Child Support in Marin County

Dealing with Child Support? County Can Help – Staff is available to create better outcomes for children and their parents San Rafael, CA – One of the most eye-opening facts from a 2017 statewide study about child support services was that California parents were mostly saying, “Wait … there’s such a thing as child support services?” The Marin County Department … More Child Support in Marin County

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?

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

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

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, Community Should Take Hard Look at Equity

San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s poorest residents have much different needs from their local government than those more financially fortunate. For instance, there aren’t as many construction permits filed for home additions in some ZIP codes, and there aren’t as many applications for food assistance in others. The County of Marin knows that there … More Marin County, Community Should Take Hard Look at Equity

Endorsing A Champion For Office of Marin County Assessor

I am so proud to endorse Shelly Scott for Marin County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk. Shelly served on the Marin Human Rights Commission with me and I have known her personally for many years.  And if you go to her endorsement page you will see so many fellow former Human Rights Commissioner’s have endorsed Shelly. I assure … More Endorsing A Champion For Office of Marin County Assessor

Heroes and Zeroes 2017

Short pictorial of my personal 2017 year in review… A most interesting variety of Heroes and Zeroes,  from the President of the United States to a local Marin County lawyer – From Donald Trump to Mercedes Gavin – read on….. Reflecting on Last year: THIS IS WHAT I wrote in 2016 for the O-blog-dee-O-blog-da 2016 … More Heroes and Zeroes 2017

Several Local Measures on Marin Ballot

Arguments may be filed with Elections Department by 4:30 p.m. August 21 San Rafael, CA – Marin County residents will have the opportunity on November 7 to vote on local measures that include school, municipal and special district measures.  A special tax assessment for educational programs will be on the ballot for the Lagunitas School … More Several Local Measures on Marin Ballot

Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses

Revised ordinance to be considered in coming months San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors upheld a decision by the County Administrator and denied appeals to seven prospective applicants who wanted to open medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Marin. The Board’s decision May 23 followed an April 10 decision by … More Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses

Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

County and community collaborating on addressing challenges –  San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s track record of being one of the healthiest counties in California is intact, according to new statistics, but several significant issues remain for those who deliver health care and other wellness services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings … More Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

Marin County Key to Tsunami Preparation is to Have a Plan

Assess if you, your family and your neighbors are ready for evacuation San Rafael, CA – A significant portion of Marin County’s population lives close to the ocean or the bay partly because of those majestic views and cool breezes. But is that significant portion familiar with what to do in the event of a … More Marin County Key to Tsunami Preparation is to Have a Plan

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

 By Melanie Nathan, Nov 17, 2016. Fair Housing Anti discrimination measures extended to tenants with rental subsidies To further its commitment to promote housing affordability and housing equity in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live, the County of Marin took a historic step November 8 to establish equal opportunities for lower-income families, … More Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

Marin County Vegetation Biodiversity Plan in Final Review

Two meetings in October to assess decision process in maintaining public safety and protecting wildlife San Rafael, CA – With its 34 preserves and more than 16,000 pristine acres of undeveloped wild lands, the Marin County Open Space District is charged with both promoting environmental stewardship and protecting public safety. To help achieve these goals, the … More Marin County Vegetation Biodiversity Plan in Final Review

Marin BOS Takes Positions on Statewide Measures

Ballot contains 17 state propositions; Supervisors render stance on 13 There are 17 propositions on the statewide ballot for the November 8 General Election, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors has taken positions on 13 of them. The Board of Supervisors discussed the ballot measures at length during its September 20 meeting and continued … More Marin BOS Takes Positions on Statewide Measures

Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

 San Rafael, CA – Today, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Marin’s first Zika virus infection. The disease was contracted by an individual who was in Central America recently. The spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes, which have not been detected in Marin. Due to … More Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

Kinsey Takes Helm on Marin Board of Supervisors

Judy Arnold becomes First Vice President, Damon Connolly Second VP Posted by Melanie Nathan, January 06, 2015 San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors conducted its annual reorganization on January 4 and voted District 4’s Steve Kinsey as its President during his final year as a Board member. Kinsey, first elected in … More Kinsey Takes Helm on Marin Board of Supervisors

Marin County School Superintendent Pleads for Measles Vaccinations

The greater good of the community demands that we take action to prevent any further spread of the measles in Marin County. By Melanie Nathan, February 04, 2015. I barely write about local issues.  Marin Country, where I live, has become the epicenter of the controversy around Measles and parents who refuse to allow their … More Marin County School Superintendent Pleads for Measles Vaccinations

Marin County Man Mounts Pride Rainbow Flag on Uganda’s Highest Peak

He braved not only the challenges of the peak, but also the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality law #prideflagatopUganda #RepealAHA By Melanie Nathan, April 24, 2014. Marin County Founder of Three Twins Ice Cream braved not only the challenges of the peak, but also the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality law while issuing a challenge to President Museveni. The police of Uganda … More Marin County Man Mounts Pride Rainbow Flag on Uganda’s Highest Peak

Marin County’s Human Rights Commission Awards to Honor Community Advocates

MHRC 31st  Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Award Dinner Jan. 24th | Marin County’s Human Rights Commission Highlights Connections to Civil Rights Movement’s Bayard Rustin The 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Gala will be held by the Marin Human Rights Commission at The Four Points Sheraton on January 24, 2013, to honor Marin’s … More Marin County’s Human Rights Commission Awards to Honor Community Advocates

Shirley Tan Keynote Speaker at Marin Human Rights Commision MLK Humaitarian Award Dinner.

By Melanie Nathan.    1/23/10 Shirley Tan did a formidable job when presenting her profound story to a very moved and emotional mainstream audience at the MLK Award dinner in marin County on Thursday night.  As a Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission, I was so proud to introduce Shirl as well as Jay Mercado her … More Shirley Tan Keynote Speaker at Marin Human Rights Commision MLK Humaitarian Award Dinner.