Coastal Post Online

August 2001

Moo Town News


By Judy Borello

Well, for the past six months I've written about the problems at Tomales High School and the Low Cost Housing Project in the heart of Pt. Reyes Station. On the Tomales High School issue concerning the garbaging of vintage pictures hanging on the school walls - this went nowhere, or shall I say, was white-washed out of existence. Are there any creditable people serving on the school board to push for accountability?

The EAH Affordable Housing Project is still steam-rolling straight ahead with the help of the Buck Fund's [Marin Community Foundation] $650,000 - with the promise of more to come. Where are all the environmentalists who claim to love and protect Tomales Bay when it comes to this project? With water an issue, septic an issue, and the creek an issue, where are they?

I perceive this project as being the most disturbing and destructive issues that has come down the pike in a very long time. Once this town is torn into and developed in such a large fashion, there is no turning back. We will be stuck with the ramifications of it, as well as the generations to come. Please write the Coastal Post, the Board of Supervisors, and the Planning Commission if you're against this project. Time is of the essence and even though I get discouraged and understand completely how many of you also must feel this way, don't give up and at least write your letter.

Cathy Chaney wrote a letter in the Point Reyes Light (July 19) and she stated, "Round and round we go. We stop only when this place is full of all the manure the human being create rather than the cows. Why not push the county to ease up on second units? That way low-rent housing would be dispersed throughout the community."

I agree with you, Cathy, and as I've stated before, we had the wisdom in the seventies to move the Coast Guard project from the middle of town over to the south end behind the old Cheda's Market & Deli and we should not allow this project to be constructed right in the middle of our historic little town.

The impact is so great and the benefits so few. A temporary bandage for a huge sore is not the answer, and I still don't get what a gentleman's mini-ranchette of over three acres is doing in a low cost housing project. Agriculture has always been to the peripherals of our town whether it be cows, pigs, or organic farming, and so have housing projects been relegated to the outskirts of town.

I have been known to graze at Indian Peach Food Company lately and have found Kim Laboe and her brother David most accommodating. Their food is exquisite and nutritious and mostly organic - delicious delectables are served fresh every day Wednesday through Sunday in the Tomales Bay Foods building which also houses the Cow Girl Creamery and many other yummies for the tummy. It's a pleasure to find so many good places to dine in our local vicinity. I also travel to Olema with Gene Banini every Tuesday to go to the Olema Farmhouse for Crab Louies.

I cruise in my red golfcart to the Pine Cone Diner for great homemade lunches, just as long as I don't hit another truck parked in front of it. And the Villa Restaurant I sometimes frequent for its Italian gnocchi, as long as I don't hit their flower box again. I sometimes meander to the Taqueria when I'm in the mood for mole enchiladas, and once got clipped in front by a Mercedes. I sashay over to Cafe Reyes which sunny Rob owns, and I usually order from Canadian Chris (not related to Christopher Robbin as I learned from Rob's son Tyler who went looking for Chris one night).

P.S. We are so blessed in this community to have so many good eateries and since I'm a food freak, I can attest to it! And don't forget Bovine Bakery - it is loaded with tons of sumptuous goodies!







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