Pacific Sun Weekly 10.28.2011 - Section 1
Section 1 of the October 28, 2011 edition of the Pacific Sun Weekly
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From birth, they are caged and crowded, deprived and drugged, manhandled and mutilated. Undercover investigations have shown male baby chicks suffocated in plastic garbage bags or ground to death. The females are crammed for life in tiny wiremesh cages that tear out their feathers. Pregnant sows are caged for years, unable to turn around. At the slaughterhouse, animals may be dismembered, skinned, scalded and drowned while fully conscious. Nearly 10 percent die of injuries and diseases. For folks who share my sadness at the Zanesville massacre, a vegan diet offers the only effective path to a guilt-free conscience. There's no extra charge for the associated health and environmental benefits. Morgan Vrooman, Mill Valley Placard with a vengeance Typically, political campaigns in Marin County have been worthy of the incredible county in which we live--professional, diplomatic and respectful. The few glaring exceptions in the past prove this general rule. Unfortunately, another exception may be in our midst. Campaign signs that had been posted in multiple areas throughout the county have disappeared, while campaign signs for competing candidates in the same areas remain in place. It is my unconfirmed suspicion that the signs are being taken down by volunteers of rival campaigns. This is a very serious offense that not only goes against how campaigns are traditionally conducted in Marin, but also violates each candidate's right to free expression. Moreover, the removal of campaign signs prior to an election without the prior authorization of the candidate is against the law. Section 5405.3 of the California Outdoor Advertising Act makes clear that any candidate for elective office has the right to place campaign signs with prior permit authorization from the appropriate jurisdiction. In addition, such signs are and remain the personal property of the candidate. The perpetrators therefore are infringing upon the candidates' rights and stealing their property. What troubles me most, however, is the sheer disrespect that these actions show toward the candidates, their volunteers and our community. Candidates and their volunteers are simply exercising their right to participate in our local government, and the blatant theft of campaign signs is an ugly attempt to silence them. Our community cannot condone such petty, illegal and undemocratic behavior. Joe Hamilton, San Anselmo >> TOWNSQUARE TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Hero and Zero A good guy on a bicycle and strange doings in Sausalito Read the full story here posted Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 2:44 ... New security allows juvenile court to stay open Measures include installing security cameras, a panic button, wire-mesh window screens, a new windowless rear door and a magnetometer to screen those entering the courtroom for weapons. Marin's self-sufficiency gap How much does it take to live in Marin? You may be surprised... Your soapbox is waiting at >> pacificsun.com No, actually, it was because she dared us... I can't believe Karla J. is whining about the Sun's sense of humor ["Tin Pun Alley," Sept. 23]. Sharing a chuckle is part of the Marin lifestyle. The Sun reflects that. Additionally, there's no need for Karla to end her letter with, "I dare you to print this." Every contributor knows the Sun will run the letter because it's entertaining and shines a light on the writer. News-talk radio gets better ratings when the caller disagrees. Most Marinites look forward to the letters page's dismissive, comedic tone. Lighten up KJ. It sounds like you could use a little cheese with your whine. Pete Galore, Mill Valley It's our own fault for not founding second-rate pizza chain... It's all part of Cain's 9-inch pizza with 9 toppings for $9 plan... [Regarding Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who said in the Wall Street Journal recently, "Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!"]. Herman Cain--if you don't have one million jobs to offer, don't blame the voters--blame yourself. Craig Whatley, San Rafael You're an advocate for low-incomers to live like the `poorest of the poor'? [In response to our Editor's Note that followed Blackman's Oct. 21 letter, "Doesn't the Civil Rights Act of '64 Say Something Against `Only Hiring Marinites?'"] You are missing the point, stoopid. What part of "Robert Hickey is a paid advocate for affordable housing" don't you understand? It is his job (as lobbyist) to shove it down our throats, no matter how many times the people say "go f--k yourself " to him and his organization. I'm surprised he hasn't put out a flier of a college-educated couple raising their family in a Dumpster someplace because "they can't afford to rent in Marin." I'm an unpaid advocate of "affordable housing means you live where you can afford to." There currently is more than enough "affordable" housing here. It's called "shared housing" for singles, and "lower your expectations" for families. Does each of your children need their own bedroom? Do you really need an office and a fenced-in yard for your pet? If two bedrooms can do, then make it do. And if you can't figure out how to "do it," take a trip to the Canal area of San Rafael where the poorest of the poor currently live with their families, have low-paying jobs, and manage to survive. