Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday, May 13, 2016
Although I want to put the Justin Kai issue to bed, I have been maliciously libeled and slandered too many times. His "temporary civil harassment restraining order" only contained his over the top allegations and character assassination. As a recipient of the order, I did not have the opportunity to file a written statement to the court answering Justin's outrageous claims. Although I was allowed to speak in my defense at the court hearing, none of it enters the written record.
The judge threw out the restraining order request after listening to Justins testimony and seeing the video that Justin provided.
I tried to let the matter rest but apparently Justin contacted the Marin IJ and they wrote a story entirely from his perspective adding more injury. I also believe he attacked me in the comments section after the story too under pseudonym, "bank dadio". Furthermore, I told the writer, Richard Halstead that the matter was settled and I was not interested in inflaming the situation. What did the Marin IJ do? It published it on page one, top of fold for maximum impact. Meanwhile, the Tiburon rape indictment, a genuine headline news story, was pushed to page three.After the publication on page one on the Marin IJ, I had clients cancel business, my children were in tears, my wife was upset and now in addition to a court record, I now have a Google searchable document. The Internet lives forever and he has deeply impacted my life. I was never charged with a crime and the allegations were groundless.
Justin Kai has revealed his true character.
Robert Eves of Venture Corporation presents 3 plans for senior apartments for Marinwood. It is located on the large piece of land facing the Bay above the truck weigh station on 101. The developer will build a bridge over miller creek and site the property on the hill facing east. All we will see of the development is a quaint bridge over miller creek. I think it will be a great addition to our community.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Mr. Devincenzi ,
I just noticed that the my story about "two men get in an argument and restraining order was thrown out of court" got "page one top of fold treatment" and "Tiburon man accused of rape" was relegated to page three. Is this the "journalism" that you practice at the Marin IJ?
on page one
5/12/2016 : The Marin IJ removed Justin Kai's doctored video but still is publishing the false account by the man who admitted in court to have struck me. The Marin IJ quoted from his one sided account plus the April 12th CSD report that Kai also authored but fails to identify him as the source. This is beyond "bad reporting". It is an attempt to smear my character.
government-and-politics/ 20160511/judge-denies-request- for-restraining-order-by- marinwood-csd-director
and actual news on page three
general-news/20160511/tiburon- man-20-indicted-on-charges-of- dorm-rape-in-boston
You cannot "un-ring" a bell. After your article on me authored by Richard Halstead of the Marin IJ, clients called me today to cancel business, my children are in tears, my wife is a wreck, neighbors eyeball me suspiciously, Google has me on their newsfeed with your libelous story. The only "facts" in the story is the un corroborated account of the man who admitted under oath to assaulting me!
Is this how the Marin IJ hopes to become a profitable, respected news agency?
Publishing is a tough business these days. Your credibility is the only thing distinguishing you from millions of bloggers. With this story about me in today's Marin IJ, it is simply another troll on the Internet.
I am proudly and defiantly upholding the freedom of speech in a government meeting while the Marin IJ is spinning gossip.
The issue about censorship that started the conflict
my "arrest" video for an outburst against the draconian speech policy that the Marin IJ ignores.
Adding insult to injury, the Marin IJ has published a doctored video of the event from Justin Kai to the story. The part witnessed under oath at the court hearing, Justin Kai is heard to taunt me, " Come on Stephen, do you want to hit me?" has been edited out to make it appear that I assaulted Kai. Mr. Devincenzi, you heard this in court. Have the integrity to remove this trash immediately.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Judge denies request for restraining order by Marinwood CSD director
Justin Kai is president of the Marinwood Community Services District board. Alan Dep — Marin Independent Journal
By Richard Halstead, Marin Independent Journal
POSTED: 05/11/16, 7:08 PM PDT | UPDATED: 7 SECS AGO3 COMMENTS
When Justin Kai was elected to the board of the Marinwood Community Services District in 2013, Marinwood resident Stephen Nestel celebrated his victory with a letter to the Marin Independent Journal.
“The recent upset victory in Marinwood by political newcomers — Justin Kai, Deana Dearborn and Bill Shea — prove the value of hard work in retail politics,” Nestel wrote.
But last week Nestel was before Marin Superior Court Judge Stephen Freccero, arguing why the judge shouldn’t grant Kai’s request for a restraining order to keep Nestel away from him and his family. Freccero ultimately denied Kai’s request.
See the whole wretched story HERE
Here is where the argument started:
Here is where the argument started:
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
By Paul Sperry
May 8, 2016 | 7:30am
Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.
The scheme involves super-sizing vouchers to help urban poor afford higher rents in pricey areas, such as Westchester County, while assigning them government real estate agents called “mobility counselors” to secure housing in the exurbs.
