Randy Warren

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Jonathan Frieman January 27, 2014 at 08:36 am
Randy, you should know that I am the very first person to ever publicly suggest to the SR CityRead More Council that they endorse the opening of a med marijuana dispensary downtown and tax it to, so to speak, high heaven. Such an establishment would be a very strong anchor store. Getting those funds into the city coffers would pay for more police and the new homeless shelter. So let's join hands across the cityverse and agitate for such. We'd solve all our problems.
Michael January 27, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Right on Randy. I am so sick of the few who continue to support keeping pot illegal. We simply mustRead More keep pushing until these people are silenced (just as they have worked to silence any rational, intelligent, factual discussion on pot for the last 40+ years. The future is already cast as we will soon be free from the rule of those compulsive control freaks who have worked to tell us how we will lead our lives. I watched in amazement as the people of SR actually voted to increase taxes on themselves (sales tax increase) when it was clear that the increase in the sales tax revenue could and would be spent any way our elected officials wanted to spend it. Amazing people would vote for. Continued out of control and unfunded government worker's retirement benefits and our elected officials waste money on raiding a LEGAL pot club. The city council could have told the police to stand down but they did nothing! A pitiful statement. We need new leaders.
Patti January 27, 2014 at 06:11 pm
I am so glad i voted for you! Keep up the good work, some of us out there know who you are and needRead More people like you. thank you so much for posting this intelligent article.
Hopkin December 29, 2013 at 06:55 am
The "SMART" corridor is going to be the newest LA seedling!
M. Calwald December 29, 2013 at 09:03 pm
The IJ is pro-establishment, the estiblishment is progrowth. Our local elected officials at theRead More city and county level are not listening to the residents. Look at Ms. Sears who has turned her back on Strawberry. Now that is grounds for a recall.
Hopkin January 5, 2014 at 01:24 pm
Linda Rames October 20, 2013 at 06:05 pm
Correction. It is Lone Palm and is on C St. between 2nd and 3rd.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 October 21, 2013 at 09:29 pm
Randy, You have great solutions and ideas. I appreciate you being the voice of reason aboutRead More PLANBAYAREA and the urbanization of Marin County without the infrastructure to support it. I also like your idea about Target employing people that are trying to get back on their feet again. Can you expand on that in the comments?
Randy Warren November 1, 2013 at 07:00 pm
Toni, thanks for your request for comment. San Rafael's large homeless population is not allRead More mentally ill. Some of them are just down on their luck, perhaps burdened with substance abuse, but otherwise have the potential to return to indoor living. I want to encourage sobriety among our homeless, then get Target and our other largest employers to set aside some small number of jobs for the sober homeless. Let them use this as their re-entry point, and hopefully a stepping stone back into the full workforce. If they successfully move on to better jobs, put new sober homeless right back on the job. It won't eliminate homelessness in total, but it will reduce that population and change some lives.
Randy Warren September 4, 2013 at 05:51 am
"Xenophobic: having or showing an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from otherRead More countries." Having re-read my blog and all the commentators following it, I do not find anything touching upon nationalities.
Karl Erickson November 23, 2013 at 06:20 pm
Widen your gaze. For you live in Ross dress for less.
Karl Erickson November 23, 2013 at 06:33 pm
It's called hubris. You folks make me sick. I grew up in Fairfax in the 70's, The overt racism andRead More class-isim was prevalent then. It seems that the vocal are all so giving in a "Church" environment, but god forbid the incursion of low income inhabitants. It's the same reason that Marin had no interest in a BART extension. Fear of outsiders. I'm happy I'm done with that sanctimonious tribe of goofballs.
Jonathan Frieman August 12, 2013 at 02:10 pm
Exactly, Pat, and the sooner we accept the facts as you state them, the better off we'll all be.Read More However, if you wish to see my comments as b[e]aring levity...
Mia August 16, 2013 at 01:58 pm
Wait, I must be reading this wrong. You're saying that in order for criminals to not have to driveRead More to their court date or to and from jail we should build more low income housing so that they can live in the area they like to commit crime and it will hurt the earth less???
Randy Warren August 16, 2013 at 02:46 pm
Mia - it was satire.
Be careful what door you open
David Edmondson August 1, 2013 at 06:29 am
Nonprofit housing is a problem, no doubt about that. The best way to meet our RHNA goals is toRead More encourage for-profit developers to build small units, the sort that are strongly discouraged in San Rafael through artificial density limits. The state doesn't mind how large the units are, only that they're built. Studios are still overpriced compared to Marin's larger units, at $2.50/sq ft vs. $2.30/sq ft for all rentals. One-bedrooms aren't much cheaper, at $2.43/sq ft. These are not family-sized and so would not bring in nearly as many children. And, since they're for-profit, they would bring in tax revenue. The state is agnostic when it comes to unit size, only that we have zoning for X units. Inclusionary zoning can get us the rest of the way. This is a needle we can thread.
Pat Ravasio August 21, 2013 at 10:24 am
Why not just encourage the Marin Community Foundation (and government programs like HUD) to provideRead More rent subsidies for already existing market rate housing? If we really want diversity, we will have blended communities, rather than packing all the affordable units together. Building affordable housing projects was a social engineering experiment which FAILED in the middle of the last century. That we are doomed to repeat history even though we know and understand it is inexplicable.
Melissa Bradley August 23, 2013 at 10:36 am
Randy is the candidate that clearly states he will do every thing in his power to fight the proposedRead More high density development in San Rafael and Terra Linda. His campaign calls the Terra Linda plan " North Gate City" because if it is built it will feel like a whole new city has been placed on top of what we already have here. Check out Marin Local Politics Facebook page to keep abreast of local happenings regarding these issues.
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