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›› LETTERS Grand theft jury Just a quick note to applaud Peter Seidman for taking the time to make accuracy a priority in compiling background research for his story about Marin Clean Energy [“Runaway Grand Jury?” Dec. 18]. There’s been a lot of misinformation and many misleading statements bandied about in conjunction with MCE, the energy initiative that intends to bring locally controlled, price-stable renewable energy to Marin ratepayers. Thanks to Peter for his due diligence in reporting the latest twists and turns in what’s become an unfortunate battle. Too bad the Marin Civil Grand Jury didn’t put the same ethic to work in releasing its report. (By the way, has the grand jury made any effort to correct the numerous inaccuracies in their report?) Ellen Seh, Larkspur
Fallat fallout Never could someone be more wrong than Mr. Fallat, in his letter decrying the Hiroshima survivor’s It’s doubtful the 7-year-old speech to Marin Takashi was in league with Academy students this bunch. [“Marin Youth Suckered by Peace and Forgiveness Propaganda,” Dec. 25]. Almost 70 years has elapsed since the Japanese military and the conservative elite took over power in Japan and attacked our nation. My uncle fought the Japanese and would have been part of the invasion forces.
The U.S. Air Force stationed me in Japan in 1956 and what I found was a people dedicated to peace and to making amends for the war. After discharge here, I returned to attend a Japanese university. The president of my university, Hachiro Yuasa, was a hero who spent many years in military prison for opposing the “Imperial Rescript” and refusing to accept the military rule. The Japanese are still dedicated to peace and justice. The people have supported their peace constitution and withstood every effort by the wealthy conservatives to remove the paciﬁst portions. The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, some of whom are still dying from the effects of the bombs, continue to reach out in peace and in opposition to nuclear weapons. As to Tojo, and the “killing machine,” it was not Japanese society, but the wealthy conservative elite and the military who created that and who raped Nanking. Tojo paid with his life, as he should have. But the Japanese people are not the enemy, and not war-like—probably less so than the neo-cons of this nation. My three Japanese nieces do not deserve to be bloodied by Mr. Fallat’s fallacious words. David M. Pittle, San Rafael
Love and forgiveness, served cold I am writing in response to John L. Fallat’s letter from last week. Mr. Fallat wrote his letter in response to the article “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” which was about Takashi Tanemori, a Hiroshima ground zero survivor who shared his experiences with the Marin Academy community. I am a sophomore at Marin Academy who is responding as a student, not as an ofﬁcial for the school. Mr. Fallat labels my school without ﬁrsthand
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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› paciﬁcsun.com knowledge. In my history class, we discussed all aspects of propaganda and learned how it is used to brainwash people. At a Marin Academy open house with prospective families, the history teachers conducted an activity about deﬁning propaganda. How can a school that criticizes propaganda and teaches students how to identify it use propaganda believing it will not be discovered? It does not make sense. Mr. Fallat comments on the “raging killing machine of Japanese society.” Mr. Tanemori was born in 1937 and the Tojo killing machine ended in 1945. How many children were involved in a “killing machine”? The atrocities Japan committed during WWII would not be in the forefront of Tanemori’s mind or experience nor do they directly relate to him since he had no role in them. Mr. Fallat, even if you disagree with Tanemori, please respect him for his courage to forgive and keep a positive attitude. Do you not ﬁnd it amazing that Tanemori harbors no desire for revenge after his home was reduced to rubble by the atomic bomb? Tanemori’s beliefs can inspire everyone. I will forgive Mr. Fallat for writing a letter criticizing my school without factual basis and for portraying a peaceful and courageous man as a brainwasher. In Tanemori’s words, “the best revenge is love and forgiveness.” Alec White, Marin Academy
Vegan, the new white meat A novelty only 30 years ago, meat-free diets are rapidly becoming the fashion for people who care about their family’s and their planet’s health. Here are recent indicators: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the number of Further evidence our animals killed for food meat-chomping days in the country this year are numbered. is expected to drop by 6 percent from 2008. Jonathan Foer’s “Eating Animals” and two other vegan books have made the bestseller list. Meat industry expose Food, Inc. is being considered for an Oscar nomination. Cargill, ConAgra, and other animal6 PACIFIC SUN JANUARY 1 - JANUARY 7, 2010
