The rock quarry was approved also, by a 3-to-2 vote. Different "bad guys" this time, I guess the board draws straws to see who gets to appear to be the less corrupt on a given issue. Between that and the Dutra deal, also approved by the board of supervisors, the ghettofication of Petaluma is proceeding apace. Between the asphalt fumes; river, air, and groundwater pollution; noise; and additional low-paying jobs, this should be a nice little smelly factory town in short order. Blue-collar bars like Maguire's ought to remain open, as should the 24-Hour Fitness, but most of downtown will likely be shuttered for a while until the Mexican tiendas, all-night taco joints, second-hand stores, and other signs of a restructured economic basis take over.

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