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ne of the things I love about the Coastside is the way it becomes habitat for artists of so many varieties. It’s as if creative people grow here the way giant redwood trees thrive in the loamy soil. There is clearly something inspirational about the rugged bluffs and the mighty Pacific Ocean, and I’m proud to feature their work. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting one of those fine artists and I hope you will read about him beginning on Page 36. Mark Karan’s is a story of perseverance and extraordinary talent. Lots of us pick up a guitar in our formative years. Very, very few of us put in the time to become a master much less hang with a business that does not always reward good people. That is why it was so wonderful to learn about Karan’s journey from the Midcoast to some of the world’s biggest stages. I shouldn’t be surprised that a Coastsider was so warm and generous with his time. (He even sent me an old photo from the Half Moon Bay Review, showing one of his early bands in a suitably rock-and-roll pose. Also this month, writer Sara Hayden takes you to Elkus Ranch, a uniquely Coastside operation that combines the resources of one of the world’s great public universities with our area’s agricultural roots. That story begins on Page 14. Then she travels a little farther south to report on how managers of California parklands are using traditional native techniques to protect the land for future generations. The story of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is an important chapter in local history, and it begins on Page 24.
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Flashback Half Moon Bay once considered its own assault weapons ban 29 YEARS AGO, CITY REACTED TO VIOLENCE Recently, Coastside studen
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s everyone knows, recent events have revived a call from many quarters to ban assault rifles and other firearms more commonly associated with soldiers than hunters. But did you know the city of Half Moon Bay once considered its own ban? Americans and the media often refer to April 1999, and the horrific deadly killings at Columbine High School in Colorado, as the beginning of a terrible trend that sparked copy cats and more violence on the nation’s school campuses. That narrative ignores an earlier school shooting that rocked the nation, and California in particular. 12
On Jan. 17, 1989 — 10 years before Columbine — a troubled man named Patrick Edward Purdy brought a Chinesemade AK-47 onto a Stockton schoolyard where he fired 106 rounds, killing five children and wounding 32 others. It wasn’t the first school shooting, but this one brought calls to action on the Coastside. Both the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the Half Moon Bay City Council considered bans on semiautomatic weapons in the weeks to follow. The City Council largely deferred to thenpolice chief John Gonzales. “I’m sure that we have M-16s and M-14s in town,” Gonzales said at one City
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Council meeting that was covered by the Half Moon Bay Review, “but they have not been used anywhere. Personally, I don’t know why anyone needs and AK-47 or an UZI or anything else unless they are a collector.” That said, he suggested the city wait to see what state authorities did. In May 1989, the state Legislature passed the Roberti-Roos Assault Weapons Control Act that banned 50 brands and models of assault weapons. Five years later, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein authored a federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2005. — Clay Lambert
Preschooler Izzy Martinez and her father Danny Martinez get to know the chickens at Elkus Ranch. 14
Young goats are born in the spring at Elkus Ranch in San Mateo County. 227 Kelly St., built 1900 16
ELKUS RANCH IS OUTDOOR CLASSROOM ON COAST By Sara Hayden Photos by Jamie Soja
o one wanted to get toes wet and muddy after the rain on a recent morning. Competition was fierce for waist-height wooden perches and a turn in the plastic sandbox. “There’s always a queen goat,” Kathi Baxter said, observing that sometimes battles break out in the name of keeping feet dry. “They’re all pregnant and due at the end of March. This place will be crazy with kids.” The University of California Cooperative Extension environmental science educator was referring to the animal variety, although it already looked to be crowded with human children. She said that Elkus Ranch annually hosts about 9,000 human kids, ranging in age from preschool to high school as they learn through the ranch’s rich resources. As part of the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources cooperative extension, the ranch serves the general public, and makes university research and resources accessible. Visitors might learn from PhDs and other experts about such subjects as urban horticulture, nutrition education, food safety, pest management, livestock management and food preservation. “Ryan G., let’s go!” someone called. A little boy clad in rain boots ran down the dirt path to meet about 30 preschool classmates in a patch covered in beds of plants.
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Mixed media artist Susan Friedman talks about her work in her home in the hills of Half Moon Bay.
“WE’RE HOPING TO PLANT THAT SEED OF STEWARDSHIP HERE.” KATHI BAXTER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EDUCATOR±
“We’re going to get to explore this garden,” UC Cooperative Extension educator Courtney Zimmerman said. She invited the kids on a scavenger hunt and encouraged them to find different treasures. Maybe something yellow, a mint leaf, a crawling insect like an ant, or a flying one like a bee. “Only one rule,” she said. “Don’t pick the items.” There would be time for that later, when they moved from gardening to harvesting. There would also be opportunities to meet and learn from the animals. “We’re here to see the baby
lambs,” said Seaside Discovery Preschool teacher Claire Griffiths. All the ranch animals are bred to be docile. Among them are Spice the llama (who spits), Peanut Butter the barn cat (who has mouse and cuddle duty), Blossom and Apple — motherdaughter goats who help kids learn about genetic traits — and Finn the buck, who is learning how to weave through cones, jump hoops and paint ornaments. That one is part of an experiment to see if being handled in a positive way will keep him calm. They also show how livestock help humans. “They each have a job to do and
The ranch is teeming with life, including chickens and Peanut Butter the barn cat.
