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no concrete slab for evergreen ave
  • Petitioned Bob Beaumont

This petition was delivered to:

Marin County DPW Director
Bob Beaumont
Marin County Board of Supervisors
Kate Sears
Saaid Fakharzadeh
Susan Adams
Judy Arnold
Steve Kinsey
Katie Rice

no concrete slab for evergreen ave

    1. Mari Mack
    2. Petition by

      Mari Mack

      Mill Valley, CA

In June 2012, the following petition was sent to : 

County DPW Director (Bob Beaumont), Marin County Board of Supervisors, Susan Adams, Judy Arnold, Steve Kinsey, Katie Rice, and Kate Sears


Letter: Greetings,


Just because a PRIVATE COMMUTER SCHOOL asks for a sidewalk for the hour of the day that they MIGHT use it - doesn't mean you have a right to force an impervious concrete slab upon people who LIVE HERE have asked that it NOT BE BUILT!

Homestead residents have been walking and jogging safely down on Evergreen for many years - this project was bungled from the start - NO PROPER PROCESS - and there is no rational reason to build an impervious concrete sidewalk with curbs and gutters along Evergreen Avenue in semi- rural Homestead Valley.

Evergreen Avenue in Homestead Valley has a 100% safety record, and ALL of Homestead Valley is designated as semi-rural in the Tamalpais Area Community Plan, which states "...we do not encourage sidewalks, curbs and gutters in the Planning Area."

A low impact, environmentally friendly path can be implemented, where none currently exists, at a fraction of the cost of this current concret sidewalk project.

Marin Board of Supervisors can authorize funding for the DPW to fix what needs fixing without inflicting this impervious concrete slab along the entire length of the street.

RESIDENTS and PROPERTY OWNERS WHO WILL BE MOST IMPACTED WERE LEFT OUT OF THE PLANNING PROCESS - we were told - "this is the only kind of sidewalk you can have - it is this or nothing. many of us said "no thanks!" But the COUNTY plowed right ahead - without Environmental Review, even though this NEW CONSTRUCTION is in a Stream Conservation area AND in a flood plain!

MARIN COUNTY HAS GIVEN ITSELF a "Categorical Exemption" for "existing facilities" when NO CONCRETE SIDEWALK EXISTS IN THIS AREA!! This project DOES NOT QUALIFY for a Categorical Exemption - Due to SENSITIVE CREEK HABITAT!

Residents have been asking for an Environmental Impact Report snce first learning of the project in 2010 - there has been a lot of opposition to this project for many reasons : 

- An impervious, raised concrete sidewalk with curbs and gutters will carry storm water runoff and pollutants, which will upset the sensitive creek habitat of Reed Creek. which CONTAINS federally protected Steelhead!

- Lower Evergreen Avenue is considered a floodway, and urban runoff increases possibility of flash flooding. No consideration has been given to the impacts of this increased runoff upon areas DOWNSTREAM.

For the reasons stated above we INSIST that you CEASE work on this project immediately, and instead, implement the neighborhood recommendations submitted to Marin DPW to lower the speed limit and fix the shoulder.

ALL children are our children - they deserve more GREEN streets - NOT more concrete!

LET the $900,000 of SR2S funds revert back to Safe Routes to Schools - we don't want or need this impervious slab of CONCRETE forced upon our street! 


Recent signatures


    1. Grinding in process

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      An example of bureaucracy at its worst - a horrid impervious grey concrete slab on what used to be a beautiful semi-rural street!

    2. Help Us Send $900,000 back to Safe Routes!

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      Safe Routes has lost federal funding - we would like to see the funds for this environmentally irresponsible, impervious concrete slab revert back to the state Safe Routes fund - Did you know that $900,000 can pay for 13,000 full day crossing guard shifts?

    3. Our neighborhood recommmendations page has added video

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      Many tripping hazards along Evergreen. We have updated the neighborhood path recommendation page

    4. Residents report Pollution in Reed Creek.

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      Early last week, several residents expressed concerns about toxic dust from saw cutting on Evergreen. These claims were dismissed by others as "non-issues" and "naturally occurring foam."
      After the Judge dismissed the HEAR US case on June 14th as "untimely," work on the Evergreen sidewalk project began again on June 15th.
      Early that afternoon, water drained from a property, mixed with the toxic dust that remained after saw cutting and it drained into Reed Creek.
      County MCSTOPPP was alerted by Mill Valley Streamkeepers at approximately 2:30 pm.
      County officials came down and straw snakes were placed around the storm drains, after the slurry had washed into the creek.