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael Take it to the polls! Our handy, clip-out guide to the Nov. 8 election... San Rafael Mayor: Greg Brockbank San Rafael City Council: Damon Connolly, Andrew McCullough Novato City Council: Madeline Kellner, Jeanne MacLeamy, Eleanor Sluis Larkspur City Council: Brad Marsh, Larry Chu Corte Madera Town Council: Bob Ravasio, Alexandra Cock Fairfax Town Council: Larry Bragman, Ryan O'Neil San Anselmo Town Council: Ford Greene, Lori Lopin Marin Community College District Board of Trustees: Eva Long, Philip Kranenburg, James Namnath, Joan Lisetor Novato Sanitary District: Jean Mariani, Jerry Peters Measure A: Yes Measure B: Yes Measure C: Yes Measure D: Yes Measure E: Yes Measure F: Yes Measure G: No endorsement Put your stamp on the letters to the editor at >> pacificsun.com OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 7 >> UPFRONT HUD over heels Feds push Marin to deal with housing injustice n Sunday, Oct. 16, people gathered reverently for the dedication of the memorial on the National Mall that honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Two days later, the Marin Board of Supervisors approved a plan to promote fair housing in the county-- a move that triggered a backlash King would have had no trouble recognizing. MSNBC covered the dedication ceremony. Among the commentators was Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor of political science at Tulane University and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South. Her comments would echo two days later at the Board of Supervisors' meeting. "The legislation that is the great testament at the end of King's life is the national Fair Housing Act... an act that was meant to move the civil rights movement out of the question of Southern injustice, although that existed, into this question of housing. Housing is where economics, wealth, environmental injustice, access to education, all these things have to do with where you live." The Fair Housing Act was "the great crowning achievement. It is his legacy." According to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 O by Pe t e r S e i d m a n (Fair Housing Act), as amended, prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, pregnancy and handicaps. HUD narrows the focus in a mention of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964--another King achievement--which prohibits discrimination "in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance." It's unambiguous, in Mississippi and Marin. While many, if not most, Marinites will say they admire the work to which King dedicated his life, when it comes to the practical applications--desegregation, social justice and fair housing--they're not so sure. Arguments against promoting fair housing here are similar to those used in the South during King's lifetime, when "local control" was code for "not in my town." The scab of implicit bigotry ripped when county supervisors approved an "impediments to fair housing" plan crafted in response to a HUD finding that Marin hasn't done enough to ensure minorities, the poor, the handicapped and others have a seat at the table. HUD, in looking at Marin's use of federal housing and community development grants, determined the county was not complying with federal guidelines to promote fair housing as mandated in anti-discrimination statutes, including 10 > >> NEWSGRAMS Dr. Newhard surrenders license, plans to retire An 81-year-old Novato doctor has agreed to surrender his license to practice medicine on Friday to settle a state medical board accusation stemming from alleged criminal sexual molestation charges. Dr. Horace Newhard admitted nothing in agreeing to stop practicing family medicine after 55 years."Dr. Newhard is 81 years old and retiring," said his attorney, Ivan Weinberg. "I can't say anything more than that as long as there are criminal charges pending against him." In March, a Marin County judge declared a mistrial after jurors reached an impasse over whether Newhard used his position as a physician to sexually assault Kathleen Freitas, a 61-year-old Sonoma woman and longtime patient. Nine of 12 jurors voted to acquit. Lori Frugoli, the prosecutor in the case, had left open the possibility of bringing Newhard to trial a second time. If he surrenders his license on Friday, as he has agreed to do, Frugoli said she would not re-file criminal charges. "I'm very happy that he will surrender his license because that guarantees that he's never going to do this again to another patient," she said."And that's what we were after." Following the mistrial, in June, the Medical Board of California accused Newhard of violating professional standards in his treatment of Freitas. The accusation also claimed the doctor was inappropriate and grossly negligent in his care of another woman, also a longtime patient. The medical board accused Newhard of kissing and hugging both patients, of failing to leave the examination room while they disrobed and of failing to have a female chaperone in the room when he performed their pelvic and breast exams. The complaint also alleged that Newhard made an off-color joke about Freitas' bra and breasts, a contention about which