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›› LETTERS Where there’s smoke, there’s ire...
district. I wonder if it’s time for all Strawberry residents to review our commitment to the preservation of nature. Think about the recent tree cutting on Belloc Lagoon and the fast food, convenience store trash, and pet disposal bags that litter the area. They all hinder the stability of this sacred habitat. Let’s join hands and channel the spirit and legacy of Mrs. T. Sandy Donegan, Strawberry resident for 34 years
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Wood-burning ﬁreplaces are more hazardous to some than others...
I see our county supervisors are hoping to further limit secondhand smoke. A far, far greater health hazard (and a contributor to greenhouse gases) is burning wood in ﬁreplaces. As a county, we all want clean air—why are our supervisors not addressing the clear-and-present danger of woodsmoke? In terms of toxic substances and particulates, woodsmoke is the most dangerous thing we pump into our air. Leonard Peale, Mill Valley
Where there’s a Terwilliger, there’s a way “This is my country. Wherever I go, I will leave it more beautiful than I found it.” Our own Elizabeth Terwilliger’s words at the Reagan White House are more poignant than ever when I think of the state of our natural space in the Strawberry
It’s a common misconception that only “affordable” housing is subsidized. Most housing is subsidized, unaffordable housing most of all. Mortgage tax deductions for second and third homes are the tip of the iceberg. The network of roads, emergency response, policing, schools, garbage pickup, government buildings and services that support suburban and exurban ranch houses are subsidized by more densely packed housing and business. This unawareness of subsidies for unaffordable housing breeds contempt for poor people who live in ofﬁcially subsidized housing. This is epitomized by the Marin Housing Authority evicting Royce McLemore of Marin City for taking in her dying mother. Royce has been a community activist sticking up for Marin City residents for decades. She may have to Occupy Marin City, since the least-subsidized housing is a tent. If you support basic human decency, support Royce by calling Marin County Supervisors, the majority of Housing Authority board members, at 499-7331. Direct democracy that’s even easier than assembling a tent. Stephen Simac, Stinson Beach
TOP POSTINGS THIS WEEK Infamous death row inmate hangs self While camping in Oceanside in 1998, Wilson decided “the time had come to kill a person” and he went to a nearby playground where he followed 9-year-old... Read the full story... 30 Years of Class War Representative Ryan Tries the Old Generational War Trick to Divert Attention from His Side’s Class War By: Dean Baker Friday November 18, 2011 12:18 pm House Budget Com... SMART / MTC 15,000 new housing units Marin / Sonoma Why do politicians, including Judy Arnold, hide the fact that the SMART project includes building 15,000, high density housing units —That’s maybe 25,000 population increase....
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Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail of bullets from Colombian drug lords... My printer doesn’t work: My indignation and fear of losing our postal service makes me write in my clear hand to avoid delay. I remember—as a member of the League of Women If we allowed the grow- Voters—when the ers to mail the drugs U.S. Post Ofﬁce into us directly, we’d end come was put directly narcotics trafﬁcking into the federal pot AND save the USPS… to avoid accounting. Post ofﬁce buildings housed ofﬁces for FBI, IRS and various others, paying all housing and maintenance costs for those agencies. Thus these agencies got a free ride with no accounting in their budgets. Look it up—1950s, 1960s. I am very old-fashioned. I write actual letters, actual checks, and put stamps on them. I even write “thank you” notes immediately after a kindness or a gift! Yes, really. If enough of us become indignant, I pray we real people can slow the demise of actual letters. There is a long list of negative agencies which speed the destruction of our country by wasting money. The DEA strategy in Colombia is to promote the drug trade to keep their jobs. If there were a real desire to decrease drug use, the small farmers who are forced at gunpoint to grow it would be allowed to grow a crop that is legal, in order to live. The “gunnists” who sell guns openly to their gang cohorts in countries which ours wishes to dominate could be stopped. Think of the billions of dollars the United States would then be able to release to save the post ofﬁce. Frances Kelly, Mill Valley
Requiem for a hedgy weight Back on Oct. 17, there was a story in the news about an enormous cypress tree
that was being removed on Fifth Avenue in San Rafael. Having enjoyed this beautiful tree for the last 21 years, I felt I had to write an obituary after the article ended with, “No residents have called or written letters to complain about the removal of the cypress” It seemed that nobody cared about this great tree. My obit for the tree: The Fifth Avenue Cypress Tree passed away earlier this week after a period of declining health. The Cypress had been a San Rafael resident for the last 100 years. Born in 1911, the Fifth Avenue Cypress enjoyed the northern temperate region as most conifers do. The Fifth Avenue Cypress Tree’s family also included many junipers and redwoods throughout Northern California, including the famous “Lone Cypress” of Monterey. Even though the two trees were from the same Cupressaceae family, the Lone Cypress received all the publicity because nobody had heard of the Lone Cypress of Fifth Avenue. The Fifth Avenue Cypress will be remembered by all including canines throughout the Fifth Avenue/West End area who enjoyed the cypress as a great place to sniff and leave a message. Mark Maier, San Rafael
Got any good ones about crippled orphans? I think it’s about time to revive the “sick” joke, don’t you? Here’s my entry (do I hear a second?): To pay off all her medical bills, I hear Gabby Giffords is going to become a spokesperson for Campbell’s... [Editor’s note: We’d like to interrupt the hilarity for a moment to remind readers that the Pacific Sun letters page DOES have standards to uphold and that seeking guffaws from a woman being shot in the head, not to mention the joke’s unprinted punch line involving people in vegetative states, doesn’t adhere to the levels of taste, humor and common decency we hope readers expect from the Pacific Sun.] Bet you don’t print this! Craig Whatley, San Rafael
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Prop. 8 ‘standing’ at the altar Gay ‘I do’ foes can defend their ‘no you can’t’ stance, says state court by Ronnie Co he n
hen Alexis Wright and Liz Fuller set their wedding date, they hoped the courts would allow them to marry with all the beneﬁts that ﬂow from legal matrimony. Last week, the California Supreme Court dimmed their dreams when it ruled that sponsors of the state’s same-sex marriage ban have the right to defend it in a federal appeals court. As a result, the 2008 voter initiative known as Proposition 8 likely will be on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court but will remain in effect beyond Wright and Fuller’s planned nuptials on March 24. “My church recognizes my marriage, my family recognizes my marriage, my friends and my school community recognize it, and I wish my state would,” said Wright, a 30year-old seminary student who works and worships at the Community Congregation Church in Tiburon. “In our heart, this is our wedding. The state can continue their ﬁght as long as they want, but that doesn’t change the type of commitment we’re making.” In a unanimous, 61-page decision, California’s highest court said a coalition of religious groups that sponsored the gaymarriage ban has legal standing to defend the measure after a federal court judge found it violated the federal Constitution’s due-process and equal-protection clauses.
