Altura NRG Meeting April 20, 2019

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to invite you to join your neighbors in Greenbrae’s “Altura NRG” (see below for included households) for one hour on Saturday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the offices of Zephyr Real Estate, 350 Bon Air Shopping Center, Suite 100. You are a member of the Altura NRG if you live on the streets below.

If you cannot make the meeting, the Altura NRG Steering Committee would be very grateful if you would opt-in to their email list to receive future notices. To do so, please send an email to Laurie Rice at coordinator@nrgmarin.org and include your street name and number with your email.

Altura NRG:

  • Altura Way
  • Cielo Drive
  • Corte Precita
  • Corte Baristo
  • Paseo Way (street addresses #1 through #176, except #30)
  • Corte Lodato
  • Via Cheparro
  • Los Cerros Drive (street address #3, #5, and #4 through #24)

Attached is an information sheet relating to the April 20th meeting and to becoming an active part of the Altura NRG.

Please RSVP for the April 20th meeting by emailing coordinator@nrgmarin.org.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

Altura NRG 4.20.19 Meeting Flyer

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Fire Prevention and Safety in Greenbrae

Hi,

After the deadly and massively destructive wildfires the past seasons, all of us are alerted to the importance of being fire-wise and better prepared. But, what can each of us do at our homes and in our community to prevent the same from happening here? The links below are excellent, practical resources to review and adopt. And at our GPOA Annual Meeting on April 30th (see attachment) you can learn and ask questions of Fire Department experts.

In the links below:

  • Look at the list of flammable trees (e.g, pines, cypress, cedars, acacias) and flammable plants (e.g., junipers, rosemary, bamboo, dead wood) that ignite most readily and enhance our fire risk. These are the ones best to remove in our gardens and our community medians and parks.
  • See the list of less flammable, alternative plants and trees which are better choices when replacing trees or plants, re-designing our gardens, and maintaining them (e.g., ‘ pruning trees’ away from our homes and roofs, eliminating ‘fire ladders’ that connect ground covers to shrubs and then to lower limbs of trees.)
  • Learn ways to ‘harden’ our homes to resist ignitions by the primary culprit, embers/fire brands (e.g., with fire resistant roofing, clearing of leaves on roofs, replacing the vents around the base of our homes and in our soffits with tested and approved new vents.)
  • Learn why and how to create critical ‘defensible space’ around your home and how, in our community, this also requires coordinating with your immediate neighbors to do this effectively.

To protect our beautiful and cherished community medians and parks, County Service Area 16 (CSA 16) professionals, under the informed and helpful guidance of Fire Department experts, have begun shrub and tree pruning and clearing activities.

Really helpful links:

We hope you will attend our GPOA Annual meeting , Tuesday , April 30th, at 7 pm at the Central Marin Police Community Meeting Room. Fire Department experts will discuss and answer questions on how to manage our garden vegetation and ‘harden’ our homes to resist embers, the main culprit in structural fires.

Best,

Scott

Scott Sherman, GPOA Landscaping Chairman
landscaping@greenbrae.org
www.greenbrae.org

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Navarro Neighborhood Response Group Outreach to Residents

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to invite you to join your neighbors in Greenbrae’s “Navarro NRG” (see below for included households) for one hour on Monday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the library at Marin Catholic High School. You are a member of the Navarro NRG if you live on the streets below.

If you cannot make the meeting, the Navarro NRG Steering Committee would be very grateful if you would opt-in to their email list to receive future notices. To do so, please send an email to susan_mark@comcast.net and include your street name and number with your email.

Navarro NRG:

    Bretano (street addresses 205 through 270 only)
    Corte Cayuga (all)
    Corte de Sabla (all)
    Corte Fedora (all)
    Corte Gracitas (all)
    Corte Toluca (all)
    Eliseo (street addresses 103 through 398 only)
    Via Barranca (all)
    Via La Paz (street addresses 1 through 99 only)
    Via Lerida (all)
    Via Navarro (all)

Attached is an information sheet relating to the meeting and to becoming an active part of the Navarro NRG.

Please RSVP for the March 25th meeting by emailing susan_mark@comcast.net

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

March 25th Navarro NRG Meeting Information Sheet

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One of Seven “Neighborhood Response Groups” Forming — February 25, 2019 Meeting (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to invite you to join your neighbors in Greenbrae’s newly forming “Navarro NRG” (see below for included households) for one hour on February 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Marin Catholic High School. We are all at risk from earthquakes, mudslides and fires, and official help may not come quickly if the disaster is widespread. This is a chance for us to get organized ahead of the need, and to learn how to help ourselves, our families and our neighbors. We will learn what Marin County and the Cities of Larkspur/Corte Madera are doing about disaster preparedness and planning. We will take the first steps to organizing our NRG – a self-help group to check on neighbors and to guide official relief to those in need following disaster. We will learn how to prepare ourselves to evacuate or shelter in place.

You are a member of the Navarro NRG (one of 7 in Greenbrae) if you live on: Eliseo (#103 – #398), Corte Cayuga (#1 – #90), Corte de Sabla (#5 – #90), Bretano (#205 – #270), Via Barranca (#15 – #299), Via Navarro (#2 – #100), Corte Toluca (#5 – #95), Via La Paz (#1 – #99), Corte Gracitas (#5 – #100), Via Lerida (#101 – #291), or Corte Fedora (#15 – #99).

Please RSVP for the February 25th meeting by emailing Laurie Rice at coordinator@nrgmarin.org. Specify that you are rsvp’ing for the Feb 25th meeting.

