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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.
Pacific Legal Foundation Brief Argues Government Must Obey NEPA Law
By Sarah Rolph
This story is the fifth in a series of reports about the Amicus Curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs filed in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s petition to the Ninth Circuit requesting an en banc hearing of its case. The historic oyster farm is fighting for an injunction to remain open in the face of Park Service wrongdoing while its lawsuit against the agency proceeds. Citizen readers are invited to read the briefs and to respond to these stories with letters to the editor, or with essays of their own.
HERD OUT WEST by Larken Bradley
Please send your overheard funny conversations and comments to Larken or to email@example.com !
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.
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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!
Challenge yourself to Think Local First this holiday season
Steve Costa, co-owner, Point Reyes Books
Remember back when your parents – maybe even you — would do all the Christmas shopping at the downtown stores of your hometown — stores that would line Main Street, for me it was East 14th Street in San Leandro. If you can, you’re probably well over 40. But a day a few decades back, every town in America with a population over 3,000 had enough of a retail base to essentially allow all of one’s Christmas shopping to be done in your hometown stores.
That isn’t the case now. In this big box, dot-com, hash tag humongous era, where Black Thursday/Friday and Cyber Monday compete in the great Holiday Budget Swallow-Up, the small-town merchant is increasingly beingleft out of consideration.
Think Local First is an idea that attempts to challenge people to get out and experience and support their local merchants first before going over the hill or online to purchase holiday gifts or shopping any time during the year. It’s a throwback, in a sense, to those days when we all bought nearly all of our Christmas presents at local stores. Sure, its tough to do all of your shopping in West Marin. And no doubt, it’s fun to make a day of it in San Francisco or at the mall or finding presents your kids or grandkids are begging for may not be available in town. That’s all understandable.
But challenge yourself this holiday season, see what you can get from our local businesses. Save gas and time, and invest what you spend into your community which by filling your shopping list at local stores. For every $100. In locally owned stores, $68. returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43. stays here. Spend it online, nothing comes home.
We all know it, but it’s important to be reminded: it truly is local business owners, your friends and neighbors, who support our schools and community services through sales taxes, support local non-profits, provide jobs and offer needed goods and services. The collective effort of each of these businesses reflects the health of our overall community. You literally enrich the health of West Marin and its future, by shopping local during the holidays and year around.
West Marin Sheriff’s Logs “curated” by David vanderWal
West Marin Sheriff’s Logs
Monday, November 18
Point Reyes Station 7:25 am. International Visitors were trespassing on park grounds whilst camping.
Woodacre 9:57 am. Report of son taking reporting party’s car keys but thankfully not the car. No merit to any crime.
Forest Knolls 10:03 am. New property owners just bought a foreclosed house from a bank and found a gravestone with what they suspect to be a body buried underneath. New homeowners referred to the coroner.
Woodacre 11:54 am. A self-reported advocate for the open space area stated some unknown person assaulted him after apparently appraising them of open space regulations. No merit to threats report.
Bolinas 3:25 pm. Reporting person states they found liquor bottles on their property that they believe were stolen from a neighbor’s property. They state they called neighbor and they confirmed the legacy of the stolen bottles but when deputies called to confirm they were unable to reach anyone.
Tomales 4:25 pm. A woman stated that someone brought tires on her property and she would like to know what she should do with them.
Tuesday, November 19
Dogtown 9:39 am. A person died of a possible cardiac arrest. Next of kin was contacted and they were able to sign the death certificate.
Bolinas 11:24 am. Reporting party heard an incessant beeping sound and could not find source. Deputies were able to find a smoke detector with an expired battery sitting on an outside table in their neighbor’s yard and were able to disable it.
Dillon Beach 4:39 pm. Woman called to report that someone had tried to burn her mother’s house down. Apparently, someone had left a pillow by a space heater but she wanted a report filed in case this was a malicious case of pillow forgetfulness.
Wednesday, November 20
National Seashore 11:24 am. A 14-year-old girl was reportedly suffering from a low heart rate and feeling dizzy.