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That’d be pretty depressing fodder for a singles column... Your Single in the Suburbs columnist Nikki Silverstein writes as if there never was a 9/11, never was war and dismemberment, never were working poor or mortgage foreclosure, never was global warming, bad health care, never was homelessness or chicanery in government... the list is endless. I say Ms. Silverstein—by her examples in last week’s column [“Change I Can Believe In,” Dec. 25]—is far worse than any man she has ever mused about, written of or angered over. Craig Whatley, San Rafael
What’s it all about? At this point in our history the U.S. is looking like a dictatorship of the “moneyed” interests. The monopoly of the health care and pharma industries have stopped our democratic processes. Do we need another revolution? I think so. We need a public option; we need to break up the health care monopolies; we need to protect women’s health. Shouldn’t we have at least what we fought for others to have in Europe and Japan? What is the U.S. about? Geraldine Caldarola, Kentﬁeld
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or decades the goal of ﬁnding a path to a peace process in the Middle East has remained elusive. So has the goal of ﬁnding a peace process on the trails in the Marin County Open Space District. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians have been locked in a grip of entrenched values, mistrust and suspicion of “the other” that has resulted in a stalemate of perception on all sides. But a review of the management practices in the Marin County Open Space District offers at least an opportunity to break that stalemate and ﬁnd a path to cooperation on the trails in the district. That’s a lot of hooey, say hikers, who blame mountain bikers for blasting by them on narrow trails, breaking the calm of a pristine environment with the rush of rubber and metal. Equestrians have joined the hikers in decrying the bikers. The machines, and the people who ride them, are just not suited to be on the same trails as horses. The struggle, of course, is over who gets to use which trails, and if they must share them. The mountain bikers say the charge that they are inconsiderate and harm the environment comes from a small minority of trail users. Small but vocal. And mountain biking, born in Marin, has as much right to exist as an activity as do hiking and riding horses. In the ﬁrst week of February, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will hold a meeting to begin a process to review manage-
ment practices in the Open Space District. The process will include an environmental assessment of management alternatives. “Our board is going to have a joint workshop with parks and open space commissioners,” says Supervisor Steve Kinsey. “There will be policy choices presented. We will take public comment, and commissioners will speak. Then, about a month later, the county [Board of Supervisors acting as the board of the Open Space District] will take ﬁnal action on policy direction.” Kinsey says the joint meeting will take place Feb. 1. Although the issue of conﬂict on the trails in the Open Space District attracts the most heat, says Kinsey, “The essential part of the plan is to manage our preserves for eternity. That is really the purpose of the plan.” But the issue of trail use, which is part of the plan, is inescapably inﬂammatory. “I personally believe that what’s happened is that for 20 years, extremists on both sides of the issue have tried to undermine the other side’s point of view, and we’ve been locked in this pitched battle in which there has been no real effort to listen to both sides and see where you can have a gray solution instead of black or white.” Sound familiar? Kinsey and others hold a hope that during consideration of the Road and Management Plan the board can “make it clear that it is committed to reducing conﬂict.” Bouncing that attitude back to Open Space 8> District staff can give valuable direc-
›› NEWSGRAMS Marin biggest violator of ‘Spare the Air’ day A total of 47 Bay Area residents were found in violation of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s “Spare the Air” days on Christmas Day; 27 of the violators were based in Marin County. The air quality district declares specific days for banning the use of fireplace-generated wood smoke and encouraging public transportation when pollution risk is high. Nearly 400 residents in Marin filed complaints about illegal wood smoke last year, prompting air district officials to send more than 50 warning letters. This season, more than 100 warning letters have been mailed throughout the Bay Area. A second offense could lead to a $400 ticket. Families who do not have access to natural gas and must burn wood to stay warm are exempted. Lark Theater honored Last month, Bernice Baeza, executive director for Larkspur’s nonprofit community arts and film center, the Lark Theater, received a 2009 Women-Owned Business of the Year award from the Women’s Initiative. The Theater was also awarded a $10,000 Google Grant earlier this month for free advertising in Google’s AdWords program and has been nominated in three categories for the Heart of Marin Awards, including: Bernice Baeza for Excellence in Leadership; Arthur Corbin for Volunteer of the Year; and Lark Theater for Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence. The Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin will announce the winners Jan. 7. For more info, visit online at www.larktheater.net.
