Thursday, December 7, 2017

Fwd: Project at Old Seminary Site Being Brought to Board

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From: "County of Marin"
Date: Dec 7, 2017 3:21 PM
Subject: Project at Old Seminary Site Being Brought to Board


County of Marin News Release
Project at Old Seminary Site Being Brought to Board
Owner would like to make improvements to Strawberry campus
San Rafael, CA – The owner of a former theological seminary property in unincorporated Strawberry is appealing to the Marin County Board of Supervisors to extend an existing Master Plan and for the County to proceed with studying the environmental impacts from a new application seeking to redevelop the site. The Board is conducting a 1:30 p.m. hearing on the matter during its December 12 meeting.
A Master Plan extension would give the County sufficient time to process the new application and start preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) for the new application for the former Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary property. The new property owner, North Coast Land Holdings, proposes 304 housing units and a graduate school, replacing the seminary, of about 1,000 students. 
In October, the Marin County Planning Commission voted not to extend the property's 1984 Master Plan and to suspend further work on an EIR for the new application.
Some neighbors in Strawberry are opposed to the proposed property improvements. A local private high school, the Branson School in Ross, initially expressed interest in relocating to the old seminary site but rescinded its proposal earlier this year.
The property has 211 dwellings, built mostly in the 1950s. The new owner's plans call for a total of 304 housing units, including 93 new units and replacement of 198 of the existing units. The owner is seeking amendments to the Master Plan and the Strawberry Community Plan to not restrict use of the housing exclusively to students, staff, and faculty so that they may be rented to the public.  
The public may review the staff report on the County's website. The 1:30 p.m. hearing will take place in the Board chamber, Suite 330 of the Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. All sessions of the Board of Supervisors may be watched live on Comcast Channel 27 or on the County's webcast. Sign up to receive emailed County updates about the North Coast Land Holdings project (filed under Community Development and "Current Projects.")
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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fwd: REMINDER: You're Invited to the Muir Woods meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6:00 pm

Date: Nov 27, 2017 10:33 AM
Subject: REMINDER: You're Invited to the Muir Woods meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 28th at 6:00 pm


Marin Public Meeting | November 28 
Muir Woods Parking & Shuttle Reservation System & MOU Update

Join the National Park Service and the County of Marin next week on Tuesday, November 28 for a public meeting to discuss the Muir Woods parking and shuttle reservation system. The reservation system, launching January 16, 2018, is designed to improve the visitor experience and enhance the protection of park resources. Updates on the NPS/County of Marin Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and other Redwood Creek Watershed projects will also be provided.

Meeting Details

Join online with Marin TV Livestream:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
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Join in person:
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Tam Valley Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue, Mill Valley
RSVP requested but not required, please click here


6:00 - 6:30 pm         Open House Stations
6:30 - 6:45 pm         Opening Remarks / MOU Update 
6:45 - 7:15 pm         Reservation System Updates
7:15 - 7:30 pm         Question & Answer 
7:30 - 8:00 pm         Open House Stations

Open house stations will provide information on the parking and shuttle reservation system, vegetation management, Coho salmon, and more!

Maureen Parton
Aide to Supervisor Kathrin Sears
County of Marin, Third District
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 329
San Rafael, CA 94903

Phone: 415.473.7331

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Tam Design Review Board Recap

Dear Neighbors:
The Tam Design Review Board met last night. Thankfully, it was held in the Homestead Valley community room, to make it easier for concerned Homestead citizens to attend.
However, the meeting was held on a Thursday, instead of the usual TDRB meeting night, which is a Wednesday.
There may be practical reasons for this, but I cannot help but notice that Thursday is 72 hours after the announcement of the meeting on Monday.
To have the meeting on Wednesday, while noticing us on Monday, would have been in violation of the Brown Act.
To give us any more advance notice would risk more community involvement.

My takeaways from the meeting:
1) the Tam Design Review Board is an architectural advisory committee
2) TDRB Board members stated that public comments made at the meeting (objections to scale, percentage of lot, 6000+ additional square feet, reduction in public access to playground, more) may not be noted in their minutes.
3) Board members stated that citizens who want their voices heard regarding this project, who want their statements on the public record, should write to the planner directly.
You may send the planner a message through the project link below.
4) members of the Board noted that the proposed design is "urban" and does not fit in with the neighborhood's semi rural character
5) a member of the Board then stated that the new proposed buildings fit with the newer building already on the site (2005 expansion) and then the rest agreed.

I strongly urge you contact the planner directly, as soon as possible. A community is a reflection of the people who choose to participate in its development (or preservation.)

Time constraints and personal responsibility prevent me from documenting this project as closely as I covered the Evergreen debacle. I learned many lessons during that time, the main one being that life isn't fair sometimes and that some people just do not know the meaning of the word "enough."

