Great Article! Jeff Bull is rocking out with all his new projects, I don't know how the guy does it all ^_^
Check out the trellised Cascade Hops growing along Mendocino Ave in the beer garden of recently opened Heritage Public House , offering a large variety of California only craft beer on tap and amazing gastropub fairer lunch and dinner . Side note :Florian Daunhauer was former property owner in the mid 1960's when the business location was the Copper Penny.
I guess the message here is :
Don`t be a " dumbfuck " .....LOL
Much research indicates that social media and other mediated communication actually has widened, deepened and varied our interpersonal relationships and communication. Though I would intensely agree we share too much and are often inappropriate, used responsibly and in a focused manner it can make and maintain relationships that might otherwise not be possible. All things in moderation perhaps instead of such a decisive condemnation would be the way to go.
When the Google sidebar ad thing happened to me for the first time a while back, it was disquieting, disturbing...full of disses basically.
However, as a musician I have never and would never buy into that elitist Ayn Rand rubbish....amatuers and professionals, pshah. Yes, there are narcissistic individuals who think they are smarter than everyone else and love nothing more than to profit on what you give away for free. And yes, we are essentially social animals and we like to share. But I am more confident that we will find new and better ways to deal with this than what Keen recommends.
And for the record, I stopped visiting both the NYtimes and the Pressdemo sites after they started charging. Ever hear of What.CD, Keen? The war over paying for content is already over.
Basically what Keen is saying is that we are sharing too much on social media and paying too high a price without realizing it. I really don't think charging customers like the two leading newspapers are doing is the answer, but Keen makes some valid points.
Bravo to those involved in this peaceful protest. Rachel painted well the dark brush strokes of what aging refineries look like.
In addition to those living near the refinery, Gary Pace and his children deserve much gratitude, a local Sonoma County healh professional who is able to project out what the near/long term might look like without intervention.
I grew up in and then worked for a brief period in the petrochemical industry. Another career took me away for a long time but I found myself recently creating a natural gas production reporting system (Exxon/Mobile) and software for oil/gas pipeline inspection equipment (GE)
My observations are that the "Separate Oil and State" mantra is crucial now to open up space for not just renewables but also energy efficiency across the consumption/conservation spectrum.
Too much of our financial, R&D, public health, and opportunity resources are still devoted to, and supporting forms of energy that without doubt have become problematic in many ways.
It will take longer to create localized distributed energy systems than it did to create the smartphone ecosystem, but it's happening. The evidence is everywhere and indisputable.
There is no shame in having the US become a prime mover in this energy transition, much less so than having been one of the worlds highest per capita consumers.
With the emerging electric car market, the increased use of residential high efficient hvac systems, solar installations, energy audits, changes in local government land use and energy policy, etc. change can be fun and without sacrificing anything except an old way of doing business.
Thank you Rachel for your courage to cover this topic.
The article has a HUGE flaw, which - when exposed- renders its conclusions irrelevant. None of the proposed actions to address GW address ANY of the major causes of atmospheric CO2. Worse, no proposals even address the major cause of anthropogenic CO2, Third World homefires, per the revised IPCC report. So even if everything about the magnitude and imminence of the problem as stated in the article is true, none of the proposals to date could make meaningful changes in CO2 levels; the proposals amount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
However, despite repeated false statement to the contrary, there is nowhere near consensus in the scientific community on the GW issues, especially among physicists and chemists. That does not mean we should not take action. There are plenty of reasons to take reasonable action to keep air and water clean that do not necessitate a return to the Stone Age. Some of us have been involved in those actions for many years. But we reject the ill-advised kind of panic responses pushed by the doomsayers.
Aubergine of Sebastopol, Ca....Tuesday Blues only jam...Never knew thank you..b
"Peri Park in Fairfax is close to Three Twins Ice Cream" Um no. Sorry but if you are at Peri and want ice cream you go to the Scoop. There is no Three Twins in Fairfax, only the famous Fairfax Scoop!
Great to know the Blues are alive and well in Sonoma County. I run the Tuesday Bluesday Jam every other Tuesday night at Aubergine in Sebastopol. Levi Lloyd runs it on the alternate Tuesdays. So every Tuesday night there are some rippin blues happening at Aubergine featuring some of the best local players. Thanks for bringing up the Blues and don't forget to mention us on the KRSH!!!