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cated political push to open up trails in the district for their use. The rhetoric was the same, but those who opposed giving mountain bikers greater access to the trails pulled out a 2005 study of the county’s open space policies. That study concluded that a majority of county residents agreed with regulations current at the time, which have remained essentially in force. Although the opponents of greater access for mountain bikers conceded that the bikers should have trails on which to ride, they remained ﬁrm that bikers shouldn’t be allowed on more trails shared with hikers and equestrians. But, said the mountain bikers, the number of trails on which they are allowed to ride are insufﬁcient for their numbers. Stalemate. The Open Space District is a relatively modern invention, newer than mountain biking, which bike riders pioneered on the slopes of Mount Tam in the late 1960s. County residents voted to create the district in 1971 to purchase and protect undeveloped land. Today, the district oversees 33 open-space preserves. In a November workshop, the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space presented a trail workshop document titled “Protect Grow Restore Connect.” Kinsey and Supervisor Susan Adams serve on a subcommittee that helped create the report, which is aimed at reviewing the county’s “trail-related management plan” and offers, among other things, al-
< 7 Roads not taken tion to rangers and others in the district, whose principal job is stewardship of the environment, not acting as trail cops. The real tussle on the trails is whether single-track trails should be opened up for multi-use recreation. Allowing mountain bikers on more single-track trails isn’t even a consideration among the militant hiking and equestrian community. The mountain bikers are a hazard. Period. They also tear up trails. But, say the mountain bikers once again, those complaints come from a minority of actual trail users. The Road and Management Plan process could provide the Open Space District with a framework in which to unfold a peace process based on investigation and objective reality. Kinsey says the district should be open to “creative trail solutions,” but “if we really have science that says something’s not right, then we want to deal with it.” Kinsey says he’s spending a lot of time on the issue and has been walking the trails, “and I see there’s so much room for improvement on the environmental side [to preserve existing trails].” He also sees room “to protect tranquility for some and create new opportunities for others, and still do a better job of managing the ecology.” That attitude is quite a distance from a stalemate in 2007, when mountain bikers mounted perhaps their most sophisti-
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›› TRiViA CAFÉ Well, Friends, we’ve come to the end of another year. Here are SOME of the highlights of 2009... let’s see how well you were paying attention. Happy New Year to one and all, and thanks for your support. 1a. On January 15, 2009, a US Airways flight out of La Guardia was forced to land in what unexpected location after striking a flock of geese? 1b. The pilot of that plane became an instant hero.Who is he? 2. One of the most acclaimed baseball players, New York Yankees’Alex Rodriguez, confessed in February that he had done what? 3. In February, this South American president, already in power for a decade, won his bid to end presidential term limits in his country, allowing him to run for re-election again in 2013 if he wants. What country, what president? 4. What two teams competed in the Super Bowl February 1, and who won? 5a. Pictured - Name these stars and the title of their movie, which won the Best Picture at the Academy Awards on February 22. 5b. In honor of their acting and writing/directing, two Marin County residents won major Oscars. Identify these men and their films, both locally made. 6. In March, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the president of an African country, charging him with war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Darfur region.What country, what president? 7. On November 13, scientists proudly announced that water had been discovered where? 8. The swine influenza virus strain (H1N1) appeared from out of nowhere in April, initially killing hundreds of people in what country, considered the most likely epicenter of the worldwide swine flu outbreak? 9. In April, GM announced it would eliminate 23,000 jobs, cut its dealer network by 40 percent and drop what 82-year-old GM brand? 10. At the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas on April 19, Miss California attracted worldwide attention with her answer to a controversial question. 10a. What’s her name? 10b. What topic was she addressing? 11. In May, this unlikely Scottish singer, who shocked the judges and charmed the world with her sweet voice, was runner-up of a TV talent competition. Give her name and the show title. 12. In late spring, Microsoft launched its own web search engine to compete with rival Google. By the end of the year it had gained about 10 percent of the search market.What’s the name? 13. This man, chairman of the Federal Reserve under both George Bush and Barack Obama, was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 2009.Who is he?