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Ordinarily, the governor and attorney general defend legal challenges to ballot propositions. But the elected ofﬁcials have refused to make a case for Proposition 8 because they believe it is unconstitutional. Opponents of gay marriage lauded last week’s decision. “We are delighted that the Supreme Court has clearly reafﬁrmed our right, as the ofﬁcial proponents of Prop. 8, to defend over 7 million Californians who amended their own state constitution to restore traditional marriage,” said Andrew Pugno, attorney for ProtectMarriage.com. “This ruling is a huge disaster for the homosexual marriage extremists.” In no way do Wright and Fuller see themselves as extremists. They describe themselves as a boring pair who enjoying nesting, going out for coffee and shopping at the farmers’ market. “We’re just a loving, committed couple who want to spent their lives together and, God willing, have children some day too,” Wright said. Attorneys for an Oakland lesbian couple and a Los Angeles gay couple who sued in federal court for the right to marry said they were happy the case had returned to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from its detour in the state Supreme Court. David Boies and Ted Olson, the liberal and conservative lawyers who squared off 10 >
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Marin Arts Council dropping Marin Open Studios? A group saying it represents the Marin Open Studios, long the flagship event of the Marin Arts Council, said this week that the countywide art show will no longer be run by its financially strapped parent organization. In a press release issued Nov.22, the newly formed Marin Open Studios Reorganization Committee said,“Marin Open Studios is no longer a program of Marin Arts Council,” and announced a Dec. 7 meeting at the Arts Council offices in San Rafael to brainstorm ideas to save the 19th incarnation of the Open Studios, currently slated for May 2012. “First we want to let [supporters] know that all MOS 2012 registration deposits paid to date are being refunded,” continued the press statement.“At this time, uncertainty exists as to whether the event will occur, so it is prudent to return all deposits.” Committee officials are predicting standing room only for the save-the-open-studios meeting, which is a good thing since,“due to lack of funds,” officials say,“there will be no chairs to sit on.” Marin Open Studios is one of the county’s premier art events—featuring as many as 275 artists from across Marin who each pay between $220 and $375 to take part. Last May’s open studios drew 50,000 visitors. Calls to Marin Arts Council board president Peter Friend were not returned as of press time, but the Arts Council did release a press statement that describes Marin Open Studios’ fate, though not its association with the Arts Council, as “in question.” Kay Carlson, co-founder of MOS in 1994 and current Arts Council board member, says the county art community must “step up” to save the open studios. “For Open Studios 2012 to happen,” says Carlson,“we will need the support of every Marin artist, art lover and business. The arts are a significant economic engine in Marin. For every dollar spent on the arts, four more dollars are spent in Marin. We will be reaching out for help in the form of financial support, in-kind donations and volunteerism.” Recessionary strains on the Arts Council—as well as a membership drop over the past two years from nearly 1,000 to just over 500—have crippled the group; in October, its new board of directors cut the executive director position in a budgetary move. (Former director Argo Thompson was subsequently hired earlier this month as development director at 142 Throckmorton Theatre.) Also on Tuesday, the Arts Council announced it was no longer accepting memberships to the organization. The council has estimated about 500 members pay between $25 and $150 to belong. MAC officials say some current programs are being referred to other nonprofit organizations in the hope that they can continue, including the TeamWorks art classes for at-risk youth and the Marin Poet Laureate program. Marin Open Studios was not mentioned among the programs up for grabs. In a statement to supporters meant to offer a “frank assessment of ‘what’s actually happening’” at the council, Arts Council officials likened its board members to C.B. Sullenberger, the pilot who became a national hero in 2009 when he safely landed a U.S. Airways flight and its 155 passengers on the Hudson River after the plane became disabled upon striking a flock of geese after takeoff. “A bit like Sully Sullenberger at the controls of a failing craft, MAC’s new board is faced 10 > with a tough choice of trying to get the engines firing again or guiding MAC to the
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1. Pictured, right: Located on Airport Road in Novato, what is the name of Marin County’s only airport? 2.What do we call the male, the female and the young bears? 3. Pilgrims of the Plymouth colony, and the local Indians, celebrated the first Thanksgiving after their first harvest in 1621. Which of these beverages did the Pilgrims drink at their Thanksgiving meal: coffee, tea, wine or beer? 4.During the Cold War, what was the most populous country, after the USSR, behind the iron curtain? 5. What was discovered in 1867 along the Orange River in South Africa that led to a rush of fortune seekers from all over the world? 6. Pictured, right: What singer in 2011 became the first woman in music history to spawn five No. 1 singles from one album? 7. A spotlight operator can create millions of different colors of light just by mixing what three colors? 8. What actress in the 1960s said,“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made”? 9. To travel the seven miles from Detroit, Michigan, to Windsor, Ontario, you would move in what general direction? 10. If you put into an empty piggy bank 1 cent the first day, then add 2 cents the second day, 4 cents the third day, doubling your contribution each day, how much money will be in the piggy bank altogether, after two weeks? BONUS QUESTION: Pictured, right: In 1936 she became the first woman named Time magazine’s person of the year. She was famous not so much because of any accomplishment, but because of how her marriage changed the world.Who was she? Howard Rachelson welcomes your questions (we’ll give you credit) and invites you to live team trivia contests at the Broken Drum in San Rafael on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm. Contact him at email@example.com.