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“IT’S A PERFECT PLACE BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS HANDS ON. IT’S EXPERIMENTAL,” KATHI BAXTER, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE TEACHER
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give us something, whether it’s milk, fiber or meat,” Baxter explained. The Elkus family donated the 125-acre property in the 1970s as a gift for youth. The family envisioned it would be a place where children from cities could get close to the land, and able-bodied children of privilege and those with physical challenges would interact. Heavily dependent on grants, donations and UC funds, it continues to fulfill those promises, as well as offer opportunities for children who are learning English, special education students and those who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to experience ranch life. After a visit to the ranch, all kids go home with a seed or seedling. “It’s a perfect place because everything is hands on. It’s experimental. They can taste and touch and smell things — feel the wool of a sheep or an egg, know where their food is from, where the clothing fiber comes from,” Baxter said. “Ideally, kids would get the idea that space is necessary to grow food. We’re hoping to plant that seed of stewardship here.” HALF MOON BAY
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orning mist gradually gives way to blue sky in the Santa Cruz Mountains. To the east is Mount Umunhum, where wildlife, plants and people thrive. To the west is Quiroste Valley, where dew clings to thick tufts of bright, green grass and brush. Newts and black spiders scurry. They and other animals have long called this place home. Experts say we are among some of the most diverse coastal prairie on the Central Coast, maybe in all of California. That’s the fruit of nature — by human design. As far back as 1,000 years ago, tribal members tended these lands so that all living things may thrive. “Our people recognized that, most importantly, there was spirituality of the land. They created songs and dances to call back migrating salmon and geese. They created ceremonies for the four seasons, for the bear, for the condor,” Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez said. “They learned and they recognized that the plants and the animals were made by the same Creator who made us. They’re our relatives. It’s our responsibility to take care of them and treat them with love and with care.” That means serving as stewards, nursing native plants to health, seeding things like hazelnuts and huckleberry, elderberries and purple needle grass, coffee berries and California wild oat. Such plants were historically used as basketry materials and medicine, as well as food for humans and animals alike. “Our ancestors would have a mosaic of plants to meet the needs of the birds and the four-legged people,” Lopez said. That sacred mission was interrupted in the 1700s with the arrival of Europeans. They were weak and starving when the people of the valley found them. The native people brought the Europeans back to strength, and helped the explorers continue their journey where they first saw the San Francisco Bay, which turned out to be a historic turning point. Rather than return the compassion of their hosts, Europeans wrought violence and trauma. “Our people treated them good, but when they came back they’d bring soldiers, horses and weapons to conquer and dominate,” Lopez said. “They separated the families to break
“ONE OF OUR ELDERS … SAID IN SEVEN GENERATIONS THINGS WOULD GET BETTER. I’M THE SEVENTH GENERATION. IT’S TIME FOR THINGS TO GET BETTER.” VALENTIN LOPEZ, AMAH MUTSUN TRIBAL BAND CHAIRMAN
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Amah Mutsun Tribal Chairman Valentin Lopez notes that his people have always felt a spiritual tug to the land. APRIL
Native plants like wolf berry (left) are thriving under current management techniques.
