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›› LETTERS Taking cur of business I am so glad to read that people are starting to speak out against the unbelievable arrogance of the dog lovers out there [the Sun has received several letters to the editor in recent weeks about “entitled” Marin dog companions]. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs too, and have had them in my life ever since I was a child...but needing to have your dog along with you EVERYWHERE you go...come on! Let me share a few dog stories I’ve personally experienced lately... I was in the bank not too long ago and a woman set her pooch down at her feet while she went through her transaction with the teller. A child walked by with a parent to the window of the next teller and the little dog went crazy and almost bit the child. The woman immediately started yelling at the parent to “keep the child away!”—really?! My teller told me, sadly, there’s nothing we can do about it any more. I have been in Costco recently where I’ve observed a long-haired young man, with a young boy, dog in arms, at the snack area, ordering and eating food, all the while never letting go of his dog. Another time, a young couple with a baby in a stroller dragged their very stressed bulldog through a Saturday crowd. Both times I inquired with a Costco manager about the legality of having dogs in a food establishment. I was told it is a violation of the California Health Code but their hands are tied, since all the “dog people” have to do is say their pet is a “service dog” (no vest or permit required anymore) and the store personnel are powerless to do anything. And, to be sure, the dog people have spread the word about this loophole in the law. I’ve been in Home Depot where a man
came in accompanied by two fierce-looking German shepherds. He was given wide berth and cleared a few aisles. Why does one need guard dogs in Home Depot? I was in a restaurant with my husband where a couple had brought their two small dogs who barked throughout our meal; we could barely converse. At least the husband apologized to us as they were leaving; the wife walked out with her “snoot” in the air. We won’t go back to that place any time soon. ...There’s a man in our neighborhood who walks his three large, unruly dogs, er, they walk him. He was letting them “go” in my front yard till I caught him and yelled out the window to “pick it up.” Now he crosses the street and allows the dogs to relieve themselves over there instead! Physician, heel thy dog.
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MALT protects Tomales dairy operation 126 acre spread was to be sold for a hefty sum to a non-agricultural buyer Read the full story here posted Friday, .... Bike program deflated by Congress, say Safe Routes officials Transportation Bill to cut funding for kids-bike program by 60 to 70 percent Read the full story here posted Thursday, .... Shakeup at Belvedere City Hall City Manager and building chief resign, along with two planners... Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 29.
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But the best dog story I have happened at the doctor’s office where I was in the waiting room and observed a woman come in, dog in arms. The receptionist said, “You’ve been told, no dogs in the office.” “But, but, but...” she stammered, finally going out the door, only to rush back a few minutes later and storm the door to the exam rooms and rush back there with her dog. The receptionist shrugged to the rest of us with our mouths hanging open, “Let the doctor deal with her, I’m no dog bouncer.” I ask you, is this world going to the dogs or what??
Famous last words from San Anselmo Mayor Tom McInerney regarding a building given to the town by George Lucas and demolishing it to build a park: “There shouldn’t be much in the way of any hurdles.” I assume we’ll all be dead and buried by the time the hurdles have been jumped. Too bad George didn’t give the building to a methadone clinic, massage parlor or for Hells Angels headquarters. How soon he forgets about the screwing over he got from our government. Marcia Blackman, San Rafael
Next, grand jury to investigate whether pope Catholic.... I read the short about the grand jury finding volunteers are a good return on investment [Newsgrams, June 22]. Wow, no kidding. Nice news flash. But we need the grand jury to say so? Aren’t there more pressing things for them to attend to? Anyone with any business sense knows this intuitively. Free is good. I recently volunteered myself at the Marin Concours d’Elegance, held at the Marin Civic Center, benefiting Hospice of Marin. Big deal. We all help out where we can...don’t we? There’s no shortage of historic precedents as to the benefits of an unpaid staff.
However, if the point of the grand jury report was to thank or acknowledge those very same people who donate their time, very fine indeed. With those same budget cuts aforementioned, it just seems like the grand jury would have better things to do. A piece in the Sun, maybe in Newsgrams, about a volunteer making a difference somewhere, say once a month, would keep the spirit of volunteerism in the readership’s 6 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012
mind and provide “advertising” for the cause highlighted too. It could do some good on many levels. I sincerely encourage the Sun to undertake such an effort.
