Brown, overgrown golf course is a fire trap

Marin Independent Journal - Thursday July 18, 2019 - Kip Maly

In the July 14 IJ Readers’ Forum, Kathleen Robertson hit the nail on the head. The San Geronimo Golf Course property has become a firetrap with highly inflammable tall dry weeds growing where mown green lawns were before. So much for the Trust for Public Land’s promises. It apparently is just hoping no accidents …
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San Geronimo signatures were gathered lawfully

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday July 14, 2019 - Niz Brown

There is a rumor that the San Geronimo Advocates paid professional circulators for signatures. We would like to set the record straight: The initiative to save the San Geronimo Golf Course was entirely a grass-roots effort. When circulating a petition, the law requires the circulator to sign an affidavit called a ‘signed statement for volunteer petition circulators’ …
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San Geronimo wary of Trust for Public Land

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday July 14, 2019 - Kathleen Robertson

Just before the start of fire season the Trust for Public Land unceremoniously announced that there would be no golf at their recently purchased course in San Geronimo, then it closed the doors and turned off the water. The vague promise to local fire officials to keep the course moved has not materialized ….
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Time to bring back San Geronimo Golf Course

Marin Independent Journal - Friday July 12, 2019 - Michael McLennan

The fate of the San Geronimo Golf Course is to be decided by ballot initiative in the March 2020 election, thanks to success of the petition drive by supporters. Please vote yes. The Trust for Public Land was brought in by our county board of supervisors as straw owners when the superior court ruled against the county taking the land without …
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San Geronimo golf supporters rebel for the cause

Marin Independent Journal - Thursday July 11, 2019 - Robert La Belle

The Marin Countywide Plan and San Geronimo Valley Community Plans have been in place for decades. Exhaustive and driven by public statues, each required many years of inclusive consensus-building and due process to finalize land use decisions. Neither was accelerated or truncated, nor were they outsourced …
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Skeptics question whether golf site is harmful to fish

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday July 10, 2019 - Richard Halstead

Critics of a plan to return the former San Geronimo Golf Course to its natural state say the purported environmental benefits are overblown. Scientists familiar with the situation, however, say otherwise. The golf course property, now earmarked by its nonprofit owner the Trust For Public Land for ‘rewilding’ after a fierce …
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Affordable housing at golf course won’t work

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday July 7, 2019 - Walt Rose

I wonder how the supporters of the expropriation of the San Geronimo Golf Course are feeling about Richard Rubin’s idea of putting affordable housing on the site (Marin Voice: House crisis makes San Geronimo plan intriguing,” June 30. I wonder how the environmentalists who drove this process are reacting …
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Golf course was a great place for seniors

Marin Independent Journal - Friday June 14, 2019 - Cia Donahue

I would like to respond to Jasper Thelin’s Marin Voice article (June 3), he presented his visions for this future of San Geronimo Golf Course. Unfortunately, Thelin’s visions did not include a vital and large segment of our population - senior citizens. Approximately 30% of Marin’s population is over 60 years of age …
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Golf course deal erodes trust in supervisors

Marin Independent Journal - Thursday June 13, 2019 - Gunnel Strom

What a sad thing it is happening to San Geronimo Gold Course, I still cannot believe that our elected officials can sell out like this. Is it possible that money sweetened this agreement? Will they increase our taxes to repair roads on the property? I will not vote for any of the in the next election …
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San Geronimo mess can be traced back to Rodoni

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday June 9, 2019 - Len Silverfine

It saddens me to read Jasper Thelin’s Marin Voice '“just image everything San Geronimo Golf Course could be,” (June 4) as if what it has been for 60 plus years matters for naught. Perhaps more importantly, how it was taken from its cherished position by a scheming county supervisor, abetted by the other supervisors, without public …
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Plea to TPL to end disastrous golf course fiasco

Marin Independent Journal - Marin Voice - Saturday June 8, 2019 - Michael McLennan

Concerned Marin citizens need to be aware of controversial actions taken by TPL & their local management team, Brendan Moriarty, Dave Sutton and Guillermo Rodrigues. The San Geronimo Golf Course was offered for sale late in 2017 by its investment group after a successful, profitable run of over ten years. This course, designed by a …
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Four points about San Geronimo Golf Course

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday June 5, 2019 - Alex Easton-Brown

If Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and the Trust for Public Land should somehow succeed in killing San Geronimo Golf Course remember: 1. You can’t trust them to do the right thing: San Geronimo’s Mrs French deeded her ranch surrounding the golf course to the Nature Conservancy 25 years ago to be kept in open space in perpetuity …
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TPL has ignored obvious community input

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday May 29, 2019 - Kip Maly

Trust for Public Land (TPL) has put forth a supposedly comprehensive plan for "community outreach" about the future of the golf course. It would seem however that TPL does not consider that the 10,000+ people that signed the petition to keep the golf course are a part of that community. TPL has ignored that rather obvious …
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TPL starts plan for new vision at golf course

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday May 26, 2019 - Editorial

