Marin Probationers Arrest May have Saved lives

Public safety workers and the friends and family members of those at risk for overdose are being encouraged to carry naloxone. San Rafael, CA – Two probationers who have histories of being hospitalized for opiate abuse were booked into Marin County Jail following arrests that Marin County Probation Department officials said might have saved their … More Marin Probationers Arrest May have Saved lives

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

Time to Purge that Medicine Cabinet for Safety’s Sake

Prevent misuse and abuse on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28 San Rafael, CA – The opioid abuse crisis is a national phenomenon these days – there’s even a White House webpage devoted to it – but it’s been lingering in Marin County for decades. One in four Marin adults needs help for substance … More Time to Purge that Medicine Cabinet for Safety’s Sake

California Fire Price Gouging DA Assists State in Filing Charges

Real estate agent accused of hiking property rent in wake of wildfires San Rafael, CA – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed three misdemeanor charges against Melissa “Missy” Echeverria, a real estate agent, for allegedly raising the monthly rent on property she owns in Novato by more than 10 percent following the devastating fires in … More California Fire Price Gouging DA Assists State in Filing Charges

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

Marin Forum Focused on Treating Pain Without Opioids

RxSafe Marin luncheon April 12 in San Rafael is free and open to all San Rafael, CA – Now that the opioid crisis is getting more national attention, Marin’s grassroots initiative called RxSafe Marin is convening experts for a community forum to talk about healthy options for managing pain on April 12. The four-year-old RxSafe … More Marin Forum Focused on Treating Pain Without Opioids

Marin County to Consider Interim Golf Vendor for San Geronimo

Board of Supervisors to review contract with Touchstone Golf and grant from Coastal Conservancy for community engagement and visioning San Rafael, CA – A proposal to operate the San Geronimo Golf Course for the next two years is going before the Marin County Board of Supervisors on March 27, and approval of a contract with … More Marin County to Consider Interim Golf Vendor for San Geronimo

Marin Budget Hearings Ask for Reductions for First Time in 5 Years

Public invited as Supervisors are briefed on each department’s workplan San Rafael, CA – Next week the Marin County Administrator will present recommendations to close a $5.6 million budget gap over the next two years. It’s the first time in five years that the County is asking for budget reductions from departments. Each County department … More Marin Budget Hearings Ask for Reductions for First Time in 5 Years

San Rafael Boxing Program With Help of Marin Probation Department

Canal Friday Night Boxing starts with March 16 reception and registration event San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Probation Department has collaborated with the Canal Welcome Center in San Rafael to establish the first-of-its-kind Canal FridayNight Boxing program. The opening reception and registration event is set for 6-9 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the … More San Rafael Boxing Program With Help of Marin Probation Department

Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Marin Regains Ranking as Healthiest County in State – As Work remains for local officials to address health disparities and substance misuse San Rafael, CA – For the eighth time, Marin has been ranked the healthiest county in California by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 2018 County Health Rankingssurveys more than 3,000 counties to measure … More Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

High levels of naturally occurring poison detected in waters off Marin coast San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health has confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), a naturally occurring toxin found in bivalves such as mussels, clams and oysters that are harvested in uncontrolled conditions. One person, an adult who will not … More Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

Learn About Emergency Preparedness Grants in Marin

San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors is sponsoring three workshops offered by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) about how to apply for federal grants earmarked for emergency preparedness uses. The 90-minute workshops will take place at: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais … More Learn About Emergency Preparedness Grants in Marin

Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

New Short-Term Rental Rules Go to Supervisors Hearing set for March 13; quality of life for longer-term residents is key factor San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors will consider a new County of Marin ordinance on short-term rental properties to require that signage be posted to identify a property as a … More Marin County Considers New Rules for Short Term Rentals

Marin County Asks Your Input on Pollution

Online Survey Seeks Input on Pollution County initiative to understand residents’ awareness of stormwater contamination Marin County, CA – Pollution in our waterways is a significant problem that stems from many sources – from trash that ends up in San Francisco Bay to pesticides swept from lawns into creeks by gardening practices or stormwater. The … More Marin County Asks Your Input on Pollution

