Well, now I understand the neighborhood rage against MHS and Mr. Kinsey.
I had to walk out when Kinsey started going on about how "sidewalks" create community. It made me want to hurl. Please watch this very short video snippet to understand why.
Hey, I appreciate and empathize with everyone who says they want "a sidewalk" for safety reasons.
MANY neighbors do not want THIS sidewalk for Evergreen, a street that runs along a blue line (year round) creek, which is documented habitat for federally protected Steelhead trout.
I feel this project should not go forward, due to the fact that the process was so flawed even before DPW received the design.
I agree that they (DPW engineering) have done all they can do on their end - but I can't for the life of me understand how the Marin County Supervisors can sleep at night - when they know this sidewalk is NOT WANTED by our community, when we have a budget surplus and there are other communities who need that funding desperately.
How could anyone support the build of a million dollar concrete slab, which hurts the environment - but NOT a pathway that looks better and improves the quality of water draining to the creek?
How could a private school which CHOOSES to move to a neighborhood without sidewalks, feel OK about using our County DPW as their private contractor - to spend a million dollars of Safe Routes to Schools funding - and change our semi-rural landscape - so they can keep their use permit - or to try to solve a traffic problem THEY are creating?? WHY not just direct their clients to avoid Evergreen?
Hopefully, the DPW will start to implement some of our neighborhood safety suggestions, while they ready for the next public meeting. (Will there even BE another public meeting?)
At least the no parking sign near the school - because the school is now placing bright hideous orange cones there.
At least they are trying (?) that gives me some hope for future relations with MHS.(?)
We are still accepting pledges for our fund for a lawsuit.
If the County drops the project and we don't have to use the money - we'll use the funding to help our neighbors enhance the right of way (IF they want) and create more natural paths.
Communication creates community - NOT CONCRETE.
Maybe I need to get back to doing what I do best - music.