The Trust for Public Land, which has wound up owning the San Geronimo Golf Course property, is asking the community for ideas to build a vision for the future of the 157 acres that straddle Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the valley. The nationally known San Francisco-based nonprofit has made it clear that its mission and plans do not …
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Golf course property actually is open space

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday May 26, 2019 - Michael Lamb

As I drive by the dying San Geronimo Golf Course two to four times a day, the sight is veyr sad to see. As the putting greens are browning and the sand traps fill with weeds, I thought I would see how many people are using the open space during a recent sun-soaked weekend. I split my time viewing both the front nine and back nine …
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Keep golf course intact pending referendum vote

Marin Independent Journal - Saturday May 25, 2019 - Jayme Gallenson

I wasn’t surprised by the Trust for Public Land announcement to let the San Geronimo Golf Course go to see. If you can’t win one way you backdoor the process to get our will. Let’s review: Supervisor Dennis Rodoni assures TPL if they buy a $4 million course for $8 million, Marin County will take it off their hands for that price. TPL without …
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Help wanted: someone to challenge Rodoni

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Jeff Harriman

A group of energetic, passionate local people, with some ability to raise campaign funds, would like to support an opposition candidate to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni in the March 2020 election. The candidate we are seeking may live anywhere in the 4th District and should possess the following characteristics: Display common sense …
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Disappointed that golf will not be considered

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday May 22, 2019 - Larry Gray

When I read the Marin IJ headline, ‘Golf ruled out at San Geronimo,’ I felt disappointed again that the San Geronimo community has had this valuable recreational resource taken away. The Trust for Public Land director, Guillermo Rodriguez, is clearly on the same page as Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, denying all possibility of a nine…
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Wastewater project could benefit San Geronimo Valley

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday May 4, 2019 - Christin Anderson

The best possible solution includes a recycled wastewater project on a small part of the property of the former San Geronimo Golf Course. This particular solution could serve up to 360 established homes at the least cost per homeowner, while also producing 4.6 acre-feet of recycled water per year. Our wastewater group strongly …
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Supervisor has chance to waste more money

Marin Independent Journal - Monday April 29, 2019 - Barbara Echo

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni must be licking his chops over the prospect of wasting some of the projected $13.8 million surplus in operating funds this fiscal year. Last year he was able to waste hundreds of thousands of our dollars in his failed attempt to purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course for the benefit of the few salmon …
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Golf course fiasco offers another lesson in public policy

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday April 24, 2019 - Dick Spotswood

Google’s dictionary defines a ‘fiasco’ as: ‘a thing that is a complete failure, especially in a ludicrous or humiliating way’. The county’s effort to convert the San Geronimo Gold Course into a fish-friendly nature sanctuary has ended up a fiasco any way the word is defined. The scheme’s collapse began when Marin Superior Court Judge …
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Land trust ends golf course fight

Marin Independent Journal - Wednesday April 17, 2019 - Richard Halstead

Settlement puts county on hook for nonprofit’s $308K legal costs.The Trust for Public Land has dropped its appeal of a Marin Superior Court decision blocking the county’s purchase of San Geronimo Golf Course. The county and the Trust for Public Land reached the out-of-court settlement with San Geronimo Advocates, the citizen’s group
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Unkempt golf course is an eyesore

Marin Independent Journal - Sunday April 14, 2019 - Carmelita Ellis

I am yet one more resident of San Geronimo Valley watching the closed golf course deterioration. The tragic loss of what has for years not only been a pleasant visual, but also a firebreak to comfort many who live in this stunning place. And I am not even a golfer! Why would the county allow such deterioration? …
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Urge decision-makers to maintain golf course

Marin Independent Journal - March 30, 2019 - Michael McLennan

The beginning of April will likely offer an indicator of the fate of the San Geronimo Golf Course, a beautiful green recreational space generations have enjoyed. The end of the rainy season will bring a decision from the current owner, the Trust for Public Land, as to whether to begin watering instead of seeing the grass turn into a fire hazard
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Let’s try to stop aiming for the gold

Marin Independent Journal - March 27, 2019 - Dick Spotswood

That these two groups haven’t reached a compromise is appalling. Sale of the golf course could have resulted in a scenario in which greater protection for fish was facilitated along with a redesigned smaller - perhaps nine-hole course - was maintained. There could be a smart compromise that would also meet two of the goals of Marin’s
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The public has a right to know

Marin Independent Journal - March 17, 2019

We seek out facts and figures we hope are of interest and of help to decision-makers and the public who have every right to information that is affecting those decisions. Unfortunately, the concept that “the public has a right to know” is not always a top priority of our government. Decision-makers often seem to forget or avoid the adage
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Golf, salmon and other activities can exist side by side

Marin Voice - March 12, 2019 - Richard Seramin

Let’s try and look at the San Geronimo Golf Course issue with open eyes, using logic while trying to keep our emotions at bay. The San Geronimo Valley Community Plan states, “The golf course is an important visual and recreational resource.” The golf course has been around for well over 55 years and is an important asset …
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I love San Geronimo Golf Course