Here's to the blues!!!
Bruce Klein (Guitarist for the BK Galactic Band)
Great article. I live in San Mateo County, and I have to look to you for blues info. These people don't play much down here (wounder why), so it's great to know here they are playing. Keep it up.
I would like to applaud the Bohemian for being just about the only media outlet to cover this issue in detail. I am a Cal Water customer in Lancaster (Antelope Valley). Cal Water has a small pocket of 700 homes in our area. If I lived a quarter mile in any direction, I would have public water at 1/3rd the cost. We pay $150 for the same amount of water that others pay $50 for in our area. We already pay on average 2.4% of our median income for water, yet Cal Water is proposing a 60% rate increase. We also are outraged that we pay for water that we do not use. One fourth of our bills are WRAM charges. Despite having conserved 25% over the last 4 years, we cannot reduce our water bills because we continue to pay for water we did not use. Cal Water is assured of getting its money whether it pumps water or not. Kirsten of AV Residents for Reasonable Water Rates
I'm so impressed that you worked the jumpy house into the article. Beautiful. After all, it is jumpy house season.
Anyone know what CalAm wanted the rates to be before they divested themselves of the system? I found the rates for San Lorenzo Valley. They a Pasted below. I don't know what the left side service charges mean:
The rates are as follows: Please use the link below for additional rate information Rates Effective June 1, 2011
Meter Size Basic Charge
5/8", 3/4", 1"F, 1K, 1.5"G, 2"H & Surplus Water $ 49.73
5/8"A, 3/4"A, 1", 1.5"F, 2"G, 2L $ 82.90
5/8"B, 1"A, 1.5" $ 166.92
5/8"C, 1"B, 1.5"A, 2" $ 265.68
2"A, 3" $ 498.62
1.5" S $ 531.36
1.5"C, 4" $ 829.76
Sewer $ 298.00
The above charges do not include any water usage
A unit of water is 100 cubic feet, which is 748 gallons. Prices per unit are as follows:
Units per unit Consumption Charge
0 - 10 $ 2.71
11 - 40 $ 3.54
41 - 100 $ 4.24
101 - 200 $ 4.59
201 plus $ 5.00
Service charges look low, but the commodity charges are pretty high.
Ummm.. Thats not correct. I looked up their stock and it has not dropped in half. Where do you get your info? Looks like to me they provide many hardworking people with middle class jobs.
I noticed the article didn't talk about the property tax exemption. Not looking at the combined affect of the Marinwood, Grady Ranch, Silvera Ranch, and Terra Linda Civic Center Station PDA (620) apartments on the Dixie School District. No one wants to plan for the influx of students, just the influx of residents. This is the part of Plan Bay Area that I don't agree with. No planning for the impact on the local resources. There are two vacant schools just sitting in Marin. Are they needed for housing or for schools?
Overloading the Marinwood Plaza
I cannot speak for everyone, but for me, it has always been about the numbers, not race. Is adding 82 housing units to the area too many housing units? A total of 146 bedrooms will be added. There is a grocery store, a gas station, there will be a restaurant and another store. Marinwood Plaza is like an island. If you need anything else, what do you do to get it? Get in your car or get on the bus. This is a solution to Global Warming?
With 146 bedrooms, there might be 200 or more people living in the Marinwood Plaza site. There are a few court yards to hang out, but how quickly will the plaza get packed with 200 people as potential users? There is a park a mile away. A short bike ride for adults and teens. Where do children play in the area? 200 people... To give you an idea, the Marinwood meeting room has a capacity of 150. There were about 200 people at that meeting.
Tell me this is about making a life better for a few people by allowing them to live in a better neighborhood with a shorter commute to their job. I would agree. Tell me this is about fixing Global Warming, I will laugh. Marinwood is a very car oriented area. 197,000 vehicles pass the Civic Center each day. And their solution is add a few hundred units to fix Global Warming?
Reducing the number of housing units and figuring out the needed school resources would reduce resistance to this housing site.
Oh, all of you "Just build the housing" people might see the Marinwood Plaza fails the noise standard and is listed as a "Potentially Significant Cancer Risk" risk. See the document below.
Cancer risk - Page 89
Noise - Page 43 Noise factors. Page 212 Noise measurement table. Marinwood Plaza fails, but does not state by how much.
