Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Eric Dreikosen advises to Arrest the Public to maintain Civility at CSD Meetings

Unbelievably, Eric Driekosen is recommending armed police presence at public meetings to remove people while ignoring real crimes that have occured in the community center.  After five months of "study" after a April 2019 armed sex attack, Dreikosen has failed to produce a single improvement for the safety of the community.  Who needs this?  Dreikosen is more concerned about "civility" than than an attempted armed rape in the Community Center.

An attempted armed rape of a juvenile in Marinwood Park and STILL NO SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Once again, tonight the Marinwood CSD board shows its callousness and incompetence by failing to improve security in Marinwood Park during events and at the recreation center.  All discussion is off the table and quashed by Isabela Perry, CSD Board Member and the rest of the Board during tonight's meeting of the CSD board on December 10, 2019, a full EIGHT MONTHS after a juvenile escaped a perpetrator wielding a stolen handgun..  All board members have children, yet they fail to take even elementary steps to make the Marinwood Center safer.

How utterly, self serving and selfish of the board to ignore the safety of the community.  Jeff Naylor, Isabella Perry, Leah Green, Sivan Oyserman, and Bill Shea are cowards.

The safety lock on bathroom at the pool house does not work and is open 24hours a day.  It was on a timed lock but it has not been working for years.  Here is a photo I took at 9:30 PM after the park had closed at 5 pm

We asked for this small fix to be done but Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD manager did nothing except hide the issue.   

We asked for an inexpensive video surveillance system to be installed to assist police in case of future incidents but the CSD will not even consider it.
Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD manager hid the April 2019 incident from the public until September 2019 and has done NOTHING to improve security since that time.  

Photo of the Marinwood Pool House Bathroom door that has been broken for years despite safety concerns of the public. It is open 24 hours a day and is in a remote location making it an attractant for crime.  Marinwood CSD has the money to fix it but will not.  In April 2019, a juvenile was victim of an attempted rape while attending a party at the facility.  The perpetrator pointed a stolen handgun at her and demanded sex.  Fortunately, the girl escaped unharmed but the trauma of the incident will live with her for a long time.

Shouldn't the district improve safety around the Marinwood Community Center.

Marinwood CSD covers up Sex crime in Marinwood Community Center

Marinwood sex crime suspect sentenced for gun charge

By GARY KLIEN | gklien@marinij.com | Marin Independent Journal

PUBLISHED: August 25, 2019 at 11:43 am | UPDATED: August 25, 2019 at 12:25 pm

A man accused of threatening a teenage girl with a gun during a sexual attack in Marinwood was sentenced to 120 days in jail.

Jordan Adelso Escobar Perez, 19, of San Rafael was arrested in April during a party at the Marinwood Community Center. He and the 16-year-old victim were both guests at the party.

The victim told investigators that a party guest forced himself on her and pointed a gun at her head, according to a case summary filed by the probation department. Eventually she was able to escape by locking herself in a bathroom and calling her mother.

The victim, who only knew the suspect through social media, was able to provide sheriff’s deputies with his first name. Deputies found the suspect at the party and identified him as Escobar. He initially struggled with deputies and had a Glock handgun in his jacket.

Escobar admitted he brandished the unloaded gun but described the girl as the sexual aggressor, according to the probation report. He also said he was intoxicated at the party.

The Marin County District Attorney’s Office charged Escobar with counts that included carrying a stolen firearm, resisting arrest, sexual battery and false imprisonment. Escobar accepted a plea offer and admitted to the felony gun charge and the misdemeanor resisting charge, and the other counts were dismissed.

The plea bargain called for the 120-day jail sentence and five years of probation. Judge Geoffrey Howard sentenced Escobar on Thursday.

“Mr. Escobar is gainfully employed and is taking the case seriously,” said his public defender, Tamara York. “He looks forward to making the best of his probation and using the resources to continue to better his life.”

Editor's Note:

Why are we just learning of this today? Did the Marinwood CSD inform their residents of this serious crime?

According to court records the case was filed on April 10, 2019. The crime likely occured around April 6th. Why did the Marinwood CSD hide this from the public?

Monday, February 17, 2020

Marinwood CSD 2/11/2020 "Everything is fine"

Another meeting of denial, refusal to provide FINANCIAL details of Marinwood Maintenance Facility, and a rosy "audit" provided yearly by outside consultants. The auditor makes and outrageous claim that all is fine when spending has exploded to the highest levels ever and much cash business activity remains unreported. The CSD is involved in legal action with 90 year old couple instead of a settlement. Outrageous abuse of power, hidden liabilities, mismanagement and illegal activities are kept from public view.