Marin Independent Journal - A letter to the editor - Linda Giacomini

I worked there for 31 years. I don’t play golf and it wasn’t for the wages. I worked there because it was, through many owners and managers, a growing family of men, women and children who love the game, exercise and friendships. The players — old, young, new, good golfers, bad golfers, high school teams and folks …
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Hoping land trust will revive golf course

Marin Independent Journal - March 2, 2019 - Bill Wickliffe

II just read in the Sunday IJ The Readers’ Choice Awards of 2019. For the best golf course in Marin they had chosen Indian Valley. What was interesting was the first Honor Awards was San Geronimo Golf Course, and it’s closed! Now, being an avid golfer for decades in Marin and not by any means putting anything past Indian Valley, San G
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Suggestions for golf course not appreciated

Marin Independent Journal - February 23, 2019 - John Hardgrave

I read with interest the Marin Voice by Pat Ravasio (Feb 16) regarding her ideas for the San Geronimo Valley - a new ‘educational center,’ a new ‘community center,’ and a ‘welcome center for West Marin’ where tourists could visit a marketplace selling maps, picnic foods, bicycles and then ‘maybe spend a night in a tent’. …
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Nature seems to be key in shaping salmon migrations

Marin Independent Journal - February 14, 2019 - Bob Lewis

I’ve been following the San Geronimo Golf Course issue with curiosity and close to civic outrage regarding process. The Feb. 10 front-page IJ article may provide some fresh food for thought. “Nearly 12 years have passed since this many coho salmon swam up the Lagunitas Creek watershed to spawn” is the topic sentence of the article. This is great news and should be applauded by all.
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It’s time to seek compromise on San Geronimo Golf Course

Marin Independent Journal - February 10, 2019 - Marin IJ Editorial Board

The Marin Board of Supervisors is on the clock. The board has less than 30 days to figure out whether it will adopt a referendum calling for preservation of the San Geronimo Golf Course or put the matter to a countywide vote. It took advantage of a third, initial, option. Ordering a report on the ramifications of either decision.
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Many people love and appreciate golf course

Marin Independent Journal - February 6, 2019 - Vern Castle

Regarding the belief that golf is losing popularity and is generally in trouble, as with so many statistics, the reality is more complex. Consider - when a golf course isn’t making money it often is one of those courses built never intending to succeed as viable business entity. Instead, it’s used to inflate the price of homes, sell hotel rooms or in View article

Hold ourselves to higher standard on golf course

Marin Independent Journal - February 7, 2019 - Len Silverfine

With all the back and forth between multitude interests now preying upon the once tranquil and sere Marin treasure known as San Geronimo Golf Course, are we not overlooking the original sin? Let us not forget that the initial act in this tragedy was a ‘back-room’ deal that the supervisors hoped to conclude without the public’s
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Healthy habitat and golf

Point Reyes Light - February 1, 2019 - Cia Donahue

There is no need to close San Geronimo Golf Course. The 2014 Coho-Friendly Habitat and Operations Plan that has been approved by SPAWN, California Fish and Wildlife and other environmental agencies is predicated on this idea. This winter we have seen a resurgence of the salmon population in our creeks, so the plan must be working.
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Make golf course a ‘win-win’ situation

Marin Independent Journal - January 30, 2019 - Jayme Gallenson

I read with interest the article on Trust for Public Lan (IJ, Jan. 13) and the fact that San Geronimo is the fifth golf course in their acquisitions. Perhaps golf courses are low-hanging fruit because they do take irrigation, soil management and do have runoff. Unfortunately so does landscaping everywhere, whether it is in a park …
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County to study golf ballot proposal

Marin Independent Journal - January 30, 2019 - Richard Halstead

It will be another 30 days before Marin County supervisors decide whether to put a controversial ballot initiative on the former San Geronimo Valley Golf Course property on the March 2020 ballot. Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to have a report prepared to assess the effects of the ballot measure., which would mandate golf as the primary use of the 157-acres.
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Oyster farm was the first target before golf course

Marin Independent Journal - January 27, 2019 - Alex Easton-Brown

When Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s gang of wealthy environmental extremists got Drake’s Bay Oyster Co. to shut down, we were left with the Tomales Bay shellfish, with all their disadvantages, as our only local alternative. Whereas the Drake’s Bay oysters were large, plump and actually tasted of the ocean, the Tomales Bay substitutes
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Support the effort to preserve golf course

Marin Independent Journal - January 20, 2019 - Rick Seramin

The San Geronimo Golf Course has been around for over 55 years; I never heard any complaints until the county and Trust for Public Land got involved. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni has torn this valley apart with his ill-conceived backroom deal catering to SPAWN and the San Geronimo Planning Group, a committee of fewer than 10 who
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Perhaps name change will help redress a wrong

Marin Independent Journal - January 20, 2019 - Valerie Jelelnfy Stilson

I grew up in Northern California, near a slough that was named for “Jack,” his name preceded by the “n-word.” This slow waterway had its own road sign. It was a point on the map. We referred to it by name casually in conversation. I thought of the person it was named for as someone like Uncle Remus or maybe Aesop, of Aesop’s
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Grateful to opponents who challenged county