I hold no ill will toward anyone, but my heart feels sorrow for those who will never understand that time is the greatest gift we can give to the people we love.

Gates keep people out, but they also keep people in. Think about it.

To subscribe to the updates for this project,  visit this link and then choose the "subscribe to this page" link in the upper right hand corner of the page. 

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Mari Tamburo

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fwd: Mill Valley School District Design Review Update

Marin Horizon School project update: 
Tam Design Board Meeting is being held at the Homestead Valley Community Center.

Please visit link by clicking on the word "agenda" and subscribe to page for updates.

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From: "Marin County Subscriptions"
Date: Oct 16, 2017 2:34 PM
Subject: Mill Valley School District Design Review Update
To: Hv94941

The Tam Design Review Board's 10/19/17 agenda for the Mill Valley School District Design Review you subscribed to has been posted.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fwd: [Homestead Beat] Schoolbox for Sonoma Fires

After clicking the link, please scroll down to view needs and donate. At this time, Schoolbox is only accepting donations for gift cards and air filter masks. 

Thanks. Feel free to share. 

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From: "M Tamburo (A Vehicle for Change)"
Date: Oct 11, 2017 8:24 AM
Subject: [Homestead Beat] Schoolbox for Sonoma Fires
To: <>

Posted By M Tamburo (A Vehicle for Change) to Homestead Beat at 10/11/2017 08:24:00 AM

Monday, October 9, 2017


Please share with your social networks in the Santa Rosa area. 

October 9, 2017

As we wake this morning to the smoke and ash and take in the magnitude of damage this fire has brought upon our beautiful city, I hope we can each take moment to reach out to friends and neighbors—it is in these difficult times that we most need our community to hold us up.

This morning thousands of Santa Rosans are displaced in shelters or staying with friends and family.  Evacuation orders have been issued for residents of the following Santa Rosa neighborhoods due to approaching fires.  Residents need to heed evacuation orders. Evacuation means that you need to LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!

  • Cross Creek Road
  • Sky Farm Drive
  • Saint Andrews Drive
  • All residences north Fountaingrove Parkway
  • Montecito Heights
  • The Hopper Avenue Area West of Coffey Lane (Between Dennis Lane and Hopper Avenue to the north and south and Coffey Lane and Barnes Road to the east and west)
  • All residences east of Fulton Road, between Piner Road and Guerneville Road
  • Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Sutter Hospital have been evacuated

Residents who are displaced are being sheltered at:

SCHOOL CLOSURES: All Santa Rosa City School will be closed today, Monday, October 9, 2017

We would like to alert all our news media partners to direct the public to our emergency website at for up-to-the-minute information about evacuations, road closures and shelters.

If you can avoid getting on the roads, please stay in place as long as you are safe—many roads are congested with traffic. If you are fearful or need assistance, we are updating the City's emergency information page regularly at  The air is very smoky and difficult to breath so please stay indoors as much as possible until the air clears.  Please do not call 9-1-1 unless you are reporting an active fire.

We have declared these fires as Local Emergency and activated our Emergency Operations Center at midnight last night, and since then City personnel have been working tirelessly to respond to the needs of our community.


Mayor Chris Coursey

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fwd: Projects in Unincorporated Area of Marin Update

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From: "Mari Tamburo"
Date: Oct 1, 2017 9:51 AM
Subject: Fwd: Projects in Unincorporated Area of Marin Update
To: "Dennis Rodoni"


I want to bring this to your attention from a community outreach/ community trust standpoint. 

This project is in Homestead. 
It is listed as being in Tam Valley. 

This does not instill confidence that the County is operating in good faith with the Homestead community. 

Please do what you can to remedy this situation. 

Best Regards, 


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From: "HV94941 INFO"
Date: Oct 1, 2017
Subject: Fwd: Projects in Unincorporated Area of Marin Update
To: "maritamburo"

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From: "Marin County Subscriptions" <>
Date: Sep 29, 2017 2:33 PM
Subject: Projects in Unincorporated Area of Marin Update
To: HV94941

Dear subscriber,

Marin County Planning has received a new application for a project in Tam Valley.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Call to Action : Comment Period for National Monuments Started 5/12 - some end on the 27th!

Call to Action : Protect our National Monuments! Comment Period Opened May12

You may have heard that the current administration is about to remove regulations that protect our National Monuments. 
Please comment to keep these regulations in place. Some of these comment periods are only fifteen days and the clock started ticking May 12th.
Without regulations, many beautiful places would be destroyed. These regulations are often the only safeguards against complete plundering of our national treasures.
Unfortunately, many of us are so focused on our work and our families, we often don't notice what is happening around us.

If we don't speak up to protect our sacred places, we will lose them.

Thanks in advance for taking a few moments to comment. The more comments, the better our chances of protecting these lands.

Future generations are counting on our stewardship. Please comment now.
Please share with your networks.

-- MT