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From the Editor:
One of the joys of running a community newspaper is the opportunity to bring people together. The staff of The Citizen works hard to not only inform the community, but to listen. We pride ourselves on being fair-minded, and we work to present a variety of views. Our letters section is open to all; our only requirement for letters is that they not contain ad hominem arguments – in other words, no personal attacks in place of factual arguments. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment for community dialog, and nothing makes us happier than to hear that a reader has learned something useful from another reader or from one of our stories.
In the two years I have been the editor and publisher of The Citizen, I have worked hard to provide good coverage of the Drakes Bay Oyster controversy. It’s a complicated issue with many facets, so it is not surprising that dialog on this topic can be difficult. It is dismaying, however, to see the discussion devolve at times into name-calling, innuendo, and non-factual accusations.
In the past two weeks, as The Citizen has reported, eight significant friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed on behalf of the oyster farm in its bid for a rehearing by the Ninth Circuit. Each brief addresses a different facet of the story, and all of them are interesting.
Starting this week, The Citizen will present a series about these briefs with the goal of creating a community discussion about them. Each week we will publish a profile of one brief and provide a link to the document itself.
We encourage readers to read the whole brief, and we invite you to write to us about what you learned. Opinions, insights, additional facts; reactions, essays, letters; a few lines, a few paragraphs or a few pages – all contributions will be considered. We may not have room to print everything, but we will print as much of your writing as possible. Our aim is dialog.
And of course, going forward, when significant briefs are filed in support of the Wilderness designation we’ll expand the coverage – and the discussion – to include that.
We look forward to hearing from you! Linda Petersen-Managing Editor
OBagley/McCloskey brief argues for sustainable agriculture
By Sarah Rolph
One thing that is notable about the Amici brief filed by William T. Bagley et al. on behalf of the oyster company is the number of supporters, many of them local luminaries.
Joining the brief are:
Please read the brief, think about what it means to you, and share
your thoughts with The Citizen. You can find the brief here:
Watt amicus brief next. See Drakes Bay Oyster Company on this site.
Citizen launches new column – Birthday Celebrants wanted
If you’ve got a milestone birthday coming up, the Citizen wants to interview you. We define milestone as the following ages: 18, 21, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 105, and every year after that as long as you, and we, are still kicking. And if you are a Latina celebrating your quinceanera, you too!
You will be interviewed in a question-and-answer format, your replies published verbatim, free of any spinning by a pesky reporter. Be prepared to reflect philosophically about the
passing years . . . . And of course we’ll want a photo of your smiling – or brooding – face.
Step right up and email Larken Bradley at
LarkenB(at)aol.com. Or telephone (415) 663-8232
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Elk on ranchlands in the Seashore, Part 2. DBOC Amicus Brief.
From the editor and publisher
The contributors to West Marin community journalism
It was two years ago this month that I took over the helm of The Citizen with help from David Bunnett, Matt Gallagher and Lynn Axelrod. In March, Matt moved on to pursue his own tech business and Steve Quirt joined us.
In October David died suddenly and unexpectedly, and the loss to the community is incalculable.
Nevertheless, The Citizen carries on because it is a community endeavor – it is your newspaper. The Citizen exits and will continue to exist thanks to our many contributors – those whose names appear in the newspaper and countless others who contribute in less visible ways, not least of which is you, the reader. By merely reading this newspaper you are perhaps the most important contributor to the cause of West Marin community journalism.
This year I want to give a special thanks to our most overlooked contributors, our advertisers. Without them we would stop publishing tomorrow. We strive to provide excellent value in return for the advertising dollars by promoting participating businesses on these pages, through word of mouth, Facebook, on our website, and when readers patronize their establishments or use their services. Many readers do not realize that more than 80 percent of our revenue comes from our advertisers, most of them local to West Marin. We are grateful for this support and encourage you to support them.
Working for a Healthy Food Future - An Update from Marin Organic
By Jeffrey Westman
Local farmers, ranchers, and food producers founded Marin Organic over 14 years ago with a vision of creating organic farming standards that would protect the environment and provide our community with a reliable supply of good clean local food . Today we partner with these same food producers, and many more, to continue this work. As our local farms and food producers have grown and become the foundation of West Marin agriculture, we work to protect their legacy through education, experience and advocacy. We envision a world where sustainable agriculture practices are the norm, fresh produce is more readily available than processed food, and children know where their food comes from. In Marin County over 33% of agricultural land is organic, compared to only 3% nationwide.
We continue the important work of promoting sustainable agriculture and advocating for our farmers and food producers, as we empower young people to become active players in their local food system. In 2013 we provided education at local farms for close to 2,500 students. Our focus and motivation is to empower our youth with the skills necessary to take control of their “food future” through hands-on farm activities designed to help them experience the impact they have on the environment and the food system. Our goal is to teach tomorrow’s leaders how they can take action and create change, all the while supporting a deep commitment to good stewardship, organic agriculture and the rights of our local farmers and food producers.