Marin Independent Journal - January 19, 2019 - Lisa Faulkner

In response to Linda Rames’ letter, “There is no such thing as too much open space” (Readers’ Forum, Jan. 10), when it hijacks communities’ assets, I believe there can be. The decision of the Trust for Public Land to appeal the lawsuit won by San Geronimo Advocates regarding the public golf course in San Geronimo is an example of
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Golf course had been profitable, not failing

Marin Independent Journal - January 18, 2019 - John McGeough

When the Lee family decided to sell the San Geronimo Golf Course, it prepared seven years of detailed financial statements. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and the county were given these financials, which showed that the course had a net operating income averaging $448,000 per year. The county immediately started lying to the public
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Golf initiative would restore community plan

Marin Independent Journal - January 17, 2019 - Peggy Sheneman

Thank you for clearly explaining the golf initiative. The San Geronimo Community plan says the golf course is an “important visual and recreational resource in the valley. The golf course use should be retained with no major expansion of the facilities. Future uses should be limited to those which support the primary use as a golf course”. All five Marin County supervisors voted to ignore our community plan and to destroy the golf course.
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Could foundation rescue San Geronimo Golf Course?

Marin Independent Journal - January 17, 2019 - Peter Breen

Perhaps the most recent example of the results of poor public policy management in Marin has occurred with the closure of the San Geronimo Golf Course. The whole fiasco began with the ‘back door’ negotiations involving the fate of the less than profitable golfing venue. While unknown to the majority of Marin taxpayers, Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and the county parks department moved ahead, under the cover of darkness.
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Supervisors must now put golf issue to the voters

Marin Independent Journal - January 16, 2019 - Doris Ferrando

Now that sufficient petition signatures have been checked by county staff, validated and certified, hats off to the San Geronimo Advocates, all the signature gatherers and signature checkers who worked tirelessly to preserve golf at San Geronimo. County staff blocked off three days to do the job and it took only three-plus hours to verify the signatures; that is how organized this group is.
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San Geronimo Advocates deserve our thanks

Marin Independent Journal - January 12, 2019 - Vernon Castle

Very low for Marin Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to blame the San Geronimo Advocates for standing up against the abuse of public trust by the Board of Supervisors. The pretense of an open process in the purchase of the golf course is simple mendacity. Thanks to the Advocates’ successful petition drive Marin voters will have a chance to vote
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County’s golf course ‘travesty’ continues

Marin Independent Journal - January 11, 2019 - Len Silverfine

In regard to the article, ‘Decision on golf course appealed’ (Jan 4), it strikes me as incredible how much taxpayer, public and nonprofit money, in the form of actual dollars as well as county administrative, legal, judicial and maintenance expenditures, which also sum to real money
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Golf initiative qualifies for ballot

Marin Independent Journal - January 11, 2019 - Richard Halstead

Supporters of course gather signatures for 2020 election. A local citizens group trying to preserve golf in the San Geronimo Valley has gathered enough valid signatures to qualify its initiative for the March 2020 ballot, the county’s top election official said.
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Touchstone Golf Letter to Employees

Touchstone Golf - December, 2018 - Charles Hardeman

In a letter to their ‘Co-workers’, Touchstone, the operator of the San Geronimo Golf Course, on December 18th terminated all staff and management effective 31st December 2018. The owner of the property, The Trust for Public Land (TPL), stated: ‘’as a non-profit conservation organization, they are not in a position to operate a golf course and do not intend to own the property indefinitely’’.
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County avoided public comment on golf course

Marin Independent Journal - December 1, 2018 - Kip Maly

Niz Brown’s Marin Voice (Nov 27) is exactly on point. From day one there was an attempt to avoid any meaningful public input about the future of the golf course. On Sept. 25, 2017, Park Director Max Korten emailed Todd Steiner of SPAWN to ‘reach out to see if you might be …
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County should continue golf course contract

Marin Independent Journal - December 1, 2018 - Linda Albion

I must appeal to the Board of Supervisors to continue the county contract with Touchstone, which has temporarily been maintaining the San Geronimo Golf Course. The plan to cease this agreement Dec. 31 would allow this land to turn into a weedy mess - choking the ponds …
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Golf course provides a valuable fire break

Marin Independent Journal - December 2, 2018 - Carolyn Shadan

Niz Brown’s Marin Voice opinion piece (Nov 27) brought up several important issues around the San Geronimo Golf Course. Most pertinent was the point about the fire break that the golf course provides in light of the recent fires, particularly in Malibu.
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Trust for Public Land Terminates San Geronimo Golf Operations

Marin Independent Journal - December, 2018 - Richard Seramin

For the second year in a row San Geronimo Golf Course will be closed for public play come January 1st.  Last year it was the County that ceased operation of the popular course; this year it is the Trust for Public Land (TPL).
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Marin to end golf course deal

Marin Independent Journal - November 3, 2018 - Richard Halstead

Marin County will allow its agreement with Touchstone Golf to manage the San Geronimo Golf Course to expire at the end of this year, according to a post on the county parks website Friday.
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Sell course to golf operator and protect the salmon

