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John Oppenheimer March 28, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Think it's well known for years that cities and counties have been struggling to maintainRead Moreservices. Roads and schools are certainly getting fixed with federal funds but think police and fire getting consolidated at street level vs. admin and back office consolidation. Kinda like school districts, how many school districts in county?
Geoff Flint March 30, 2014 at 11:55 PM
I had suggested that the MVPD add license plate cameras near the few exits out of Mill Valley soRead Moretha t they can actually catch some of these burglars, at least when a vehicle description is given. This has been very effective in Tiburon at reducing crimes of opportunity. The MVPD did state that they will take up this suggestion at an upcoming meeting (I hope so!).
Scott April 05, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I'm not sure you actually provided real evidence of reduced services but at recent public meetingsRead Moret he Marin County Sheriff's office indicated a strong correlation between the rise in crime and the recent judge's dulling that freed a lot of prisoners. This would suggest any reduction in services that may or may not be occurring has less of a causal relationship to increasing crime than you claim.
Ralston White March 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I have to agree with Robert. 16 towns is way, way too many for one person. Your whole premiseRead Morerequir es intimate local knowledge. Without that you will be that site we used to visit. You seem to be cost-cutting yourself to death. 1 reporter per town - or RIP.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) March 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM
@Ralston: I do agree that intimate knowledge one component to getting local stories but Patch hasRead Moreno t had a one editor per site ratio for a long time now. Readers may not have realized that. I was handling 3 to 5 on my own for almost a year. Having said that, as I mentioned, many great stories come from residents and random tips they send media. We hope Mill Valley can send story ideas and tips to Renee as she gets to know your great community.
msullivan1010 March 22, 2014 at 02:40 AM
Really miss the old MV Patch!
Scott March 10, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Not sure how, or even why, the planning commission should favor one business (Tony's) over anotherRead More( the building owner). In fact, I think it would be utterly inappropriate of them to do so. The commission already oversteps their bounds by huge margins as it is, please do not encourage them to do so even more.
Obligatory Obloquy March 29, 2014 at 03:32 AM
It somehow wouldn't fit the pattern for a useful/affordable/quality business to last in Mill Valley Read Morefor more than a few years, now, would it?
Scott April 01, 2014 at 05:29 PM
You would have to ask why they cannot last. Often it's either a bad business model or badRead Moreexecution. I know the common refrain here is to blame rising rents but that's a fallacy. If rents are too high and businesses cannot make it, then demand for space will decline and rents will fall such that businesses can make it. That's not it. I suspect it's the business model. Theirs is a business that would normally rely on a heavy dose of walk-in traffic yet they are located where there are limited walk-in opportunities. I would also not discount bad execution - how well run is that operation from a financial point of view? Only the operators would know.
Michael c. Vogel February 26, 2014 at 08:04 PM
March 4th, 2014, is the correct date for the workshop, at 6:30pm in the History Room of the MVRead MorePubli c Library. Unfortunately there was no way to edit the original board. The 20th Annual Milley Awards will take place on October 19, 2014 at the Mill Valley Community Center beginning at 5pm. Please refer to www.milleyawards.org or www.cityofmillvalley.org for more info.
Heather A February 24, 2014 at 04:37 PM
Scott -- your glib response clearly misses the point. Perhaps you run/work on the 351 LovellRead Morejobsit e that has been shut down due to a stop work order for erosion issues. Perhaps you can explain to the homeowner who lives below 351 Lovell why an infinity pool that sits directly above them on a steep 45 degree slope was approved without their knowledge and why after the last rain storm they ended up with TWO feet of water and mud in their home. Instead of shooting your mouth off, try and give any comments more intelligent thought.
