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Op-Ed: Analyzing the Lineup in the Housing Element Game

All third-party letters except one were critical of Novato's Draft Housing Element, particularly of the five opportunity sites that could be rezoned for housing.

You may have been following this issue for the past two years, and then again you may not have.  If you haven't, the city of Novato's Draft Housing Element was the result of two years of hard work by community, city staff and Novato City Council. Its changes to city zoning ordinances and site selections for affordable housing were designed to bring the city into compliance with California's housing laws and housing quota system as interpreted by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Everybody piled on right after the document was sent to HCD in October in order to influence the state's decision about certifying Novato's housing element. The public record document for all third-party letters regarding Novato's Draft Housing Element is attached (Editor's note: I looks like it's blank, but there are 67 pages of letters there).

Sometimes a person can learn as much from analyzing the lineup for a baseball team or the roster for a football team as from watching the game itself. Rather than reading the entire stack of comment letters, you might just want to read what follows, a summary and a lineup of players for/against the Novato Draft Housing Element.

Then test your memory with this Novato Patch article about the HCD response to the Housing Element to see if you recognize any familiar plays.

All third-party letters except one were critical of the Housing Element, particularly of the five opportunity sites. The one positive letter was from the Novato Community Alliance. By way of disclaimer, I am a former president of NCA, and NCA supports the Housing Element. 

The critical third-party letters were from affected neighbors of the opportunity sites, a part owner of one and nonprofits.  Several letters came from Clausen Court neighbors.  The most accusatory letter, signed by Michael Hooper of the Campus Property Group, was from part of the group that owns the site by Black John Road, asking that the entire site be rezoned for development — kind of an all-or-nothing approach.  His was the one letter from the owner or part owner of a site.

Michael Hooper serves his own neighborhood in Central Marin very ably on the Larkspur Station Area Planning Citizens Advisory Committee regarding transit-oriented development, advocating a growth control plan making development dependent on the availability of mitigations for accompanying congestion. He seems to be on the opposite side of the table in Novato.

Many of the nonprofits alluded to Novato's supposed responsibility for subsidizing housing for allegedly 8,900 in-commuters earning less than $40,000.  I have omitted analysis of the 13-page Public Advocates letter in the list below in the interest of brevity. The nonprofits' underlying premise appears to be that it would be a good idea for every low-income Novato in-commuter to live in Novato to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

This idea is NOT the basis for the RHNA numbers, however. Although the nonprofits may give a tepid endorsement for rezoning for the RHNA or for the affordable housing overlay, the writers then launch into a litany of criticisms. "Too small" and "too remote" were the most commonly repeated descriptions of the five opportunity sites, followed closely by "not dense enough," all eventually resulting in "not feasible."

The $64,000 Question: Too small and too remote and not feasible for whom?

The sheer number of groups weighing in underlines how Novato's business has been made the business of a much broader network that is following the progress of at least every jurisdiction in Marin County but most particularly San Rafael and Novato where developable land still exists.

Scan the list below; see if you recognize any player in the lineup. Stay tuned for the score for 2007-2014, but remember that the game never ends.

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Stephanie Reyes, Program Director

Greenbelt Alliance

Not enough sites, sites listed "of questionable viability", 20 units/acre not dense enough, Site #3 is a greenfield site.

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Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director

Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California

Inadequate sites "according to many of the affordable housing developers in our membership" and opposition to the density of 20 units per acre.

Specific request to assemble for 7506 Redwood Blvd. (near Trader Joe's) and 1905 Novato Blvd. (Senior Access) with adjacent sites to make them more 'feasible'.

Refers questions to MCHAI Program Manager, Melody Lopez.

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Sam Tepperman-Gelfant, Senior Staff Attorney

Public Advocates

13 pages of detailed arguments and citations worthy of an article all their own.

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Margy Eller, President

League of Women Voters of Marin County

Links the 20 unit per acre density to crime hysteria. Suggests that Novato has not capped market-rate zoning at 20 units per acre and is therefore discriminating against affordable housing developers.