St. Mary’s Nicasio Christmas Concert
St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Nicasio Square will hold its sixth annual Christmas Concert at the church from 2:00PM on Sunday, December 15th followed by a wine and food reception at Druids Hall. The concert will feature Christmas and secular pieces performed by Mike Duke, Frolicking At The Crossroads, Nicasio Creek Singers, Al Sailor, Timothy Murphy’s Ghost, Antonia Van Becker and Greg Lee, Zav de la Prade and more. A limited number of tickets are available so please reserve early. Adults $50, children under 12 $10. All proceeds go to the renovation of this historic church which was consecrated in 1867. Reservations can be made by mailing a check payable to St. Mary’s to Kathy Drady, PO Box 849, Nicasio, CA 94946. Those needing more information can call Kathy at 662-2057.
Bolinas Museum anniversaries
By Elia Haworth, History Curator, Bolinas Museum
This year there will be many surprises on Saturday Nov. 23when you come to the Bolinas Museum’s opening reception and holiday party. Three new exhibitions are opening including the 25th Annual Mini Show. This once-a-year sale of art benefits both the museum and the creative community of over 100 Bay Area artists, including more then 60 Coastal Marin artists.
Be prepared for something very different this year! In honor of the Museums 30th Anniversary and 25 years of the well-loved Mini Show, Jennifer Gately, the Museum’s Executive Director, arranged something special. In addition to the usual works no larger than 6 inches in any direction, artists could submit one work up to 18 inches – acknowledging 6 inches for each decade of the museum! Gately also invited each former Bolinas Museum Director to choose one artist to submit a work of 25 inches in honor of 25 years of the Mini Show. This acknowledges each director since 1987 when Joyce Clements added art to the museum’s history–preservation mission statement. Followed by Directors Linda Samuels, Dolores Richards and Vandy Seeburg. So this year’s exhibition is overflowing with variety and remarkable art. Theres sure to be something for everyone in this highly anticipated annual benefit!
: Shoreline Dual Language Immersion Task Force
By Kegan Stedwell, task force chair
We created the Shoreline Dual Language Immersion Task Force because we wanted to investigate whether a Spanish/English dual immersion program would be an impactful teaching method for our students and whether a program would be feasible in our district.
We are uniquely poised for a DI program because our population is 50 percent Spanish-speaking and 50 percent English-speaking – the perfect population for a program. How motivating to have native Spanish-speaking students sharing their knowledge with their school peers and vice versa, instead of feeling like they have a hurdle to leap over, to simply learn and communicate in English.
Students that share a language immersion experience have more opportunity to bond and create strong multi-cultural relationships, because both languages and cultures are treated as equal.
Shoreline’s current program is considered reductive because native Spanish speaking students do not fully develop their first language while learning a second language. They are losing one language and missing the opportunity to develop their Spanish. This was highlighted in the National Equity Project’s Listening Campaign funded by the Marin Community Foundation, which is also funding our pre-K to 3rd grade Initiative to close the Achievement Gap, now called the Opportunity Gap.
Full story in November 14 Citozen
West Marin Sheriff’s Logs “curated” by David vanderWal
West Marin Sheriff’s Logs
Monday, November 4
Stinson Beach 9:13 a.m. Two laptops stolen from an elementary school. Report states they could have been Macs but no one is sure.
Dillon Beach 5:22 p.m. A friend of the subject’s sister-in-law came by the house and was kicking the door and screaming at the residents therein. This is in ongoing issue and apparently relating to a civil restraining order.
Tuesday, November 5
Dillon Beach 9:11 a.m. Woman was upset that parking violations were not issued to persons she felt were in clear violations of parking parameters.
Forest Knolls 11:13 a.m. Ongoing issue with barking dog. Dog has reportedly been barking for the past three hours. Owner was onsite and advised of his neighbors’ ire.
Lagunitas 3:37 p.m. Adult protective agency wanted to know if the Sheriff’s office was aware of an investigation they had initiated.
Stinson Beach 9 p.m. Man has permit to build a new roof for his home but his neighbor is demanding that he stop construction. Neighbor advised of permit and man advised to seek Sheriff’s assistance if she complains again.
Wednesday, November 6
National Seashore 6:19 a.m. A calf was stuck in the cattle grate and several cows were attempting to protect it. Lunny ranch contacted.
Marshall 12:24 p.m. A bicyclist hit a pole, went over her handlebars and hit her head.
Bolinas 4:11 p.m. Ex-wife threw her gum at her ex-husband and man is reporting that she seems to be under the influence of something and he is concerned for the welfare of the people.
Olema 9:57 p.m. Man on his way from Bolinas to Olema reported an all-black cow in the roadway. No word on where the cow was headed.
