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Andy Berman December 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Dear Elizabeth: It is people like you who supported me from the start who I must thank for theRead More opportunity to serve this great community. It has all been a privilege and honor. My very best to you and everyone in Mill Valley. Thank you for your kind words. xo Andy
Jack December 5, 2013 at 07:22 pm
Andy, you may not be just the best Mayor I've seen in my 30+ years here, you may be the best person!Read More And I'm pretty impressed with just about everybody. Thank you for your truly exemplary service to our community.
Andy Berman December 5, 2013 at 09:35 pm
Thanks Jack - extremely thoughtful of you to say this. I never expected any of this - but what IRead More have learned is that it takes all of us to keep it going. I've just been blessed with one of the roles. It's been an honor serving. Andy
Jack November 25, 2013 at 07:11 am
Hi Andy, thanks for everything, but it's not the lights in Tam Valley that are snarling traffic.Read More I's the parents who continue to chauffeur their kids to school. When school is closed and the chauffeurs are otherwise engaged, traffic's a breeze. But once school's in session, we're back to gridlock. Student chauffeurs are unnecessary and wasteful.
Andy Berman November 27, 2013 at 09:58 pm
Jack: I couldn't agree more -- "the enemy is us and we drive too much." Have a niceRead More Thanksgiving. Andy
Clayton Smith November 18, 2013 at 01:39 pm
Andy, thanks for thoughtful insights above to the issue of sewers. Being underground, we take themRead More for granted even though they are perhaps the single most important factors in maintaining public health in our highly populated communities. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We in the Tam Valley Community Services District have had our wakeup call on this recently with a very huge increase in our sewer rates to pay for the rebuilding of the long neglected facilities we share with Sausalito in processing our waste. This came as a big shock to the folks living here. In particular, elderly people on fixed incomes and apartment owners were the most negatively impacted. Also, the manner in which the project was explained to the residents here was very poorly done. Even with my background and general ease with numbers, it took me well over an hour of pulling teeth to get a clear idea of how the expenses were incurred and how the schedule of disbursements would be reflected in our future tax bills. This is detailed stuff and, happily, the new city council will have a CPA on board to help make these cost more understandable and therefore acceptable to the ratepayers. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In this regards, a question will arise, why the "all of a suddenness" of this expense? Why wasn't this planned for in the past and the necessary funds husbanded in the City's savings to pay for its inevitable occurrence? If government were run like any normal enterprise, this would have shown up on the income statement as a depreciation expense, reflected on the balance sheet as a charge to equity. This begs a question about the future. Going forward, would it not be more honest to account and prepare for these kinds of costs on an ongoing basis? I think an affirmative answer, even though it is not politically expedient, would be best.
Andy Berman November 22, 2013 at 09:46 pm
Hello Clayton, nice to hear from you again. Yes, I agree: financial planning is critical, andRead More frankly, that's what this master plan is intended to do -- identify sooner what's needed over the next 20-30 years. We (SASM Board) issued bonds to raise the first $4.5M in anticipated CIP. We can do more later, but knowing what to plan for is what's needed. Andy
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Tony Coyle November 4, 2013 at 05:13 pm
I know that he meant to mention that The First Tuesday Art Walk is tomorrow Tuesday in downtown MillRead More Valley 6-8 PM Come one,,,,,,,Come all
Andy Berman November 4, 2013 at 05:26 pm
Ooops Tony, yes - my bad. You know I always have mentioned it before. Do come down and enjoy! Andy
Service Above Self - Fire Dept. "pinnings"
Elizabeth Moody October 27, 2013 at 04:25 pm
So much news always, and well worth reading. I do hate to see you leaving the City Council, but youRead More certainly have a good point on where to go from here. Good wishes are always with you, and I hope to see you in these days to come, when hopefully you do have more time for self and family. Elizabeth Moody
Andy Berman October 27, 2013 at 10:29 pm
You are so kind to read my posts Elizabeth; a very special thing to me. Thanks so much for all yourRead More support these many years. You rock! Andy
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Clayton Smith September 15, 2013 at 05:17 pm
For those interested in the MV2040 document and its portents for the future of Mill Valley, I wouldRead More urge you to go to the Housing Element section of the document and go to pages 11-31 thru 11-33, in particular, page 11-32 and section 36, which deal with the creation of a Housing Advisory Committee. This is one of those remarkable bureaucratic things, buried deep into the bowels of boilerplate that is as tedious as it is copious and mundane. It establishes a group of folks (stakeholders) who will monitor the compliance of the city in fulfilling the State's mandates under SB375. This collection of appointed committee men and women will have great power over the nature of development in the City of Mill Valley for the foreseeable future. It is likely that their activities will completely escape public notice and accountability. I would suspect that many if not most of them will be the sort of socialist advocates who routinely populate the meetings on these issues. Being the endlessly squeaking wheels, those of us who attend the City's meetings experience at almost every meeting we go to, no doubt they will get the lion's share of the grease. The property owners need to be aware of this and be on their guard, vigilant to the destructive capabilities this Housing Advisory Committee can have on the peace and tranquility of this most remarkable and wonderful community.