Marin Independent Journal - November 5, 2018 - Peggy Sheneman

I have lived in San Geronimo Valley for 36 years but I do not play golf. County Parks should continue to operate the golf course and keep its options open for future use.
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At least let Touchstone finish golf agreement

Marin Independent Journal - November, 2018 - Tom Andrews

Pathetic. The bully has been called out so he is taking his ball and going home. The county of Marin continues to lead the parade.
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Board votes to end golf course purchase plan

Marin Independent Journal - November, 2018 - Richard Halstead

Marin County supervisors on Tuesday made it official, voting unanimously to rescind a resolution authorizing the county’s purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course.
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County’s golf closure par for the course

Marin Independent Journal - November 11, 2018 - Opinion

Marin County officials have announced their intent to close down the San Geronimo Golf Course at the end of the year. That announcement is not surprising given the Board of Supervisors …

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Golf course situation is ‘a bumbled disaster’

Marin Independent Journal - November 16, 2018 - Michael Lamb

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni and the other supervisors have turned the San Geronimo Golf Course situation into a bumbled disaster. Is this political collusion for environmental advocacy?
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Time for a real buyer to acquire golf course

Marin Independent Journal - November 19, 2018 - Chris Graham

Thanks to the IJ editorial staff for reporting the real! The county supervisors’ San Geronimo Golf Course land grab is now an opportunity for a real buyer to purchase from Trust for Public Land.
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Lawsuit stopped golf course ‘runaway train’

Marin Independent Journal - November 21, 2018 - Richard Seramin

I have to vent my frustration with our five supervisors and how dishonest they have been trying to rush through the purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course without first properly informing voters of their intentions.
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Supervisors’ attitude is ‘unacceptable’

Marin Independent Journal - November 23, 2018 - John McGeough

Civic engagement and community activism have always been viewed as a positive thing here in Marin County. Even when you don’t agree with the cause, one has to admire the passion and commitment of the various groups of people participating in the process.
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Lock golf course use into countywide plan

Marin Independent Journal - November 26 2018 - Monte Summers

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is now in the process of discovering the joys of doing business with the Marin County Board of Supervisor. Let’s just hope the land trust won’t be further ‘T-P-ing’ the poor golf course over its impending $3million loss from the whole fiasco …
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Golf course area ideal for fire headquarters

Marin Independent Journal - November 26, 2018 - Suzanne Sadowsky

TAs a resident of the San Geronimo Valley for more than 40 years, I am grateful for and have personally benefited from the presence of the Marin County Fire Department headquarters faculty in Woodacre. However, the department’s headquarters is poorly located in the middle
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Court rules golf course purchase illegal

MARIN SUPERIOR COURT DECISION:  On October 26, Marin Superior Court ruled that state laws required Marin county to perform an environmental review before purchasing the San Geronimo Golf Course, for the purpose of shutting it down and changing the land to open space. The sale was challenged by Niz Brown as named party, on behalf of San Geronimo Advocates, a group of local residents.

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Heartened by prep teams at San Geronimo Course

Marin Independent Journal - October 3, 2018 - Bill Wickliffe

I recently visited the practice green at San Geronimo for a little putting and chipping practice. San Geronimo has the finest short game practice area anywhere in Marin. While there I noticed several young woman starting to come down to the practice area …
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Two main problems with golf course purchase

Marin Independent Journal - September 2, 2018 - Len Silverfine

To my mind, the crux of San Geronimo Golf Course issue is twofold. First and foremost, it’s about the money – our money - how our tax dollars should be allocated. Given that few would opt for increasing taxes, priorities must be set and followed by our elected supervisors …
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Highly unlikely any real public process will occur

Letter to the editor - September 2018 - Kip Maly

A recent Marin Independent Journal editorial urged the supervisors to file a ‘negative declaration’ concerning environmental issues over the County's plan to destroy the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course …
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Golf course acreage is a small slice of Marin

Marin Independent Journal - September 2018 - Mark Hoffman

Bettina Spooner-Whyte’s letter in the August 30 edition of the IJ conveyed her ‘ecstasy’ when she learned the San Geronimo Golf Course was going to be restored by the Board of Supervisors and the Trust for Public Land to a natural state for the public, the elderly …
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Save golf course from foolish destruction

Marin Independent Journal - September 4, 2018 - Peggy Sheneman

People ask: Why should Marin residents who live outside of San Geronimo Valley be allowed to vote on the future of the golf course? One person decided to destroy this beautiful public recreation site, with over 30,000 visits each year …
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Petition to save golf course is democratic

Marin Independent Journal - September 19, 2018 - Charles Hardeman

There is nothing ‘doubtful’ or ‘unconstitutional’ about the regulation. The zoning is for specified uses which accommodate the golf course, which has been - and is - profitable. Average Annual Net Operating Income from 2010-2017 was over $450,000 …
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San Geronimo Valley deserves inspired protection

