Because Silicon Valley begins less than an hour’s drive from Stinson Beach, we have never stopped wondering about what wizardly invention could come along to spare hapless outsiders — renters, tourists, day-trippers — from nasty surprises inflicted on them by… Read More ›
An archival surfer’s tale, a new book on surfing — and helping hands across the public-sewer-vs.-septic-tanks debate in Stinson Beach, Los Osos, Malibu …
We are baffled — and smiling helplessly — as we wonder who on earth could have made our blog a tip-off for medical salesmen on a site we had never heard of, ‘Perfectleads,’ which claims to depend on ‘verified contacts from LinkedIn’. There’s just one small problem, here: we have never registered our site with the ladder-climbers’ social network. Which does not mean we are ungrateful for help with getting out the word out:
Company Description: Caveat emptor: a tale of horror in luxury on the California coast
Industries: Medical Practice [ Ed.: who knew?! ]
Technologies: californiacoastdweller.com is using 10 Technologies.
Fine art that smells follows a bizarre legal battle in The New York Times science pages … but could a real-life sewage argument in Stinson Beach be weirder yet?
… Perhaps the unquestionably original Belgian multi-media specialist, Peter De Cupere, should be given a special commission for one of his olfactory creations — for a Stinson Beach public art installation?
Nothing about his work makes less than perfect sense to us, even if it is superficially bizarre — and certainly pioneering. ‘When you walk into an installation with scent, you cannot hide,’ he told The New York Times. ‘Your body starts to react.’
Exactly. Naming this CaliforniaCoastDweller.com site ‘Pooh!’ required no cogitation whatsoever. The title arrived in a flash — as if in a feat of automatic writing transmitted directly from nose to typing fingers.
Is it fair to call the Seadrift Association of Stinson Beach a club of detached and uncaring one-percenters?
Honest criticism calls for a periodic reinspection of the assumptions and reasoning behind it. Does the Seadrift gated community of Stinson Beach care about the welfare of anyone but members of its own tribe? Site traffic statistics show that… Read More ›
Giant India vs. California’s tiny Seadrift in Stinson Beach: where will the life-threatening sewage problems be solved first?
Thanks to a surprising new development, the comparison of sewage management policies in India and Stinson Beach – the subject of our last post — is getting stranger. It is not in the least predictable, and counter-intuitive in the extreme. First,… Read More ›
Wealth, sewage and unpublicised health risks: three surprising links between the Seadrift gated community and stunted children in India
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] … Two weeks have gone by, and we cannot bring ourselves to tidy away the copy of The New York Times on this desk with… Read More ›
Scientific support for The Atlantic’s branding of gated communities like Seadrift in Stinson Beach as profoundly anti-social
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] [ Correction, 3 December 2014: Though the larger point made at the start of this entry is unaffected – that Ms. Steel did not… 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
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] David Carr, the chief media commentator at The New York Times, reminded readers last Monday that we need local papers to ‘shine light in… Read More ›
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 ›
Warning for litigation virgins: the road to relief from septic tank injury in a problem-plagued house is long, hard and ugly
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] … And a constructive suggestion for a different route … Eighteen months after one of us, Scriba, was given a sewage bath in Stinson… Read More ›
Septic tank arguments: could Stinson Beach be the fecal-philiac pole opposite Malibu’s fecal-phobic decision on sanitation?
Confirmed or denied, septic tank problems in Stinson Beach are a conversational staple there. Never mind if the minutes of public meetings of the local sewage authority, the Stinson Beach County Water District, offer only hints about their extent. …
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] … ‘Merianplatz station was closed for several hours earlier today,’ a spokesman for the city fire brigade told reporters in Frankfurt, ‘due to an unusual… Read More ›
Did our landlords** 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?
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?
[ Note: this is a slightly modified version of the original web page. See: About ] ‘Peter maintained public access to the coast …’ said Warner Chabot, former executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters. ‘ …… Read More ›
What search engines did not have: warnings or toilet training for unwitting users of troubled septic tanks in Stinson Beach
[ Note: this is a modified version of the original web page. See: About ] … Helma Schwendig of the Stinson Beach County Water District (SBCWD) – the organisation in charge of overseeing the go-it-alone septic tank-owners of the place… Read More ›