South Eliseo Neighborhood Alliance
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in the South Eliseo neighborhood through education, communication, organization, and advocacy. SENA is volunteer-run non-profit public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3).
1251 S Eliseo Landlord Eliminates Promised Community Safety Measures
Until recently the 1251 S Eliseo landlord promised that a "Community Service Safety Team, clearly identifiable by their attire, will engage with people, form meaningful relationships with nearby residents, business owners, deescalate challenges as they arise, and contact first responders".
However they now claim that they have no funding for a Community Service Safety Team, since it is not part of what they normally provide. All safety efforts have been redirected internally in order to create a "safe and supportive community for the residents of 1251 S. Eliseo" and to keep the "residents’ environment is safe and secure".
Community safety has been eliminated from their mission.
SENA's Lawsuit to Stop Development at 1251 South Eliseo Was Unsuccessful
SENA's petition to Stop the 43-unit low-income single-room-occupancy housing development at 1251 South Eliseo was denied. This ruling was disappointing but not unexpected. We are thankful for all of the community members who supported us in what we still believe was our best opportunity to stop this misguided project.
We are considering other options including a suit in federal court and initiating administrative proceedings with various agencies. Stay tuned and stay in touch. Our email is email@example.com. (updated 1/5/2023)
SENA Files for Temporary Restraining Order to Stop Construction
Sena has filed a motion to halt construction at 1251 S Eliseo. This motion will be heard in Marin County Court (Courtroom A) at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21.
Please attend this hearing! Your presence will make it clear to the court how important this matter is to the community.
URGENT: Larkspur City Council Will Vote Wednesday, August 3 to Give $275,000 to 1251 S Eliseo. Comment Now!
On Wednesday, August 3 the Larkspur City Council will vote to waive $275,672.49 in fees including hard costs of over $59,000 and rising for 1251 S Eliseo. This $30-million 44-unit single-room-occupancy low-income housing boondoggle is bad for our neighborhood and bad for Larkspur.
Attend the Wednesday, August 3 meeting at 5:30 p.m. in person at 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA or via this zoom link and raise your hand to speak.
Also email your comment to the City Clerk. Public comment received prior to 4:30 P.M. on the day of the meeting will be distributed to the entire City Council and made available to the public in the online agenda packet.
Marin County working to increase the number of mentally ill housed at 1251 S. Eliseo
Nearby 2017 Discharge of "Unknown Black Material"
On May 14, the South Eliseo Neighborhood Alliance (SENA) sent a letter to Marin County regarding their finding that the development at 1251 S Eliseo will have no significant environmental impact. Our letter noted the following concerns, among others, and requests further review:
In April 2017 a discharge of an unknown black material came from the ground at a nearby vacant business lot that may impact the property.
A 5,000-gallon diesel fuel tank was installed in 1982 in a property just 230 feet away. This same property is listed on the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) list. An unauthorized release of gasoline impacting an unspecified media was discovered in February 1997.
1251 South Eliseo Drive (Subject Property) is listed on the California Hazardous Material Incident Reporting System (CHMIRS) and Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS) databases
1251 S Eliseo is listed on the Hazardous Waste Tracking System (HWTS).
1251 S Eliseo is listed on the Haznet database and approximately 800 pounds of asbestos containing material was disposed of from the property via landfill in 2009
It is our position the April 29, 2022 Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA requires that prior to funding, authorizing, or implementing an action, federal agencies must consider the effects the proposed action may have on the environment, and the related social and economic effects. Under this legislation, Agencies are required to address each project, taking into account all consequences as well as the effect of cumulative impacts on the environment. Under NEPA, deference is given to the agency’s determination based on its assessment of the context and intensity of the potential impacts, when that determination is demonstrated in the NEPA document and supported by the administrative record (40 C.F.R. § 1508.27). Here, it is our contention this determination is not supported by the administrative record, the decision was rushed, further study is needed, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should be prepared.
Tsunami Travels 8,500 Miles to Kentfield
Friends of Corte Madera Creek reported that when a large undersea volcano erupted in Tonga on January 14, 2022, the resulting tsunami traveled around the world and arrived in Kentfield 20 hours later.
The effect in Corte Madera Creek was recorded at the water surface elevation logger Friends installed in the concrete channel, just downstream of Stadium Way.
The tsunami created turbulence, but no flooding. Their graph appears to show that the turbulence caused slightly higher tidal peaks. The turbulence lasted for about three days before subsiding.
County reports have shown that flooding is likely at this site within the next 50 years. This is an example of how easily it could happen.
Marin County to Contribute $11.4M in 2022 and $1.6M Annually to 1251 S Eliseo
The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved this multi-million dollar expenditure to house 43 single adults at their May 10 meeting. See this Marin Independent Journal article for more details.
May 10 Board of Supervisors Meeting about 1251 S Eliseo
Site Acquisition and Development
Site Acquisition and Development
Your Turn to Have Your Voice Heard is Now!
SENA Petitions for Environmental Review of 1251 South Eliseo Development
Protecting our neighborhood's environment
On March 23, 2022 South Eliseo Neighborhood Alliance petitioned the Marin County Superior Court for a writ of mandate commanding Marin County to set aside their approval of the project proposed at 1251 S Eliseo.
View of the back of 1251 S Eliseo
Petition filed on March 23, 2022