Saturday, February 6, 2016
Most of us see sustainable development as helpful. In fact, sustainable development planning is costing people their property values and the grant money planners provide usually comes with strings that further limit property owners' rights while recasting the social makeup of your community.
Friday, February 5, 2016
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.
Assembly Member Marc Levine, (D) San Rafael addresses the Marin Coalition Lunch on the topic of the Richmond Bridge, the MTC and the politically opportunist Supervisor Steve Kinsey.
We applaud Marc Levine for sponsoring a bill to change the designation of Marin County to "suburban" at 30 units per acre and opening the third lane on the Richmond Bridge. He also sponsored legislation to disband the MTC to a more responsive, elected agency.
Mr. Levine is showing strong leadership for the North Bay and has our support.
Full meeting 1 hour
Thursday, February 4, 2016
We expose how the EPA knew a toxic Superfund site was contaminating residents' drinking water for 23 years but never told anyone about it. Since our reports, a criminal investigation has been launched, a civil case has gone before the US Supreme Court and new regulations have been enacted. Unfortunately, residents say the site is making them terminally ill and they're still waiting for a cleanup. Investigative Reporter Mike Mason explains.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
As seen in the Marinpost.org and Planningforreality.org
Posted by: Richard Hall - January 31, 2016 - 2:41pm
Recently, I found myself locking horns with a SMART train believer. They had fully bought into Measure Q, which passed by a narrow margin based, amongst other wording, on the premise:
"To... fight global warming...all funds supporting these environmentally responsible transportation"
My adversary, perturbed by my failure to buy into this green train, and pointing to conclusive analysis that showed that the train will certainly increase CO2 emissions asked:
“I'm also wondering if you looked at the emissions issue pertaining to other greenhouse gasses like NOx. I just want to make sure you are not being selective about the facts you are sharing.”
This seemed like a fair question. So I started to dig. Many readers may already be aware Nitrogen Oxides only represent 5% of man made greenhouse gas emissions, while CO2 dwarfs this at 82% of anthropological greenhouse gas emissions. But Nitrogen oxides are far more harmful…
Googling "Nitrogen Oxides, living near effect on health" turns up a litany of studies and articles documenting the high impact these gases have on the respiratory system – particularly on children.
How Much NOx Do Cars In Marin Emit?
Looking at EMFAC / CARB for gasoline cars (LDAs) in Marin in 2017, aggregate speed and season, emissions of NOx are 0.088g NOx per vehicle mile. A caveat – to increase accuracy one one might aggregate cars and light trucks to weight the distribution of gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric vehicles - a mix which is steadily improving for cars and that will be unique to Marin.
How Much NOx Will the SMART Train Emit?
According to SMART, for a roundtrip between Larkspur and Cloverdale - 140 miles - emissions of NOx and NMHC would be 1,175g, which translates to 8.4g per mile. The actual number would be higher when this is translated to revenue miles to take into account deadhead miles .
Source: Page 17, table 3: SMART Vehicle Study
Source: Page 17, table 3: SMART Vehicle Study
Compare this with car NOx emissions of 0.088g per mile (Source California Air Resources Board EMFAC data for average car on the road in Marin in 2017). That makes SMART 95 times higher NOx emissions than gasoline cars, and this gap is only widening as cars are becoming cleaner much faster than trains.
Applying the APTA mode shift factor of 42% of train riders will be former car occupants, this means SMART would need 227 average daily riders (per train) to breakeven and reduce NOx emissions. Even the New Jersey Hudson Line running alongside Manhattan in a dense urban area has an average ridership of only 33 riders. Portland’s light rail is under 25. To presume that SMART - a train serving rural and suburban Marin - would come close, let alone exceed a ridership of 227 is to be spinning a fairy tale.
It's worth mentioning some caveats in these calculations:
- deadhead miles (positioning, maintenance) are not considered would make the SMART emissions worse;
- SMART emissions include NMHC (non methane hydrocarbons) while the car figures do not (EMFAC does not appear to show NMHC figures or combined NOx/NMHC figures).
So once again the evidence shows that not only will SMART certainly raise CO2 emissions significantly, it will very likely do the same for the highly toxic and greenhouse gas of Nitrogen Oxide.
