Thursday, September 19, 2019

"Fines for loud Mariachi Bands" in Marinwood

Current Marinwood CSD director Sivan Oyserman advocates fines for loud Mariachi Bands in June 2018 while serving on the Parks and Rec Commission.  John Tune complained of the loud noises from the Marinwood Community Center on weekends.  Of course, controlling noise is always a legitimate concern but issuing fines because you don't like the TYPE of music is discrimination.

 In April 2019, after a crime incident at a Latino family gathering ALL EVENT BOOKINGS were halted quietly and "solved the loud Mariachi music problem". We believe this is discrimination and against Marinwood community values.

  We must not allow an intolerant few on Marinwood CSD board destroy the opportunities for family gatherings in our Marinwood Community Center.

Izabela Perry smears public and reveals the "True Liar"

Here are two clips of the same Marinwood CSD meetin on 9/10/19 just minutes apart.  In the first segment, I ask for greater scrutiny about Marinwood finances and Izabela Perry calls me a liar because “we know everything".  A few minutes later Izabela Perry calls me a liar again and asserts that the  CSD Board "knew nothing" about attempted armed rape of a 16 year old in Marinwood Community Center in April 2019.     

Clearly, this is not a credible statement. Both statements cannot be true. The CSD either "knows everything" or "doesn't know everything" and cannot be trusted to oversee Marinwood business.  I have no doubt that Marin Sheriff contacted Eric Dreiksosen, Marinwood CSD manager shortly after the incident and all CSD board directors knew about it shortly thereafter.

Unfortunately, This attempted rape of a minor girl at a party has been covered up from the public and was only revealed on August 25, 2019 Marin IJ article noting the sentencing of Jordon Escobar Perez for the crime.  It appears the Marinwood CSD board cares more about the public perception of themselves than taking rudimentary security precautions  to protect our youth. 

Most community centers in Northern California have requirements for security at events where alcohol is served. Most also have security cameras and procedures for staff to interact with local police authorities.  If we are to believe the CSD, they have been "studying" the issue for six months after the inital crime but have taken no corrective action.

Who is the real "Liar" at the Marinwood CSD?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

New Maintenance Shed Plans show ACTUAL size and Location violates Marin County General Plan

A higher resolution file of this version can be found HERE.   As a seeing impaired person, I find it difficult to read smaller than 12pt fonts.  I have asked the county to increase the resolution of the images.  Of course, the Marinwood CSD could do this too and post it to its website.  I will not hold my breath.  They have kept these plans secret for months and do not want to engage the public.

They will not even publicly state how much they plan to spend on the project.  Ex Marinwood CSD board member and Architect Bill Hansell was originally estimated to cost us $13k.   So far we estimate he has charged us $50k and the plan is not yet approved.

This is a gross violation of the public trust and waste of public funds.  Worse yet, is it will block access to our park, violate stream setback and take away from recreational opportunities forever.  It is a vanity project perpetuated at the public expense.

The current Marinwood Maintenance Facility project is corruption in slow motion.

Marinwood CSD Pension Death Spiral

Transit planners want to make your life worse

Transit planners want to make your life worse

SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
By Joel Kotkin : dailyreeze – excerpt
In our system of government, the public sector is, well, supposed to serve the public. But increasingly the bureaucracies at the state and local level increasingly seek to tell the public how to live, even if the result is to make life worse.
This became glaringly obvious recently, when the CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Phil Washington, reeling from data showing a steady drop of transit riders, decided that the only solution was to make driving worse.
“It’s too easy to drive in this city,” said Washington. “We want to reach the riders that left and get to the new ones as well. And part of that has to do with actually making driving harder.”
Now let’s consider what that means. L.A. County is hardly a paradise now for commuters — 84 percent of whom drive to work — while the Orange County and Riverside-San Bernardino areas, where transit dependence is even less marked, are no great shakes, either. All suffer among the longest average commutes of anywhere in the nation…(more)

A Silent Legacy. The poor farm graveyard in Lucas Valley

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Marinwood CSD cancels Popular Nature Trail

Marinwood CSD manager Eric Dreikosen demands all nature signs be removed from the park 9/13/2019.

After your truly, pointed out that Marinwood CSD is engaging in discriminatory practice with the Marinwood Community Center, Eric Dreikosen demanded immediate removal of the parks nature signs which I have been instrumental in providing to the community for about ten years.

