With important elections coming up, informed voters are the most important ingredient of civil society.
FOCUS: Elections matter!
10 reasons to VOTE for a County Supervisor who supports environmentally friendly affordable housing...
FOCUS: Economic Impacts
The lack of affordable housing costs everyone
The majority of Marin's workforce commutes from other counties to work in lower-wage service jobs...which are the fastest-growing sector of Marin's labor market.
Why do 68,000 people endure the cost, time, and stress of long commutes? Most cannot afford to live close to where they work.
Maybe you think that it isn’t our responsibility to see to it that there are homes that they can afford right here in Marin. read more
FOCUS: The Traffic Situation
Is housing a problem? Or a solution?
Does your candidate think that housing is part of the traffic problem, or part of the solution?
Traffic is getting worse and worse. What are the candidates for the Marin Board of Supervisors going to do about it?
62% of the people who work in Marin live in other counties. That’s 68,000 workers traveling into, and later out of, the county every single working day of the year! Is it any wonder 101, 580, and 37 are jammed? Most of these folks drive alone, making our carbon footprint even worse.
Marin Voice: Marin must question candidates on housing
Despite the histrionics of the presidential campaigns, it is critical that Marin voters focus on our state, county and local elections this primary season.
In addition to any other issues important to you, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative urges you to consider local candidates’ positions on housing and environment as you mark your June 7 ballot.
Rich, poor and in the middle, we all are negatively impacted by Marin’s long history of restrictive, gated-community-style zoning policies. read more
The lack of it hurts everyone
Most people who work in Marin don’t live here. This trend has been going on since the early 2000s and it’s getting worse.
In 2003 there were approximately 102,000 jobs in Marin. Over 56,000 of those jobs -- 55% -- were held by workers who commuted from other counties. Over the next decade we added nearly 8,000 jobs, and the in-commute had gone up by over 11,000 workers. Today, 62% of the people who work in Marin live in other counties.
Why do so many of Marin’s workforce live outside the county? It’s because they can’t afford to live here. read more
FOCUS: Exclusion by policy
What's the justice issue in housing?
When you vote on June 7 or by mail for the Board of Supervisors, think about this: does the candidate stand for JUSTICE or "just us"? The candidate’s position on housing will tell you a lot.
WHAT'S THE JUSTICE ISSUE IN HOUSING? The majority of people who work in Marin live in other counties. Young people can’t afford to live where they grew up, and our elders are being priced out or evicted. Our population is the oldest in the Bay Area and the whitest by far.
FOCUS: Senior Housing
Marin isn't ready to grow old
We are completely unprepared to meet the housing needs of the fastest growing group in our community – seniors.
Today, only two affordable senior housing projects are in the planning stage:Peace Village in Fairfax andWhistlestop in San Rafael. Even if both are completed as currently proposed within the next 2-5 years, we would be adding only about 100 units intended for seniors. read more