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›› LETTERS Got to be a ‘stumbling pothead’ to properly appreciate Beatles... Good article [“Vet the Beatles”]. We all have our own ideas of the “greatest rock ’n’ roll” band “of all time,” of course. I was out of high school, in college in 1967, just stumbling into marijuana when I first heard the Beatles albums. Taking the Beatles out of that context, 20-some years later misses the impact to those of us just out of the ’50s, born in the Glenn Miller era then into Elvis and Little Richard. Sgt. Pepper’s impact was almost spiritual at that time and the truth is I can’t subjectively “rate” the band. I did get sick of them for a while, but then my own children, born in the 1980s, revived them without any input from me whatsoever. I think you underrate the Beatles, however, for their musical inventiveness and inspiration they provided, certainly to me, of a much wider “idea” of what constitutes popular music. Mike Gamble, Santa Rosa
[Editor’s note: Good points, Mike. I must say, though, that your statement that I “underrate” the Beatles by suggesting they’re not the greatest band of all time is somewhat telling about how overrated they may truly be. That’s not a knock on the band, by the way. It’s no surprise that children discover the Beatles before they get into other bands—I think one of the Fab Four’s few major flaws was their cloying insistence on writing songs about furry little animals and adorable smalltown folk (this is mostly a Paul McCartney
affectation). “Yellow Submarine,” “Rocky Raccoon,” “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,” “Mean Mr. Mustard”...it’s no wonder the Sex Pistols fired Glen Matlock because “he liked the Beatles too much.”]
Your mother should know Enjoyed reading your “Vet the Beatles” in the Sun—but in the middle of it, I thought: Whoever’s writing this did not experience the Beatles ﬁrsthand...by that I mean...was not of age when the music was new. Later when you state that you went to high school in the late ’80s it all made sense. There’s one important factor that younger music/record critics don’t take into account when critiquing music and that is the “emotion” (for lack of a better word) of the actual period of time when the music was new. Music is far more than mere notes that are played on an instrument. It’s the soundtrack of people’s lives. I went to high school from ’63-’67...I was a freshman when the Beatles arrived on the scene and graduated in the Summer of Love when Sgt. Pepper came out. I grew up on Elvis, the Everly Brothers, the Drifters, etc., in the ’50s...Phil Spector, James Brown, the Beach Boys, etc., in the early ’60s and then came the British Invasion. There’s no way you can listen to that same music and experience or appreciate what I (and my contemporaries) experienced at that particular time in history. I’m sure you and others of your generation have a similar appreciation for the music of your high school years, but you must remember that the ’60s was also a unique time in history...a paradigm shift in culture, art and society (as if the world went from black-and-white to color overnight) and the Beatles played a “major” role in it. It’s
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Your soapbox is waiting at ›› paciﬁcsun.com hard to put into words and explain to someone who did not live through that era.... To quote John Sebastian: And it’s magic, if the music is groovy It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie I’ll tell you about the magic, and it’ll free your soul But it’s like trying to tell a stranger ’bout rock and roll Joseph, San Rafael
[Editor’s note: The popular music of my high school years was Bon Jovi, Warrant and Milli Vanilli. I wouldn’t exactly describe my memories of that era as an “appreciation”—which is probably why I retreated to the Beatles, et al. But I understand what you mean about experiencing the music in its time—but that kind of historic evaluation of art is temporal. Fifty years from now there won’t be anyone around who’d bought “I Am the WalFolks who came of age in the late rus” as a single. ‘80s will never forget where they were the ﬁrst time they heard Milli And from then Vanilli pretend to sing ‘Blame It On on any hierarthe Rain.’ chy of bands will be decided by a bunch of music-critics-come-lately pitting Sgt. Pepper’s and Abbey Road against Beggar’s Banquet and Let it Bleed against A Quick One and Who’s Next against Blonde on Blonde and Blood on the Tracks, etc., etc. Not so sure the Beatles win those battles...]
