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Rants By Tom Tomorrow

GET SSMART SMA SMAR MAR RTT R

THE ALTERNATIVE ALTERNATIVE T TO TO HIGHW HIGHWAY WAY 101 Tired of sitting in traffic alon Tired along ng Highway 101? Looking for a gr een alternative? alternattive? green Looking to cr eate jobs in the e North Bay to help boost our ec conomy? create economy? Ther e’s one place to look: SM MART. There’s SMART. Y ou asked for it and you vote o d for it. You voted And we’r e working har d to make make it happen. we’re hard In 2008, almost 70% of the vo oters of Marin voters and Sonoma supported Meas sure Q to Measure cr eate a train that connects the th he two create counties. Despite headwinds of the worst rrecession ecession in 50 years, we’r till moving e st we’re still forwar d to make SMART SMART a reality. rea ality. forward

aquifers, rather than how we have “engineered” our landscapes to waste much of the water resulting in depleted aquifers, erosion and damaged riparian environments.

PHILIP TYMON Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Built to Spill Contest Winner! Congratulations to Thomas Gonzalez, whose lovably bizarre version of “Carry the Zero” has won our contest. Gonzalez wins two tickets to see Built to Spill at the Uptown Theatre on Feb. 25, and his cover can be heard, along with the other contest finalists, at www.bohemian.com.

THE ED. Occupied with What Other Persons Are Occupied with and Vice Versa Write to us at letters@bohemian.com.

Top Five 1 Santa Rosa Plaza to soon

charge for parking, continue being barrier to downtown

2 Brian Keegan of Keegan & Coppin releases Patrick Swayze hip-hop tribute CD

3 Chicken tikka masala at

Lotus Chaat in San Rafael is still the jam

4 Hugh Laurie, from

W e’re not stopping until we’v ve done what you asked us to do: cr ccreate eate an We’re we’ve ener gy-efficient, green green alternative alterna ative to sitting in traffic on Highwa energy-efficient, Highwayy 101. Once SMAR T is operational, you’ll be b able to ride the train along the tracks t or ride SMART next to the tracks on a new S MART bike-walk path. SMART T odayy, energy-efficient, o energy-efficient, clean diesel trains have been or dered. The T tracks, Today, ordered. bridges, crossings crossings and station ns ar e being renovated, renovated, built and pr p epared. stations are prepared. SMAR T’s Boar d of Directors Directors recently recently awarded awarded a $103 million con nstruction SMART’s Board construction contract that will cr eate 1,000 0 jobs and issued bonds to raise $1 71 million create $171 towar d constructing Phase I: the t rroute oute between North Santa Ro osa and toward Rosa San Rafael. W e’re also proposing propossing a SMAR T Connector bus to link lin nk Clover dale, We’re SMART Cloverdale, Healdsbur g and Windsor to Santa S Rosa and San Rafael to Larksp pur. T o ogetherr, Healdsburg Larkspur. Together, they will serve 70% of the pot tential riders. potential W e’re excited and we want yo ou to get excited with us. W e e’re inv vesting in the We’re you We’re investing futur e of the North Bay SMART, we can jump into the 21stt century by future Bay.. With SMART, getting out of our cars — and d riding a train or a bike. For mor more e information about SMAR SMART, T, website www.SonomaMarinTrain.org visit our websit te at www .SonomaMarinT Trrain.org

“House,” to appear in song at the Uptown Theatre May 29

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‘House’” instead of writing “from ‘Jeeves and Wooster’”)

THERE S A TR THERE’S TRAIN RAIN COMING O G TO TO TTOWN TO OWN O WN

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