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< 8 Roads not taken on new trails.â€? Kinsey also thinks thereâ€™s an opportunity to create new trails â€œin proximity to existing ones if they contribute to reducing conďŹ‚icts.â€? Creating a parallel trail to separate mountain bikes from hikers is one creative option, in essence creating a mountainbike lane in the open space. Other options include equally innovative solutions, for Marin at least. Making sections of trails one-way for bikers can help calm trail trauma for hikers and equestrians, especially if that one-way section is uphill. The speed of the bikers automatically reduces. Another option calls for setting up an alternate-day use pattern for trails in which bikers can ride on one day and hikers get the next. The idea behind the separation strategies is to increase the miles mountain bikers can access without exacerbating the distress hikers and equestrians say they encounter. Those creative solutions hold potential, says Jim Jacobsen, president of the Bicycle Trails Council of Marin. â€œThe alternateday solution is a better way to go than the one-way solution. They do that on the Tahoe Rim Trail. It works. It doesnâ€™t solve 100 percent of the problem, there always will be a few who ride on the wrong day, but it does reduce the conďŹ‚ict and seems to satisfy people without really changing the reality on the ground.â€? But instituting creative solutions to a conďŹ‚ict among entrenched principals isnâ€™t easy. Jacobsen is wary that the Open Space District workshop process will result in more of the same old status quo. Kinsey recognizes the difďŹ culty of getting the opposing forces to the bargaining table. He says every opportunity for creative solutions should stay on the table, â€œbut I think there is so much frustration in the hiker/equestrian community about the
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lack of respect for existing rules that until we really re-establish that we have some authority over our lands, these kinds of innovative approaches wonâ€™t have a chance to be tested because people just have no conďŹ dence.â€? Regaining that conďŹ dence and authority needs to be a cooperative effort, and it wonâ€™t come from a massive program for increased enforcement. The district has 12 rangers and two deputy sheriffs. On a typical day, between two and eight rangers and one deputy sheriff are in the ďŹ eld. Rangers spend about 25 percent of their time on enforcement and the rest of their time dealing with open-space maintenance, ďŹ re protection, habitat reclamation and education, among other duties. No funds exist to increase staff. The education arena holds some promise. The Bicycle Trails Council has run a program at trailheads that disseminates educational information about fair use and civility on the trails, and Kinsey says the mountain-bike community often fails to get credit for efforts such as that. Using a combined and boosted cooperative effort, including some focused enforcement, might push the peace process into gearâ€”at least thatâ€™s the hope. The heat this trails issue generates is evident in the massive amount of e-mail supervisors have received from the various stakeholder groups. â€œIt reaches a stage where itâ€™s ridiculous,â€? says Supervisor Hal Brown. â€œIâ€™m getting e-mails from PaciďŹ ca, from Oakland. After a while we just have to say, â€˜no more,â€™ because it becomes meaningless.â€? On that point, Jacobsen agrees with Brown. â€œThey donâ€™t make decisions based on the weight of the e-mails they receive.â€?<
ity Management District banned ďŹ replace use on Christmas, some Marinites balkedâ€”actually, 27 of us. Not a lot but still more than any other county in the Bay Area. Spurning the â€œSparing of Airâ€? on our coveted holidays of consumption, we opted to burn, burn, burnâ€”in the name of â€œChristmas spiritâ€? and â€œroasting chestnutsâ€? and all that. Vive le ambience! But hey, arenâ€™t we supposed to be the progressive ones? Donâ€™t we have a reputation to uphold as cheerleaders for single-use bag bans and open space preservation and eco-friendly chew toys for our spoiled Shih Tzus (that we adopt from the Humane Society, naturally)? Well, sure, we do! Unless, of course, we donâ€™t. â€”Samantha Campos
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As the alarming climate change world and astoundingly inept our county recoiled leadership, faced the 2000s in typical under a Marin fashion—gross decade consumerism, astute
environmental activism and treating pets like children. Here’s a look back at a few of the events that shaped our decade in Marin (dates listed according to when reported upon by the Paciﬁc Sun). Happy 2010!
2000 Jan. 5 Y2K fever hits Marin! Lone end-of-world sign turn out to be for San Rafael city coffers after only 6,000 of expected 9,000 attend vaunted millennium event—that t plus $600,000 to headliners Bonnie Raitt and Huey Lewis and the News—puts New Year’s Eve hangover at $1.2 million in the red.
Jan. 19 Tiburon dog owners refuse to scoop own dogs’ poop in plastic bags; town seeks alternatives. Jan. 26 The Bicycle Bandit wreaks havoc on Marin! Latest (nonfashion) crimes—robbing Wells Fargo at Bon Air Center, not coming to complete halt at stop signs. March 8 Marin Countyy
Republican Central Committee cops to election scheme. Plan to endorse “weaker” Democratic candidate Basia Crane—in hopes she would prevail in primary and be easier pickings for unopposed GOP candidate Ed Sullivan—blasted by out-of-the-loop state chiefs; endorsement withdrawn. March 22 Joan Baez, Robin Williams, Peter Seeger, Boz Scaggs and Jackson Browne turn
out to celebrate Bread & Roses’ 25th anniversary of free concerts for the inﬁrmed and interned.. March 29 Marin’s breast cancer rates ates grow: 37 percent higher than Bayy Area as a whole; death rate 27
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percent higher. April 19 Henry Buhrmann, 57, architec architect of Marin General’s 198 1985 transition into privatizaprivatiz tion, announces his ret retirement from Marin General Gene Hospital Corp. April 26 Marin Superior Court judges judg Michael Dufﬁcy, Lyn Lynn Duryee and Terrence Boren are the target of a Marin Family Court Cou recall effort launched launche by citizens.
