Wednesday, August 22, 2012


It's Wednesday, August 22 and here are your Best Bets and Newslets!


 Voting. Have you studied the November 2012 CA Ballot? Do you understand each initiative dealing with tax revenues? MIC offers a forum with Anne Ryan, Project Assistant at CompassPoint, who will lead us in an educational, interactive review of the various ballot initiatives. Sponsored by Marin Interfaith Council.


 Proposed statewide ban on plastic bags. Among other things, AB 298 would establish a statewide ban on plastic bags and a fee for paper bags. In addition, it would create standards for reusable bags, and an oversight agency to certify them. More information can be found here:;jsessionid=f6d66836af7026d45ba47bf278e1 Our City Council Sustainability Subcommittee sent in a letter of support. There is an expectation that this would be up for a full vote of the Assembly before recess at the end of August. If you wish to support this bill, please send a letter of support to: State Senator Julia Brownley, State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849 Sacramento, CA 94249-0041

 Your trusty washing machine- now hazardous to your health? an open letter from Cindy Sage, Principal of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm based in Santa Barbara reports: very disturbing- that appliances are already being fitted with transmitters to connect to the 'smart' grid via the 'home area network.' Huffman, Legislators Oppose Efforts to Weaken CEQA. SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and 32 other Assemblymembers and Senators are taking a stand against possible last-minute legislation to undermine California's most significant environmental protection law, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This 42-year old law has protected communities from pollution and allowed citizens to have a voice in decisions affecting their neighborhoods, public health, and quality of life. In a letter sent to Senate Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg and Assembly Speaker John Perez, Huffman and his colleagues urged the leaders to "oppose any proposal to create significant new exemptions or otherwise re-write CEQA in the days ahead." "The protections CEQA affords are too important to change without careful, thoughtful analysis and review by stakeholders, the public, and a full, deliberative legislative process," said Huffman in the letter. "We stand ready to work with you on thoughtful CEQA improvements." 4th Saturday Parks

Service Day: Hello Friends of San Rafael Volunteers, This Saturday is our next 4th Saturday Parks Service Day from 9am-noon. Hope to see you there! Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. Projects will include litter abatement, weed removal, and graffiti paint-outs along Mahon Path and Anderson Drive. Meet near Albert Park Tennis Courts on Lindaro.Further information can be found on the City of San Rafael Volunteers website at

 SMART train horns and Quiet(er) Zones This sound (noise) issue is a widespread problem affecting several thousands of people in our area. Also, the Civic Center area which is already very congested and further development will pose serious safety concerns in that area. Information on the station area plans is available at High density housing has been envisioned around the proposed civic center train station. If you have any questions, please go to and or

 Rights of Nature Training/Seminar! Hosted by the Women's Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) September 7 - 8, 2012 Richmond Education/Advocacy from the frontlines locally and globally. Location: The Ventura Street Studio, 940 Ventura Street, Richmond, CA 94805 Seminar fee: $50.00 Bring lunch on Saturday or you may want to go to a Mexican, Thai or Vietnamese restaurant nearby. To register Contact: Jordan or call her at 510-334-3697

 Used cigarette butts turn into steel corrosion inhibitors. Research from a team of Chinese chemists finds a use for the untold number of


 The Daffodil Lady Inspires: Cleanup of traffic islands at Montecillo x Frietas Kaiser Permanente San Rafael is pleased to announce the opening of our new Parking Structure which adds 309 parking spaces to make our members' visits more convenient and to help reduce the number of employee cars on the street. Next month, we begin construction on the new Emergency Department which will help ensure our patients continue to receive quality care and service. We would like to thank our neighbors for their patience and understanding while we work to improve our facilities. Details on 2012/3 constructions plans from Carol A. Harris, Community and Government Relations Manager, Phone: (415) 893-4069 Space Weather & the Coming Solar Storms:

 Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association Blog at See Wine & Cheese photos and more!

 ARTS Singing Lessons with experienced teacher available in San Rafael. Gentle and encouraging lessons focussing on good vocal technique, beginner music theory and fun!! Julia has been teaching voice and singing for 20 years, from singers on the stages of London's West End, to community choirs, jazz education, expressive arts therapists, lawyers and CEO's ..oh and clowns....lots of clowns. Julia is proud to be a teaching artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild, helping elementary school students write their own operas from scratch. She has also presented at expressive arts therapy conferences all over the U.S.A. Call 415-686-0682 for rates and availability and references.


 Here's the article on the celebration of the recent success of Safe Passage Along Lucas Valley Road project: See you at the 9/4, 2pm groundbreaking at Lucas Valley Road near Los Gamos!


