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.
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.
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