experiences have I had on that block in the 10 years I’ve lived here? Zero. How many times have I been spare-changed? Zero. How many times has my car been vandalized or broken into, or have I heard of someone else parking nearby who’s car has been broken into? Zero. And how many times, as Landecker claims, have I had to walk over or around what appeared to be human excrement? Zero. An irony—I seem to remember one of the street folks calling after me when I’d left one of the windows rolled down in my car as I was walking away. Yup, real threatening, real denigrating. And another point. Have I ever heard, at Sol Food Restaurant, at Walgreens, at the Goodwill, at the paint store, anyone complaining about the homeless? Never. Wouldn’t this spread like wildﬁre if someone had been accosted? I was thinking last week that the police must come by periodically and put the fear of god into these folks, because I’ve never seen a better-behaved group of homeless. Mr. Landecker, when was the last time you took a walk down Powell or Turk Street in the city to see what a bad situation really looks like? Gary Goldenfeld, Novato
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‘Homeless’ means they lack homes—not manners! I did a double take when I read the article about controversy over the Ritter Center expansion [“Out of Sight, or Out of Mind?” March 30]. Hugo Landecker may have complaints about where the Dumpsters are going to go, etc., but his complaints about this contributing to the denigration of San Rafael are misplaced. My experience with the homeless on that block, waiting to use the center, has been nothing but positive. I park on Ritter Street often to patronize local businesses. How many bad
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The little energy engine that could McGlashan thought it could, and it did—MCE goes countywide... by Pe te r Se i d m an
he Marin Energy Authority is on the cusp of reaching the promise its backers envisioned when the public power agency threw its ﬁrst switch two years ago—reaching customers throughout the county. Marin Energy Authority (MEA) is the joint powers agency that oversees Marin Clean Energy (MCE), the ﬁrst energy supplier in the state to send power to customers based on the public power model known as community choice aggregation. Although a public power joint powers agency formed in the San Joaquin Valley before MCE was up and running, the San Joaquin Valley Power Authority got mired in an opposition marketing campaign PG&E mounted. PG&E also was behind a ballot proposition that would have made forming a public power energy supplier much more difficult. Proposition 16, on a 2010 ballot, would have forced nascent energy agencies to get a two-thirds vote in areas that would be served. And if an agency wanted to expand, it also would have had to gather a two-thirds mandate from voters. And if an agency wanted to seek financing, it would have needed a super-majority mandate. The proposition failed. The consensus among public power agency proponents was that PG&E was
sending a shot over the bow of the MEA and MCE—and any other embryonic public power agency in the state. At the time, Marin was ground zero in the ﬁght for the new public power model. AB 117, the 2002 state bill that allows cities and counties to choose alternative power suppliers and bail from monopoly investor-owned utilities such as PG&E, permits community choice aggregators, whether they are a single entity or a group of entities (as is the case in Marin), to buy power based on their own criteria. The MCE model calls for as much green power and local generation as possible while maintaining competitive rates, along with strategies that stimulate the local economy. Shedding the need to make a proﬁt and provide dividends for investors can prove a big beneﬁt. In Marin, the commitment to clean renewable energy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions ranks high on the scale of intentions. After weathering continual attacks from critics who said the plan was ill advised, MCE started up in 2010, when it mailed notices to 7,500 Marin residents. Those who wanted to remain with PG&E had to opt out of the process that automatically enrolled them in MCE. About 80 percent went with automatic enrollment, a per10 > centage that has held steady. Critics
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Lucas pulling plug on Grady Ranch project George Lucas’s vision of building a palatial digital production studio on his Grady Ranch property in Lucas Valley appears to have “vanished into the Force,” as officials from Lucasfilm officially called a halt to the controversial project. The proposed 263,000-square-foot filmmaking facility was going to feature film stages, movie theaters, 20 guest suites, a restaurant, a gym, a general store and underground parking. It also featured neighbors from the nearby Lucas Valley Estates community who have insisted the project would bring too much activity, noise and traffic to the quiet Marin enclave. The company’s spokespeople informed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that they would instead sell the property to a low-income housing developer—so that the land will benefit “the people who need it the most”—and scout out another location for construction in a community