Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In Support of AB 1788, California Ecosystems Protection Act

We need your help getting an important bill, AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act, over the next hurdle – the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. Last week, the bill passed its first committee, but your voice is needed to make this bill law.

If your assemblymember sits on this committee, they need to hear from you before April 9th! Make a brief phone call today (see numbers below) asking them to support AB 1788 and protect wild animals like bobcats, bald eagles, and the endangered Pacific fisher. If your assemblymember does not sit on the committee, please call the committee chair, Asm. Eduardo Garcia.

Sample Message: I am your constituent, and I care about protecting California’s wildlife. Please support AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act.

This bill would ban second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) throughout the state, except for agricultural use or by special permit. It would also ban the use of less potent, though still very dangerous, first generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs) on state-owned lands.

Rodenticides (rat poisons) designed to kill rodents are poisoning California’s native wildlife. Rodenticides are consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain. Rodenticide poisoning is widespread. A recent analysis of 11 studies found that more than 85% of California mountain lions, bobcats, and Pacific fishers have been exposed to these dangerous poisons.

If you’re not sure who your assemblymember is, find your representatives here.

Members of Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee

Eduardo Garcia (Chair)

Riverside/El Centro


James Gallagher (Vice Chair)

Chico/Mendocino County


Frank Bigelow

Madera, Placerville, Sutter Creek, Yosemite


Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.

Irvine, Tustin, Orange


Kansen Chu

Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara


Brian Dahle

Redding, Downie, Truckee, Nevada City


Laura Friedman

Burbank, Glendale, Silver Lake


Cristina Garcia

Bell Gardens, Downey


Todd Gloria

Coronado, Del Mar, coastal San Diego


Ash Kalra

Downtown, East San Jose


Marc Levine

San Rafael, Petaluma, Santa Rosa


Blanca E. Rubio

Azusa, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel Valley


Rudy Salas, Jr.

Hartford, Bakersfield, Kettleman City


Jim Wood

Mendocino, Humboldt, coastal Sonoma


If enacted, California would become the first state to prohibit these cruel products. Help us make history and urge your assemblymember to support AB 1788.
Thank you to Raptors Are The Solution, for the heads up!


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Creative Solutions: From Coal Miners to Bee Keepers

I'm thinking of running for POTUS.
So I could have a platform to make sure more of us knew about these creative solutions, like retraining out of work coalminers to become beekeepers. The way I see it, "we the people" should be running this country. The only way that is going to happen is by electing someone who knows how to listen.
Normally, a potential candidate would ask for money at this point.
Instead, I ask that you donate to this organization.
If you want to have some fun with me, use the hashtag #Tamburo2020



Monday, August 20, 2018

No on AB84

We don't post a lot of these 'Call Right Now' updates, but are making an exception for No on #AB84. It's a bad bill that seeks to cure problems of too much dark money in politics by increasing the amount of dark money in politics! It would undercut the role of volunteers elected to the state Democratic and Republican parties and would make the Legislature more beholden to moneyed interests.  Please contact your State Senator today to urge them to oppose AB84. If you're not sure who your State Senator is, you can text 'AB84' to 97779 and get a message helping you to make the call. You can also visit

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MARIN HORIZON SCHOOL CAMPUS PLANS / Mill Valley School District Design Review Update

A new planner has been assigned to the Marin Horizon School project.

Mill Valley School District Design Review (P1799)


Main Component of the Project

Institutional/Educational/Public Facility


305 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Parcel Number: 047-161-07



Project Planner

Sabrina Sihakom


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Project Description

This is the third transmittal submitted for the subject property. The additional materials (attached) are intended to respond to items of incomplete application identified in a letter to the applicant dated October 19, 2017. Changes that have been submitted are provided in the attached document titled "Marin Horizon School – Campus Project Changes".
The applicant requests Design Review approval to allow for physical improvements to the Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley. The applicant proposes to construct a new 5,285 square-foot multi-use building, a 2,190 square-foot library/classroom building and a 424 square-foot restroom building. The applicant also proposes to remove two portable buildings. The existing building area is 25,106 square feet and the 9,853 square feet of proposed development would result in a building area of 32,206 square feet on the 97,336 square-foot lot.
The new multi-use building would include a large multi-use space with a stage, a small 245 square-foot food preparation kitchen, storage areas and a lobby. The structure would reach a maximum height of 26 feet, 6 inches above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: more than 100 feet from the eastern front property line; 84 feet from the northern side property line; more than 100 feet from the southern side property line; and 16.27 feet from the western rear property line.
The library/classroom building would include a library, multiple offices, two classrooms and restrooms. This building would reach a maximum height of 32 feet above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: 100 feet from the eastern front property line; 25 feet from the northern side property line; 100 feet from the southern side property line; and more than 100 feet from the western rear property line.
The restroom building would reach a maximum height of 15 feet above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: 85 feet from the eastern front property line; 87 feet from the northern side property line; more than 100 feet from the southern side property line; and more than 100 feet from the western rear property line.
Design Review approval is required because the project is located in a planned zoning district.
Zoning: PF-RSP-5.8 (Public Facility- Residential Single-Family Planned, 5.8 units/acre)
Countywide Plan Designation: PF-SF6 (Public Facility-Single Family, 4-7 units/acre)
Community Plan (if applicable): Tamalpais Area Community Plan

