If you were sent here by a search engine because you or someone dear to you has been touched by sewage, but your anxiety and terror about this are being pooh-poohed by a self-appointed Voice of Authority, look no further…. Read More ›
Seadrift gated community
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.
London’s Old Father Thames — a spiritual ancestor of today’s opponents of safe public sewers for the California coast — stars in a new book
‘… So you get water closets coming in and they’re connected to cesspools and they don’t really fit because of the extra large volume of flushing water. You get these surges of waste and dump and smell, and people start getting very concerned about what’s in their cesspools because of the stink that’s rising from them. …
The idea that this sort of stench is coming into the house, seeping through the house and possibly bringing in diseases like cholera or typhoid … is actually one of the great driving forces of sanitary reform in the 19th century.’
Someday, Stinson Beach’s prince will come, 2.0: a conversation about septic tanks to which a certain Bard contributes
[ post 1.0 on this subject is here ] In his usual way, with no warning, Axelrod – no relation to President Obama’s former political advisor, David Axelrod – dropped in for a chat. His latest adventure as a globe-trotting… Read More ›
Someday, Stinson Beach’s prince will come – and then it can stop its septic tanks from polluting California’s Pacific edge
Sleeping Beauty and Stinson Beach have more in common than their initials. Over a year seems to have gone by before anyone in the community thought to mention to Point Reyes Light — West Marin’s local paper, founded in 1948,… Read More ›
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 ›
You need spare time — something the writer of this blog does not have — to promote a public service site on social media. If you don’t have any, getting the word out about problems can be slow – even… Read More ›
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 …
‘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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Research notes for Dan Brown: how septic tanks stand in for loaded guns in California’s Stinson Beach
In your own inimitable literary style,*** … ‘Dear renowned, internationally best-selling Dan Brown,’ … should you ever find your way to this blog post, it could give you an idea or two for future successors to your Da Vinci Code…. Read More ›