that will “see us as a creative asset, not as an evil empire.” A company statement read: “The level of bitterness and anger expressed by the homeowners in Lucas Valley has convinced us that, even if we were to spend more time and acquire the necessary approvals, we would not be able to maintain a constructive relationship with our neighbors...We love working and living in Marin, but the residents of Lucas Valley have fought this project for 25 years, and enough is enough...Marin is a bedroom community and is committed to building subdivisions, not business. Many years ago, we tried to stop the Lucas Valley Estates project from being built, but we failed, and we now have a subdivision on our doorstep.” For months letters to the Pacific Sun from aghast Lucas Valley Estates residents foresaw an inevitable disturbance in the Force. The development “will change Lucas Valley into a Hollywood version of itself,” predicted one concerned neighbor. Another decried the “enormous toll this project will take on the fragile ecosystems in our area, the noise and light pollution from a major industrial facility next to homes, the emissions of greenhouses gases, and the exorbitant water needs required for this project in a county where water sources are already extremely limited.” Lucasfilm officials say the exact same concerns were raised when Skywalker Ranch was proposed back in 1978.“[Neighbors] feared helicopters landing with celebrities and tour buses coming down Lucas Valley Road,” continued the statement.“None of their fears materialized.” In fact, Lucas has donated hundreds of acres of Lucas Valley land to the Marin County Open Space District and, himself, owns thousands of acres of protected lands as part of the Skywalker, Big Rock, Loma Alta and McGuire ranches. The proposed facility would have allegedly remained out of sight from beyond the property, architects said—even the planned 85-foot-high towers. The statement added that “movies are waiting to be made, and we must move forward.” Lucasfilm has projects in the works that will require the studio space by early 2013, according to the statement. Proponents of the project said a multimedia venture such as this is just the type of industry the county should embrace. A 2004 study commissioned by the county identified multimedia projects as meeting the kind of economic, social and environmental criteria that Marin should support. Cynthia Murray, spokesperson for the newly created Keep Marin Working coalition, described it not only as a “loss of 700 new jobs and all kinds of revenue” to the county, but a missed opportunity for Marin to boast one of Lucas’s “iconic projects.” “I think losing the George Lucas seal of approval is very detrimental to Marin,” added Murray. 10
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13 ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends So Lionel Richie is teaming up with the Academy of Country Music and doing duets with country stars? Is he going to dance on the ceiling of a barn? CBS. 9pm. The Iceberg that Sank the Titanic The latest theory is that the iceberg “did not act alone.” KQED. 9pm. Late Show with David Letterman Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a new HBO comedy series in which she plays the vice president. It’d probably be cheaper and funnier just to follow Joe Biden around with a microphone and a camera. CBS. 11:35pm. SATURDAY, APRIL 14 Night of the Living Dead This is the movie that started the whole zombie genre. It seems kind of quaint now, the Norman Rockwell painting of zombie movies. (1968) IFC. 7:15pm.
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Bullitt Steve McQueen plays a San Francisco cop in a movie remembered only for the chase scene that will make locals nostalgic for the times when a rift in the space/time continuum allowed you to turn left off of Skyline onto the Embarcadero and then take a right and be on Twin Peaks. (1968) KQED. 8pm.
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must first determine if it should have gone in the composting bin. Fox. 8pm. Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom Ask your grandparents. KQED. 9pm. Hotel Impossible We’re guessing this is like Restaurant: Impossible, in which a struggling restaurant is revamped and revived. It’s different with hotels. All they may need is a new coat of paint, gourmet mints on the pillows and more porn channels. Travel Channel. 10pm.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17 Glee They’re performing disco classics tonight. We’re not sure if this is nostalgia for the disco period or nostalgia for the disco nostalgia of the ‘90s. Fox. 8pm. The Biggest Loser This is one of the weigh-in shows. Paramedics stand by for when the contestants suck it in so hard for the “after” shot that they pass out. NBC. 8pm. American Experience They built Hoover Dam in five years. Think about that next time Caltrans spends 18 resurfacing a parkand-ride lot. KQED. 9pm. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 Sons of Guns Tonight they’re making a “Zombie Gun.” The bullets come out really slow and then stager around for a while before they find the brains. Discovery Channel. 9pm. I Used To Be Fat Marathon They’re showing 13 episodes. Some of these people will have regained the weight by the end. LOGO. 2pm.
