The Coastal Post - October, 1997

Corruption Exposed By Candidate

I would like to expose the corruption of the elected public officials and agency heads of Marin City. There have been on-going violations of the Brown Act and conflict of Interest codes by the present board members of the Community Services District, which is under criminal investigation by the Marin County District Attorney's Office.

The CSD at one time had a million-dollar ballfield; over $30,000 worth of equipment somehow disappeared and the present CSD board wanted to take full responsibility for all the missing equipment in a cover-up attempt. Two of the CSD board members are on the Marin County Community Development Corporation Board and two other members are employed by the CDC, a serious conflict.

The fifth board member, working alone to uncover the criminal activity, filed a police report on the missing equipment and was told by the Board to withdraw his complaint.

The present chairperson of the CSD operates her clothing store out of the district's gymnasium dressing room and also profits at district functions. She recently admitted this, but said she is using the facility for storage; she is not paying rent.

The four directors had approved a contract with the executive director of the CDC to be the manager of the CSD part-time at $50,000. Currently the executive director's salary full-time is $82,500. This amount includes benefits at 25%. If he takes this position, he would be making over $100,000.

The former CSD chairperson, who stepped down as remedy for allegations and is now a director, admitted to sexually harassing the interim general manager, and is still in his position on the board and continues to stalk the lady. Five or six months later he was placed in the position of treasurer, again to be in contact with her.

At the last CSD board meeting, a director left and came back with a gun after the residents called him a sell-out.

The CSD board entered into a contract with Marquette Management to provide a recreational program for the children of Marin City. It has become known that the money given was used to pay their business and personal debts. The outcome is the children had limited access to programs.

The chairperson entered into an illegal lease renting out district facilities to the Marin City Project without having the lease ratified. The interim general manager would not sign the lease. The chairperson signed the lease and another CSD boardmember signed the check for the Project's unlawful move.

Karen Ashby

Candidate for Marin City Community Services District

Precedence Can Destroy The Valley

The reason that The Valley needs saving is because the French Ranch approval has set a precedence that can be used in court by developers. What has saved West Marin and The Valley from being covered with homes is the continued restrictions to building on ranchland. This is now changed with the approval of French Ranch. If another developer purchases a ranch in The Valley (there is one for sale), and makes the same offer or better, of open space and sewage treatment with the building of 33 homes the county supervisors could not decline since they approved a similar offer. If the Supervisors refuse, the developer will sue and the Judge will say that these are people are making the same offer that was accepted from the French Ranch Developers, you have no valid reasons to refuse. Refusing a developer from developing another ranch because you claim that you are protecting The Valley is not valid since you approved the French Ranch development, you can not show favoritism.

With the approval of the homes on ranchland in The Valley there is no way to stop the homes from sprouting up from White's Hill to Lagunitas. In 20 years The Valley will look like Terra Linda with homes in every space a home can be built.

Now for a comment on the cesspool, as they used to be called. I lived in Grass Valley for four years. The soil is clay, so cesspools were very common on ranches. Cesspools smell, they have raw sewage floating in them they are void of life except bacteria and some types of plant life. Cesspools have (lagoons they are called now) to be fenced in and have no outlet. They overflow in the winter during heavy rains, spilling raw sewage in the creek. Cesspools work by "giving" time to the good bacteria to work on the sewage. Too much water will dilute the good bacteria which is necessary for the breaking down of the sewage. Is this what the school wants in their back yard? Did anyone do any independent research on the "bad side" of cesspools? Or did they just take the developer word?

If anyone thinks that they can stop any developer from developing the rest of the valley they should spend little time in a law library and see how decisions like the French Ranch case can influence a complete turn around by the Courts.

Kevin E. West

Forest Knolls

Stand Up For Your Rights

Right on, Tony Serra! Why is he the only voice out of millions of people from all walks of life who have smoked marijuana regularly for decades without harming their relationships, becoming dangerous drivers or a menace to self or society? The side effects are nothing compared to a hangover. The only apparent danger is realizing love, humor and charity are more important than greed, vanity and TV. Also, people thinking for themselves and choosing for themselves is obviously a threat to the established order and keeping the masses under control. Alcohol, on the other hand, makes you lose control and become a slave, leaving a path of devastation in its wake-but that's ok, that' s just fine.

Why do we hide behind the "medical marijuana" issue and beg for crumbs from a tyrannical, irrational, imaginary government?

We drum into our children that we live in such a noble democracy (demockcrasy). What hypocrisy! "We the people..." Where are we? In front of the TV, smoking their cigarettes, drinking their booze, watching their news, living their lives, as we suck up their lies.

You do have the freedom to choose. But you'd better use it before you lose it. So take back your power. Don't abuse it. Don't let them confuse you. You must refuse it. And just remember what Nancy said, "Just say no." Turn that TV off.

