The Coastal Post - November, 1995

Moo Town News

BY JUDY BORELLO

Phoney Baloney

Before attending local meetings or after reading the Pt. Reyes Light, I'm always captivated by who's playing "God" this week. They cast themselves into their self-appointed role as "savior" and indiscriminately trample over the rights of others.

Those so-called power-brokers do not communicate with nor respect the people in this community who they so surreptitiously and sanctimoniously try to destroy. After all, who would slap them on the back or crown them king, if they lowered their "high-minded" standards and actually had an intelligent discourse with the community member or members who they so readily try to disparage.

Let's look at who's been bulldozing who lately:

Steve Kinsey, a Forest Knolls architect and community activist is throwing his hat in the ring for county supervisor. He states in October 12th Pt. Reyes Light that one of the biggest threats to open space and community diversity is the construction of pricey homes on sub-divided agricultural land. Steve's quote: "I hate the trophy-home syndrome, the whole building of monuments to self-accomplishment."

The next week in the Light, columnist Wendy Kallins, a red-hot endorser and campaigner of Kinsey's, states: "We had our kick-off last week, with a fundraiser at a plush home in Kent Woodlands.

Sounds like a bunch of elitist, hypocritical, double-standard tap-dancing to me! Diversity, according to Webster's New World dictionary, means "different, assorted, distinct." So if you are going to have a diverse community, I would imagine there would be homes of all different monetary variations.

MALT's executive director Bob Berner is backing Steve, and IJ truth control has it that Berner's wife, Planner Barbara Garfien, is heading up his campaign. Reeks of a little collusive skull-duggery to me. I don't think the ranchers will be too impressed!

Another issue that the ranchers and many people in the community won't be too impressed with is the County's new tree proposal. It would establish an $80 fee on the property owner before removing a "protected" trees, such as the oak.

The Tomales Bay Association, through its illustrious leader Ken Fox, has deemed that ranchland should not be exempt and that the ordinance on ranchland would not be tough enough. They also state the fees are too high and a new agency such as a tree board should be established.

Just what we need, folks, the rancher-bashers of the Tomales Bay Association validating an ordinance that should be scrapped with yesterday's used toilet paper. If you really want an incentive to protect the oak woodlands, the County should pay us $80 for every new oak we plant on our property and the rancher should get double because he's supplying shade for an endangered species—himself!

Since the State Regional Quality Control Board have concluded that the West Marin Sanitary Landfill is not a danger to Tomales Bay, I would hope that the Martinelli family would continue its garbage operation and bring lawsuits against anyone or groups that clamor to destroy the family business. Unfounded paranoia, such as: what will happen if an earthquake comes and the garbage goes into the Bay? Well, that's real simple, so goes everyone's garbage can, septic tank and propane tank, too! In fact, if it's really a rock 'n roller, we may not even be around to fret about it!

P.S. Where is the Business Association when we need it? Johnson's Oysters is having a terrible time trying to convince the Park to lease them one-half to one acre of land so that they can stay in business. With 80,000 acres that the Park can't fully maintain, what's the problem? Nothing will be built on the minute acreage and if anything the leach lines will keep the brush green year round, which could be a plus, if there's ever another fire!