Inverness Park 12:34 pm. A woman and a man met to break things off again. Woman apparently was surprised to see man, as she did not know how man found her. Advice given on how to obtain a temporary restraining order.
Point Reyes Station 1:32 pm. A library patron was not being quiet, again. Advice given on how to deal with unruly library patrons.
Dillon Beach 4:59 pm. Two men were involved in a road rage incident. Man was five minutes from his house when he stopped and got punched in his face, during which his glasses were broken. He agreed not to press charges after other participant stated they would pay for new glasses.
Bolinas 11:24 pm. Mother called deputies after son yelled at her and broke a window and a door in their house. Son gone upon arrival and deputies unable to locate. Information given on how to obtain a temporary restraining order.
Thursday, November 21
Forest Knolls 11:54 am. Woman, in jean jacket and in her 50s, balding, was reportedly under the influence while trying to catch a bus.
Point Reyes Station 4:36 pm. A truck from the A & E Company reportedly backed into a signpost and left no note. Company was contacted and they offered to compensate owner of fallen sign.
Lagunitas 7:37 pm. A man was reportedly making too much noise and generally making a fool of himself. He was eventually arrested for public drunkenness and revocation of probation.
Friday, November 22
Woodacre 12:22 am. Woman stated she was co-owner of a car that the other owner decided to give away without her consent.
Stinson Beach 9:03 am. Reporting person came home to find house trashed, beds slept in, and food laying everywhere. They were unsure if someone was still in the house. Property owner called deputies back to state that this is most likely the result of sloppy tenants and not some unknown Goldilocks burglar.
Bolinas 10:17 am. Woman just opened her safe and found jewelry pouches empty and cash missing. This occurred in the past six months. Case opened for grand theft.
Inverness Park 11:36 am. Passenger verbally abusive to bus driver.
Bolinas 5:14 pm. A woman reportedly threw two plastic bags over a cliff and then came back to cover them up with brush. Deputies unable to find any of suspicious bundles.
Lagunitas 6:16 pm. Two men were involved in a verbal argument that eventually got one of them arrested for battery.
Point Reyes Station 7:31 pm. A white older man with graying long hair was reportedly rolling out his sleeping bag near the rest rooms before deputies asked him to move along.
Dillon Beach 8:02 pm. A person was arrested for breaking a protective order and an outstanding warrant.
Woodacre 9:37 pm. Man called to say that a woman has moved in with him and is crazy. He doesn’t remember her name but states that she has big eyes, was yelling at someone and has turned off his cable.
Saturday, November 23
Woodacre 12:25 pm. Neighbor is doing construction on their house and leaving roofing nails in their driveway. Neighbor reports they have gotten numerous flat tires from these nails. They also report roof shingles from construction debris. Voicemail left for neighbors.
Woodacre 6:14 pm. Subjects turned up at house and people in house called deputies because they weren’t expecting visitors. Apparently, people in house are expecting retaliation for something they have done in the past and are holed up at home fearful of unexpected guests.
Nicasio 6:53 pm. Boy called deputies to report that he had accidentally touched his sister in her private parts while they were wrestling. Mother heard he was on the phone and disconnected call. Mother attempted to deal with issue at home.
Sunday, November 24
Marshall 2:23 am. Husband reportedly grabbed his wife and pushed her.
Bolinas 4 am. Woman called deputies to report that her sister stated that she was sleeping 14-15 hours a day and wasn’t doing well in general. She requested a welfare check. Woman reportedly doing fine.
Point Reyes Station 9:18 am. A pit bull came into reporting party’s yard and attacked his dog. Man defended his dog and now pit bull is in his front yard lying on its side injured. He would like assistance.
Inverness Park 11:08 am. Husband is terminally ill and acting out. He broke his wife’s phone and damaged the car. Deputies spoke to both parties and were able to work it out.
Inverness Park 7:43 pm. A report came in of a dog barking in the area.
Point Reyes Station 9:01 pm. Son had argument with his mom yesterday which carried into today which caused him to take an unknown amount of pills in an attempt to kill himself. Man placed on involuntary psychiatric hold as a danger to himself and/or others.
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.