What if Measure Q Had Been Accurate?
If Measure Q had accurately reflected that the train is certain to increase CO2 and NOx emissions would it have passed? The old saying goes “all that glitters is not gold”. Perhaps it should be updated in a world rightly obsessed with fighting climate change to “all that glitters is not green”.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016
I wonder if the Nextdoor moderator in Flint Michigan removes posts on lead in the water? That is what is happening in Marinwood on the topic of Toxic waste that is threatening Casa Marinwood and Silveira Ranch.
I posted two educational videos on the watershed and the Toxic waste in Marinwood. Bruce Anderson, former Marinwood politician and "consultant" for developers removed them. I did not post my website www.savemarinwood.org but merely posted youtube links.
The information is scientifically accurate and informative.
Here are the two links. Please post them on your nextdoor neighborhood and be certain it reaches the Marinwood neighborhood. The only way we combat censorship is to persist with the truth.
https://youtu.be/nyro8Gt8zq4 Anatomy of a Dry Cleaner Spill (1 minute 30 sec )
https://youtu.be/guqinVOHTqc How an Aquifer works ( 6 minute 30)
|Former Marinwood CSD Politician Bruce Anderson and part time "consultant" to developers|
now is a full time CENSOR on Marinwood/Lucas Valley NextDoor. He is intentionally telling people that the toxic waste at Marinwood Plaza is a "few pounds" and "probably safe" in direct contradiction to the truthful record published
on Geotracker. His does not want people to know the truth.
Tell Bruce Anderson, Liz McCarthy and Geoff Mack that you believe in open, respectful dialogue.
Censorship is not "neighborly"
Important Public Hearing!
Wed, Feb 10th at 7:30 PM
Mary Silveira School
375 Blackstone Dr.
This is your opportunity to meet with state regulators from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), Geologica (consultant for Marinwood Plaza), Damon Connolly and community leaders.
We need this site excavated for the health of our community and to allow redevelopment of the plaza.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
|Be careful with whom you place your trust.|
The only thing that separated him from dry land was a swampy, muddy, swiftly flowing river. But the river was home to all sorts of slippery, slittering snakes that loved nothing better than a good, plump frog for dinner, so Frog didn't dare try to swim across.
So for many days, the frog stayed put, hopping along the bank, trying to think of a way to get across. The snakes hissed and jeered at him, daring him to come closer, but he refused. Occasionally they would slither closer, jaws open to attack, but the frog always leaped out of the way. But no matter how far upstream he searched or how far downstream, the frog wasn't able to find a way across the water. He had felt certain that there would be a bridge, or a place where the banks came together, yet all he found was more reeds and water.
After a while, even the snakes stopped teasing him and went off in search of easier prey. The frog sighed in frustration and sat to sulk in the rushes. Suddenly, he spotted two big eyes staring at him from the water. The giant log-shaped animal opened its mouth and asked him, "What are you doing, Frog? Surely there are enough flies right there for a meal." The frog croaked in surprise and leaped away from the crocodile. That creature could swallow him whole in a moment without thinking about it!
Once he was a satisfied that he was a safe distance away, he answered. "I'm tired of living in swampy waters, and I want to travel to the other side of the river. But if I swim across, the snakes will eat me."
The crocodile harrumphed in agreement and sat, thinking, for a while. "Well, if you're afraid of the snakes, I could give you a ride across," he suggested. "Oh no, I don't think so,"
Frog answered quickly. "You'd eat me on the way over, or go underwater so the snakes could get me!"
"Now why would I let the snakes get you? I think they're a terrible nuisance with all their hissing and slithering! The river would be much better off without them altogether! Anyway, if you're so worried that I might eat you, you can ride on my tail."
The frog considered his offer. He did want to get to dry ground very badly, and there didn't seem to be any other way across the river. He looked at the crocodile from his short, squat buggy eyes and wondered about the crocodile's motives. But if he rode on the tail, the croc couldn't eat him anyway. And he was right about the snakes--no self-respecting crocodile would give a meal to the snakes.
"Okay, it sounds like a good plan to me. Turn around so I can hop on your tail."
