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?
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