CFI Hosts Educational and Community Screening in Marin of Award Winning Documentary UNSETTLED

Dear Friends, African Human Rights Coalition (African HRC) is proud to announce its partnership with California Film Institute (CFI) for the upcoming free community impact and educational screening of the award-winning feature documentary Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America, in Marin County, California. You are invited to the screening! Bay Area filmmaker Tom Shepard’s powerful new documentary tells the untold stories … More CFI Hosts Educational and Community Screening in Marin of Award Winning Documentary UNSETTLED

Trump HUD Rule Would Weaken Protections for Fair Housing Victims

Trump Administration Proposes Changes to HUD Rule that Would Weaken Protections for Fair Housing Victims and Foreshadows Wide-ranging Consequences  San Rafael, August 19, 2019 – The Trump administration seeks to gut one of the Act’s critical tools: the Disparate Impact rule. The Fair Housing Act prohibits both intentional discrimination as well as the application of … More Trump HUD Rule Would Weaken Protections for Fair Housing Victims

I am Named for Excellence in Blogging Award as NLGJA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients 

I am so honored to be named for the Excellence in Blogging Award: Melanie Nathan for “LGBT Refugee Peaceful Protest Turns Violent at UNHCR Compound in Kenya,” www.oblogdee.blog   and congratulations to all the award recipients with thanks for the important work. This is truly an honor, and most especially because it recognizes the subject matter which I … More I am Named for Excellence in Blogging Award as NLGJA Announces 2019 Excellence in Journalism Award Recipients 

Marin County steps up Fair Housing – Is it enough?

San Rafael, CA – With encouragement from the federal government, the County of Marin has entered into a new agreement designed to improve local fair housing choice and result in more affordable housing options for its most financially strapped residents. At its hearing of May 7, the Marin County Board of Supervisors voted to enter … More Marin County steps up Fair Housing – Is it enough?

Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

When insidious politics and reality collide – there is no escaping the serious impact – and the things we could never have imagined having to prepare for! What happens to child support orders in a Government shutdown? An especially pertinent question because there is no precedent for a Federal shutdown that has gone on this … More Navigating Spousal and Child Support Court Orders by Federal Workers in Trump Shutdown

Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

San Rafael, CA – Those suspected of and arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Marin County can expect to face highly trained, specialized prosecutors, thanks to a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety(OTS). Funding from the grant will aid the District Attorney’s Office in handling cases throughout each step of the … More Marin District Attorney’s Office Awarded DUI Prosecution Grant

Marin County Wins Settlement in Consumer Protection Case

District Attorney’s Office pursues accuracy in retail packaging San Rafael, CA — Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian, along with two other California district attorneys, announced that Marin County Superior Court Judge Roy O. Chernus has ordered Bausch & Lomb Incorporated to pay $135,000 as part of a settlement of a civil consumer protection … More Marin County Wins Settlement in Consumer Protection Case

Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

Property Demolitions and Renovations Were Performed Throughout California Without Fully Complying with Asbestos-related Laws San Rafael, CA — Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian, along with nine other California District Attorneys, announced today that Monterey County Superior Court Judge Marla O. Anderson has ordered the Chicago-based Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc., and their related companies … More Marin County Successful in Environmental Protection Case

What Marin County Learned About Local Election Results

Canvass of votes is ratified by Board of Supervisors San Rafael, CA – Following the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ ratification of the local November 6 Statewide General Election results, there are a few statistics about voter tendencies that stand out. The Board accepted the canvass of votes offered by Register of Voters Lynda Roberts … More What Marin County Learned About Local Election Results

Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

The Truth Act, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September 2016, requires local governing bodies in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment. Last night the Marin County Board of Supervisors held such a forum at the Civic … More Passionate Residents call on Marin BOS for County Sanctuary at TRUTH Forum

Marin County Tax Relief for Domestic Partners

Law change for locally registered domestic partners With a recent change in California tax laws, qualifying locally registered domestic partners who transferred ownership of property between themselves may be eligible for some property tax relief. The benefit is not automatic and a claim form must be timely filed with the Marin County Assessor’s Office. State … More Marin County Tax Relief for Domestic Partners

Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Support for people experiencing homelessness to increase existing capacity San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and the Novato-based nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin have established emergency shelter surge capacity to supplement 190 year-round shelter beds during severe weather events.  In the case of a severe weather event, the … More Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California and Client Settle National Origin Discrimination Complaint San Rafael, CA – Late last month, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC) and one of its clients settled a complaint alleging discrimination based upon national origin that had been filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Continuum … More Marin Fair Housing Discrimination Case Settled

Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

San Rafael, CA – Starting January 1, 2020, specialty tobacco stores in unincorporated Marin County will be prohibited from selling flavored tobacco products, including vaping liquids and menthol cigarettes. For all other retailers and individuals, the ban goes into effect July 1, 2019. With support from its Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) staff, … More Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products Banned in Marin

