The Coastal Post - November, 1995

Help The Food Bank

You can designate the Marin Community Food Bank through any of the following campaigns seeking donations through December: United Way, Local Independent Charities, Combined Federal, State, City and County, and Employees Campaigns.

The Food Bank provides posters, collection barrels and a list of the most-needed food items and individual tote bags for people who want to help collect food through their church, school or business.

Financial contributions are needed. Every month $3,500 is needed to purchase food.

On-call drivers with experience with 26-foot trucks and a clean driving record are needed. Shifts are usually three or four hours, no more than six.

Quality household items are also needed in the thrift store, GoodStuff, 820 Sir Francis Drake next to Redhill Shopping Center from 10-5 seven days a week, or call for pickup.

Men and women volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts one day per week at the store. Duties include sorting donations, straightening merchandise, greeting customers, checking out appliances, display. (No selling required.)

Bring the kids in costume on Halloween night to the Haunted House at 175 Ming Court in Novato. Donations are requested of canned food or money.

The World's Largest Turkey will be at Town Center in Corte Madera from November 2 to December 4th. Bring canned food to feed to the comical, talking turkey. On Saturday, November 4, there will be live music and a petting zoo.

The Boy Scouts will leave bags on your steps one week before Saturday, November 18, when they will pick up your donations.

The Christmas Can Tree will be at Northgate Mall from November 25 through December 31. An opening celebration and parade with Santa will begin at noon on Saturday, November 25.

Call 883-1302.

Rick Oltman Runs For San Rafael City Council

Rick Oltman met with a handful of Glenwood-Peacock Gap citizens at a deserted San Rafael Firehouse #5 on October 6 and told the residents that he had been advised that the firehouse, located at 955 Point San Pedro Road, had been empty for three days because of the Mt. Vision fire. Off-duty firefighters had not been called in to fill the void.

"We should have an engine company here right now," he said. "It is normal to have off-duty firefighters come in to work in a situation like this. Why are Peacock Gap and Glenwood unprotected? The city is gambling there will be no emergency in this part of town."

Oltman told the residents he would call on the City Council to hold a public hearing to explain why certain areas of San Rafael where left unprotected when there was no additional cost in bringing in off-duty firefighters.

"This is just one more of a number of public safety snafus committed by this administration," Oltman said.

To contact Oltman, call 459-7493 or page 485-7805 (enter your number).

COM Child Care Centers

Student parents who have children between the ages of two years, nine months, and five years can take their kids to the Children's Centers at either Indian Valley and Kentfield campuses, open on instructional days from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7:45 to 3 on Fridays.

The IVC center is housed in the Administrative Complex. The Kentfield center is located in the downstairs of the Administrative Center. Both are equipped with outdoor play yards, and both offer free and reduced-cost meals.

Income eligibility guidelines are available by calling 883-2211 ext. 8221.

Property Tax Relief For Fire Victims

West Marin property owners who have incurred property damage due to the fire need to apply for property tax relief with the County Assessor's Office for reassessment of their property.

The 1995-96 Marin County property tax bills were readied for mailing just before the fire broke out. The bills were mailed on October 6, and the Office was not able to identify and pull bills to fire-damaged properties.

Immediate property tax relief is available for those taxpayers whose property has suffered damage of $5,000 or more.

A written "Application for Reassessment" may be filed with the County Assessor within 60 days of the disaster, or within 30 days of notification by the Assessor, but in no case no more than six months after the occurrence of damage.

Property owners whose property is subject to reassessment will be provided with a revised bill with additional time to pay. Contact Joan C. Thayer, Assessor-Recorder at the Civic Center (P.O. Box C, Room 202, San Rafael 94913) at 499-7215. Refer to the parcel number on the bill.

McGill Runs For Board Of Education

Edmond Francis McGill, candidate for the First District Trusteeship of the Marin County Board of Education, announced that if elected he will immediately propose a resolution that all salaries of high-level administrators and bureaucrats at the County Office of Education be frozen and that no raises in salaries or increases in benefits occur unless and until all repairs necessary for the safety of Novato's children are made to the schools in Novato.

Hospice Grief Counseling Series

Hospice of Marin is planning an eight-week support group for adults who have lost a parent to terminal illness.

The sessions will be held on Thursdays beginning November 9 from 7-9 p.m. at 150 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera and facilitated by Hospice counselors. There is no fee; donations are accepted.

Call 927-2273.

Proposed Medicare Deadly

The proposed Congressional cuts in the Medicaid and Medicare programs are an unconscionable move to balance the federal budget on the back of the poor, the children, the elderly and the disabled. The denial of basic and preventive health care only opens the door to the spread of disease to which not even the rich will be immune.