the nation to Manhattan; Dominican College ofﬁcially changes its name to Dominican University. May 10 Marin Superior Court Judge Michael Dufﬁcy announces move from family court to civil cases, amidst widespread charges of cronyism. May 17 Recall fever hits Marin, as District Attorney Paula Kamena is latest target of citizenryy over failingg to prosecute 12 >
May 3 Latest ﬁgu gures show Marin’s $53,608 $53,6 per capita income is second in
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< 11 Class of the 00’s two supervisors for misuse of county credit cards, and for overzealous prosecution of a woman accused of perjury and attempted kidnapping in child custody case. May 24 Comedian Dana Carvey settles lawsuit against San Francisco surgeon who operated on the wrong artery during double bypass heart surgery at Marin General hospital in 1998. June 21 U.S. House of Representatives restore the rights and identity of Coast Miwok tribe, reversing a 1958 congressional decree that the tribe had died out; 300 Miwok descendents were not amused. June 28 Marin Open Space District limits number of off-leash dogs by any handler to three on district lands; county dog-walkers bark foul. July 26 San Rafael environmentalist Marc Reisner dies of cancer at age 51. His book “Cadillac Desert” from 1986 exposed the hazardous effects of dams and aqueducts. Aug. 16 Golden Gate Bridge District deluged by FasTrak applications, distributors can’t keep up with demand Sept. 20 Gannett newspaper chain sells the Marin IJ to notoriously tight-ﬁsted Dean Singleton’s Alameda Newspaper p p Group; p; ANG
execs promise employees there won’t be “massive” ﬁrings or “wholesale” pay cuts. Dec. 6 Longtime environment and campaign-reform champion Margaret Azevedo dies at age 86.
Jan. 24 Marin’s Safe Routes to Schools program launches at the Tam Valley School in Mill Valley; it is one of two national grants to get kids walking and biking to school; median home prices in Marin reach $635,000. March 7 County resident Paul Barrier joins Paula Kamena recall effort because the embattled district attorney has refused to help him prove that “Marin celebrities” (and out-of-county icons such as Madonna) have used his sperm to conceive more than 250 children now in county schools. March 28 Death penalty opponents hold vigil outside San Quentin to protest execution of Robert Lee Massie, 59, known as the “Dean of Death Row” after a 30-year stay; median price for Marin homes reaches $652,000. April 4 Seventy-ﬁve percent of Mill Valley Middle Sc School eighth-graders say 75 per percent of their peers smoke ma marijuana; only 9 percent say the do so themselves. they Ap April 11 Man charged wi propositioning two with gi in downtown Fairfax girls for pot fo sex in exchange g for p i deemed menis t tally insane at court hearing; defendant T Donahue Tom eclared himec declared self elf Jesus Christ nd the king and off England, was nduly ﬂatulent unduly nd called the judge and a “bitch. “bitch.””
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Times dies at 62. May 30 Kamena recall effort sinks by a 41,000 to 7,000 margin; median age of Marin rises to 41, three years older than a decade before; Larkspur railroad trestle made famous in ﬁnale to Dirty Harry to be removed; Alasdaire Neale named new music director of Marin Symphony. July 25 After a long struggle with lung cancer, folk singer and Bread & Roses founder Mimi Farina dies at age 56. Aug. 29 Battle over Jerry Garcia guitars ensues when guitar maker Doug Irwin claims a pair of axes willed to him by the late Grateful Dead singer; Grateful Dead Productions claims ownership. Irwin claims company is “spiritually bankrupt.” Sept. 11 Al Qaeda declares war on unchecked Western materialism; Marin braces for attack. Oct. 3 San Rafael Rock Quarry hit with a trio of lawsuits via residents, the county and the state attorney general over lack of permits, noise pollution and truck overload. Oct. 10 Developers submit proposals for retreat and conference center at Fort Baker. Oct. 17 Pharmacies report antibiotics Cipro and doxycycline—used to treat anthrax—are ﬂying off the shelves via fear-stricken Marinites.Nov. 14 The Marin-based n-based Century Theatres tres purchase six more movie houses from Paciﬁc Theatres; The Slantt Marin’s struggling ga gay ay and lesbia an lesbian
newspaper, prints ﬁnal edition; Gerstle Park dog walker stabs man found urinating on his fence Nov. 21 Novato High School allows bizarre antiimmigrant rant to be published in student newspaper; embarrassed school ofﬁcials quickly try to conﬁscate all copies Nov. 28 Marin Civic Center hosts its ﬁrst ever gun show. Protesters demonstrate peacefully outside, gun collectors peruse “killing tools,” Nazi paraphernalia and ID-counterfeiting pamphlets inside. Dec. 5 John Walker Lindh, of Fairfax, is captured while ﬁghting for the Taliban in Afghanistan and becomes known nationally as the Marin Taliban. Former President George H.W. Bush professes his non-surprise that such a youth would be borne of those “Marin County hot tubers.”