      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      After two years of contentious opposition and a sincere effort to arrive at a win/win, the HEAR US (Homestead & Evergreen Avenue Residents United for Safety and Sustainability) neighborhood group was left no option but to engage in a lawsuit to force Marin County to follow federal, state and local laws and flood ordinances.
      The request for a Stop Work Order for this County project was denied, not based upon merits of their case, but because the County Judge stated the lawsuit was UNTIMELY.
      The lawsuit was filed within 90 days of project approval by the Board of Supervisors, but the County Counsel told the Judge the project was approved in July 2010.
      The judge was misinformed.
      Supervisors approved DPW's request to accept a $900,000 grant from the Safe Routes to Schools fund in July 2010.
      The project was approved by the Board of Supervisors on April 3rd, 2012.

    6. Reached 100 signatures

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      We are filing a lawsuit - but our neighbors need our support on Monday morning at 7:30 am -who do you know that wakes up early and actually cares about endangered species and making sure that $900,000 of Safe Routes to Schools funding, which could and should go to education and hiring crossing guards - is being used to force an impervious slab of concrete upon a bunch of people who never asked for and have stated repeatedly they DO NOT WANT IT??

    8. Pre Construction meeting set for June 7th, Mill Valley City Hall

      Mari Mack
      Petition Organizer

      Pre Construction meeting letter received - NO mention that Construction is scheduled to start on June 11th and go through to August 14th - we had to ASK what was going on - ACT NOW or endure an entire summer of construction noise and dust, and then an impervious concrete slab all along our semi-rural 100% safe street - funded by a grant proposal that contained LIES - for a sidewalk that was designed WITHOUT adequate community input, then HIDDEN from the people who would be most impacted for more than FOUR YEARS.

    9. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • catherine Smith HEALDSBURG, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is not in keeping with the rest of the neighborhood, the curbs are too high and several residents do not have ADA access in to their own homes, The sidewalk doesn't work - period.

    • Jonathan Maginn FAIRFAX, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The project was badly designed, poorly planned, and shoddily implemented.

      the sidewalk was unwanted by the residents and is of detriment to the environment

    • Louise Glasgow MILL VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      My house looks like it is sinking due to the "raised" sidewalk. I was one of the few properties on the street that had a flat sidewalk when the project started and I feel mislead throughout the entire process. This is not an improvement and, in my opinion, the design does not work. I believe that the corner handicap ramp design was a lack of communication between departments and a pipe was installed too high and now the entire grade has been adjusted to reflect this. I am now in the process of trying to patch the plan vs. start with a good plan for the entrance to my house. The sidewalk has been poured 12" above the level of my entrance gate, county is stating 10", plan states 7". My house is located at the lowest point of the valley. I believe the current plan will be detrimental and cause more flooding to my property and has an unsafe entrance step to my house, it is not an improvement. According to the FEMA map, I live on a Special Hazard Flood Area Zone AE, a flood plain with a flood way directly in the middle of my property. The ditch along Ethel leading into Reed Creek is along my property line now has more sources of water flowing into it. This is of tremendous concern for me and for my neighbors along Ethel Street. We were informed in every meeting that it is against the law to make matters worst, the plan needs to improve or maintain the landscape of what was. I value our community and the amazing surroundings in which we live. I believe that the livability of our community, environment and neighborhood has been greatly disrupted. ACTION PLEASE. Logic and justice needs to prevail - something has to change.

    • Douglas Ullman MILL VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Shouldn't public funds support public schools? Marin Horizon School is private and charges upwards of $20,000/year tuition per child. http://www.marinhorizon.org/MHSTuition

    • Drummond Pike MILL VALLEY, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Failure to follow even a modicum of public disclosure and process should raise questions in anyone's mind about this project. Inability to design a more environmentally appropriate walkway speaks volumes about the lack of commitment and vision of the County people involved.


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