Marin Independent Journal - Letter in response to Glenda Corning piece

San Geronimo Valley deserves inspired protection. “Indeed saving the golf course goes along way towards that goal.” It would save the Valley residents in the unfortunate eventuality of a fire. As to use of toxic materials, attending the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) …
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Concerns about spending on golf course project

Marin Independent Journal - September 20, 2018 - Alex Easton Brown

 By electing Dennis Rodoni to the Board of Supervisors did Marin get its own ‘Baby Trump’, set to destroy and uglify much of what makes Marin special? First there was the shutting down of Drakes Bay Oyster Co. in conspiracy with some environmentalists who …
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Golfing and salmon could be compatible

Marin Independent Journal - September 26, 2018 - Peggy Sheneman

Max Korten, director of Marin Parks, threatens to close the San Geronimo Golf Course by December 2018 if the county loses the injunction motion set for hearing October 26, 2018. County supervisors should be embarrassed by this end-run around the court’s …
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Point Reyes Light - September 26, 2018

Should Marin County lose a case next month regarding its purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course, it will not only relinquish control and upkeep of the course, but maybe will drop all plans for the property. Max Korten, director of Marin County Parks, said an adverse …
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Marin ends bid to expedite ‘San G’ litigation

Marin Independent Journal - August 13, 2018 - Keri Brenner

After being turned-down for a July or August court date, Marin County has withdrawn its attempt to get a speedier decision on its much-debated San Geronimo Golf Course purchase plan before a September 4, 2018 grant deadline …
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County should let market forces play out

Marin Independent Journal - August 2018 - J Patrick Burke

Niz Brown’s thoughtful research (Marin Voice, December 10, 2017) indicates that the County’s rushed purchase of San Geronimo Golf Course will benefit a clever environmental organization more it will benefit the native salmon. Government should not decide …
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Marin ‘eco-pirates’ are at it again!

Marin Independent Journal - August 2018 - Karen Molden

It just keeps getting better. Th eco-pirates have now scuttled the good ship Marin once again. The bounty of scoring the San Geronimo Golf Course came up at us on our blind side. The idea of over-paying $5million for a fish farm in West Marin seems incredulous …
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For the good of all, we should keep golf course

Marin Independent Journal - August 2018 - Mary Brenner

Back in the 1970s when we had 70 inches of rain in a season, we had salmon spawning clear up to the Woodacre Improvement Club, with no help from SPAWN. Now, we have less rain and fewer salmon, despite SPAWN‘s efforts over the past years …
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Retain the golf course, a Marin treasure

Marin Independent Journal - August 18, 2018 - Tom Andrews

I have an idea for ‘Vision SGV’ - leave the San Geronimo Golf Course alone. It’s a golf course. It’s not their private garden. That some on the Board of Supervisors worked behind the scenes to change that status does not make it theirs …
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County should reverse decision to appeal

Marin Independent Journal - Suzanne Thompson

The Board of Supervisors, supported by County Counsel Brian Washington, has decided to appeal two separate judicial rulings on controversial land-use projects in Marin County. The ruling in essences required more independent assessment and more ….
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Ignoring the interests of the ‘vast majority’

Marin Independent Journal - August 24, 2018 - Roger Farrow

At the urging of environmental groups over the past 50 years, the San Geronimo Golf Course took various measures to improve its environmental footprint as far as salmon were concerned. These measures include, at a minimum, improving and repairing …
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Volunteer offers report on golf course petition

Marin Independent Journal - August 24, 2018 - John McGeough

As one of the many volunteers collecting signatures for the San Geronimo Golf Course petition which is being circulated throughout Marin, I have a few thoughts to share. In the first three weeks of this quiet month of August, we have already collected over 3,500 …
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Golf Course petition signatures mounting

Marin Independent Journal - August 28, 2018 - Richard Halstead

Opponents of Marin County’s decision to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course have so far collected nearly half of the signatures they need to put an initiative on the ballot that would require the property’s continued use as a golf course unless voters …
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Is anyone at California Fish & Wildlife awake?

Marin Independent Journal - August 2018 - Kip Maly

The Marin Independent Journal recently reported that Marin County lost a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation Board because a lawsuit has delayed the County's purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course…
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Why not follow open process on golf course?

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - Orin Keplinger

After huddling behind closed doors, the Board of Supervisors announced it will invest taxpayer dollar in appealing the recent ruling over the county’s controversial purchase and plans to close the San Geronimo Golf Course …
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Time for supes to walk away from golf course

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - John McGeough

While there is general consensus that the County of Marin tried to pull a fast one with the proposed purchase and closure of San Geronimo Golf Course, it has been confirmed as such by the recent court ruling preventing the purchase from moving forward …
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San Geronimo could be a profitable course

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - Gary von Wittenmeier

In response to the February 15 Marin Voice column by a director of the Trust for Public Land, the picture most have of TPL is of the beneficent uncle buying up land to add to the public land reserve. However, what makes the purchase of the San Geronimo …
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San Geronimo ‘must’ remain a golf course

