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......
I don't like the fact that Efren said absolutely nothing about the event of his arrest for breaking into a womans bedroom at 3:40 a.m.
In this instance, saying nothing at all, and completely ducking the public that voted for him and the broader public that he is responsible to, speaks volumes about his lack of maturity, even if he is completely innocent and it wasn't even him, (like if they got the wrong guy).
From a policy perspective, he completely ducked his job without so much as a "I didn't do it."
The public can't argue about his need for rehab, so that's where he chose to hide. He should have said "did it" or "didn't do it" before going to rehab. After drinking in san diego, numerous political events, and then some, but not so much that he was incapacitated, according to Sgt Terry Andersen, Carrillo's need to "rush" to rehab looks like he was rushing to duck the truth.
Do the NIMBYs of Marinwood expect that lack of planning will solve the Growing Challenges? Or do people just simply deny that growth has effects that should be planned for?
I was on the Citizen Marin bus. It was to save gas and parking. We actually do believe in living green and walkable/bikeable communities. The colorful Supervisor Mackensie really must be out of touch and in denial.
His comments on Stalin amuses me. The ideas behind Bay Area Plan are "Smart Growth" that was first developed in socialist countries.
No doubt, you will be hearinig more about the plan as the heavy hand of government comes down on you. Will you join the growing chorus of opposition or will you wimper?
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!
For the record, I was 100% transparent with what happened in Facebook. I coordinated with the web masters, and even attended a meeting in Santa Rosa. I never hijacked anything or "made myself" the administrator. I actually helped them make a Facebook presence, and their webmasters had complete control from the beginning. I backed off on my Facebook group, and even renamed it two times to make sure I was keeping the name separate. We Are Change is all about Action and Resistance, and my own personal websites center around Resist Tyranny. www.resisttyranny.com
The group I helped start is not called with a "Network" in the name, and never was. There was a mistake in a single e-mail posting, which I corrected after that. The Facebook is called "Resist the Grove - Bohemian Grove Action and Resistance".
The action group is actually called "Redwood Empire - We Are Change", and I don't associate myself with the mainstream Republicans that you might see with "official" organizations. I am mostly a Libertarian, and only deal in the truth, not conspiracy theories.
I have no beef with Mary, and only wanted to get involved to gain a better understanding about the Grove. I would have hoped Mary Moore would have encourage conservative or even Republican input into the grove, because that is the focus of the membership in this so-called oligarchy of "conservatives". There is nothing conservative about what is going on inside the Grove, and we are there to expose it.
I appreciate the history of what people have done up in Monte Rio/Santa Rosa in collecting facts on the Grove, and never once considered hijacking this group, nor causing them problems. For some reason even the simplest of errors and mis-understandings turn into large disagreements, which is unusual for a volunteer effort. I am a phone call away for any BGAN member to call me about the real facts, I haven't hid my phone number or e-mail from anyone.
If there is legal action, it would be a shame. They originally talked about copyrighting the name, but I suggested a Trademark. Unfortunately for them, I am not using that name, never have, don't have anything "marked" anywhere which would cause confusion in a legal sense. They have their own website and electronic communications, I have nothing to do with that. All the Facebook, Meetup and websites I help operate have nothing to do with what they would Trademark.
In response to Joolz, and others who think that the main problem here is Efren's drinking, and that once he gets a handle on this, we are good to go...
What if the victim of the acknowledged, undisputed action (trying to sneak through a window, removing a screen, knocking on the door, resulting in TWO calls to 911 by a terrified woman in the middle of the night) had happened to your sister or daughter or me, and this was NOT our County Supervisor. WOULD you be saying the same thing (heart and compassion for the perpetrator)?
Would you be asking for the same wait and see response? Have you ever prior to this suggested that our system and public wait to respond to (in terms of his job) or judge any other alleged criminal prior to this? Are you suggesting that his action might be justified if we can "blame" the drugs he might have been taking?
I believe that we owe women more understanding in this matter than we owe Efren. Women have been subject to violence, threats, and terror by men for centuries. I believe that women have the right NOT to be subject to break-ins in the middle of the night, regardless of the level of intoxication of their perpetrator. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT, JOOLZ?
I am SO TIRED of the excuses that men make to justify their actions when it comes to inappropriate, illegal behavior, and I am nauseated by our patriarchal military system's unwillingness to address the epidemic of rape in the armed services. As for the Republican war on Women....where does this end, and WHO ARE WE as a modern society?
To me, compassion does not mean that I believe we should rationalize, or , apologize for a person's actions, WHEN HE HAS HARMED ANOTHER PERSON, or cover up the discomforting REALITY that this is not something that we pay $150,000 per year to represent us should be doing. Especially given the facts: no apologies to victim, no recognition of the terror that such actions create for women, repeated attempts to blame the alcohol, etc., I feel we have enough facts to say that he should resign; that he is not fit for public office. I say this as a citizen, a constituent, and a taxpayer who has become pretty frustrated that we, the people, continue paying his salary at this moment.
