Coastal Post Online

April 2001

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BBQ for the Birds

Marin Audubon Society's 46th Annual Mother's Day BBQ will be held Sunday, May 13 at Volunteer Canyon, 3 miles north of Stinson Beach on Hwy. 1 (1/3 miles south of Audubon Canyon Ranch). Admittance will start at 11 a.m. with serving time from 12 to 2 p.m. with a cost of $15 per adult; $10 for children under 10.

Birds are the beneficiaries of this historic picnic, as all proceeds help fund the educational programs of Audubon Canyon Ranch and of the Marin Audubon Society. Chicken BBQ'd on site or vegetarian quiche, salad, homestyle beans, breads and a light dessert are offered. Soft drinks, beer, and wines are available.

Reservations are required and parking is limited, so please carpool. For information call 415-454-5469.


Kamena Files Ballot Statement

District Attorney Paula Kamena filed her ballot statement, calling for citizens to vote NO on the undeserved recall effort against her Kamena stated, "I have kept my promise to bring a fresh approach to the criminal justice system and to keep Marin safe." Pointing to some of her accomplishments in her brief ballot statement, Kamena touted the founding of the Jeannette Prandi Children's Center used for interviewing abused children, her improved prosecution of elder abuse, hate crimes, and domestic violence, as well as the formation of a 5-county High Tech Task Force for fighting computer crime and identity theft. During her tenure, the office has maintained a 97 percent Superior Court conviction rate.

"This ill-conceived recall is the result of misleading actions by disgruntled litigants who had their day in court and lost; by those who incorrectly believe that the District Attorney plays a role in child custody cases, and by those who want the District Attorney to bend to political pressure rather than follow the law," Kamena's statement said.

After filing her statement, Kamena learned that Tom Van Zandt, a patent attorney admitted to the California bar three years ago and the brother of Carol Mardeusz, filed candidacy papers to fill the job of DA should Kamena be recalled. Mardeusz was successfully prosecuted for four felonies and two misdemeanors related to perjured statements and an attempt to kidnap her daughter from the sole custodial parent. "I am sorry for our office, my family and our community that this is happening. I will be even sorrier if a patent attorney admitted to the California bar in 1998 becomes the district attorney of this county," Kamena said, referring to the recall and Van Zandt's candidacy.





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