The Senate Budget proposal includes cuts of $175 billion in Medicaid, which would result in a loss of $20.9 billion in California Medi-Cal funds and $256 billion in Medicare, which would result in a loss of $30.8 billion in California.

Under the "Medigrant" proposal, states would receive a fixed sum for Medicaid services in the form of block grants with no federal strings attached.

Federal rules governing the basic benefit package, eligibility criteria and payments to providers would be eliminated.

Spousal impoverishment protections would be eliminated, setting the stage to return to the days when spouses had to choose between divorce and impoverishment.

Federal nursing home standards would be eliminated, wiping out years of effort by advocacy groups and providers to establish uniform standards of care in nursing homes.

Thirty-two million Medicaid beneficiaries would face benefit cuts.

Emergency, preventive and trauma care would be severely reduced, raising the rates of communicable diseases, particularly among children.

The Medicare cuts would require each eligible senior to pay an additional $3,200 out of pocket for health care by the year 2002, while forcing them into managed care programs, loss of provider choice and a reduction in services

Thirty-seven million Medicare beneficiaries will face benefit cuts.

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform calls upon our elected representatives to vote "No" on this Neanderthal budget proposal, which has nothing to do with health care and everything to do with tax cuts for those who least need them.

Child Print Program

More children will be better protected against abduction through a national child identification program that will reach one million children by the end of this year. If you would like to have the IOF Foresters ChildPrint Program come to your school, store, day care center, fair or community event, please call 1-800-922-4-IOF.

Sliced Apples New-Bagged

For anyone who enjoys baking apple pies or cobblers or eating sliced, peeled apples for snacks, you'll be happy to learn about the new product now available in the produce section of your grocery store.

Fresh Cut Granny Smith and Fuji apples, introduced by Met West Agribusiness of Del Rey, are peeled, cored and sliced fresh, and will last up to two weeks in your frig.

The key to keeping the apples crisp and fresh is a breathable membrane developed by FreshHold technology. "The membrane allows a certain percentage of carbon dioxide generated by the sliced apples to leave the package and a certain amount of oxygen to enter," said David Sasaki, Met West President. "The just-sliced taste and appearance is maintained by a natural citric acid solution applied to them after peeling and slicing."

Tam Parent Institute

Buoyed by the success of last year's event, the Tam Area Council has announced that the second annual Parent Institute, "Facing the Challenge: Parenting in the '90s" will take place on Saturday, November 4 from 8:30 a.m. 'til 1:00 p.m. at the Student Center of the Tamalpais High School campus. Michael Pritchard, well-known comedian and youth advocate, will repeat his role as keynote speaker.

Following Pritchard's always amusing and inspirational remarks, participants may attend any of the 14 interactive workshops led by local therapists and other professionals. Topics, which cover a range of subject matter and grade levels, include: setting limits, single parenting, talking to your child about sex, taming television, step families, tobacco use prevention and improving self-esteem. There are sessions suitable for parents of elementary, middle and high school students.

The purpose of the Parent Institute, building parenting skills to develop healthier families, is part of a continuing commitment to parent education made by the participating school districts.

The Tam area Parent Institute is the first of three being offered in southern Marin this year. The Redwood Area Parent Institute will take place on February 3 and the Drake area's on March 16, 1996.

Attendance is free. Walk-in registration is welcomed.

Adoption Awareness Month

November is a time to celebrate adoptive families and birthparents. If you are interested in providing a loving, secure and happy home for an infant/child, or facing an unplanned pregnancy and would like to speak with someone about your options, or if you want to help with a donation so we at the Adoption Center can continue to provide services for those involved in adoption, please call (805) 967-5133 M-F, 9-5 (or leave message 24 hours) or write 4141 State Street, Suite B-2, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.

The Adoption Center helps facilitate successful adoptions for birthparents and adoptive parents across the country.

Property Tax Relief

State law adopted by County Ordinance provides for immediate property tax relief for those taxpayers whose property has suffered damages of $5,000 or more due to fire, flood or other disaster.

A written "Application for Reassessment" may be filed with the County Assessor within 60 days of the disaster, or within 30 days of notification by the Assessor, but in no case more than six months after the occurrence of damage.

Call 499-7215 between 9-4 or write Office of Assessor-Recorder, County of Marin, Civic Center Branch, P.O. Box C, San Rafael 94913.

Holiday Crafts Fair Calls For Entries

Entries are being sought for this year's Homestead Holiday Crafts Fair. The two-day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday the 9th and 10th of December at Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley.

