As a moderate-income resident of Marin County, I am personally suffering from this refusal to build more housing. I wish people would stop making up scary stories about how poor people will be imported into the county and realize that by fighting every housing proposal, many of us who are here now will be forced to leave. My rent has jumped $500 in two years because there just aren't enough rental units. I have lived my whole life in Marin County, and have a good job here, but paying the increasingly high cost of housing here means I can't ever get ahead.
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I have to disagree with the above post. A tightly controlled meeting would certainly have been resented after the way information has been kept from the public since at least 2007 when Supervisor Adams and the BOS made Marinwood a PDA (and later claimed "surprise" when the map of it was revealed). Frankly, if reporters were doing their job, the public would have known what was going on. The public needs to do the investigation on its own and needs to follow up on the inconsistencies, misrepresentations and omissions. Proof is available on the county website and www.savemarinwood.org. Democracy is a messy business. As Harry Truman said, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"
Did everyone miss the obvious? What elected official, or anyone for that matter, who is hosting a public meeting (on a very controversial subject) would come completely unprepared as Supervisor Adams did? Where were the speaker cards that you fill out if you want to speak (the purpose to keep order and give everyone their 2-3 minutes to speak). Where was the meeting moderator who welcomes everyone, states the ground rules for the meeting and after the main speaker does their thing, calls up the names from the speaker cards and has a timer to make sure no one hogs up the time? Where was the separate podium and microphone for speakers so they didn't have to come all the way to the front of the room and share the mic w/the Supervisor? This meeting should have been run like the County runs Planning Commission and Board meetings. It is almost like Adams did this on purpose and let the crowd get out of control so she would then garner subsequent sympathy articles - which the press got sucked right into and there were at least 3-4 articles on SFGate.com, the Marin IJ and now this site, The Bohemian claiming the crowd was unruly and rude. This was done on purpose and it worked in her favor but not all of us are fooled by her campaign tactics.
I was born and raised in Marin, and lived in Marinwood for several years in the late '80s and early '90s before eventually moving to Sonoma County. I feel for the residents of Marinwood- did you notice that Corte Madera dropped out of ABAG so THEY wouldn't have to put in any affordable housing along the corridor? But this article simply daylights the extreme NIMBYism that's been present in Marin since at least the 60's, when residents killed any hopes of a Marin BART extension. The arguments at that time certainly resonated-a train line would've certainly encouraged development...but unless Marin wants to pave its way to better worker access a la Irvine in Orange County, the only alternative is that some property values WILL have to suffer. We're no longer in the era of limitless choices, and some tradeoffs have to made. Frankly, I'd love it if they developed part of Strawberry as affordable housing to share the load, but THAT ain't gonna happen....
Agree with Save Marinwood. Article missed the most important aspect - "the 25 year plan and locates 70% of all affordable housing in Marinwood Lucas Valley. " It's not about being against affordable housing, it's about the poor plan to solve the problem.
Excellent article. It's not hard to see 'what the hell is going on' ... there's an ugly streak of racism and class-ism in Marinwood ... 60% of the people who work in Marin work outside the County and commute from Sonoma, Contra Costa, Alamedas and Solano counties. Most of these commuters are lower income, and non-white. Most would greatly prefer to live close to where they work. The crazy thing about this latest outburst is that ABAG has now drastically cut the housing needs allocations ('RHNA') for Marin jurisdictions, even though very little affordable housing has been built there to meet the current and prior RHNA housing needs allocations. ABAG is dominated by Marin, Napa and other wealthy jurisdictions, all of which have their numbers slashed for the next (2014-2022) planning period. But even a small RHNA allocation's not acceptable with these NIMBY's.
This is a positively bizarre take on the issues facing Marinwood. Portraying Susan Adams as a "victim" of angry constituents is insulting to the community and ultimately to Supervisor Adams herself.
Journalist, used to be reliable in keeping politicians accountable. This story reads more like an apology, using Susan Adams photoshopped campaign photos and tales of "the lynch mob".
HINT to the Susan Adams supporters: It is a bad political move to demonize your voter base.
