The Coastal Post - January, 1996

Moo Town News

Happy Days Are Here Again


What a jubilant jolt of fresh air it was to learn that Judy Arnold was throwing her hat in the ring for Supervisor Giacomini's spot. I've been on both sides of the fence with her through the years, and the qualities she possesses are highly admirable. Always poised and even-tempered through adversity, knowledgeable and reasonable, and most of all, treating everybody with respect and dignity even when others have opposing views. There is a sereneness and calming effect about this lady—and I do mean lady in every sense of the word—that expresses the best of the human spirit.

When I first encountered Judy Arnold, I was very active in the Pt. Reyes Business Association, and Judy had formed the Village Association and was its first president. We were at odds. The Business Association, along with the late Don DeWolfe and Jack Mason, Toby Giacomini, Larry Marks and myself, were adamant supporters of Mickey Rhea's warehouse project in downtown Pt. Reyes. The Pt. Reyes Village Association took a stand against it. We battled it out at Civic Center and the Rhea Project won. I and my fellow cohorts were quite impressed when Judy brought a cake in the shape of the warehouse into the Planning Commission and shared it with us. She said, "Congratulations, and I wish you well with the project." It was a class act and we never forgot it! It's easy to be a gracious winner, but to be a gracious loser shows real class. From that point on it got even better. We both worked together for Waldo's dam.

We treked to the Sierra Club one night so that Judy could give the other side of the story because basically all they were hearing was Ann West's side of the issue. We were told since it wasn't on the agenda, Judy was not allowed to speak. I felt quite defeated after driving all that way to come away with nothing, but that didn't dampen Judy's spirits. Smiling, she nudged towards the door and said, "All isn't wasted. There's a meeting at North Marin Water District tonight—let's go over there and lend support for the Giacomini dam," and damned if she didn't whiz us over there and give a rousing dissertation on the positive points of the Waldo Dam.

Not too long after that, she formed the West Marin Alliance because at the time offshore drilling had become a major threat. From Stinson Beach to Tomales she had every organization involved. We used to meet collectively at the duck shack on Borello ranch, and my late husband Bob would cook for us—barbecued salmon, marinated elk, steaks, pasta and so on. Judy would always question Bob about ranching and gave him a seat on the Board of Directors representing agriculture. Mind you, it had nothing to do with his fabulous meals.

Over the years I developed a very healthy respect for Judy Arnold. Her keen intelligence and dignified demeanor won me over somewhat, but most of all it was her common sense and understanding of issues always coupled with open interest in what other people had to say.

When she comes around West Marin campaigning, watch, look and listen to what she has to say. I don't need to sell her, she'll sell herself. She's quite a lady and I would be proud to have her as supervisor!

P.S. Common sense and common cents go hand in hand—Go Judy!