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October, 2007



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Do You Love Your Cat? (Part II)

September's LB piece on cats was missing a sentence. Sorry about that, everyone! We were trying to advise people about the small percentage of cats that acquire a sarcoma (cancer) from some vaccinations. We are now asking all vets to obtain informed consent from clients before giving vaccinations automatically.
The personal story in last month's LB was about a cat in Point Reyes Station that contracted a vaccine-induced sarcoma from a feline leukemia vaccination, with her companion told that the cat needed to have her leg amputated in order to save her life.

Two very good things came from that episode: 1) we learned that some vaccine companies have funds to help victims pay for this vaccine-induced sarcoma and 2) that new vaccines are in the works, without this obvious drawback of getting cancer. But ask questions, everyone, before you automatically say OK to a vaccination!

The cat in question did not yet lose her leg, due to a valiant effort by board-certified vet surgeon Russ Gurevitch, D.V.M, of Petaluma, to cut out only the cancer tumor and leave the leg in tact. Now it's a waiting game to see if the cancer returns. If it does, the leg will have to ultimately be amputated. To avoid this happening to YOUR cat, remember to ask questions about vaccines and make informed decisions. Good luck to all.

Money from West Marin's Garbage?

A while ago, when Waste Management got a contract to service West Marin, the County (who controls unincorporated West Marin) stipulated within the contract that there be an audit of WM's books. The audit showed that West Marin customers were being overcharged for WM's services, according to what had been agreed to in the previous contract.

The result was that Waste Management agreed to rebate some substantial money to the county to say 'sorry.' The rebate monies were to be used only for West Marin. It seems that a few dollars were used to fund the Recycle Circus in PRS once and to pay the salary of Laurie Sturdivant for a while (she has been gone for over a year already, right?). About $100,000 is sitting there, left to be used for West Marin. Rather than let the County decide what we need one of these days, why not throw some ideas out there and see if they stick; always, of course, remembering that everyone in West Marin has a right to be served by the fund. Supervisor Kinsey is the gate keeper on the use of the money. His number is 499 7331.

'California' weighs 5 pounds!

The Coastal Post was able to see an advance copy of the new book, California, by Richard Blair and Kathleen Goodwin of Point Reyes Visions fame. Over 600 high quality color photographs of the Golden State, in just a bit more than 300 pages, all weighing 5 pounds. To make sure the world knows what part of California produced this monumental and gorgeous book, the hard cover is embossed with a small emblem of Point Reyes.

The new printing process that has produced the extraordinary quality of the images in the book is a wonder. Something to see. Our suggestion would be that you all start working out your abs so as to be able to pick up this gorgeous 5-pound wonder of a book, out soon. - CP Editor

'Small-Town' Mill Valley an Oxymoron?

The 'discussions' taking place in Mill Valley over the proposed re-do of Miller Avenue 'ruining' the small-town ambiance of the town nestled in the arms of Mt. Tam are kind of silly on one level. Mill Valley long ago stopped being a 'small town,' with small town values, and became a town brimming with just about everybody from anywhere with money and the ability to show it in a pc kind of way.

Miller Avenue maybe could do with a re-do, but nothing is going to bring back the small-town flavor of Mill Valley, which died long ago. It is still fun to go there, but only to enjoy the new ambiance as exhibited by all the well-dressed (in a kind of reverse snobbism sort of way) locals as they pretend they live in a real little ol' small town. P.S. I was born in Mill Valley and grew up there, but live in the San Geronimo Valley now so don't wear $400 jeans to have coffee at the Book Depot.

Overpriced on Tomales Bay?

Pat Kuleto's new Nick's Cove on Tomales Bay/Marshall is becoming a destination for the well-heeled from elsewhere. Rentable cabins over the water are supposedly going for $625 a night on weekends ($475 midweek). The food is good, but not anything to write home about; nothing that cannot be found elsewhere in Marin. So even though they throw in free organic soaps in the bathroom and have local food goodies in the fridge, it works out to $31.25 an hour for a 20-hour use of the cabin (3pm to 11:00am the next day) on weekends. Since one is asleep or in the bed probably 9-hours, that leaves 11 hours to experience that cabin ($56.81+ an hour) if you stay in it all 11 hours. If you sightsee or eat out during those non-sleeping 11 hours, wow, the dollars keep ticketing away at the cabin while you are away! With 12 cabins ultimately, that makes $7,500 gross profit a night on a weekend, for management. A two-night weekend makes $15,000. Four weekends make $60,000. Not bad, and it doesn't even include weekdays! That kind of puts the price of prawns linguini into perspective, doesn't it?

The 450-sq foot cabins seem to have free Wi-Fi Internet access. So you can spend some of those expensive hours surfing the net. Cell phones don't seem to work there. The cabins are well appointed, no doubt.

As a resident of Tomales (and formerly of Marshall), I offer Mr. Kuleto welcome. With Kuleto in Marshall, pricey Tomales Bay Foods in Point Reyes Station and the monied owning most of Bolinas, it is definitely a new world on the coast. That's all I have to say.

Your Best Friend

A conversation in the scientific community has recently begun on the reality of cognitive abilities in other animals (other than ourselves, that is). It seems there was a parrot (just deceased) who amazed his handlers by his cognitive skills. As a long time companion to multiple dogs and cats, I have to wonder what the big deal is. Anybody living with other animals knows they have feelings of love, hate, jealousy, pride, etc, and are sensitive to criticism and neglect. To think otherwise is to be living in some kind of bubble of unreality.

Ergo: deliberately hurting those with such feelings and sensitivities is a true cultural sin of great magnitude. Dogs and cats are known by us to be sensitive only because they live with us in close quarters. But what about other life forms? Deer, coyotes, pigs, osprey, quail, cows and mice. Pigs are very, very smart and sensitive creatures, but we torture them in worse-than-Auschwitz conditions by the millions. Mice, it has now been shown by scientists, have feelings too, which brings up lots of moral questions, doesn't it? And then there are the deer, of all ethnicities. Many of those from out of state were just massacred. I wonder what the 'feelings' were in those left to slowly bleed to death? We should all at least think about it: a word from the Bolinas Mesa on a foggy day.


I live in both San Francisco and Sea Ranch. Obviously, I like the fog as it rolls in from the Pacific. I also like open space and wilderness and have traveled the world to appreciate and support what is left.

I know the Point Reyes National Seashore area and understand the Wilderness Act being used by the government agencies to try to get rid of Kevin Lunny's aquaculture operation (Drakes Bay Oysters) and his agriculture operation (his ranch on adjacent lands). I am normally a supporter of National Parks per se, but the obvious personal vendetta being exhibited by PRNS Superintendent Don Neubacher as he wreaks his vengeance on the Lunny family ranch over his inability to prove Drakes Bay Oysters are actually harming Drakes Bay or any wildlife therein, is more than just distressing, it is criminal revenge. Shame on Superintendent Neubacher for bringing a National Park into disrepute.

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