Castro plans to launch the Section 8 reboot this fall, even though a similar program tested a few years ago in Dallas has been blamed for shifting violent crime to affluent neighborhoods.
It’s all part of a grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the outer suburbs.
Anticipating NIMBY resistance, Castro last month threatened to sue suburban landlords for discrimination if they refuse even Section 8 tenants with criminal records. And last year, he implemented a powerful new regulation — “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” — that pressures all suburban counties taking federal grant money to change local zoning laws to build more low-income housing (landlords of such properties are required to accept Section 8 vouchers).
Castro is expected to finalize the new regulation, known as “Small-Area Fair Market Rents” (SAFMR), this October, in the last days of the Obama presidency.
It will set voucher rent limits by ZIP code rather than metro area, the current formula, which makes payments relatively small. For example, the fair market rent for a one-bedroom in New York City is about $1,250, which wouldn’t cover rentals in leafy areas of Westchester County, such as Mamaroneck, where Castro and his social engineers seek to aggressively resettle Section 8 tenants.
[The Section 8 reboot] is all part of a grand scheme to forcibly desegregate inner cities and integrate the outer suburbs.
In expensive ZIP codes, Castro’s plan — which requires no congressional approval — would more than double the standard subsidy, while also covering utilities. At the same time, he intends to reduce subsidies for those who choose to stay in housing in poor urban areas, such as Brooklyn. So Section 8 tenants won’t just be pulled to the suburbs, they’ll be pushed there.
“We want to use our housing-choice vouchers to ensure that we don’t have a concentration of poverty and the aggregation of racial minorities in one part of town, the poor part of town,” the HUD chief said recently, adding that he’s trying to undo the “result of discriminatory policies and practices in the past, and sometimes even now.”
A draft of the new HUD rule anticipates more than 350,000 Section 8 voucher holders will initially be resettled under the SAFMR program. Under Obama, the total number of voucher households has grown to more than 2.2 million.
The document argues that larger vouchers will allow poor urban families to “move into areas that potentially have better access to jobs, transportation, services and educational opportunities.” In other words, offering them more money to move to more expensive neighborhoods will improve their situation.
But HUD’s own studies show the theory doesn’t match reality.
President Bill Clinton started a similar program in 1994 called “Moving to Opportunity Initiative,” which moved thousands of mostly African-American families from government projects to higher-quality homes in safer and less racially segregated neighborhoods in several counties across the country.
The 15-year experiment bombed.
A 2011 study sponsored by HUD found that adults using more generous Section 8 vouchers did not get better jobs or get off welfare. In fact, more went on food stamps. And their children did not do better in their new schools.
Worse, crime simply followed them to their safer neighborhoods, ruining the quality of life for existing residents.
“Males … were arrested more often than those in the control group, primarily for property crimes,” the study found.
Dubuque, Iowa, for example, received an influx of voucher holders from projects in Chicago — and it’s had a problem with crime ever since. A recent study linked Dubuque’s crime wave directly to Section 8 housing.
Of course, even when reality mugs leftists, they never scrap their social theories. They just double down.
The problem, they rationalized, was that the relocation wasn’t aggressive enough. They concluded they could get the desired results if they placed urban poor in even more affluent areas.
HUD recently tested this new theory in Dallas with disastrous results.
Starting in 2012, the agency sweetened Section 8 voucher payments, and pointed inner-city recipients to the far-flung counties surrounding Dallas. As government-subsidized rentals spread in all areas of the Metroplex (163 ZIP codes vs. 129 ZIP codes), so did crime.
Now Dallas has one of the highest murder rates in the nation, and recently had to call in state troopers to help police control it. For the first time, violent crime has shifted to the tony bedroom communities north of the city. Three suburbs that have seen the most Section 8 transfers — Frisco, Plano and McKinney — have suffered unprecedented spikes in rapes, assaults and break-ins, including home invasions.
Although HUD’s “demonstration project” may have improved the lives of some who moved, it’s ended up harming the lives of many of their new neighbors. And now Castro wants to roll it out nationwide. Soon he will give Section 8 recipients money to afford rent wherever they choose — and if they don’t want to move, he’ll make them an offer they can’t refuse.
Ironically, Hillary’s own hometown of Chappaqua is fighting Section 8 housing because of links to drugs and crime and other problems.
This is a big policy shift that will have broad implications, affecting everything from crime to property values. And it could even impact the presidential election, especially if Castro joins Hillary on the Democratic ticket.
West Novato Farmer, Dominic Grossi, candidate for Marin County Supervisor answers a question on the use of pesticides for weed management in Marin. He suggests that citizens pull weeds or they should allow pesticide use to continue.