Marinwood CSD REJECTS a public gift.

The Marinwood CSD Board and Marin General Manager REJECT a $1500 donation from long time resident Linda Barnello due to their petty war on the public. Linda Barnello has been exceedingly generous to the Marinwood Fire Department over the years. In 2016 she offer to PAY FOR THE MARINWOOD FIRE Department kitchen rehab and the Marinwood CSD REJECTED the gift. Instead a "friend" of several CSD board members and staff was hired for $60,000 to replace some cabinets. The corrupt Marinwood CSD board is shameless but gets away with it because the Marin IJ and the District Attorney refuse to look into corruption. The ENTIRE Marinwood CSD board should be removed from office.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dreikosen explains build process for the White Elephant

Marinwood General Manager, Eric Dreikosen explains the build process for the largest most expensive maintenance garage ever conceived in Marinwood Park. The project, aka "White Elephant" or "Hansell's Folly" features custom features usually found in custom home including a private shower for our three workers. It represents an outrageous use of our park space that seems to have little other purpose than to buoy the career of an ex CSD politician, Bill Hansell. At the administrative hearing, Hansell and Dreikosen admitted that they will be utilizing the horseshoe pit for "hammerhead" turnarounds. A different proposal roughly 1/2 the size with a traditional side access garage like the one in McInnis park would have cost a small fraction of the bloated proposal that Marinwood CSD is now pushing. They REFUSE to discuss its cost publicly. This is a huge RED FLAG for a financial disaster. Already, we believe that Bill Hansell will bill the district $60k before a single shovel hits the dirt and much more during the project. Initial estimate for his services for the ENTIRE PROJECT was $13.5k. Obviously, Bill Hansell has a sweethart deal that will cost the district dearly. It can be stopped and we can build a "right size" building instead.

Dreikosen Cock sure about The Marinwood "White Elephant" a.k.a. "Hansell's Folly"

The Marinwood CSD is boasting their success while hiding the true cost, the sleazy deals, the environmental harm of
the "White Elephant" aka. "Hansell's Folly".  They REFUSE to disclose the projected cost.

Marinwood CSD manager., Eric Dreikosen boasts about his "victory" winning the approval of "Hansell's Folly" in Marinwood Park. It will be the most expensive building project in Marinwood's History and have custom features found only in high end homes. It is a ridiculous theft of public resources and parkland we love so dearly. An alternative design similar to the McInnis Park facility was rejected shortly after ex Marinwood CSD politician, Bill Hansell was hired secretly. So far, his billing for his drawings have exceeded initial estimates of a pre-engineered building.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

What is a "Hammerhead Turn"? How the truck will back up on the horseshoe pit.

Here is an illustration of a "hammerhead turn" that the CSD claims will be done everyday in Marinwood Park. Many of us know this as a "three point" turn.  The trucks will back out of the Maintenance Facility and on to the horse shoe pit to turn around.

This of course will wreck the horseshoe pit that the Marinwood CSD claimed would not be harmed in any way and makes a mockery of the Site Plan submitted by the Marinwood CSD that shows a pedestrian path.

In addition Bill Hansell falsely represented this area as a "gravel surface" when in fact it is a soft sandy area to the planning commission and the county .

The Marinwood CSD has paid Bill Hansell an estimated $50k in architects fees before a single thing has been done to the site.  Hansell has a highly unusual fee contract that lacks performance standards and objectives.  It is a sweet deal for the architect but we taxpayers are stuck with the bill

Had we chosen a pre engineered building as specified in the initial plan, the CSD could install a an entire building for the cost of the architects fees so far.

The Marinwood CSD approved this awful fee arrangement and WILL NOT DISCUSS THE BUDGET FOR THE PROJECT.  We believe they fear public outrage if the cost is truly known.

Horseshoe pit will become a Truck Turnaround. CSD lies to public and planning commission

After years of telling the community that the beloved horseshoe pit built in 2016 by community volunteers won't be impacted. Architect Bill Hansell tells the Marin Planning Commission that the area be used for a truck turnaround AND is covered in gravel. This is false as anyone familiar with the area knows. It is a soft, sandy area that was built over turf. Hansell further deceives the board by omitting the need for a trailer turn around in the same area. Eric Dreikosen, Marinwood CSD general manager stands silently while the deceptive comments are delivered. The public did not have a chance to rebut this false and misleading statement.
The Marin County Planning commission needs to look at ALL the facts and not allow decisions to rely on falsities. The Planning commission ignored THREE MAJOR VIOLATIONS of the Marin County General Plan. The project is DOUBLE the size necessary for efficient operations and will force the destruction of valuable park space.  

