Together We Are Better...since 1986                                                           North San Rafael Coalition of Residents  
94903 COMMUNITY
                Together We Are Better...since 1986                                                                               North San Rafael Coalition of Residents  
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…TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND BEAUTY 
OF OUR DIVERSE, PEACEFUL NEIGHBORHOODS 
THROUGH LOCAL LAND USE AND PLANNING DECISIONS 
THAT CREATE OUR PROUD LEGACY

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       Together We Are Better...since 1986                                                                                                 North San Rafael Coalition of Residents  
LEGISLATION

    AB-32 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/ab32/ab32.htm

    SB-1 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB1

    SB-375 - Sustainable Communities Act
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/sb375.htm 

    SB-743 - Environmental quality: transit oriented infill projects, judicial review streamlining for environmental leadership development projects, and entertainment and sports center in the City of Sacramento
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB743

    AB-x-24 Bay Area Transportation Commission: election of commissioners.
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces illNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520161AB24

    AB-744 - Ushers in a new era in parking regulations in California cities. Chipping away at rules that many consider arbitrary and anti-urban, it dictates that a city may not impose parking minimums greater than 0.5 spaces for housing developments comprising 100 percent affordable units within a half-mile radius of a major transit stop.  It extends similar benefits to developments of senior citizen and special needs housing as well as to developments with a combination of market-rate and affordable units.​

   AB 2838 (Hertzberg, 2000) Local agency formation commissions.
Provides that a LAFCO require as a condition to annexation that a city prezone the territory to be annexed, and requires that approval of the annexation be consistent with planned and probable use based upon review of the general plan and prezoning designations. Also authorizes the LAFCO to review the consistency of a proposal within a city’s general plan when a proposed action would require the extension of critical services.

   AB 2292 (Dutra, 2002) General plans: residential density.  
Prohibits a city or county from reducing the residential density for any parcel to a density that is below the density that was utilized by the Department of Housing and Community Development in determining compliance with housing element law.  Adds Section 65863 to the Government Code.

   AB 1268 (Wiggins, 2004) Land use.  
Authorizes the text and diagrams in the land use element that address the location and extent of land uses and the zoning ordinances that implement these provisions to express community intentions regarding urban form and design.
Adds Section 65302.4 to the Government Code.

   AB 1019 (Blakeslee, 2007) Land use: annexation: housing.  
Authorizes an agreement on a revised determination of regional housing needs if an annexation of unincorporated land to a city occurs after the council of governments, or the department for areas with no council of governments, has made its final allocation.  Amends Section 65584.07 of the Government Code.

   SB 226 (Simitian, 2011) Environmental quality.
Limits the application of CEQA in the case of the approval of an infill project that satisfies specified standards if an EIR was certified for a planning level decision, including the enactment or amendment of a general plan, community plan, specific plan, or zoning code.  Also authorizes the referral of a proposed action to adopt or substantially amend a general plan to a city or county bordering the city or county within which the project is located to be conducted concurrently with the CEQA scoping meeting.  Amends Section 65919.10 of the Government Code, and amends Sections 21083.9 and 21084 of, and adds Sections 21080.35, 21094.5, 21094.5.5, and 25500.1 to, the Public
Resources Code.

   SB 244 (Wolk, 2011) Local government: land use: general plan:
disadvantaged unincorporated communities.
Requires the land use element to include analysis of the presence of island, fringe, or legacy unincorporated communities. Subsequently amended by SB 1090 (2012).  Amends Sections 56375, 56425, and 56430 of, and adds Sections 53082.5, 56033.5, and 65302.10 to, the Government Code, and adds Section 13481.7 to the Water Code.

   SB 1090 (Comm. On Governance and Finance, 2012) Local government.
Amends statutory language added by SB 244 (2011). Requires the update of the land use element to be based on specified available data and to include identification of each island or fringe community that is a disadvantaged unincorporated community.  


OTHER RESOURCES, OPINIONS, TOOLS, GLOSSARY ETC

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

The Community Toolbox

www.NextDoor.com  

Tech-Enhanced Life:  make the challenges of growing older less challenging

Alliance for Democracy

Does every area have a "carrying capacity?"

SB375 - How it affects local government.

​ I live in zip code 94903- do I live in the county or the city? 

 San Rafael Planning Academy - Glossary of of terms.

 Maps and census of San Rafael and North San Rafael.