Wasn’t even president? Wow, this guy is crafty... Why even publish letters like the one from K. Burson about the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and Department of Homeland Security plans to round up citizens [“Can Army Resettle Us in a Moderate Climate Within a Good School District?” June 29]? It just encourages susceptible people to move even farther from rational debate in this country. I mean, come on, it’s obviously nutty to say, “In 2007, President Obama signed his worldwide mandated abortion bill...” because he wasn’t even president then—and THEN you run it as the caption to a photograph! Some readers may not see your tongue in cheek, which I hope this was. John Larmer, Mill Valley
We tried, but there’s just no reasoning with John from Mill Valley... Does the Pacific Sun really think there’s no conspiracy behind Agenda 21 [“Anyone for a Game of Agenda 21?” June 15]? Did you read about how the city of Tulsa intentionally destroyed a woman’s garden? This is becoming alarmingly commonplace. It is required by United Nations Agenda 21. It is in complete violation of the U.S. Constitution in favor of the U.N. charter. Local governments are pushing this 100 percent. They do not seem to be able to grasp the fact that they too will be living in this dystopian fascist dictatorship. Where no one will have gardens anymore, or organic food, or natural medicines, or yards, or cars, or pets, or self-employment, or private homes, or any other rights.... Time to address this openly. Seriously. And quickly. We are almost out of time. Please do not stay silent. Peggy Nicholson, Corte Madera
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Would regional lab pass the test? Proposal to close county health lab unleashes outbreak of questions... by Pe te r Se i d m an
n the latest round of a debate about whether Marin should close its public health testing lab and participate in a regionalized system, the head of the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, Larry Meredith, has answered 37 questions. Earlier this year, Marin supervisors gave Meredith the go-ahead to look at the feasibility and practicality of entering into a joint-powers arrangement that would result in Marin contracting with a regional laboratory for tests. The health and human services department presented the proposal to the Health Council of Marin, an organization appointed by county supervisors. The council responded with a list of 37 questions. Many of the questions were discussed in a public meeting in March attended by county residents who strongly objected to the plan. “I propose that Marin join other counties in using a single regional public health laboratory to perform laboratory tests for all member counties,” Meredith wrote in a memo answering the 37 questions. The Sonoma County Regional Public Health Laboratory in Santa Rosa already serves Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties. The Napa-Solano-Yolo Public Health Laboratory in Fairfield serves those three counties. “Public health officials operating both of these laboratories have expressed strong interest in having Marin join their
networks,” Meredith wrote. But while public health officials may be amenable to regionalization of lab service, the visceral pushback in evidence at the March meeting demonstrated a problem among Marin residents. It also demonstrated that public relations can go a long way toward producing a productive process, especially when the subject is local control and health care. Marin residents don’t take kindly to big plans put on the table as fully formed proposals. Civic activists want to be part of the process from the start. The March public meeting was an attempt to reach out to residents with the lab proposal. But by that time positions were entrenched. Although Meredith and his department did reach out to the community, stakeholders and clients who would be affected, the effort needed to be strengthened before the board of supervisors would vote on whether to approve changes. Meredith said Supervisor Susan Adams “has been fairly insistent that I have a work group” that includes representatives from Marin General Hospital and the Marin Community Clinics, as well as a representative who can cover issues surrounding water quality. “We’re going to put them together in a small group and talk about it,” said Meredith. “We’re going to visit our lab and then we’re going to go up to Solano and visit their 9 >
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County’s ‘largest’ solar project begins at San Rafael Airport As part of its longterm plans to purchase renewable energy from local sources, Marin Clean Energy is off to a flying start—as construction on the county’s largest solar project was launched this week at the San Rafael Airport on Smith Ranch Road. Once installed by Muir Beach-based Synapse Electric, the airport’s 48 hangar rooftops will don nearly 5,000 solar panels that will have the capacity to provide power to 280 homes for a year and up to 1,200 customers during peak energy production. According to Marin Clean Energy officials, the community choice power aggregator will purchase the electricity from the airport project under a 20-year power-purchase agreement through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program. Customers could be receiving power from the project as early as fall. Marin Energy Authority Executive Officer Dawn Weisz says the size of the project, which is expected to employ 25 local workers, plays a “significant role” in MCE’s local supply goals.“The San Rafael Airport project will benefit the local economy and the environment,” says Weisz.“We are excited.” Grand jury takes exception to secret exemptions Are Marin property owners paying hundreds of dollars more in property taxes than they should? That’s the question a Marin County Civil Grand Jury tried to find out recently after a low-income resident of Larkspur last year stumbled onto a little-known property tax exemption that saved him $109. That senior citizen’s lucky savings inspired the grand jury to investigate other property tax exemptions, and urge county tax officials to better publicize them. In its report, titled “Death and Taxes: For the Former There Are No Exemption, But for the Latter There Are,” the grand jury attempts to explain the details and language on a Marin County property tax bill. The report uses an anonymous tax bill from a Mill Valley resident as its example and assigns to it to a “fictional property owner” named John Doe [the real property owner named John Doe lives in Fairfax]. In its example, the grand jury shows Mr. Doe and his $1,317,946 home faced with a smorgasbord of local taxing agencies (i.e., school districts, sewer agencies, libraries, etc.), multiple types of tax levies, and mysterious mentions of a 1915 Act Assessment and taxes for a Mello-Roos Bond.“After that it becomes complicated,” states the grand jury.“There may be exemptions for Levy 3 items, Mello-Roos and 1915 Bonds. Then again, there may not be. There is no indication one way or the other on the tax bill.” Adds the grand jury:“At this point John’s head is about to explode.” The jury found the actual property tax based on home value calculated by the county assessor’s office to be generally straightforward—the main beef in the report is with the parcel tax agencies, which “are responsible for providing accurate, comprehensive and timely information to the property owner.” But the report argues that there isn’t enough information on the tax bill for property owners to determine if they qualify for a parcel-tax exemption; often those answering the phone listed on the bill with the taxing entities is “not always [as] responsive or informed” as they should be; and when the taxing entities make mistakes they don’t make it easy to correct said mistakes. According to the report, there are about 153 parcel-taxing entities in Marin—of those, only about one-third offer any type of exemptions. In its conclusion, the jury recommends that the county modify its “User’s Manual: Special Assessment System” to require taxing entities to list what exemptions are allowed and 9 > recommend that the entities maintain the information on their websites. They also JULY 6- JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 7
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by Howard Rachelson
1. Our beloved Marin County Fair first took place in September 1925 as a countywide event in what city? 2. The month of July was named after what person? 3. The U.S. Congress first established a minimum wage in 1938—was it 15¢, 25¢ or 50¢ per hour? 4. Brits are celebrating this summer like never before: first, the Queen’s Jubilee celebration; next, the Olympics; and in August, a celebration to honor the 50th anniversary of what music-related event? 5. Pictured, below: Do you know Jack? Identify these people named Jack.