2002 Feb. 13 Death of a 19-month-old d baby brings second-degreee murder charges upon n man and four women, two of them pregnant, who o lived with 12 neglected children hildren in Lucas Valley.
wealthiest in the nation: Belvedere (8), Ross (13), Tiburon (23), Kentﬁeld (27), Stinson Beach (34), Mill Valley (50), Larkspur (58), Nicasio (59), Sausalito (73), Greenbrae (88), Corte Madera (97). May 29 Lesley Stanford, a 52-year-old teacher, is knocked unconscious by a fully racked buck deer at Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade; meanwhile, surfer Lee Fontan survived a shark attack off Bolinas lagoon June 5 Marin Municipal Water District directors, led by president Jared Huffman, announce they are looking into desalination as a supplement to the district reservoirs. July 3 Golden Gate Bridge tolls jump from $3 to $5, the ﬁrst hike in 11 years. July 24 Belvedere becomes the ﬁrst Marin town to ban herbicides. Sept. 25 Redwood High students have long claimed the coinage of the potsmoking euphemism “4:20,” but Mill Valley added its own phrase when the town’s towns Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-thru window was handingg out a pair p of loco-weed bags whenever folks asked for “two extra biscuits.”
Oct. 16 A celebratory release of two sea lions near the Farallones turns to horror for Marin Mammal Center staffers when Edog and Swissy, after swimming from the boat toward joyous freedom, are quickly gobbled up by a pair of great white sharks; Fairfax environmental great Gloria Duncan dies, age 74. Nov. 27 Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey backs proposed Marin breast cancer task force to conduct doorto-door surveys and seek environmental connections to Marin’s alarmingly high breast cancer rate. Dec. 4 Marin Agricultural Land Trust co-founder Ellen Straus dies at 75. Dec. 11 Branson SAT scores from October are voided after student-cheating scandal rocks Ross private school. Dec. 31 Respected teacher and College of Marin administrator Maryjane Dunstan dies at age 77.
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Feb. 4 Mill Valley ﬁre ofﬁcials are perplexed when a bathrobe, hanging in the bathroom of resident Jonathan Feller, spontaneously combusts. Investigators conclude that sunlight, concentrated by a concave mirror by the sink, reﬂected on the robe. Feb. 12 A survey reveals that half of Marin’s 2,238 county employees can’t afford to live in Marin. March 26 Muir Woods’ oldest tree, the 700-year-old Kent Tree, ﬁnally topples from old age. May 21 Two years after MediaNews promised IJ employees there’d be no layoffs, a memo from Publisher Roger Grossman (leaked to the Sun) reveals plans to ﬁre 6 percent of the staff. June 4 One hundred years after black bears were last seen in Marin, three sightings of Ursus americanus are reported at Point Reyes, Bon Tempe Lake and Mt. Tam’s Wheeler Trail. July 9 Bill Straus, patriarch of the Marshall’s pio-
neering organic dairy family, dies at 88. Aug. 6 San Rafael approves a moratorium on second-story additions to its famous Eichler homes. Aug. 13 Andrea Martin, founder of the Breast Cancer Fund and who in 1994 was ﬁrst to notice Marin’s high breast cancer rate, dies at age 57, from brain cancer. Aug. 27 A three-person committee picked by the Novato City Council clears the Novato City Council of any wrongdoing in a street-repaving scandal that occurred when special requests from council members caused their streets to jump the line for upgrades. Sept. 3 Median price of Marin homes climbs to $756,000. Sept. 17 Marin County employees are directed by county ofﬁcials to minimize record keeping in an effort to thwart Patriot Act snooping. Oct. 1 College of Marin biology professor Jamie Deneris is revealed to have been the focus of a two-year FBI investigation triggered in 2001 after she delivered a lecture about biological terrorist attacks in which smallpox was mentioned. Somehow it got to the fe e feds that Deneris herself had a culture of the extremely rare r smallpox; only two know known cultures exist in the world— worl one in Moscow, another in Atlanta. Oc O t. 15 Marin voters Oct. overwhelmingly vote aga against recall the recal of Gr Gray Da avis, Davis,
but the guv goes down anyway by a 55 to 45 percent margin statewide. Arnold Schwarzenegger wins a trip to Sacto by defeating Cruz Bustamante 48 to 32 percent statewide.
Feb. 4 Town of San Anselmo receives court ruling that attorney Ford Greene cannot post megasigns on the side of his Sir Francis Drake building; Greene subsequently posted 16 little signs lined up side by side reading: “Expose psychopolitics’ lies/Demand a competent press/Burn the Bush house/Speak up and vote/Tell Europe no Hitler here.”
