Sunday, December 15, 2019



 A MILKMAID had been out to milk the cows and was returning from the field with the shining milk pail balanced nicely on her head. As she walked along, her pretty head was busy with plans for the days to come.

"This good, rich milk," she reused, "will give me plenty of cream to churn. The butter I make I will take to market, and with the money I get for it I will buy a lot of eggs for hatching. How nice it will be when they are all hatched and the yard is full of fine young chicks. Then when May day comes I will sell them, and with the money I'll buy a lovely new dress to wear to the fair. All the young men will look at me. They will come and try to make love to me,—but I shall very quickly send them about their business!"

As she thought of how she would settle that matter, she tossed her head scornfully, and down fell the pail of milk to the ground. And all the milk flowed out, and with it vanished butter and eggs and chicks and new dress and all the milkmaid's pride.

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.

Marinwood CSD "White Elephant" design explained in two minutes.

Architect Bill Hansell explains his "drive through" maintenance shed compound to Marinwood CSD Parks and Recreation department on April 24, 2018.  Only five members of the public were invited to attend while the rest of the public was in the dark.  The CSD violated the  Brown Act .

Bill Hansells design is obviously flawed from a workflow standpoint.  The dimensions do not support the activities he proposes.  Recently, he has downplayed the parking garage and says these are workshops. If so, this means our equipment will be out in the rain and subject to vandalism.  Wasn't security and storage an essential goal of the project?

As the Truth comes out about the Shed, Outrage grows

Marinwood residents are getting restless at the lies.

As bomber pilots, say" You can tell when you are over the target. That is when the flack is the heaviest".   I am not on NextDoor but I understand that the architect, Bill Hansell and his willing allies are smearing me with personal attacks and calling critics of his plans "liars".   Funny thing is that he never addresses any specific criticism of the White Elephant project which is directed at the impractical aspects of a long drive through garage.   It is just relentless attacks.  

While I cannot blame Bill Hansell for wanting a payday for his project,  I'd prefer that he address concerns in a civil manner that respects public process.  

Here are a few questions I'd like answers to:

1.) Why a design with so much wasted space? Over 1/2 will need to remain open for access.
2.) The project was initially promoted as a garage/workshop that will hold vehicles, tools and materials.  Once the access limitations were pointed out, the project is now just a workshop and storage.   Do they now believe the vehicles are okay to be stored outside in the weather?
a.) Our guys only do projects a few times a month.  Is there need for a dedicated workshop? Won't a part time flexible space/garage be better?
b.) Why isn't a  design with side access doors being considered for cost and size savings? Why is the architects preference for "no garage doors" more important than worker's need for easy access, light and shop organization?  
3.) Why the insistence on "no door" design with so many limitations that it must be twice as big as necessary?
4.) Where will trucks turn around?  Are you aware that a Ford F250 needs approximately 60' circle to turn 180 degrees?
5.) Has ventilation and dust collection been considered in the the enclosed design?  Where will this be housed?  Is it noisy?
6,) What is the cost/budget for the project?   Why isn't this being discussed publicly?
7.) What do other parks departments use for garage/workshop? Shouldn't we build something similar to other successful designs?
8.) What do the workers think of the design? I have heard they hate the limitations/inefficiency of moving vehicles and equipment constantly for access and inaccessible storage
9.) Why can't we have story poles to establish the mass of the building and a 3D design of the building showing how the space "works"? Why isn't side and front elevation drawings available to the public?  The architectural drawings do not show the full building. 
10.) Why is the project being rushed for approval before public discussion?  Why should we trust the process?

Sign the Petition Here


Equipment is stored randomly
Marinwood Community Services District, 775 Miller Creek Road, San Rafael, Ca 94903
Main Office: (415) 479-0775 Fax: (415) 479-7759

The following needs assessments and considerations, once reviewed, finalized and approved, will be used by the selected design professional and implemented into final design of the facility.

A. Facility Location Needs and Considerations

1 Proximity: Close and efficient access for staff, ideally within Marinwood Park property where
majority of maintenance work is performed (Parks, Pool Complex & Buildings).
2 Available Space: Area needs to be large enough to house facility (building, exterior yard, materials) and
allow for vehicle access, turn-around, loading/unloading, trailer hook-up, etc.
3 Ingress & Egress: Safe, well-marked vehicle entry & exit way, accessible from multiple directions or
without need for extensive rerouting (U-turns, etc). Minimize impact on outside vehicle
and pedestrian traffic, users of park, associated facilities and other District operations.
4 Environmental: Park parcel = environmentally sensitive area with creek/watershed, natural areas, etc.
Minimize impact as much as possible. Coordinate with various regulatory agencies.
5 Neighbors: Existing location is within immediate proximity of private residences. Minimize impact
as much as possible.
6 Infrastructure: Consider and leverage existing infrastructure (water/sewer/electric) as much as possible.

B. Facility Interior Needs and Considerations

1 Size: Footprint and height to be minimized as much as possible as determined by design
professional while addressing needs as described herein.
2 Storage Capacity:
Vehicles: Full size maintenance truck (F-250 super cab with extended bed).
Other Vehicles: Riding mower; utility vehicles (x2).
Tools & Equip: Ladders, chainsaws, table saw, chop saw, specialty tools, compressor, generator,
drill press, landscape maintenance equipment (weed whackers, blowers), hand tools.
Parts & Supplies: Plumbing, Painting, Electrical, Irrigation, various screws, nuts, bolts, etc.
Lumber: Limited supply kept on-site for quick fixes (2x4's, 2x6's, 1x6's, plywood, etc).
Chemicals: Limited quantities kept on site including gasoline. Requires specialized storage.
3 Workshop Area: Space for equipment maintenance and special projects as well as workbench(es).
4 Desks/Office: Dependent on location. Current location allows for continued use of modular office.
Alternate locations will require office area to be incorporated into design as well as
restroom(s) for staff, water/sewer, electrical power, phone line, internet connection.
5 Cabinets/Storage: Built-in and free standing. Include shelving units. Optimize space utilization as much as
possible as determined by design professional.
6 Electricity: Conveniently located power outlets throughout. 110 and 220?
7 Lighting: Ample interior lighting needed. Consider optimal use of ambient lighting in addition.
8 Water/Sink: Shop sink(s) in addition to plumbed eye wash station(s).