“THE CREATOR NEVER RESCINDED THE OBLIGATION TO TAKE CARE OF MOTHER EARTH AND ALL LIVING THINGS. WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO THAT AS A TRIBE.” VALENTIN LOPEZ, AMAH MUTSUN TRIBAL BAND CHAIRMAN
the culture, pound a bottle to break the bones in the feet, or brand a cross on faces. They were brutal.” The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band lay low as a result — some finding solace around Gilroy, Hollister and Morgan Hill, until they got priced out, which prompted moves toward the San Joaquin Valley around the 1960s. “We lived underground and quietly for many years,” Lopez said. Still, the tribe largely stayed together. They had a calling. “My elders said we have to go back. The Creator never rescinded the obligation to take care of Mother Earth and all living things. We have to get back to that as a tribe,” Lopez said. But how could they return? By the mid-2000s, it seemed impossible. “We’re a very poor tribe. We can’t afford the lands,” Lopez said. And then they found an answer. Working
State Parks ranger Tim Reilly shows off land that was once home to native people. 30
with public agencies such as the University of California, California State Parks and others, they’re once again caring for the land. “What we do is we pray a lot, and the Creator hears our prayer. And that’s why we have partnerships and relationships with land conservation organizations and open space districts,” Lopez said. California State Parks Associate Archaeologist Mark Hylkema and Chuck Striplen, a tribal member looking for a site to study, answered that call. “We forged this really wonderful friendship between the tribe and parks,” Hylkema said. Since then, they’ve been working alongside researchers from the University of California to restore traditional land management practices — and are considering taking care of the trees, shrubs and brush and using fire as a tool — as well as cultural ones. Together, they’re looking to the past to determine how to care for Quiroste Valley going forward. A couple hundred years ago, the majority of the landscape was grassland, said anthropologist Rob Cuthrell, a U.C. Berkeley postdoctoral fellow working with professor Kent Lightfoot. Only 15 percent is today. “It’s like a test case of ecological succession that shows us what happens if you don’t burn the landscape, graze it or have any disturbance or stewardship of the vegetation. What we’ve seen is there’s a pretty rapid loss of these coastal prairies,” Cuthrell said. “A lot of them have been pushed out by exotic plants that came in along with the European colonization.” It’s also created a landscape that would have a hard time recovering in the event of a fire. “We are creating non-fire resilient landscapes and we’re trying to correct that. We want something that will persist through a fire,”
said Tim Reilly, a California State Parks environmental scientist and project manager. “We’re so engrained now to keep lands alone and consider them ‘wilderness,’” Hylkema said. “It’s a funny concept, because native people would never have understood what that meant, because they were managing the land and constantly engaged with their relationship with the land. Humans have to be part of that scene.” The Amah Mutsun people knew this generations ago. Separated from their land for so long, they’re looking to remember how. “We lost a lot of that knowledge. It used to be embarrassing to say that, but we started to say it’s not our fault. We have a responsibility to restore that knowledge,” Lopez said. Now working with community partners, they’re doing just that. Grants have enabled tribal members to connect with the land and do the traditional work that their ancestors did before first contact. “We’re finding our way to get back on the path of our ancestors, and fulfilling our obligation to Creator,” Lopez said. Still sustaining the impact of colonization, for many tribal members, it’s healing. “One of our elders … said in seven generations, things would get better. I’m the seventh generation. It’s time for things to get better,” 1 3/23/18 2:42 PM LopezHMBR_April2018_2.pdf said. HALF MOON BAY
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KARAN WENT FROM MONTARA TO TOURING THE WORLD
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ark Karan was 11 years old when, in 1966, his family moved from San Francisco to a quiet corner of California known as Montara. For a while, he continued to go to school in the city. Suffice to say, he wasn’t so sure about the rural vibe. “I was one of the early adopters of the whole long-hair-hippie-thing,” he recalls more than 50 years on. “I didn’t want to go to Half Moon Bay High School because I was convinced the cowboys were going to kick my
ass. But after a while, they were starting to kick my ass in San Francisco anyway.” So, his first days as a Cougar included some trepidation. All these years later, however, Karan has fond memories for a place that figured prominently in a journey marked by perseverance and with the San Francisco ’60s sound playing in the background. Eventually, Karan left the coast to travel the world as a touring musician. Many Coastsiders have played in bands through the years; few have played the kind of stages graced by
Mark Karan, second from right, is known to many for playing with the extended Grateful Dead family of muciians. APRIL
Mark Karan performs with his band at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley. APRIL
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“THERE WAS A HUGE CULTURE SHOCK. EVEN THOUGH I WAS LIVING IN MONTARA, MY ORIENTATION WAS VERY SAN FRANCISCO. THE FLAVOR OF HIPPIES WAS DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE COAST THEN.” MARK KARAN, MUSICIAN
one of the local high school’s most successful artistic graduates. Karan, now 61, is perhaps best known for his work with the extended Grateful Dead family of musicians. He toured for years with Bob Weir’s RatDog and counts his big break as the call to play with The Other Ones, the first tenuous steps back into the limelight for remaining members of the Grateful Dead after the death of iconic guitar player Jerry Garcia. He has played with Delaney Bramlett, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Dave Mason. He’s strapped on the guitar in hallowed venues like Radio City Music Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. He called on well-known musicians like Little Feat’s Bill Payne and The Persuasions to fill in the sound of his debut solo album, “Walk Through the Fire.” But before all that, he had to get through high school on the coast. “There was a huge culture shock,” he recalls during a phone interview from his current home in Marin County. “Even though I was living in Montara, my orientation was very San Francisco. The flavor of hippies was different between the city and the coast then.” He said hippies living at the height of the San Francisco scene — just as he was entering high school — had flowers in their hair and dressed in vintage chic. Meanwhile, on the coast, those who thought of themselves as hippies wore jeans, boots and cowboy hats. “When I got down to Half Moon
