Archive for January, 2007

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Stagecoach Route Change

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Stagecoach Route Change
Monday, February 26, 2007 at 10:00 am
Board of Supervisors Chambers, Room 330
Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, California

Marin County Transit District (MCTD) Board will consider a weekday route change to the South Route of the West Marin Stagecoach beginning on April 1, 2007. Under this proposal, the South Route would travel along Panoramic Highway on weekdays between the eastern intersection of Panoramic Highway and Highway 1 and the western intersection of Panoramic Highway and Highway 1. Currently, the South Route of the Stagecoach travels along this section of Panoramic Highway during weekends.

The proposed weekday routing change of the Stagecoach would eliminate
service to Muir Beach and the surrounding areas along this section of Highway 1.

Public comment received on the proposed weekday South Route change during the West Marin Stagecoach community input process in December and January will be considered. If you have already provided MCTD staff with your comments on this issue, there is no need to resend them. Additional public comments will be received at the Public Hearing and by mail to: Transit Planning Manager, Marin County Transit District, P.O. Box 4186, San Rafael, California 94913 or by email to info@marintransit.org. Written comments should be received no later than 5pm, February 22, 2007. Call 415/499-6099 or TDD 415/499-6172 for further information.

Additional information including current Stage schedules, routes and map are available at www.marintransit.org/stage.html or by calling (415) 526-3239.

For more information on the Marin County Transit District,
visit www.marintransit.org

The Tour de California: Feb 19th 2007

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

The Tour de California, Bike Race, starting point & sponsor, the City of Sausalito, is scheduled for this Feb. 19th, Presidents Day. The Race extends through Tamalpais Valley on Shoreline Hwy. #1, takes alternate route of Panoramic Hwy. at the So. Intersection of Panoramic & Shoreline Hwy. #1 to the No. Intersection of Panoramic Hwy.& Shoreline Hwy. #1 in Stinson Beach. From there Shoreline Hwy. #1 North through the Village of Stinson and beyond.

This years race coincides with the Presidents Day Holiday, when the Coastal Communities are inundated with Beachgoers, Bird/Whale/Elephant Seal/Newt/Tule Elk/Monarch Butterfly Watchers, Hikers, Kayakers, Surfers, Stinson Beach Park is filled to capacity with parked cars-picknickers-barbecuers, restaurants are packed with gourmet aficionados and imbibers. On top of this multitude in Muir Beach, Stinson and Bolinas are the fans of the Bike Race and the proposed 3 hr. shutdown of Panoramic Hwy.[coincidentally, the only conduit for all the above that are heading So. on Shoreline Hwy. to Hwy. 101 through or in Stinson Beach], for the purpose of accommodating the Tour de Califorina, solo use, during this halt of all other traffic..to & fro.. How odd and inappropriate the timing!

Imagine, the dilemma, of the multitude, coming from all points, California, to destination Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Bolinas and NW Marin at the hours of Closedown, 10a.m.-1p.m., let alone, the Emergency Services and 1st responders, can expect to service the needs of 10-20K[differential is on the basis of weather]. This Holiday Onslaught of Lemmings to the Sea, those that have arrived before the Closure join those that have been here overnight and live full time in SW Marin. They alight from their steeds of transportation, some in need of emergency facilities, others for a bite to eat from the restaurants[Pelican Inn in Muir, Sandollar-Parkside-Stinson Grill-Surfers Grill in Stinson, Bo’s Blue Heron-Coast Cafe-Smileys Schooner Saloon] coffee from John’s Coffee Stand and Edible Treats from the Stinson Beach Market-Bolinas Store-Bo Peoples Food Store, browse the curio & surf shops, gym, video/ice cream, healing art center, chiropractic service, book/map shop, art gallery, real estate offices [view prices/pics of homes posted on windows] motels [Sandpiper, Ocean Court, Stinson Beach Motel, Smileys], Beach-Bed-Breakfast [Redwoods Haus], check out the Beach Scene, surf, kayak, swim, bicycle, hike the Matt Davis/Steep Ravine/Dipsea Trailheads, view the S.B. Monarch Butterfly Swarm in the Trees, visit the Bolinas Lagoon to see the Migrating Birds/Egrets/Pelicans/Blue Herons/Seal Colony, attend the Presbyterian/Historic Bolinas St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, then move on to NW Marin, or the settings for Alfred Hitchcock’s Movies-” The Birds” in Bodega Bay or Vertigo in Muir Woods.