MONDAY, APRIL 16 Bones When investigators discover a corpse in the landfill, they
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1. A recent national study ranked Marin County No. 1 in California for the third consecutive year in what category? 2. What actor and lover of technology, who resembles a young Steve Jobs, is set to portray the Apple visionary in the upcoming movie Jobs? 3a. The name Wikipedia comes from a combination of “pedia” (from encyclopedia) and the Hawaiian word “wiki,” which means what? 3b. The word encyclopedia comes from Greek words enkyklios and paideia, meaning what? 4. Congratulations to Baylor University, whose basketball team won the NCAA women’s championship for the second time; what school has won the most, eight times? 5. The Spanish name of this South American capital city means “mountain view” in English. What city, what country? 6. In 1978, what foreign automobile manufacturer became the first to build cars in the 9a United States since the 1920s? 7. What U.S. city, whose lowest point is 6 feet below sea level, lost half its population in the decade since 2000? 8. Identify these words whose plurals do not end with S: a. Hard to move around without them b. They play a big role in casinos 9b c. CNN, Google and the Pacific Sun, for example 9. Pictured, left: Welcome to baseball season. Name these stadiums: 9a. It’s the newest park in baseball 9b. Beginning its third season 9c. Stadium of champions, opening its seventh season 9c 10. What is the smallest number divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8? BONUS QUESTION: Designed to increase government revenue, what objects that we today take for granted were first imposed upon car drivers in 1935, in Oklahoma City? Send your best trivia question (with your name and hometown) to email@example.com; if your question is used in the ‘Paciﬁc Sun,’ we’ll give you credit! VThe Marin Energy Authority this week bestowed its Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award to the Mainstreet Moms, a selfdescribed group of mostly older women who meet in downtown Point Reyes Station every week to “stir up trouble.” The women were honored for their successful crusade to deliver clean energy to West Marin. Due in part to the efforts of the Mainstreet Moms, West Marin residents will soon have the opportunity to sign up for “Deep Green,” which provides energy from 100 percent renewable resources. We think these “troublemakers” deserve a nod from us too, so we bestow our Hero award to the Mainstreet Moms for causing a ruckus about going green. Thank you, ladies, for making Marin a cleaner and greener community.
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W Joy traded in superﬁcial Los Angeles for the small-town charm of Tiburon. Moving into an apartment complex off Tiburon Boulevard, she looked forward to meeting friendly Marinites. Unfortunately, she met the guy next door ﬁrst. On a cold, rainy night—the third in her new digs—Joy returned home at 10:30pm to ﬁnd her electricity off. Seeing her neighbor’s lights on, she knocked and a man in his 30s responded. Joy explained her dilemma, asking if she could use his phone. “Knock on someone else’s door,” he growled, shutting his door in her face. Joy, we’d like to welcome you to the neighborhood and ask you to ignore the Zero next door. Zero, next time, help thy neighbor, or we’re sending you to L.A. —Nikki Silverstein
THURSDAY, APRI1 19 Not Safe For Work These are just viral videos and dilute the meaning “Not Safe for Work.” NSFW should S U N D AY, A P R I L 1 5 only be invoked if the video Blue-Eyed Butcher This is involves a dwarf, a donkey the story of Susan Wright, and Paris Hilton getting out the Texas woman who of a car. TruTV. 9pm. stabbed her husband Mutant Planet It’s the 193 times. To refresh your story of evolution. There memory, this happened in are no X-Men and the only 2003,during the pre-Nancy wolverine is a furry animal Grace era and she was with a bad temper. Animal found guilty in only 189 Planet. 9pm. of the stabbings. (2012) Revenge of the Electric Lifetime. 7pm. Car The follow-up to Who Titanic at 100: Mystery Solved Apparently it sank Killed the Electric Car? because the hole in the chronicles the resurgence hull let too much water in. ‘Now cut that out!’ Monday, 9pm. of interest in electric cars History Channel. 8pm. with designs like the Tesla Celebrity Apprentice The roadster, the Chevy Volt, contestants put on a puppet show. The the Nissan Leaf and That Car They Sell in question you should be asking yourself Europe But They Won’t Bring Here Because is “Do I really want to know what Donald It Makes Too Much Sense. KQED. 10pm. < Trump looks like as a Muppet?” NBC. 9pm. Critique That TV Guy at letters@paciﬁcsun.com.
