As with so many of our actions, planting street trees in Petaluma will have some unintended consequences, some good, some not so much.

Fallen leaves create pretty designs on the ground and are fun to kick through.

Fall foliage - Petaluma, CA

The combination of rain and fallen leaves creates intricate patterns on the sidewalk.

Fall foliage - Petaluma, CA

Fallen leaves coat sidewalks, making the walk slippery.

Fall foliage - Petaluma, CA

Piles of leaves have to be moved to the street. The first time I saw this man, he was sweeping the leaves. The next time I saw him, he was using a blower!

Fall foliage - Petaluma, CA

As leaves wash down the gutter, they congregate at storm drains, forming mini-dams at the drain opening; not good for drainage.

Fall foliage - Petaluma, CA

Words can also have unintended consequences.

No one wants anyone to get hurt but people died and others got hurt. It’s time for politicians on both sides to voluntarily tone down their rhetoric.

There are ways to discuss winning an election or beating an opponent that don’t contain violent imagery.