Thursday, November 7
Forest Knolls 2:38 a.m. A 68-year-old man with no terminal illness was found dead in his residence. Body held for the coroner. Death did not seem to be suspicious.
Dillon Beach 5:25 a.m. Woman called deputies to report two trucks and a boat have appeared regularly on the beach since the beginning of crabbing season. She believes they are illegally crabbing and are probably polluting the area as they havevno access to bathrooms. She reports they arrive late at night and leave early in the morning.
Lagunitas 7:19 p.m. Breaks failed on a van and a thankfully empty van fell 15 ft over a cliff to its eventual resting place. No mention if insurance was involved.
10:56 p.m. A person reported a black Labrador barking. Deputies state they heard nothing, and they believe owner brought errant puppy indoors before their arrival.
Friday, November 8
Lagunitas 8:03 a.m. Van that fell off cliff broke two water pipes and was pulled out by local towing company. Owner reportedly has insurance.
Bolinas 9:09 a.m. Deputies arrived on scene to find propane tanks on fire near the school. School evacuated smoothly and area was secured by the fire department.
Point Reyes Station 2:47 p.m. Older female was escorted from Marin Sun Farms for being too loud and appearing to be intoxicated. It turned out she has a hearing problem and needs to yell to be heard on her cell phone.
Bolinas 2:45 p.m. A woman reported she was hit in the face in September while attending a grief retreat. She would like to file charges.
Woodacre 10:28 p.m. Loud yelling and glass breaking was reported at an underage party. Subject did not want to be identified as the one who had called in the complaint. Deputies found a boy-only party with 16-17 year-olds consuming liquor. Alcohol was removed and parents notified. All parties agreed to keep it down and spend the night.
Saturday, November 9
Forest Knolls 5:01 a.m. Reporting party states they heard either gunshots or fireworks.
Muir Woods 9:43 a.m. Parents reported their 1 1/2 year-old was reacting negatively to milk but fire department officials determined she was sick and they responded accordingly.
Point Reyes Station 12:23 p.m. 19 year-old woman broke up with her fiancé and agreed to meet him for coffee at 8:45 a.m. and was late meeting her friend afterwards.
Woodacre 8:38 p.m. Man reported he was slapped by a woman who then locked his cell phone. Slap occurred at 4:30. Man only wanted information regarding evictions and civil matters.
Woodacre 9:10 a.m. Mom reported her son is harassing her. She states that weird things are happening. For example, she left her house and came back to find her nightstand upside down. She would like advice regarding her son’s strange behavior and constant requests for money.
Point Reyes Station 11:09 p.m. Loud party with drums advised to keep it down.
Sunday, November 10
Nicasio 11:13 a.m. Two boys in their 20’s with beards attempted to deliver a package to a suspicious person who was concerned about recent break-in’s in the area.
Tomales 11:26 am. Bartender took reporting party’s dog out of his truck and stated that they had only gave dog to them for 6 months and that time had expired. Proprietor of business told deputies that they would facilitate return of the dog.
Muir Woods 3:04 p.m. Reporting party has an old air gun and was interested in turning it over for destruction by deputies. Resident eventually decided to keep the weapon.
Woodacre 5:40 p.m. Woman called to state that their neighbor had been acting aggressively towards her and her children. Her neighbor had been making faces at her children and recently came up behind her while she was riding her bicycle.
Bolinas 6:11 p.m. Unknown subject was drunk and throwing objects around their yard. Deputies unable to locate person.
Point Reyes Station 7:10 p.m. People yelling and screaming at a party. Deputies unable to locate.
Forest Knolls 10:28 p.m. Daughter stated that mom had kicked a table while under the influence of alcohol. Dad did not want to get involved. Mediation at the house was successful.
Point Reyes Books
TOBY'S FEED BARN
Reliving the Dipsea:
Dipsea Trail - Nomination for national and state historic registries by Dewey Livingston
Welcome to the blog of David Mitchell, editor & publisher emeritus of The Point Reyes Light. In 1979, The Light won the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for an exposé largely written by him of the increasingly violent Synanon cult. Mitchell retired in November 2005 after 35 years of newspapering, 27 of those at The Light.
During his newspaper career, he also worked for the old San Francisco Examiner, Sonora’s Daily Union Democrat in the Sierra Nevada, and Council Bluff’s daily newspaper, The Nonpareil. In addition, he edited the weekly Sebastopol (California) Times. Mitchell holds a master’s degree in Communications and a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University. He is 68 and lives in Point Reyes Station on the rural coast north of San Francisco.
Herd Out West
By Larken Bradley
Couldn’t help but hear.
“Self-knowledge is 70 percent bad news.”
Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Citizen readers: When you hear or observe something amusing in West Marin, over the hill, while on vacation or a business trip or perusing blogs, we want to join in the fun. E-mail submissions for publication to Larken@obituarywriters.com. Or telephone: 415-454-3552
Also provide your name, town and contact information.