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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Almenar Median Planting project

Dear Neighbors,

Please see the attached letter and map from Sarah Richards, a Landscape Architect with the County Parks Department, announcing an imminent project to improve sections of landscaping on two median islands along Almenar Drive. This is the result of constructive input from many residents on these blocks as well as significant time and resources provided by the County Parks Department and the GPOA and County Service Area 16 Advisory Boards (comprised of homeowners from across Greenbrae.)

Best,

Scott Sherman
GPOA Landscaping Chairman

CSA 16 Almenar Median Construction Notice letter

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November 18, 2015 Sir Francis Drake Corridor Improvement Project Community Workshop

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

The County of Marin is holding a Community Workshop on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the College of Marin to present initial concepts for addressing traffic flow and safety issues in the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard corridor. The GPOA invites all Greenbrae residents to attend this Community Workshop and hopes to see you there.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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Supervisor Rice’s November 7, 2015 Kentfield/Greenbrae Community Meeting

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice is holding a Kentfield/Greenbrae Community Meeting on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10-11 a.m. at the Kent Middle School Library. Supervisor Rice will begin the meeting with updates on key issues of importance to our community followed by time for questions and comments. The GPOA invites Greenbrae residents to attend and hopes to see you there.

For your information, attached is Supervisor Rice’s Fall 2015 Newsletter.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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November 12, 2015 Meeting Regarding Marin Catholic’s Lights Project

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know that Marin Catholic High School is hosting a meeting at 7:00 p.m. on November 12, 2015 at the Bacich Elementary School Community Center during which Marin Catholic will present its lights project to the public prior to submitting an application to the County of Marin. The project involves installing LED lights around the athletic stadium. The GPOA invites all residents to attend this meeting and hopes to see you there.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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October 28, 2015 Kentfield Planning Advisory Board Meeting Regarding the Sir Francis Drake Corridor Rehabilitation Project

Dear Greenbrae Residents:

I am writing to let you know that there will be a presentation of various possibilities for the Sir Francis Drake corridor on October 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. This presentation will be part of the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board meeting and will take place at the College of Marin. On behalf of the GPOA, I have attended a community workshop and a community leaders meeting on this project, which will impact our community. The GPOA encourages all residents to attend this meeting to become informed about the project. We hope to see you there on the 28th.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti

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Bay-Friendly Blog: Wildfire Season Is Here–Are You Prepared?

The following is a posting from the Bay-Friendly Blog. You may find the original posting here.

Defensible space is the area around your home that has been modified to reduce the effects of wildfire. The following actions can help turn your yard into a defensible space:

  • Cutting annual grasses within 30-100’ of your home.
  • Pruning all tree branches a minimum of 10 feet off the ground, and at least 10 feet away from roof lines, decks and chimneys.
  • Breaking up fuel continuity by creating islands of vegetation and removing flammable materials between them.
  • Removing highly flammable vegetation such as juniper, bamboo, scotch broom and eucalyptus. Not only do these plants create intense fires, they produce embers that can travel long distances and start new spot fires.
  • Flammable plants should be removed and replaced with fire resistant, drought tolerant plants.

The City of Mill Valley recently constructed a fire resistive/defensible space garden near its public safety building. Here is a plant list from the project:

  • Agave Attenuata – Fox Tail Agave
  • Campanula Portenschlagiana – Bellflower
  • Cercis Occidentalis – Western Redbud
  • Cistus Salvifolius ‘Prostratus’ – Rock Rose
  • Correa Reflexa ‘Cape Green’ – Cape Green Fuchsia
  • Erigeron X Moerheimi – Pink Santa Barbara Daisy
  • Eschscholzia Californica – California Poppy
  • Festuca Glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ – Elijah Blue Fescue
  • Lavandula ‘Provence’ – French Lavender
  • Limonium Perezii – Sea Lavender
  • Olea Europaea – European Olive
  • Mimulus Aurantiacus – Sticky Monkey Flower
  • Nepeta Faassenii ‘Walkers Low’ – Cat Mint
  • Penstemon Heterophyllus – Foothill Penstemon
  • Phormium Tenax ‘Dusky Chief’ – New Zealand Flax ‘Dusky Chief’
  • Phormium ‘Tiny Tiger’ – Tiny Tiger Flax
  • Salvia Apiana – White Sage
  • Thymus Serpyllum – Creeping Thyme
  • Verbena Bonariensis – Purpletop Vervain

Home Wildfire Protection

In addition to creating a defensible space in your yard around your home, it is also important to evaluate the fire safety of your house itself. An ember from a wildfire can drop into your gutter, under the deck or in a dry potted plant that can start a fire and threaten your house. The following actions can help protect your home:

  • Make sure your street address is clearly visible from the street.
  • Install a spark arrester on your chimney to prevent embers from leaving your chimney.
  • Remove the dead needles and debris from your gutters.
  • Clear storage and clutter from under your decks and up against your house.
  • Remove dead or dry potted plants from around your house.
  • Patio cushions and other storage on a deck or patio pose a threat if an ember was to drop on them.

You can never be 100% safe from the risk of a wildfire, but if you take the actions listed above you will significantly improve the fire safety of your home.

-Scott Barnes, Mill Valley Fire Department

Scott Barnes is the Battalion Chief-Operations of the Mill Valley Fire Department and works to educate the public about fire safety.

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June 10, 2015 Kentfield Planning Advisory Board Meeting

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I apologize for the late notice but I am writing to let you know the Kentfield Planning Advisory Board (“KPAB”) is having a meeting on June 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. with a group of parents and officials from Marin Catholic High School (“MC”) to discuss MC’s desire to install lights at its football stadium. This is a preliminary meeting to explore MC’s proposal as MC has not filed any application to install lights with the County of Marin. KPAB has asked that I inform Greenbrae residents and invite residents to attend this meeting, which will take place at the Deedy Lounge, Student Center, at the College of Marin. MC representatives have informed me that MC is planning a community outreach program that will give Greenbrae and Kentfield residents multiple opportunities to provide input. The GPOA urges all interested residents to attend this meeting.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

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GPOA Annual Meeting May 18, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Dear Greenbrae Residents,

I am writing to let you know the GPOA Board has scheduled our Annual Meeting for Monday, May 18, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Central Marin Police Authority’s Community Meeting Room, which is located at 250 Doherty Avenue in Larkspur. Attached is the Newsletter and Spring 2015 Landscaping Report we have prepared in advance of the meeting. These items have been printed and delivered to the post office. They should be arriving at your homes shortly. The GPOA Board hopes you can make it to the Annual Meeting and looks forward to seeing you there.

Very truly yours,

Jack Valinoti
GPOA President

GPOA 2015 Newsletter

GPOA Spring 2015 Landscaping Report

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