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WBill Burke noticed a dog leaving a large pile of poop next to the deer statue in downtown San Anselmo. The woman with the dog sat down next to her friend, ignoring the mess. Bill politely offered her a bag. “It’s not my dog,” she replied. (As a Pink Panther fan, her answer is mildly amusing; however, not when a steaming mound of matter recently left the pooch.) Bill presented the bag to the other woman and she accepted it. After spending time in a store, Bill was on his way back to his car. Unbelievably, the poop was still there. Retrieving another plastic bag from his car, he picked up the waste and threw it away. A mom with kids playing nearby thanked him. So do we.—Nikki Silverstein
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VJamie Gray passed away unexpectedly earlier this month, leaving behind her daughter Lauren, a senior at Novato High School. A single mother, Ms. Gray adopted Lauren in China and they made their home in Marin. An excellent student, Lauren planned to go to college next year, but it seemed ﬁnances might impede her dream. Enter Bradley Real Estate, where Ms. Gray worked. The company has started a fund to assist the college-bound young woman with school expenses. Friends and colleagues of Ms. Gray are contributing, as are the families of Lauren’s classmates. With no other close family, the fund will make the difference for Lauren’s aspirations. To contribute to the Jamie Gray Memorial Fund, please contact a Circle Bank branch near you.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Storage Wars Marathon You just got home with your SUV packed with Black Friday buys and now you can relax and watch what happens to all that stuff. A&E. All Night. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer This sounds eerily similar to Newt Gingrich’s Social Security plan. CW. 8pm. A Christmas Carol:The Musical With Kelsey Grammar in the lead role, Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Bimbos Past, the Ghost of Singing Lessons Needed and the Ghost of Series Yet to Be Canceled. (2004) Lifetime.8pm. Late Show with David Letterman Beavis and Butt-head creator Mike Judge explains why he brought the duo back after watching the first 34 GOP debates and deciding he could“raise the level of discourse.” CBS. 11:35pm.
don’t look mangled and mix Prozac into the eggnog to get Mom off her bummer rant. (2010) Lifetime. 8pm. Hawaii Five-0 When pirates attack a cruise ship, the police wait until they’ve hit the all-you-can-eat buffet a few times, gotten a few spa treatments and are too lethargic to fight back. CBS. 10pm.