Nov. 12 John Robert Barossi, owner of a San Rafael auto shop, is charged with ﬁve felonies after stopping near College of Marin to ask a teenage girl for directions, pulling her into his pickup truck and leading police on a high-speed chase through Petaluma. Dec. 10 Wild turkeys overrun Marin after being extinct in California for thousands of years. Problem started in 1988 when they were reintroduced as a treat for hunters, but the turkeys have outsmarted their stalkers and are swarming the county. State wildlife ofﬁcials trying to ﬁgure out what to do.
2004 Jan. 7 Mill Valley Chamber ber of Commerce names the Paciﬁc Sun n its Business ess of the Yearr for 2004.
Jan. 28 William Randolph ph Hearstt III ﬁles lawsuit wsuit with th City of Mill Valle Valley ley over approval proval of Mountain tain Home e Inn’s disability isability acces access ess upgrades. es. Downslope pe neighbor or Hearst claims claim ms the ed parking would woul uld increased infringee upon his 5-acre re spread.
Feb. 11 Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey apologizes for writing letter to a sentencing judge in support of convicted rapist Stewart Pearson, the son of a Woolsey aide, after a stream of protests from victimsrights activists. March 3 Study ﬁnds Marin has fastest-aging population in state; by 2010 will have the highest median age. Half of Marin residents are 65 or older. Outspoken writer and cultural critic Grover Sales, of Belvedere, dies at age 84. March 10 San Anselmo resident Brian Oliva wins election challenge to his 12-year reign on the Ross Valley Sanitary District Board— then on election night he he’ss charged arged with drunk driv-
ing and violating probation. March 17 Mill Valley’s vaunted Sweetwater Saloon may move from its 33-year downtown location after whispers of irreconcilable differences emerge between saloon proprietors Thom and Becky Steere and the Aversa family, which owns the building. March 24 Marin realestate agents report market “going crazy” with singlefamily homes receiving multiple offers over asking prices—some by as much as $100,000. March 31 With the presidential election approaching, the home of Corte Madera author Gerald Nicosia is burglarized; lifted are ﬁles referencing John Kerry’s membership in Vietnam Veterans Against the War and FBI info on the Vietnam war hero from after he began speaking out against the war. April 28 Broderbund Software, the famous San Rafael company that gave computer geeks “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego,”” closes. Sandiego, May 12 Dominican University faces its second straight year of a more than $1 million shortfall. Stoking the ﬂames of y is controversy university
President Joseph Fink’s $380,000 salary—more than $100,000 over what presidents of similar-size private universities receive. Fink agrees to a 5 percent pay cut. Sixty-ﬁve percent of faculty approve a vote of no conﬁdence against the president; Fink admits to being out of touch with campus life and announces plans to schedule lunches with randomly selected students. May 19 Prominent Republicans meet in Tiburon and raise $80,000 for the upcoming presidential race—in support of Democrat John Kerry. The disaffected Republicans say Bush scares them. May 26 Vandals spraypaint “Cruel to Animals” on signs advertising upcoming Circus Chimera show in Novato, despite the fact that Circus Chimera uses no animals in its act. June 9 After suffering a vote of no conﬁdence by faculty, Dominican Dean p Fink receives Joseph endorsem endorsements for his ﬁscal plans b by the university’s board of trustees t and alumni board. June 23 Loch Lomond neighbor neighbors go ballistic when San Rafael Rock Quarry cranks up its crushingg and blasting in an effort to quickly barge rubble to a broken levee in the Delta. 14 >
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Aug. 18 California State Supreme Court nulliďŹ es 90 Marin same-sex marriages performed after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the marriage licenses earlier in the year. Mill Valley movie goers got more than extra butter on their popcorn when part of the Sequoia Theatreâ€™s ceiling came down during a packed screening; three are hospitalized, 27 treated for minor injuries. Aug. 25 San Anselmo residents report seeing a mountain lion eating a raccoon in a tree outside their home. Sept. 1 Mill Valley resident David Myers, cinematographer of such classics as THX-1138, Woodstock and The Last Waltz dies at age 90. Sept. 15 Fairfax man has car keyed and pro-Bush bumper sticker peeled offâ€” calls incident a hate crime. Dec. 1 Drivers along 101 at the Highway 1 northern off ramp are barraged with ďŹ‚ying rocks; numerous windshields shattered by mysterious hurlersâ€”one projectile thrown from a passing vehicle takes the hat off a CHP ofďŹ cer. The rock gang remains at large.