I wish Efren luck in his recovery, and future endeavors. He has some commendable qualities. But I know enough, from the UNDISPUTED FACTS of this case, to say that we, the people, ought to have the power to fire this public employee soon, and get someone in that office who does not stalk and terrify a woman in the middle of the night, REGARDLESS of whether he has a drug problem or not.
As a lifelong resident of Sonoma County and the fifth district, I find Supervisor Carrillo's behavior reprehensible and unbefitting of a Sonoma County Supervisor, or any other public official, for that matter. Putting the outcome of the criminal case aside, the damage is done. Going over to a woman's home, cutting her window screen, waking her up by disturbing the blinds, then going to the front door, knocking on the door and then running away is an indication of a very serious lack of judgment -- or perhaps something even worse. Yet, he continues to blame "his" problems on alcohol, and so do his handlers -- no, I mean, his enablers.
They are doing him no favors by continuing to offer up lame excuses which seem to only get progressively worse every time they open their mouths. Quite frankly, the idiocy of such excuses is an insult to the good citizens of this county.
Had his "friends" truly wanted to help him, they would have gotten him help long before this shameful incident rather than waiting until something like this latest fiasco occurred.
I've read the words "I," "me," "I'm," "him" and "Efren" more times than I can count.
But I'm still waiting to read or hear the words "her" and "she."
Oh, yes. And "I apologize" and "I'm sorry" to the victim would be nice, too.
There's a victim in all this, alright, and "his" name isn't Efren.
Most of us do drive slowly, and enjoy supporting the Monte Rio community.
i think the outcome of the legal case is beside the point. Even if no charges are filed he has damaged his credibility this board of supes reputation and his ability to carry out the duties of his job. Recovery from any addiction is difficult even when people enter of their own volition because they WANT to change. It is stressful and involves a lot of work and support and often relapses. How likely is it that someone who did noot choose to get help but did so because his handlers want to salvage his political career will be able to carry a huge workload as required by the job and still work on their recovery and staying sober. His handlers already did him a disservice by enabling his drinking and bad behavior the last time he was arrested. Setting him up for a quick 30 day fix and crossing your fingers he will be 'better than before'" is a disservice to him and to his constituency.
I think Efren will not be found guilty of any felony charges, maybe a misdemeanour, breaking and entering, two years probation, and 100 hours community service.
Thank you, Gabe, for an excellent article; it is beautifully written. One thing that has not yet been addressed is whether or not this behavior is typical of alcohol intoxication. I find that rather unlikely for several reasons. I hope there has been a blood test, with a toxicology report at some point. I suspect there is something else, a substance, driving this behavior. I make this comment as a concerned citizen of the Fifth District. Excellent representation on the Board is essential at this fragile time.
I remember a few years ago when you (and you and he were both suffering from big fish in a small pond syndrome--I believe you probably BOTH are still), along with all the people you mentioned, were enamored of him and now you've climbed on the rightfully critical bandwagon. Hmm. Obfuscate is a REALLY big word for you, dude.
Like the Press Democrat's recent editorial, Gabe is right to highlight the incident's alleged facts; for they are too disturbing to ignore or deflect or minimize. How our local political leaders and media respond to these disturbing facts and the issues they raise risks defining their and even our county's reputation for a long time. I sincerely wish Efren the best with any sincere efforts at recovery; and I expect our local political leaders and media to address the disturbing issues raised because a local elected official was "arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning." Efren is not the victim. He is the suspect.
Put this in your (our) Trade Unionist pipe and smoke it:
Including July, there are 27 weeks remaining in 2013.
Including July, there are 14 Tuesday Supervisor's meetings.
Do we really expect that the Supervisors can get the people's work done at HALF TIME, FULL PAY?
Leadership, smeadership. Smoke & political mirrors. The WORK gets done in open session.
I certainly don't intend to hijack this conversation about being arrested in his underwear and socks after trying to break into a woman's bedroom at 3:40 in the morning... However:
Have a gander at their calendar yourself... and ask if you think there is anything exceptional happening between our elected Supervisors:
Jake, far be it from me- a staunch Trade Unionist to begrudge anyone a vacay! However when there is a crisis at my job on such a huge scale, that demands a response and leadership to address matters of public concern, we kinda expect folks to show some leadership and initiative (not to hide behind there email response with "I am away from the office on medical leave and can't be reached until August. I will not be checking messages"....)
Lisa, re: the board of supervisors not taking any leadership role and issuing a statement?
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is on vacation! There are 5 Tuesdays in July, and ONE Supervisor's meeting. For them, it would seem, the July 4th holiday week is FOUR WEEKS LONG.
With public noticing requirements, there is NOTHING standing in the way of Chairman Rabbitt calling a crisis meeting for THIS Tuesday.
Meanwhile, we're paying each of them about $10,000 this month to NOT meet.
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