated on healthy habits and choices, as well as to provide access to high-quality medical care.”


Help Feed Families In #Petaluma: Volunteer this weekend for Letter Carrier Food Drive

Salvation Army LogoThe Letter Carrier Food Drive is the largest single-day food drive in the nation.  They need your help.  After the USPS letter carriers pick up the food it needs to be restocked on the shelves of the Petaluma Salvation Army food pantry.  This program is entirely dependent on community support.  It also accounts for half of all the food donated to Petaluma families throughout the year.

Please come by the Petaluma Salvation Army Headquarters located at 721 South McDowell Blvd. (cross street is Caulfield) on Saturday May 9 from 4PM to 7PM.  Dinner will be provided for the volunteers.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or call (707) 769-0716

May The Fourth Be With You! Steve Sansweet CEO #Petaluma’s Rancho Obi-Wan Interviewed by ABC Perth

This morning Steve Sansweet CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan was interview by ABC Perth – and Australian broadcast (The recording is on page 2 of this post). What is the significance of May 4th to Star Wars fans?  It is the earliest known record chronicling Lucasfilm‘s Empire Strikes Back.   Alan Arnold on Friday May 4th announced the following statement when Margaret Thatcher won the election to be Britain’s first woman prime minister in 1979:

“Margaret Thatcher has won the election and become Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations,’ further proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us all.”

The Force Awakens PosterThis was later proclaimed to be “Star Wars Day” and LucasFilm embraced the spirit from their fans.  Fans spread the word with #StarWarsDay. This year it is even a bigger year in anticipation of the release of a new trilogy starting with the much anticipate Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Steve Sansweet has published several books on the subject. More recently he released Inspired By The Force: Star Wars Fan Artifacts & Art.  To see his incredible collection you can also order his book Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.


Petaluma Eats! at Vicci Moto Coffee Cart – First To Yelp Review

Vicci Moto-2Established recently, business owners Allan and Shelly Hermansen opened Vicci Moto Coffee cart. They realized that the auto-row industrial park was in dire need for a place to get coffee and they decided to anchor it with their motor sports apparel business.  We see them in social media and previously shared information about their Kickstarter campaign to open the coffee cart that raised over a few thousand to help them get started. While driving across town over the Corona St. bridge and needing a caffeine boost I started running through my mind ‘Where is the nearest place to get coffee?’  Bam! Vicci came to mind.  Had to stop and try it out.

Vicci Moto Coffee CartI first drove Industrial Avenue to the front side of their building and saw the small coffee signs with arrows navigating me to the Auto Center Drive side of the building and saw the roll-up doors and coffee cart. When I arrived Allan was talking to one of their regulars who worked at Kala Brand Music which is close by.   I ordered a double cappuccino and starting talking with Allan. He tells us that they not only saw the need for a place for the industrial park and auto row, but they also wanted a way to become more ingrained into the community.  They would rather be meeting the people from Petaluma than sitting behind a desk and computer all day trying to introduce people to their business.

Vicci Corsa PoloVicci Moto creates apparel for the racing industry.  They plan to have events for auto sport groups and to expand and accommodate their guests with a lounge like experience – – who can also enjoy a great ‘cup-of-joe’ during their visit.  They are also working on designing men’s racing apparel that is stylish and appropriate for off-track everyday wear like polo shirts.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, swing by and check them out.  They also have a menu of breakfast burritos, muffins and croissants. We were the first to Yelp review Vicci Moto Coffee Cart – I am sure they are going to get a lot more good reviews in the future.

Positively Petaluma First To Yelp Review Vicci Coffee Cart
Positively Petaluma First To Yelp Review Vicci Coffee Cart

Thank to Vicci also for their thank you tweet!