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Tiburon traffic
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An overturned truck snarled Highway 101 traffic July 22, backing up cars on Tiburon Boulevard as far back as Blackfield Drive. In a move to reduce congestion at the 580 interchange, Caltrans will add meters to northbound onramps, which will also allow ramps to store traffic that currently backs up on surface streets.
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101 north ramps will get meters, more lanes
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But local officials worry congestion may get worse,
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By Deirdre McCrohan
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Caltrans is planning to add lanes and metering lights to the northbound Highway 101 on-ramps in an effort that would shift gummed-up traffic off Tiburon Boulevard and East Blithedale Avenue and onto the on-ramps themselves — but the idea has earned a chilly reception from the Tiburon Town Council.

"This part of the whole L.A.-ification of the Bay Area," Councilmember Emmett O'Donnell at the board's July 16 meeting. He said it's imperative that transportation planners think much bigger.

"These Band-Aid effects will probably adversely affect local communities," he said.

But the presentation on the ramp widening and metering plan, delivered to the council by the Transportation Authority of Marin as a favor to Caltrans, was really just a courtesy: the project on the state-owned road is moving forward, with or without the council's blessing.

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Voters will decide on parcel tax
for new emergency radio system
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By Deirdre McCrohan
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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The Marin County Board of Supervisors is putting a $29 parcel tax measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to fund a $46 million replacement of its 15-year old Marin Emergency Radio Authority communications system.

The Marin County Emergency Communications and 911 Response Measure, as the measure is formally known, seeks public approval to finance purchase of MERA's second generation of antennas and radios, which police, fire and other first-responders throughout Marin use in responding to 911 calls and for disaster response and day-to-day radio communications.

The system itself would cost $40 million, and financing costs would add another $6 million.

Senior homeowners who qualify as low income would be eligible for an exemption.

The parcel tax would require a two-thirds vote to pass. If approved, the system could be up and running by 2018, but the old and new systems would run parallel for about two years after that.

MERA is run by a 25-member joint-powers authority board whose members are representatives of the 24 participating local governments and public safety agencies, as well as the county of Marin. Both Belvedere and Tiburon are represented on the board.

MERA's current system was put in place in 1998 and was financed with a bond issue that MERA pays for with contributions out of member agencies' general funds through 2021.

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$3.5 mil
rec facilities bond sent to voters in Strawberry

Half the size of last year's attempt, measure to appear
on November ballots


By Susan Harvey
sharvey@theark
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After one failed bond measure this past November, followed by studies, meetings, debates and more meetings, the Strawberry Recreation District Board has decided again to try to get taxpayer help to pay for a new pool house and renovations at the Strawberry Recreation Center, only on a slightly smaller scale.

By a 3-0 vote in a July 23 special meeting, the board agreed to put a scaled-down, $3.5 million, 30-year general obligation on the Nov. 4 ballot. Board chairman Jeff Francis, Pamela Bohner and Jennifer Klopfer signed off on the plans; Peter Teese and Cale Nichols were absent.

Residents voted down a $7 million bond last year, so the board, working with local public relations firm Indie Politics, began to study the issue, organize community meetings and build online communications, all of which has resulted in a new $4.5 million plan to replace the 52-year-old pool house with a community center and to upgrade the 43-year-old main building. The new community center would cost an estimated $3.3 million as a state-of-the-art center with five new community rooms, while the main building would have $1.2 million of improvements including new electrical and lighting, fire prevention sprinkler installation, new doors and energy efficient windows, new bathrooms, improved storage and kitchen upgrades.

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