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The Most Read Articles on the Marin Post, in 2019

The following are the most read blog posts on the Marin Post in calendar year 2019. They are listed in approximate order of the most read, first.

Many thanks to the entire Marin Post community for their participation and patronage.

CLICK ON the IMAGES and TITLES to read the articles


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What SMART is not telling the public

Posted by: Mike Arnold Ph.D. - November 20, 2019 - 4:16pm

The following comments were submitted to the Marin Chapter of the Sierra Club in anticipation of their Executive Committee meeting, held on November 20, 2019. Her... … more »


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Kate Sears' and MCE's "Green New Deal" - Part I

Posted by: Jim Phelps - April 21, 2019 - 12:24pm

If consumers think that Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) companies, such as Marin Clean Energy (MCE) represent transparency, clean energy, and local control, the... … more »


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Speed and Angels: The Adventures of Meagan and Jay

Posted by: Don Schwartz - April 6, 2018 - 1:46am

When Jay Consalvi went home from the hospital—at two days of age—his father took the infant flying for 20 minutes before going home. By the time he was five Jay wa... … more »


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Opposition to the Mill Valley Fire Ordinance Three Foot Hardscape Requirement

Posted by: Marin Post - August 29, 2019 - 6:15pm

Former Mill Valley Mayor, council member, and planning commissioner, Dennis Fisco, has submitted the comments below to the Mill Valley Council in anticipation of t... … more »


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State Legislature & Governor Approve 18 New Housing Bills & Eliminate Single Family Zoning

Posted by: Sharon Rushton - October 12, 2019 - 6:16pm

On October 9th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed 18 bills designed to promote housing production. A number of these housing bills take away local control of land use,... … more »


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When did California politics lose its common sense?

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - May 26, 2019 - 4:19pm

In the wake of the postponement of a vote on SB 50, until January 2020, there has been a flurry of articles lamenting its fate. But, I’ve yet to read one in the ... … more »


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Part II - A Primer on What SMART is Not Telling the Public

Posted by: Mike Arnold Ph.D. - December 4, 2019 - 12:30pm

The following is Part II about what the SMART Board is not telling the public. For Part I of the series, please click here. What SMART is not telling the public: ... … more »


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The financialization of ADUs

Posted by: Susan Kirsch - October 13, 2019 - 7:15pm

You’ve probably heard that Govenor Newsom signed 18 new housing bills, including three related to Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs. Certainly, ADUs can be a welcom... … more »


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The Mill Valley City Council is ignoring the lessons of the Paradise Fire

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - January 4, 2019 - 9:26pm

Along with other long-time community leaders, Community Venture Partners has monitored the “Pilot Project” in the Parkway section of Miller Avenue (from Willow Str... … more »


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Kate Sears' and MCE's "Green New Deal" - Part II

Posted by: Jim Phelps - May 6, 2019 - 12:35pm

As discussed in Part I, Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) and specifically Marin Clean Energy (MCE) are delivering a stripped down version of the "Green New Deal... … more »


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Oblivious to reality, Senator Wiener trips over American's third rail

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - May 17, 2019 - 2:43pm

Perhaps, one of the most important features of modern societies is private property ownership, which is epitomized by the single-family home. The ability to purcha... … more »


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Mill Valley Council Adopts Wireless Telecommunications Facility Ordinance & Protects Community

Posted by: Sharon Rushton - September 9, 2018 - 3:15pm

On Thursday, September 6th, the Mill Valley City Council voted 5-0 to pass an Urgency Ordinance, amending the Mill Valley Municipal Code and establishing "Wireless... … more »


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San Rafael Misled Into Abdicating Local Zoning Control

Posted by: Richard Hall - June 14, 2019 - 8:36am

On the evening of Wednesday 12th May, San Rafael quietly began to move towards a new zoning format called "form-based codes." Adopting these types of zoning regula... … more »


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Senator Mike McGuire bows to Wiener's SB 50 plan to outlaw single family zoning

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - April 24, 2019 - 9:10pm

As reported by Kerry Cavanaugh in the Los Angeles Times, "On Wednesday, a key committee signed off on Senate Bill 50 — San Francisco Sen. Scott Wiener’s bill to ... … more »