 The Facts on Water Fluoridation in Marin County.
 The fluoride that is put into Marin County drinking water is hydrofluorosilicic acid. It is provided by a company called Lucier Chemicals. They get this hydrofluorosilicic acid from a company called Mosaic which is primarily owned by Cargill. The hydrofluorosilicic acid is a toxic waste byproduct from Cargill's and Mosaic's phosphate fertilizer manufacturing business. It has also been know to contain trace amounts of arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, sulfates, radon and uranium. The use of this waste byproduct in our drinking water is a very cost efficient way for Cargill and Mosaic to dispose of their toxic waste. And we Marin County citizens are paying to have this put into our water. The reason given for putting fluoride into our water supply is because it is supposedly good for our children's teeth. Cavities are not contagious nor life threatening. The decision on whether or not to put something as controversial as fluoride into our bodies is the choice of the individual citizens. If anyone thinks that fluoride is healthy, then they should have the right to ingest it. However, it should not be forced upon those who do not think fluoride is healthy and do not want to consume it. Water fluoridation is actually mass medication (fluoride is listed as a drug by the FDA), without individual consent and without medical oversight and dosage control. This is illegal. The last time it was voted on was in 1972 and it barely passed, and the vote was tainted by political manipulation and deception. Dr John Lee, MD was chairman of the Environmental Health Committee at the time. He strongly advised against the fluoridation of our water and claimed "the pro-fluoridation literature was flimsy and deceptive." Furthermore, there has been a substantial amount of literature written since 1972 showing the dangers of fluoridation. If you would like more information on the dangers of water fluoridation, please refer to: To sign a petition: Update on Tetanus!

 On the Watch for West Nile Virus 41 deaths nationwide this year. Dead birds should be reported to (800) 231-3236. The out of date county website is


 EXCELLENT short video by Canadian researcher Dr. Magda Havas. Don't we wish that everyelected/appointed official and journalist understood this critical concept about science!? The 57 California cities and counties that either banned or called for a halt to SmartMeter installation listened to their constituents on this matter and understood reason for precaution. Video: "Science 101: Cherry Picking and Black Swans:" Article: The Maine Supreme Court gets it, and we will see, in due time, if the Maine PUC gets it. Commissioners have agreed to an evaluation of SmartMeter health and safety questions: Thousands of "black swans" are the basis for this petition you might like to sign and pass on: Petition: 3) New Kaiser study shows link between EMF exposure in the womb and childhood obesity: 4) Dennis Kucinich has introduced Right-To-Know cell phone radiation legislation: And, just another reminder that the EMF Safety Network is bringing suit against the California Public Utilities Commission "for failing to address serious Smart Meter issues, including health and safety impacts, and FCC compliance." You can help at Also see: Video:

 My Plastic-Free Life! 
 Think we can't live without plastic? Think again. In 2007 I committed to stop buying any new plastic & I've almost succeeded! Won't you join me? Let's see what plastic-free looks like in 2012... for the health of our bodies, our oceans, our planet. ~Beth Terry

 LGVSD's New Recycled Water Facility. 
 Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 1:30PM. Help us celebrate "Taking the Waste Out of Water" as we dedicate the launch of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Recycled Water Facility. By producing advanced treated recycled water and using it for landscape irrigation and industrial purposes, we are able to save more of our precious drinking water for other important uses.


 Marin County Open Space Thanks You. This is your invitation to join us for the Annual Volunteer Recognition Picnic at McNear's Beach Park on Saturday, September 8th at South Shore picnic area from 11am-2pm. Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 4th to GREZA@MARINCOUNTY.ORG Park admission is waived for participants. Please join us whether you volunteer regularly or simply want to find out how to get more involved. It is a family-friendly event so bring the family for a day of fun in the sun. We will have a jumpy toy and snow cones for kids. We are handing out volunteer T-shirts with our new logo and Belladonna bulbs collected by volunteers from Open Space. Heartwood Awards will be awarded to a few volunteers whom have been exceptional in 2012. Please stand up, be recognized and celebrate with the best citizens in Marin.

 Park Service Day Saturday, August 25. MAHON PATH LITTER & GRAFFITI CLEANUP 9am - noon Meet at the corner of Andersen and Lindaro at the entry to the Path Park along Lindaro near the tennis courts or on Jordan Street across from them Bring gloves, water bottle, and wear closed-toed shoes If you have long pole paint rollers, please bring them as well We'll be focusing on litter pickup, and graffiti removal. For more information contact Cory Bytof (415) 485-3407 Projects will include litter abatement, weed removal, and graffiti paint-outs along Mahon Path and Anderson Drive. Further information can be found on our website at Co-hosted by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Diego Bros, Inc. Living with Wildlife, a Photography Contest/Benefit for Wildcare! $500 prize!


