Petaluma police are alerting local residents to a new telephone scam that has targeted at least two city businesses.

Police said that in the past week an unknown person contacted the businesses to falsely inform them that their PG&E accounts were delinquent. The businesses were told that they had to make an immediate payment or their service would be interrupted.

The caller then instructed the businesses to purchase Green Dot debit cards and make payments by telephone. One business did as instructed and then called PG&E, which informed the business owner that their account was current.

"Petaluma and Sonoma County residents should be aware of this and contact PG&E directly if they are advised they have a delinquent account and payment is requested by telephone," the police said in a statement.

Forum On Homeless Hill

The city will host a community meeting on Monday to outline a program to address the health, safety and fire issues stemming from the homeless encampment at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road. The 6 p.m. meeting will be held at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road.