Saturday, January 5, 2013

Yes Indeed, the County is dumping affordable housing in Marinwood Lucas Valley

According to the staff report for the 1/14/2013 Planning Commission Meeting, they ADMIT that they are concentrating affordable housing in Unincorporated Marin (71% in Marinwood-Lucas Valley). In addition, it can be anticipated that other property in the Marinwood Priority Development Area (all property East of Las Gallinas) will be rezoned for Urban infill housing.

From the staff report found at Staff report for 1/14/2013 meeting

Effects on housing element EIR:



2007 Countywide Plan EIR identified Impact 4.1-2 (Growth and Concentration of Population) as a significant unavoidable project and cumulative impact, because development consistent with the Countywide Plan would induce growth within the unincorporated area.

Previously adopted Mitigation Measure 4.1-2 would reduce this impact, but not to a less-than significant level, because growth and concentration of population would still occur in the
unincorporated are as a result of development consistent with the Countywide Plan.



While properties proposed for residential development in the 2012 Draft Housing Element could be
 developed at higher densities than were analyzed in the 2007 Countywide Plan EIR, previously
adopted mitigation measures and Countywide Plan policies and programs would continue to
apply. Therefore, this would remain a significant unavoidable impact, but would not be
substantially more severe than the impact analyzed in the 2007 Countywide Plan EIR.


Who is kidding who with these reports? This is all about NIMBYS in San Anselmo, Kentfield, Ross, Tiburon, dumping their affordable housing allocations on us.

According to state law, it is not permissible to concentrate housing in a single jurisdiction. It must be spread COUNTY WIDE.

Do not be fooled by those who say, "We must do our fair share". We have 6000 residents and are only 2% of Marin's population. Why on earth must we be forced to surrender our community to 71% of all affordable housing in unincorporated Marin?

Where are our political leaders?

Wake up and Smell the Coffee. Sign our petition. Talk with your neighbors. Come to our meetings.

You can make a difference.

Friday, January 4, 2013

TV Recommendation: "Portlandia" Season 3 Opens Tonight on IFC at 10 pm

Check out tonight's Season 3 opening of "Portlandia" on IFC at 10pm .  It is a hilarious look at hip culture in Portland.  Funny, topical satire like the best of Saturday Night Live or Seinfeld. 

In this clip above,  Tim Robbins plays as the crazed man.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Dick Spotswood: Resolutions for Marin for 2013

Editor's Note: Dick Spotswood of the Marin IJ once again provides us with insightful commentary on the local political scene. 

Dick Spotswood: One man's resolutions to improve Marin's civic culture

Posted:   12/30/2012 05:00:00 AM PST

IT'S TIME FOR MY annual list of New Year's resolutions to improve Marin's civic culture.

Determine which agencies are true pension reformers. Despite conflicting claims, progress is difficult without knowing which local governments are engaged in meaningful public employee pension reforms and which are full of hot air. Marin's Grand Jury, the one institution with countywide credibility, should compare and contrast reforms now enacted by Marin's 11 cities, county government and special purpose districts.

Marinites need to find out which have made progress, the actual savings achieved, the remaining unfunded liability of each jurisdiction's public employee pension fund and the cost of their unfunded commitment for employee lifetime health care. Those who have accomplished little need to be spotlighted before November's municipal elections.

Eliminate the Board of Supervisors' slush fund. Kudos to Supervisor Steve Kinsey for proposing change that would, if adopted, eliminate from each of Marin's five supervisors the power to annually hand out a combined $500,000 in discretionary cash grants.

The current setup is a stunt old-time East Coast politicians would admire.

Each supervisor now plays Santa Claus, showering money on admittedly worthy projects. The practice creates political IOUs while fostering fear on the part of recipients.

Few who get the cash say they receive it from taxpayers. Invariably the reaction is, "Look what we got from, say, Supervisor Susan Adams. Better be nice and not cross her if we want to get the money again next year." This practice has no place in a county that prides itself on being a model of political rectitude.

Stand up to bullying regional governments. Agencies such as MTC, ABAG, HUD, Regional Air and Water Quality, famed for their large well-paid staffs and unaccountability, need to be tamed. Social engineering is a term often associated with the hysterical political right. It sometimes accurately describes these agencies.

Masked by well sounding but ultimately ambiguous terms such as "affordable housing" and "curbing global warming," regional agencies are essentially at war with middle class suburbia. Their utterly bogus occasional suggestion of "racism" is designed to terrorize white liberal politicians into submission. County and city governments should partner with municipalities in Santa Clara, San Mateo and eastern Alameda County that face similar threats to local planning authority and are ready to revolt.

Encourage good people to run for local office. November sees elections for seats on eight Marin city councils as well as school boards and boards of cash-rich fire and sanitary districts. Marin's political secret is that first-class people will no longer endure the dirty campaigns that are now common in some local politics. Finding second-rate candidates to run is never hard.

In years past, Marin was noted for competent business and professional men and women standing for local office. It's not that these upstanding folks no longer want to serve. The impressive list of applicants for appointment to San Rafael's vacant City Council seat is testimony to the desire of some to participate while avoiding the terror of campaigning.

Marin voters can do their duty by supporting intelligent, nonideological candidates while ostracizing those who debase good government by running or acquiescing to sleazy campaigning

Remind Marc Levine to remain the centrist Democrat who voters elected. Once settled in Sacramento it's easy for new legislators to be co-opted by their party's leadership. If Levine forgets the voters who helped him upset public employee union-oriented incumbent Assembly member Michael Allen, then independents, moderate Democrats and pragmatic Republicans will abandon him in 2014.

Columnist Dick Spotswood of Mill Valley now shares his views on local politics twice weekly in the IJ. His email address is

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