Local Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Cruel Immigration Changes

Homeland Security proposal would penalize those receiving public benefits Marin County, CA – Local community leaders are mobilizing in response to a new proposal from the Trump Administration that would penalize certain immigrants seeking to change their legal status if they receive public benefits or are deemed likely to become a “public charge” in the … More Local Marin Leaders Mobilizing Against Cruel Immigration Changes

Marin DA Candidate Promises Reform for Outrageous Sexual Assault Hotline

By Melanie Nathan. “When survivors come forward the very least we can do is pick up the phone!” Anna Pletcher. San Anselmo -As my friends and followers  in Marin may know I support Anna Pletcher for Marin County District Attorney. That role could not be more important than now, when the issue of sexual assault … More Marin DA Candidate Promises Reform for Outrageous Sexual Assault Hotline

West Marin’s Irving Fire Closer to Containment

Downed power line believed to cause 152-acre blaze; Preparedness praised Woodacre, CA – Crews from the Marin County Fire Department and other supporting agencies continue suppression efforts for the Irving Fire, and investigators believe the cause was a downed power line. The vegetation fire near Samuel P. Taylor State Park in Marin’s San Geronimo Valley … More West Marin’s Irving Fire Closer to Containment

Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

RxSafe Marin initiative co-hosts special event September 12 San Rafael, CA – A national expert in opioid use disorder will be the featured speaker at a free special public event co-hosted by the grassroots RxSafe Marin coalition, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dominican University of California. Dr. Dan Ciccarone of … More Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

Connecting Frank Lloyd Wright to Marin Classrooms

Teaching by Design brings educational programming to grades 3-5 San Rafael, CA – As the school year gets underway again, students and teachers in Marin County now have a fun way to explore the unique architectural heritage of the Marin County Civic Center and to inspire students to think critically about the designed world around … More Connecting Frank Lloyd Wright to Marin Classrooms

Marin County Art Installation Spirit Nest Volunteers and Events

Experience the Spirit Nest!  Here’s an update on volunteer opportunities and events: Following the initial Story on this blog – ART A FIRE DANGER REMINDER:  “A County of Marin sponsored art installation, now under construction in San Rafael, will serve as an eye-catching reminder about the always-present danger of wildfire for Marin County….” UPDATE with … More Marin County Art Installation Spirit Nest Volunteers and Events

Art a Fire Danger Reminder – Marin to Showcase Human-Sized ‘Nest’

Art installation made from tree limbs serves as fire fuel reduction reminder – with 8 people dead 1000 structures lost in one of the worst fires in California’s history 150 miles to the North of Marin! San Rafael, CA – A County of Marin sponsored art installation, now under construction in San Rafael, will serve … More Art a Fire Danger Reminder – Marin to Showcase Human-Sized ‘Nest’

Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Washington, D.C. — US Senator Dianne Feinstein has released a statement after the polls have closed in the California Primary Election. Senator Feinstein recorded the statement this evening in Washington D.C. She could not be in California on Election Day as the Senate is in session. Today, the Senate voted on a motion to invoke cloture … More Senator Feinstein Election Night Statement

Marin ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help -FREE CPR

‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help Quick stop at annual free training increases odds of bystanders becoming heroes San Rafael, CA – In the time it takes to listen to the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” you can learn how to save real lives by stopping bleeding and conducting hands-only CPR. The ninth annual … More Marin ‘Don’t Miss a Beat’ When Someone Needs Help -FREE CPR

Marin County Contributes to Senior Low-Income Housing

With grant assistance, Homeward Bound of Marin to create 12 new units San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin is assisting a local nonprofit to convert a former convent in Larkspur to 12 units of senior housing for those emerging from homelessness. The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted May 22 to approve a … More Marin County Contributes to Senior Low-Income Housing

Marin DA’s Office Assists in State Cybercrime Charges

Operators of Mugshots.com accused of ID theft, money laundering, extortion San Rafael, CA – A computer crimes task force that includes members of the Marin County District Attorney’s Office staff spearheaded an investigation that led to the State of California filing felony charges in a case of alleged internet extortion. On May 15, California Attorney … More Marin DA’s Office Assists in State Cybercrime Charges

Marin Opposes U.S. Immigration Policy in Court

Citing civil rights, County joins amicus brief in support of recent state laws San Rafael, CA – The County of Marin is among 23 California jurisdictions supporting the State of California in opposing federal efforts to block three of the state’s immigration laws. In the United States District Court Case U.S. v. State of California, … More Marin Opposes U.S. Immigration Policy in Court

Marin County | California Voting My Recommendations and Endorsements

Many of you have received your mail in ballots for the coming June 05, 2018 election. I want to stress the importance of voting for ALL and to take note of the down ballot as well as the top of the ballot races.  Every office up for election plays an important part in the workings … More Marin County | California Voting My Recommendations and Endorsements