The real problem with the shed is the lack of organization and light.

9 Fire Sprinklers: Building code may require connected sprinklers. This may require a larger water
meter connection.
10 HVAC/Ventilation: A/C not needed. Heating is needed. Insulation needed. Proper ventilation needed.

C. Facility Exterior Needs and Considerations

1 Secure Yard: Large enough to store tractor and potentially long-term storage unit/container, dump
truck and trailer (Dump truck and trailer may be able to be stored outside of yard). Area
should also have capability to be used as workspace for projects not suited to indoors.
Consider retractable or removable structure to protect from elements, rain, etc.
Suggest 8' tall fencing for security.
2 Lighting: Security and functionality. Consider motion detectors as well as potential impact to
nearby residences depending on facility location.
3 Material Bins: Storage of commonly used materials such as gravel, wood chips, sand, etc.
Potential to contain within Yard otherwise will need to be placed in immediate vicinity.
4 Electricity: Outlets placed outside to eliminate need of large extension cords running from inside.
Incredibly, after building a 4400 square foot compound surrounded by 8 foot walls, they suggest storing material bins , dump truck and trailer OUTSIDE the facility?   Come on!  Has anybody really thought this through? The existing footprint will DOUBLE and yet we still have on a 3 person staff managing about six acres within the 14 acre park.

D. Construction and Design Needs and Considerations

1 Building Material: Metal, Wood or Concrete Block. Initial -vs- long term cost, upkeep, aesthetics are
consideration factors.
2 Building Type: Premanufactured versus design and build-to-suit? TBD based on form, function, cost.
3 Aesthetics: Blend with surrounding environment and not seem out of place.
4 Access:
Vehicle Bay: Multiple garage doors (3x), possibly an over-sized garage door. Roll-up preferred to
maximize space. Reduce noise impact as much as possible.
Workshop: Standard door to outside for pedestrian access.
Yard: Sliding gate in addition to doorway or garage door to yard area direct from building.
5 Security: Limit visibility into building and yard area. Suggest 8' fencing for yard. Locked gate at
foot of driveway entrance (existing location already has gate in place).

Editor's Note:  Here are examples of professional grade shop organization.  There is no need for a massive shop.  Shop organization is essential for efficient workflow.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

An attempted armed rape of a juvenile in Marinwood Park and STILL NO SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Once again, tonight the Marinwood CSD board shows its callousness and incompetence by failing to improve security in Marinwood Park during events and at the recreation center.  All discussion is off the table and quashed by Isabela Perry, CSD Board Member and the rest of the Board during tonight's meeting of the CSD board on December 10, 2019, a full EIGHT MONTHS after a juvenile escaped a perpetrator wielding a stolen handgun..  All board members have children, yet they fail to take even elementary steps to make the Marinwood Center safer.

How utterly, self serving and selfish of the board to ignore the safety of the community.  Jeff Naylor, Isabella Perry, Leah Green, Sivan Oyserman, and Bill Shea are cowards.

The safety lock on bathroom at the pool house does not work and is open 24hours a day.  It was on a timed lock but it has not been working for years.  Here is a photo I took at 9:30 PM after the park had closed at 5 pm

We asked for this small fix to be done but Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD manager did nothing except hide the issue.   

We asked for an inexpensive video surveillance system to be installed to assist police in case of future incidents but the CSD will not even consider it.
Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD manager hid the April 2019 incident from the public until September 2019 and has done NOTHING to improve security since that time.  

Photo of the Marinwood Pool House Bathroom door that has been broken for years despite safety concerns of the public. It is open 24 hours a day and is in a remote location making it an attractant for crime.  Marinwood CSD has the money to fix it but will not.  In April 2019, a juvenile was victim of an attempted rape while attending a party at the facility.  The perpetrator pointed a stolen handgun at her and demanded sex.  Fortunately, the girl escaped unharmed but the trauma of the incident will live with her for a long time.

Shouldn't the district improve safety around the Marinwood Community Center.

Sunday, December 8, 2019



[41] THE BIRDS and the Beasts declared war against each other. No compromise was possible, and so they went at it tooth and claw. I t is said the quarrel grew out of the persecution the race of Geese suffered at the teeth of the Fox family. The Beasts, too, had cause for fight. The Eagle was constantly pouncing on the Hare, and the Owl dined daily on Mice.

It was a terrible battle. Many a Hare and many a Mouse died. Chickens and Geese fell by the score—and the victor always stopped for a feast.

Now the Bat family had not openly joined either side. They were a very politic race. So when they saw the Birds getting the better of it, they were Birds for all there was in it. But when the tide of battle turned, they immediately sided with the Beasts.

When the battle was over, the conduct of the Bats was discussed at the peace conference. Such deceit was unpardonable, and Birds and Beasts made common cause to drive out the Bats. And since then the Bat family hides in dark towers and deserted ruins, flying out only in the night.

The deceitful have no friends.

Marinwood Parks and Rec Commission 11/26/2019