Marin Catholic Stadium Lights

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that, as you may have read in the Marin IJ or on NextDoor, Marin Catholic High School has decided to withdraw its application to install lights at its stadium. Attached is a copy of the May 11, 2017 letter that the GPOA received from the school’s President, Tim Navone, explaining the school’s decision.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

May 11, 2017 Letter from Tim Navone

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Marin Catholic Neighborhood Outreach

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that the GPOA received the attached letter from Tim Navone, the President of Marin Catholic High School, who asked the GPOA to share this letter with Greenbrae residents. This letter informs residents that Marin Catholic has created a subcommittee to improve neighbor outreach and, as part of that process, Marin Catholic will be communicating with the GPOA about important activities at the school.

Mr. Navone’s letter describes Marin Catholic’s plan to replace certain trees that have become a safety issue for those using the school’s baseball field. Please review this letter, and, if you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Navone at tnavone@marincatholic.org.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

March 27, 2017 Letter from Tim Navone

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GPOA Annual Meeting: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dear Greenbrae Residents:

I am writing to let you know that the GPOA will be holding its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Central Marin Police Authority’s Community Meeting Room. Attached for your information is a copy of the GPOA’s newsletter and meeting announcement, which is being prepared for mailing to all residents and should arrive in your mailbox shortly. Also attached is a copy of Scott Sherman’s Landscaping Report. Scott’s report also will be mailed to all residents.

The GPOA urges all residents to attend the Annual Meeting to learn more about Measure A, the mail in ballot Greenbrae residents will be receiving on April 3, 2017 that seeks to increase the annual CSA 16 parcel tax from $150 to $300 to provide funds for needed capital improvements to our common landscaping areas. The GPOA hopes to see you at the meeting on April 11, 2017.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

GPOA 2017 Landscaping Report

GPOA 2017 Newsletter and Notice of Annual Meeting

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GPOA Meeting Regarding Measure A, March 14, 2017, Bacich Library, 7 p.m.

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing regarding the GPOA’s upcoming meeting concerning Measure A to provide you with the attached Agenda and handouts in advance of the meeting. The GPOA invites all Greenbrae residents to attend the meeting to learn more about Measure A, the April 2017 mail in ballot to determine whether to increase the annual CSA 16 parcel tax from $150 to $300.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

GPOA March 14, 2017 Meeting Agenda and Handouts

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GPOA Meeting Next TUESDAY, March 14th, regarding CSA 16 Parcel Tax Increase

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to clarify that the GPOA’s informational meeting relating to the CSA 16 parcel tax increase will be held on TUESDAY, March 14, 2017, not Wednesday at the Bacich School Library at 7-9 pm. We apologize for the error. Also, attached is a flyer providing additional information relating to Measure A. The GPOA looks forward to seeing you at the meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Very truly yours,

Scott Sherman
Chairman, GPOA’s Landscaping Committee

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GPOA Meeting Regarding CSA 16 Parcel Tax Increase: March 14, 2017, 7-9 p.m., Bacich School Library

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

The Greenbrae Property Owners Association is hosting a meeting to provide residents with information relating to the parcel tax increase that is subject to a mail-in ballot from Greenbrae residents.  The meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., at the Bacich School Community Room.  The GPOA invites all Greenbrae residents to attend this meeting to learn about the proposed increase from $150 to $300 in the annual parcel tax that is used to maintain and improve the many and varied landscape areas in Greenbrae.

My November 22, 2016 email below informed Greenbrae residents that the CSA 16 Advisory Board had scheduled a Special Meeting on November 30, 2016, at which the CSA 16 Advisory Board would recommend to the County Board of Supervisors that a mail-in ballot be held to increase the tax.  My email also provided a link to financial data and analyses relating to the funds generated by the tax and the historical and projected expenses for maintenance and improvements.  That link is below.  At the November 30, 2016 meeting, the CSA 16 Advisory Board recommended that the tax be increased from $150 to $300 per year.

In January 2017, the County Board of Supervisors placed a $150 increase of the annual tax on the ballot.  The ballots will be mailed on April 2, 2017 and will be due by May 2, 2017.  The ballots will be sent to Greenbrae residents who own homes in the area North of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard between Highway 101 and Manor Road.  The area of Greenbrae that is subject to the tax is bounded by Via La Cumbre, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, and Manor Road, and up to but not including Bret Harte Road.  The entries to Greenbrae are at Eliseo, La Cuesta Drive, Manor Road, Via La Cumbre (from the North from San Rafael), and Altura Way (from Bret Harte Road).  The homes in Greenbrae on the South of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard are not subject to the tax and will not receive mail-in ballots.  Attached is a map showing the area of Greenbrae covered by CSA 16.
 
Representatives from the GPOA, the CSA 16 Advisory Board, and the County of Marin will attend the meeting to provide information and answer questions.  The GPOA urges all Greenbrae residents to attend the meeting to learn more about the need to increase the tax, and hopes to see you there on March 14, 2017.
 
Very truly yours,
 
Jack Valinoti
GPOA President
 
Link to CSA 16 Advisory Board November 30, 2016 Meeting Handout:
 
http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/pk/about-us/agendas-minutes/2016/csa-16/meeting_11_30_16/16_11_30_csa16_specialmtg_handout.pdf?la=en.

