WHAT IS THE INITIATIVE PETITION?
10,546 Marin County registered voters have signed the Initiative Petition to preserve golf as the primary use of the 157 acres known as the San Geronimo Golf Course. The Initiative Petition will preclude any changes in the use of the land until the ballot measure is brought to a countywide vote in March 2020.
The overwhelming support demonstrates registered voters readily support this effort, and share a deep concern the County and Supervisor Rodoni crafted the purchase in a backroom deal.
The Supervisors were unwilling to listen to the groundswell of citizen’s concerns to retain this beloved community asset prior to proceeding with its purchase. As Advocates, we feel our primary responsibility is to put a check on our Supervisors and seek proper consultation.
It’s an Initiative Measure preventing the County from spending tax dollars to change the primary golf course use of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course (SGVGC) land without voter approval.
Some highlights of the Initiative Measure
The San Geronimo Golf Course does not need to be 'restored' or 're-wilded' - doing so would only waste millions of taxpayer dollars.
The San Geronimo Community Plan (1997) states the golf course use should be retained with no major expansion of the facilities and that future uses should be limited to those which support the primary use as a golf course.
The San Geronimo Golf Course provides social opportunities for all age groups and is used by the community for charitable and community events.
The San Geronimo Golf Course provides golf at affordable prices and is a solid economic engine that generating fees and taxes for the County.
Considering the catastrophic wild fires of late, the San Geronimo Golf Course provides a critically important firebreak.
A use supporting both public recreation (golf) and enhanced salmon habitat is much cheaper, possible and preferable.