she testified during the criminal trial. In addition, the accusation claimed that the doctor failed to consider that a drug he prescribed to an elderly patient caused her to feel chronically dizzy and to frequently fall. It further alleged that Newhard failed to document a need to prescribe to the elderly patient the drug lithium, which the board called "a toxic medication." The complaint said Newhard should have referred the patient to a specialist or consulted with one himself. It also alleged he failed to use due caution in simultaneously prescribing multiple sedatives to the elderly patient, and he prescribed a dangerous drug for a condition he failed to document. During the criminal trial, the prosecution contended there was no medical purpose for a vaginal and breast examination the doctor performed on Freitas in 2007. Newhard testified in his own defense while his wife sat in the courtroom surrounded by friends and patients. He admitted finding Freitas attractive, hugging her and kissing her on the lips. But he and his attorneys maintained that his vaginal and breast examinations were appropriate and medically necessary. Weinberg said that many family-practice doctors, particularly older ones, hug and kiss their patients, though today the medical board frowns on the practice. Newhard graduated from Case Western Reserve University medical school in 1956 and has been practicing family medicine in Novato since 1973. After the district attorney's office filed criminal charges against him in 2008, the state medical board restricted his license so that a chaperone must be present when he examines female patients. --Ronnie Cohen Katie Rice appointed to Hal Brown seat In the end, Gov. Jerry Brown went 10 > 8 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28 � NOVEMBER 3, 2011 >> TRiViA CAF� 1. President Theodore Roosevelt declared what Marin County landmark a national monument on January 9, 1908? 2. Pictured, right: In the upcoming film The Iron Lady, what beloved actress plays the role of what world leader? 3. Pictured, right: The largest member of the salmon family lives in the Pacific Ocean, weighs up to 120 pounds and is known by what name? 4. Presidential candidate Herman Cain's "999" economic tax features a nine percent flat tax in what three categories? 5. What four female singers were the most successful (according to charts and sales) during the decade of the 1990s ? 6. What type of wool comes from soft-haired llamas in Peru? 7. "Waltzing Matilda" is often considered the unofficial national anthem of what country? 8. In December 1860, as the U.S. was moving toward Civil War, what was the first state to secede from the Union? 9. Pictured, right: Shown is the Olympic motto, in Latin; translate these three adverbs into English. 10. What are the world's three longest rivers? by Howard Rachelson >> THAT TV GUY by Rick Polito 2 3 9 BONUS QUESTION: In his 1516 book (written in Latin), English philosopher and author Thomas More created a fictionalized society on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, with a perfect sociological, political and legal system, that he named what? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to howard1@triviacafe. com; if your question is used in the `Pacific Sun,' we'll give you credit! Answers on page 12 While strolling in Mill Valley, SZ stepped into a crosswalk and was struck by a car. After a several-day stay at Marin General, which included knee surgery, she was ready to go home. Great idea, except her shoulder injuries precluded the use of crutches. To make matters worse, there are over 70 steps from the street to SZ's front door. That's when our Heroes came to the rescue. Several times during her eight-week convalescence, Mill Valley firemen carried SZ up the stairs in a "stair chair." Without help from the Mill Valley Fire Department, she wouldn't have been able to stay in her home. SZ shouts out huge thanks to her Heroes. Until you're completely recovered, SZ, we recommend never leaving home without them. Royce McLemore, a Marin City resident and community activist, lives in public housing--for now. The Marin Housing Authority is trying to evict her for allowing her dying, 88-year-old mother to move in with her. Her mother passed away after less than three months, but the MHA is sticking to its rules. Important rules, like receiving permission for your 88-year-old mother to stay with you and waiting for a criminal background check to be conducted on a dying woman. We understand the need for rules and the necessity to apply them evenly, but if there is ever an exception, Royce McLemore is it. This 68-year old woman has lived in her home for 35 years and helped many in her community through peaceful activism. Let her stay, MHA. --Nikki Silverstein Got a Hero or a Zero? Please send submissions to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Toss roses, hurl stones with more Heroes and Zeros at >> pacificsun.com School and Hospital FRIDAY, OCT. 28 Addams Family Values with grainy night Pugsley and Wednesday are shipped off to vision cameras, summer camp, enduring the kind of forced listening for spooky cheeriness and soulless feigned revelry sounds. None of rarely seen outside a high school reunion. this sounds nearly (2003) ABC Family. 