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Deer Park Villa restaurant put out to pasture Marin’s venerable Deer Park Villa is getting a whole new look—and a whole new name. The restaurant side of the Fairfax catering/ events venue is being relaunched as the Steakhouse Grill and Bar at Deer Park, according to Mike Ghiringhelli, whose family has operated the century-old establishment for four generations. Former Fairfax Town Councilmember Mike Ghiringhelli runs Ghiringhelli Pizzeria and Wine Bar in Fairfax and, more recently, Ghiringhelli’s Pizzeria Grill and Bar in Novato—and, with his Novato restaurant partner, is now buying into Deer Park to manage the new steakhouse. The catering and events services will still be known as Deer Park Villa, says Ghiringhelli. For decades the restaurant was only open on weekends and select occasions; the steakhouse will be open seven days a week, he says. “We want to maintain the restaurant and its sense of history in the county,” says Ghiringhelli about Marin’s oldest operating restaurant.“I’d like it to be here in 50 years for my children to enjoy.” Ghiringhelli says the Steakhouse Grill and Bar had a soft launch last weekend and is up and running. For info, call Deer Park at 415/456-8084. General assistance reform needed, say health advocates With a rising number of county residents teetering on the brink of homelessness, Marin human services watchdogs called out for reforms to county General Assistance rules at a Department of Health and Human Services meeting April 10 at the Marin County Office of Education. Billed as an Open Discussion Forum on the General Assistance Program, health officials and assistance recipients called for changes to the program since the Supes adopted its official assistance policy last year. The Marin General Assistance Program currently provides a maximum benefit of $387 per month to single adults living in poverty. The GA also offers substance-abuse treatment, employment assistance and assistance in applying for Social Security and disability benefits. Among the reforms being suggested by homeless advocates are a streamlining of screenings and interviews for eligibility to receive general assistance—critics say it can currently take up to five months to receive an initial interview; clearer standards on when and why sanctions or suspensions can be placed on a person’s benefits; an appeals process for folks to challenge such sanctions; and revisiting the rule that limits aid to only six months per year to recipients deemed “employable” by Health and Human Services. While a 2011 single-day homeless count found encouraging news in a drop in homeless from 1,770 in 2009 to 1,220 last year, the number of “precariously housed” Marinites jumped from 3,028 to 4,103 during that time period. Local business coalitions form larger business coalition Though Marin is enjoying a relatively low unemployment rate these days—we’re at 6.6 percent; the state average is11.2 percent—some folks are not taking Marin’s jobs for granted. A new coalition of local businesses called Keep Marin Working officially launched this week with the professed goal to “save, create and attract new jobs” to Marin. Keep Marin Working’s stated goal is to educate the community about the importance of maintaining and generating jobs, share “expertise of the business community and grow the workforce” and advocate for “good” economic policies; specific policy positions were not expressed in the media statement. “We cannot afford to rest on our laurels,” KMW spokesperson Cynthia Murray warned in a press release.“Unless we take steps now to protect existing jobs and generate or bring in new ones, the consequences can be devastating.” Marin’s 6.6 percent unemployment rate is currently the lowest in the state. Murray, a former Marin County Supervisor and Novato City Councilwoman, is also CEO of the North Bay Leadership Council, an “employer-led public policy agency” with pro-economic goals similar to her new coalition. According to its website, the NBLC has more than 40 representatives from mid- to- large-sized North Bay companies; the agency is staffed by Murray and Sonia Tanner, executive business administrator. Murray stresses that Keep Marin Working is not an affiliate of the North Bay Leadership Council, though the NBLC is a member of the new coalition; she was selected as spokesperson for the group as her position at the NBLC would make outreach easier. Unlike the Leadership Council, which is comprised mostly of businesses, Keep Marin Working is made up of representatives of other local business groups. On board thus far are representatives from the Marin Builders Association, the North Bay Leadership Council, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, the Novato Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Marin Association of Realtors and the Latino Council. In its official unveiling statement, the coalition warns that “without a strong and vibrant business-based foundation, the county would lose its infrastructure, schools, roads, housing, parks, hospitals, cultural attractions and shopping centers.” Does Coppola have a leg to stand on in ‘Tavola’ suit? Never go against the family, we know. But never go against common Italian words that have been trademarked by Oscarwinning directors? That’s a new one to most people. Some of those people include the owners of Tavola Italian Kitchen in Novato who have been slapped with a lawsuit by Francis Ford Coppola for trademark infringement over the use of the word “tavola,” which means “table” in Italian. The dispute over use of the word stems from Coppola’s restaurants Zoetrope in San Francisco and Rustic in Sonoma County that claim to offer “a tavola” style dining—a menu-free 11 service in which waitstaff bring various dishes directly to the tables. 