Picture all this activity with individuals and groups jockeying for parking spaces in the residential sectors of Stinson Beach, congregating for the best view spots along Shoreline Hwy. to watch the race, which seems to take forever to appear. Insufficient law enforcement on hand, to keep pedestrians, unaware of the danger, of being hit, by the chase cars[which speed Northbound in the left lane, at rates upward of 50 mph, preceding the bicyclists, being behind a phalanx of off duty CHP officers, 3 on State owned CHP Motorcycles two in CHP Hwy Cruisers, managed by a CHP superior privately acquired for the event, How long is the preplanning process? Are the CHP vehicles also paid for/rented by the promoters of this event? Are the officers on paid vacation from the State of California for the week of this event?, These questions are put forth by members of the SW Marin Community], that may lose control, and plough into the assembled crowds. If such an incident took place, the difficulty for emergency vehicles to move through the gridlock of stacked autos[denied access to Panoramic Hwy. during the Closure, destination Hwy. 101] and the curious would not be easy, well nigh impossible.

The Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, Bolinas Fire Depts are responsible for their Beaches, Environs, respond to emergency calls on Panoramic, Muirs Woods Roads and Shoreline Hwy. #1 as well as the adjacent forest and Lagoon.. Due to the Closure of Shoreline Hwy. for the Repair and Retrofit Projects overseen by Cal Trans, their coordination is dependent on keeping Panoramic, Muir Woods Road and those Parts of Shoreline Hwy. #1 not affected by Closure, open. Each department is responsible to the point of sending crews of fire dept. volunteer personel to clear the roads of debris from car accidents, mud slides and trees, that impede the flow of traffic.

In return the County of Marin Board of Supervisors, insured the various Fire Departments and Disaster Corps Organizations of SW Marin that Panoramic Hwy. would never be closed to the public and 1st responder traffic flow, for any reason other than sheer impossibility due to unforeseeable and overwhelming natural events, during the period of the Closure of Shoreline Hwy. #1 for Retrofit and Repairs. A petition is circulating Stinson Beach, for public signage, against the scheduled and permited Closure of Panoramic Hwy. for 3 hrs., Feb. 19th, Presidents Day. That petition is advocated and promoted by the Stinson Beach Fire Dept. whose primary concern is for the residents and businesses of Stinson Beach and the General Visiting Public as well as for the homeowners on Panoramic Hwy. that will be trapped in their driveways during the 3 hr. closure. That petition enjoys widespread popular support from the business as well as the residential Community of Stinson Beach, who are well aware of the need for 24 hr. vigilance and response capablility of law enforcement, fire, ambulance, evacuation and disaster personel to the dangers posed by tsunami, fire, mud slides, flooding, car accidents, cliff side/domestic falls, health related emergencies, problems posed by weather making it impossible for backup helicopter medic evac missions to extract victims in lieu of ambulances.

In short, any permit issued for Feb. 19th, by Caltrans, allowing the closure of Shoreline Hwy. #1 in the Tam Valley area before Panoramic Hwy. and after the No. Intersection of Panoramic and Shoreline Hwy. #1, would be not be advisable under the circumstances. The same goes for a permit being issued by the County of Marin, Dept of DPW, for Presidents Day, Feb. 19th, Closure of Panoramic Hwy.

MCTD: West Marin Stagecoach Community Meetings begin next week

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
STAGECOACH COMMUNITY MEETINGS IN JANUARY 2007
The Marin County Transit District (MCTD) is considering schedule improvements to the West Marin Stagecoach and will be hosting a series of public workshops in West Marin to discuss the Stagecoach and to obtain community input on possible Stagecoach service changes.Potential schedule changes include:
* Improve timings for schedule adherence on South and North Routes.
* Additional mid-day run on the North Route three days per week (Mon, Wed, & Fri)
* North Route service to Bear Valley Visitor Center at Pt. Reyes National Seashore Monday – Saturday to provide consistent schedule and routing
* Consistent schedule and routing of the South Route on weekdays*o Utilize Panoramic Highway to Stinson Beach (current weekend route)
o Operationally easier and less confusing for riders
o Opportunity to serve a higher-density population of riders along Panoramic
* South Route service on Sundays year-round
* New Coastal Route from Bolinas/Stinson Beach – Pt. Reyes Station three days per week (Mon, Wed, & Fri)o Three daily round-trip runs
o Reasonable layover times for appointments, errands, or shopping trips to Pt. Reyes Station
o Eliminates need for Wed/Fri South Route coastal extension
o Inter-lined with a new mid-day run on the North Route