Bay and started going to school there and meeting members of my tribe, they were different,” he said. “Half Moon Bay wound up being wonderful. I came to school being kind of terrified, but I found a wonderful circle of friends, some who are still friends to this day.” He also found his musical voice. His first band had a name that morphed to Karadja, a play on members’ names. It picked up gigs around the coast. A photo of the band ran in the Half Moon Bay Review in the early 1970s in advance of a performance at the I.D.E.S. Hall on Main Street. That band became Hotel Heart. Sons of Champlin, a soulful, jazzy group that was part of the burgeoning San Francisco music scene, was an important influence. “We followed them the way people ended up following the Dead around,” he said. “That high school band was kind of modeled after the Sons.” Somewhere in there, Karan moved out of his mom’s house and into a sprawling place on the cliffs of Moss Beach. He was 17 when he moved in with his friends. “I think there were four or five bedrooms and we each chipped in $50 to have our own rooms on the cliffs right over the beach,” he said. “I lived there for a couple of years.” Karan had found his path by then. Eventually, he bought a GMC panel truck, essentially moved into it and drove to Sausalito, where he hooked up with a bluesy outfit fronted by a
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southern blues singer named Sarah Baker. Karan kept the faith, playing in relatively obscure bar bands for much of the 1970s and ’80s. Then he got the courage to try something different. “My big break didn’t happen till my early 40s,” he explained. “I had been doing music all my life. … At a certain point I broke up with the gal I was with and also a lot of the venues I had been playing went out of business or just hired a deejay. I had been avoiding Los Angeles because I just thought I would be lost in the shuffle.” He conquered that fear just as he had conquered the coast. One day in the 1990s, he found himself performing in Southern California with the drummer John Molo, who like Karan, was steeped in the music of the Grateful Dead. They jammed to the old Grateful Dead song “Truckin’” and some kind of magic happened. Meanwhile, surviving Grateful Dead members were picking up the pieces after Garcia’s death. And they were forming a band out of the ashes called The Other Ones. Molo told Karan to expect a call from Grateful Dead management. “I told him, ‘You’re full of (it.) What are you talking about?’” But Molo was right. His very next call was from managers of the band and it would change Karan’s fortunes. The resulting tours brought Karan into the wide and wild orbit of the Grateful Dead, a rock outfit unlike any other that continues to inspire fanaticism that is more lifestyle than live music. Some find “Deadheads” anachronistic, to be kind, but Karan has been awed by the band’s place in the lives of fans.
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Decide what you want to grow and when you need to plant. Planting calendars, such as the one below, can help with the timing. Do some research to determine which varieties of your chosen vegetables will do well in your microclimate. Check a local nursery, the Internet and resources such as “Golden Gate Gardening” by Pam Pierce to know which seeds to buy. Be realistic about how many plants you can grow. You can start the seeds either inside or out, but choosing indoors gives you a head start. If you start at the right time, you will have vigorous seedlings to plant in your garden. You can sow the seeds in a variety of containers from a shallow tray to small, individual containers. Remember to monitor for germination daily. The seed packet will have information on how
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If sown in a tray, the young seedlings should be transplanted to an individual pot once they have grown two sets of true leaves. These are the leaves that come after the cotyledon — the special leaves that emerge first. Water sufficiently to keep the soil barely damp and watch that the top of the soil does not dry out. Hardening off is the process of getting plants ready for the real world. Leave them in their containers and place them outside in shady indirect light for a few days, gradually increasing sun exposure. After a week, your plants should be “hardened” enough for their new home in the garden.
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Organic material such as compost or wellrotted manure will encourage a healthy root system. If you want to add additional fertilizer to supply the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) that all plants need, apply it a few inches
CHECKLIST A monthly garden checklist for San Mateo and San Francisco counties can be found at smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr. edu/Monthly_Garden_Checklist/
away from the tender roots of the new plants, either off to the side or below the planting hole. Consider plant arrangement: Instead of lining them up in rows or squares, try staggering the plants by planting in triangles. You can fit in nearly 15 percent more plants this way. Watch your spacing, though, for if they are crowded, your plants won’t reach full potential.
Keep the seed packet so you know when to harvest and what to expect! Many vegetable cultivars are bred for different characteristics, so it’s good to know how big the vegetable should be and what it should look like. It’s also good to have an idea of the time from planting to harvest. A good rule of thumb is that the majority of vegetables reach peak tenderness and ﬂavor when they are relatively small. A monthly garden checklist for San Mateo and San Francisco counties can be found here: http://smsf-mastergardeners.ucanr.edu/ Monthly_Garden_Checklist/. Happy harvest! Now it’s time to try some new recipes. Kathy Stamm is a UC master gardener who starts and grows tomatoes and other veggies for the annual Spring Garden Market that will be held at the San Mateo Event Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 21. She also volunteers at the master gardeners’ demonstration garden at the Veterans Senior Memorial Center in Redwood City. Edited by Susan Kornfeld and Cynthia Nations. HALF MOON BAY
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