Saturday, May 27, 2017
Citizen at the Plan Bay Area 2040 public workshop asks planners why they using a plan that is projected to FAIL from the start. MTCs own data shows that Plan Bay Area 2040 will INCREASE low income and High income households. The vast majority in the middle class will DECLINE. The planners from MTC gave the predictably, evasive answers. Filmed at Mill Valley Community Center May 23, 2017
Public comments are due on Thursday, June 1st. Find out more at 2040.planbayarea.org
Citizen at the Plan Bay Area 2040 public workshop asks planners why they are using false and incomplete data to project transportation use and why Sea level rise is not taken seriously. The planners from MTC gave the predictably, evasive answers. Filmed at Mill Valley Community Center May 23, 2017
Comments are due Thursday, June 1, 2017. See more at 2040.planbayarea.org
Friday, May 26, 2017
IMPORTANT: The correct website address for information on Plan Bay Area 2040 is http://2040.planbayarea.org/. Your comments are due Thursday. June 1, 2017. Please take a few minutes now to let them know how you feel about the twenty five year plan that could urbanize Marin County.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
It looks like our savings with the SolED solar project will NEVER HAPPEN. Recent price increases with electrical costs from PGE have eliminated all potential saving with our twenty year contract.
Marinwood will now be locked into a bad deal for TWENTY YEARS. The expensive custom solar carport at the Marinwood Pool many never fully recover its cost. SaveMarinwood di
warn the CSD about the SolEd project which was first suggested by former Marinwood CSD Cyane Dandridge in 2013 (and who interestingly profited from the deal). The public recognized the abnormally large cost of the power purchase agreement (PPA) vs an outright purchase. We paid anywhere from four to seven times the cost over a straight purchase. Our initial capital investment could be fully paid off in seven years.
David Kunhardt, CEO of SolEd formed a company a few months prior to bidding on the project. His financier, Richard Dovere, was a 29 year old entrepreneur from New York City who "specialized" in unique solar financing arrangements. SolEd had a similar contract with the City of St Helena and fired SolEd just about a month before Marinwood signed a contract. St. Helena was upset at the broken promises and delays.
Marinwood CSD was warned and provided evidence yet despite all commonsense warnings voted unanimously to enter into a twenty year contract with Soled and the SSGgroup.
Everyone said that we were getting "free solar energy" with the PPA. Now it looks like we got a TWENTY YEAR lesson about the word "free".
Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD manager arrived after the initial consulting contract was signed but faithfully worked for over a year during the contract delays and the extended construction delays to see the deal through. He never once lost faith in the project or questioned the soundness of the proposal.
We now have more large projects in the pipeline. Will the Marinwood CSD repeat their mistakes? The kitchen in the firehouse and community center, replacing the maintenance shed and stream erosion repair could cost the district over a million dollars.
Will Marinwood CSD seek outside advice, serious consider cost savings, vet the qualifications of our business partners?
Let's hope so.
|The Marinwood CSD got burnt|
Marin Supervisor Judy Arnold states that Assemblyman Mark Levine is sponsoring a bill to make Marin a Metropolitan County. It will allow higher housing density on par with urban San Francisco. Such a designation was strongly objected to by the voters and Assemblyman Levine successfully passed a temporary designation back to "suburban" which allows lower density housing. It should be noted that Ms Arnold could be confused and in fact Mr. Levine could be creating a bill to make "suburban" designation permanent. It is unclear from Ms. Arnolds' statement. Maybe Ms. Arnold was tired and misspoke.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Yesterday I attended the Marin Board of Supervisors meeting to hear the VERBAL final report on Plan Bay Area 2040 given by Brian Crawford of the Community Development Department. Richard Halstead of the Marin IJ was in attendence
It outlined the 25 YEAR PLAN that will likely lead to the urbanization of Marin. Despite many objections by local politicians and citizens about deficiencies in the plan, the supervisor voted to approve it unanimously.
I am quite surprised that no local journalists seem to take notice of this story.
Brian Crawford gives a "for your ears only" report at the May 23, 2017 Marin County Board of Supervisors on Plan Bay Area 2040. It is a TWENTY FIVE YEAR plan for all of Marin's 550,000 residents but somehow, this important report could not have been presented too publicly so they could avoid negative publicity. Marin IJ reporter , Richard Halstead was present but it is uncertain that he will cover it fairly or at all. Comments from the public are due June 1, 2017. There has been very little coverage in the local paper. The plan is a high watermark of corruption and crony capitalism flying under the banner of "environmental protection" and strips citizens from democratic decisions that affects their neighborhood and community. Despite Supervisor Kate Sears interest in Sea Level rise, she made no comment on the plan for housing in the FEMA flood zone and displacement in Marin City. The supervisors voted unanimously to support it.
What about the VOTERS right to determine the future of their own communities?
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Cynthia Murray, former Marin County Supervisor has some sharp words for Plan Bay Area 2040. Unfortunately, she spoils them by calling for more government controls and taxes to fix the flaws. Her critiques, however are well noted even if her solution will drive business away from California.
Diane Furst, Corte Madera councilperson asks three simple question about Plan Bay Area 2040 and gets no response. 1.) Where is your data about 700 jobs for the tiny town of Corte Madera? 2.) Why are you planning for housing in FEMA flood zones? 3.) What are you going to do about displacing thousands of residents to build multifamily homes?
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Brad Paul, deputy director of ABAG suggests that Mixed use developments such as the 20 unit found on fourth street is an excellent example of increased density that fits within the Marin development patterns.