The GPOA has worked with Laurie Rice in forming the other NRG’s for our community. If you are interested in working to help keep the project moving forward, please contact Laurie Rice at coordinator@nrgmarin.org.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

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Greenbrae Disaster Neighborhood Response Group Informational Meeting Thursday, November 8, 2018 7-8 pm

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

As was discussed during the GPOA’s October 4, 2018 meeting, the Central Marin Neighborhood Response Group (“NRG”) is being formed in our neighborhood! The Central Marin NRG program has already formed 33 NRGs that cover over 4,500 homes. The Central Marin NRG is holding an informational meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 7-8 p.m. at the Central Marin Police Authority, 250 Doherty Ave, Larkspur, CA 94939. The GPOA urges all Greenbrae residents to attend this meeting.

The NRG Program helps prepare neighborhoods for 3 scenarios: (1) major earthquake or flood; (2) wildfire evacuation; and (3) fire after a major earthquake. At the meeting you can learn more about:

  • how the NRG adds the next level of support to your family’s preparedness for earthquakes and wildfires;
  • radio communications-lifeline after a major earthquake;
  • educating your neighbors to check gas meters to prevent fire after a major earthquake;
  • identifying, mapping, and learning evacuations pathways;
  • sharing situational awareness about high risk fire days and sharing evacuation alerts with communication networks; and
  • creating defensible or survivable space on parcels at the neighborhood level,

Please attend the meeting and learn more about how neighbors are helping each other across Central Marin.

Please share this email with your Greenbrae neighbors.

The Managers of Larkspur, Corte Madera and the Central Marin Fire Department all endorse this program as integral to the towns’ disaster preparedness plan.

Please direct questions to Laurie Rice, the NRG Coordinator for Corte Madera and Larkspur, at coordinator@nrgmarin.org and please visit the NRG’s website http://www.nrgmarin.org/

The GPOA looks forward to seeing you at the meeting on November 8, 2018.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

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Supervisor Rice’s October 20, 2018 Kentfield/Greenbrae Community Meeting

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice will be hosting a Community Meeting on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the Kent Middle School Library in Kentfield. Supervisor Rice will provide updates on key issues of importance to the community and there will be time for questions, comments, and conversation on any topic of interest to those attending. Please see Supervisor Rice’s notice of the meeting. The GPOA urges all residents to attend this meeting.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

Kentfield/Greenbrae Community Meeting

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September 29, 2018 GPOA Picnic in the Park

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I trust by now you have received notice that, on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., there will be a Picnic in the Park at Greenbrae School Park, located at 1 Parkside Way.  All members of our community are invited!

The GPOA and the volunteers who organized this Picnic in the Park are excited to announce that The Michael LaMacchia Band will be playing, Coach Shafer will be running his infamous kids’ games, and 3 on 3 basketball games will be played.  Please bring a chair/blanket and food/drink, and come join the fun!  Also, food will be available for purchase from El Huarache Loco.

We encourage you to come to the Picnic in the Park and meet your neighbors while we celebrate our wonderful community.  Please contact Holly Welch by email to Holly@HollyinMarin.com to volunteer to help with the Picnic in the Park.  We welcome the help of kids and adults.

The GPOA is pleased to sponsor this Picnic in the Park and extends a well deserved thank you to volunteers Holly Welch, Andrew Roth, and Greg Ulin, and to sponsors Zephyr Real Estate, Jamba Juice, Frame Crafters Gallery, Orange Theory, and AvidGreen Fine Landscaping, Vineyards, and Backyard Farms.  The GPOA appreciates all the hard work Holly, Andrew, and Greg, along with the GPOA Board, have put into organizing the Picnic in the Park.

We look forward to seeing you at the Picnic in the Park!

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti

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Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I hope you had a nice summer.

I’m writing to let you know that, thanks to the volunteer efforts of Holly Welch, Andrew Roth, and Greg Ulin, the GPOA will have a community picnic on September 29, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. in Greenbrae School Park (on Parkside Way just off Eliseo Drive). Please click the link below to view the picnic notice.

GPOA 2018 Picnic

The GPOA also will have its annual meeting on October 4, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Central Marin Police Authority. Please click the link below to view the newsletter, which includes an agenda for the meeting.

GPOA 2018 Newsletter

Please also click the link below to view the Fall 2018 landscaping report.

GPOA Fall 2018 Landscaping Report

The GPOA looks forward to seeing you at the picnic and meeting.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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On Street Parking

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to follow up on the post that you may have seen on NextDoor regarding on street parking in our community. The GPOA understands that, in today’s day and age, homeowners have multiple cars and some use their garage as an extra room or for storage space rather than to park their cars. In addition to the post on NextDoor, the GPOA has received complaints about cars being parked on the street repeatedly and/or for long periods of time. We also have received complaints that on street parking creates a safety hazard on some of the narrow streets in our neighborhood, which not only makes it difficult for cars to travel on these streets but also could present problems for emergency vehicles to get to their destination to provide needed services.

The GPOA reminds residents that the CCRs governing all homes in our community require residents to store their personal property–which includes cars–in the interior of buildings, i.e., in the garage. While we understand that times have changed since the CCRs were written, we urge residents to park their cars in their garage or their driveway rather than on the street. Doing so also could serve to protect against crimes of opportunity. We thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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Storing Garbage, Green, and Recycling Cans

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

Recently, the GPOA received several complaints about homeowners leaving their garbage, green, and/or recycling cans near the curb for days and longer after they are emptied by the sanitation service. In addition to being unsightly and against the requirement in the CCRs to store personal property “indoors” (i.e., in a garage or behind a gate or a fence) we received reports of car accidents involving garbage cans that have been left out at the curb. The GPOA reminds all homeowners of the CCRs and asks everyone to remove their cans from the curb within a day after collection.

Our wonderful and beautiful community benefits from this requirement in the CCRs. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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