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Safety, Housing Plans Reach Next Stage in Update

Marin County Community Development Agency has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Housing Element and Safety Elements updates to the 2007 Countywide Plan. The public comment period is open now through 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. Comments may be submitted by email.

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Neighborhood resiliency and safety have been prioritized as the ominous realities of climate change have grown more apparent and intense in recent years.
Neighborhood resiliency and safety have been prioritized as the ominous realities of climate change have grown more apparent and intense in recent years.

Updated drafts and Environmental Impact Report available for review

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The work to update Marin County’s housing and safety elements of the Countywide Plan is continuing to advance. These elements focus on housing needs and conditions, and climate change adaptation measures including wildfire, sea level rise and flooding concerns. Two updated draft components are now available for public review and comment.

Environmental Impact Report

Marin County Community Development Agency has completed a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Housing Element and Safety Elements updates to the 2007 Countywide Plan. The public comment period is open now through 4 p.m. on Nov. 21. Comments may be submitted by email.

In addition, the public can provide oral comments at a DEIR hearing that will be conducted virtually by the Marin County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Nov. 15 starting at 5 p.m. or thereafter.

Proposed Safety Element and Development Code Changes

The Draft Safety Element has been revised to incorporate direction from the Board and Planning Commission, edits from the State Department of Forestry, and public comments gathered in June 2022. The Safety Element is a section of the Marin Countywide Plan

The Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will hold a joint virtual workshop on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. to review and comment on those changes. In addition, the workshop will review and comment on a draft amendment to the Marin County Development Code to address sea level rise. The proposed Development Code amendments would modify the Bayfront Conservation Combining District standards to address sea level rise, as directed in the draft Safety Element.

The Countywide Plan serves as the guiding vision for the future of unincorporated Marin. Housing and safety updates to the Countywide Plan are mandated by the State of California every eight years and address how to meet the County’s housing needs at all income levels while addressing climate change resilience.

This is the first time County CDA has elevated the Safety Element into a separate document to discuss in public; previously the content was worked into other sections of the Countywide Plan.

Some sectors of Marin’s population are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. For instance, natural disasters could be much worse for those in isolated households that have less reliable communication service, those with language barriers, those with physical mobility limitations, those without financial means to add safety enhancements around the home, and those who are unhoused. Preparing the Housing and Safety Elements together is a deliberate strategy to address equity and make sure the County can meet its housing goals in a way that prevents vulnerable residents from being placed in harm’s way.

Neighborhood resiliency and safety have been prioritized as the ominous realities of climate change have grown more apparent and intense in recent years. The Safety Element touches on how Marin can grow and evolve in a way that promotes resilience and adaptation in the face of the coming changes to its climate. It is mostly about plans to prepare and protect residents from harmful impacts of natural disasters.

Learn more at www.marincounty.org/HousingSafetyElements.

Arts and Culture

Third Annual Town Up Tuesday Lifts Oakland’s Community, Culture and Joy

Urban Peace Movement announced Town Up Tuesday, a free community music and social awareness festival dedicated to the people of Oakland to celebrate Bay Area culture and create safety by fostering connection and belonging. It will be on Tuesday, May 21, at Edoff Memorial Bandstand at Lake Merritt from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The event will feature local Bay Area legends and rising stars home-grown talent that will include 10 performers: 1100 Himself, The Conscious Daughters, Michael Sneed, Trunk Boiz, 3LISE, The Animaniakz and Ms. Bria. Too $hort is a special guest and there will also be a surprise legendary Oakland artist. The two DJs are Emelle & Dahge, and the two hosts are Dnas and Mystic.
The event will feature local Bay Area legends and rising stars home-grown talent that will include 10 performers: 1100 Himself, The Conscious Daughters, Michael Sneed, Trunk Boiz, 3LISE, The Animaniakz and Ms. Bria. Too $hort is a special guest and there will also be a surprise legendary Oakland artist. The two DJs are Emelle & Dahge, and the two hosts are Dnas and Mystic.

By Kyung Jin Lee

Urban Peace Movement announced Town Up Tuesday, a free community music and social awareness festival dedicated to the people of Oakland to celebrate Bay Area culture and create safety by fostering connection and belonging.