The popular nature trail sign program is a joint venture supported by community groups, Miller Creek Middle School and the Lion's Club.  Eric Dreikosen unilaterally decided I should no longer be able to donate my time and energy to this project.

The project has been heralded by the Sierra Club, Miller Creek Watershed Stewards, STRAW, the Lion's Club, the Marin IJ and Marin County Board of Supervisors as an excellent example of community efforts to improve the park. No taxpayer funds were used to support the project.  It has been duplicated at other school areas in Marin County

The subject matter on the signs was educational about Lucas Valley nature, the people who lived here and student artwork.  It was never political although Dreikosen felt it a threat to the Marinwood Maintenance facility designed by former board member Bill Hansell.

All are invited to participate in the program for future installments once the program is revived.
The Marinwood Park nature trail was created long before the current general manager was hired.

Miller Creek underwater video of Steelhead

Monday, September 16, 2019

How DeKalb County Georgia handled a Confederate Monument

Georgia makes it a crime to move or eliminate monuments to the fight for slavery

So left with no other option, put up this sign for context.

Sunday, September 15, 2019



In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst.
Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small pebbles, he dropped them into the pitcher one by one. With each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it was near enough so he could drink.

In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Marinwood CSD has stopped renting our Community Center to "Outsiders"

The Marinwood CSD has stopped taking bookings for Quincenanera's and other parties after a April 9, 2019 crime.  They kept the details secret from the public until a Marin IJ report of the sentencing of Jordan Escobar Perez on August 25, 2019 involving the armed sexual assault of a minor.   NO SECURITY PROCEDURES other than banning "outsiders" from renting the facility has been instituted.  We have asked Marinwood CSD to stop using the incident to discriminate and instead adopt reasonable security procedures for everyone , especially when alcohol is served.  The general manager, Eric Dreikosen and recreation director, Luke Fretwell claim to have been “studying solutions" for six months while the ban is "temporary".  

The Marinwood Community Center Hall is popular with the Hispanic Community in Marin County for celebrations of all types.  The ban is disproportionately affecting them.

More inquiry is needed from the Marin Human Rights commission.

Quinceanera vs Sweet Sixteen Birthday

Poste by Jody DeSimone


A Quinceanera vs Sweet Sixteen Birthday Party

For every similarity between a quinceanera and a sweet 16 birthday party, there are just as many noteworthy differences. Obviously, the biggest one is age – a quinceanera is a celebration for a girl who is turning 15, while a sweet 16 party is simply a huge birthday bash for a young lady turning 16. Each type of party is extravagant, memorable and elaborate, but both definitely have a diverse set of differences you should be aware of.

Quinceanera Characteristics

Steeped in religion and tradition, a quinceanera celebrates a young Latina girl’s journey into adulthood when she turns 15. This type of party typically begins with a religious ceremony at a Catholic church. One of the most common traditions is called the “Change of Shoes” – this includes the birthday girl swapping her flat dress shoes for high heels, which are slipped onto her feet by her father or a parental figure. The custom signifies leaving behind a girlish childhood for entry into more mature womanhood. Another aspect of a quinceanera involves the birthday girl wearing a fancy, colorful and glamorous dress along with a shiny tiara. She will also have a “court” of individuals to help her celebrate on a special day. These friends and family members will have matching dresses and tuxedos, and will also have to memorize a few different dances for the actual celebration part of the day. There will be a DJ playing both Spanish and English songs, lots of dancing, food, and fun for everyone involved. 

Sweet 16 Celebration

Another birthday bash for a teenage girl, popularized in the United States, is the Sweet 16. Again, this is typically a spectacular celebration of a young lady turning 16, blossoming into a woman and in many cases, obtaining a driver’s license. A Sweet 16 party doesn’t have a religious component to it, or a multitude of cultural and religious traditions like a quinceanera does. There is oftentimes a theme or at least a color scheme for the party. Sometimes the birthday girl may request that guests wear that color to the celebration, but that isn’t always the case. Depending on the budget, some parties are over-the-top elaborate and include ice sculptures, live bands, a photo booth, high-end food and ‘mocktails’, a multi-tiered cake and swag bags for those in attendance. The birthday girl and her closest friends may even arrive in a limousine for the evening and some parents will book a hotel room for them to continue the party after it’s time to leave the banquet hall.

Marinwood CSD explains "actions taken" to improve security since the April 7, 2019 sexual assault.

Marinwood Wildfire Prevention Tax discussion 9/10/19