Every few years, the topic of the Sausalito “anchor-outs” (people who live on their boats on the water in Richardson’s Bay), creates a flurry of public opinion, and a mess of factual errors. A few small groups--like the Audubon Society, who wants to get rid of all anchor-outs--are leading this effort. Because of their hard-line stance, they actually hinder the efforts of those who seek a safe, healthy, well-balanced and well-managed anchorage. While they mostly cite environmental concerns, the plain truth is that any one of the Audubon folks themselves, living in their land-based houses, have a vastly greater impact on wildlife, and a vastly greater environmental footprint, than any anchor-out.
Prop 66 proponents claim their deeply flawed ballot initiative will turbo-charge California’s machinery of death by ensuring that all death penalty appeals are decided within five years.
All around San Francisco Bay on July 4th, brightly colored fireworks lit up the night sky. It’s a fun tradition. But how much do the rockets’ red glare pollute the bay?
I hate to weigh in on this topic because I know it will bring me nothing but grief. However, facing hot topics is sometimes a newspaper’s obligation. So here we go.
At a Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting this past spring, the owner of one of the largest bike rental firms in San Francisco stated that “no one will pay $3 to park a bike in Sausalito.”
There’s been a lot said and written about Sausalito Measure F. Some of it frankly seems intended to impugn the intent and motivation of the other side. Sadly this approach provides more heat than light, and can lead to polarization and balkanization of our community. I would respectfully suggest that the Yes or No on Measure F are quite simply a reflection of priorities and timing.
As members of the city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (“PBAC”) Parking Subcommittee, and long-time residents, we wanted to provide some important information for you, and to ask for your help regarding Sausalito and bikes. A bit of background is in order.
While locals may rejoice in the blissful absence of too many tourists this time of year, local retailers still need business to survive, and we applaud the efforts of organizations to draw locals and visitors.
In a famous Supreme Court case in 1919 (Schneck v. United States), Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. said that “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater and causing panic.”
While one could argue that there is no longer an “off-season” in Sausalito, it does slow down this time of year, especially for the local merchants.
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