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of the process say it’s weighted too heavily in favor of MCE. They want an opt-in process. But the legislation that created the opportunity to form public power agencies stipulates an opt-out process. When MCE ﬁrst started, some municipalities in the county were hesitant to join the MEA joint powers agency. A vigorous campaign to convince residents that the energy agency was doomed to fail and would put town coffers in jeopardy created enough doubt in four towns for their councils to decline membership in the energy authority. Lacking that membership, residents of Corte Madera, Larkspur, Ross and Novato had no opportunity to become MCE customers. After considerable convincing, those towns joined in 2011, and their residents now can choose their power provider. This week, the MEA began a big push to expand its customer base throughout Marin. As originally envisioned, MCE would start with that relatively modest number of customers, which would help the young agency ensure it could deliver on its promise to provide as much clean power as possible at competitive rates— not a simple task given the complexities of rate-setting in the world of electricity suppliers. PG&E was changing its rates on a fairly frequent basis. MEA chose to look at its rates once a year. In conjunction with its customer-base expansion, the energy authority this year proposed a rate reduction, the result of wise business moves and the expansion of the customer base. The MEA board formally approved the rate reduction April 5, which means all customers will see an average drop of about 7 percent on their bills starting in July; residential customers will see a drop of about 18 percent in their rates. (MCE supplies the electricity; PG&E still handles billing.) Early in the game, MCE met its promise to remain competitive with PG&E while providing more power from renewable sources. The state set a mandate for power agencies to include 20 percent of their energy portfolio from renewable sources by 2010. When MCE started, it already had exceeded that mandate. The state’s investor-owned utilities, however, failed to meet the target. PG&E sought and received what amounts to a publicly subsidized extension. The state’s renewable portfolio standards program requires energy agencies to ﬁle compliance reports in March and August. This March, PG&E had 20.1 percent renewable energy procurement in its 2011 energy portfolio, the ﬁrst time it reached compliance. MCE surpassed that percentage and ranked ﬁrst in the state in the amount of renewable energy in its portfolio. In its March compliance report, the county public power agency reported it had 27.8 percent renewable energy procurement in its portfolio. There are some necessary fuzzy calculations when looking at the investor-
owned utility renewable percentages. According to an MEA staff report, “Approximately 17 load serving entities submitted semi-annual compliance reports [to the state Public Utilities Commission]...Much of the information included in these reports is considered to be conﬁdential by the respective respondents, particularly California’s electric service providers, and is marked as such in redacted documents where conﬁdential text has been blacked out....” But the staff report states it was possible to glean enough information to make an informed calculation from “information [that] was provided by each of California’s three investor-owned utilities to effectively compare renewable energy procurement percentages...” MCE’s renewable percentage will soon increase dramatically through the purchase of renewable energy credits. The power credits will bring the agency’s portfolio to 50 percent renewable procurement. When a wind farm, for example, produces one megawatt-hour of renewable energy, it gets one renewable energy credit (REC). It can sell the energy along with the one REC. The REC proves that the energy was produced from a renewable source. The RECs can be sold along with the energy or decoupled and sold separately; they are a tradable commodity. But once they are bought and put into an agency’s renewable portfolio, the RECs are retired and can no longer be bought or sold. Transfers of MEA’s RECS are administered through a clearinghouse for renewable energy transactions and tracking called the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information system. Dawn Weisz, executive ofﬁcer at MCE, notes that each REC bought is tied to a speciﬁc amount of renewable energy delivered to the nation’s energy grid. The RECs will be certiﬁed by the Green-e organization, a recognized independent nonproﬁt. REC purchasers can choose speciﬁc energy suppliers to buy from. Buyers also select the year in which the RECs will be reported. In other words, the procurement and the process produce a transparent and certiﬁable paper trail. Renewable energy credits were developed to promote clean energy by allowing energy customers to support projects such as a wind farm, even though it might be on the other side of the country. Money from credits helps that wind farm compete in the energy marketplace and even to expand its operations. According to the EPA, RECs have been instrumental in increasing the country’s renewable energy supply. MCE offers customers two choices: light green and deep green. When customers choose the deep green option, they buy electricity supplied by 100 percent renewable sources. In Marin, that’s one way customers can put their energy procurement choices where their protect the environment sensibilities lie. This option costs only about $5 more than the light green product. With the new REC program, even