Jan. 12 U.S. Sen. (and former PaciďŹ c Sun reporter) Barbara Boxer signs on to a formal challenge of George W. Bushâ€™s election victory in Ohioâ€”only the second such challenge in the history of the nation. Feb. 2 Filmmaker Eric Steel, posing as a Golden Gate Bridge documentarian, ďŹ lms 19 suicides for a doc about bridge jumpers. Feb. 23 Sanctions loom on College of Marin, as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges cracks down for perceived deďŹ ciencies in governing policy. March 2 Bicycleautomobile road rage takes seemingly tragic turn when cyclist Torrin Arnold and driver James Arrigoni collide on Red Hill Avenue; claiming Arrigoni hit him intentionally, Arnold says he struck his head on the pavement and went blind. After the cyclist sought Braille training and a guide dog, a UCSF physician concludes that Arnold is faking his sight loss. March 9 Marin ofďŹ cially sanctions a Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier, as county supes vote unanimously to provide monetary assistance toward such an endeavor.
April 6 82-year-old Sarah Nomeâ€™s 14-month stay at Kaiser Medical Center in Terra Linda comes to an end when the patient is moved to a Contra Costa nursing home; Kaiser had been trying for months to evict Nome over its claim of $1 million in unpaid hospital bills. April 22 Marin Superior Court executive John Montgomery resigns in a swirl of controversy over the alleged approval of contracts totaling $670,000 to longtime girlfriend. June 10 Marin County ďŹ les suit over $220 million expansion of San Quentinâ€™s death row; meanwhile, Marin Assemblyman Joe Nation joins with Republican state Sen. Jeff Denham to demand the facilityâ€™s closure. June 17 The Dipsea marks its 100th year with win by 67-year-old Russ Kiernan. July 8 Driver challenges a $147 ticket for honking his horn in downtown Tiburon to support war protesters. July 22 With seismic retroďŹ t deadline looming and funds to pay for it in dire need, Sutter Health gives Marin Healthcare District ultimatum: grant the corporation an unending lease on Marin
Dec. 22 Median price for single family home tops $800,000; experts say rising values wonâ€™t reverse anytime soon.
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July 28 Marin Municipal Water District approve a yearlong desalination test plant that would be run from trailers near the Marin Rod and Gun Club off the San Pablo Bay.
General or we walk. Lawsuits are ďŹ led. Aug. 5 The Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit agency (SMART) receives more than $6 million in regional and federal transit funds to move ahead with proposal for cross-county rail commutingâ€”the battle over trains gains steam. Aug. 19 Sacramento consulting ďŹ rm recommends that the Marin Community College District consider closing College of Marinâ€™s Indian Valley Campus due to lack of enrollment. Nov. 11 A pair of Fairfax dogsâ€”a pit bull and Rottweilerâ€”go on rampage; killing spree includes two cats. A horse and another dog were attacked, but survived. Nov. 18 Reverend Jane Spahr, a minister with the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon, faces charges from her church over conducting same-sex marriages. Dec. 16 Thousands protest outside San Quentin over the execution of Crips-founder Stanley â€œTookieâ€? Williams; the convicted murderer of four who became an anti-gang advocate, childrenâ€™s book author and Nobel Prize nominee. Dec. 31 Storms slam Marin, reservoirs overďŹ‚ow, San Anselmo Creek jumps banks and turns town into Big Muddy West. Marin declared disaster area by guv; more than $100 million estimated damage.
2006 Jan. 6 Nearly 1,000 gallons of raw sewage spill from Ross Valley manhole cover after torrential rains ďŹ‚ood sanitary sewers with 50 million gallons of rainwater. Feb. 17 County residents are given ďŹ rst look at details for a planned $80 million retreat and conference center at Fort Baker. The project is set to include 144 rooms, a 12,000 square-foot healing arts center, a restaurant and 15,000 square-feet of conference space. Feb. 24 County supervisors announce theyâ€™ve abandoned hopes of blocking expansion at San Quentinâ€™s death row after two failed lawsuits. March 3 In response to a $100,000 offer to come up with an idea to change the world, Marin thinker Larry Brilliant proposes a huge computer centerâ€”the International System for Total Early Disease/Disaster Detection (INSTEDD) to monitor world news reports of emerging sickness, genocide or environmental catastrophe. March 10 A proposal for a 256-square-foot chessboard, designed by John Cutler, at Mill Valley Depot Plaza comes under ďŹ re from local aestheticians.
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March 31 Former Marin Superior Court executive John Montgomeryis arrested in Virginia on 10 counts of felony conďŹ‚ict of interest after allegedly granting $674,000 in contracts to girlfriend Linda Lau. May 26 Hearings begin in the case of Sausalito wine entrepreneur Mark Anderson, charged with 10 counts of embezzlement and stealing more than $1 million worth of wine. Hired to store wine at his Sausalito Cellars, Anderson allegedly sold the vino for his own proďŹ t and was also under suspicion for starting a 2005 ďŹ re at one of his storage facilities on Mare Island.
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