Woolsey hopes to attend flood insuran...

Woolsey hopes to attend flood insurance meeting with officials,...

There are 5 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Mar 29, 2009, titled Woolsey hopes to attend flood insurance meeting with officials,.... In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

Marin officials, irked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency plans, face stiff odds on delaying a looming deadline for flood insurance needed by more than 1,200 local homeowners.

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Spartanburg, SC

#1 Mar 30, 2009
Woosley is a joke and has absolutely no business representing us. She has not done one positive thing since being elected and does nothing but tell you how far she has come in life.
mary feller

Mill Valley, CA

#2 Mar 30, 2009
This is ridiculous. Marin County probably dropped the ball and now they appear to be engaging in a game of CYA. As I said in an earlier post, I've spoken to Kathleen Schaeffer several times. She's competent and available by phone and returns calls promptly.

So, how can Marin DPW explain the fact that the Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association was well aware of the mapping, and Marin County DPW was apparently not?

This trip to D.C. is a waste of taxpayer dollars, and it's mostly symbolic. Now, Marin County officials can claim they tried their best and it's all FEMA's fault. How much money is it costing the County to fly everyone to Washington D.C. for this exercise in futility?

Hopefully, Mansourian will discuss more than the flood insurance situation with Woolsey - like, the desperate need to secure federal bailout funds to rebuild levees here in Marin.

As many people as possible should carry flood insurance. At the same time, I can't blame the Bel Marin Key's folks for their state of shock. When they bought their homes, their property wasn't deemed 100 year flood plain. And they weren't informed. The cost is excessive and, really, we're getting dinged for irresponsible land-use policies in the southern states - development and wetland degradation along the Gulf coast.

At the same time though - the cost of flood insurance doesn't HAVE to be excessive! Everyone in Bel Marin Keys and other Marin communities should be asking why the County of Marin REFUSES to participate in the Community Rating System.

Why isn't the County of Marin focusing on the real issues and assinging staff time to implement the Community Rating System? As I've said in previous posts, the CRS would save every household hundreds of dollar per year on their flood insurance premiums.

But Farhad Mansourian - the head of Marin County DPW - sat in a meeting with a Santa Venetia task force and whined that he couldn't understand the CRS.

Supervisor Susan Adams sat in on this meeting. The subject has been broached in Adams' presence several times.

Why do we have someone heading up Marin DPW who can't understand essential and critical programs?

So, if Mansourian doesn't understand the CRS, how the heck is the County of Marin going to keep its promise to the residents of Ross Valley?

At the SAME TIME (Spring '07) that Mansourian was telling the Santa Venetia task force that he didn't understand the CRS, Marin DPW was busy distributing a flyer to the residents of Ross Valley, promoting the Ross Valley flood fee.

I have a copy.

The flyer states that Ross Valley projects will "conform to the FEMA Community Rating System, which could reduce flood insurance premiums up to 40%"

The flyer is signed by Farhad Mansourian!

So which is it? Does the County of Marin not understand the CRS? OR..is our community here in Santa Venetia being told one thing, and Ross Valley residents another story altogether.

Are County of Marin officials speaking out of both sides of their mouth?

OR - were the voters in Ross Valley deceived?

From our point of view, it appears that the County of Marin has no intention of participating in the CRS. They have mightily resisted the idea on many occasions. For years, we've asked about the CRS. Four years ago at least, DPW personnel stood in front of dozens of residents attending a Santa Venetia Neighborhood Association meeting. They gave a long and misleading explanation of how it simply wasn't possible to implement the CRS.

My suggestion - that all Flood Zone Advisory Boards and neighborhood associations from an ad hoc association and work together - compare notes about how we get the County of Marin to do the right thing etc.
Miranda Huffines

San Francisco, CA

#3 Mar 30, 2009
The solution is simple. Fire Mansourian. He runs corrupt elections and is the epitomy of incompetance.
Day Hiker

Novato, CA

#4 Mar 30, 2009
Lynn Woolsey will have to find time to pull herself away from cheering on the ultra-left wing socialist agenda of the current administration that is turning the corner on a very scary scenario, so bad that we're even being lectured on the evils of socialism by the Germans and the French!

“Avoid Taxes, Don't Work !”

Since: Jul 08

San Jose, CA

#5 Mar 30, 2009
We have bigger problems Lynn. Get to work on the illegals and the H1B visa holders taking our jobs. You likely approved the FEMA funding but do not know it.

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