< 10 Newsgrams Trust has registered â€œa tavolaâ€? as a U.S. trademark. Coppola attorneys filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco saying customers of the Hamilton Marketplace restaurant will be misled into thinking the establishment is associated with the Godfather director. As of press time, the Italian words for chair (â€œla sediaâ€?), couch (â€œil divanoâ€?) and bathroom (â€œil bagnoâ€?) were still legal to use in the United States. The family that owns the nearly year-old Novato restaurant had been keeping mum about the situationâ€”until now. This week the Pacific Sun received this statement from the Pirraglias: Our Novato restaurant, Tavola Italian Kitchen, is run by Jon Paul Pirraglia who, with the support of family, has poured his heart and soul into making the business something special. The focus has been and will continue to be providing high quality, creative menus at affordable prices while also giving back to the community by supporting regional farmers. As a result of his extraordinary efforts, even in the relatively short time it has been open, Tavola Italian Kitchen has succeeded in building a loyal following and we gratefully acknowledge a wealth of positive feedback from satisfied patrons. We believe in good faith that our nameâ€”Tavola Italian Kitchenâ€”creates no actual conflict with the rights asserted by the Coppola family in their recently filed lawsuit. Over the past several months, we put considerable effort into explaining this to the Coppola family in order to achieve a resolution of the dispute without resort to litigation. Now, in light of the court filing, we are considering our options. We truly appreciate the many expressions of support we have received and want to assure our customers that we will continue to provide the great dining experience they have come to expect at Tavola Italian Kitchen. We may be small, but we have big hearts! The Pirraglia Family Tavola Italian Kitchen, Novato
light green customers will pay for power produced by 50 percent renewable sources. And MCEâ€™s rates have, indeed, stayed competitive with PG&Eâ€™s, refuting critics who said the power agency could never compete with PG&E. In July, when the new customers come on board, MCE will introduce its lower rates. An average PG&E residential customer in Marin using 540 kilowatt-hours a month during the summer will pay $89.61 for about 20 percent renewable power, according to estimates included in MEA rate-setting information. A Marin Clean Energy light green customer will pay $90.58 for 50 percent renewable power; a deep green customer will pay $95.98 for a 100 percent renewable supply. The small price differential underscores MEA meeting a major goal to provide a better, cleaner product at competitive rates. PG&E charges MCE customers something called a power charge indifference adjustment, a form of subsidy that protects PG&E. When that utility ďŹ nds it necessary to buy power at high prices, MCE customers, and customers of other alternative suppliers, must offset part of the cost through a charge, an â€œindifference adjustment,â€? to ensure that customers remaining with PG&E donâ€™t have to foot the entire bill for the high costs. The Public Utilities Commission is expected to lower the indifference adjustment, which would amount to an additional $2.70 to $8.10 a month for average residential customers. The reduction will be retroactive to April 2011. On the commercial side of the ledger, an average PG&E commercial customer that uses 1,312 kilowatt-hours in July will pay an estimated $267.76 for electricity. An average light green MCE commercial customer will see a bill of $261.53; the average deep green commercial customer will pay $274.65. Even the deep green commercial option will remain competi-
tive with PG&E. The stateâ€™s push to promote renewable and non-polluting energy got a bump April 12, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that requires utilities, public and private, to boost their portfolio of renewable energy sources to 33 percent by 2020. Marin Clean Energy already will have surpassed that target. The agency estimates its portfolio will reach close to 60 percent renewable by then. The ultimate goal is to reach a full 100 percent renewable portfolio for all Marin Clean Energy customers. Community choice isnâ€™t a new phenomenon. Cape Light Compact in Massachusetts has been in business since 1997. Community choice aggregators in Illinois started up well before Marin Clean Energy. Ohio, New Jersey and Rhode Island have also passed state laws allowing community choice aggregators to form. But Marin Clean Energy is different and has attracted attention from across the country because of its commitment to renewable energy. Itâ€™s one of the late Supervisor Charles McGlashanâ€™s crowning achievements. He and Supervisor Susan Adams were instrumental in working to create a public-power agency that would offer county residents local control of a power agency that could return as much beneďŹ t to the community as possible rather than seek proďŹ ts for shareholders. For example, MCE tries to buy power from sources as local as possible. It also offers customers a feed-in tariff if they can produce more power with solar systems and other generation methods than they consume. The power agency also is looking to install a major solar array on a parking lot in the county. Marin Clean Energy became a reality before McGlashanâ€™s unfortunate death from natural causes and remains a lasting legacy. <
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Henry Wallace and Jenna Brager, at left, are reaping the rewards of pesticidefree organic farming— take heed Monsanto!