CSA 16 Area

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Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation Project Environmental Impact Report Scoping Meeting on January 10, 2017

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I’m writing to let you know that, as the next step in the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehabilitation project process, the County of Marin will be preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. In connection with the EIR, the County of Marin is soliciting comments on specific issues to be included in the environmental review. The County of Marin encourages public comments on the scope of issues to be evaluated. In addition, the County of Marin will conduct a public scoping meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Bacich School Multipurpose Room, which is located at 699 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Kentfield. The County of Marin invites all interested members of the public to attend this meeting and present verbal or written comments on the scope of issues to be evaluated in the EIR. The Greenbrae Property Owners Association encourages residents of our community to attend this meeting.

The County of Marin also will accept will accept written comments about the scope of the EIR until 4:00 p.m. on January 17, 2017. Comments can be sent by mail to the attention of Rachel Reid, Environmental Planning Manager, at 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308, San Rafael, California, 94903. Comments also can be submitted by email to sfdrakeimprovements@marincounty.org. You can view the full Notice of Preparation by clicking the following link:

http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/pw/transportation/proj_sfdb/scoping_nop_notice.pdf?la=en

The County of Marin’s website for the project has additional information about the project and the EIR, including an information sheet on the scoping process and the scoping meeting. You can view the project’s webpage by clicking the following link:

http://www.marincounty.org/depts/pw/divisions/transportation/sir-francis-drake-boulevard-rehabilitation

The Greenbrae Property Owners Association hopes to see you at the January 10, 2017 scoping meeting.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti

GPOA President

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Supervisor Rice’s Winter 2016 Newsletter

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

Attached for your information is a copy of Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice’s Winter 2016 Newsletter.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

Supervisor Rice’s Winter 2016 Newsletter

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CSA 16 Parcel Tax Increase

Dear Greenbrae Homeowners,
 
I am writing about the $150 annual parcel tax we all pay for landscape maintenance and improvements for our parks, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard frontage, and plentiful median islands throughout Greenbrae.  The tax has been $150 since 1993.  The revenue generated by the tax has funded maintenance and many significant capital improvement projects over the last 20+ years.  Yet, many islands and medians have not been improved in over 50 years and maintenance costs continue to rise.  The fixed amount of revenue will not be sufficient to complete needed landscape improvements, in addition to maintenance, in the near future unless the tax is increased.
 
The GPOA, the CSA 16 Advisory Board, and the County of Marin have studied historical and projected expenses for maintaining and improving the landscaping in our community.  The CSA 16 Advisory Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at which it will recommend to the County Board of Supervisors that a mail-in ballot vote be held in May 2017 to increase the tax.  You can review the Agenda and Handout (with the historical and projected analysis) for the Special Meeting by following the links below.  I urge you to do so.  The links provide detailed financial information that the CSA 16 Advisory Board and the County prepared and analyzed relating to the tax revenue and upcoming projected expenses, including landscape improvement projects completed in the last 20 years and many projects that remain to be completed across Greenbrae.
 
In summary, the $150 tax since 1993 has allowed the landscaping in our beautiful community to be maintained and significantly improved over the past 20 years.  Those of you who lived in Greenbrae 25 years ago know the significance of the improvements that have been made.  The $150 tax is not, however, sufficient to continue with improvements.  After reviewing all the information provided in the links below, the CSA 16 Advisory Board and the GPOA Board support an increase of at least $150 per year, which would raise the assessment to $300. This revenue increase will allow capital improvements to continue.
 
The GPOA is interested in your opinion.  Would you support a $150 increase?  Are you against any increase?  Are you in favor of a smaller increase (say $100) or a higher increase (say $200 or more), which would allow for improvements to be made sooner?
 
The GPOA would like to hear from you.  Please send an email to info@greenbrae.org to let your GPOA Board know your opinion or if you would like any additional information.
 
We look forward to hearing from you and ask you to share this email with all Greenbrae homeowners so we can obtain the input of as many residents as possible.  Thank you.
 
Very truly yours,
 
 
Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

 
Agenda
 
http://www.marincountyparks.org/depts/pk/about-us/main/agendasminutes/2016/2016/csa-16/november_2016
 
Handout
 
http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/files/departments/pk/about-us/agendas-minutes/2016/csa-16/meeting_11_30_16/16_11_30_csa16_specialmtg_handout.pdf?la=en.  

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Kentfield Planning Advisory Board Meeting September 14, 2016 — Marin Catholic H.S. Use Permit Application

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (KPAB) will be holding a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, during which the Use Permit Application that Marin Catholic H.S. filed with the County of Marin to install stadium lighting will be discussed. The meeting will take place in Deedy Lounge, Student Center, at the College of Marin. This agenda item will be discussed after other agenda items. During the meeting, KPAB will review additional material Marin Catholic H.S. submitted to the County in response to the County Planner’s incomplete list. This meeting also will provide an opportunity for KPAB and the public to provide comments regarding environmental issues raised by the application. The GPOA urges all interested residents to attend this meeting and hopes to see you there.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

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