6. On June 14 this year, Mr. Matthew Cain of San Francisco became only the 22nd person to accomplish what amazing feat? 7. Five years ago, mid-summer 2007, 14 U.S. cities were competing for the distinction of hosting the premiere of The Simpsons Movie. What did these cities have in common, and which city won? 8. The 15th U.S. president, the only one from Pennsylvania, was the only unmarried president. Who was he? 9. Four of the world’s ten highest waterfalls are located in one country in Europe, and it’s not Switzerland. What is it? 10. Name an 11-letter word that begins and ends with UND. BONUS QUESTION: This large-scale fan action, which would be scientifically known as metachronal motion, was first seen in the 1970s at hockey games, but since then has spread to baseball, football, soccer and Olympic games all around the world. What is the more common name?
▲We stand and salute the Marin County Sheriff ’s deputies who foiled the alleged antics of a Woodacre man and his Speedo thong. It’s in extremely poor taste when a middle-aged man runs around Stinson Beach in a thong bikini, and when he’s pulling it down to show his stuff to beachgoers, it’s also a crime. Last Sunday, Ashley Craig Sanderson, 43, was arrested and booked on suspicion of public nudity, indecent exposure and soliciting a lewd act. It’s nice to wave your little ﬂag during the Independence Day holiday week, but we’d prefer it be the cloth kind with stars and stripes, rather than the kind a pervert should keep in his pants. Thank you, deputies, for keeping our beaches clean.
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▼Karene is banned from checking out materials from the Marin County Free Library. Until, that is, she pays $30 for missing the due date for 10 borrowed DVDs. Three days past due, one buck a day per ﬂick. Does Karene, a single mom, deserve mercy for her scofflaw behavior? Absolutely. Her 6-year-old daughter was ill with a high fever. “Renewing library videos? Not even a blip on my Mom radar,” says Karene. Although she explained the situation to the Fairfax Library, thus far, the ﬁnes haven’t been excused. It’s been over a year since Karene and her daughter have enjoyed reading books and watching videos from the library. We hope the library will reconsider and show compassion to a mom struggling to make ends meet.—Nikki Silverstein
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< 7 Would regional lab pass the test? < 7 Newsgrams suggest that Marin County Secured Tax statements be amended to explain why taxing agencies’ phone numbers are on the bill and to designate with an asterisk which taxing agencies offer exemptions, and to include the exemption information on the inserts that come with the bills.
MALT puts dairy sale out to pasture The Marin Agricultural Land Trust had some “udderly” pleasing news about a Tomales dairy family this week—as the agricultural land preservation nonprofit announced the permanent protection of the family’s 126-acre organic farm. Monique and Mike Moretti had leased the spread for 16 years and last year had transitioned the operation into an organic pasture and dairy. But when the owners of the property put the land up for sale, their dreams of providing fresh and healthful milk began to sour. “I grew sick to my stomach with each car that drove through our dairy on the easement road to view our pastureland,” says Mike.“I knew each was a potential buyer that could end our livelihoods and change the land forever.” Sure enough, a non-agricultural buyer emerged with an offer well above a price the Morettis could match—and it seemed their milking days would soon be drying up. That’s when MALT hoofed in. The Morettis’ grazing lease contained a first-right-of-refusal clause, giving them 20 days to match the offer. MALT immediately put together a plan that entailed purchasing an agricultural conservation easement to reduce the Morettis’ cost and ensure the land is permanently protected as farmland. Through contributions from MALT supporters, the ag-preserving foundation was able to act quickly and, according to Land Trust officials, on the 20th day the Morettis were able to match the offer and save their dairy. MALT director Bob Berner says there was more at stake than just the Morettis’ milk metier. “The development of this key piece of pastureland, which is surrounded almost entirely by MALT-protected farms, would have not only jeopardized the future of this family’s farm, but impacted wildlife corridors, grassland bird habitat, as well as the water quality of Stemple Creek,” says Berner.“It also would have introduced the serious conflicts that arise when nonagricultural residential development is located in the heart of working farms and ranches.” Since its founding in 1980, MALT has permanently preserved more than 44,200 acres of farmland on 69 family farms. Check out www.malt.org. City Hall shaking in Belvedere Though the Belvedere City Council candidate who promised to “shake up City Hall” failed in his bid for higher office, it appears the shakeup has happened anyway. The Belvedere City Council this week announced four staff resignations—including those of City Manager George Rodericks and building chief Rachel Lang, along with two city planners. Though the resignations are coming just after the election, in which one council candidate campaigned against the pay and alleged conflicts of interest of Rodericks and Lang, respectively, town officials insist the timing is merely a coincidence and the staff members are leaving of their own accord. As part of his terms of departure “for personal reasons,” Rodericks, 45, will receive six months’ pay after stepping down from his $182,700-a-year position. Lang said she’s stepping down for health reasons, according to town officials. During the campaign for city council, candidate James Robertson was the most ardent critic of town management—specifically the planning process, which left him with a sour taste in his mouth after completing a remodel of his home. He also railed against what he thought was exorbitant pay for City Manager Rodericks, telling the Sun recently,“the city manager is being paid more than Dianne Feinstein.” He said the planning department’s permitting fees are the highest in the nation and that he would “seek to have each department justify its expense and value add to the taxpayer.” Perhaps his biggest criticism of Belvedere city workings was regarding Lang’s ownership of a Sebastopol building-plan review and inspection firm called Code Source, which Robertson named as one of several possible conflicts of interest in city government.