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Marge Macris & Mike Daley, Co-chairs

Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative

Sent twice

Questions the calculation of unmet RHNA

Suggests careful review of five sites for feasibility

Lists MEHC participants:

  • Ron Albert
  • Juliette Anthony
  • Roy Bateman (Marin County Community Development Agency)
  • Gordon Bennett (Sierra Club Conservation Committee chair)
  • Margot Biehle
  • Greg Brockbank (Marin Law Center, former SR councilmember)
  • Katie Crecelius (Novato Housing Coalition, SUNN)
  • Mike Daley (EAH Housing)
  • Kathleen Foote (a Trustee of Marin Community Foundation from 1994-2002)
  • Robert Hickey (NPH)
  • Carol Hovis  (Marin Interfaith Council)
  • Mayme Hubert
  • Wendi Kallins
  • Susan Kirsch
  • Majorie Macris (former Planning Director for Marin County)
  • Annette Rose (former Marin County Board of Supervisors)
  • Mary Kay Sweeney (Executive Director of Homeward Bound of Marin)
  • Todd Steiner (SPAWN)
  • Sallyanne Wilson (former Marin Community Foundation staff, 17 years)
  • Tom Wilson (former Canal Alliance and Canal Housing Alliance executive directors)

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Stand Up for Neighborly Novato

Arguments reproduced with same word choice in multiple other letters

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Suzanne Walker & Deacon Bernie O'Halloran, Co-chairs

Marin Organizing Committee, partnering with SUNN

"Community both needs and deserves more…."

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Donn Davy, VP

Sustainable Novato

Too small, too remote

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Nancy Kenyon, Executive Director

Fair Housing in Marin

More sites, too small and too remote

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Michael Hooper

Campus Property Group (owners of Black John Road site)

No infrastructure existing

Extra restriction: 40% Very Low and 60% Low

Wants to rezone entire 44.5-acre property plus one more acre of the adjoining Wright property

Wants the 4-acre site to not be a fixed location

Says error to assume mixed retail and residential use

Asserts cannot develop the affordable housing without developing the entire property

