Two weeks have gone by, and we cannot bring ourselves to tidy away the copy of The New York Times on this desk with its shocking headline about children in India. We are amazed by the parallels with this blog’s extended… Read More ›
297 Seadrift Road
What renters everywhere need is an idea proposed in Britain three years ago by a government watchdog, Consumer Focus, for a renters’ equivalent of the indispensable Tripadvisor site on which travellers post detailed reviews of hotels all over the world. As this statutory body — formed by the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act of 2007 – has emphasised, there is a massive imbalance in information-seeking power that hugely favours landlords.
Scientific support for The Atlantic’s branding of gated communities like Seadrift in Stinson Beach as profoundly anti-social
[ Correction, 3 December 2014: Though the larger point made at the start of this entry is unaffected – that Ms. Steel did not do as well as might be expected from selling property she owned in Stinson Beach, she… Read More ›
Why do householders in the Seadrift Association of Marin – one of America’s richest counties – choose to live with hazardous ‘Third World’ sewage disposal systems?
We know how it worries environmentalists. What would Dayo Olopade – a Knight Law & Media Scholar at Yale and highly-praised Nigerian-American author – think of the aggressive, polluting and potentially homicidal anti-development strategy of Stinson Beach? In saying homicidal,… Read More ›
Public service announcement: a surfer’s guide for newcomers to Pooh! A tale of horror in luxury on the California coast
This is the twelfth post on a blog through which we – Advocat and Scriba — hope to save other people from experiences like ours of sewage backflows which, as we show, can happen in a gilt-edged gated community like the Seadrift Association in Marin County’s Stinson Beach.
Creating and updating this record became essential after the principal owner of the Seadrift house, the scene of the dramas, made a misleading public announcement about the lawsuit we were obliged to file in the wake of the trauma.
Could Stinson Beach’s rich gated community be the barrier to protecting unsuspecting visitors and renters from septic tank injury?
Raising the cash to build a public sewer to replace the hazardous, pollution-prone private septic tanks of Stinson Beach could prove difficult – with roughly half of property owners belonging to a prosperous club walled off by choice from the… Read More ›
A hint from a lawyer-reader: could a gigantic, community-wide septic tank catastrophe be in Stinson Beach’s future?
As the globe grows hotter and the consequences include more smelly sewage disasters in coastal towns trusting property-owners to maintain personal sewage-disposal systems …
Warning for litigation virgins: the road to relief from septic tank injury in a problem-plagued house is long, hard and ugly
… And a constructive suggestion for a different route … Eighteen months after one of us, Scriba, was given a sewage bath in Stinson Beach, we can address the question that the scientist and environmentalist Rollie White posed in an earlier post…. Read More ›
‘Merianplatz station was closed for several hours earlier today,’ a spokesman for the city fire brigade told reporters in Frankfurt, ‘due to an unusual mistake. After the weekend Berger Strassenfest (street festival) had finished, staff began cleaning away the rubbish… Read More ›
Did a landlord-cum-real-estate-broker in coastal California set a real life ‘Crap Detection 101 ’ test too hard for even eagle-eyed would-be renters?
Can search engines stand in for guardian angels in community life, protecting us from harm by making it easy to tip each other off about potential risks? … Usually, yes. But what about a business operator who sets out to mislead potential customers deliberately – and gets an unwary quasi-governmental organization not just to give that lie its blessing, but publish the misinformation online, with its seal of official authority?
We note your reply with interest, commenter ‘Carl’ – whether or not that is actually your name. To help search engines, we will be tagging this post with ‘Comment moderation on the internet,’ ‘Unattractive trolls,’ ‘Rude behaviour online’ and ‘Netiquette’…. Read More ›
An environmentalist’s take – and George Orwell’s advice – on stopping septic contamination in the Seadrift enclave in Stinson Beach
Rollie White is an ardent ichthyologist (fish scientist) with whom Scriba — the writer of this blog entry — once served on a peace-keeping panel during an environmental war on the California-Oregon border involving inhabitants of Goose Lake, such as… Read More ›
Thought experiment: could the Nobelist Elinor Ostrom show California coast-dwellers how to clean up their sewage management mess?
‘Peter maintained public access to the coast …’ said Warner Chabot, former executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters. ‘ … He created a commission that enabled citizens to take direct action to protect their coast and be… Read More ›