“She owns a plan-checking service...and is also the city employee that tells you if your plans are viable or if they need to be redone,” said Robertson.“This is the biggest conflict of interest and she cannot continue to serve in this capacity.” Robertson finished fourth in the race for three open seats on the council. Assistant City Manager Felicia Wheaton will step in as interim city manager. Bike program deflated by Congress, say Safe Routes officials Safe Routes to School is hitting a bumpy road in the new Transportation Bill that passed through Congress last week—as funding for the popular nonmotorized transportation program will suffer cuts of 60 to 70 percent, according to Safe Routes officials. While the wheels won’t be completely knocked off the program designed to improve bike and pedestrian access to schools, Deb Hubsmith, director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, is calling it a “dark day” for two-wheeling kids. “We are deeply concerned that bicycling and walking programs suffer large and disproportionate cuts in funding in the new bill,” say officials from Safe Routes and the America Bike Coalition in a joint statement.“Programs that save lives and dollars are eliminated. The full extent of cuts to biking and walking funding will be determined at the state level and may be even deeper. We will continue to work in states and local communities to support safe, accessible streets.”
lab. I think actually seeing the lab will blow them away. We’re working in a lab the size of a postage stamp, and it’s crowded, and we can’t afford the latest technology. Solano, built three years ago, reflects the modern approach.” The Marin facility dates to the early 1950s, Meredith noted. “The building is of brick and masonry construction and lacks a backup generator. The lab occupies about half of the space or about 2,000 square feet.” The rest of the building is home to county dental staff. But critics of the plan say Marin is better served by a dedicated county lab than it would be by a regional lab system in which Marin is just one participant. They want assurances that Marin would not find itself at the bottom of a test priority list. The response, says the county health department, is that a regional lab tests samples according to the importance of the test and the urgency required, not according to the origin of the test. Critics also say that in the event of a major earthquake or tsunami, roads and bridges would be destroyed, preventing samples from reaching a regional lab. In his memo, Meredith wrote that the issue of disaster preparedness “has received attention at national, state and local levels, particularly since the 9/11 attacks.” Public health authorities can use a system of “overlapping and interlocking response systems” at each level. “For example, the California State Public Health Laboratory in Richmond can act as a backup to the loss or compromise of local facilities.” The Laboratory Response Network, a group of reference and screening laboratories, covers the country. Three of the laboratory facilities are in Northern California: in Sonoma, San Mateo and Richmond. But, say critics, if roads and bridges are down, it won’t be easy to get samples to any destination outside Marin. In response to that point, people more amenable to closing the Marin lab say a natural disaster in the Bay Area is likely to affect all counties, including Marin, and getting samples to the Marin lab might be just as dicey—if a 1950s building can even survive. There are no easy answers. And the questions are complicated. That’s why the supervisors extended the timeline for a decision. California established a board of health in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1905 that a diagnostic bacteriological lab opened in the state. All counties with populations of more than 50,000 must have either a public health lab or be affiliated with a public health lab. That point was mentioned in the March meeting in response to a question about whether closing the Marin lab would be legal. It’s the access to a health lab that’s required, not necessarily having one within a county. About half of California’s 58 counties maintain their own lab facilities. The labs perform tests that diagnose and track communicable diseases in the environment and in persons who are sick during outbreaks. Flu, mumps and measles are just a few of the illnesses tracked. The labs also perform tests for hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, in addition to testing for food- and water-related
illness, tick-transmitted illness and environmental conditions such as chemical and biological contamination. Regionalization is working in other areas of the state, according to the county health department. The San Joaquin public health lab serves eight counties, some as many as 200 miles away. San Diego has a single lab that serves 3.1 million people from as far away as 100 miles. “The Napa-Solano-Yolo regional lab serves 750,677 people over an area less than two-thirds that of San Diego County,” Meredith wrote in his memo. “And Marin, which is the county that has the second smallest geographical area, has a public health lab serving 270,000 persons across a service area one-eighth the size of San Diego.” That doesn’t sound too bad to supporters of a local Marin lab serving Marin residents. Marinites expect top-notch protection. And critics of the closure plan say the money it would save isn’t