Design Review Board Meetings

Tam Design Review Board10/19/17
7:00 PM
Homestead Valley Community Center
315 Montford Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Monday, April 23, 2018

HVCA/MHS Joint Committee Meeting : 4/24/18 7:30 pm

Next HVCA/ MHS Joint Meeting : 4/24/18 7:30 pm

For anyone who is interested, next joint meeting will be on Tuesday, April 24th @ 7:30 p.m. in the Marin Horizon School library.

If you would like to join our local Nextdoor network, please click this link.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fwd: County Captures State Awards for Communications

I am just forwarding this as it was written.
Wondering who among us can be described as a "curious but impatient resident."
Perhaps I would have used the phrase  "Citizens who wish to be more engaged but don't have much time to spare..." or something similar.

Anyway, it is encouraging to see the County using multi media communications in this short attention span environment.

Congratulations to all the award winners. 

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Date: Wed, Apr 18, 2018, 2:44 PM
Subject: County Captures State Awards for Communications

County of Marin News Release

Five members of the RxSafe Marin coalition pose with their award.

County Captures State Awards for Communications
Viral video, annual report and teen-focused poster win accolades
San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin has earned three prestigious statewide awards for outreach initiatives as it continues to emphasize the value of trusted public information.
The California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) honored Marin with two first-place EPIC Awards at the group's statewide conference April 12 in Santa Rosa. One award recognized the 2016 Marin At A Glance Annual Report and another honored Marin Health and Human Services Department's RxSafe Marin "Know the Facts" infographic poster campaign aimed at educating teens about opioid abuse.
In addition, the County received an Award of Distinction for Marin County Fire's "Wall Fire: Voicemail From A Thankful Resident" video.

The 2016 Marin At A Glance Report was designed for the curious but impatient resident. The report capsulized what the County accomplished for its residents during the fiscal year between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Wary of yawn-inducing, hard-copy reports, it included a two-minute video, a 10-page annual report that featured easy-to-understand infographics, and a letter to the community from County Administrator Matthew Hymel. The annual report was fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The "Know the Facts" infographic poster was a visual queue and conversation starter for youths to approach their parents about prescription drugs rather than previous efforts directed toward doctors and other adults. The outreach effort is considered a local emergency because prescription opioids kill more people in Marin than vehicle collisions.  The RxSafe Marin coalition, which is led by the County of Marin, wanted to use the poster to increase teen awareness of opioid use and misuse and increase youth participation in the coalition.
The "Wall Fire: Voicemail from a Thankful Resident" was a short video clip created from an emotion-tinged voicemail left by a woman whose home was saved by Marin County Fire Department personnel. The voicemail, left for Fire Chief Jason Weber, was illustrated with still photos from the firefighters and the caller's words transcribed and superimposed on the screen. It became one of the County's most viewed and shared videos.
CAPIO's EPIC (Excellence in Public Information and Communications) Awards are presented annually to honor outstanding public agency information and communications programs. Entries are judged on overall quality, effectiveness of message with measurable results, creativity, and appropriate use of budget. Of the nearly 200 entries considered in this year's contest, only 49 entries were selected as award finalists.
This is the third consecutive year the County of Marin has received public outreach excellence recognition from CAPIO. Last year, the County received honors for its State of the County 2016 video and the bilingual Viva Marin guide. In 2016, Marin County Parks took first place for a photo essay by Ranger Craig Solin.
The County has expanded its public outreach staff in recent years after a 2009 public survey showed that residents wanted to hear more about its departments, programs and initiatives. The County's 5 Year Business Plan, adopted in 2015, included commitments to be a more responsive government and to encourage engagement at all levels. One of the plan's focus areas was to strengthen communications both internally and externally to improve service and enhance public trust.
"The County has created a strong foundation in the past couple of years, and we have a lot to build on," said Damon Connolly, President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. "Our dedicated and hardworking staff members are pushing the envelope in creating safe, healthy, sustainable communities. It's imperative that the work we're doing is shared with the County we represent, and that those we represent are engaged in the process and heard in the decision-making. We are really proud of this recognition from CAPIO and the fact that the County's outreach efforts are recognized among the best in the state."

Laine Hendricks
County Administrator's Office
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 325
San Rafael, CA 94903
415 473 7496 T
CRS Dial 711
Angela Nicholson
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 325
San Rafael, CA 94903
415 473 4396 T
CRS Dial 711d
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