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Craig Belfor January 27, 2013 at 05:30 PM
True, section 8 goes out to all of the needy, but we ran out of school teachers a long time ago. This is a war for our town's character. While your brochure shows needy people who deserve a break, we end up getting criminals. Jerome documented this over a year ago, and your previous aliases tried and failed to refute it. Novato residents- Tell everyone that we're under attack from the developers! If AH is good, then why is every city fighting it?
Ellis Bell January 27, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Mr. Belfor, I certainly don't intend to put words into your mouth, but I interpret your use of the phrase "the needy" as being "the poor." Perhaps you are not aware that Section 8 is also provided to the disabled? Consider yourself among the fortunate if you do not face life with the challenges of a mental and/or physical disability. I am proud to welcome Section 8 residents, given my good lot in life. I cannot repair or otherwise change somebody's disability, but I can give them a warm welcome into Novato. I do not believe we are under attack from the developers. Rather, I feel blessed to know that the developers are willing to partner with Novato for the betterment of the disabled.
Ellis Bell January 27, 2013 at 05:48 PM
@Tina Kennedy, with all due respect, I find your suggestion that Southern Marin is devoid of low in come housing disingenuous. Surely, you have heard of Marin City? Furthermore, public advocates and MCF are NOT making a calculated move to keep Ross "rich and white." Rather, they are making the best decision possible for those in need of affordable housing: picking the location that serves them best. If I was in need of low income housing, I would not want to live in Ross, especially at the sites proposed - talk about a haul and a half to get to the freeway! Novato's affordable housing site provides a much better gateway to the highway. Furthermore, look at what Ross offers in terms of retail opportunities: do you think affordable housing residents can afford to buy groceries from Mollie Stone's? There's no affordable market to speak of! Novato, on the other hand, has affordable retail opportunities. THANK YOU, MCF, for your compassion and caring. I am proud to see the hard work you are doing on behalf of the needy.
Tina McMillan January 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Ellis On this point we do agree. I welcome section 8 because: 1. Section 8 rentals are privately owned by people who pay property taxes 2. Owners get to decide who to rent to and can ask a tenant to leave if they are using drugs, harboring known felons or breaking any of the laws that would cause harm to neighbors 3. I have known section 8 families, primarily single mothers with children, some of whom are recovering from illnesses like cancer or have chronic illnesses like MS and they have been wonderful neighbors 4. It is up to the individual homeowner who they rent to from the section 8 list The problem with this entire discussion is that Marin is no longer issuing section 8 vouchers. Instead rental property is owned by non profits and pays no property taxes. Wyndover is a prime example. It is unsafe for vulnerable tenants who live there and are preyed upon by people breaking laws. Homeward Bound has programs that are much better managed but Oma's Village, which will be multifamily housing for clients that need ongoing support, will impact Hamilton School which is already struggling to educated an extremely diverse array of learners. While Title I from the federal govt is suppose to provide additional funding for kids that struggle due to poverty it has not been enough to make a real difference in the lives of these students. As a result some Hamilton families that can afford to are electing to go to private schools.
Tina McMillan January 27, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Ellis So your logic is that Ross is too good for poor people but Novato fits just fine? This got Westchester, NY into a load of legal fecal matter that resulted in suits for discrimination for taking federal funds but not providing housing to a racially diverse array of people. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/westchesters-desegregation-battle.html While you may feel it is too inconvenient for Ross to supply affordable housing the law says everyone must do their fair share. The idea that Novato can afford to do more as a result of its proximity to the freeway belies the fact that Novato's tax base has no existing wiggle room. While Ross is a basic aid district and can well afford to provide educational opportunities to Title I students, Novato Unified is so impacted that even with Title I funds it has a structural deficit of $3.3 million dollars. What has happened over time due to lack of money for our schools is that more and more families that can afford it are turning to private schools. In order for Novato to survive and thrive it must look at Magnets, Charters and Charter Conversions. It wont completely stop the problems associated with fewer funds but it will give us a way to help all learners. In the meantime we can't afford to take on more than our fair share. We don't have the resources that Ross, Kentfield, Larkspur and other southern Marin cities and districts have.
Lloyd January 27, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Mr. Bell what a crock! Novato, based on actual AH units, provides an abundance of housing for those in need. Additionally unless I'm mistaken Novato Element proposal completely fulfills the ABAG and HCD quotas even thought they are totally unfunded mandates that continue to put safety, welfare and education of all Novato residents at risk. I believe Novato's Element only wanted to allow us to keep our small town character much like other wealthier enclaves and designate AH where it fits into the towns long term plans. Your suggestion that not only Ross but all the wealthier townships not only in Marin but all over Calif. are too inept at dealing with those "other people" is both racist and discriminatory. As a professed advocate of AH you should be ashamed of yourself for not only condemning segregation in those places where AH is never built but even implying that Novato needs to become the developer, for profit, tax sheltered, haven for those same people to invest their riches without providing any support for any of us that live in your myopic world. Novato is indeed a great place that benefits from our diverse mix of residents. Your solution is to segregate and discriminate and built economic walls of unfair burden shouldered by only those that have demonstrated compassion and willingness to integrate those in need. I don't know who you represent but surely it has nothing to do with the people of Novato or the people in need of AH.
