THE DRACONIAN CHANGES proposed by a coalition of conservation organizations (Marin Voice, April 14) would help destroy the very foundation that makes the Marin we know and love possible today and sustainable tomorrow.
Among other things, the coalition seeks a series of drastic restrictions on our economic vitality, commerce, transportation, development, zoning, and property rights.
The result would be to shutter and close Marin.
Their proposals are labeled "A Vision for Marin County."
Unfortunately, it is a tunnel vision that fails to see the link between a vibrant local economy and maintaining a high quality of life here.
The stakes are simply too great for the 180,000 people whose Marin-based jobs are dependent on a healthy business environment, or anyone who enjoys and appreciates all that is Marin today, from letting that vision become a reality.
The impact of the proposals, as outlined in the Community Marin 2013 document, would:
The Community Marin proposals come about a year after George Lucas suddenly pulled the plug on his Grady Ranch movie studio project, which would have generated much needed jobs and tax revenue here.
Their coalition apparently doesn't remember the lessons from that debacle, simply doesn't care, or hopes that we will all forget.
In fact, the disconnect between economic vitality and funding for the conservation of Marin County through an already larger number of open spaces is why Measure A was sought last November: if more job and business growth took place in Marin County, sales tax initiatives would not be seen as necessary to fund local parks and open spaces, and the revenue would be naturally generated for the public's use.
But Marin's business community certainly remembers, cares, and will not forget.
Whether your job depends on a healthy local economy or you want to guarantee a high quality of life for all residents, please help us ensure that the Community Marin 2013 proposal does not become reality.
Speak up now and express your opposition to the proposal by signing an online petition at this address: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-marin-working/.
Let's broaden our vision and learn from the mistakes of the past. Let's be the Marin that embraces planning that seeks to preserve the best of our community but is flexible enough to adapt to changing needs for housing, transportation and sea level rise in a way that opens opportunities.
Let's choose a vision that looks forward, not backward.
Cynthia Murray is CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council and a former Marin County supervisor. Cecilia Zamora is executive director of the Latino Council and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin. Coy Smith is CEO of the Novato Chamber of Commerce. Edward Segal is CEO of the Marin Association of Realtors.