The Coastal Post - February 2000

Newsbriefs


Tomales Bay Land Deal

Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) announced that the National Park Service (NPS) has received from landowners Waldo Giacomini and family a signed "offer to sell" for the Giacomini property near the mouth of Tomales Bay to the NPS.

Woolsey, who has been an outspoken supporter of protecting the region's natural environment, secured $1.55 million in federal funds for the purchase.

"I applaud the National Park Service and the Giacomini family for making this happen," she said. "We must work together now to make sure that our children can enjoy the natural beauty of Tomales Bay for years to come."

In addition to the federal funding Woolsey secured, the California Department of Transportation provided $3.1 million in mitigation funding for the purchase.

While the Giacominis will continue to operate their dairy on the property for several years, the ultimate goal is for the phased restoration of the property's sensitive wetlands.

Audubon Canyon Ranch Guide Training

Weekend volunteer Ranch Guide training begins February 5 at Bolinas Lagoon Preserve and runs for six consecutive Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., through March 11. Trainees will learn from environmental experts about Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets, as well as plants and pond life.

More than 100 guides ages 11 to 70-plus make the largest heronry in the West come alive during the public season, which extends from mid-March to mid-July on weekends and holidays.

The Preserve is located two miles north of Stinson Beach along Highway One. For information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit website www.egret.org.

Circuses Banned

The city of Corona in Riverside County has become the first in California to prohibit circuses and shows with exotic animals, following the example of a growing number of cities across the country and around the world that refuse to support the cruel circus industry.

This humane action will also protect citizens from illness and injury. Many elephants in the U.S. circuses carry tuberculosis that can infect humans, and dozens of people have been injured or killed in recent years by rampaging elephants and big cats. -PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

League Deplores Jarvis Group's Deception

The League of Women Voters of California

the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) to refrain from using false statements in its campaign literature and new radio ads. The League charges that HJTA is attempting to mislead voters into thinking that two key credible education organizations are against Prop. 26, when in fact they are working toward passage of the statewide initiative on the March ballot.

"We have been informed by the California State PTA and the Federation of Teachers that the HJTA is using their names without their permission," said Gail Dryden, president of the League. "Prop. 26 is aimed at reducing the two-thirds vote requirement to a simple majority. This will make it easier for local school districts to generate much-needed funds to enhance school facilities and build new classrooms to further reduce class size."

Census Job Test Set

The U.S. Census Bureau will be testing Friday, February 25th at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes for people interested in jobs as census workers.

Those interested in registering for the test or getting more information, call 1-888-325-7733.

Bicentennial Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the Marin County American Revolution Bicentennial Scholarship. One or more scholarships of $500 to $2,000 will be awarded to Marin County residents. The money is given to recipients to further their education or training at approved institutions of higher education. The awards are made on the basis of merit and community involvement.

Application forms are available through counseling offices in Marin County high schools and community colleges, or on the internet: http://www.bie.org/bicentennial/ or by writing or calling Marie Kanarr, Buck Institute for Education, 18 Commercial Blvd., Novato 94949, 883-0122.

Alzheimer's Seminar

The North Bay Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will present "Legal and Financial Issues Involved in Caring for a Love One with Memory Loss" on Wednesday, February 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Veteran's Building at 1351 Maple Ave. in Santa Rosa.

The free seminar will include information on Medi-Cal planning, protecting assets, understanding Medicare, long-term care options and Medicare supplement policies.

Call 707-573-1210 for information or reservations.

Register to Vote By Feb. 7

The deadline to register to vote for the March 7 Presidential Primary Election is Monday, February 7.

To be eligible to register and vote, a person must sign under penalty of perjury that he or she is a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on or before the next election, and is not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Voters should re-register if they have not voted within the last five years, have moved since last voting, want to change their political party affiliation, or have changed their name.

Voter registration forms are available at county offices, the DMV, fire stations, social service agencies, libraries, post offices and city/town halls. A form may be put in the mail if it is dated on or before Monday, February 7 and received in the Elections Dept. no later than Friday, February 11.

Individuals may register at the Registrar of Voters office, Room 121 in the Civic Center Hall of Justice from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

For more information, call 499-6456 or visit the Elections/Voter Registration web page under Governments at www.marin.org.

Marin Children Need Loving Homes

Approximately 200 Marin children of all ages and ethnicities need the safety and love of foster and/or adoptive families each year. These children have typically experienced parental abuse or neglect but can blossom in a stable home.

You can make a profound difference in the life of a child waiting to belong by becoming a foster and/or adoptive parent. Learn more at Information Meetings offered by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, on February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25 and June 22.

Call 499-7118 for more information.

MUTA Says Preserve Prop 13

A recent poll of Marin United Taxpayers Association on issues about which they were most concerned found 98 percent of respondents listed "preserving Prop. 13."

Other major concerns expressed by MUTA members were curbing urban growth and sprawl, transportation, prohibiting a non-emergency special elections immediately after a general election, abuse of union power in government, Sonoma County residents paying their own way for widening 101, campaign finance reform, stopping big salary increases to county officials, returning MGH to Marin hospital district control, upgrading MGH emergency care, schools renting-not selling-property not being used, second units in R-1 zoned neighborhoods, getting the Planning Commission to take a second look at the architecture and building colors they approve in San Rafael and the county. Members were urged to read the December Atlantic Monthly article on urban affairs, "Divided We Sprawl."

MUTA secretary Fielding Greaves urges readers to "do your absolute utmost to defeat every attempt to repeal Prop. 13's 2/3 vote, lest our property tax rate go back to 2.8% instead of Prop. 13's current 1% rate."

New Easy State Tax Form

A purple, postcard-size tax form, called 2EZ, is being mailed out, with fewer lines to fill in and a reduced number of math calculations required.

Free assistance is available at www.ftb.ca.gov, and tax refund status can be checked online.

Phone service is available at 800-338-0505. A tax expert can be reached between 6 a.m. and midnight weekdays at 800-852-5711 or 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and state holidays.

Field offices statewide are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Volunteer income tax assistance and counseling for the elderly centers can be located by calling the Franchise Tax Board nearest you.

Returns can be filed via e-mail, and tax bills can be paid by credit card. Those who cannot afford to pay on time may pay in installments.

Refunds can be received by check or direct deposit.

The final filing date for taxes this year is April 17, since April 15 falls on a Saturday.

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