Larkspur needs Measure G for readiness and essential services – Marin Independent Journal

Larkspur’s G Measure for Preparedness and Essential Services is on the November 8 ballot.

He is proposing a new quarter-cent sales tax to repair and maintain Larkspur’s storm sewers to prevent flooding, road damage and contaminated water spills, maintain critical 911 response times, help Larkspur to clear dangerous brush that can lead to forest fires and ensure Larkspur residents have their own evacuation center during a long-lasting power outage.

Unlike the polarized and abstract discussions in faraway Washington, D.C., where one side seems determined to block improvements while doing whatever it can to improve the wealth of the wealthy, Measure G focuses on concrete local concerns – the public services and security.

Larkspur has old storm drains and sewers. Just like the plumbing in your own home, our city’s plumbing eventually needs maintenance and repair. At home, you do what you need to do, keeping your home running smoothly and safe for you and your family. It’s the same for your community.

Larkspur’s G-Measurement will help the city run smoothly and safely.

I moved from Berkeley to Larkspur in 1988, buying a house on Larkspur promenade from Phil Frank, the designer. The day I moved in, I drove Highway 101 from the Robin Williams Tunnel in Sausalito, thrilled by the shimmering San Francisco Bay, blue skies, trees, sunshine, and backdrop of Mount Tamalpais. .

It was almost an out of body experience.

Our community is our home and I treasure it as my home. I have lived in four countries and, here in the United States, in three cities. As far as I’m concerned, Marin County is the end of the line, the promised land. I want to continue on this path.

I don’t always trust what happens in Washington, but our local elected officials are our neighbors. They care about our community like we do. If they determine that our infrastructure needs maintenance and repairs, I’m happy to contribute, because I’m happy to live here. It is the house.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1966, I have come to accept, but not like, our national sport of attacking, rather than supporting, the government. It seems like an extension of our adversarial electoral system, to keep fighting even if the official fight is over.

I can understand this behavior at the national level, where elected officials are generously rewarded for taking daily punches. But here at Marin, I prefer and enjoy discussing issues openly, understanding and learning about our community and its needs.

For me, using essential drain system repair as a fight scene is beyond pale.

Plus, when those who love to fight raise the strawman with no sunset date on those payroll taxes, I wonder, “Why would I put a sunset date on my house repair?” ” That does not make any sense. Just like me, my house continues to age. We both need ongoing maintenance.

More importantly, the rapid increase in climate change guarantees us more fires, storms, sea level changes and catastrophic floods.

Imagine Baltimore Canyon behind a pool of flames. These are the downsides of extraordinary corporate profits from the dumping of pollutants. Somebody has to pay for the cleaning. Until we change national regulatory policies, that “someone” includes you and me here at Marin. Until there is a national turnaround, locally we have to accept increased local social security contributions. Denial is not an option.

I want a healthy and safe home and community. You can’t have one without the other. That’s why I’m so happy to support Larkspur’s Measure G.

Author Barry Phegan, from Larkspur, is part of the group that wrote in favor of the Measure G tax proposal in the Marin voting guide. He is a member of Age Friendly Larkspur and sits on the Homekey Project Community Advisory Group at 1251 S. Eliseo Drive.

Michelle J. Kelley