Marin Independent Journal - July 21, 2018 - Chris Graham

Our Board of Supervisors created this expensive, messy, San Geronimo Golf Course saga (to the detriment of their constituency). They continue to expose themselves as self-serving, short-cutting, back-room dealers who favor extreme special interest …
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San Geronimo deal is a questionable expense

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - Jeff Harriman

Marin County supervisors, led by Dennis Rodoni, are certainly giving all of us Marin County citizens a great insight into their knowledge of fiscal responsibility by purchasing the San Geronimo Golf Course. The supervisors approved the spending of nearly …
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Marin County could still make golf course work

Marin Independent Journal - July 25, 2018 - Joe Walsh

I’m sorry to hear of Marin County’s troubles with its financing for the purchase of the San Geronimo Golf Course, because it is still my hope that the county could be a good partner in the operation of the course. It is the most logical conclusion to the legal and practical impasse.
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Rodoni should pay back county for expenses

Marin Independent Journal - July 25, 2018 - Eber Jacques

The honorable thing for Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to do now that his San Geronimo Golf Course folly has been put on hold is to reimburse the county of Marin and its taxpayers for all the costs his misguided adventure has incurred. Be a man and step up!
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SPAWN should turn its sights on other problems

Marin Independent Journal - July 25, 2018 - Alex Easton Brown
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s folly, the Board of Supervisors’ $8 million bride price offering to the fish cult, SPAWN, is Trumpian in its fraudulent misallocation of tax monies and disregard for the people of Marin. Why doesn’t SPAWN go to Puerto Rico where maybe it …
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Start spending taxpayers dollars more wisely

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - Kip Maly

A recent Marin Independent Journal editorial questioned the supervisors due diligence when considering the TOT tax (temporary occupancy tax) and golf course acquisition. I want to help out. All of the supervisors are cordially invited to meet me almost any …
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Golf course session shows ‘moral compass’ missing

Marin Independent Journal - July 2018 - Lisa McHugh

Lost: moral compass. If found, please return to the county supervisors’ office immediately. On Thursday, I attended ‘Coffee with the County’ at the San Geronimo Golf Course, a bi-monthly informal talk with Max Korten, director of County Parks, regarding the …
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Rodoni’s political gamble in San Geronimo Valley

Marin Independent Journal - March 2018 - Kip Maly

Two letters printed in the Marin Independent Journal on Friday March 9 2018, present an interesting contrast. One notes that the former golf course is getting use as a park with people enjoying the lush green open spaces. The other points out …
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Closing door on proposals for San Geronimo

Marin Independent Journal - March 2018 - Steve Pence

I’ve been a member of San Geronimo Golf Course for 25+ years. My son, Craig Pence, started playing golf at San Geronimo when he was 5 years old. Many of his buddies from San Geronimo Golf Course have gone on to play in high school and college …
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‘Where did all the people go?

Marin Independent Journal - February 2018 -Bill Wickliffe

Kudos to Tom McAfee’s recent Marin Voice earlier this week. He brought up some very good points. My wife and myself were playing the San Geronimo Golf Course after the first of the year. My wife and I would play the holes wondering why in the …
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Sustainable ‘buzz terms’ instead of a golf course

Marin Independent Journal - February 2018 - George Alboff

The Marin Voice column - ‘A sustainable vision for the San Geronimo Golf Course’ - tagged so many kumbaya, buzz terms currently in vogue: new vision, thoughtful integration, ecological management, sustainable foods, farmland preservation and regenerative …
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Who is calling the shots on closing San Geronimo?

Marin Independent Journal - February 2018 - Richard Seramin

I have lived in the San Geronimo Valley since 1978. What a beautiful valley, with a long history attached to it. Thank God that Gary Giacomini, Jean Berensmeier and many others had the foresight to fight against major development that was proposed …
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County bogey-ed San Geronimo deal

Marin Independent Journal - February 2018 - Michael Lamb

I live in Lagunitas and enjoy all of the natural wonders of the San Geronimo Valley. No matter how much the Board of Supervisors wants to sell an open parkland concept to the county taxpayers, the fact is we are seeing an example of how much this …
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Thousands sign the San Geronimo petition

Marin Independent Journal - December 2017 - Jon Austen

San Geronimo Golf Course sale proponents continue to present themselves as both the majority and morally superior, but are they? They continuously cite 40 people as the only opposition hold-outs to the sale. I am not one of those, but I on of the …
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County’s golf course deal ignores questions

Marin Voice - December 2017 - Niz Brown

IJ columnist Dick Spotswood said the environmentalists demonstrated their clout in the golf course deal. Yes, the extreme environmentalists have destroyed our oyster farm, they are after our golf course and watch out ranchers! …
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Golf course deal bears legal scrutiny

Marin Independent Journal - December 2017 - Bill Hess

As the Marin Voices on November 26 and December 1 & 2 noted, and many others have pointed out (myself included), there are many improprieties in the San Geronimo Golf Course sale. Misuse of taxpayer money comes to mind. Fiduciary impropriety also …
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Community consensus behind golf course deal?