9pm. Grimm A Portland detective finds himself as scary as your involved in an ancient struggle between average episode of humans and mythological creatures like Dancing with the Stars. SyFy. 7pm. elves, trolls, shape changers and honest The Haunting of Molly Hartley A teenager discovers that the devil will CEOs. NBC. 9pm. claim her soul when she turns CSI: NY Tonight's death is the 18. Even worse, she might result of a fraternity prank; have to get a job and pay detectives not only have to rent. (2008) Lifetime. 8pm. solve the crime, they have to do three beer bongs to avoid being"totally lame." CBS. 9pm. TUESDAY, NOV. 1 Brian Supernatural Sam and Dean Meltzer's Decoded: Mount encounter evil clones of Rushmore It turns out Thothemselves. We're not sure if mas Jefferson has a nose ring "My evil clone did it" is a good That kid will drive you to an early and Teddy Roosevelt is wearbumper sticker or a legiti- grave, Imhotep... Sunday, 6:30pm. ing eyeliner. History Channel. mate legal defense. CW. 9pm. 8pm. Friday the 13th This is the remake of the Dinocroc vs. Supergator You would think original. In this one, Jason texts his victims they would share enough common interests before he kills them:"Going 2 / u."(2009) that they could overcome their differences MTV. 10pm. with just a little bit of therapy. (2010) SYFY.8pm. Inside the Mind of Adolf Hitler A psycholoSATURDAY, OCT. 29 The Mummy Returns gist analyzes the Fuhrer's personality disorders and discovers that World War II could In the sequel to the 1999 hit, the adventurer have been avoided if his parents had just and the Egyptologist are married and livbought him a pony. KQED. 9pm. ing in London when the nasty Imhotep Body of Proof When a student is found mummy comes back to life and kidnaps their annoyingly precocious son. About half- dead after a rave, investigators must not only determine the cause of death, but they must way through, you might think Imhotep had also get a wicked cool light show for his done them a favor. (2001) Cartoon Network. funeral and make a mix tape to go with the 6:30pm. America's Most Wanted See how your state police report. ABC. 10pm. stacks up on "50 States 50 Fugitives" night. We're not sure if California can compete with WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 Paintball A group of states like Texas, Oklahoma and the Dakotas, young people playing paintball find themknown in law enforcement circles as "The selves targeted by snipers using real bullets, Serial Killer Belt." Fox. 8pm. which gives the snipers somewhat of an Possessing Piper Rose If you are thinking of advantage. (2009) IFC. 10pm. adopting a child, be sure to check the box for Late Show with David Letterman Con"not demonic." (2011) Lifetime. 8pm. doleezza Rice is among tonight's guests. The Dirty Dozen A squad She'll likely be reacting to of hard-core criminals is reports of U.S. troops leavrecruited for a World War II ing Iraq with her "maybe commando mission. With they're just not that into us" the Defense Department theory. CBS. 11:35pm. lowering standards to meet recruitment targets, they THURSDAY, NOV. 3 Charnow call this kind of unit"The A dozen good men, Saturday at 9. lie's Angels The show has Army."(1967) KQED.9pm. already been canceled but they'll go through the remaining episodes SUNDAY, OCT. 30 Tough Love: Miami The just so they can wear all the outfits they romantic hopefuls go on dates with "deal bought.We've had breakups like that. ABC. breakers," suitors who possess character8pm. istics that would make them completely Rattlesnake Republic Cameras follow inappropriate partners.This can range from "rattlesnake wranglers," people who are political and religious conflicts to something qualified to handle venomous reptiles and as simple as a hunchback and a Star Trek moderate GOP presidential debates. Animal T-shirt. VH1. 8pm. Planet. 8pm. Simpsons The scariest thing about"TreeBeavis and Butt-Head When a nation house of Horror XXII"is the XXII part. Fox.8pm. needs them most, the duo returns, as foretold in the prophecies. MTV. 8:30pm. MONDAY, OCT. 31 Ghost Hunters Hallow- Critique That TV Guy at email@example.com. een Live The Ghost Hunters team is going Turn on more TV Guy at to spend six hours wandering around the >> pacificsun.com notorious and abandoned Pennhurst State OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 3, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9 HERO ZERO < 8 HUD over heels Title VI. The county agreed to a "voluntary compliance agreement" that called for a review of housing programs in the county; it contracted with Fair Housing of Marin to develop an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. The AI is a response to the HUD finding that housing programs in Marin failed to adequately reach out to minorities and people with disabilities and single mothers and other members of 12 "protected" groups covered by fair housing statutes. In addition, Marin failed to track exactly which groups were benefiting from housing programs. HUD criticized the county for taking insufficient action to ensure that minorities can live in the county and not be forced out through economic or social prohibitions. The supervisors and others in the Civic Center, as well as many residents, reacted with shock to these findings. Supervisor Judy Arnold led the process that resulted in the response analysis. All cities and towns in Marin have a member on the community development