 Affordable Housing. Please see the attached survey with the County DESIGN of affordable housing - ie.. they are asking for the public to VOTE their inputs and if we don't participate, we are not heard. NOTE; THIS IS FOR THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF OUR COUNTY HIGH DENSITY HOUSING AND MIXED USE DESIGNS- BUT THAT INCLUDES SANTA VENETIA IN OUR BACKYARDS AND THE FARMERS MARKET BUILDING KITTY CORNER TO THE CIVIC CENTER NEAR SANTA VENETIA MARKET. (to name a few, there are many, many sites planned for consideration across the county, 72% of which are in Lucas Valley with just 2% of the population. Here is the link to the upcoming workshops they are having on this same subject. I think we need to submit written comment/letter etc. Link to materials is here:


 Fire Threats. Effective immediately the National Preparedness Level is being elevated to 3. Initial attack and large fire activity is increasing or expected to increase in many geographical areas due to predicted weather and current fuels conditions. There are currently (7) each T2 IMT's, (1) each Type T1 IMT and a NIMO assigned to incidents in the 3 geographical areas. There is a significant commitment of national resources with additional support being ordered through NICC. The CA Joint Inc. Briefing Report is attached along with the current Statewide Fire Map. Predictive Services unit produces fire weather, fire danger, and fire potential reports: National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook Executive Summary National Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook Northern California Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook Southern California Wildland Significant Fire Potential Outlook Also, please accept the following link to review the 2012 Summer Edition of Two More Chains Please ensure and maintain personal, apparatus and equipment readiness. Be safe.

 San Rafael Fire Chief Gray Police Academy Sign Ups. San Rafael Police are accepting applications for the new session of Citizen Police Academy which starts on Wednesday, September 12, and runs for 10 weeks. The Citizen Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement and is designed to provide an overview of the Police Department's function and operational procedures. Each week students are introduced to a wide range of topics and learn about different areas of police work such as such as SWAT, CSI, Detectives, Gangs/Drugs/Vice and much more. Also included in the program is the opportunity to go on a ride-a-long with a uniformed patrol officer, a ride-a-long on the patrol boat Mission City, and a trip to the shooting range with a SRPD Firearms Instructor. This program has received excellent reviews from your fellow city residents. There is no cost to attend. Click here for more information


 Previews and Reviews. a wrap up - of the last Board of Supervisors meeting posted every Thursday provides a list of selected highlights from the Board agenda, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of the entire agenda. Please check out the Cyberagenda for copies of these reports and others. You can subscribe to Board Actions and Issues for County of Marin. This information has recently been updated, and is now available at Keep Marin Marin. County employees have sponsored a great website. Learn more about the Marin County Public Health Lab and sign the petition! Supervisor Susan Adams Newsletter. August 2012.pdf

 The Story of Change by Annie Leonard, a short film

 City of San Rafael Manager: You may subscribe to the City Manager's newsletter "Snapshot" at

 Water Costs Skyrocketing. Marin Municipal Water District is in the process of reviewing their rate structure. Their committee has come out with 2 reports; one which keeps things status quo--the more you use, the more you pay, regardless of where you live. The Minority Report asks for a variable rate structure based on microclimate, size of property and other factors. Recycled water for landscaping use may also be possible for our area. Write your Board: MMWD Board of Directors, 220 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925 Cynthia Koehler, President; Jack Gibson; Armando Quintero; David Behar; Larry Russell

 MCE Marin Clean Energy: Update & Discussion. An update on MCE seems timely as we appear closer and closer to a crisis on the planet. MCE may be the change we have been waiting for... yet concerns regarding costs and credibility linger. Panel members will include: Jamie Tuckey, Communication Director with MCE, Gene Dyer, engineer; Charles Auerbach former mayor of Belvedere; Larry Bragman Fairfax City Council will moderate the discussion. Though we encourage free speech and full participation, courtesy and thoughtful expression are essential for a successful evening. Monday, August 27, 6:15 for Pot-luck, 7:15 for Presentation, contact 388-2821 for additional info First United Methodist Church, basement, 9 Ross Valley Rd at 4th Street, San Rafael (along the Miracle Mile)

 FUN FUNDRAISER! Bocce Invitational to benefit WARM WISHES HOMELESS HOLIDAY BACKPACK PROJECT! Warm Wishes began 19 years ago when Bill Hamm, Founder, gave a homeless man in San Francisco his pair of leather gloves on a very cold winter night. The man's gratitude touched Bill so much that it gave Bill the inspiration to create Warm Wishes. Warm Wishes provides backpacks (Street packs) with gloves, a knit cap, a warm scarf, a pair of thermal socks and rain poncho to homeless men, women, teens and children throughout the Bay Area! A holiday card, made by local Bay Area children, is tucked inside each backpack. This year 5,000 backpacks will be assembled and distributed on December 1th to 25 local agencies and on the street! If you are interested in donating time, money or provide a sponsorship for this program, please contact MarinLink. Currently collecting items for our silent auction.
 WHERE: Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B Street, San Rafael, COST: $65/person/$250 team of 4 Bill Hamm was the recipient of the Jefferson Award in 2007. This prestigious award is administered by the American Institute for Public Service. Street Pack Assembly day: Saturday, December 1st at Unity In Marin.9:00AM Bring your family and friends.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cleanup of traffic islands at Montecillo x Frietas

Here are photos of the recent mini-cleanup of the traffic islands at Montecillo x Freitas.  Goldie Magee, The Daffodil Lady and Carolyn Lenert made short work of it with the crucial assistance of photographer/all-around Great Guy, Ray Lorber.