Lesa Carmean February 26, 2014 at 11:31 PM
And, Lord knows what's happening up Summit Avenue and on adjacent streets on that ridge. Residents Read Morehave been subjected to a continuous parade of dump and cement trucks FOR YEARS. Along with earth movers, flat bed semi trucks, forklifts and every other form of conveyance. The carpet baggers have discovered MV and there's no control except permits issued by the city. $$$ And complaints of citizens, so call City Hall and let them know you're upset. I do. Why there's been no notice of constant tear downs and rebuilds on Summit, Carmelita, Ralston, Tamalpais, I have no idea. At least Lovell has the City's attention. The problem is NO PLANNING for MV.
Lesa Carmean February 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM
As to SWIMMING POOLS just wait til these newcomers get a dose of what the weather in MV is reallyRead Moreli ke. No need - or desire - for a pool. This ain't central or southern Cali or even the east bay . . . Unfortunately, many new residents are not constricted by cost. They can afford to do whatever they want and, if necessary, pay whatever fines or penalties might be incurred. And, there's no old money in MV to preserve the status quo. The City doesn't have the means, the will or the know-how to set a standard for the town, so anything goes. There isn't even landmark status criteria for anything in MV. The people working at City Hall don't live in MV, so what do they care about the character of the town? The citizens are lethargic and lack consensus also. Most people who loved MV have gotten old, moved out or died.
Carl Petersen III February 25, 2014 at 06:21 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Mill Valley Mom February 13, 2014 at 06:05 PM
I should have written a different title. There already IS an off leash ban. But there clearly isRead Moren o enforcement. And for the record there absolutely SHOULD be places for dogs to let loose. I am all for that. I do believe my gripe will ultimately go unheard and will be brushed off. I really wanted to stir the pot on this given people's timeline to speak out on the issue. I'm sure there would not be one person to stand up and say, "yes, I am ok with dog feces everywhere." Yet, one by one dog owners turn a blind eye. I suppose it is like telling another person how to parent.
Yet another Anon February 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM
I gripe right along with you, but unless people take it upon themselves to do the right thing, then Read Moreno amount of griping is going to work. I've found it easier on my psyche to just pitch whatever poop bags I see lining the streets, sidewalks, trails and paths into my own sh!t satchel. At lease that way it only bums me out once on the way up the trail, and not a second time when I pass by it again on the way back. But it's not just dog people who litter - I once called out a little old lady, dressed to the nines in her Chanel suit, pill box hat and pearl necklace when she glance around, saw that no one was looking at her (she obviously didn't see me), then she hucked her tissue onto the sidewalk. Her response was that it's someone's job to clean such things up, and besides, there were no garbage cans nearby. I pointed to four (she was directly outside the front door of the Mill Valley Market), but she was too uninterested in doing the right thing to have done it in the first place. Yes, poop bags are disgusting and shouldn't be left hither and yon, but most human activity on this blue ball rolling around in space (a very rare planet with LIFE on it - at least the only one we KNOW of and have access to) is just furthering the rapid demise of life on Earth. I see VERY few of us who do anything at all to abate that. Try to not sweat the little stuff when we're all doomed.
Alek J Hidell February 26, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Take a video of the owners ventilating their dogs and present it to Code Enforcement. If you haveRead Morea dedicated helper scoop up the feces and smear it on their front door. If it continues buy your teenage son a slingshot with ball bearings... More fun than paintball.
Diana Jansen February 10, 2014 at 12:50 PM
so happy you found your kitty - we lost our cat for three days and after posting signs in theRead Moreneighb orhood and checking with Humane Society every day, someone called and saw him on a roof. we think he had been there the entire time and never made a sound - got up on the roof but couldn't get down. you are right - never give up!
Julia Anne February 10, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Diana, thanks :-) In my search, I ran into someone whose cat had snuck into a neighbor's shed. They Read Moresearched high and low for their baby and, finally, on day 4 he let out a big bunch of meows! Truly hang in there, anyone who is looking for a cat--your cat might be close and only ready to let you know when the fear subsides.
Annie February 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Julia, I love happy endings and am so thrilled for you and Lella.