Monday, February 3, 2020

Please, Mr. Robinson, Don't Race on Me


Please, Mr. Robinson, Don't Race on Me

Becky O'Malley
Sunday February 02, 2020 - 04:07:00 PM
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Rigel Robinson on Twitter: "The defeat of #SB50 is a victory for segregationists and climate denial. Tenant advocacy groups did not kill the bill, the homeowner lobby did. The solutions to our housing crisis lie in robust tenant protections and dramatic densification — yes, BOTH.”

And who might this Rigel Robinson be? He’s the newish (2018) city council member from Berkeley’s District 7, the beneficiary of the 2014 gerrymandering which followed the 2010 census, which was calculated to engineer a student-majority district. He’s a recent post-student, 22 years old, but evidently his education so far hasn’t included much about history.

The tweet quoted above is deeply offensive to those of us who have been laboring in the progressive vineyards for more than a few years.

Let’s get something perfectly clear, Mr. Robinson:

Nobody races on me.

One more time, with feeling.


I was fighting segregation in Berkeley and Ann Arbor not just years, but decades and even generations before you were born, so don’t call you dare call me by that dirty name, the moral equivalent of the unmentionable epithets for people of African or Asian descent.

I take grievous offense at being called a segregationist by the likes of you. As do my peers. You owe us a major apology.

Thinking that SB50 would be bad law does not make us segregationists or climate deniers, and even being homeowners, if we are, does not make us demons. 
Among other things, you should know that many groups representing low income people, people of color and yes, tenant advocates came out against SB50. 
Google, if you must, the name of Damien Goodmon, just for one. Read his twitter posts. And take a look at this letter from some of the progressive groups which opposed SB50: http://allianceforcommunitytransit.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/SB-50-Oppose-Unless-Amended.pdf 
Didn’t you see the magnificent series of direct actions by Oakland’s Moms 4 Housing, including the one where they shouted down Senator Scott Wiener and Berkeley’s own Wienerite Nancy Skinner on the steps of Oakland City Hall? 
SB50 is not about segregation. It’s all about capitalist gentrification, about handing over areas which are now home for elderly residents of previously red-lined communities of color to speculative developers of expensive apartments for well-off people who are predominantly young and of European or Asian descent. 
This includes South and West Berkeley. When I first came to Berkeley as an undergraduate in 1959, those neighborhoods were dominated by African Americans, many of them homeowners, who had taken the place of Japanese Americans displaced by internment in World War II. 
African and Asian Americans were not allowed to purchase houses east of Grove Street (now Martin Luther King), a form of segregation aided and abetted by local realtors. As a result, their family homes, both owned and rented, were predominantly in South and West Berkeley. 
This situation persisted through the 1960s, but thanks to the efforts of both Black and White Berkeleyans, people like Arlene Slaughter and William Byron Rumford, families of color who can afford the insane prices are now able to buy homes all over Berkeley. 
But in the last decade the older generation of Black homeowners and renters in South and West Berkeley have been pushed out, in part by predatory lending and foreclosure in the subprime mortgage scandal. Their children and grandchildren will not benefit from fancy high-rent apartment construction in their old neighborhoods. 
Evidently Councilmember Robinson wasn’t paying attention when Councilmember Ben Bartlett, whose family has deep roots in South Berkeley, lamented eloquently during a Council housing discussion that none of the proposed units would really replace the homes of families of color that were taken by eminent domain and demolished to build BART around the Ashby station. 
Yes, those were the despised single family homes, the kind now demonized by the Wiener gang. 
And even the promised small percentage of required inclusionary affordable apartments in proposed developments, if they ever materialize, won’t replace the cheery bungalows with room for some collards and tomato plants in their, OMG, Back Yards which used to be home to Berkeley’s African and Asian American families. 
All “single family home” really means is a collection of bedrooms which share a kitchen, a common living room and a bathroom and have direct access to the out-of-doors. Houses like these have been the backbone of the Berkeley flats since the 19th century. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed sharing my “single family” homes with all kinds of people, both here and in the Midwest. 
Historically Berkeley’s “single family” homes been shared by eclectic groups of students as well as by nuclear and mult-generational families of blood relatives. One of my undergraduate homes was a classic Berkeley brown shingle at Channing and Telegraph in which all the other residents were brainy girls from Taiwan studying physics and chemistry—I learned a lot about cooking and a few words of Mandarin from them. 
In segregated Ann Arbor in the 1960s as a White couple we were able to rent a house in a White neighborhood which we could then share with Black housemates. We spent our first few years there getting a fair housing law passed. 
Which brings us to Robinson’s equally offensive slur on those who question SB50 and its progeny. 
“Climate denial?” 
That’s nonsense. 
Many of us recognize SB50 and its co-conspiratorial brethren as the neo-liberal supply-side sucker play that they are. This does not make us climate deniers—quite the contrary. 
We grownups have been fighting to save the environment and protect the climate since before Mr. Robinson was out of disposable diapers (which we never used on our kids.) 
In the 60s I also lived in a 19th century 3-bedroom Victorian cottage on Blake Street in Berkeley with a rotating cast of roomates and a huge fig tree out back. That one was demolished in the 60s to make way for a cheaply built 3-unit apartment which is now visibly disintegrating into a soft-story teardown. 
There’s plenty of credible research to prove that the greenest building is the one which already exists. This is especially true of the remaining solid pre-1960 structures built of old-growth redwood which are still standing when their ticky-tacky new neighbors are falling down. Tearing them down to build luxury condos for the profit of speculators carries an enormous cost in non-renewable climate-altering resources. Developers won’t tell you that, however. 
I am strongly tempted to go all Grandma on Berkeley Councilperson Rigel Robinson and demand that he have his mouth washed out with soap for calling those of us who dispute his facts by nasty names. 
The dapper bow-tied clergyman who prayed before the impeachment hearings (I didn’t get his name) somewhat wistfully quoted the scripture passage that “the truth will make us free.” If only. 
In the age of Twitter, no truth need be invoked before stupid snap judgements like these can be instantly promulgated by any agitated politician, from the President of the United States right down to a local councilmember. But if an aspiring pol like Robinson wants to enjoy progressive support in his next race, wherever it might be, he might be wise to watch his language before he presses Send in the future. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