Marijuana does not lead to hard drugs-dysfunctional, dishonest families do. No drugs is best, no doubt, but in this society there seems to be a tremendous need for relief from it, so if alcohol is ok, marijuana is better. I do not smoke it-that's my choice.

Bob Marley said "Stand up for your rights." Just do it!

ANTONIA STEINER

The Innocent Outlaw

Stamp For Robeson

According to Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, a meticulous scholar who was also the founder of Pan-Africanism, Paul Robeson was the best-known individual in the world in the years immediately following World War II. That's easy to understand. Europe, North America, and the Soviet Union knew of Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Mao-and Robeson, the most famous signer of any kind of that day. But Africa, China, India, Latin America were illiterate and lacked radio. Yet enormous popular movements had developed for independence both from the pre-war colonialists and the Japanese imperialism that had taken over the entire Pacific west of Hawaii and most of East and South Asia. Their leaders, from Ho Chi-Minh to Nkrumah, had been educated in Europe and knew Robeson, in most cases personally. He knew 20 languages, and sang people's songs of struggle in their own tongues. They had his 78 rpm records, and played them over loudspeakers at rallies to inspire their people.

Robeson was very much more than a singer. He was the first Black to be allowed to play Othello in nearly a century, first in England and much later in the United States. He was only the third African-American to be named a football All-American. He put his body on the line for his beliefs, singing for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. He rejected the income performances in the South would have earned him because he would not accept segregation of his audiences. Finally, he lost 95% of his earnings in a single year, 1949 -1950, being dropped by concert management and recording company because of his outspoken opposition to the Cold War.

I had the honor of being one of the tiny handful who were able to dent that blacklist a little by converting the final rally of my 1950 campaign for Congress against the Korean War into a Robeson concert-no speeches.

Robeson was also a strategic thinker. The chapter, "The Power of Negro Action," from his book of 1958, Here I Stand, called for precisely the kind of independent, militant, mass activity launched two years after with the lunch-counter sit-ins.

A movement is afoot to have a postage stamp issued in Robeson's honor next year, the centenary of his birth. The rule of thumb is that 10,000 messages are needed to impress those who make that decisions. One writes to Dr. Virginia Noelke, Citizens' Advisory Stamp Committee, 475 L'enfant Plaza, S.W., Rm. 4474, Washington, D.C. 20260.

BILL MANDEL

Berkeley

Guns Protect The People's Freedom

To continue the letter from Jack Lieberman, who stated that guns kill 40,000 people: Cars kill 60,000 people a year, thousands of people are killed by illegal drugs, thousands are killed by knives and other objects, hundreds are killed by legal drugs every year, alcohol kills over 400,000 each year, as does tobacco.

Sounds silly, doesn't it? Inanimate objects do not kill people. People kill people. If the anti-gun nuts were really concerned about doing something about reasons that people kill people, then they would be leaving inanimate objects alone.

Concerning the usual unrealistic comparison of the U.S. to other countries, including the anti-gun people's ridiculous comparison to Sweden: There is no other country that has the immigration (of good and bad people), that this country has. There is no other country, except possibly Italy, where organized crime is so powerful...that is as open as the U.S. ...that has a criminal justice system that is so easy to get around.

As far as England goes, criminals could get guns easily in England if they wanted them. Does anyone possibly think that if there was a demand for guns in England that organized crime would not fill that demand? As strange as it seems, the criminals have some respect for the Bobbies. Using guns would not be "cricket."

The same is true in Japan. In Japan a person would dishonor his family if he used guns. I have heard experts say that if you dropped guns on Japan, you would not see an increase in gun use.

Another point: more than half of the deaths caused by guns in this country are related to illegal drugs. Drug addicts in England can get their drugs without committing crimes or killing people. More than half of the crime in this country is drug-related. Eliminate the profit in drugs and the crime rate will go down and so will gun deaths. But this is not likely to happen, because two of the most financial and politically powerful organizations in the world do not want drugs decriminalized in the country. Can you guess who? Organized crime and churches. Think about it.

Virtually very country in the world has a past of extreme oppression of the people, except the United States. The outlawing of weapons made the oppression of these people possible. We in the U.S. can fight back if it is necessary. We are free from our former oppressing government because a bunch of people took their personally-owned guns, formed a private militia, and started shooting at the government army! This is exactly what the Second Amendment is there for, just in case the wrong people get in control of the U.S. government and army, BATF, FBI or CIA. The National Guard is not a people's militia, but part of the U.S. Army.

The persons that are really dangerous and foolish, and I will add, cowardly, are those who would allow us to be disarmed. Waco and Ruby Ridge incidents would become commonplace, and we could no nothing about it.