Monday, May 9, 2016
In a surprisingly blunt statement, West Marin carpenter, Dennis Rodoni promises to loot the County for the benefit of West Marin. For forty years, West Marin politicians have been allowed to do this. In the last housing element, Steve Kinsey insisted that Marinwood/ Lucas Valley have 81% of all affordable housing while his district only received 2 affordable housing units. This is why it is important in this election to support candidates that are looking out for EVERYBODY in Marin.
The Best Candidates I have found are Al Dugan, Susan Kirsch, and Kevin Haroff. Please consider donating and volunteering for their campaign.
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Posted by: Mimi Willard - May 8, 2016 - 6:07pm
In an anti-establishment election year, voters should ask what our incumbent supervisors and career politicians are doing for US.
Campaign filings show our current supervisors are beholden to special interest money and the Establishment political cabal, which together can account for the majority of the money flowing to a reelection campaign.
Bad decisions result from these unfortunate allegiances.
Per Dick Spotswood, $20 million was spent on a single bike bridge over Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
Ross Valley residents now face the prospect of an $18 million Sir Francis Drake “improvement” project, which Supervisor Rice promotes. Drake will be dug up for 2-3 years to implement changes designed to permanently slow traffic on this already-clogged, vital arterial.
Ghilotti Construction, which did much of the work for the bike bridge and will likely bid for the Drake project, has been a major contributor to Supervisors Rice, Arnold and Kinsey. Rice received $3,000 from Ghilotti so far this year.
Other big donors to incumbent supervisors are regional unions and political action committees representing construction workers, building trades, machinists, sheet metal workers, and carpenters. The construction industry is particularly keen on Rice, contributing generously and repeatedly to her “campaign” regardless of whether an election is near. Supervisor Sears also accepts construction industry money.
Is it any surprise our Supervisors greenlighted construction of four times the high density housing units mandated by regional agencies?
In approving that unpopular, bloated housing element, our Supervisors alsoviolated the Brown Act’s requirements for proper public notice and hearing process.
Unions representing Marin’s public employees, transit workers, firefighters and deputy sheriffs also contribute heavily to incumbents. Supervisors must approve any changes to public employees’ compensation, benefits, and pensions. Mushrooming compensation costs and a huge unfunded pension liability mean the county can’t maintain services and infrastructure without add-on taxes and fees that make Marin unaffordable. Yet our supervisors unanimously rejected a Grand Jury report calling for greater transparency in employee contract negotiations.
Other parties vying for contracts awarded by supervisors also help fund campaigns. These include civil engineers and consultants; refuse companies; landscape contractors; transit, ambulance, and health care companies. Many contracts are awarded or re-upped without competitive bids.
Supervisors recently bestowed Marin Sanitary, a generous contributor to several of their campaigns, a 6% rate hike payable by unincorporated area residents.
Stetson Engineers donated multiple times to Rice. The Board of Supervisors has so far awarded Stetson $650,000 in contracts for consulting services related to Ross Valley flood control planning. Despite total consultant spending of $2.5-5 million to date, the county hasn’t moved a single shovel of dirt and is not close to having an acceptable flood control plan.
In Sleepy Hollow, Rice’s neighborhood, homeowners will soon enjoy a new private clubhouse, thanks to the supervisors approving a $25,000 “grant” from their slush fund plus a $2+ million transfer of public funds toward its construction.
Roughly two dozen of the clubhouse’s financial supporters donated heavily to Rice’s campaign coffers.
It’s rare (if ever) that a supervisor recuses him or herself from votes like those above.
Rice stridently rebuffed calls to recuse herself from the Sleepy Hollow Clubhouse vote.
Constituents wonder: “Who represents US?”
Equally troubling is how our Supervisors cater to the Establishment’s crony cabal. A lot of Rice’s funds come from current, past, and wanna-be members of Marin’s political class. Some serve at the supervisors’ pleasure. Some are undoubtedly friends. And some say a contribution (and endorsement) is what it takes to ensure the county takes care of constituents’ needs. The latter is particularly disturbing.
Bad stuff also happens when political allegiance trumps the voters’ interests.
When Larkspur considered approving massive new development at Larkspur Landing (opposed by Rice’s challenger, Kevin Haroff) that would have paralyzed traffic in her district, Supervisor Rice declined to intervene, citing a tradition of deferring to local control. (Conversely, when San Anselmo’s leaders proposed turning Memorial Park into a flood detention basin, Rice vainly endorsed her allies’ unpopular project in a letter to the editor of the Marin IJ.)
When you receive the current supervisors’ campaign mailings, question whether the long list of cross-endorsements serves YOUR interests.
Much that we hold dear about Marin is at stake. Returning Marin’s career politicians to office solves nothing. We need new leadership.
The June 7 election provides a chance to vote for positive change.