The crocodile flopped his tail into the marshy mud and let the frog climb on, then he waddled out to the river. But he couldn't stick his tail into the water as a rudder because the frog was on it -- and if he put his tail in the water, the snakes would eat the frog.
They clumsily floated downstream for a ways, until the crocodile said, "Hop onto my back so I can steer straight with my tail." The frog moved, and the journey smoothed out. From where he was sitting, the frog couldn't see much except the back of Crocodile's head. "Why don't you hop up on my head so you can see everything around us?" Crocodile invited.
"But I don't want to see anything else," the frog answered, suddenly feeling nervous. "Oh, come now. It's a beautiful view! Surely you don't think that I'm going to eat you after we're halfway across. My home is in the marsh-- what would be the point of swimming across the river full of snakes if I didn't leave you on the other bank?"
Frog was curious about what the river looked like, so he climbed on top of Crocodile's head. The river looked almost pretty from this view. He watched dragonflies darting over the water and smiled in anticipation as he saw firm ground beyond the cattails. When the crocodile got close enough, the frog would leap off his head towards freedom. He wouldn't give the croc a chance to eat him.
"My nose tickles," the crocodile complained suddenly, breaking into the frog's train of thought. "I think there might be a fly buzzing around it somewhere, or a piece of cattail fluff swept into it while I was taking you across the river."
"I don't see a fly," the frog said, peering at the crocodile's green snout. It seemed odd that anything could tickle a crocodile through it's thick skin. "Would you go check my nose for a piece of cattail fluff, then?" the crocodile begged, twitching his nose. "I'm afraid I'll sneeze and send you flying. I don't want to feed you to the snakes." A tear seeped out of his eye, as if he was holding back a mighty sneeze.
The bank isn't too far, the frog thought. And it's the least he could do to repay him for bringing him over. So he hopped onto the crocodile's snout and checked the nostrils. Just a little closer, and he could jump... "I don't see--" he began. Just then, with a terrific CHOMP! the frog disappeared. The crocodile licked his lips in satisfaction and gave a tiny half-sneeze. "Good, I feel much better already," he smiled, and turned around to go back home.
Marinwood Plaza , Toxic Waste site contamination contains PCE and TCE and is expected to look similar to this 3 D animation of a site along the Ohio River.
Note that PCE and TCE goes BELOW the groundwater level and can spread far. If you substitute "San Francisco Bay" for Ohio River, you have a pretty good model for the Prosperity Cleaners Site. Obviously the data and the plume spread will be different.
"Every day that goes by without cleanup, the situation gets worse"
"They have to get that source removed by excavation or it will continue to fall through the soil column and spread throughout the groundwater."
"There is $11 million dollars in taxpayer money wasted on investigating the problem and still no cleanup of the site"
Here is a brief video explaining the dry cleaning contamination as is found at Marinwood Plaza.
Prosperity cleaners occupied Marinwood Plaza for approximately fifteen years and high levels of PCE contamination was found in December 2012 at 2000 times above the legal limit. PCE is associated with major health risks and was banned in California in 2007. This report was produced by Stanford University students in 2008 of another drycleaner with issues similar to Prosperity Cleaners.
The PCE toxic waste was extends from Marinwood Plaza, under the 101 freeway and is threatening the water supply of the Silveira Dairy Ranch.
A clean up order has been issued to current Marinwood Plaza owners, Marinwood Plaza LLC (aka Hoytt Enterprises) to remove the PCE by August 1, 2016. On January 12, 2014, Hoytt Enterprises appealed the order to allow more time for clean up to a distant date in the future so that Bridge Housing could get permitting and financing together to build Marinwood Village, a 81 unit apartment complex.
Despite the threat to the Silveira Ranch, the dairy herd and the health of potentially thousands of people, Supervisor Susan Adams and Assemblyman Marc Levine, lobbied the RWQCB to remove the order and delay the clean up for the benefit of Bridge Housing, Wells Fargo Bank and Marinwood Plaza,LLC.
|Dry Cleaning Toxic Waste Health risks|
Silveira Ranch and Marinwood residents, the RWQCB voted unanimously to keep the order in place for the health of the community and our water supply. Half of the directors even supported an accelerated cleanup by July 1, 2015 due to the severity of the risk.
See the full Marinwood Plaza Hearing: HERE