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Mill Valley lacks the ability to deal with a catastrophic event

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - January 19, 2019 - 4:00pm

Mill Valley is a great place to live… just don’t let your house catch on fire or get a heart attack here, because your house might burn down and hope that our Mill... … more »


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MCE’s latest 2017 greenhouse gas (GHG) numbers defy reality

Posted by: Jim Phelps - July 7, 2019 - 2:16pm

Climate change is at an irreversible tipping point. California aspires to be a leader in the fight. But California’s purveyors of “clean energy” are blinded by the... … more »


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It's Time to Fight for Our National Seashore

Posted by: Susan Ives - September 11, 2019 - 11:30am

The National Park Service calls it an open house. Maps are resting on easels; signage explains Alternatives A through F; staff in freshly pressed park uniforms is ... … more »


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CVP vs MCOSD goes to the California State Court of Appeals

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - February 16, 2019 - 1:00pm

On July 17th, Marin County appealed the ruling in favor of Community Venture Partners, by Marin Superior Court Judge Haakenson, which prohibited the change of use ... … more »


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MTC’s CASA: A Coup by Any Other Name

Posted by: Zelda Bronstein - January 4, 2019 - 9:57pm

Regional planners mount a quiet coup to promote developers and attack vulnerable communities. Public money finances secret meetings of powerful group—to encourage ... … more »


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CVP and Livable California prevail in challenge to BART’s illegal endorsement of SB 50

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - May 5, 2019 - 9:49am

On Friday, April 12, 2019, attorney Jason Bezis, representing Livable California and Community Venture Partners, Inc., filed a cease and desist demand letter with ... … more »


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When the housing “crisis” meets a financial crisis, who will pick up the tab?

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - November 21, 2019 - 9:46am

The Governor of California recently signed a slew of housing incentive laws, designed to wrest control of planning, zoning, and project permitting approval away fr... … more »


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MTC’s Pop-Up Farce in Marin

Posted by: Susan Kirsch - November 10, 2019 - 3:52pm

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) brought its mockery of public engagement to the Pickleweed Library, in the Canal Area of San Rafael on Thursday, N... … more »


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MCE's stunning volumes of brown power and a class action

Posted by: Jim Phelps - February 1, 2019 - 6:05pm

A review of Marin Clean Energy's (MCE's) brown power volumes from 2011 through 2016 (latest year available) reveals an altogether stunning and troubling picture th... … more »


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Facebook money and California housing

Posted by: Zelda Bronstein - May 30, 2019 - 12:03am

How Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are funding a shadow government that’s shaping California and Bay Area housing policy On January 24, 2019, the Chan Zuc... … more »


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Affordable housing solutions: more government, less government, or smart government?

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - January 13, 2019 - 4:13pm

Black and white thinking is the death of creative problem solving. And the tendency to argue by “sound bite,” which has become so normalized by social media, leads... … more »


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Complaint to DA Regarding Illegal Acts and Regulatory Violations by Marin County

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - October 2, 2019 - 7:12pm

Community Venture Partners, Inc., has filed the following complaint with the Office of the Marin County District Attorney. It is a complaint regarding numerous ill... … more »


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Facebook money pushes Chiu housing bill – Part A

Posted by: Zelda Bronstein - August 18, 2019 - 5:05pm

This is Part A of the second installment of the “Facebook money and California housing” series, which delves into the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s multi-million-do... … more »


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AB 1487: Higher Taxes, Crowded Neighborhoods Coming to Your 2020 Ballot

Posted by: Jason Bezis - July 20, 2019 - 12:04am

AB 1487 is a controversial bill in the State Legislature, introduced as a part of the CASA (Housing) Compact. It would authorize new taxes to create a new regiona... … more »


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Proposed Point Reyes Seashore Plan—A Public Land Giveaway

Posted by: Susan Ives - August 14, 2019 - 9:39am

Point Reyes Plan a Giveaway to Ranchers Your Comments Needed by September 23 The National Park Service (NPS) has released its Draft General Management ... … more »


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Party on to the Apocalypse

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - December 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Yet, that’s precisely what we’re trying to do when we base political and societal decisions only on financial c... … more »