The Disorganized and unruly meeting.
The meeting was held by Susan Adams as an opportunity for Marinwood residents to talk to the District 1 representative. The meeting turned into a long presentation by Susan Adams. 200 to 250 people showed up. The room capacity is 150. There was a much bigger crowd than anticipated. There was no order for picking questions. "Raise your hand" was the method. That does not work well with a huge crowd.
The recall only happens if enough people, almost 7000, sign the recall petition. This is not about a handful of people causing a recall, there is a set minimum. If you don't like it, change the recall laws.
If a neighbor adds a bedroom to their house, they must post a large sign in front of their house. Apparently adding 146 bedrooms does not require a similar sign.
Zoning and PDA
The Marinwood Plaza has "Planned Commercial" or "CP" zoning. The intended use for "CP" zoning can be a variety of things: businesses, housing, almost anything short of a car lot or industrial use. The "Marin County Housing Element" sets Marin County's intended best use for the land. In 2003, the Marin County Housing element had no housing on the property. In 2007, that was changed to be up to "100 housing units". The PDA status had nothing to do with the ability to add 82 housing units. However, Susan Adams offered to remove the PDA status, which in effect would do nothing for Marinwood Plaza. Does Adams not know the zoning laws? Or just giving people what they want, even if it does nothing.
Okay we are really out of control here but seeing as how everyone thinks this is all about race on one side lets run with it for a minute. I am a WASP(for those of you who don't remember terms that mean White Anglo Saxon Protestant) or at least close enough! Even though I am part German and basically a Mutt. I grew up in Marin County, married and raising my children here. The only way I made it into a house was from buying it from a parent. Affordable housing is a dream. When my parents bought their house in Terra Linda it was 20K a lot of money back then in 1957. It was not affordable then any more than it is now. Most of the families in 1957 worked in San Francisco or Oakland and the building created jobs then in Marin. We forget that.
I had many friends that were of different races in my schools. Yes, not as many as in the big cities but they were here and we all played dated together.
My sons when they went to elementary school in the 1990's had many different faces. They were friends not races.
I would also like to mention that no one spoke about low income housing in Santa Venetia. I guess we don't count! However, we have some here. We have buildings at La Brea. Are they counted?
Also I would like to point out that I would be placed in the "low income" bracket too. Got to love phrases and terms! My parents would be and so would my husband's parents that owned his house. Marin really is not a "Rich" community. I would also like to point out that the Republican party (Bush comment) was really BS. There are more Democratic, Independent and Green Parties in Marin than Republicans. There is nothing wrong for any party or person to state that changes to the community need to be done in the open. WE forget that we have a telephone. Oh wait, we only use them for calling to get out and vote not for meetings that may change your world or somewhere close by.
Also have you thought of the Marinwood Market and what would happen to them, Or any other business in that location.
Susan Adams has never been my favorite person. She has been in the business of Politics now for quite some time. I think she knows how to run a meeting as mentioned above and allowed this to get out of control. I know many families that live in Marinwood, I have not known them to be racists. I do believe that they have a right to fight this and if it goes through should be houses or condos but not a huge development of apartments. No one community can handle all the burden of "affordable housing".
I would also like to ask about all the apartments above businesses in San Rafael. Are some of those considered affordable housing? Are those counted? Also do you count the houses that have been built in subdivisions?
I have no worries about who fill those apartments. I do not care in my area what race they are. My street is a beautiful view of people from India, some from China, Mexicans, and I have some that were from China a long time ago but were born here in Marin. They are my friends and some I call family. My parents live across from people from Russia. The point is we do not care what race they my be but that they are neighbors
All I want to say is that everyone has the right to speak, to be in the process. I do not take the paper, nor do I read the what is going on in the planning stages unless I get a postcard. Even when work is going on your street you get a heads up! on a letter or postcard. How hard would that have been?
Cramming all development into high-rise housing next to noisy, polluting freeways is not a healthy option, Affordable housing or not. And not only is it a step backwards in progress but it is no solution to Green House Gas emission nor an equitable solution to affordable housing that could otherwise be accommodated by a smarter option:- infil housing all over the Bay not just in congested PDA's.
When every home will have Solar Panels and a Wind Turbine on its roof. Charging the electric car every night.
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