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Re: “Dirt Farmers

Nice article on the composting and cover cropping practices by Chateau Montelena.

One thing jumped out at me though that is worthy of another article - that further work needs to be done to prevent food waste in the first place.

Second, when food waste or food scraps are generated we need to make sure that what is perfectly edible and nutritious gets to hungry people first and then to compost or energy generation. The work of groups like Food Shift or ExtraFood.org needs to be front and center in this effort.

Finally, businesses in the waste management sector need to transform their models from making money off waste to making money by preventing waste.

Posted by Nick Papadopoulos on 02/25/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Drive On

Too bad KSRO is now a right-wing station. Can't listen to Steve Jaxon anymore because I won't support KSRO.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by LeftieOlMan on 02/18/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Very nice! I paddle a lot on Tomales and it seems that the Greys are pretty consistent. Friends and I have seen them between the mouth and Pelican Point, right near where you spotted yours. These are amazing animals and it's very cool to see them in the water.

Thanks for including the info on how to safely watch the whales (for us and them)! Best thing to do is just stop and enjoy the moment.

Posted by jgrim on 02/17/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “What Ails the Whales

Outstanding article - very well written!

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Posted by Buffalo Bill on 02/11/2015 at 7:58 PM

Re: “For Richer or for Poorer?

It's now 2015 and the debate continues. It would be helpful to have an article that discusses the many facets of the issue of Affordable Housing and Poverty. For example the county housing element failed to pass at the lower density because the county didn't do an EIR or a financial plan that made the sites they chose, at the lower density appear buildable to HCD. In the end the county had to zone at the higher density just to pass their HE.

On the other hand, Novato's HE passed with much community support because Novato planners worked closely with HCD on both environmental mitigations and financial feasibility. Judy Arnold declared Novato's HE a failure to protect the environment. The hypocrisy of Supervisor Arnold's comments makes it a struggle not to use harsh word. If not hypocrisy then ignorance because Novato's Housing Overlay and EIR accommodated CEQA review well beyond the county's HE.

I have met many people who questioned the manner in which the first recommendations for zoning for AH were chosen but none complained about color of skin or crutches or wheelchairs. "Some people don't want a whole lot of diversity in this county," she says. Judy Arnold says: "They want seniors if it's their mom or dad, but if it's someone else's mom or dad—well, if they're white, OK, but they don't want to see a lot of wheelchairs or crutches or black or brown people." Perhaps Ms. Arnold is speaking from her own undeclared biases but in my experience Novato is already a community of many colors and cultures and welcomes people with disabilities in the existing market rate and affordable housing that is spread throughout our community.

I can't speak for Fairfax or Corte Madera. I think each Marin community has to look at its own HE and its current census data to see if it is successful in welcoming people from all walks of life. I know Novato is the poorest community in Marin with the lowest per capita revenue of all cities in Marin and most in Sonoma. Yet, Novato has much of he county's AH and the better market rates of any city in Marin. Why then were Novato residents condemned for speaking out? Many spoke with respectful voices and yet only those that were the most angry were given the most attention. When housing advocates like SUNN levied angry criticisms they were not taken to task. Why the hypocrisy?

Why are all the accolades in this piece directed only at advocates? What about the community as a whole? Can't people question a process and in particular question their direct experience with AH complexes like Wyndover and receive the same respect for their views? Poverty exists throughout the United States. I have met many people who left the Bay Area before they lost homes or jobs because they recognized it was simply too expensive to live here. Why are people moving to Marin from outside the county when they are already struggling to get by? This is not an easy place to find housing or maintain a job.
Why aren't people who need affordable medical care using Kaiser so that their wellness and their medication is provided at a fixed cost? If they are already on Medicare due to age or a disability, Kaiser is the best plan you can find. Kaiser Advantage makes it possible to afford food as well as medicine.

I have great respect for the people providing help to seniors and the homeless and those living below the poverty level but I take offense at the comments that make this issue seem as if those who are living at the poverty level are the only ones that struggle. I work with many people who are holding onto their middle class lives by the short hairs because they also need reasonably priced housing, food, medical care, education and so on. Yet when these same people object to yet another high density housing project they are called ignorant, bigoted and confused.

There must be a middle ground where people with divergent views can discuss the economic impact of adding more housing to a community with a multimillion dollar structural deficit, declining sales tax revenue and increasing infrastructure costs. Whether you add affordable housing or market rate housing, you create a financial burden when you have a city like Novato that lacks a sufficient commercial base to support its residents. These are not issues of bigotry or bias. They are issues that must be examined as part of a plan to preserve Novato's ability to remain solvent.

Posted by CGB on 01/30/2015 at 8:02 PM

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