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A Different Slant is the only local radio show to offer a unique, in-depth understanding of key topics affecting Sausalito and Southern Marin. Each week, host John Flavin will uncover new facts and ask hard questions so listeners can stay informed on matters that have an impact on their neighborhood and their wallets.




A Different Slant 184: IMAGINEFERRY

Host John Flavin connects the dots from the various Sausalito “vision” committees over the past seven-ten years and the current proposal for the expansion of the Sausalito Ferry Landing. Quite a story…

Duration: 00:06:59

A Different Slant 181: Politicians Say the Darndest Things

Host John Flavin reviews the more outstanding comments made by politicians this past election season…comments they would probably like to take back.

Duration: 00:05:37

A Different Slant 180: The Danger of Elected Officials Lecturing Their Cons

Host John Flavin lays out the dangers for politicians of lecturing their constituents…it can backfire loudly.

Duration: 00:06:03

A Different Slant 171: Whack A Mole

Dealing with the Marin planning process can often remind you of the arcade game Whack A Mole.

Duration: 00:07:24

A Different Slant 169: Neighborhood Crime, the Why’s and the Possible Cure

Neighborhood crime is on the uptick. Hear why and some concrete ideas for solutions.

Duration: 00:07:03

A Different Slant 168: Protect and Honor

Has host John Flavin gone off his rocker? Suggesting a Sausalito ordinance that requires all adult citizens pack a gun? Maybe he’s crazy like a fox…listen to his logic. Also when do the Four Horsemen on the Sausalito City Council finally recognize who was the real force behind a win-win outcome for the most recent … Continue reading »

Duration: 00:07:19

A Different Slant 167: Lily Pad Homes

Host John Flavin interviews Rachel Ginis, principal of Lily Pad Home regarding “junior second units”, a creative version of accessory dwelling units which presents a “win-win-win” situation for homeowners, tenants and the City. Listen to the show and then let your elected officials know you support junior second units.

Duration: 00:06:55

A Different Slant 165: Why The High Cost Survey?

Host John Flavin suspects that the recent Sausalito voter survey involving two consulting groups is nothing more than a high-priced puff piece to help support the passage in November of the ballot for the proposed one-half cent sales tax increase and the re-election of incumbent(s). His suspicion is partially based on the refusal of City … Continue reading »

Duration: 00:08:22

A Different Slant 164: Marin County Like Iraq?

Why does Host John Flavin compare the current political polarization in Marin County to Iraq?

Duration: 00:06:11

A Different Slant 162: Be Careful

The Sausalito Housing Element may have run or may well run afoul of two old adages: Be careful what you wish for and be careful not to over promise.

Duration: 00:06:12

A Different Slant 153: My Mistake and Your Windfall

Host John Flavin admits to a major mistake and tells you how to profit from his error.

Duration: 00:04:10

A Different Slant 151: Dealing with Bullies

Host John Flavin reviews the proper treatment of bullies, whether they be international leaders or local planning officials.

Duration: 00:06:04

A Different Slant 149: Strawberry’s Victory and More

Host John Flavin reviews the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ decision to delay designating Strawvberry a Plan Development Area and also two reports, one national, one local, of significance to Southern Marin.

Duration: 00:05:39

A Different Slant 148: Engendering Lawlessness

Host John Flavin explores how the high cost of permit fees and the inflexible enforcement of building codes is driving homeowners and contractors alike to lawlessness.

Duration: 00:06:19

A Different Slant 147: Evaluating the Performance of the Sausalito City Cou

Host John Flavin applies the criteria outlined by Dick Spotswood in a Marin IJ piece in late January to the Sausalito City Council to determine whether the council members qualify as “A Team” or “F Troop. As promised during the show, here is the script from the show annotated with the sources John references to … Continue reading »

Duration: 00:09:16

A Different Slant 146: Interview of Chris Jones re High Density and Green H

Host John Flavin interviews Chris Jones, a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, regarding his research into the impact of high density development in the suburbs on green house gas emissions. You may be surprised by his conclusions. Several tools are mentioned during the show and you can find them at: The … Continue reading »

Duration: 00:09:14

A Different Slant 143: Interview with Alisha Oloughlin of the Marin County

Host John Flavin interviews Alisha Oloughlin, the Planning Director of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on the bicycle experience in Southern Marin. Attached is a report by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition on the economic benefits of bicycling. Inclusion of this report should not be construed as confirmation or endorsement of its content by either … Continue reading »

Duration: 00:11:49

A Different Slant 142: Interview with Tim Sandefur of the Pacific Legal Fou

Host John Flavin interviews Tim Sandefur, a property rights attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, regarding a recently proposed ballot initiative which could effectively make the entire state of California, including your home and your business, subject to eminent domain.

Duration: 00:09:26

A Different Slant 140: The Only New Year’s Resolution You Need

Host John Flavin reviews the history of New Year’s Resolution, the most popular subjects for resolutions and the general success rate of resolvers…and then shares the only resolution you need to make.

Duration: 00:04:41

A Different Slant 139: Marin Version of the Night Before Christmas

Host John Flavin channels Clement C. Moore (or whomever) in reciting the Marin version of the Night Before Christmas.

Duration: 00:05:17

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