It will be on Tuesday, May 21, at Edoff Memorial Bandstand at Lake Merritt from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The event will feature local Bay Area legends and rising stars home-grown talent that will include 10 performers: 1100 Himself, The Conscious Daughters, Michael Sneed, Trunk Boiz, 3LISE, The Animaniakz and Ms. Bria.

Too $hort is a special guest and there will also be a surprise legendary Oakland artist. The two DJs are Emelle & Dahge, and the two hosts are Dnas and Mystic.

Past performers have included: Kamaiyah, Yukmouth, Stunnaman02, Symba, Lil Kayla, Grand Nationxl, Jane Handcock, and D Smoke, among others.

“Oakland is a historically Black city and one of the most diverse and progressive in the country — a city rich with culture,” said Nicole Lee, executive director of the Urban Peace Movement.

“At a time when we are being scapegoated for political gain and negative narratives of Oakland permeate the press, we’re uplifting who we truly are and all the things that make this region so special.”

About Urban Peace Movement: Urban Peace Movement (UPM) is a racial justice organization working to end mass incarceration and the criminalization of Black and Brown communities in Oakland. https://urbanpeacemovement.org/ @urbanpeace510

Kyung Jin Lee is the media representative for the Urban Peace Movement.

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California Makes Strides in Fight Against Fentanyl

California National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force has seized over 7,000 pounds of fentanyl including 3.4 million pills since the state launched a multi-agency operation in January 2024. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s progress on May 7, National Fentanyl Awareness Day. The Governor said he deployed the state’s highway patrol and National Guard personnel last year as part of a public safety operation in partnership with local government officials and law enforcement.

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In the past five years, California has invested $1.1 billion in operations and initiatives to fight crime, support local law enforcement, and improve public safety. The Newsom administration has implemented a comprehensive approach as part of the governor’s Master Plan to tackle the fentanyl and opioid crisis.

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California National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force has seized over 7,000 pounds of fentanyl including 3.4 million pills since the state launched a multi-agency operation in January 2024.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the state’s progress on May 7, National Fentanyl Awareness Day.

The Governor said he deployed the state’s highway patrol and National Guard personnel last year as part of a public safety operation in partnership with local government officials and law enforcement.

“As we recognize the serious dangers of illegal fentanyl, California is continuing to tackle this issue head-on. Our efforts are getting this poison off our streets and out of our communities as we continue to support people struggling with substance use.” Newsom said.

CalGuard Major General Matthew Beevers said that the state’s unprecedented investment in the Counterdrug Task Force has immobilized operations and revenue channels of transnational criminal organizations.

“The CalGuard is committed to supporting our state, federal, local and tribal law enforcement partners to eliminate the scourge of fentanyl,” Beevers said.

In the past five years, California has invested $1.1 billion in operations and initiatives to fight crime, support local law enforcement, and improve public safety. The Newsom administration has implemented a comprehensive approach as part of the governor’s Master Plan to tackle the fentanyl and opioid crisis.

The Newsom administration has expanded efforts to improve public safety across the state where operations occurred in cities such as San Francisco, Oakland, and Bakersfield.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed acknowledged that joint operation was a step in the right direction toward curbing illegal activity and improving public safety.

“Our coordinated work to shut down drug markets in San Francisco is making a difference, but we have more work to do,” Breed said.

“Together we are sending a message at all levels of government that anyone selling fentanyl in this city will be arrested and prosecuted,” she said.

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Community Rally Demands Supervisors Merge Recall with Regular Elections

A group of community-based organizations rallied prior to the May 14 Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ vote to persuade the Board to vote to merge the recall election of District Attorney Pamela Price with the regularly scheduled election calendar in November. The groups urged the county to use the funds for healthcare and homelessness relief rather than a special election.

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A group of community-based organizations rallied prior to the May 14 Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ vote to persuade the Board to vote to merge the recall election of District Attorney Pamela Price with the regularly scheduled election calendar in November.

The groups urged the county to use the funds for healthcare and homelessness relief rather than a special election.

Stewart Chen, a member of the Oakland Chinatown Improvement Council, told the Post that he and many members of the community-based participants supported the decision made by the Supervisors.

Chen said, “The voters voting in a special election in September will likely vote the same way in the November election. An extra two months won’t change people’s minds, but it will result in significant savings for the county. During times of financial uncertainty, especially when the county healthcare system is facing a huge deficit, it is unnecessary to waste taxpayers’ money on a special election that can easily wait two months.”

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