Saturday, February 13, 2016

Marinwood Plaza Toxic Waste hearing 2/10/2016

Public Hearing on  Marinwood Plaza Toxic Waste Cleanup

Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Geologica and the Clean up Marinwood Plaza Now Oversight Committee.

Held at Mary Silveira Gym, Marinwood, CA 2/10/2016

Editor's Note: this is the unedited version for historical record.  It may be hard to watch in some sections because I had to leave my camera position during the citizens presentations.  I will edit  sections to make it more accessible in the coming days.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Marinwood CSD 2/9/2016 meeting Part Two

Second half of the February 9, 2016 Marinwood CSD meeting discussing general business, new CSD Directors policy manual,  general business, board and commission updates,  SolEd Solar update

Marinwood CSD meeting part one. Leash law 2/9/2016

Part one of the February 9, 2016 Marinwood CSD meeting discussing the ban of the last remaining "leash optional" section in Marinwood.

Justin Kai, Leah Kleinman-Green, Izabela Perry voted to ban off leash walking.  Bill Shea and Jeff Naylor opposed.  The crowd  was overwhelmingly in support of keeping the sixty year policy.

Puppies for Jeff Naylor!

Pandering to fears is wrong. Jeff Naylor, Marinwood CSD Director and long time residents knows that dogs have been allowed to be walked "leash optional" for all the years he has lived here. Jeff, like so many residents has compassion to those who have been hurt or even intimidated by dogs but understands that our community can easily accommodate all residents . Puppies for Jeff Naylor!

Bill Shea, Marinwood CSD Director Gets it.

Bill Shea, Marinwood CSD director supports the sixty year tradition of allowing the last "leash optional" portion of the park remain. Over 99% of the community is leash mandatory for people who don't want to be around off leash dogs.  Over 36,000 dog walks happen in this area with virtually ZERO incidents.  Isolated incidents and hyped fears should not be the basis for policy.

 Bill Shea gets it!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rely on Kai to ignore Dog Owners.

Justin Kai, Marinwood CSD director ignores a roomful of citizens who support keeping the area in Marinwood which has been "leash optional" for dogs for sixty years. He cites fears for safety and legal liability, yet cannot find any supporting statistics to support his claim. The area has an estimated 36,000 dog walks a year but almost ZERO incidents. This is how freedom dies.

It's a people problem, Izabela

Izabela Perry, Marinwood CSD director informs the packed audience of dog owners why she must vote for a ban on the last "leash optional" in Marinwood Park. It is being done for "safety" despite the fact that 36,000 dog walks happen each year with almost ZERO incidents. Fear is not a good basis for making laws. 
We do not need to be "saved" from our own park.  We want our park back.

Leah Kleinman-Green is "Terrified"!

Leah Kleinman-Green , Marinwood CSD director expresses her support for the elimination of a "leash optional" area of the park due to her "terror".  Listen as she lists her fears of off leash dogs,  the danger to the park, the danger to children, danger from strangers and lawyers with lawsuits.  This park has been "leash optional" for sixty years with almost ZERO incidents.  The room was packed with responsible dog owners who want to maintain their freedom.  Justin Kai and Izabela Perry also voted for the ban.

Marinwood approves leash requirement for popular multiuse trail

A sign in San Rafael showing Marinwood Park rules includes a requirement that dogs stay on a leash.Alan Dep — Marin Independent Journal

Marinwood community leaders tightened the district’s leash law this week, saying liability concerns inspired the new requirement on multiuse trails.
Marinwood Community Services District directors voted 3-2 Tuesday to extend the leash requirement to multiuse pathways such as the popular Panhandle Trail south of Quietwood Drive, along Miller Creek. Board members Jeff Naylor and William Shea were opposed.
The ordinance can now be enforced by the Marin Humane Society on the Panhandle, the only multiuse trail in the district. Off leash violators are subject to citation and a $76 fine.
Board member Izabela Perry said she understood the ordinance may come as a shock for those who have walked their dogs unleashed for years on the trail, but safety was key in her decision to approve the restriction.
“My decision was influenced mostly by the concern for the safety of our residents and children in the community,” Perry said. “There were reports of adults and dogs being intimidated and attacked. Some of these incidences resulted in the necessity for medical treatment. That’s concerning.”
Perry, along with board member Leah Kleinman-Green and board president Justin Kai said they wanted to insulate the district from lawsuits.
“My decision was based on airing on the side of caution and working toward limiting the district’s liability if instances of any tragic incidents of attack were ever to occur in an area made known to us as having issues,” Kai said.    See the full story HERE

ABAG director attacks the California Constitution for being "Anti-Government"

Ezra Rapport, Executive Director of the Association of Bay Area Governments speaks to Regional Planning Directors at a special conference held on November 13, 2015.  Mr. Rapport urges allegiance to the goals of ABAG and dismisses local politics as a roadblock to their plans to raise taxes.

He even calls the California constitution as "anti-government".  Does he even know the purpose of a constitution is to define the limits of government?

Mr. Rapport and his cohorts at MTC believe their mission is to govern us through a technocratic central authority of appointees that is largely insulated from the capricious public.   It is the exact philosophy of fascists and socialists.

Regionalism is merely about the consolidation of power and resources in the hands of a few and flies in the face of our U.S. Constitution and Republic.   The Constitution recognizes State and Federal power.  No where is "Regional Authority" a legitimate form of government except as a tool for local governments to coordinate functions.   We live in a dangerous age for democracy.   According to Transparent California Ezra Rapport earned $298,388.80 in 2014.

