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Rhapsodies The Police Log Why transparency is important BY GABE MELINE
n Saturday night, I drove with my two-year-old to the store to buy cookies. Once there, I saw four police cars parked in the parking lot. The store, on the outskirts of Roseland, was open; no lights blinked on the cars, and four or ﬁve officers stood around, casually chatting. Whatever had brought them there had clearly passed. As I got my daughter out of the car, I noticed a twenty-something kid, Latino, with sports gear and a cap, walking on the sidewalk. All of the officers stopped talking and looked at him. He said something to them, and they charged up to him on the sidewalk. One mentioned he could smell alcohol on the kid’s breath. Within 10 seconds, he was in handcuffs and up against the wall. This seemed strange. I’m not a police-accountability activist. In my life, I’ve never questioned police officers to their faces. But when I left the store, and one smiled at my daughter and me, I had to ask. Did the kid say something that caused them to put him in handcuffs? One of the officers turned and growled at me: “This is none of your business.” I stayed calm. “I do have a right to observe police activity.” “But you don’t have a right to interrupt,” he snarled in rising tones. “You need to leave.” “I’m only wondering why you’ve detained him.” “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll take her”—pointing at my daughter—“and get out of here. Do you understand?” I didn’t understand. The kid was taken care of. There were four officers. Couldn’t one have explained that the kid was a suspect in a robbery or had ﬂashed a knife, or some other explanation? The message was clear: You need to stop asking questions. This week’s cover story is by Robert Edmonds, whom I willfully acknowledge has been very outspoken in his work with police accountability. But I believe he’s exercised fairness in reporting on police funding from Measure O, and the inability of the department to produce consistent and accurate gang-related statistics that would measure the effectiveness of Santa Rosa taxpayers’ voterapproved investment. Afetr Saturday night, I also believe we need to keep asking questions of our police department, even when they don’t want to give an explanation. Or, as you’ll discover in our cover story, can’t. Gabe Meline is the editor of this paper. We welcome your contribution. To have your topical essay of 350 words considered for publication, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Yes, you may have noticied it too: last week’s excellent cover story on the fallout and future of SOPA and PIPA was printed—most embarrassingly—without a byline. The bots of production saw ﬁt, at the last moments before press, to chew up the wonderful name of Nicolas Grizzle and spit it out into the netherworld of nothingness, leaving its owner unable to take proud credit for a job well done. Alas. To remedy this most unfortunate oversight, we extended to Nicolas Grizzle the invitation to supply us with a photo of his choosing—any photo at all—with the promise that we would run it in this week’s paper. He has given us a picture of himself in formal garb next to a vintage Victorian chair, upon which sits a small dog.
Thank you so much for the excellent article on Move to Amend (“Taking the Power Back,” Jan. 18). I have two corrections/comments to offer regarding professor David McCuan’s response: 1. One does not have to go through Congress in order to amend the constitution. Two-thirds of the states can propose an amendment, instead of two-thirds of each branch of Congress. 2. He calls this a “quixotic moment” in the body politic and predicted a “cold day in hell before there’s a constitutional amendment.” The Arab Spring happened on a colder day than a constitutional amendment. It is the way of academics to say that things that have not happened will not happen, and it is the task of activist citizens to make them happen anyway.
ABRAHAM ENTIN North Bay Move to Amend
In Names We Trust I empathize with Ms. Burton’s thoughts on keeping the family name after marriage (“The Feminist Wife,” Jan. 18). I did when I married 16 years ago. My reasons included wanting to feel connection with family heritage; keeping a sense of personal identity; and, most important, giving a gift of continuity to my parents after the untimely death of my older brother and only sibling when I was 10. Being a single child for most of my life has heightened my awareness of the ephemeral nature of our names. I wasn’t ready for my father’s name to disappear just yet. I wanted to extend it into the future just a little longer.
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TRANSFER Buses like the one above service the 101 corridor, but for many in West Marin, public transportation is nonexistent.
Waiting for the Bus In the state’s wealthiest county, an aging community struggles to get around—and get by BY RACHEL DOVEY Note: This is the ﬁrst part in a series on senior care in Marin County.