Marin Independent Journal - December 2017 - Jon Austen

I write this because I genuinely don’t think that folks like Supervisor Rodoni, Jean Berensmeier or Brian Staley, not to mention others who have publicly support the San Geronimo Golf Course sale, understand and/or acknowledge why people like me are objecting …
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Substantially complied’ is a weak public defense

Marin Voice - November 30, 2017 - Philip Snell

In golf, a score cannot be recorded until the ball falls in the hole. A ball that stops close to the hole cannot be considered to have ‘substantially complied’ with falling into the hole. Yet the Marin Board of Supervisors, which did not meet the legal time requirements for ….
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The supervisors’ public double bogey on golf course decision

Marin Voice - November 25, 2017 - Matt Storms

Was it the rather obscene overpayment with an unconventional appraisal process? TPL indicated the sellers had to sell before the end of the year — in which case the price should go down, rather than up, if the sellers were really and truly in dire financial straits …
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Public confidence in golf course price

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - Charles Hardeman

With so many different interests piling in to influence the imminent decision by county supervisors on whether to purchase the San Geronimo Golf Course, spending $8.85 million - $3.91 million of our money forked over by the county - the least persuasive …
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Cost to taxpayers ‘wildly out of line’

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - Len Silverfine

Attending the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Tuesday in regard to the purchase of San Geronimo Golf Course was to witness a choreographed exhibition in obfuscation worthy of Washington D.C. One would have imagined that the core issue involved in …
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Misappropriation of public funds in purchase

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - John McGeough

SPAWN has always dreamed of getting the San Geronimo Golf Course closed. Not only has it got what it wanted, but it got Marin taxpayers to buy it for it at an inflated price. You couldn’t make this stuff up! SPAWN did a masterful job of pulling the wool over the eyes …
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Taxpayers need to send message to supervisors

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - Len Silverfine

The decision by the county Board of Supervisors to purchase a golf course to turn into ‘wild land’ suggests only one thing: The citizens of Marin should never approve an additional tax again. By granting lavish pension plans for county officials, funding frivolous lawsuits …
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Golf course purchase shouldn’t be political

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - Jerry Meral

It’s unfortunate that the question of the future use of the San Geronimo Golf Course is becoming political. Supervisor Rodoni’s election opponents are lining up to support continued golf use, or other uses of the land and enhancement of the salmon and steelhead population …
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Turning course into open space and a fire hazard

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - John Beckerley

I and my family have lived in San Geronimo for 41 years. When we moved here the golf course was open; a few years later it closed and became acres of overgrown grass and shrub. It was an eyesore and a fire waiting to happen with the discard of one cigarette …
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The county’s ‘fast-track’ golf course deal?

Marin Independent Journal - November 2017 - John Beckerley

Watching the buzzards circling the dying San Geronimo Golf Course is a feast in itself. Is Supervisor Rodoni, like Steve Kinsey before him, going to be an easy mark for SPAWN, having been a member? Is this what this fast-track stuff is all about? …
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Supervisors’ golf course ‘rush’ sidesteps public process

Marin Voice - October 2017 - Joe Walsh, Wendi Kallins, Christin Anderson, Koa Pickering & Peggy Sheneman

We are deeply concerned that the debate over the county’s current rush to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course has been presented as a choice between restoring the salmon …
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Public controversy the result of county’s process

Marin Independent Journal - Carmelita Ellis

Yet another thought on the San Geronimo Golf Course. So much has been written and dispensed by the environmentalists. I would like to add another spin on what will continue to be divisive and destructive to this beautiful community unless we find …
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Every day, the golf course is deteriorating

Marin Independent Journal - Bill Wickliffe

A recent letter to the editor was talking about the three dozen people enjoying the back nine at San Geronimo Golf Course. My observations from the beginning of the closure of the golf course at the beginning of the year until now is very different. I have been …
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Supervisors should rescind vote on golf course

Marin Independent Journal - Jayme Gallenson

Perhaps it is time for the Board of Supervisors and the residents of this county to take a look at the mission, goals and values that guide the board and that they agreed to uphold. The decision to buy San Geronimo Golf Course and the process clearly violates …
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Golf course is ‘open space’ for many people

Marin Independent Journal - Paul Sparrow

I’m so glad citizens of Marin are coming forward in support of the San Geronimo Golf Course. Marin County doesn’t need any more ‘open space’ for hikers, bike riders and nature lovers. We have plenty of that. What Marin County does need are affordable …
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Golf course lawsuit could hold up county purchase

Marin Independent Journal - Dick Spotswood

Sale and closure of the San Geronimo Golf Course may not be a done deal after all. San Geronimo Advocates, an unincorporated association of valley residents, has just filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to halt the sale. They, along with lead plaintiff Amelia “Niz” Brown
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McInnis Park could be model for San Geronimo

Marin Independent Journal - Stuart Brown

With regard to Marin County’s plans to acquire the San Geronimo Golf Course, I urge the supervisors not to commit to purchase unless they can continue operating a golf course at San Geronimo, with the object of generating revenue for the county, along the lines …
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