worth degrading lab service. Closing the lab and joining a regional system would save about $300,000 a year, according to the health department. The lab has a total of 5.88 full-time employees. Keeping just a Marin drop-off point for tests would result in a turnaround time for tests the same as it is now, but with a loss of local jobs. At the March meeting, a member of the audience said it’s reasonable to assume that Marin residents are willing to pay about $1 a day to cover the costs to keep the lab open. “That’s for this year,” said Meredith, but the amount needed to keep the lab open could increase in the future. And, he noted, Marin residents already pay a wide variety of taxes to support local services. Putting another government service on the ballot may be a bridge too far. One of the people Meredith says he would like on the work group that will take another look at the proposal is Jennifer Rienks, a board member of the Marin Healthcare District. She’s a veteran of the Sutter Health wars, which in many ways resembled the reactions to the proposed lab closure. “Not enough people who have creative ideas were brought into the [lab] conversation,” says Rienks, a health policy analyst and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, where she’s the associate director of the Family Health Outcomes Project. “Now, were having those conversations, and that’s good. There might be ways we can share services with Sonoma or even with Richmond. There might be ways we can preserve our local capacity. There might be partnerships we can do with hospitals or the clinics. The county directs a lot of money to a lot of different places. All these things need to be looked at and explored. I don’t think all those options have been thoroughly explored yet. I look forward to doing that.” The number of tests at the Marin lab has declined precipitously. The total number of clinical tests and water tests performed in fiscal year 2010-2011 was 40 percent less than the previous fiscal year. Estimated test volumes for fiscal year 2011-2012 are 25 percent less than 2010-2011. The sharp decline resulted in large part from the closure of the JULY 6- JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 9
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countyâ€™s OB/GYN practice, which shifted responsibility to Marin Community Clinics. Although that saved the county health dollars, it also undercut the need for a dedicated local testing lab. â€œWe were our own best customer,â€? says Meredith. A core issue now is whether the county should maintain its ďŹ nancial support for a testing facility that no longer performs as many tests as it once did. â€œWe have the short term and the long term,â€? says Rienks. â€œWhen you dismantle an infrastructure, your chance of reassembling it [is small] because of the amount of money it would cost to go back and re-create it.â€? Rienks says that focusing too closely on budget numbers can obscure the possibility of taking a wider and more creative tack to look at â€œopportunities to preserve, to take a different approach to the process.â€? Meredith says he and his department have looked at ways that could lead to better long-term ďŹ nancial footing of the lab. But options seem limited. â€œOpportunities for [getting] other business and competing with the private sector are not realistic. Theyâ€™re not possible. We canâ€™t undercut the costs.â€? San Quentin and Marin Community Clinics already have contracts with Quest Diagnostics Inc. â€œThey canâ€™t contract with us. There are not the revenue opportunities that some people suggest.â€?
Critics of the proposal to close the lab have noted that one of its important functions is to train future professionals for labs in and beyond the Bay Area. But a regional lab could assume that responsibility. As with many recent contentious issues in Marin (SMART, Marin Clean Energy, Plan Bay Area), there are staunch proponents on each side of the debate table armed with competing sets of perceived facts. Sometimes a desired outcome is the ďŹ rst step. Finding corroborating facts to support a preconceived notion follows. â€œWe seek out conďŹ rmatory information,â€? says Rienks. She and Meredith both say they have at least a sense of optimism that the lab-closure process, which essentially has undergone a reset, now can yield useful guidance when the health department makes its ďŹ nal recommendations to the board of supervisors. That could happen in autumn, possibly September. Meredith says the ultimate decision should focus on more than money. â€œThe ďŹ nancial issue may be the least important part. The most important thing is that we would have new technology [in a regional lab system] to diagnose and analyze better and faster. If your interest is protecting the health and safety of all who live in Marin, then the regional approach trumps a local one.â€? âœš Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the new two-year transportation bill, MAP 21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), the Safe Routes program will be folded into a new program called Transportation Alternatives, and no longer will have dedicated funding. The bill also allows states to â€œopt outâ€? of grant programs that have previously been crucial to funding local small-scale biking and walking projects. Despite the legislative setback, Hubsmith is trying to see the glass half fullâ€”or, better yet, the tires half pumped. Republicans in the House of Representatives â€œwanted to completely eliminate Safe Routes to School,â€? says Hubsmith.â€œWe remain eligible for funding and our projects are likely to be very competitive in the new Transportation Alternatives program given our focus on the safety and the health of children.â€? Launched in 2000, Marinâ€™s program began with an initial nine schools, but now includes 52 schools and more than 23,500 students, according to Transportation Authority of Marin statistics. More than 12,000 schools across the country currently have Safe Routes programs, writes Hubsmith.
