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.

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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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From: County of Marin <>
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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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fwd: REVISED: Board Hearing 4/24/2018 on the Local Coastal Program Amendment

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From: Local Coastal Program Amendment

Subject: REVISED: Board Hearing 4/24/2018 on the Local Coastal Program Amendment

REVISED to include location of hearing
The Marin County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1:30 PM to consider the five separate Local Coastal Program Amendments (LCPAs) approved with modifications by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on November 2, 2016. At the close of the hearing the Board may act to accept or not accept each of the separate Amendments. Staff recommends the Board accept Amendments 1 and 2, which (excepting the Hazard policies) comprise the entire Land Use Plan setting out the fundamental policies for managing Marin's coast, as well as Amendment 6 (Administration), as modified by the CCC, and not accept modified Amendments 3 and 7. The materials for the hearing are now available.
The hearing will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers (Room #330 - Administration Building), Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California.
Other Information:
The estimated time above is provided for reference, and the hearing could start later. The final agenda will be posted Thursday before the scheduled hearing on the Board's website at Please see below to for how to obtain a copy of the staff report. Written material should not be mailed or delivered directly to the Board because it will not be accepted or considered as part of the administrative record for the project.  Written material for the Board of Supervisors should be submitted to staff at at least 10 days prior to the hearing date so that it can be distributed and considered by the Board of Supervisors with the staff report.  Any written material submitted after this date will be distributed to the Board of Supervisors prior to or at the hearing.
How to Obtain LCPA Documents:
The staff report as well as the Coastal Commission Approved LCPA and other related documents are available on the website at on the Plans and Documents page. Paper copies are also available from the Marin County Community Development Agency front reception desk in room 308 at the Marin County Civic Center.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposed project please contact Kristin Drumm at (415) 473-6290 or

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SB827 Stalls

SB827 changes

Notice of Draft Annual Action Plan and Board of Supervisors Meeting on May 8th

From: Federal Grants Updates
Date: Tue, Apr 10, 2018, 5:20 PM
Subject: Notice of Draft Annual Action Plan and Board of Supervisors Meeting on May 8th

Banner: Marin County Federal Grants Update 

The County of Marin Consolidated Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-19 (Consolidated Plan) is a planning and budgeting report mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for entitlement communities. The Plan describes the affordable housing and priority non-housing community development needs of extremely low and moderate-income persons in the County, and sets forth priorities and strategies for meeting these needs. The Consolidated Plan includes an annual Action Plan for each year of the 5-year period. The fourth-year Action Plan serves as the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the use of Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds. The County of Marin is required to amend the Consolidated Plan Action Plan annually to reflect each new program year's budget for the use of CDBG and HOME funds. The County is also required to update the Consolidated Plan with new affordable housing and priority non-housing community needs data as it becomes available, and to address public comments received during the public hearings and the comment period.
The proposed budgets for the use of Fiscal Year 2018 CDBG and HOME Program funds will be presented in the 2018 Annual Action Plan. All activities recommended for funding are consistent with the County's priorities as reported in the Consolidated Plan.
This notice is to inform the public and all relevant parties that we will open a 30 day comment period two weeks following the publishing of this notice.

NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN that Federal funding for the CDBG and HOME programs will be voted on for the 2018-19 fiscal year at the Marin County Board of Supervisors for final approval). All interested parties are encouraged to attend the On May 8, 2018.
Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
May 8th, 2018 9:00 AM, or thereafter
Marin County Civic Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 330, San Rafael, CA 94903

Please contact Molly Kron, Planner at or 415-473-6279 if you are not able to attend the public hearings but would like to comment on the proposed Annual Action Plan, or housing and non-housing community development needs. Comments may also be sent to: Molly Kron, Marin County Community Development Agency, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 308 San Rafael, California 94903.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sea Level Rise : Please Read

How about we start with a moratorium on impervious surfaces and work to incorporate more green infrastructure into future building ?  

Regardless of any well meaning proposed solutions, the last thing we need around here is another top down, one size fits all approach that imposes more taxes on people who can barely afford to stay here as it is. That is my opinion.

Besides, any funding should go to an area of greatest need. This is how all projects should be decided. Residents of Marin City to travel to and from the 94941 area code for work and school. 

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From: Curry Eckelhoff
Date: Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 12:22 PM
Subject: Think piece on our SLR problem...

Good Morning all,

Chuck Oldenburg is a long time resident of Homestead Valley just over the hill from Tam Valley which is also part  of the Tamalpais Planning Area. He is currently a member of Flood Control Board for Zone 3. He is very interested in Sea Level Rise and its impact on the 94941 area. His think piece is very interesting and presents a solution that could and should be considered. There are studies underway for a broader area than just 94941 but maybe 94941 should push for a solution for us to start now or in the near future. What do you think? This will be expensive and is it worth it to you who live here in our little slice of Paradise?

Curry & TVIC

Mill Valley Tidal District

The sea level is expected to rise 3 ft. by the year 2100.  If nothing is done, San Francisco Bay will flood adjacent marshes and developed properties. Billions of dollars are required to construct tidal barriers that would prevent such disastrous inundations. Bay area agencies will seek federal funding.

Marin City, a low-income community with federal-owned public housing is currently considering a possible FEMA grant to fund of a flood control project. Success is likely.