Please join us at one of the following community meetings:

POINT REYES STATION
Monday, January 8th, 6:00 pm
Point Reyes Dance Palace
503 “B” Street, Point Reyes Station
www.dancepalace.org
(415) 663-1075

MUIR WOODS PARK COMMUNITY
Wednesday, January 10th, 6:00 pm
Muir Woods Park Community Association Clubhouse
40 Ridge Avenue (by Panoramic Highway), Mill Valley
www.mounttam.org
(415) 381-3119

STINSON BEACH
Tuesday, January 16th, 6:00 pm
Stinson Beach Community Center
32 Belvedere Avenue, Stinson Beach
www.stinsonbeachonline.com/comctr.html
(415) 868-1444

SAN GERONIMO VALLEY
Thursday, January 18th, 6:00 pm
Lagunitas School, Middle School Complex Room 14
Sir Francis Drake Blvd at Lagunitas School Road, San Geronimo
(415) 488-9437

You may also submit comments until January 19, 2007 via email to info@marintransit.org or by calling (415) 507-2597.
More information about the West Marin Stagecoach can be found at our website www.marintransit.org/stage.html.

*Comments regarding the proposed change of weekday South Route service from Shoreline Hwy/Muir Beach to Panoramic Hwy will be accepted until a public hearing is held in late February/early March.

MARIN LOCAL TICKETS NOW ACCEPTED ON THE STAGE!
Marin Local tickets, including discount ticket books, are now accepted on the Stagecoach and MCTD Shuttle routes.
Information on MCTD fares, passes, transfers and tickets (including locations where you can purchase local tickets) can be found at: www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/PW/main/marintransit/fares.html

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UPCOMING STAGECOACH HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:

Monday, January 15, 2007 (MLK Day) – SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Monday, February 19, 2007 (Presidents’ Day) – SATURDAY SCHEDULE


Marin County Flood Contol & Water Conservation District , Flood Contol Zone Five-Status Report , 1-1-07, the need for coverage

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

From: Olas Angelica <theredwoodshaus1@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2007 08:23:48 -0800 (PST)
To: <richardhalstead@marinij.com>, <rhalstead@marinij.com>
Subject: Re: Marin County Flood Contol & Water Conservation District , Flood Contol Zone Five-Status Report , 1-1-07, the need for coverage


Richard, good coverage of the Ross Valley[Zone 9] Flood of Dec. 31, 2005, in your Dec.31 article, Fed Up With Floods. Coverage of the Stinson Beach Flood of the same period, was not given equal coverage, the only mention was in reference to inclusion of the Fema grant $ to underwrite home elevations. The following DPW update, is informative of the Countys Redress and Remedy to mitigate continued flood potential of Easkoot Creek and Bolinas Lagoon Tidal Surge. Mark Prado, Paul Libertore and Robert Sterling are familiar with the problems of the Slide and Flood that affect the community of Stinson Beach, have a wealth of info. that you might find interesting and informative. We could use your help and expertise in reportage as you have done for Ross Valley, chronicling the coordinate response by their flood affected residential and business community, the County, Fed and State. In order to give hope and promote/consolidate/streamline mitigation solutions as well as promote the need to receive County and Marin Cities Allocation as well as the Ca. Coastal Conservancy to develop a hydraulic model of the Easkoot Creek Watershed and the Poison Lake Easkoot Creek Floodwater Bypass. Novatos problem with the State Dept of Fish and Game was mentioned, the restrictions of that agency hamper mitigation of flood problems, in this community as well.