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TUESDAY, NOV. 29 Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer A reindeer and an elf are treated cruelly by their community and wander off to find the Island of Misfit Toys, where differences are celebrated in this metaphor for growA Whoville ‘job creator’ at work, Monday at 8. ing up gay in America. SATURDAY, NOV. 26 CBS. 8pm. Tom & Jerry and the Baby High When did teenage pregnancy Wizard of Oz In this version, they don’t just pour water on the witch.They drop an anvil become a spectator sport? MTV. 8pm. on her first. (2011) Cartoon Network. 6pm. Late Show with David Letterman Just The 85th Anniversary of the Macy’s because Johnny Depp is appearing, it Thanksgiving Parade A fond look back at doesn’t mean he has another lame Pirates when the giant balloon animals were towed of the Caribbean movie coming out. But that by starving immigrants and the Gilded Age doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. robber barons were carried on the backs of CBS. 11:35pm. child laborers, kind of like now really. NBC. 8pm. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30 A Muppets ChristLand of the Lost In the remake of the ‘70s mas Mostly the Muppets wish for “that guy children’s adventure show,Will Ferrell stars to get his hand out of my ass.” CW. 8pm. as the dad. Donald Trump has a bit part as Zombieland Zombies roam the landscape Sleestak #5. (2009) USA Network. 10pm. devouring anything they see, kind of like the food court around 4pm on Black Friday. SUNDAY, NOV. 27 I Caveman: Back to the (2009) FX. 8pm. Stone Age A new series in which modern-day THURSDAY, DEC. 1 The humans attempt to live Santa Clause Tim Allen with Stone Age impleplays a businessman who ments, and they’re not is inadvertently recruited talking about dial-up conto be the next Santa Claus. nections and cell phones He starts growing a big that don’t have a Facebelly and a great white book function. Discovery beard and a hearty ho-hoChannel. 7pm. ho.We thought he’d have Desperately Seeking to develop a drinking Santa A beautiful execu- Well, that explains all the song-and-dance problem and a criminal tive falls in love with the numbers. Tuesday, 8pm. record too, but that’s only winner of a Santa conif he wants to be a departtest. If she’s that beautiful, she’ll get what ment store Santa. (1994) ABC Family. 7pm. she wants as soon as she sits on Santa’s lap. CMA Country Christmas Christmas in the (2011) ABC Family. 8pm. red states is just like anywhere else, but the Mitch Albom’s Have a Litle Faith A rabbi eggnog is spiked with meth. ABC. 9pm. and a pastor have a deep effect on an Weed Wars A series follows life in the world’s author’s life. And they don’t even walk into a biggest medical marijuana dispensary in bar. (2011) ABC. 9pm. Oakland where people are treated with cannabis for dire conditions like hangnails, danMONDAY, NOV. 28 How the Grinch Stole druff and the dreaded“my elbow feels kind of Christmas This year, it’s “How the 1 Percent stiff sometimes.”Discovery Channel.10pm. < Stole Your 401(k).” ABC. 8pm. Turn on more TV Guy at ›› paciﬁcsun.com NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 9
< 8 Prop 8 ’standing‘ at the altar in the 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ﬁght for the White House, said they expect the federal appeals court to uphold federal Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 opinion striking down Proposition 8. Sponsors of the ban have moved to invalidate the landmark decision on the grounds that Walker was in a decade-long relationship with another man when he ruled. He acknowledged his relationship with a physician after retiring from the bench. Chief Judge James Ware, Walker’s replacement on the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, rejected Proposition 8 proponents’ motion to void the historic decision because of Walker’s love interest. But the Proposition 8 sponsors have appealed Ware’s decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In January, the same federal appeals court asked the state Supreme Court for guidance on another matter—whether Proposition 8’s sponsors have legal standing to defend the measure. Last week’s state Supreme Court’s ruling does not bind the federal appellate court. But, because the federal court solicited the opinion and said it would follow it, both parties in the case expect the federal court to do so. “The initiative power would be signiﬁcantly impaired if there were no one to assert the state’s interest in the validity of the measure when elected ofﬁcials decline to defend it in court or to appeal a judgment invalidating the measure,” Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote in the state Supreme Court opinion. “In sum, even though the ofﬁcial proponents of an initiative measure are not public ofﬁcials, the role they play in asserting the state’s interest in the validity of an initiative measure in this judicial setting does not threaten the democratic process or the proper governance of the state, but, on
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the contrary, serves to safeguard the unique elements and integrity of the initiative process,” she concluded. Boies and Olson described the state Supreme Court’s participation in the case as a 10-month detour on the road to marriage equality. “It’s been way too long,” said Olson, former U.S. solicitor general under George W. Bush. “We are very anxious to move forward on the merits. “We’re very hopeful for a relatively prompt decision vindicating the rights of gays and lesbians under the United States Constitution and the long period of suffering for gay and lesbian couples will soon be over.” The California Supreme Court cleared the way for gay and lesbian marriages in May 2008. Some 18,000 same-sex couples married in the state between that June and November, when voters narrowly approved Proposition 8 in the most expensive initiative battle in history. The state Supreme Court ultimately upheld the validity of both the 18,000 marriages and the gaymarriage ban. The meat of Boies and Olson’s lawsuit is being heard in federal court because the two attorneys claim Proposition 8 violates the federal Constitution. Many legal scholars expect the federal appellate court in San Francisco to uphold Walker’s decision striking down the initiative. Even the president of the National Organization for Marriage, the largest contributor to the campaign to qualify Proposition 8 for the ballot, predicted his side would lose in the 9th Circuit. “We fully expect the 9th Circuit, the most overturned court in America, to invalidate Prop. 8, ﬁnding some phony right to samesex marriage in the U.S. Constitution,” said Brian Brown. “However, once this case gets out of San Francisco and reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, we fully expect to be victorious.” Legal experts are not predicting what will happen at the highest court in the land. If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it could open marriage to gays and lesbians throughout the country. On the other hand, it could set back marriage equality in the District of Columbia and the six states that now recognize same-sex marriages. “Going up to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s very exciting that it could become a right nationwide,” Wright said. “Of course, then comes the ﬂip side—what if they don’t ﬁnd in our favor? I hold out tremendous hope because humanity tends to tip toward what is right. The balance tips toward progress.” Ironically, in the three years since Proposition 8 outlawed same-sex marriage in California, public opinion has shifted so signiﬁcantly that the slim majority that passed the measure in 2008 likely would vote against it today. Between 2010 and 2011, support for gay marriage surged 9 percent among Americans. In just the past year, Gallup and other polls registered a shift from 44 percent approval to 53 percent approval for gay marriage. < Email Ronnie Cohen at email@example.com.
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softest landing possible,” concluded the statement, credited to Marin Arts Council Board of Directors and Staff.“At this moment, it is unclear whether MAC can be carried aloft or must belly land. The MAC board and staff have been working feverishly with creditors, funders of all types, and a host of technical professionals in an effort to stabilize MAC.”
