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#1 Feb 20, 2009
"Mostly, we want our grocery store back and the derelict shopping center rehabilitated. Kathleen Gaines, Marinwood"
Probably won't happen. Thanks to the County screwing around for the past 5 yrs and having tons of community meetings with no resulting action, forming new groups, disbanding old groups and having big community meeting-after-meeting where the residents basically say "What the heck are we here for AGAIN?!" Then the county tries to shove up to 100+ housing units and making a housing component a necessary evil of getting a market thanks to the countywide plan....and in the midst of all the delays, negotiations, behind the scene meetings, public meetings, in-fighting, etc. etc. Novato gets a nice Safeway just one exit up the road at Hamilton, a new Peet's Coffee and some other nice places to eat. So much for Marinwood. They might as well raze that eyesore before it becomes a destination for abandoned cars, a homeless encampment, etc. It already is a total embarrassment to be at the entrance of Marinwood and the property owner doesn't seem to give a damn about what his property looks like. Such a sad situation. Maybe annexing into San Rafael would give Marinwood more political clout to actually get something done.
Since: Feb 08
#2 Feb 20, 2009
I say they should scrap the condo/apartments in Marinwood. The county wants to invest our tax money to be a partner in the development of these condoboxes.
It seems like the main things and trends is construct now are senior housing, high density highrise shared thinwall transportation communes next to freeways and possibly train tracks, and of course the prison industry, the number 1 industry in California.
I know a few people in Marinwood who say they don't need any tacky public housing projects above the shopping center, but would like to have a nice full service grocery store and revamp the rest of the little shopping center with goods and services that are needed by Marinwood residents. That would save them a lot of time and money not having to drive on the freeway up to Novato or Terra Linda for food, haircuts, hardware and business services.
If they annex to San Rafael, it won't help them at all, and they will will lose the freedom of being unincorporated and their localized decison making ability.
#3 Feb 21, 2009
Mountain bike rider Anderson is a member of an small, rude and vocal minority. He wants it all....just get out of his way as he blasts down a single track trail marked, "No Bicycles Allowed."
Hikers with children beware, the entitled Marin mt. biker is coming. Try riding a horse that will soon be overtaken and passed by a whining mt. biker going like a bat out of hell. So what if the horse rears and tosses the rider, "Get with the NEW PROGRAM for the 21 Century...I want it all and screw you."
There are hundreds of miles of fire roads and multi-use trails for these child-like adults to take their thrill rides, while ignoring nature's wonders.
Poll after poll indicates that over 70% of Marin residents (tax payers) do not want mountain bikes on single track trails. What part of "Majority Rules" don't these spoiled, entitled joy riders understand?
The rouge bikers need to grow up and respect the needs and values of the majority who enter open space for the quiet, peaceful and natural surroundings. Most don't go there to play down hill racer.
#4 Feb 21, 2009
Frank Lurz is onto something. It's my view that a number of elite business schools in the U.S. should be investigated and possibly shut down. Harvard Business School is the gestator for disproportionate number of financial industry executives whose companies were in the thick of the mortgage security fiasco.
As for many of the credit card company executives, they represent the worst of the worst. That's another big SHOE that needs to fall so we can clean out that dirty house.
But this ultimately requires a level of personal responsibility that we have happily avoided for years: we must stop buying things we can't afford to buy outright. We have to stop using our credit cards when we have unpaid balances that run over month-to-month. We must DEMAND that adjustable-rate mortgages be banned. We must DEMAND that EVERYONE who takes a mortgage on a house put down AT LEAST 10% of the purchase price--no more zero-down mortgages.
And just as importantly, we must make the employees of the bank uncomfortable by verbally complaining--everyone, every time--when the explain to us the absurd fees & charges they are imposing on every kind of transaction we conduct in the banks. Fifty cents here, a buck-fifty there, for every little thing. Theyu're even imposing cute little transaction charges on the use of unemployment insurance cards that are given to people who lost their jobs in ieu of getting unemployment checks. Every customer of these banks needs to complain and gripe about all this stuff right in the FACE of the bank employees breaking all this bad news to us. Make 'em uncomfortable. Make 'em uncomfortable at the prospect of going to work every morning because of the wave of complaints they know they are going to hear from their customers. We must FIGHT BACK against the banks. Break their will to continue doing business this way. If they retaliate, then escalate the complaining--establish pickets in front of bank branches with signs detailing the rip-off schemes they are perpetrating on their customers. They think that cutting down on credit offering is BAD--this country needs a lot MORE real money & wealth, and a lot LESS credit. Credit is what produced this mess.
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