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March, 2003

Supes To Review Open Space Policy

On February 25, 2003 the Marin County Board of Supervisors (acting at the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) Board of Directors) approved a $90,000. contract with Moore Iacofano Goltsman Inc. (MIG) of Berkeley to "conduct a community outreach effort associated with the Open Space District's Policy Review Initiative," with Supervisor Susan Adams objecting to the cost.

MIG is a national leader in evaluating, planning, and designing environments for people with special needs. Its publications include: An Evaluation System for Building and Outdoor Settings and Universal Access to Outdoor Recreation: A Design Guide.

The consultant's project is estimated to take 10 months, with complete policy review and update within 18 months. Surveys will be conducted both of Marin residents and visitors to the County "to test respondents' policy preferences." MCOSD's acquisition manager, Ron Miska, stated the purpose of the review is the policies are 30 years old and we want to make them "less restrictive."

Learn About Becoming a Foster Parent

Foster parents provide temporary safe homes for children in need. The children are of all ages, and come from all ethnic, income and social backgrounds. Many are brothers and sisters who need to continue living together. Typically, the children have experienced separation from family and the effects of parental abuse or neglect, but they are still growing and learning and can blossom in a stable, loving family.

You are invited to learn more at an Information Meeting, Thursday, February 27, from 7 to 8;30 p.m. The presentation will be offered by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services at 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018 (on the north side of the building) in San Rafael. Future meetings will be held the fourth Thursday of each month.

Foster parents receive financial assistance, professional training and the satisfaction of having made a significant difference in the life of a child.

Please call 415-499-7118 for more information.

Apply For Marin County Grand Jury

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the 2003-2004 Marin County Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is composed of 19 persons who agree to serve for one year, spending approximately 20 hours a week on Grand Jury work. The 2003-2004 Grand Jury will begin its term on July 1, 2003. A Grand Juror must be a US Citizen, 18 years of age or older, and a Marin County resident with good character and English literate.

The Marin County Grand Jury is an independent investigative body that monitors local governments and makes recommendations for their improvement.

Grand Jurors receive $20.00 for each day of service, and reimbursement for auto mileage to and from the Marin County Civic Center to their residence.

The deadline for submission of applications is Monday, April 16, 2003.

An application may be obtained on line at do a keyword search "Grand Jury," at the bottom of the page under Forms, click on "Application" or by calling Patti Baseheart at 415-499-6132.

Spring Antique & Collectors' Fair

Join beginning and veteran collectors at the annual Marin County Spring Antique & Collectors' Fair on March 8 & 9 at the Marin County Civic Center Exhibit Hall in San Rafael. Antique dealers from California and the West will feature a wide array of porcelain, glass, china, silver, beautiful jewelry, pottery, furniture, linens, and European posters and prints. Additional items of interest to collectors include vintage watches and clocks, lamps, Chinese antiques, Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces, Bakelite jewelry, ancient artifacts, antique dolls and toys, Asian art and Oriental pottery. Highlights at this exciting event include art books, paintings, paper ephemera, etchings, photographs, advertising art, rate and collectible books, Native American and Western collectibles, and decorative accessories. There is truly something for every collector at this fascinating show and sale.

Elen Pass Brandt Show at Two Bird Cafe

Two Bird Cafe at the Valley Inn presents, "Hiking With Hank," by Elen Pass Brandt from March 12, to May 11. Elen's works are acrylic paintings of Marin hiking trails on canvas and rag paper. Born in Western Massachusetts, Elen has lived in San Rafael for over twelve years. She has worked in art all of her life, inspired by her mother who was a painter and commission artist. Acrylic is her favorite medium, coming after studies in composition, etching, clay, and watercolor. Her palette now consists of only seven specific colors, helping to create consistency in theme and style. Her paintings are semi-realistic with a slightly surreal edge. She says, "These paintings were born during a series of hikes taken with my friend Hank, who lives and breathes these trails as his religion. His enthusiasm was contagious and inspiring."

The restaurant is located at 625 San Geronimo Drive, off Sir Francis Drake Blvd., in San Geronimo. The hours are Wed. through Sun., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m. For reservations, please call 415-488-0105.

CA Law Students Decry Bush War

Over 300 students from eight law schools across California have joined together to voice dissent to the Bush administration's ill-defined war on terrorism. The law students placed a full-page advertisement in Feb. 14's National Edition of the New York Times denouncing the Bush administration's attack on the Constitution.

The $19,000 ad was paid for by $25 donations from law students with support from law faculty, staff, and community members. Law students joined the campaign from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Davis School of Law, UC Hastings School of Law, Stanford Law School, Golden Gate University School of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, and New College of California School of Law.

The law students formed the campaign because they recognize that the US is a government of laws and not of individuals. The boundless war on terrorism declared by the Bush administration, they assert, destroys the legal foundations upon which our country was established. They could no longer remain quiet as the Bush administration erodes civil liberties, undermines international institutions, blurs the separation of powers, and wreaks havoc in the communities they serve both here and abroad.

"This war is a serious abrogation of the legal principles that are the hallmark of our democracy," said Boalt Hall student Abby Reyes. "With this advertisement, we hope to send the message that future lawyers and lawmakers should not be held responsible for today's destruction of our core Constitutional values."

The ad punctuates a broader organizing campaign by the students; in addition to the ad, law students throughout California have held conferences and panel discussions about the legality of the Bush administration's policies. Many students have also begun to volunteer at free legal clinics to provide assistance for some of those most directly affected by the Bush administration.

For the law students' complete position statement and a copy of the advertisement, please see



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