Rants: What's Buggin' You?

Here's your chance to sound off in our new weekly forum.


NOTE: This article was updated on Friday, May 4.

So, what’s making you upset this week? Is there something you want to get off your chest?

We’re again offering a forum here this week to give everyone a chance to weigh in on the topics you choose. Last month, we had more than 40 comments -- and we've left those here if you want to catch up.

But feel free to jump in on some new topics. Sure, we’d like the topics to be locally focused, but go ahead and add in any thought you have that you believe will start up a good, civil online community discussion.

Sometimes the rants lead to action.

Last month, for example, North Street resident Mark Goff complained about the lack of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of North and Fitch streets. A

Please keep it clean and refrain from personal attacks and/or name-calling. Address the issue without attacking the person and we’re all good to go.

So, what are you waiting for, let your ideas fly!

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Mark Goff April 12, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The intersection of North and Fitch is my rant! Dangerous traffic situation. So many people assume it to be a four way stop, which it is not, and pull out in front of cars racing along Fitch street. Could we please have the intersection became a four way stop before there is a serious accident, or a child is run down!!!
Marian murphy April 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I think my "garbage can rant" was misunderstood. I didn't mean to imply we all rush home from work to drag in the cans on collection day. I said "many days after collection" - often times they are left on the sidewalks and streets for up to a week.
Lizzardking's Rise April 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I respectfully disagree, they should worry about wine and beer first.....especially about the beer.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:05 AM
@Judith Sanderson: Yes, we've had several people ask about this. Mini of Marin is a new car dealership and, because of this, they decided they wanted exposure on a regional basis, meaning 10 Patch sites in the North Bay. They apparently are looking to draw in customers up and down the North Bay. Of course we love to see as much exposure as possible for the Healdsburg car dealerships -- we love our Healdsburg dealerships. McConnell's actually has been running an ad on Healdsburg Patch for quite some time. My understanding is that any business may choose to run a video ad, and they may also choose to run their video ads in their target market(s), whatever that is. That said, we understand your irritation since we are, in fact, focused on local Healdsburg news, announcements, events and features. Our first priority is still Healdsburg!
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
@Mark Goff: Yes, good idea. Hopefully someone at the city of Healdsburg will read this and follow up. Anyone out there? (P.S. still want to get your blog up on our site).
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:09 AM
@Lizzardking's Rise: I prefer "wicked awesome!"
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:11 AM
@Marilyn: Well said! Doesn't the American Legion in Windsor have a flag retirement ceremony every year on Flag Day? Perhaps we at Patch can promote this more...
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 04:12 AM
@Mark Goff: Yes, let's follow up at the next City Council meeting....
Mike DeCoss April 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hey Zoe, the Raven Theater has a fine heating system...It is the Raven Film Center with the problem.
Shelley Williams April 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Not only is the intersection of North and Fitch an issue, but also the way people drive so fast down Fitch. It is a residential street and people use it as a thoroughfare going well above the speed limit. I live on Fitch and have trouble backing out of my driveway at certain times of the day. How about speedbumps? That would make it safer and reduce the traffic.
Mark Goff April 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Shelley, you are so correct! Cars race up and down Fitch at speeds that are way out of line... even for me and I came here from Los Angeles. I have approached the city twice now about the speed problem on Fitch and its intersection at North. The first time I was told there is no problem and the fire department uses Fitch as their main cross town route... Isn't that what sirens are for? If this is a reason there would not be any stop signs in town. The second time, six weeks ago, I wrote to the city council, the planning department and the city manager. All I was told was... "staff is working on it". It seems it will take blood before the city will do something about this.
Carla Trotter April 13, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I agree with Mark. I usually choose not to take on that intersection even though it is in close proximity to my home!
Mark Goff April 14, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Nice collision at the intersection of North and FItch today (Friday) at 5pm.
Stu April 20, 2012 at 01:59 AM
My rant is self centered and inconsiderate dog owners who think that because they happen to have a nice socialized dog that that gives them the right to let their dogs off leash where ever they Please. Some of us adopted, rescued, or just plain have challenging dogs and it is beyond frustrating, it's infuriating, when you work tirelessly and fork out tons of money to trainers to help your dog get over deep seeded issues only to have some dog who is nice enough but not trained well enough to come when called come running up to you setting your dog off and putting us back two steps. For dogs like mine, these issues can eventually mean life or death, I'm doing everything I can, being incredibly responsible and the least my neighbors can do is have the awareness to know their dogs are not the only ones that matter in the equation. Besides... It's a frickin law.
Gwen Rosewater April 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Stu, you speak for me as well. I have had my frantic on leash dogs run around me like a may pole so my legs are completely pinned, then knock me to the ground when we are rushed on my a big off leash dog.
Joan Gipe April 20, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Stu, I am in total agreement, and was about to write this as my rant when I saw your comment. Things got so bad on my walks with my dog that I now carry a big stick and pepper spray for dogs. I dread going for a walk on the street, and usually just try to stay in our yard. Not fun for my dog. My dog is a rescue with fear of larger dogs, so while I can control her on leash, when dogs off leash approach us it is a serious problem. You point out correctly that there is a leash law, which does apply to ALL dog owners. Thanks for your comment.