Lloyd January 27, 2013 at 08:55 PM
@Ellis B I guess you are equally turned off at living in such other distasteful places such as Greenbrae, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Fairfax to name a few. How lucky we are to have you only wanting to live in our town. As for your racist slant at Marin City it only strengthens my belief you only care about your development, for profit, tax deferred investors. Marin City is the perfect example of what stacked, high density, segregated housing have failed so many in need of basic safe homes. Sir, you are a shill for some development oriented group. Take a good look in the mirror next time you use the term NIMBY when you use terms like "uncomfortable learning curve" to describe Ross's potential of actually building a single unit of AH.
Al Dugan January 28, 2013 at 02:28 AM
As usual, no one can summarize it any better than Bob Silvestri. Bob work on the other side of this formula and no one knows this "game" better than Bob. Read his book it is a real education on affordable housing and the triad, developers, builders and institional investors that drive this high profit industry.
Craig Belfor January 28, 2013 at 04:45 AM
The developers don't give a rat's asss about helping the poor. The only time we see a deserving person is on the brochure they use to pull the wool over our eyes. What we get is the thugs from out of town. Your crocodile tears and bacon painting don't fool me. Let's pass a law: All felons and drug offenders loose their section 8 pass, and family members with a section 8 pass cannot house them. OOPS! They already have a law, but the AH administrators don't enforce it. Meanwhile, look at our streets and tell me things aren't getting worse.
Kirk Gillary January 28, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Ellis, Don't the disabled deserve to live in Southern Marin and in Ross? Or do you want them only to live in Novato where the majority of the poor live ?
Tired January 28, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Ellis, Thank you for your breath of fresh air and reality check. There is a complete lack of options that are affordable in this town. I can't wait till some of these complainers have kids who as young adults are looking to move out or need to find a place for Mom and Dad to live on a fixed income. I helped a friend find a place recently. We contacted Bay Vista and found out that out of 200 plus apartments they only had one three bedroom for rent at $1,800 a month. How is that affordable? Also higher density saves water as there is only one common space to water as opposed to hundreds of yards. I heard Bob's speech. It is biased and ignores the base case scenario. You always need to compare one Alternative to doing nothing. Our lack of rentals is detrimental to our community in so many ways. Thanks for speaking up. I know it is tough with all the bullies out there willing to shoot you down.
Eleanor Sluis January 28, 2013 at 08:03 AM
There is a conflict of reasoning in the new strategic plan regarding growth in commercial and residential areas. Two-thirds of the emphasis is for the developers and staff while only one third is for the residents. Why am I concerned? On page 7, new strategic plan- part A c-1. The city wants to combine all the plans for Hamilton and the City into one plan. The administration’s reasoning is my concern. Translating their wording into plain English the city implies that developers and staff are 2/3 more important than residents are. It shows that residents are given only 1/3 of the emphasis for their needs in the city. Yet, it is residents who foot the bills. It is an unbalanced approach to a democracy. The developers and staff should not have more power, prominence, and money while not listening to the public. The city council is colluding with this reasoning by placing this item and others as consent items not discussed with the public in forums, commissions, or in the media. http://ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/012913_Agenda%20Planning%20Item%201-29-13.pdf Please come on Tuesday to City Hall at 6pm to speak about your concerns.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 02:36 PM
I'm disappointed by what I read as NIMBY-laced comments. It matters not what Ross is or isn't doing. Novato is being asked to step up to the plate and be a welcoming community to the socio-economically disadvantaged, the disabled, the infirm and the elderly. And instead of saying "welcome," far too many of you are trying to shut the door in their faces and throw a tantrum over what another community is or isn't doing. Ross' affordable housing strategy is not relevant to this discussion. It is a smokescreen designed to cloud the fact that a vocal group of you are discriminating against those in need of affordable housing. Shame.
Craig Belfor January 28, 2013 at 03:07 PM
I think you're just another fake name, a reincarnation of all of the other Marla, Marcus, etc. crew of bloggers posing as caring Novato residents who just want to help the less fortunate. It's always the same tear jerk-" What about the less fortunate?" They adorn your arguments and brochures but can't be found in the needed quantities to validate the AH need the developers say we need. The problem is this-We all care about helping the less fortunate, but there are many reasons people need AH. If you see the $60,000 Cadillac Escalades at Wyndover and Bay Vista, you get the feeling money isn't always the reason. We're being gamed, and the developers don't care as long as they get paid. We ran out of poor people at Bay Vista, so we went to Richmond to fill the housing. Keep out the thugs, druggies, rapists, burglars, and murderers and I'm fine with AH, but it's not run that way and the people who profit by this construction don't have to live where they shiit. That's why the rest of Marin keeps AH to as low a level as they can, hoping that the cow town up north will be easily snowed over. P.S.-Two thirds of Novato qualifies for AH, including me. We're just to proud to beg, so we work harder instead.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 03:29 PM
