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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May 7, 2016 Debate Among Candidates for Marin County District 2 Supervisor

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that there will be a debate among the three candidates for Marin County District 2 Supervisor on Saturday, May 7, 2016 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. This debate will take place at the College of Marin’s new Academic Center, Room 225, and is sponsored by Friends of Kentfield, Woodlands Sponsors, and the Ross Property Owners’ Association. The three candidates Katie Rice, Kevin Haroff, and Frank Egger will attend this opportunity for the voters of District 2 to hear from the candidates who are running to represent our community. Although other debates have been held among the 13 candidates running for three different Districts, this debate will focus on our District. Attendees will be invited to submit their questions about our District on topics that affect our community such as high density housing, traffic congestion on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, and County pensions. The GPOA encourages all Greenbrae residents to attend this debate and looks forward to seeing you there.

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 Supervisor Rice’s Winter 2016 Newsletter.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

Supervisor Rice’s Winter 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that the Marin County Parks Department is having a Discovery Day at Hal Brown Park (in Greenbrae on Bon Air Road) on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The GPOA encourages residents to join the County for a day of discovery and play where residents can learn about upcoming projects and provide their comments and input about this neighborhood park. There will be a scavenger hunt, nature walks, snacks, refreshments, and, last but not least, Earth Day festivities. Attached is a flyer for the event. The GPOA hopes to see you there on April 23, 2016.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

Marin County Parks Discovery Day April 23

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May 7, 2016 Community May Day Celebration

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that the Kentfield-Greenbrae Historical Society (KGHS) is having a May Day Community Celebration on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and to invite you to attend this event, which will take place at Kent Middle School. You may recall that, two years ago, the KGHS organized the Centennial of the Kent School. This event was a tremendous success with over 2,500 community members in attendance. This year, the KGHS is celebrating the entire Kentfield and Greenbrae community with an afternoon of vintage kids’ games, maypole dancing, the Kent Jazz Student Band, historical displays, Kentfield student project, historical tours by the Kent Student History Club, and food trucks. Attached is a poster for the event. The KGHS is thrilled to welcome the following local organizations to its Community Hall:

Kentfield Fire Department
College of Marin
Marin General Hospital
Kent Woodlands Property Owner’s Association
Greenbrae Property Owners Association
Kentfield Schools PTA
Kentfield Schools kik Foundation
Kentfield School District
Kentfield Schools District Safe Routes to School Program
Kentfield Planning Advisory Board
Friends of Corte Madera Creek
Ross Valley Nursery School
Corte Madera Creek Improvement Project (Flood Prevention Project)
Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation Project (with Supervisor Katie Rice)
Assemblyman Marc Levine
The Marin Independent Journal (with editor Robert Sterling and Opinion Page Editor Brad Breithaupt)
Marin County Library
Rustic Bakery (which will serve donated baked goods)
Peets Coffee Bon Air (which will serve donated coffee)

If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please use the following link to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4eac238-mayday. The KGHS especially encourages students interested in earning Community Service hours to help with the kids’ games!

The GPOA and the KGHS hope to have strong local participation in this free, community event. Everyone is warmly welcome! For more information about the KGHS, see www.kghs.org.

Very truly yours,

Jack V. Valinoti
GPOA President

May Day 2016 Poster

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March 9, 2016 KPAB Meeting Regarding the Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation Project

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that there is a meeting of the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board on March 9, 2016 with Marin County Principal Transportation Planner Dan Dawson to review the proposed possibilities for the Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation Project. The project affects Sir Francis Drake Boulevard from Highway 101 to the Kentfield/Ross town line, including the portion of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that passes through our community. This meet is taking place at 7:30 p.m. in the Deedy Lounge, Student Center at the College of Marin.

There also is a community meeting for this project on Tuesday, March 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Kent Middle School.

The Greenbrae Property Owners Association encourages all Greenbrae residents to attend these meetings.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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Marin Catholic Stadium Lights — Kentfield Planning Advisory Board Meeting on January 27, 2016 at 7:30

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that Marin Catholic High School has submitted an application to the County of Marin relating to the school’s proposal to add lights to its stadium.  In connection with the application, the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board is having a meeting on January 27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Deedy Lounge, Student Center, of the College of Marin. Deedy Lounge is in the lowest floor of the Student Center, in the corner building nearest the creek and the new science building. You may have to go through the cafeteria and should look for a sign on the door.

According to the agenda for the KPAB meeting, Marin Catholic is requesting approval to allow for installation of a field lighting system at the school’s outdoor football field. The system would be comprised of four 80-foot tall light poles with differing fixture arrays, installed on the 10 yard line at each side of the field. LED lamp fixtures would be affixed to each pole for lighting during evening hours. Proposed poles at the north side of the field (closest to the parking lot) would feature 19 fixtures, 16 at top and three at about 15 feet. The two poles on the field’s south side (in front of the home bleachers) would have 16 fixtures. The poles would consist of in-ground concrete bases and 80-foot tall galvanized steel poles. The fixtures would utilize a Light Structure Green System from Musco Lighting Systems and 50 to 1,500-watt LEDs would be used to provide a 50-foot candle illumination average. The system would feature a “dimmed” setting, which would be used for games that do require full lighting, as well as after completion of games. Additional path lighting is to be installed along pedestrian pathways for illumination of bleachers and paths surrounding the field.

Overall, the system would be used for 514 games and practices annually: Freshman football games on Thursdays at 6 p.m., Junior Varsity football games on Fridays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and Varsity football games from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. The system also would be used for overlapping evening practices, with 110 total football practices and 225 lacrosse and soccer practices proposed. These practices would end at 9:00 p.m. The majority of evening games and practices would be from November through February.

The GPOA encourages all interested residents to attend this meeting on January 27, 2016.

Residents can view the application at: www.marincatholic.org/Page/Stadium-Lights.

Very truly yours, 

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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GPOA Meeting on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm at the Bacich School Library

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

Just a reminder about the upcoming GPOA meeting on Thursday, December 10 at 7pm at the Bacich School Library (699 Sir Francis Drake). The County will be presenting the Sir Francis Drake Rehabilitation project and the current alternatives. It’s a good opportunity for you to learn more about the project, discuss, and provide input.

Note that the annual craft fair in the Bacich community center will just be ending at 7pm, so the parking lot will be impacted. Please allow extra time for your arrival and plan accordingly.

Hope to see you Thursday.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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SFD Corridor Project – Meeting with Greenbrae Community

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

As I hope you are aware, the County of Marin has planned a $13 million project to rehabilitate the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard corridor from 101 to the Ross town limits. The specific details of the plans have not been finalized. The County has had two Community Workshops (in May and November), a meeting with community leaders (in July) and has presented various alternatives at a meeting of the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (in October).

GPOA is hosting a meeting on December 10, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Bacich School Library (699 Sir Frances Drake), for the County to present the project and the current alternatives. The GPOA encourages all residents to attend this meeting to learn more about the project, provide input, and learn how to stay involved.

The GPOA hopes to see you at this meeting on December 10, 2015.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti

GPOA President

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