Ann Gessert

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July, 2021

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Supported a comment by Dave Brast on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Dave Brast
One electric vehicle for every dwelling unit.
Supported a comment by Eleanore Despina on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Eleanore Despina
Community kitchen - certified. Resident veggie garden. Farmers’ cooperative.
Supported a comment by Mark Switzer on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Mark Switzer
After the Community Connection focus group on 7/25 in which I was a note taker some ideas coalesced for me. Using the four areas of discussion prompts: welcoming, amenities, sustainability and resilience, I am better able to evaluate conceptually some of the possibilities that have been offered no and in the past.. I am entering one idea in particular here as a complex, but possibly significant example of what I mean. Building a microgrid system based at the property but extended to the village would serve multiple purposes. The broader community would recognize and value the property as a resource beyond housing. The grid would need storage and maintenance providing employment for residents. The subsidies for installation and the cash flow of operation could help amortize the capital costs of the development. The operation would contribute to the properties sustainability and community resilience. I am suggesting this here as I did not want to offer the idea at the focus group as a note taker. However, listening to the discussion, I was impressed by the collective spirit of the group in thinking holistically. I am going to contact folks in Stinson Beach considering a microgrid and try to understand the possibility and the constraints. I suppose there will be issues of scale, cost effectiveness, financing, regulation and management. It may involve organizational structures in addition to Eden and CLAM, like a utility district or service district.
Supported a comment by Sara Nelson on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Sara Nelson
I would love to see consultation with the Graton Rancheria, if they are open to it, on a name that foregrounds the Coast Miwok significance of the place.
Supported a comment by Sara Nelson on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Sara Nelson
It would be wonderful to have a community garden for residents, if possible involving a 'food forest' along permaculture principles. Depending on the terrain/amount of space and potential partners, another option would be a restoration area incorporating traditional ecological knowledge that would also provide a learning corridor for restoration and TEK-informed management.
Supported a comment by Cathleen Dorinson on Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal 6 days, 1 hour ago
Cathleen Dorinson
Several years ago Occidental Arts and Ecology in Sonoma County did a study with several different models of composting toilets in their new guest accomodation buildings. It was done in conjunction with the County. You should check with Sonoma County and see what the results were. These were systems that were for an entire house, and are probably too large to install in any existing buildings in this development. However if you were to build something for the homeless, as Pamela D. suggested, it might be able to be used there.
Sonoma County has also approved grey water systems, simpler, and thus less expensive, forms of septic leech field systems and more. Why is Marin not working with our neighboring county to implement those items here?