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Supreme Court upholds health care mandate Chief Justice John Roberts turned out to be the somewhat surprising key vote in the Supreme Courtâ€™s narrow decision to uphold the constitutionality of President Obamaâ€™s signature piece of legislationâ€”the Affordable Care Act. The 5-4 decision upheld Congressâ€™s right to mandate a fee for citizens who choose not to have health insurance; Roberts, who wrote for the majority opinion, reasoned that such a â€œfeeâ€? is interchangeable with Congressâ€™s right to â€œlay and collect taxes,â€? noting the penalty is collected by the IRS like any other tax. Passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president in 2010, the Affordable Care Act is still being rolled out over the next few yearsâ€”the hope is that it will eventually provide health insurance to more than 30 million Americans who currently have none. The Obama administration has estimated that around 4 million people will choose to pay the penalty rather than enroll in the health care plan. The ruling on the individual mandate not only reaffirms the ACA, but also means that beginning in 2014, the IRS can impose an annual penalty of $95 on folks who do not secure insurance; exemptions would be permitted for financial hardship. Also to be rolled out in January of 2014 is the private-insurer prohibition from discriminating or charging higher rates for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. Lynn Woolsey, Marinâ€™s 2nd District congresswoman, applauded the decision, saying â€œthe Supreme Court put partisanship aside and affirmed the will of the people, as expressed through their elected representatives in Congress and the White House.â€? But, she added, the struggle isnâ€™t over. â€œRepublicans in Congress will still try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece,â€? said Woolsey.â€œThey still donâ€™t get it. They are still nostalgic for the old, broken health care system that left millions without coverage; bankrupted families and small businesses; and put the middle class at the mercy of the insurance industry.â€?
The EN–CYCLE–PEDIA Marinica Learn to correctly identify the Lycra’d wildlife commonly seen on the pathways of Marin...
The ‘commuter’ is staving off climate change one sweat-soaked blazer at a time.
That mud is like gold to the reputation-upholding ‘mountain biker.’
Blissfully unaware, the ‘newbie’ can be seen coming a mile away...
here are a lot of different kinds of bikes but they all have one thing in common: two wheels. A unicycle has one wheel, but you need a clown nose and some flaming torches to juggle to really pull off the look. A tricycle is designed for people at the opposite ends of the age spectrum—the toddler chugging down the sidewalk and the octogenarian racing the snails to the grocery store. Real bikes, with two wheels, have a much wider range of models, uses, attitudes and tribal affiliations and they all say a lot more about the cyclist than a car says about the driver. When you’re on a bike the all of you is on display. Especially if you’re wearing Lycra.
The ‘roadie’ knows that no one is impressed by a grinning, coasting cyclist.
Still, we can lump cyclists into a few categories and create a kind of en-cycle-pedia or field guide to the principal archetypes.
THE ROADIE A roadie is all about speed. Even huffing up Camino Alto, it’s important to be fast. Or at least look fast. The aero-channeled helmets and the swoopy carbon frames make that easier every year, even when your bike is leaned up against a lamppost outside San Anselmo’s Marin Coffee Roasters. But road biking is still about suffering. And then telling everybody how much you suffer: how far, how steep, how windy... The Look: Roadies are the peacocks of the
POLITO cycling world—look for flash and plenty of it. There was an era when a fine Italian-made steel frame with a monochromatic paint job that emphasized the clean lugs and lines was elegant. Now it’s a graphics package that makes the Vegas strip look understated. Then they need the pro-team jersey and shorts (when they’re really annoying they call this “a kit”). This is the equivalent of plastering NASCAR sponsor logos on your Nissan Sentra. Dude, you don’t have the motor! Tip: If you smile, you’re doing it wrong.
THE MOUNTAIN BIKER Mountain bikes started as a retreat to simplicity. Marin road racers like Gary
Fisher and Joe Breeze threw knobbies on old Schwinn cruisers and rode just for fun. That simplicity evaporated in the early ’90s when suspension forks became the norm. Now the high-end mountain bike is a fullon contraption with shocks front and rear, hydraulic derailleurs and integrated GPS. But it’s still about fun and getting into nature! Just bring your owner’s manual so you can adjust the suspension. The Look: The baggy cut-offs are over. Everybody dresses like a roadie now. But a handlebar mustache can’t hurt. Tip: Leave the mud on the bike. It makes it look like you’ve actually taken it off the roof rack on your Land Rover. 12> JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012 PACIFIC SUN 11
Brakes are for wimps, to the ‘fixie hipster.’
with a single gear speed bike makes sense. Most of those places are in Kansas where it’s totally flat and there’s nothing worth stopping for. The Look: Tattoo? Check! Nose ring? Check! Pabst Blue Ribbon trucker cap? Not required but highly recommended. Tip: Riding without brakes is a style statement. And so is the brain surgery scar you’ll get from riding without brakes.
Often sighted on Bridgeway in Sausalito, the ‘tourist’ can carry a heavy load.
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THE FRED “Fred” is a term little known outside the bike world. A “Fred” is basically a nerd on a bike. He sits too upright. He wears one of those reflective yellow triangle vest things. He has two water bottles and a Camelback as though he were riding across the Outback instead of the Tiburon loop. And do you really need two handlebar bells? The Look: It’s all about the helmet mirror. You can get everything else right but attach a mirror to your helmet and you might as well be wearing Spock ears. Tip: You can buy a new helmet. That Igloo cooler you’ve been wearing since 1983 is a tad dated.
THE FIXIE HIPSTER Fixies are fixed-gear bikes. That means you can only stop pedaling when you stop and for the hard-core and hardheaded, it means you actually use your pedals to stop. The lack of brakes is part of the aesthetic and a nod to Darwin. There are places where riding a bike
Commuting has multiple benefits: You save on gas; you help the environment; you get to work and get a workout at the same time; AND you get to feel self-righteous and lord it over your co-workers while theyy nibble carrot sticks at their desk and you’re downing Doritos. If they made a helmet that looked like a halo, the bike commuter would wear it. The Look: Wrinkled led with a side order of sweaty. Tip: Black pants nd don’t show grease and a wad of baby wipes is ng, almost like showering, ented but stick to the unscented mper or you’ll smell all Romper Room.