ith the organic farming industry now the nation’s fastest growing sector in agriculture, today I bestow the town of Novato with a “Sparkly Green Tiara” award for blossoming into a signiﬁcant eco-trendsetter. Trendy? Novato? Don’t judge! Read on. Only a ﬁve-minute drive from its downtown is the College of Marin’s Indian Valley campus, which has recently created a training ground for future organic farmers. Three years ago a beautiful and nourishing partnership blossomed among the college, Conservation Corps North Bay (CCNB) and UC Cooperative Extension Marin (UCCE). The fruit of that partnership helped to magically transform a sunny hillside into what is now the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. This 5.8 acres of certiﬁed organic demonstration farm and garden serves as a valuable hands-on learning laboratory and workforce development center, created to offer skill-based and entrepreneurial job training, particularly for young people, in careers such as sustainable horticulture, food systems, farming and agriculture. Combining an academic sustainable horticultural program and curriculum with a farm and garden has become a model for other colleges and communities throughout California. Remember not too long ago when the socalled food experts tried to convince us it was impossible to feed large numbers of people relying on organic farming methods alone? 12 PACIFIC SUN APRIL 13 - APRIL 19, 2012
Enough with those naysayers and Debbie Downers! Depending on the season, you’ll ﬁnd row upon row of healthy lettuces, k a l e , c h a r d , spinach, artichokes, blueby A nnie S berries, raspberries, peas, tomatoes, an assortment of herbs and a plethora of fruit trees at this glorious farm. Surrounding the edible plants are strategically selected and placed ﬂowers, which attract beneﬁcial insects with their awesome beauty, seductive scents and collective charm: sunﬂowers, calendula, cosmos, bachelor buttons, lavender and various salvias. This ﬁne cornucopia of local organic produce is eventually sold to the public at the college’s farm stand on Wednesdays. Several local restaurants including Boca and Rustic Bakery now serve the farm’s fabulously ﬁne produce to their discerning customers. Who would have thought something like this, so out of the box and grassy turf, could come to fruition in just three years, while bringing some badly needed culture to the ’burbs? Well, it took the entrepreneurial and unstoppable spirits of three visionary leaders joining together to turn a dry, dusty, downtrodden hillside into a visually appealing and sustainable food oasis. Marilee Eckert, executive director of Conservation Corps North Bay, Nanda Schorske, dean of Work-
force Development and College-Community Partnerships at College of Marin and Ellie Rilla, community development adviser for UCCE, were relentless in their efforts to make their food dream become a reality. piegel man “We all wanted to ﬁnd a place where we could grow new farmers, food and job potential for young people,” says Rilla. “Each of us brought our expertise to the process of building the farm from scratch, and transferring our vision to others who could help us make it become real. That it has ﬂourished from the very beginning like a weed is the best sign of the magic we unearthed.” A perfect partnership was formed among educators, farm experts, Master Gardener volunteers and a community Conservation Corps that wanted to deepen its students and members’ relationship to food and the land. Once they joined forces they hired landscape designer Terry Allen to design the overall plan for the farm. “Terry had a beautiful vision of how we could incorporate all of the areas we wanted into a relatively small space. This included an area for row crops, an orchard, an ethno-botany area, a greenhouse and a processing shed,” says Eckert. “Once we had a plan we had to ﬁnd some experienced farmers and teachers to get things off the ground or rather into the
ground. Luckily we found Wendy Johnson of Green Gulch Farm and the Edible Schoolyard fame. We combined Wendy’s wisdom with Steve Quirt from the UCCE and we were off and running.” Wendy Johnson and Steve Quirt taught the ﬁrst Principles and Practices of Organic Farming and Gardening class at the farm. If you met Johnson, Buddhist meditation teacher and author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, and renowned farmer Quirt, you would know that Mother Earth speaks to both of them regularly. Her simple message: “Get those kids out in nature.” In an era when the U.S. is rated No. 1 globally in childhood obesity, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that any child born since 2001 now has a one in three chance of becoming diabetic because of the abundance of cheap, highly processed food, this educational farm can literally be a lifesaver. Participating students learn progressive, responsible farming practices including landscape ecology, composting and fertility management. They also learn the business side of farming with coursework in marketing and certiﬁcations. Some students are part of a school-sponsored apprenticeship where they receive college credit and a part-time job. How does the magic happen? CCNB manages the farm and incorporates handson learning opportunities for corpsmembers and College of Marin students, as well as