To maintain the high standard of crafts offered, all entrants are subject to selection by committee, even if they have previously participated. Applicants are asked to submit a photo and a brief description of work along with the application form. Artists will be allowed to sell only those crafts that are thus represented. All work must be hand-produced by the artist.

Call the Community Center at 388-9916 or write 315 Montford Avenue, Mill Valley 94941 for an application form. All correspondence should be clearly marked "Crafts Fair." The deadline for entries is October 31.

Bolinas Museum Auction

An auction of the work of over 60 recognized contemporary artists will be held Saturday, November 4, noon 'til 7:30 p.m. at the Claudia Chapline Gallery, 3445 Shoreline Highway, Stinson Beach, to benefit the Bolinas Museum.

Work to be auctioned will be on public preview on Thursday and Friday, November 2nd and 3rd, and Saturday from noon until 3 p.m. After 3 p.m., an entrance fee of $10 buys a bid card, catalogue, wine and hors d'oeuvres.

There will be a Silent Auction from 3-6:30 and a Live Auction will begin at 5 and continue until all work is offered for bidding.

Contact Bolinas Museum 868-0935.

Bolinas Whitecaps Open House

Bolinas Whitecaps, an informal social organization of West Marin Seniors, will hold an Open House to kick off the holiday season at the Bolinas Rod and Boat Club, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, November 16. A free lunch will be served.

The club is seeking new regulars who will come to our lunch meetings, held the third Thursday of each month. Two or three times a year we go on field trips, a picnic or visit with sister organizations around the Bay Area. Four or five times a year we have a short program after lunch on topics of interest to seniors or the West Marin Community. Semi-annual dues are $6.

If you are in your mid-50s or more, live anywhere in West Marin and would like to socialize with a lively group of your peers, come meet us on November 16th.

Bring a friend, meet a friend, make a friend.

Free AIDS Test

A special test site has been set up in Bolinas for anyone interested in taking the AIDS Antibody Test on Tuesday, November 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The test is provided by the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services. and is free and anonymous. The procedure consists of information, a blood test, and a one-week follow-up for the results and counseling. Call 499-7515.

An Evening At The Mojave Desert

A slide show/lecture on the Eastern Mojave Scenic Area will be held Friday, November 8 at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. There is no charge.

Limestone caverns, Joshua Tree forests, magnificent wind-swept desert vistas, and myriad photos of birds and wildlife encompass this fascinating evening. Local naturalist Michael Ellis is well-known for his photography and combines this skill with his intimate knowledge of this newest of our National Reserves.

Call 924-7146.

Hawk Hill With Allen Fish

The Marin Audubon Society will offer a bird-watching outing on Sunday, November 12 at 10 a.m. Take Hwy. 101 south to the last Sausalito exit before the Golden Gate Bridge, turn left on the access road and then right up the hill on Conzelman Road (signed GGNRA) to the summit where two pedestrian tunnels enter the hill on the right. Walk up the trail to the top of the hill.

Enjoy a splendid view of the San Francisco Bay plus the unique opportunity to watch migrating hawks with the man who started the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. Autumn brings a stream of raptors down the Coast Range as they seek a way to cross the Golden Gate and continue south to their wintering habitats. Bring lunch, optics, friends and dress for a windy, cool day. Call 461-8199.

Mediation Board Forms

The process of forming a Community Mediation Board for West Marin is well underway. About a dozen people have been meeting since last spring.

Participants will prepare to serve on the new board by taking training given by the Community Board of San Francisco in December.

On October 7 the group met for a presentation by Susan Broek, who has just returned from a training in Texas given by the Alternate Dispute Resolution Service International.

We would like to have more representatives from West Marin take the training. Call 898-0493.

Seniors Blast Wilson

The Golden State Mobilehome Owners League blasted Gov. Pete Wilson for his veto of AB 1337 by Assemblyman Mike Sweeney.The measure would have outlawed a current tactic of park owners trying to evade local mobilehome rent control ordinances, forcing elderly mobilehome owners entering parks to sign long-term leases to exempt the new resident from rent control.

"Gov. Wilson has turned his back on 400,000 Californians with an average age of 64 years," said Dave Hennessy, President of the 60,000 member homeowners' association. "This is a triumph of a special interest over the public interest."

AB 1337 would have required mobilehome park owners to offer prospective homeowners the same rights current homeowners enjoy. Those rights include the option of signing a long-term lease, short-term lease or entering into a month-to-month tenancy. Legislative hearings have brought forth instances of abuse that have resulted in service personnel being transferred, unable to sell their mobilehomes, very elderly homebuyers being pressured into signing long-term leases they are unlikely to survive, and other similar abuses.

Hennessy vowed that the Governor's veto "will not be the end of this effort to win fair treatment for mobilehome owners."

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