THE BMXER R It’s a kid thing. If you u see an adult riding one, he either stole it or there’s a fast food uniform in thatt Grow up for backpack. crissakes, ‘BMXer’! The Look: You need a haircut, son. Tip: The girls stopped being impressed when you were 10. The ‘Fred’ definitely needs to loosen up a little.
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THE TOURIST A bike can be a great way to get away from it all. But bicycle tourists seem intent on bringing “it all” with them. These are the people you see with everything they own bungeed, strapped and duct-taped to their bikes. Why stop at a tent, sleeping bags and camp stove when you can bring a chaise lounge and cocktail shaker? If they were pedaling shopping carts instead of bikes, we’d call them homeless. The Look: It’d better look old, scuffed and soaking wet or you’re just a poser. Tip: Credit cards, hotels and laundromats.
THE NEWBIE These are the riders who, often at middle age, decided to “take up cycling.” And they have the credit card receipts to prove it. They have the latest, lightest, carbon-est everything and yet they The ‘hippie’ can often be seen feeding at such gathering places as the Woodacre Country Market and the Coast Café in Bolinas.
perch on the bike as though they were trying to use chopsticks to climb over a barbed wire fence. There are series of rites of passage in cycling; most of them involving hydrogen peroxide fizzing over road rash, but one of them is having a decent bike and longing for a better bike, usually for years. Walking into a shop and buying top-of-theline earns you a sneer at every bike rack. The Look: New. Tip: Cut the tag off, dammit.
THE HIPPIE There was a time when a Schwinn Varsity was almost an act of protest and you can date the hippie’s steed by the tree ring strata of protest stickers. Some number of layers under the Eat More Kale and No War for Oil stickers is a No Nukes sticker and under that a Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Zappa. The Look: Yes, that’s a glass water bottle. Plastic shrinks your gonads, man. Tip: Helmets are not a “tool of the man.” ✹ Share your fanny pack with Rick at email@example.com.
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s Nicole Miller exited Divinity Tattoo in Arizona, her new ink wrapped up, they reminded her not to sweat. “It was like really, have you been outside? It’s 120 degrees,” she said. “Oh, let me turn off my sweat button; it’s impossible.” She quickly dashed to a car and then to a restaurant. This tattoo wasn’t her ﬁrst, nor will it be her last. Miller, 19, a Mill Valley resident, will attend the San Francisco Paramedic Association in September to study as an EMT. Six tattoos mark up various parts of her body: neck, back, thigh, ankle and arm. Her seventh, a peacock with ﬂowers, will start on her lower left hip and go up her back. This week, at S.F.’s Moth and Dagger Tattoo Studio, she will start the nine-hour process, three sessions of three hours, to complete it. “He said, ‘If you get tired, let me know,’ and I was like ‘Oh, don’t worry, I will let you know,’” she said. Ever since Miller was little, she’s had a fascination with tattoos. And on her 18th birthday, she got her ﬁrst: a red rose with green leaves on the upper right side of her back, dedicated to her grandmother, Rose. Over the next year, getting inked everywhere from Arizona to Picture Machine Tattoo in San Francisco to Spider Murphy’s Tattoo Shoppe in San Rafael, ﬁve more—ranging in price from $60 to $300—cropped up. Her right arm features a Victorian 14 PACIFIC SUN JULY 6 - JULY 12, 2012
lamp with a yellow ﬂame curling out of it designed by Picture Machine’s Megan Wilson, who inked four of her tattoos. Close by is a birdcage with its door open to let a bird ﬂy out, representing freedom. On her upper right thigh is a yellow rose with green leaves tipped with red, a pink bow wrapped around it with a bird toward the end of the stem. On one ankle is a red ginger leaf for her dog, Ginger, with the Chinese word for the leaf directly in the middle in black ink. Finally, on the back of her neck is an outline of the San Francisco Giants logo, for the self-proclaimed “huge Giants fan.” Her dad reminds her that while it’s her body, she might regret them when she’s older, but she has no doubt about the tattoos; she loves all of them and all have meaning. In a tank top and shorts, it’s easy to spot the tattoos when you see Miller, but the only person who doesn’t know is her grandfather. When she was 16 he told her that if she ever got tattoos, she would be disowned. So, every time she sees him she has to be “like a nun” and cover up all her tattoos via turtleneck, long pants and socks. Despite that, looking into the future, she knows one thing. “Oh, I think I’ll get more,” she said and smiled. “It’s very addicting.” ✹ If you’d like to show off your tattoo, call me at 415/485-6700 ext. 304 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TASTY NEWS Looking for new places to dine? Two recent openings are here just in time for summer try-outs. Steakhouse Grill & Bar, a new take on an old Marin establishment, debuted a short time ago in the wooded setting of Deer Park Villa in Fairfax. The longtime venue for special occasions and weddings has morphed into a showcase for all-American chophouse classics. On the menu you’ll ﬁnd ﬂatiron steaks and prime rib