I have the original meeting available up at: http://www.savemarinwood.org/2013/07/susan-adams-first-open-town-hall.html . The public's comments start at :40. This is the first and only open Town Hall Susan Adams held for the community for the 25 year plan and locates 70% of all affordable housing in Marinwood Lucas Valley. The reporter of this story did not source the government documents that prove this and instead took the "Susan Adams Spin Machine" as gospel.
Fair minded people will be able to see the truth through the fog created by the politicians about Plan Bay Area. It will radically alter our landscape and economy if built to plan. Unfortunately, we can no longer have the help of local media to help us.
P.S. The "gay eskimo" post was making fun of RACIST xenophobia. It was pretty obvious and even had (SATIRE) labeled in the post and discussion. It has received a disproportionate amount of attention and even some people stupidly claim that it is "evidence" of racism. It shows the intellectual dishonesty of the phony outraged people who want to promote the idea that people for good planning are Racist NIMBYS.
The writer even missed our statement about planning in the "about us posting"
"We support a fair allocation of affordable housing in our community that is sensitive to land use, is fiscally responsible, healthy for the families and integrates diversity within our community."
These are interesting times. Journalists are protecting the powerful and attacking the grassroots.
“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
― Malcolm X
If you are not off the grid on all you are in do-do....CalWater stock has dropped in one half in about four years or more after "gangsta'" CEO's came in and paid themselves the moon and got that and another planet with seven moons....They think for themselves and have devalued the company with their salaries......
Sailor... I feel so bad for you... Your attitude and refusal to understand somebody who isn't you must bring you so much turmoil and despair. Dare I say jealousy? I hope one day you can be happy!
Boo Radley's House delivers uncompromised attack on this album. As an ex sound engineer for a few record labels, I find Eye To I, to be one of the best pieces of work I've heard in a long time. Although it may not find its way into the mind of the masses due to its highly intelligent metal infrastructure, I encourage those with an appreciation for deviation from the norm to give this album a solid listening to. It has so many time changes, explosive dynamics, and subtle nuances, all seamlessly executed, that listeners will find themselves wanting to study each " chapter " to pull everything from it that it has to offer.
Good heavens, Carol, you're right. Fixed now, and yes, both Chesters are great enough that our fingers get them mixed up from time to time on deadline. Best - G.
I really enjoyed the article, especially for the attention to the situation of California artists. There's a typo in the caption for one of the photos-- that's not Sonoma County's wonderful author and garlic-grower Chester Aaron (who is also worthy of a profile in your paper) but more likely the person you are quoting in the article, Chester Arnold.
Great article, Jonathan! Thanks for digging deep into what has now become a perennial problem. And who winds up bearing the brunt of the "supes" inaction? We do.
And it's not fair. And their favorite perennial byline "We have no money" no longer holds water, since they certainly don't mind spending money conducting study after study to explore adding fluoride to our precious Sonoma County water supply -- money which would be much better spent on something that so many Sonoma County residents could find truly beneficial -- re-opening our libraries to their full operating schedules.
Again, much thanks.
PS. I never got my holiday pie.
Where I work in WA. WDS starts at 11 an hour and we work about 2 6 hr days a week. More before a holiday. The only benefit we get is 401K after a year. However we make so little we can't afford to put anything in it. Supposed to get a .25 raise after a year, but they gave me the shaft. been there almost 2 years and got only .15 cent raise. They get paid $155 plus supplies for a demo. They could at least give us a free membership like they give the Costco employees. Separate but equal. We ain't equal.
My goodness, this is the best story I have read in a long time. It was sent to me via the SRJC website which I am a member of. I will post this on SRJC Human Services Network to get the word out. Keep dreaming.
Why is it that nowhere in this story is AMGEN (the tour sponsor) mentioned as the manufacturer and clandestine provider of the primary drug in the scandal? Why do the riders get slammed over and over while the creator and pusher of EPO gets the publicity, and praise, for TOC despite being deeply and darkly implicated in some seriously ugly drug controversy? http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/armstr…
Costco Sucks Now!
Power words that come from the heart!
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