Friday, February 10, 2017

Mill Valley Community Action Network

A new group of concerned citizens has emerged in Southern Marin. Or perhaps it is a renewed group.
If you find yourself at a loss for words over current national and/or local events and/or are seeking kindred spirits and/or a place to direct your civic energy, check out their latest online newsletter :

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Call to Action : DeVos Confirmation

In case you have not been following the DeVos hearings, the vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Sec of Education has been delayed.
The hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will now be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 31, according to an advisory from the committee.
And now to act (esp my ME, GA, NC and SC friends)!
Betsy DeVos is up for confirmation as U.S. Education Secretary, and many, many educators have expressed strongly that she is not qualified to ensure quality childrens' education in this country. If you need more information, please do some research.
At least THREE Senators need to change their votes to prevent this from happening.
Please consider calling one of the following Republican Senators (key in the confirmation vote) to express your opinion on the appointment. At least 3 of these need to be convinced in order to block DeVos' nomination. Don't email.
Don't tweet.
Don't complain on Facebook.
Call them!
If you live in one of the states represented below, PLEASE call YOUR Senator, If you don't, pick one and call him/her:
Susan Collins (ME) 207.622.8414..&..202.224.2523
Lamar Alexander (TN) 615.736.5129..&..202.224.4944
Lisa Murkowski (AK) 907.586.7277..&..202.224.6665
Johnny Isakson (GA) 770.661.0999..&..202.224.3643
Orrin Hatch (UT) 801.524.4380..&..202.224.5251
Richard Burr (NC) 336.631.5125..&..202.224.3154..&.. 910.251.1058..&..828.350.2437
Michael Enzi (WY) 202.224.3424
Dr. Bill Cassidy (LA) 202.224.5824
Pat Roberts (KS) 202.224.4774
Tim Scott (SC) 202.224.6121
Rand Paul (KY) 202.224.4343

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Rodoni Sworn In to Board of Supervisors

From: "County of Marin" 
Date: Jan 3, 2017 3:15 PM
Subject: Rodoni Sworn In to Board of Supervisors
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County of Marin News Release

Dennis Rodoni raises his right hand and takes the oath of office from Judge Faye D'Opal


Rodoni Sworn In to Board of Supervisors

Judy Arnold becomes Board President; Damon Connolly, Kate Sears are VPs

San Rafael, CA – Dennis Rodoni, a contractor from Olema with a deep track record of community involvement in West Marin and beyond, took the oath of office and officially joined the Marin County Board of Supervisors as District 4 Supervisor on January 3 during the Board's annual reorganization.

Rodoni replaced Steve Kinsey, who chose not to run for another term after 20 years in the role. In addition, District 5 Supervisor Judy Arnold took over as Board President, District 1 Supervisor Damon Connolly was voted First Vice President and District 3 Supervisor Kate Sears was named Second Vice President.

Rodoni, who grew up in West Marin, was elected in November. He served 21 years on the North Marin Water District Board of Directors and is a former high school teacher. For more than 30 years, he ran his own company that specialized in custom home remodeling and home building. Meanwhile, he participated on nearly a dozen advisory committees, boards and associations.

"I am both grateful and humbled by your trust in me to represent you … and I am honored to be your voice in County government," Rodoni said in his introductory message. "My staff and I are looking forward to hearing from you and keeping you informed."

Arnold succeeded Kinsey as Board President and is accepting the role for a third time. Her district includes most of the city of Novato and surrounding unincorporated areas. A Novato resident since 1996, she joined the Board of Supervisors in 2006 after a term on the Novato City Council.

During the first Board meeting of the new year, Arnold thanked all County employees for their dedication and listed some of her top priorities for 2017. She said she was recently inspired by an interview with actors associated with the popular Broadway musical "Hamilton" and how seriously they took the challenge of representing the country's founding fathers who worked through their many differences.

"It's going to be a busy year, and I want my colleagues to know how much I appreciate working with you and how seriously this Board takes its work for the county," she said.

Matthew Hymel

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 325
San Rafael, CA 94903
415 473-6358 T
CRS Dial 711

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fwd: From Jared Huffman : 📎photo from the sit-in

From: Jared Huffman
Date: Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:40 PM
Subject: 📎photo from the sit-in

Today is my proudest day as a member of Congress. Right now, I am joining dozens of colleagues as we hold a sit-in on the floor of the House to demand Speaker Ryan allow us to vote on legislation to prevent gun violence. And even though House Republicans cut the microphones and turned off the TV cameras, we're still here – and the world is watching on streaming cellphone video.