​ Why affordable housing didn't work in Oakland complex


The
COUNTY OF MARIN (if you live in an unincorporated area)

Board of Supervisors (See the Map to find your representative)
3501 Civic Center Dr., # 329
San Rafael, CA 94903

​District 1 - (94903) - Terra Linda, Lucas Valley, Marinwood, Santa Venetia,     San Rafael, Peacock Gap
Damon Connolly - http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-1/home  

District 2
Katie Rice  http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-2/home 
- RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION JUNE 2016
Check out Kevin Haroff instead
http://www.kevinharoff.com/

District 3
Kate Sears - http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-3/home 
- RUNNING FOR ELECTION JUNE 2016
Check out Susan Kirsch instead
www.SusanKirsch2016.com 

District 4 
Steve Kinsey - http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-4/home 
- HAS INDICATED HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION
Instead check out Alex Easton Brown:  http://alexeastonbrown.com/

​District 5
 Judy Arnold - http://www.marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-5/home



SAN RAFAEL
CITY DESIGN REVIEW, PLANNING COMMISSION, CITY COUNCIL
If you live in a city, search your city’s government page to find info.

San Rafael - www.cityofsanrafael.org (zip codes 94901 & 94903)

Design Review - http://www.cityofsanrafael.org/commdev-planning-drboard/

Planning Commission - http://www.cityofsanrafael.org/commdev-planning-commission/

City Council - http://www.cityofsanrafael.org/council-home/ - Our representatives serve "at large," so no one is assigned a district or precinct. Only the office of the mayor is a fully paid position.

​2016 City Council appointments

CA STATE ASSEMBLYMAN, MARC LEVINE
    3501 Civic Center Dr., # 412
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 479-4920
    Staff Contact: Joan Lubamersky
    https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/ContactPopup.php?district=AD10

CA STATE SENATOR, Mike McGuire
    3501 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 425
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 479-6612
    http://sd02.senate.ca.gov/contact

U.S. CONGRESSMAN, JARED HUFFMAN
    999 Fifth Ave., Ste 290
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 258-9657
    District Director: Jenny Callaway
​    https://huffman.house.gov/contact/email-me

GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN
    ℅ State Capitol, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 445-2841
    https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php

MARIN MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT
    General Manager:
    Krishna Kumar: kkumar@marinwater.org

MMWD Board of Directors:
    Jack Gibson: yojcg@msn.com
    Armondo Quintero: aquintero@marinwater.org
    Larry Bragman: lbragman@marinwater.org
    Cynthia Koehler: ckoehler@marinwater.org
    Larry Russel: lrussell@marinwater.org


MORE GOVERNMENT & JOINT POWERS AUTHORITIES

Agencies-Marin

BOS- Board of Supervisors

LAFCO- Local Agency Formation Commission

TAM- Transportation Authority of Marin


Agencies-Regional

ABAG- Association of Bay Area Governments

BAAQMD- Bay Area Air Quality Management District

BCDC- Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission

Bay Area Council

MTC- Metropolitan Transportation Commission


Agencies-California

California Housing & Community Development - www.hcd.ca.gov/

Office of Planning & Research - General Plan Guidelines Update 2015

MEDIA

The Marin Post blog

CP&DR- California Planning and Development Report

Marin Independent Journal
opinion@marinij.com

Marin Scope
Editorial Department
Joe Wolfcale, Managing Editor
415-892-1516 x38
jwolfcale@marinscope.com

Soren Hemmila, Southern Marin Editor
415-892-1516 x31
shemmila@marinscope.com

Derek Wilson, Central Marin Editor
415-892-1516 x13
dwilson@marinscope.com

San Francisco Chronicle

Pacific Sun
Pacific Sun Submissions - letters@pacificsun.com

Larkspur Fights Back - youtube video

Marin Town Hall Meeting San Rafael March 20, 2013
BOOKS, MEDIA...

San Francisco 2.0 by Alexandra Pelosi,  HBO Film trailer: http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/san-francisco-2-0/video/trailer.html?autoplay=true 

ATaxonomy of Political Lies from On The Media.  To begin our exploration of deception, Brooke offers a taxonomy of the political lie, from the slippery "lie of omission," to the evergreen "bold-faced lie."
http://www.onthemedia.org/story/taxonomy-political-lies/

The Best Laid Plans:  Our Planning and Affordable Housing Challenges in Marin:  How regional planning is robbing communities of local control and threatening our chance for a sustainable future.  Author:  Bob Silvestri

The Best Laid Plans explores the often byzantine world of planning and affordable housing development, in simple, readable terms. It exposes the fallacies and examines the history and unintended consequences of an antiquated, "top down," decision-making process, largely controlled by unaccountable government bureaucracies, that produces out-sized financial gains for the few at the expense of small communities. As we move into an era when sustainable solutions are no longer optional, the lessons of this book resonate far beyond the small towns of Marin County, California

MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country:  How to find your political voice and become a catalyst for change.

Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.  Author:  Gavin Newsom

Resources