block grant priority-setting committee, which held a series of 10 public meetings. Arnold appointed a subcommittee to attend the public meetings and report to the full committee, which she heads. At a meeting in March, says Arnold, "People were saying, you guys have been discriminating. You haven't been welcoming. It was a surprise. I thought we took care of that when we marched and when we went to Washington. We realized, you know what. It's not over. We have to keep going." Members of minority groups told the county in stark terms they were suspicious of the process because they had been cut out of the system for so long. Arnold's connection to civil rights in Marin goes back to 1971, when she wrote a piece in the Pacific Sun about an inadequate local bus system in the county. She was representing the League of Women Voters at the time, and she lobbied for a better public transit system. At the supervisors' Oct. 16 meeting, Arnold recalled that an AfricanAmerican-owned bus system in Marin City wanted to run local buses. The Sun ran a story about the situation in October 1971. The company never had a chance after Golden Gate Transit threw a monkey wrench in the works. The county was complicit and the company folded. "That was my seminal moment in seeing and dealing with racism," Arnold said. Fast-forward to 2011. Members of minority groups said the county still was not doing enough to promote equity and diversity in housing and business. Starting from a place of deep suspicion, these groups worked through the AI response process, and by the time the supervisors approved it, most said they were optimistic that the county is on a good-faith path. But that effort isn't sitting well with some community members who bristle at a process spurred by the feds. First the state tells cities how many affordable housing units cities should have, the argu10 PACIFIC SUN OCTOBER 28 � NOVEMBER 3, 2011 ment goes, and now the feds are foisting diversity on the county. Most Marinites are not racists, they argue, so why bow down to HUD for a few million dollars a year in federal housing funds? That argument comes from a fact-deficient worldview. On the national stage, conservative candidates pontificate that racism is a thing of the past, and attempts to redress grievances amount to reverse racism. But it's not a thing of the past, says Harris-Perry (who is African-American) and many other social critics. The same holds true in Marin. The response to HUD is a plan to promote fair housing, not just affordable housing, although a connection exists between the two. Fair housing is the ability to buy or rent without discrimination, no matter a person's income. A lack of affordable housing, the situation in Marin, can increase barriers to fair housing, but the two are separate. Also separate are the state mandates that cities and counties provide a certain number of affordable homes in their jurisdictions to meet housing demand. Fair housing opponents often tie the two concepts together. "We got involved when Fair Housing of Marin drafted the AI," says John Young, executive director of the Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin. That group and others dedicated to promoting equity for minorities formed the Action Coalition for Equity. "We saw that initially the interviews to collect content for the AI report didn't include people who had broader knowledge of the issues in Marin with regards to discrimination and fair housing." In other words, minority input was lacking. "There was this large vacuum of participation." The county couldn't get a clear picture, says Young, without enlisting increased direct input from the minority groups. The facts put to rest the subterfuge that bigotry is an insignificant issue here. One of the HUD assertions is that Marin has segregated its minorities into two areas, Marin City and the Canal. But Arnold and other county officials note that HUD didn't take a closer look to find that the county has affordable--and fair--housing spread throughout the county. Even so, say Young and others, minorities here feel unwelcome in many neighborhoods and gravitate to areas like Marin City and San Rafael's Canal. "Maybe they want a quality of life without being harassed. Then their choice of where to live may not be San Anselmo or Tiburon or Belvedere or Mill Valley," says Young, who is African-American. The reasons are hard to hear for many old-time civil rights activists: "Kids are called names in school, neighbors are not very friendly, cops stop people. The issue is that some places in Marin are not welcoming." It's a wake-up call for civil rights proponents who thought the battle had been won. The county's reaction to the HUD approbation and the plan to deal with the issues raised are positive steps, says Young. But he wants the county to go further, to be more creative in tackling economic justice < 8 Newsgrams with his cousin's advice. San Anselmo resident Katie Rice, a longtime aide to retiring Ross Valley Supervisor Hal Brown, was selected Wednesday by the governor to take over the supervisorial reins of Marin's District 2, which includes the Ross Valley and certain neighborhoods of Larkspur and San Rafael. The 51-year-old Rice had been recommended for the $97,739-a-year job by Hal Brown who, himself, was appointed by his cousin Jerry Brown to the same seat in 1982.