"Public Outreach?" asks Planner. Jeff Naylor shuts down discussion in 2018.

At the Jan 27, 2020 Marin Planning Commission meeting, commissioner asks about the public outreach. Jeff Naylor's famous response in September 2018 to a petition of 200 residents tells the real story of "public outreach" Still there has been no meeting. The project budget is secret and the architect, a former CSD politician has estimated billing 500% of the initial estimates BEFORE the plan has been approved. Hansell Design has a highly unusual "unlimited billing" fee arrangement with NO PERFORMANCE provisions. While CSD Director, Bill Hansell hired current manager Eric Dreikosen at double his previous compensation despite NO EXPERIENCE in managing a CSD. This is small town corruption on display enabled by the entire CSD board.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Marinwood Maintenance Facility approved by Planning Commission

Here is the full presentation of the January 27, 2020 planning commission meeting that approved the Marinwood Maintenance Facility. The project is subject to appeal and possible legal challenges on the grounds that environmental law and the Marin General Plan were violated. The Marinwood CSD has spent at least 300 percent of the initial cost estimate of architects fees with former CSD director Bill Hansell. The WILL NOT DISCUSS BUDGET for this project publicly even after announcing it a year ago. . This project is likely to be the most EXPENSIVE maintenance facility in Marin County due to the custom architectural features and the unlimited budget given to the architect. Shorter clips of this meeting will be out in the future. Even with approval, the Marinwood CSD will have to figure out how to turn around a 22' long Ford F250 and a 20' dump trailer safely without destroying our park or hurting pedestrians, 500 children a day are running around during the camp season. If enough of us examine this project and request accountability, we can still turn it into a good project.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Bill Hansell wins approval of the Marinwood CSD Maintenance Shed after a year

More information to be forthcoming from yesterdays hearing.. Ex Marinwood CSD director Bill Hansell who has already billed the Marinwood CSD THREE times his original estimate is expected to cost the district $50k+ due to the inadequacies of his original plan submitted to the county.  Of course his has channeled his blame on the neighbors "who caused unnecessary delays" but in fact Marin County Planning and the Building Department insisted on the corrections

The Marinwood CSD refused to meet with the neighbors and tried to discredit critics who could have alerted problems with the project BEFORE submittal.

Bill Hansell has quite an unusual "unlimited fee" contract with the Marinwood CSD approved by Eric Dreikosen, General Manager, whom was hired by Bill while he served as a board member.  They did not disclose this prior to approving his contract and it brings up serious ethical, if not legal problems for the district/ Hansell.  But, the Marinwood CSD board approved anyhow.

Later a petition off two hundred residents to hold a hearing about the project was dismissed by the board.

Here is Jeff Naylor, who is about to conduct "public outreach" to talk with the public AFTER the project has been approved in February 2020..  Here is what he REALLY thinks about the public interest in the project in 2019 when 200 people petitioned for a hearing prior to the plans finalization..