Linda Rosso September 17, 2013 at 09:26 pm
Enjoy your blog...BUMMED about the news about Jim Welte. He launched Patch in Mill Valley and hasRead More done a great job.
Andy Berman September 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm
Thanks Linda. I appreciate your loyalty, despite the Patch. My best. Andy
lynda beth unkeless August 18, 2013 at 08:34 am
Hi Andy--great new photo! Great Kafka quote too! Congrats on progressing on zero waste, too! AnyRead More mayor who loves Shrek is a winner in my book! Enjoy!
Andy Berman August 24, 2013 at 09:27 pm
Lynda Beth: What a pleasure to read your note. Thanks so much for your kindness. Andy
Clayton Smith August 25, 2013 at 11:22 am
Andy, thank you for your reply. I think it would be of great value to both yourself and to the restRead More of our community that you read all four parts of Bob Silvestri's commentary, "The Enron-ization of Democracy." After reading it, I think you, as well as any other open-minded, intelligent, principled person, would be very skeptical as to the reassurances that much will left of local control in the future zoning decisions for small suburban communities, such as ours. The impression one gets is of the Goliath of the HCD looming over the numerous Davids, living in their peaceful suburban and exurban tranquility. This begs the question, what is our slingshot? We should be grateful to have Bob, as a resource to draw upon (if he is willing) as we encounter the challenge of these impositions. In the spirit of the recent "Great Debate" held a couple of months up at the Civic Center in San Rafael (which is available for viewing on the County's website), I think it would be very constructive and informative for the people of our community to have a public "conversation" between Bob Silvestri and Mike Moore at the big room in the Community Center to delve into the meaning of SB375, SB1, etc. and the likely long term effects they are have on us. To date, the "conversation" has been all top down, and extremely unbalanced, and in my opinion self-serving. We must do better.
Andy Berman August 26, 2013 at 02:08 pm
I'm slowly digesting Bob's commentaries but as you may know, I also have a very good personalRead More relationship with Bob and get to hear from him directly too. His input is always appreciated and respected. I have also learned that SB1 is not moving forward yet and is in "suspense" in Committee. I appreciate this dialogue and plan to monitor SB1's life (or demise) and if necessary, will bring it to Council for discussion / education. Getting Council apprised and up to speed would be a good first step in a public process. We can always decide to do more if SB1 gets legs. Andy
Clayton Smith August 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm
Thanks for your reply. The idea that "economic inefficient usage" could be used as aRead More justification to condemn private property in order to hand it over to the big real estate developers is so odious, particularly for a village like ours, it must be opposed. Mill Valley's charm is largely a consequence of its unique "inefficiencies." These are worth defending!
Champions doing what Champions do. HOORAY!!
lynda beth unkeless June 23, 2013 at 07:18 am
Woah! What a lot of news!
lynda beth unkeless June 23, 2013 at 07:18 am
How do you keep up with it all? You deserve a vacation!
Andy Berman June 23, 2013 at 09:02 pm
Lynda Beth: Thank you, as always, for reading and commenting. I will take a break from MV inRead More December, but until then . . . . Andy
'Nuff said!
lynda beth unkeless June 10, 2013 at 07:21 am
Let me be the first to congratulate You Mr. Mayor for running the 103rd Dipsea! May you run manyRead More more with Blind Faith at your feet! Cheers! Lynda Beth (Who does not run anymore due to a totallt severed ACL in her right knee!) :)
lynda beth unkeless June 10, 2013 at 07:22 am
Totally as in completely!
Andy Berman June 10, 2013 at 07:37 am
Thank you Lynda Beth for you sincere congratulations. I take your wishes to heart. May yourRead More recovery be swift. xo Andy
Larry the Hat and Grand Marshall Jim Wickham
lynda beth unkeless June 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm
Dear Andy. Thanks for your good news and Good luck in The Dipsea!
lynda beth unkeless June 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm
P.S. love the Mark Twain quote too!
Andy Berman June 8, 2013 at 07:42 pm
Lynda Beth: You are so kind to read, and write. I really appreciate it. I really do. Thanks tooRead More for the good wishes for tomorrow. We have 4 kids; this is the one thing I do "special" with our oldest - she's such a gem. xo Andy
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