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Supervisor Katie Rice
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 473-7331
Fax: (415) 473-3645
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Here's Molly Blauvelt's Anderson Drive/Smart Train crossing
report from the Feb 1st City Council meeting
I was asked to give a report on the San Rafael City Council meeting last Monday, 2/1/16 in regards to the discussion and vote about the SMART train crossing at Anderson Drive.
The SR City Council discussed the 8 different proposals put together by consultants and city staff for the SMART train crossing at Anderson Drive with input from at least 8 neighbors from Bret Harte, for almost 2 hours. I’d estimate that at least 2 dozen neighbors from Bret Harte and Lomita Park (Auburn/Orange St. area, just over the hill from us) attended, and about the same number of us were allowed to speak as during the much shorter Spinnaker Point discussion about parking (yes, 100 members from that neighborhood signed and brought a petition to the meeting, and many of them did attend. They were asked to continue meeting together as a neighborhood and invited to continue discussions with the City Council).
Bret Harte and Lomita Park neighbors spoke up with concerns about noise, traffic, and safety issues in our neighborhoods, including a request that a safe pedestrian/bike path be part of the SMART connection to the Larkspur Ferry.
The City Council seemed to hear these concerns because their final vote, for proposal #6, does not divert traffic from Anderson onto Woodland and into our neighborhood streets like some of the other proposals suggested. Council members heard and also voiced concerns themselves about local traffic congestion. The City Council is pushing to make our area a quiet zone, but they were advised that it is too early to make such designations because the necessary studies are not in place yet.
The study was approved along with alternative design #6 by 3 members voting yes, one voting no, and one excused because of a conflict of interest (she is employed by the CPUC, who must make a final vote on the plan).
This proposal includes an at-grade crossing at Anderson Drive near West Francisco Blvd., with the trains rolling through at 15 mph at that intersection. It was proposed that West Francisco Blvd. be widened by at least one lane in that area to ease traffic congestion. Another above-grade proposal, which would separate the train from car traffic, was attractive but not feasible because it would cost $25 million and require Anderson Drive to be closed to all traffic for 10 years while the above-grade bridge was built. The City Council acknowledged that this might be a safer design but it would dump all Anderson traffic onto local neighborhood streets for at least 10 years and the City simply does not have the money for this plan. High voltage power lines are also an impediment in this area. In contrast, design #6 is estimated to cost $2 mill. and be a time-efficient solution.
The key points to know are that the City of San Rafael is required to provide access to the tracks in the Anderson Drive area for the SMART train, but there is no actual or final design in place yet. There is a time constraint, however, based on the fact that the SMART train connection to the Larkspur ferry is now going to be built.
We should all understand that the train is coming, and that it will hopefully be a good thing, as it attracts riders and gets traffic off of HWY 101.
But we should also stay involved and informed and keep an eye on the evolving plan. Remember that there is no final design in place yet. We need to keep speaking up on behalf of all about noise, traffic, and safety issues in our neighborhoods, and make sure that a safe pedestrian/bike path will be part of the SMART connection to the Larkspur Ferry. An additional study, including members of the Marin Bike coalition, is going on now to figure out how to possibly reroute and create a safe passage area for a pedestrian/bike path that will connect to existing paths and the tunnel.
I invite you to check the City’s website for valuable information and visuals of the various plans that were proposed.
respectfully submitted by,
Bret Harte neighbor for almost 20 years.
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Register Your Cell Phone Now to Receive Emergency Alerts
This service has been launched by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services as a new important update of the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS). TENS is a high-speed communications system that can quickly notify members of the public by phone of critical emergency information in situations where property or human life is in danger.
Listed and unlisted/blocked Marin County landline phone numbers are already included in the emergency notification system. Cell phone and VoIP numbers are not included and require your registration. This service is available to you if you live, work or go to school in Marin County and are at least 18 years of age.
Register your phone at www.alertmarin.org.
A Bit More Companionship, a Little Less Expense.
· In a match arrangement, a home provider is matched with a home seeker who pays rent.
· A service exchange, often involving seniors, entails a home seeker who agrees to provide services in lieu of rent.
Guidance and tools are provided every step of the way from help defining your needs through the written roommate agreement. The service includes a no-cost background check and compatibility match. Home Connection of Marin serves County residents from all walks of life. If you would like more information please call Cheryl Cross at 491-2571 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. A program of the Marin Housing Authority.
IMPORTANT POLICE PHONE NUMBERS
Community Oriented Policing 485-3114
Abandoned Vehicles 485-3033
Alarm Permits 485-3114
Youth Services Bureau 485-3025
Crimefighting online in San Rafael (from the Marin IJ)
San Rafael and Novato police are offering a new online service that makes police activity, crime and statistical information available to the community via the Internet. CrimeReports.com, a Utah-based company that provides free online mapping and analysis of recent police activity in neighborhoods, debuted last month in San Rafael. "It's so much more user friendly and easy to navigate and does a whole host of things our former system did not," San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. Presented on Google maps, the free system serves up dates, times and descriptions of reported incidents in street block numbers. Vacation home checks are not displayed. The information is not in real time, and appears between 24 to 48 hours after an incident. The program also allows residents to sign up for customized e-mail crime alerts for activity occurring in certain neighborhoods or within a certain distance from an address. San Rafael is one of 21 police departments in the Bay Area and more than 300 departments nationwide to sign up for the service, which costs the department $199 per month.
ON THE NET More information about CrimeReports, www.crimereports.com, and a link can be found on the San Rafael Police Department's web site at www.srpd.org. A link also is available on the city's Web page at www.cityofsanrafael.org
In Memory of Bruce Scott
In Honor of Bruce we are posting some of his Bret Harte Beat Newsletters as well as a photo gallery from the 2002 Non-Labor Day Picnic.
See the Photo Gallery Page
Bruce Scott died February 24th, 2015 of complications from his 12 year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bruce was 80 years old.