I am a member of the S.B.V.A. Design Committee, that has been formed, to come up with Design Review Guidelines to help plan and mitigate problems associated with the elevation of houses awarded grants by FEMA in the flood plain, that threaten to change the basic character of the affected neighborhood as well as impose view restrictions for homes not favored. I am also a member of the S.B.V.A. Traffic Committee, coordinating Shoreline Hwy. #1 and Panoramic Hwy. updates from Cal Trans on Road Improvements/Closure as well as parking/trail signage/pedestrian walkways and necessary signage/traffic monitoring/ improvement issues in Stinson Beach. I am in favor of the Bypass solution and further research into the real/potential threat of the Slide..
I host a site, the Stinson Beach Community Network, www.stinson-beach.net , 415 868-1330, where issues relating to the business/residential community of SW Marin, are posted/updated and are open to the SW public/business community input. I have also promoted the Stinson Beach Chamber of Commerce as a vehicle to coordinate/consolidate opinions and develop action plans of individual businesses/public and channel info. of issues affecting commerce in SW Marin[Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, Bolinas, Green Gulch Zen Center and Slide Ranch], influencing policy decisions of County, State and Federal Agencies as well as reportage of the Media. I am here at your convenience to provide info. on this issue as well as being able to steer you to the informed/concerned individuals, groups, flood affected businesses and homeowners, officials, committees and various board members of the community of Stinson Beach, that you may deign necessary for background info. of the specific real threat/flood potential of Easkoot Creek, the Bolinas Lagoon as well as the Storm High Tidal Wave Action of the Pacific.

John Posadas, SBCCommerce, www.stinson-beach.org, 415 868-1330, member S.B.V.A. Transportation /Design Committees, see the Stinson Beach Community Network, www.stinson-beach.net , posted and supported by Paul Draper, webmaster, www.seventhworld.com , & The Redwoods Haus-Beach, Bed & Breakfast in Stinson Beach, www.stinson-beach.com , 415 868-1034. S.B.V.A. next meeting, 10 a.m.-11a.m.Sat.- Jan.6, Stinson Beach Community Center. We can make a difference.

Come to the S.B.V.A. town meeting, at Fire House #1, this
January 6th,
Sat., 10a.m.-11a.m. to discuss the elements of this Zone 5 update, as well as other community issues, cochair Scott Tye will preside. Followed at 11a.m.-Noon, by the Disaster Update Meeting


MARIN COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

FLOOD CONTROL ZONE FIVE

STATUS REPORT – JANUARY 1, 2007

Zone Five now has its own website:
http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/pw/main/zone5.cfm


In the four months since the September 1, 2006 Zone Five Status Report:

·
The annual creek vegetation management program was carried out by the Marin

Conservation Corps.

·
We have had contact with National Parks Service staff and they have obtained

permission from NPS management to meet with us regarding the overflow channel to

the Ocean. The first meeting will take place within the next few weeks.

·
A water level gauge was installed on Easkoot Creek at the Highway One crossing near

the Fire House. Combined with flow velocity measurements that will be taken during

high flow events this winter, this will give us up-to-date data regarding flow quantities

that we will need as our discussions with the NPS proceed.

·
The County Road Crew removed accumulated sediment from the road crossings at

Calle del Pinos. Calle del Pradero, Calle del Sierra, Calle del Onda, and Calle del

Arroyo. The Arenal crossing was not included in this round of cleaning as it is quite a bit

more problematic than at the other crossings. Not only is access much more difficult,

the reach is much deeper with almost vertical banks and when we have removed

material in the past we have had bank stability problems. To really “fix” that area will

require some sort of permanent revetment requiring permits and environmental review

and that will take a lot of time. Consequently the Arenal crossing was not included in

this year’s work. The Arenal crossing will be included in our application for a long term

permit.

Raising of Structures in the Flood Zone

As reported in the September 1, 2006 Status Report, we initiated the process to include Zone

Five in a grant program available through the State to raise houses above the flood level. It was

our intention at that time to send letters to property owners of all parcels within the Special

Flood Hazard Area in Stinson Beach asking if they wanted to participate. However, we

subsequently learned that because of the limited grant funds available, only a relatively few

parcels which actually sustained flood damage would actually have a chance of receiving funds.

Accordingly, letters were only sent to property owners that reported damage from the New

Year’s event and to owners of immediately adjacent parcels (under the assumption that

adjacent parcels could have experienced damage which was not reported). Letters were sent to

46 parcels in all. Only 13 of the 46 responded and the County then assisted those 13 in

gathering the data necessary to apply; e.g., damage sustained, floor elevations, replacement

costs, flood frequencies. It turned out that of the 13, five properties didn’t actually sustain any

damage and thus have no chance of receiving funding. The County will include the remaining eight parcels in the grant application package.

John Posadas, SBCCommerce, www.stinson-beach.org , 415 868-1330