It speaks volumes, Mr. Belfor, about your position (or lack thereof), if you, too, resort to "you must not be real" comments. When people use kitschy handles, you cry foul. When people use names, you insist that they are reincarnations of Marla, Marcus, etc. One simply cannot win, given your propensity to criticize the screen name of anyone with whom you disagree. That smokescreen aside, unless you have pulled the curtain back and know something the rest of us don't, it's nothing short of ridiculous to suggest you know how or why somebody drives the car they do but lives in an affordable housing unit that does not mirror the "look" of the car. Is it not possible that said individual in a Cadillac Escalade was gifted said vehicle by a grandparent, an aunt or uncle? Perhaps it was a salvaged vehicle, purchased at a greatly below market level. I cannot look at a vehicle and instantly know how much the driver paid for it, and, by extension, compare it to the driver's housing. Not all people in affordable housing units are "thugs, druggies, rapists, burglars and murderers." Similarly, not all people in cushy housing are "quality" people. Indeed, there are people in pricey homes who engage in drug trade, commit sexual assault and even murder. Sadly, crime knows no boundaries.
Craig Belfor January 28, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Great job dodging the question. Sounds like I hit the nail on the head, Marla. Prove you're not just a carpetbagger from out of town. Show up at a meeting, present your ID, and prove you're a Novato resident. Once again, I back order hankies for Jerry's kids, but have no pity for bums. Keep out the criminals, and I'll go for AH. The problem is we don't do that job well, and we need to prove that AH is not just a reload and refuel safe house for the happy hunting ground that Novato has become for the trash that uses our tax breaks to get free cribs. All of the other cities are on to you. They see what you did to Antioch. Try your crap somewhere else.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 03:58 PM
I believe, Mr. Belfor, it is you who is engaged in a calculated game of dodge ball. I present my position; you attempt to discredit it based on nothing more than a belief that I must not be real. I point out what you have done; you still do not respond to my post but attempt to "up" the ante with some abstract demand that I "prove" my existence. I can tell you that I did NOT: purchase a 1,382 sq. ft. house in Novato in October 1989 (for $300,000). But, rest assured, I have indeed spoken at Novato City Council meetings before. I did not, however, enjoy the experience. At all.
Lloyd January 28, 2013 at 04:48 PM
It really doesn't matter if you are real or a shill. You are entitled to your opinion. I think if you are a Novato resident I am more inclined to respond in a civil manner. So let's assume you are. First it matters a gr8 deal what happens elsewhere. The entire purpose of Sb375 and AH mandates is to integrate lower income workers, the elderly, and disabled into all our communities. eliminating the need to commute and lowering greenhouse gases. Contrary to your claim of of Novato not being welcoming it appears based on facts, facts not your smoke screen, that seemingly ignore the simple fact that Novato has provided more than a 1/3 of all AH housing in the County with only 20% of the population. It is a fact that while the rest of Marin enjoys the lowest unemployment rate in Calif. Novato is well above and at the State's 8+%.
Lloyd January 28, 2013 at 04:48 PM
It is a fact that if you have any vision and simply drive through San Rafael and visit their downtown then come to Novato and see ours unless you are blind you realize calling Novato a city with a similar 30 unit per acre density requirement is a joke. BTW go a few miles north to Petaluma take the same drive and explain why they are perfectly good at 20 units per acre density. Claiming Novato has any prospects on real increased employment is simply absurd given the anemic economic base. And after all these gr8 reasons of why Novato shouldn't be designated for all this AH do the people of Novato complain about our RHNA requirements, NO we simply ask that we be allowed to fufill our totally unfunded mandates with a low district schools with the lowest per pupil finding in a manner that is consistent with our small town flavor. STOP lying about Novato. It is the developers/investors that you represent. The carpetbaggers that are only interested on return on their investment, hence this entire debate instead of approving a voter/resident approved element proposal and actually helping those you profess to care for.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Thank you, Lloyd, and indeed you best respond in a civil matter as I have worn many a hat in Novato - renter, owner, seller and landlord (house, not apartment complex). My perspective on Novato also goes back decades, and I assure you that crime is not a new problem in town. Rather, the specifics seem to have shifted, but there has always been a drug and crime problem in town. Sure as the day is long, the affordable housing opponents will jump on me for a comment such as this, but I know the perils posed to a woman who dared to walk, alone, past the Bit in the dark on a Saturday night. Talk about a crime problem ....
Craig Belfor January 28, 2013 at 05:24 PM
I see you've checked me out, Marla. Yes, I did buy a house here. I also lived on Center Road in 1955, acrross from a cow field at the corner of Center and Diablo. It's still a cow field. I also lived on Plaza Hermosa for 18 years. Now it's time to check you out. Show yourself. I'm against zombie bloggers who work for the developer, using the sympathy button for profit. Prove that you're not one of those, and I'll back off the personal attack.
