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Back in 1965, the Pine Meadow was annexed into the City and zoned for 180 residential units. In 1973, after the Coward Family built the golf course, the land was re-zoned as recreational open space. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 Pine Meadow was annexed in 1970 and the existing golf course was annexed into the city in a holding category which only allowed for pre-existing uses and was declared permanent open space in 1974. Check out History of the Dean Property and Annexation History for more information.
Pine Meadow pays taxes as if it were zoned for residential. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 Pine Meadow pays taxes as a business and has received favorable treatment from the City. The owners of Pine Meadow requested annexation to gain favorable water rates for their golf course. Tax information
Martinez has not grown much over time Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15,"The City’s population has been relatively unchanged over the past three decades, and remains approximately 36,000." Source: Memorandum to Planning Commission, Nov 12, 2014, from Planning DepartmentMartinez has grown 11.73% from 1990 to 2013 according to US Census figures. Check Census information and More Census information
Friends of Pine Meadow statements about 68% approval for new taxes is not true. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 A survey of the neighborhood surrounding Pine Meadow conducted in December 2014 showed that 90% of respondents were in favor of a park instead of a 99 house development. Of those respondents 68% indicated that they would be willing to consider increased taxes to pay for the acquisition. Survey results presented to the City Council
Only a handful of residents were involved with the referendum. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 The number of active volunteers working as Friends of Pine Meadow is substantially larger than campaign committees for local office, including recent mayoral campaigns.
Petition signers were hoodwinked into signing the referendum. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 Don't be fooled by this smokescreen. The petition was very clear and the script used by petition gatherers was written with legal assistance to state the case accurately and legally.
Martinez just can't afford to buy the land and maintain it as a park. This is private property, worth millions of dollars, and it would take a huge hike in residents' property taxes for us to purchase the property and maintain it. Source: Mayor Rob Schroder - Letter to the Editor, Martinez News Gazette 3/16/15 The City Council has not explored available grants and funding proposals that are available for park purchases.The $30 million Measure H bond costs the average Martinez household $90/year. If funded by a bond measure the purchase of Pine Meadow will be significantly less.