Fireman’s Fund clears the air, wins contest Fireman’s Fund Insurance is known for its history of supporting firefighters—but now it’s clearing smoke in its own right. At least that’s what the Bay Area Air Quality Management District found in naming the Novatobased company among its top seven winners in its Great Race for Clean Air contest. According to BAAQMD, the Great Race contest is meant to “encourage the use of commute alternatives such as transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking and bicycling rather than driving solo to work.” Honors were bestowed on the companies that managed to lower its C02 output the most during the months of September and October of this year. Fireman’s Fund was Marin’s top carbon-saver. Other winners include AT&T in Contra Costa County; the U.S. Coast Guard in Alameda County; Agilent Technologies in Sonoma County; Adobe in Santa Clara County; Gilead Sciences in San Mateo County; and Herrero Contractors in San Francisco. Jack Broadbent, an executive officer with the air quality district, applauded Fireman’s Fund for taking the initiative to find greener ways to work for its employees. “Participants in the Great Race showed that we all can find alternatives to driving alone to work,” said Broadbent.“When employees shift their commute, they can save time, money and stress while sparing the air.” BAAQMD states that over the last two months 1,619 employees from 189 companies logged in their daily “air-friendly” commutes and, according to calculations, approximately 435 tons of CO2 were saved by employees who chose not to drive to work alone. Infamous San Quentin inmate hangs self A San Quentin death-row inmate was found hanged in his cell last week, reports the Associated Press. Brandon Wilson, 33, was pronounced dead in the early morning of Nov. 17. Wilson’s crime was one of the most infamous acts to make international headlines in the 1990s. While camping in Oceanside in 1998, Wilson decided “the time had come to kill a person” and he went to a nearby playground where he followed 9-year-old Matthew Cecchi into a public restroom and stabbed him repeatedly with a hunting knife while the boy’s aunt waited outside. At his trial, he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, saying God had told him to commit the murder. He was sentenced to death in 1999. Nineteen inmates have committed suicide at San Quentin since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978; 13 inmates have been executed over that same time period. History Museum names new director Marin’s got a new head historian—Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman has been named as the Marin History Museum’s new director. Kaufman, a Marin native, has for the past five years been the collections manager for the museum and recently ran operations at the Boyd Gate House, the museum’s flagship exhibit space. Kaufman has enough museum experience to practically, er, fill a museum— she earned her master’s in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley in 2009 and has worked at the Oakland Museum and the Charles M. Shulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa. She’s also co-authored the Marin History Museum’s latest book, Modern San Rafael: 19402000, with the museum’s librarian Jocelyn Moss, due out this spring. Board president Carleton Prince says he’s “delighted” Kaufman will pick up the reins at the76-year-old institution. “Michelle combines a strong museum-based education with hands-on experience that will be key to managing the museum today and realizing our potential tomorrow,” says Prince.“To lead the museum’s mission to ‘inspire honor for the past, an understanding of the present, and an imagination of the future’ is a tall order in these challenging economic times—but Michelle is the right person to meet those challenges and turn them into opportunities.” Kaufman has been managing day-to-day operations for the museum’s two facilities— the Boyd Gate House in San Rafael, and the Collections & Research Facility in Novato— since February, when former director Merry Alberigi was removed by the board in what was referred to as a “restructuring” move. Alberigi’s departure came amid the history museum’s struggles to find funding for its ambitious Marin Rocks project at 850 Fourth St. in San Rafael, a performance-space and music museum celebrating Marin’s place in rock ‘n’ roll history. The sluggish economy has shackled the project’s fundraising goals—Marin Rocks’ opening date has been delayed multiple times and about half the museum staff has been cut along the way. The Boyd Gate House is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm, and the Collections & Research Facility is open to researchers by appointment. For information, visit www.marinhistory.org or call 415/454-8538.
Neighbors charge mound in Albert Park baseball dustup…
o other endeavor epitomizes the vision of small-town America, romantic past and present reality, than minor league baseball. Hollywood types knew that when they made Bull Durham. Although that movie looked into the lives and loves of players on their way up and down the baseball ladder, it didn’t reveal the real world of minor league baseball, a world that came to San Rafael this year. A proposal to bring minor league ball to Albert Park touched a nerve. Many saw the possibility as an afﬁrmative addition to San Rafael and Marin, an embodiment of the “small-town character” so often mentioned when city governments deliberate a new proposal of almost any kind. Almost nothing can be more “small town” than a minor league baseball team, supporters contend. The proposed team, the San Rafael Paciﬁcs, would provide a welcome addi-
tion to the family b y P e t e r entertainment possibilities during the summer months; the team also could add revenue to city coffers. A minor league team can bring millions of dollars in ancillary revenue to a town and give a boost to local schools and charities through cross promotions. What could go wrong with a proposal like that? But this is Marin. Neighbors in the Albert Park area say the proposed team will create unacceptable noise and trafﬁc impacts. They hired attorney Dotty LeMieux to represent their interests. On behalf of the neighbors, LeMieux ﬁled a lawsuit raising a California Environmental Quality Act challenge. It’s a common tactic here for opponents of almost everything. The lawsuit says the city erred in its assertion that the baseball team’s proposal needs no environmental review under CEQA.