Tara April 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I totally agree as well! Recently a giant golden retriever who was off leash and playing in a park that is NOT meant for dogs attacked my leashed dog while we were on a walk! I am now suing the owner to cover the vet bill. These people just don't care, they're highly selfish idiots who shouldn't own any pets. Her answer when I told her that she shouldn't have such a dangerous animal off leash? "Well, I just love him so much...he needs to run free!" (This was after the response that she couldn't take him to a dog park, he was banned for attacking too many dogs.) Yeah.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hmmm...as a very part-time dog-sitter, I found this last comment kind of scary. Do we have laws in Healdsburg for dogs going off-leash, not in the dog parks? And what about dogs who are banned from the dog parks? Are they allowed to go off-leash. Someone please enlighten me...
Joan Gipe April 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Keri, Healdsburg has a leash law, which means that dogs are never allowed off leash EXCEPT within the dog parks. This means they must be on a leash until they are inside the park. Both parks have a "lobby" area for unleashing the dog before it enters the main dog park. Some irresponsible dog owners allow their dogs to roam with them up Fitch Mt., which is especially scary this time of year when the deer have their fawns. There have been a couple of instances where dogs have killed the fawns because the dogs were off leash and ran the fawns down and killed them. Their owners simply said, "My dog never did anything like that before." Many of the dog problems we have would not occur if owners kept their dogs on leash outside of dog parks.
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
@Joan Gipe: Thank you very much for filling me in...I'm sorry to hear about the fawns. Very sad. Hard to deal with the whole off-leash situation. I see why education is so important. Thanks again.
Marilyn April 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Why do people drive so fast in residential neighborhoods? There is no reason for anyone to be driving more than 30 miles per hour in residential neighborhoods. There are children, pets, even people out walking. Slow down, for heaven's sake.
cooper Conrad April 22, 2012 at 05:21 PM
as per the city your cans must be placed in the street, not the curb. how painful is it to watch , mothers with strollers, neighbors in wheelchairs, elderly on scooters, have to ride in the street due to sidewalk congestion of garbage cans. CURB YOUR CANS!
Michael MacKenzie April 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Hello - relatively new resident (1 year) reporting in from the grandstand at First Street International Motor Speedway. I'm at the intersection of Tucker and First, where drivers can reach their top speed as they fly in and out of town from Front to Matheson, unhindered by a stop sign at Tucker (or any signage southbound, crosswalk, or other impediment). I've clocked a couple at close to 50 mph with my trusty radar gun. Same response from planning: "no problem" ....... except for one chap who opined that if drivers had to "stop" at Tucker, they would just make up for lost time by reaching DOUBLE their original max speed mid block between Matheson and Tucker. Whew ........ !
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 22, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Wow! Hard to believe drivers could reach almost 50 mph at Tucker and First...scary! I'm hoping Healdsburg city staff read this thread and could offer some guidance since a lot of residents are upset over side street speeding, particularly in this neighborhood. Comments?
Michael MacKenzie April 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Thanks, Keri - In all fairness, the vast majority of drivers stay under 35 mph at Tucker and First; it's just that handfull (late for work, I'll guess ....) who put the pedal down after turning left into First off Matheson. Average speed is around 32 mph, still pretty far above the 25 mph limit. I've noticed that drivers drive faster on First than on Matheson itself, as well as University (which is center-striped and shown on maps as the cross-town thoroughfare). Probably because First is wide and smooth (unlike scary University), and because Matheson has a stop sign at every block save for Second Street. Plus ..... I'll bet most drivers expect more enforcement on Matheson that they do on First (none that I've witnessed ..... ). All this said .... I'll agree with Mark that the North/Fitch situation is even more alarming; someone is going to get seriously injured there!
Keri Brenner (Editor) April 28, 2012 at 04:28 AM
@Michael MacKenzie: I hope we can raise this issue at a future Healdsburg City Council meeting. Thanks for clarifying the specifics... Keri
Jenny April 28, 2012 at 03:29 PM
My rant is about the OVER consideration of people at four way intersections. There are specific rules in California regarding this, see at this link here : http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way.htm#roway People will wave me through whether it their turn or mine! It really drives me crazy, I just go ahead and go when they wave me through. I would prefer taking my rightful turn, if I didn't arrive first or if I am on the left. I feel really silly ranting about people being too considerate, but really people should just know the rules of the road.
John Ballachey April 30, 2012 at 06:20 PM
My rant is about overgrown sidewalks. I walk to the post office every day (from Fitch Mtn Villas) and notice that many homeowners' shrubs and trees encroach on the side walk; narrowing the passage. Isn't there some ordinance that says homeowners are supposed to maintain their yards such that they don't spill over onto the sidewalk?
Mark Goff May 04, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Friends, After the second major accident in a week at the intersection of North and Fitch, I just created a petition: The city of Healdsburg California: Make the intersection of North and Fitch into a four way stop intersection. I'm trying to collect 100 signatures, and I could really use your help. To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition... http://www.change.org/petitions/th-city-of-healdsbug-california-make-the-intersection-of-north-and-fitch-into-a-fourway-stop-intersection?share_id=LRgFHsbfElpe=pce It'll just take a minute! Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word! Mark
Keri Brenner (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@John Ballachey: Good point! I'd also like to know if there's a law on this...anyone out there have the inside track?


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