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March 2001


Power Wheelchairs Available

The Senior Wheels USA Program makes available Power (Electric) Wheelchairs to Senior Citizens (65 years old and up) and the Permanently Disabled at no cost to the recipient, if they qualify.

The Power Wheelchairs are provided to those who cannot walk and cannot self-propel a manual wheelchair, and who meet the additional guidelines of the program. No deposit is required.

If your need is for use in your home, please call for more information to see if you qualify. Call toll free, Leon Johnson, 800-246-6010.

Foster and Adoptive Parents Needed

Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent at an Information Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 22, 7 to 9 p.m. at 10 North San Pedro Road, Room 1018, in San Rafael (across from the Civic Center). Information Meetings are generally offered the fourth Thursday of each month of the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services.

Individuals of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds, and families of all compositions are needed. You may be part of a couple (married or not) or single, male or female, older, a renter of homeowner, working or at home.

Professional training and financial support are provided. Please call 415-499-7118 for more information. You can make a real difference in the life of a child waiting to belong.

DA Kicks Off Campaign

Community leaders and office holders, supporters and friends of Marin County District Attorney Paula Kamena came together on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Sheraton in San Rafael to kick off the campaign aimed at defeating a recall measure targeting the prosecutor.

Supporters highlighted Kamena's successes as an active community leader, calling the recall an outrageous abuse of our democratic system.

I'm going to make a major personal effort to keep Paula as our DA and reject this ill-conceived recall, Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke said, urging Kamena’s supporters to follow suit.

Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle called Kamena a leader in the community and an effective arm of law enforcement. Doyle described Kamena as a solid DA with a strong record of prosecutions independent of political pressure.

Patricia Garbarino, president of Marin Resource Recovery Center, a Marin County recycling facility, called Kamena’s recall a costly mistake that could end up costing the county's taxpayers as much as $500,000.

A recall should be reserved for malfeasance in office, not because one disagrees with an elected official’s policy-making decisions, retired Judge William Stephens said. Stephens went on to say, I can tell you, there's enough to worry about in your first term without having to think about battling a recall, particularly one that is so obviously undeserved.

Kamena has served as the Marin County District Attorney since January 1999. She will face re-election in the March 2002 primary. The recall measure will go before the voters in a special election scheduled for May 22, 2001.

Help With High Energy Bills

CA Consumer Guidance has established a grant fund to help people who are having financial problems because of high energy costs. This grant program is funded by private donations from corporations and private citizens who receive a tax exemption because of the organizations 501(c)3 non-profit status granted by the IRS.

Many people who are struggling with energy bills do not know that financial assistance is available from non-profit organizations and from the government, says Jim Surasak, national spokesperson for Consumer guidance. We have established the Energy Help Grant Program and also publish a number of booklets to help consumers who are struggling with rising energy costs.

Consumer Guidance Corporation is an organization established by volunteers dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages who need financial assistance to help pay for consumer debts, energy bills, prescription drugs and medical care. The primary purpose of Consumer Guidance Corporation is to educate and assist consumers with all consumer debt issues.

Consumers can receive a free grant application and more information about other financial help by calling 202-595-1035 or by visiting Consumer Guidance’s Internet web site:

Corporations or individuals who wish to contribute to Consumer Guidance's Energy Help Grant Program can send tax deductible contributions to: CA Consumer Guidance, P.O. Box 96051, Washington, Dc 20090-6051.

Seniors Use Email For Prescription Drugs

Thousands of US senior citizens have found legitimate email order links to the world's lowest prices on prescription drugs, and they are now having their prescriptions filled by licensed pharmacies abroad. Previously, seniors had to travel to Canada or Mexico to obtain their prescriptions for pennies on the dollar until now.

US seniors are now able to use email to fill their prescriptions abroad according to FDA guidelines, says M.J. McCormick, developer of . The senior focused website offers free access to regularly updated international price lists for the 120 most popular brand name prescription drugs, as well as more than 1300 generic medicines. Seniors are able to compare their current prescription costs with the same medications when mail-ordered from abroad. Complete ordering information is available by visiting

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