See the full meeting at

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Important Meeting TONIGHT, Wed, Feb 10th at 7:30 PM at Mary Silveira

Important Community Event!
Public Hearing on
Marinwood   Toxic Waste Cleanup

"Get the facts" with: Damon Connolly, Marin County Supervisor, Regional Water Quality Control Board, Geologica and the Clean up Marinwood Plaza Now Oversight Committee.

Learn:  What is PCE, TCE and its dangers ?
What are risks to our community if it goes untreated?
How this will affect my property values and our future?

You'll see the latest test reports, current maps of the toxic plume and other exhibits.  Experts available to answer your questions.

Don't Miss it!  One Night Only!

Wed. Feb 10th at 7:30 PM.
Mary Silveira School
375 Blackstone Dr.
Marinwood, CA 94903

Groundwater Soil Conditions similar to Marinwood and Silveira Ranch

This groundwater model shows soil conditions very near the the Toxic Plume.
Note the speed, toxic waste spreads in the layer of the confined aquifer.  This is analogous to the Franciscan Plate of the Miller Creek Streambed where the PCE toxic waste has spread.

From the Geologica Remedial Action Plan page 9-10:


Sections below describe topography and surface water near the Site, soil lithology, groundwater occurrence, and flow conditions.


The subject property is located in the Gallinas Valley at an elevation of approximately 40 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL). Surface topography slopes gently to the east. The Site is located approximately 500 feet north of Miller Creek, which flows in a generally easterly direction towards San Francisco Bay. San Francisco Bay is located approximately 2 miles east of the Site.


The site and vicinity are underlain by Quaternary Alluvium consisting of unconsolidated deposits of silt, clay, sand and gravel. Franciscan bedrock comprised of sandstone and shale reportedly outcrops in highland areas north, west, and south of the site. Borings have been advanced to maximum depths of 52 feet (ft) below ground surface (bgs) on the property and 78 feet bgs on the Silveira Ranch property to the east across Highway 101. The Site and vicinity are underlain by up to 50 to 60 feet of silt, sand, and gravel deposited by a meandering ancestral Miller Creek over fractured bedrock of the Franciscan Complex. Borings advanced at and near the Site indicate that these stream deposits are variable in texture both laterally and vertically and generally become coarser with depth. Key lithologic boring locations are shown on Figure 2. Schematic subsurface cross sections are presented on Figures 3, 4, and 5. Soils encountered at the Site generally consist of a surficial sandy clay horizon overlying as many as three horizons of clayey sand separated by grading to clayey medium sand as depicted on Cross Section A-A’ (Figure 3A). The upper silt and clay horizon was encountered to depths of approximately 15 to 25 feet bgs. Varying thicknesses of more permeable sand horizons and less permeable silt and clay horizons were encountered below that depth. However, many of the permeable sand layers may have limited lateral continuity.


Groundwater is encountered under semi-confined to unconfined conditions in the uppermost permeable soil horizon beneath the Site; groundwater present in deeper permeable strata appears to be semi-confined or confined by overlying finer-grained strata. As evidence of these conditions, groundwater is typically first encountered at depths of 16 to 20 feet bgs during drilling, and rises following boring completion. Groundwater levels in monitoring wells completed at the Site fluctuate seasonally, ranging from 6 to 12 feet bgs in late winter and several feet lower in late fall (see Figure 6). Generally easterly to southeasterly horizontal groundwater gradients have been identified at the property and off-site on the Silveira Ranch to Remedial Action Plan Page 5 Former Prosperity Cleaners San Rafael, CA the east. Figure 7 presents a groundwater elevation contour map for the most recent quarterly monitoring event, which was conducted in November 2015. Based on off-site investigations, groundwater north and east of Miller Creek was encountered below the upper silt and clay horizon under partially confined conditions. South of Miller Creek on the Silveira property, groundwater was encountered in a shallow sand horizon overlying the upper silt and clay horizon as well as in deeper confined units underlying the upper silt and clay horizon (See Schematic Cross Sections B-B’ and C-C’, Figures 4 and 5). Offsite investigation completed in August/September 2015 estimated groundwater elevation ranging between approximately 18 and 31 feet MSL, which is consistently above the water level in Miller Creek, indicating that the creek gains water from the underlying groundwater-bearing zone as it crosses the Silveira Ranch property.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

EPA document on the Health Effects of Dry Cleaning Fluid PCE (as is found at Marinwood Plaza.)

Tetrachloroethylene (Perchloroethylene)


Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in December 2012
Tetrachloroethylene is widely used for dry-cleaning fabrics and metal degreasing operations. Effects resulting from acute (short term) high-level inhalation exposure of humans to tetrachloroethylene include irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, kidney dysfunction, and neurological effects such as reversible mood and behavioral changes, impairment of coordination, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, and unconsciousness.  The primary effects from chronic (long term) inhalation exposure are neurological, including impaired cognitive and motor neurobehavioral performance.  Tetrachloroethylene exposure may also cause adverse effects in the kidney, liver, immune system and hematologic system, and on development and reproduction. Studies of people exposed in the workplace have found associations with several types of cancer including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma.  EPA has classified tetrachloroethylene as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
For a complete report see the EPA Website HERE
Children are especially vulnerable to health effects of PCE.