with horseradish sauce and all the trimmings. A list of starters and small plates includes today’s popular takes on seafood (rolls, tartare), but I urge you to stay in the mood with an old-fashioned prawn cocktail or Caesar salad. Omaha Angus beef is the featured meat. Outdoor dining among the redwoods sounds very appealing right now. Head out to Fairfax between 5-6:30pm on weekdays for a three-course meal at $24.95 (plus tax). Open daily; 415/456-8084, www.deerparksteakhousegrill.com...The shingled house at 24 Sunnyside in Mill Valley now houses Prabh Indian Kitchen with authentic cooking using organic goods whenever possible. Open for lunch and dinner (11am-10pm daily), it adds tempting touches to a roster of familiar Indian foods, dishes like Goa ﬁsh curry in coconut sauce, chilli chicken (marinated in sweet chiles and soy sauce), and lamb boti kebab marinated for 24 hours in a yogurt sauce. There are more than 10 breads from which to choose and many tandoori preparations. With an emphasis on thali—large plates laden with rice, vegetables and/or meats, ﬂatbreads, yogurt and condiments—lunches are especially reasonably priced. Chef Harjeet Singh Bhangu honors requests for vegan and gluten-free foods; 415/384-8241, www. prabhindiankitchen.com. NO FROU-FROU AFFAIR Real pros will be at work in Sonoma Saturday, July 14, (1-5pm) for Wine Country Big Q, a serious competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Local ’cue fans can take advantage of that expertise when they’re turned loose to sample meats galore with all the ﬁxings and plenty of beer and wine to wet their whistles. Live country and blues music will add to the down-home atmosphere on the grounds of Sonoma Academy. Cost is $45 per person, $20 for kids; proﬁts go to Children’s Museum of Sonoma. Tickets: http://bigq. eventbrite.com. STORM A RESTAURANT! July 14 is also Bastille Day, so start making plans for a
The original Bastille Day was a blood-soaked melee; events this year in Marin should be far less roudy.
French ﬂing. Belden Place in San Francisco always throws one of the biggest celebrations in America, showing off its pedestrian-centered setting and immersion in all things Gallic. Here are some of the Belden spots that will be partying indoors and out on that Saturday: Café Bastille, Café de la Presse and Plouf. Elsewhere in the city, Chez Papa Bistrot on Potrero Hill and Garcon, in the Mission, will be serving festive menus. At Grand Café on Geary, Marie Antoinette will be offering cake and free champagne throughout the day...In Marin, Left Bank in Larkspur will have an all-day party complete with live music and costumed staff, with a special a la carte menu (tarte ﬂambee, roasted halibut, baba au rhum). Two more French bastions to visit: Le Garage in Sausalito and L’Appart Resto in San Anselmo. Clink! DINING WITH A PLUS Restaurant news in brief: Il Davide is serving a lunch menu just like those found in neighborhoods all over Italy: a seasonal pasta (choose from a list of 11 choices) with soup or salad, for only $10. Find them at 901 A St., San Rafael; 414/454-8080, www.ildavide.net... Ballroom & Dining Room is ongoing at the Tavern at Lark Creek: Monday evening dinner and dance class experiences (happy hour, 6:30pm; lessons at 7; dinner at 8). July 9 is foxtrot. $42 per person. 415/924-7766, www.tavernatlarkcreek.com...Parents missing Easy Street’s play corner should try Café du Cirque, 1408 Fourth St. in San Rafael, between D and E. It has a dedicated separate area complete with toys and games for those under 5. Open 8am-4pm weekdays, 10am-2pm on Saturday. Casual foods rule (sandwiches, savory pies, soups); 415/4548200, www.cafeducirque.com. ✹ Contact Pat at email@example.com.
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more info at srtwilight.com SCHEDULE // SRT Expo // 2pm-7pm Located on C St between 4th and 5th in the heart of all the action! Featuring our local partners showcasing the latest in nutrition, cycling, health and fitness. Beer Garden presented by Broken Drum & BrewTruc // 2pm – 8:45pm Join us in the garden for beer from our local favorite, Broken Drum located on 4th St between B St & C St. All proceeds benefit Trips for Kids. Elite 4 Men // 2:20pm-3pm Amateur racers who’ve started on the bottom rung will surprise you with their speed and numbers. Masters 3/4 35+ Men // 3:10pm-3:50pm Check out these dedicated veterans who have “mastered” the work / life (and play) balance
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Elite Category 3 Men // 4pm-4:50pm These athletes have worked hard to earn “Cat 3” upgrade points and are now just a handful of top 3s away from the Pro 1/2 ranks.
Pro Men // 8pm-9:15pm The Showdown at Sundown – the Pro Men will fight to the end at the San Rafael Twilight!
Masters 1/2/3 35+ Men // 5pm-5:50pm Look for former pro riders and extremely dedicated veterans to set some of the fastest lap times of the day
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Course Description The 1km course, located in San Rafael’s vibrant downtown setting starts and finishes on 4th Street while running clockwise on 4th, D St., 5th St., and A St.
Pro Women // 6:30pm-7:40pm Some of the fastest women in the country will highlight this race, including members of the 2012 Olympic Development Team, Exergy Team Twenty12.
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