" While Marin
Audubon Society does not actually
oppose many projects, our Board voted unanimously to oppose this one because
of the many environmental impacts this project would cause.
There are many reasons to oppose this massive project:
The potential adverse environmental impacts are numerous.
The multitude of people that would be attracted to the games, would
disturb the adjacent tidal marsh and the species that depend on it. All of
Gallinas Creek is Clapper Rail habitat; in fact, it has the largest
population of endangered California Clapper
Rails in the North Bay. Clapper Rails
have been observed in the tidal marsh immediately adjacent to the site.
The almost constant presence of crowds of people,
undoubtedly many with dogs,
the increased noise,
lights, and litter would adversely
impact the Clapper Rails and the many other species that depend on the
Gallinas Creek tidal marshes.
The entire site is diked baylands, former tidal
marsh. San Rafael General Plan policies support
The EIR consultant claimed the policy does not apply because the site no
longer has the functions and values of baylands. The policy does not require
that wetland functions be currently
present, and those functions could easily be restored as long as the project is
Furthermore, the project, even with constant maintenance of the levees,
would always be subject to flooding from sea
level rise. The site has subsided and is only kept from flooding by the
extensive levee system and pumps.
We oppose developments in low-lying baylands.
The safety risk related to possible
plane collisions is also a concern.
We are not opposed to soccer fields, but we are opposed to building them on
baylands in this location and any other bayland location, particularly those
where Clapper Rails could be adversely affected.
We have already lost significant bayland habitat to such uses – fields in
Larkspur, Mill Valley and Corte Madera to name just a few. It is time
How you can help: Marin Audubon Society urges
all members, particularly San Rafael residents, to send an e-mail to the
city opposing the project for any one or more of the reasons stated above.
You can also write a letter or, better yet, appear at the hearing and
express your views. "
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We used to play indoor soccer in a converted warehouse. For a
fraction of the cost of the proposed Complex.
Put down flooring, protect glass and install portable walls. Voila an indoor
The real need in the county is for OUTDOOR soccer. This proposal has ONE
If the building wasn't there -- perhaps there could be 3 soccer fields.
Since 6 years ago, when all this
started, there has been a drastic change of retail and commercial occupancy.
Lots & Buildings lay empty, which could house indoor soccer! For a fraction
of the cost of this proposed monstrous Complex.
If only this proposal was about soccer.
Its about 2 big businesses trying to make money out of soccer.