Wildlife Conservation, Education Grants Available in Marin

March 1 is deadline for nonprofits to land grants worth up to $5,000 Novato, CA – Environmentally conscious nonprofits have a chance to secure a grant worth up to $5,000 for promotions of educational and habitat restoration projects in Marin County. The Marin County Fish and Wildlife Commission is accepting proposals through March 1 for … More Wildlife Conservation, Education Grants Available in Marin

Damon Connolly Takes Reins as Marin County Board President

District 1 Supervisor takes over for District 5’s Judy Arnold San Rafael, CA – Damon Connolly, who represents San Rafael and the adjacent unincorporated neighborhoods as District 1 Supervisor, was sworn in January 9 as President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Connolly, a Terra Linda resident, took the gavel from previous Board President … More Damon Connolly Takes Reins as Marin County Board President

Marin County: Incentives Created for Second Dwelling Units

Through 2018, upwards of $1,500 in fees waived for certain in-home rentals San Rafael, CA – With Marin County experiencing a severe housing crisis, especially for affordable homes for lower income residents, the County of Marin is encouraging the creation of room rentals within existing residences. The Marin County Board of Supervisors recently voted to … More Marin County: Incentives Created for Second Dwelling Units

Marin County: Sorry, It’s Too Early to Pay 2018 Taxes

But you can pay second installment of your property taxes before 2017 is done San Rafael, CA – The federal overhaul of the tax code has some Marin County residents asking the County’s tax collector if 2018 taxes can be paid in advance. Although the President of the United States had not signed the bill … More Marin County: Sorry, It’s Too Early to Pay 2018 Taxes

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

Teen’s Account of Attending Trial of Nazi War Criminal

Just last week, a block down from my home here in San Anselmo, Marin County, an enclave for liberal America, a place where every Jew ought to feel safe, a swastika appeared in the parking lot of Drake High School:  One of many such incidents here in Marin County, since Trump became president of the … More Teen’s Account of Attending Trial of Nazi War Criminal

Marin County BOS to Consider Licensing for Medicinal Cannabis

New delivery-only retail ordinance goes before Supervisors November 14 San Rafael, CA – More than two months after the County of Marin introduced a revised draft ordinance for delivery-only medical cannabis licensing for public review, the time for a formal vote is approaching. First, the Marin County Board of Supervisors would need to approve the … More Marin County BOS to Consider Licensing for Medicinal Cannabis

Information on Marin County Wildfire Relief Coordination

Marin Exhibit Hall Center shelter remains open; donations still not needed San Rafael, CA (2:45 PM)–  The Marin County Office of Emergency Services and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continue to operate a temporary shelter for North Bay wildfire evacuees at Marin Center Exhibit Hall at 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. … More Information on Marin County Wildfire Relief Coordination

North Bay Fire Storm – Information for Marin, Sonoma, Napa

SEE MOST RECENT UPDATES AT END OF POSTRe PETS SEE BELOW. Updated Tuesday 10th:  Searching for loved one got to SafeandWell.org.  What a family needs after a fire: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/list-things-family-needs-after-house-fire-41747.html  UPDATED ALERT at 3.00 PM Mon 9th Oct: Queen of the Valley hospital in Napa is trying to reach all on call physicians and nurses. Due to the … More North Bay Fire Storm – Information for Marin, Sonoma, Napa

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

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California Settle Disability Complaint

Last month, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (FHANC, formerly Fair Housing of Marin) and one of its clients settled a housing discrimination complaint, based upon disability, filed with the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing office. The complaint was filed against Schultz Investment Co., Greenbrae Management Incl, Belardo Co., L.P., and Thomas … More Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California Settle Disability Complaint

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 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 County Resolution for Immigrants

With Board of Supervisors  resolution, relationship of trust and respect urged for everyone (County Press Release): Social equity has been a top priority for the County of Marin for many years, and the Board of Supervisors emphasized its importance again after the Marin community expressed concerns about the changing immigration policy in Washington, D.C. At … More Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

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