Mill Valley 94941, a much more affluent community, stands little chance of receiving federal funding. Funding for a tidal barrier near the Richardson Bay Bridge that will eliminate flooding can come from bond issues.

The boundaries of a Mill Valley Tidal District (MVTD) would be almost the same as those of the Zip code 94941 area. Voters in the Mill Valley School District (MVSD) have recently passed large bond issues and parcel taxes to meet school needs.  Voters in the MVTD will likely meet the flood control needs.

Expected Milestones

Accomplishments before 2030: established the Mill Valley Tide District; passed a $10 million bond issue; significant progress made on tidal barrier design, engineering, environmental and economic studies; acquired all permits; constructed a rock, dirt and concrete levee with two gates; demonstrated routine operation of normally open gates, closed at low tide before a king tide.  Accepted risk of flooding when a king tide and a major storm coincide.

Accomplishments before 2050: passed a second $10 million bond issue; increased levee height; installed pumps; demonstrated routine operation of pumps and gates; prevented all flooding including when a king tide coincides with a major storm; increased level of highway 101 and on and off ramps.

Accomplishments before 2100: increased tidal barrier height; demonstrated routine prevention of flooding of Mill Valley 94941 area.

Tidal Barrier 94941

Tidal Barrier 94941 would extend from Seminary Drive to Highway 101 next to the heliport. It would comprise a dam (or levee) about 2200 ft. long, several fish-friendly floodgates, and a pump station.

Adapt to sea level rise in Tamalpais Valley, Almonte, Mill Valley, Alto, and Strawberry in zone 94941.
Protect wetlands and developed properties from king tides and storm flooding.
Eliminate tides higher than 5.5 ft in the tidal basin of Coyote Creek and Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio watersheds.
Provide a low water level in the tidal basin to accommodate runoff when a storm is expected.

Operations When Sea Level Rise is 3 ft. (in 2100?)
Richardson Bay sea level would typically range from 3 ft. to 8 ft. i.e., 3 ft. above current levels. Operation of the gates would limit the corresponding sea level in the 94941 basin to 3 ft. to 5 ft. Pumps are required to lower the sea level to below 3 ft. When a storm is expected, pumps could establish a low sea level at any time during the normal tidal cycle to receive and pump out storm runoff.

Tidal Barrier 94941 would preserve historic tidal conditions in the 94941 tidal basin.
Current flooding at Manzanita and Tam Junction would be eliminated.
Bothin Marsh, Bay Front Park, and the Shared-use Path would be unaffected by sea level rise.

Construction Progress
Tidal Barrier 94941 could initially be built for adaptation to a 1 ft. sea level rise. It could then periodically be made higher as the sea level rises to 3 ft.  Adaptation to larger sea level rises would call for further heightening and lengthening of the barrier. Maximum length of the barrier extending from the cliffs on each end would be about 2300 ft.

Satellite photo showing Tidal Barrier 94941 (yellow) and the wetland and developed area it protects.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Fwd: Marin Horizon School Update

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From: Stephanie A.
Date: Fri, Apr 6, 2018, 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: Marin Horizon School Update
To: HV94941 INFO 

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


From: HV94941 INFO <>
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:07 PM
To: Stephanie Aschenbrenner <>
Subject: Re: FW: Marin Horizon School Update

Thank you. 
I would also appreciate advance notice of Joint Committee meetings. 

On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 11:27 AM Stephanie wrote:

I have added your email to our distribution list of neighbors for all future communications regarding the updates on our campus project. I have also included the last email Cathy Hunter sent out.



From: Catherine Hunter
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2018 8:25 AM
Subject: Marin Horizon School Update

Dear Neighbors,

On behalf of Marin Horizon, thank you for your patience as we focus on design changes to our proposed campus project. As shared in our last update, we are working with the project architects to incorporate various modifications based on what we have heard from neighbors.

While we are still finalizing the details of these revisions and updating our architectural plans, the essential aspects of the changes do include reductions in the height and size of the buildings, increased landscaping around the campus perimeter, removal of large eaves on the multi-purpose building, elimination of commercial-size kitchen, new exterior wall paint and roof materials, and a lot more.

Visuals are an important part of the process, so we will have these updated plans for everyone to see up close. To accommodate everyone's busy schedules, we have scheduled two upcoming opportunities for residents to view the updated renderings and architectural drawings on new poster boards as well as our updated 3D model. School representatives will be present for the duration of these meetings to show the project updates and to answer questions. Below are the location and dates of the upcoming outreach events:

What: Campus Project Update: Neighbor Office Hours

When: Thursday, April 5 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: MHS Campus – 305 Montford Avenue

(Please enter through Melrose Avenue entrance)

We hope you can visit us anytime during either of these neighborhood open houses. If not, please contact Stephanie at to request an individual meeting. We also intend to post the updated visuals on the school's website once completed.

Thank you again for your participation in this process. We look forward to showing you our progress.

Warm regards,

Cathy Hunter

Catherine Hunter
Interim Head of School
305 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
P 415.388.8408, ext. 225

Stephanie Aschenbrenner
Executive Assistant to the Head of School & Office Manager
305 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
P 415.388.8408, ext. 240
F 415.388.7831

Stephanie Aschenbrenner
Executive Assistant to the Head of School & Office Manager
305 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
P 415.388.8408, ext. 240
F 415.388.7831
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