Friends and Neighbors

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

You may have recently received some e-mails from the ” Marinwood Village Task Force.” These communications were neither authored nor authorized by the Marinwood Association.

The meeting mentioned in the e-mails and in flyers distributed in the community is not sponsored nor otherwise connected with the Association.

The Task Force appears to be an independent group. It is not affiliated with the Marinwood Association. So far as we know, it is not affiliated with the Marinwood CSD or the County.

The Marinwood Association is still committed to getting a market at the shopping center and continues to work with the County to that end.

We are currently seeking community volunteers for the next phase of the planning process. If you want to actively participate in this next phase, please review the document at http://marinwoodassociation.org/dce_scope.html and send us a note at DevelopmentCommittee@marinwoodassociation.org.

We will continue to keep you informed of any progress.

Walter K. Dods

Marinwood Association, President

2 thoughts on “Friends and Neighbors

  1. This is from a posting in October 2006:
    The Community Reps have begun to reorganize and prepare to meet these challenges. There will be a name change. The Community Reps will now be referred to as the Marinwood Village Advisory Task Force. The Resolution passed by the Board of Supervisors at the September 26th special meeting endorses the community planning process and authorizes the county planning staff “to continue to work with the property owner and the members of the community on refining the concept into a Master Plan/Precise Development Plan”. The work of the Task Force will now shift from creating and gaining community acceptance for the Marinwood Village Concept Plan to a project management approach. We will continue to work closely with the property owners and the county planners.

    Then this from today:
    Dear Folks,
    Please don’t read things that are not there.
    The sole purpose of my previous note was to make it clear that the Marinwood Association was not involved with the Marinwood Village Task Force. There is no”fallout” with Frank Nelson or anyone else (Marian) and if 1000 people show up, good (David). We have no idea if the July meeting will proceed. It is not our call. We are not involved (Kim).
    Thank you for your interest. WKD

    Frankly I am amazed that the old guard in Marinwood continues to buck the effort of progress that the good people in Marinwood are trying to accomplish. Why does this continue to happen? The Board of Supes endorsed this Task Force and gave it direction to proceed (as we understood it back in 2006) and now what the heck are these last two emails about? The Marinwood Association doesn’t want anything to do with the Task Force? Why? Can you please explain this to the rest of us neophytes? “It is not our call – we are not involved” is the lamest statement by ONE member of the Marinwood Association. How can the Marinwodo Assocation NOT be involved in the progress so far of the Plaza project? What are we missing here? Can someone explain please? We normal residents are in the dark. Thanks.

  2. I think you are right. People do need an explanation, and we have done a poor job of explaining ourselves. Speaking for myself, as a single member of the board of the Marinwood Association, we are seeking to distance ourselves from the current task force. Over the last month we were dismayed when the task force refused to participate in a collaborative planning process with the county and developer, appalled when the task force sent out an e-mail to the community that contained distortions and inflammatory rhetoric about our supervisor Susan Adams, and shocked when the task force antagonized the developer to the point where he got up and walked out on a meeting with the head of the task force. We feel that this task force has recently been doing a poor job of representing our community’s interests and ideals, and is potentially a roadblock in our efforts to get a market.

    So, what should the Marinwood Association do? Step 1, is to make sure that people know that the task force is now a completely independent entity. It was formerly run by a board member of the Marinwood Association, who is no longer a member. The task force also had another board member, Bruce Anderson, on it, but he has since resigned from the task force due to a number of disagreements with the task force. I still sit on the task force and the Marinwood Association, but find myself increasingly at odds with the task force. So, that is what these last two posts are about. The Marinwood Association is no longer a sponsor of the Task Force, and we want to make that clear to those of you that have been as disappointed with the task force’s recent activities as we have been.

    Step 2. Who knows. Perhaps if the task force can’t get its act together and participate with the county and developer the Marinwood Association will step in. We want a market and a quality project at the plaza just like everybody else, and we will do what we can to ensure that it happens. But at this point we will wait and see.

    As to the task force, there are no hard feelings. These are our neighbors who are donating their time for all of us in an effort to get a market at the plaza. We may disagree with them at times, but they have the right spirit.

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