Petaluma is a city located in Sonoma County in the state of California. Petaluma is situated in Rancho Petaluma Adobe, a National Historic Landmark which is considered one of the most well-maintained preserved buildings of its era. Petaluma is located in close proximity to Sonoma Mountain, a landmark within the Sonoma Mountain range in southern Sonoma County. Petaluma has a great historic city center that houses buildings that survived the famous San Francisco earthquake in 1906. Petaluma is at the northern end of the Petaluma River, a body of water that leads southward to the San Pablo Bay. A large amount of the city is located in the river’s flood plain. Specific areas of Petaluma are noisier than a typical neighborhood due to the sound coming from U.S. Route 101, Petaluma Boulevard, and Washington Street. Petaluma is also located near Helen Putnam Regional Park, which offers great trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The city is also known for its rich landscape and diverse native plant life.
The United States Coast Guard operates a training center just outside of Petaluma. The training center, known as Training Center Petaluma, operates classes like Electronics Technician, Food Service Specialist, Health Service Technician, Information Systems Technician, Operation Specialist, Storekeeper, and Yeoman. These classes are considered “A” and “C” schools in the military. The Coast Guard also operates a Chief Petty Officer Academy out of the school. The California National Guard also operates an armed forces facility in Petaluma.
Petaluma is in the 3rd Senate District and is currently represented by Lois Wolk (D) and the city is in the 10th Assembly District, currently represented by Marc Levine (D). In the United States House of Representatives, Petaluma is split between California’s 2nd Congressional District, currently represented by Jared Huffman (D) and the city is in California’s 5th Congressional District, currently represented by Mike Thompson (D).