“We’re not against baseball,” LeMieux says. “We just want them to play by the rules.” She says an intrinsic part of a minor league team is the focus on family entertainment, which gives parents a chance to pass on values, set good examples—such as following the rules. “When you do a project like this, you need to have an environmental review. They were going to do that, but instead of doing a review they came back with this somewhat truncated project. But it’s still a greatly increased use of the space. It still increases the number of people that can be there. They’re planning to play baseball 45 days a year, which will keep some of the amateur and semi-pro people out, and there are going to be trafﬁc issues,” which have not been adequately addressed. Those issues should be looked at to determine
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whether a full environmental review is appropriate for the baseball proposal. It’s not exactly evocative of the romantic crack-ofthe bat vision. Lost in much of the debate is exactly who wants to come to town. The team would be the start of a new stable of minor league ball teams in the Bay Area. It’s a tough proposition; teams have tried to make the North Bay home before, but they haven’t lasted. Mike Shapiro is president and general manager of Centerﬁeld Partners, an LLC corporation that bought the rights to run minor league teams in the Bay Area. Brian Clark, known in the aviation industry for playing a key role in bringing Virgin America to, well, America, started Centerﬁeld. “His avocation is baseball,” says Shapiro of Clark. “He had this vision and dream that he could form a company that could own and operate multiple 12> NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011 PACIFIC SUN 11
< 12 Aaay, batta-batta! minor league teams in the Bay Area.” Clark retained Shapiro to put together a business plan and scout locations for the teams. “The ﬁrst place I took him to was Albert Park because I had played there as a semi-pro player, and my sons currently play there as high school players.” Shapiro played centerﬁeld at Albert Park from 1974 all the way to 1993 on a variety of semi-pro teams. “I played on so many, it’s hard to remember now,” says the Corte Madera resident. His history at the ballpark raises one of the issues on which Centerﬁeld and the city rested their contention that the proposal should be categorically exempt from needing a full environmental review. “The truth of the matter is that since [Albert Park] was built in the 1950s, it has hosted a wide range of activities, even some professional exhibition games. There also were collegiate, high school and Little League activities, all levels of play.”
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LEMIEUX AND THE neighbors who object don’t buy the contention that because Albert Park has been the site of past baseball activity, the city should open its arms to professional minor league play without an environmental review. The city has failed to assess the difference between the current usage and what will happen when minor league guys step up to the plate. “Even today with the teams that are there, balls hit the walls of nearby apartments.” Players for the Paciﬁcs, says LeMieux, “will be professional players. They are heavy hitters.” That needs to be reviewed. When Centerﬁeld ﬁrst approached the city in April about plans to bring minor league ball to Albert Park, the company proposed adding 800 temporary seats to a 700-seat grandstand. Centerﬁeld also said it would upgrade bathrooms, install netting behind home plate and add other improvements. But neighbors soon voiced their objections. Centerﬁeld responded by reducing the scope of its proposal. The new plan calls for adding just 100 seats and providing free parking. Neighbors said that without free parking, those attending games wouldn’t use designated parking and would clog neighborhood streets. Centerﬁeld agreed to the no-fee parking plan. In addition, a committee will review activity during the season and act as a liaison between the neighborhood, the team and the city. That came about during discussions with the city, Centerﬁeld and the neighbors, says Shapiro. “They said they needed a venue to focus and direct their comments and concerns, and they wanted responsiveness. I said we would do that as a matter of course.” Centerﬁeld also agreed to put aside its desire for a three-year lease and sign a one-year agreement with the city. At the end of the ﬁrst year, Centerﬁeld can go back to the city for an extension, which Shapiro is conﬁdent Centerﬁeld 12 PACIFIC SUN NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 1, 2011
As the City Council shouts ‘Play ball!’—nearby Gerstle Park neighbors are chanting, ‘gimme an E, gimme an I, gimme an R!’
will be able to secure after a season goes by with few problems. San Rafael City Councilman Damon Connolly and Mayor Al Boro served on a subcommittee that went out to the community prior to the city council voting on the team’s proposal. The council voted twice, both times giving Centerﬁeld a unanimous nod to round third and head home. “It’s fair to say that the process got off to a rocky start,” says Connolly. “Neighbors expressed concerns that they weren’t being heard. In response to that, we made a point to meet with the neighbors. By the end of the process, I was satisﬁed that this will be a good opportunity for the city, and I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from the community on the vote. I hope [the team] will be a boost to local business and provide a source of family entertainment.” Connolly says the city decided the proposal could be exempt from an initial environmental review because of the process the city undertook to get community input, which led to the scaled-down proposal and the concessions to which Centerﬁeld agreed. City Councilman Greg Brockbank came up short in his bid for the mayor’s chair in the recent election; he’s leaving the council and has no ax to grind. He says the neighbors “are overly concerned” about the impacts from the Paciﬁcs playing at Albert Park. “There won’t be any night use. There might be slightly larger crowds, and maybe their PA system will be used a little more often than it is now,” but the impacts “won’t be unduly burdensome.” Brockbank acknowledges the neighbors’ concerns over the increased commotion and clamor that will occur, but he points out that the neighborhood already has noise and impacts from the local farmers’ market and the current activities at the park. “Some people think they ought to have the right to have their windows open on a summer night and not have to hear baseball noise.” But the crack of the bat
already sounds in the park, proponents reiterate. It’s also true, as LeMieux points out, that the players cracking the bats now aren’t heavy-hitter pros. Still, when a prospective homeowner buys property next to an airport—or a baseball ﬁeld—it’s reasonable to assume that some noise will emanate from what should be an expected use. Centerﬁeld is proceeding with plans to start its 45-game season for the Paciﬁcs in May, barring legal delays. The Paciﬁcs will be part of the North American Baseball League, which includes teams in California, Hawaii, Texas and Canada. Commissioner Kevin Outcalt says a team in Nevada may be a new addition. “We’re still working on a few team inclusions. We have our league winter meeting the ﬁrst week of December, and we’ll come up with our draft schedule then.”