Tina McMillan January 28, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Each time someone presents a rational argument the fact that they are questioning how the AH process unfolds is labeled NIMBYism. The discussion of Ross is important because their housing element was approved without the same considerations as Novato's. I read the draft element. Eleanor is correct. It provides developers with advantages that property owners will never see. If a property owner wants to build a second unit the current costs are astronomical. That means individuals that want to help a disabled adult-child, an aging parent or even a stranger do not have the same benefits of streamlining and cost reductions that developers do. We all should have the ability to take care of our families and to contribute to society without having to become dependent on the government for every basic need. This approach to affordable housing ignores important aspects of financially sound management of resources and the ability of individuals to care for themselves and other people. The draft housing element keeps the per acre designation for senior developments at 30 units per acre. With bonuses it can be increased and with overlay districts approval by the city can be done in such a away as to maximize this benefit. The issue of crime associated with poor property management has increased. The impact on schools of having a diverse socioeconomic base is not being addressed. As as a low wealth district are resources are limited.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Thank you, Craig, and unfortunately I have shown the very reason why people do not willingly share more. But rest assured, I don't even know any Marlas, I am not a developer, and how about this - I know of the girl who, unfortunately, took the shortcut through the church parking lot. If you have lived in town as long as claimed above, no further explanation would be needed.
Tina McMillan January 28, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Living within our means sometimes requires moving to a community where it costs less to live. You mention a friend that was looking for a place for parents on a fixed income and expect that it is here in Novato. It may not be. It may be Petaluma or Rohnert Park if you want a greater cost savings. If you take away the benefits associated with property ownership the only rentals will be run by the government. Your taxes will have to increase to support them and they will not provide choices because that is how the government works. Having grown up on military bases and in communities throughout the world I can tell you we did not complain when our living quarters in Turkey consisted of a small trailer. It wasn't until there were cockroaches coming out of the faucet that we were moved to different housing. There is nothing wrong with helping people in need but to do so requires financially responsible planning. Novato has and continues to do its fair share. The discussion of the approval process behind the draft housing element is about fairness. The law says all communities must share this responsibility. For Ellis to suggest Ross is an inappropriate place for a poor family to live is exactly why the law is in place. While we can do our fair we must look at the current impact of providing housing without the taxes to pay for services. If we don't then we will not be able to support the families that live here.
Craig Belfor January 28, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I'm starting to believe that you actually exist, AM, as I still have funny feelings getting gas at Shell. I don't get funny feelings opposing the criminal element that permeates AH. Show that the developer has a screening process that upholds the law, and I' ll be on board. The problem is, the developers only build and leave with the profit. Our own council won't do it, and the developers know it. The other towns do a better job, so the developers come to the low hanging fruit- Novato. We need enforcement of the AH laws. No felons, druggies, rapists, burglars, or killers. Is that too much to ask? As for the other zombie blogger developer pimps, remember that Novato citizens will vote on this. Citizens unite! Tell your friends to vote in this election, or suffer the consequences.
A.M. Barnard January 28, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Affirmative, Craig. (virtual handshake).
JC Peters January 28, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Narcissistic personality disorder-Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition in which people have an inflated sense of self-importance and an extreme preoccupation with themselves A person with narcissistic personality disorder may: •React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation •Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals •Have excessive feelings of self-importance •Exaggerate achievements and talents •Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love •Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment •Need constant attention and admiration •Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy •Have obsessive self-interest •Pursue mainly selfish goals ...
Ventress Dugan January 28, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Mr.or Ms. Barnard, WHO WILL PAY for these people?? Maybe Ross or Sausalito Tiburon...Novato is NOT able to sustain taking in anymore people. Maybe, you would like to pay a special "Bleeding Heart Fee" so the rest of us can take a break.
Tina McMillan January 28, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Urban Dictionary (examples added) Projection "1) An unconscious self-defense mechanism characterized by a person unconsciously attributing their own issues onto someone or something else as a form of delusion and denial. 2) A way to blame others for your own negative thoughts by repressing them and then attributing them to someone else. Due to the sorrowful nature of delusion and denial it is very difficult for the target to be able to clarify the reality of the situation. 3) A way to transfer guilt for your own thoughts, emotions and actions onto another as a way of not admitting your guilt to yourself. Examples 1) Believing that someone else has traits that actually describe your own behavior. You project this onto another so your ego does not have to admit the deficiency of your own thought processes. 3) Repeatedly attacking someone with the idea that they are: Narcissistic as a way of not admitting to yourself that these appear to be some of your most dominant traits."
Lloyd January 28, 2013 at 07:35 PM
AM I don't know who you are and truthfully as i stated if you are a resident of Novato you are just as entitled to your views and my civility even if we agree to disagree. I don't say the same for out of area (town) developers that hide behind the rhetoric when they are only after profits. As for "Marla" I know her quite well and while we don't always agree (most of the time) I believe she is an honest and sincere person that should not be accused of misleading as she always posted under her own name. There is always room for honest discourse even when we don't see it the same way. I will try and point out what I believe is a flaw in your argument and I trust you will respond in kind. btw I never mentioned crime and I still haven't heard any challenge to my position from you. Have a nice day.

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