The following letter has been sent to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, regarding their recent decision about the San Geronimo Golf Course.
I am displeased at your continued closed sessions closing out the
general public, your constituents. You would garner greater support and
trust if you included us in your deliberations.
Your insistence to negotiate behind closed sessions, spending
public funds is not good governance. Before the board in open chambers, I
requested the disposition of your closed session after it was disclosed
direction to staff had been given. Please recall
I cited CCP 6250 (6250-6273) and requested disclosure of the direction
give to staff. As soon as direction is given to staff this becomes
subject to disclosure because expenditure of public funds has been met.
You will find similar rules, CCP 11120-11132.
My greatest concern is your arbitrary and capricious approach to
your excluding the general public. I challenge your self-serving CEQA
and EIR exemptions. Please cite under what exemptions are you hiding?
1) Located adjacent to, and in the watershed above, was a Gold Mine in Roy's Redwoods.
2) Located on the property in the lower fairways, was a Gold Mine.
3) Located adjacent to, and continuing into the upper part of the Golf Course, was a Chromite and Mariposite Mine. (Ore Sample letter attached)
Please recall California Gold is commonly found with other
minerals, such as arsenopyrite. Separating Gold releases and deposits
Arsenic and other byproducts in the tailings and wash. Hence this
property requires a Phase 1-2, minimum.
I hereby request the County follow the same laws you require of us.
If the real want here is to encourage salmon habitat, I believe if a
holding pond for the sewage processing plant was extended to the back 9
of the Golf Course you would save more fish and create better habitat.
By placing the holding pond in the back
9, you could expand the sewage processing throughout Lagunitas. The
aging septic tanks have been leaching our antibiotics into the Lagunitas
Creek for years.
Habitat restoration is compatible with the Golf Course. The Golf
Course is a viable community asset, currently generating approximately
$68,000.00/year in County tax. Considering our dire pension financial
straits, why would you replace a tax generating
asset with a greater liability with more rangers, pensions, and
Please open your meetings to the public.