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THE NORTH AMERICAN MERICAN Baseball League is independent, den nt, which means it’s not afﬁliated with major league teams. It’s been in existence for eight years, according to Outcalt. For six of those years, it was known as the Golden Gate Baseball League, with teams mostly on the West Coast. Last year, the league expanded and rebranded itself as the North American League. ue system The minor league in baseball includess a “farm acch afﬁlisystem” of teams, each eaague team. ated with a major league
In the farm system, AAA teams are closest to the majors; AA is one notch down; and A teams are for newcomers to professional ball. The goal is to produce players for the afﬁliated major league teams. Winning games is less important than working with players to make them credible major league prospects. Independent minor league teams, like the Paciﬁcs, play to win, although players on independent teams unafﬁliated with major league teams can and do advance to the majors. “Most of the North American League players will be players that played in major league organizations and were released,” says Outcalt. “About half the team will have AA or AAA experience. The other half will be A players or a few college guys. It’s tough to make a team in our league if you have no professional experience because the level of play is very high.” The history of minor league ball in the North Bay shows how tough it is to bring a team to the area and survive. The Sonoma County Crushers called Rohnert Park Stadium home until ﬁnancial reality ended the dream about 10 years ago. A plan to bring an afﬁliated minor league team to Windsor met with opposition from the San Francisco Giants, which controls the North Bay territory for afﬁliated minor league teams. Shapiro, who says he has two physical handicaps—he’s short and a lefty—wound up in baseball management. He worked with the Giants and the Braves and was senior vice president of the Washington Nationals before returning to Marin to join Centerﬁeld Partners. “This offers me an opportunity to take all I learned in the majors and bring it down to the community level. I can’t imagine having any more fun. I just turned 60 this year, but I’m way more immature than that.” < Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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o say that Ed and Nancy Boyce are involved in all that is good in Marin County wouldn’t be a far stretch from the truth. The couple, Washington state natives who relocated to Marin County 40 years ago, have risen above and beyond the calls of their medical background duties through working with and/or supporting more than 60 local nonproﬁt programs through their organization, MarinLink. With the mission statement of linking people, services and products for health, sustainability, education, spirituality and business for the entire Marin community, MarinLink manages to beneﬁt not just the needy, but all residents. Just contemplating the magnitude of the work they do in the community is enough to make anyone exhausted. Still, the couple stay engaged. “This is just really fun to do,” says Nancy Boyce in MarinLink’s Northgate Mall ofﬁce location. Nancy worked as a nurse for almost four decades, in public health and as a school nurse, where she established the Marin Community Foundation-funded project Marin County Preschool Health Manual. The project, a collaboration between the Marin County Ofﬁce of Education and the Marin School Nurses Organization, was among the reasons she was recognized as one of Marin’s Public Health Heroes in 2003. Although Ed claims that it may be a bit of an exaggeration, many locals refer to him as the man who has delivered more babies than any other doctor in Marin. An advocate for both home and hospital births, some of Ed’s deliveries even took place in the Boyces’ home. A key player in helping local midwives obtain hospital privileges, Ed trained the county’s ﬁrst nurse practitioner and is the former medical director for Planned Parenthood Marin. He is still active in the medical community through work with Marin General Hospital, where he serves as a member of the
Physician Well-Being Committee. Though ofﬁcially retired from their medical careers, the couple, who live out near China Camp, are anything but idle. “We’re really trying to get people connected so they can work collaboratively,” says Nancy. And the Boyces are indeed the ones to contact when looking for nonproﬁt resources. If they aren’t already directly involved in a project, they certainly know others who are. Serving as a ﬁscal sponsor, partner, community service site and/or a service learning connection, the Boyces—along with MarinLink executive director and co-founder, Mary O’Mara— have a long list of hands-on projects. Project Homeless Connect, Safe Passage along Lucas Valley Road, Novato Community Garden, Warm Wishes, which provides 5,000 backpacks to homeless throughout the Bay Area, and the Marin County Stroke Resource Directory, to name just a few. And if that list doesn’t ﬁll their time at MarinLink, the Boyces have been involved with Dominican University’s School of Nursing, Marin Interfaith Council, Healthcare for All, Marin Child Care Council, Commonweal Advisory and the Sierra Club, which awarded them in 2010 for their involvement with their environmental and social justice endeavors. In addition to attending meetings, offering support and organizing events like the Warm Wishes volunteer day, where community members stuff backpacks with hats, gloves and other winter necessities, the Boyces and MarinLink redistribute funds to much-needed local community projects to ensure their long-term success. Last year, the dollar amount was at a whopping half-million mark. 14> Ed and Nancy Boyce are the epitome of what its like to live a life of service. The couple manage to continue making the already wonderful county of Marin an even better place for people from all walks of life. For this, the Paciﬁc Sun is proud to award them with our Community Spirit Heroes of Marin award. <
MarinLink has been ‘filling unmet community needs’ since 2005; the Boyces have been meeting Marin’s needs for decades.