he hasn’t been out to lunch in 30 years, but in 2009, Theresa Byrne ﬁnally paid off her West Marin home. The 4-foot, 9-inch 62-year-old lives on a ﬁxed income of $1,081
a month in a county where the median income is nearly seven times that. On a recent afternoon, as a rainstorm engulfed the coastal village of Dillon Beach, Byrne’s peach-colored cottage was bright with oil paintings and ﬁltered light. It’s hard to believe this “jewel box,” as she calls it, was a single-walled, cement-ﬂoored ﬁshing shack when she bought
it 22 years ago. Over the years, she’s saved enough money for remodeling to accommodate her osteoporosis: ramps, a step-down bathtub, low counters. Her secret, she says, is meticulous accounting. She ﬂips through a drawer full of ﬁles, opens a color-coded notebook and runs a ﬁnger down its neatly stacked ﬁgures. It’s all there: over-the-counter medications,
vitamins, water bills, groceries, even the occasional cup of coffee. “The IRS has called before and said, ‘We can’t believe you live on that in Marin County,’ and I go, ‘Come on out here, I’m dying to show you,’” she says, snapping the book shut. Yet even as she stretches her social security to meet her needs, Byrne faces a challenge that no amount of asceticism can ﬁx. Since she left an abusive marriage and settled on the coast, she’s suffered grand mal seizures and been unable to drive. With no ﬁxed-route buses and a 30-minute commute to the nearest hospital, she becomes increasingly isolated as each year ticks by. Byrne may seem like an anomaly in a county famed for its million-dollar houseboats and ﬁne dining, but she’s not. Though Marin’s median household income was $89,268 in 2010, this number varies widely by census tract within the county. A 2012 Human Development Report found that West Marin, along with Novato and parts of San Rafael, has a median income of $21,000 to $36,000, roughly one-fourth the county standard. It also skews older than Marin as a whole: though 21 percent of the county is over 62, that demographic makes up 25 percent of Tomales, 33 percent of Point Reyes and 38 percent of Byrne’s small town. In other words, Byrne’s not the only one who can’t get around. One route travels from Marin’s densely populated 101 corridor to Point Reyes, but nothing extends to the ranches and ﬁshing towns above it. Only one shuttle brings residents into Petaluma, the closest city, on Wednesday mornings to buy groceries. Terri Sylvain is a care manager for West Marin Senior Services, working with elders from the region’s northernmost villages. “A lot of them no longer have driver’s licenses, and even if they do, they can’t drive at night on those winding, poorly lit streets,” she says. “A cab ride from Dillon Beach to Petaluma is $80 to $85.” Routine checkups and tests may be skipped because of this
â€˜The IRS has called before and said, â€œWe canâ€™t believe you live on that in Marin County.â€?â€™ â€œWe try to check up on each other,â€? she says. â€œPeople will call each other and check in. Weâ€™ll watch to see if someone hasnâ€™t picked up their mail or if their light hasnâ€™t been turned on.â€? The lack of transit isnâ€™t a simple case of government negligence. Paul Branson, a community mobility manager with Marin County District Transit, says the organization is trying to accommodate the countyâ€™s aging population with shuttles, volunteer-driver programs and funding from Measure B taxes, mostly in the cities and towns along 101. But building infrastructure in rural West Marin, where the population density is lower than the rest of the county, is a challenge, he says, adding, â€œThe money has to go where the people are and where they want to travel.â€? West Marin supervisor Steve Kinsey acknowledges that residents in the north, particularly, need transit. However, he agrees that with limited funds and low density, the area may be a candidate for shuttle and volunteer driver
service, but is unlikely to see ďŹ xed-route transit. â€œThatâ€™s one of the responsibilities and consequences of living in a rural area,â€? he says. Branson and Kinsey also indicated that for many West Marin residents, the nearest services are across county lines in Petaluma. Sharing responsibilities with a separate jurisdiction would add another wrinkle of complexity, they said. Villagers are often told the answer to their problems is moving into a denser area or a less expensive county, Byrne says. But residents and community advocates alike stress that the very factors they would move to get away fromâ€”expensive utilities, high property taxes, isolationâ€”keep them in their rural homes. Sylvain says many of her clients retired to the peaceful coast 40 years ago, when the rural property values and utilities were affordable on a retirement income. Their homes accrued valueâ€”and then began losing it around 2008. Meanwhile, social security stagnated with no cost-of-living adjustment in 2010, while medical co-pays and utilities rose; Byrne has a small tub in her sink where she saves water for re-use. â€œOur bills have tripled, and our houses arenâ€™t worth a third of what they were,â€? she says. â€œThatâ€™s why we canâ€™t leave.â€? And even with her extreme frugality, Byrne says she wouldnâ€™t want to leave her small home surrounded by an aging community. â€œWhy should we not live where we want to live?â€? she asks. â€œIâ€™ve lived here 22 years on only social security and disability, and through great personal neglect Iâ€™ve paid every bill myself, Iâ€™ve paid all my taxes myself and I rely on nobody but myself. I would be ďŹ ne if there were just public transportation.â€? This article was produced as a project for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USCâ€™s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Enter the Oracle In an era when YouTube videos seem to trump all, the idea of thousands of people reading the same book, brains sparked with all kinds of new inspiration, is uplifting. This is exactly what the One Book One Marin reading program accomplishes, with an annual program sponsored by Marin County Free Library, Book Passage, City Public Libraries of Marin and Dominican University. Past participating authors have included Dave Eggers, Isabel Allende, Michael Chabon and Amy Tan. In 2012, the chosen book is Michael David Lukasâ€™ bestselling novel The Oracle of Stamboul. Set during the 19th-century Turkish Ottoman empire, Lukasâ€™ story is laden with American spies, sultans, historical upheaval and Eastern mysticismâ€”in short, a whole slew of conversation sparkers. Lukas appears at the kick off celebration on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960.
Watercolored History On Feb. 19, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into declaration one of American historyâ€™s most shameful moments. With the swoosh of a pen, the president authorized the internment of over 110,000 Japanese-Americans in camps near the California border. Thousands of families were swept up, many losing everything. Kasumi â€œGusâ€? Nakagawa, a teenager at the time, was sent with his family to the War Department Internment Center in Poston, Ariz. For the next three years, he painted watercolors, capturing images of life in the campâ€”an uncommon chronicle, since all cameras and recording devices had been conďŹ scated. â€œExecutive Order 9066: The Watercolors of Kasumu â€˜Gusâ€™ Nakagawaâ€? runs Feb. 1â€“28 at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. A reception is held Sunday, Feb. 12, 4â€“7pm. 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. 415.488.8888.â€”Leilani Clark The Bohemian started as The Paper in 1978.
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