Mari, I wanted to make sure you knew what was happening. Speaker Ryan can cut off our mics, cut the TV cameras, and retreat to his office, but he cannot silence our voices. Because in this moment, on this issue, ours is the voice of the American people and it will only grow louder until Congress acts.

This kind of congressional sit-in is virtually unprecedented, but it is necessary today. We cannot wait any longer for a vote on the commonsense, bipartisan bill to deny guns to suspected terrorists – the so-called "no fly, no buy" bill. That's what we're demanding: no congressional recess until a vote is allowed.

I'm asking you to join our sit in. I know you probably can't be here in person, but you can join us in spirit and you can make a difference by adding your name to my petition. Here's the link:

We're not backing down. We're making it clear to House Republicans: no vote, no break.

Thanks for standing up by sitting with us.



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Watch "CSAC Webinar -- SB 272: The New Public Record -- June 8, 2016" on YouTube

Published on Jun 14, 2016
Counties face a July 1 deadline to comply with California’s newest Public Records Act requirement: a catalog of the agency’s record-keeping systems. Put in place by SB 272 (Hertzberg, 2015), the development of this catalog will require counties and other public agencies to take an inventory of the “enterprise systems” maintained by every department, along with information such as what data is kept there, how often the data is updated, and who the system’s vendor is.

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Fwd: Updated Signal to be Installed at Busy Southern Marin Intersection

County of Marin News Release
An image of a 5-light traffic signal
Updated Signal to be Installed at Busy Intersection
5-light cluster at Tennessee Valley & Shoreline Highway in southern Marin
San Rafael, CA – A busy intersection in an unincorporated area of southern Marin County is getting a new traffic signal head to help ease historically congested conditions, but it's not the kind of signal head Marin County drivers are used to seeing.
Workers will take down a signal head installed in 2013 at the junction of Tennessee Valley Road and Shoreline Highway (aka Highway 1) and replace it with one that has a cluster of five lights. The lights are arranged with a red stop light on top, two caution yellow lights side by side below the red one and two green lights side by side at the bottom. The yellows and greens will have arrows for those turning left and solid colors for through traffic. Barring unforeseen delays, the new signal head will be installed overnight on June 23.
Drivers on westbound Shoreline Highway making left turns onto southbound Tennessee Valley Road will have a designated left-turn arrow and they will also be permitted to turn left under a solid green light if they yield to oncoming traffic. The improvement will provide additional green time for the traffic making left turns to Tennessee Valley Road and in turn reduce congestion along westbound Shoreline Highway.
The Marin County Department of Public Works (DPW) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) are overseeing the installation by contractor DC Electric, based in Cotati.
"Although this type of traffic signal head has been used at many intersections in California, it has not previously been installed in Marin County," DPW Principal Civil Engineer Robert Goralka said. "We want to notify drivers about the change and to let them know of the need for drivers to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn from Shoreline Highway onto Tennessee Valley Road. If they are turning left on the solid green ball, they should turn only if they have enough space to complete the turn before creating a hazard for an oncoming vehicle, bicyclist or pedestrian."
Sean Nozzari, Deputy Director of Traffic Operations for Caltrans District 4, said the added signal heads optimize the timing and efficiency of the signal system for all users, including motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. "This traffic signal is a good example of state and County resources coming together to help meet the increasing safety and mobility needs in our Bay Area communities," Nozzari said.
The Tennessee Valley/Shoreline intersection is a critical hub for those who live or work in Tam Valley, Almonte, Mill Valley, Homestead Valley plus the Pacific Ocean beach communities of Muir Beach, Stinson Beach and Bolinas. Drivers headed to Muir Woods National Monument, Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, the Point Reyes National Seashore and several Marin County Open Space District preserves flow past the Tennessee Valley/Shoreline junction daily.
Together with Tam Junction a quarter mile to the north, the intersection is particularly congested in the summer months. "It's the gateway to West Marin," said DPW Assistant Civil Engineer Amanuel Haile. "With school out for the summer, that adds to the daytime traffic."
Caltrans maintains and operates the traffic signals, including implementation of traffic signal timing for the Shoreline Highway corridor. Caltrans and County DPW are in the process of making signal modifications to reduce traffic delays in the Shoreline Highway corridor. The modifications should be in place by the end of August 2016.
Robert Goralka
Department of Public Works
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94903
415 473 3076 T
415 473 3232 TTY
Public Works website
Craig Tackabery
Department of Public Works
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94903
415 473 6582 T
415 473 3232 TTY
Public Works website

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