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+Ed, who has delivered countless babies in Marin County and is a champion for women’s health, has a delivery room named after him at Marin General Hospital.
+In 2010, volunteerism through MarinLink was valued at $134,000.
+MarinLink’s Stroke Resource Guide has printed more than 1,000 copies in its ﬁrst printing. Major donors to the project are Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Kentﬁeld rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Marin General Hospital and Marin Healthcare District Board. +MarinLink became an ofﬁcial 501(c)3 in 2004.
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ithin moments of meeting Elaine Petrocelli, fellow book lovers feel simultaneously at ease and enthused. Her support of writers and love for the written word are as contagious as the unbridled energy she utilizes to run Marin County’s busiest independent literary mecca, Book Passage. Since opening the doors to Book Passage in 1976, Petrocelli and her husband and business partner, Bill Petrocelli, have lured authors from around the globe as featured guests at the store’s 700-plus author events each year. Not content to sit at a desk all day, Petrocelli is regularly on-site for events, often introducing the authors who ﬂock to Marin during book tours. The list of guests is immense and includes luminaries such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Arianna Huffington, Jimmy Carter, Amy Tan, Isabel Allende, Anthony Bourdain, Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon and many, many more. Petrocelli has also played a crucial role in the success of many emerging writers by hosting their book signings and tirelessly promoting new talent. Some authors, such as former Book Passage employee Jasmin Darznik, even wrote their books in the store’s cozy cafe. “It grew on its own,” says a smiling Petrocelli on a recent day in the bustling Corte Madera store. “We didn’t start off thinking, ‘famous authors.’ We started with local writers.” Still, both big names and emerging authors are sent to Marin by publishing companies because of the extraordinary reputation Petrocelli holds in the larger literary community. “The publishers look to Book Passage because they know our community buys books and supports the writers,” she says. Homing in on what lit lovers throughout Marin are hungry for, Petrocelli schedules a variety of events in order to keep Book Passage’s doors open and accessible to a diverse pool of readers. As many as four events—appealing to young families, 9-to-5ers and everyone in between—may be
hosted on any given day. But Petrocelli’s commitment doesn’t stop with the array of author events hosted at the store or in partnership with organizations such as the Marin Osher JCC or Dominican University. In addition to the readings, Petrocelli has also been instrumental in bringing three annual writers’ conferences to Marin—the Mystery Writers Conference, the Conference for Children’s Writers & Illustrators, and the Travel Writers & Photography Conferences are all held at Book Passage’s Corte Madera store each summer. The store also hosts a variety of classes and workshops—everything from the popular Cooks with Books series to conversational German, memoir, erotica and mystery writing, marketing your book and French literature—taught by local writers and artists. Petrocelli even utilizes a local approach to Marin book deliveries, pointing out a driver from Ross Valley Pharmacy who checks a shelf outside of her ofﬁce. “Marin residents can have orders delivered the same day as purchased,” she says of one of Book Passage’s unique, local-business relationships. But perhaps most impressive, is that in addition to hosting the Bay Area’s best literary events, Petrocelli is committed to supporting Marin’s community beyond the bookstore. Book Passage has helped raise funds for several nonproﬁt organizations such as Hospice of Marin, Marin Community Clinic, Canal Alliance, Marin Abused Women Services, Marin AIDS Project, Marin Education Fund and several others. On the brink of what many fear is an age of extinction for print—as books steadily become replaced by electronic gadgets—Petrocelli attributes the store and its programs’ successes to the Marin community. “I am not sure Book Passage would work anywhere else,” she says. “Marin supports authors and understands that a person may have spent four years or more working on a book and they know that buying a book is a way to support them.” Elaine Petrocelli breathes life into the
If Cicero was right when he said, “A room without books is like a body without a soul”—then Elaine Petrocelli has made Book Passage the most soulful place in Marin.
rich and vibrant community of worldclass talent and readers that make up Marin’s thriving literary community. Her role as an advocate, die-hard book lover
and all-around enthusiastic and amazing woman is what makes her our inaugural Hero of Marin County’s Arts and Culture. <
Hero FYI + Book Passage ﬁrst opened 35 years ago and has been in its current location in Corte Madera for 25 years, where Elaine and her team provide new and used books, magazines, gift items and a lovely cafe for customers. + Though the list of authors she’s hosted is as long as it is impressive, Elaine Petrocelli would still love to host ﬁrst lady Michelle Obama at Book Passage. + Dominican University now offers graduate credit to students who take workshops through Book Passage. + Book Passage’s bi-monthly newsletter reaches more than 40,000 people worldwide.
+ In addition to the conferences, classes, workshops, author events and food events at Book Passage, the store is also home to several salons. Left Coast Writers, Writing Mamas Salon, Kid Lit Salon and the California Writers Club all hold monthly meetings at Book Passage. + Elaine Petrocelli is the ﬁrst person I’ve interviewed to receive a call from Isabel Allende during the course of the interview. Proof that both readers and writers love her. + Book Passage sells eBooks through its website www.bookpassage.com at the same cost as other major sellers. + Book Passage advises more than 300 book clubs!
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