Case closed.

KEVIN E. WEST

Bolinas

Miller's Mistake

Your staff anti-Semite, Dr. Edward W. Miller, gets his facts screwed up even when he is not castigating Israel. In his September article on rail transportation, he refers to a Frenchman whizzing through the countryside on a train going 285 meters per hour, while his Japanese counterpart makes it at 185 meters per hour.

One meter is equal to 39.37 inches. At the speed of 285 meters per hour, it would take well over five hours to cover a mile. Dr. Miller's Frenchman would do better walking.

Did you mean 285 kilometers per hour, Dr. Miller?

MORTON H. TALLEN

San Rafael

Appeal To Israel

Let Madame Albright appeal to Palestinian moderates to put an end to terrorist attacks, proposes Marlene Post, a Zionist leader.

More to the mark, it seems to me, would be an appeal to the moderate people of Israel. How can the moderate Palestinians, themselves justifiably resentful of the expansionist policies of the Israeli government, control individual patriotic hotheads? Acts of terrorism cannot be perfectly contained.

On the other hand, the ongoing provocations engaged in by the Israeli government might possibly be prevented by strong, focused action by Israeli moderates. If the Israeli government were to implement the accords reached by Peres, Rabin, and Arafat (winners of the Nobel Peace Prize), and continue to negotiate on that basis, it could reassure Palestinians that it is, indeed, seeking a harmonious relationship with its neighbor.

The primary responsibility for lessening Palestinians' hostility and likelihood of terrorist attacks lies with the Israeli government. Alas, Israeli voters have replaced statesmen such a Rabin and Peres with a politician, Netanyahu, and now reap the predictable consequences.

GUY W. MEYER

Inverness

Multi-Lingual Education And Kirby's Tax Fallacy

In the August 1 issue of your fine paper, I read two letters that lament, on the one hand, emigration from Mexico (Gary E. Jordan), and on the other hand, bilingual, primarily Spanish, education in our schools (Art Llebrez). Both epistles build their arguments against immigration and bilingualism by espousing how impractical and inconvenient these activities are for our society. As such, they are fairly stated.

However, as I struggle to learn Spanish, I rue the day my elementary school stopped teaching everyone Spanish as part of our daily education. That was in 1964, when I was in the first grade in Burlingame. On my trips to Mexico over the years, I always fall back on the lessons I learned back then: uno, dos, tres...

My grandfather Adolph emigrated from Alsace, just before Hitler invaded. As a minister fluent in 12 languages, he had no trouble learning English. His daughters still read their French newspapers, but, alas, when I went to France in '94 for the 50th anniversary of my father's participation in the D-Day invasion, I could only stammer, "je ne parlais pa Francais" to the baguette vendors, etc.

Oh, the shame of being mono-lingual! Indeed, if we Americans had any sense of honor and history, we would honor the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, which the United States signed only a few generations ago with Mexico. That treaty assured Mexico that the Mexican people in what is now called New Mexico, Arizona and California would have bilingual ballots on which to vote, bilingual courtrooms and schools. To do any less than live up to our signed treaty is, while so pragmatic, all the more so, bigoted and morally bankrupt.

As things are, there is no supreme value in the English language, or English culture, and definitely not in English cuisine. (Had any haggis lately? I think not!) But America is such a wonder because of the pizza, the burrito, the chocolate, St. Patrick's Day, escorts who dress up as French maids, etc. Don't make us all melt into a pot. Let's enjoy the many distinct flavors of the happy feast.

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Kirby Ferris writes in his column titled "Who Owns These Hands?, August 1, an interesting point of view, more or less establishing that a) my hands are obviously mine, b) whatever my hands creates belongs to me, c) by taxing the work of my hands, the government is a thief.

What a flaccid mental construct! Your parents conceived those hands, they fed and protected them when your hands were transporting dirt into your own mouth. So your hands rightly belong not to you, but to your parents. Of what are these hands made? Of minerals from the earth, of vitamins from plants, and energy from the sun. Therefore, your hands belong to nature. How do your hands daily live? By putting food that grows out of the earth, by the energy of the sun (neither of which your hands created) into your mouth. If indeed the creator created such universe as we dwell within, fairly those hands belong to Him, and not to you.

Granted, though, the hands are in your control, and therefore you have the opportunity to use them. So Kirby proposes he will tell his hands to lift sacks of concrete for himself and by himself. Absurd! For he has neither mined the lime, nor burned it, nor crushed it, nor transported it through the air. It came from a mine protected from bands of brigands by the government, across roads designed and built by the government, across oceans made safe from pirates by the government, and charted and lighted and buoyed by the government.

Kirby laments that the government is making his hands lift 50% of his sacks for the government. I wonder what sort of ox Kirby has become, his hands always hard at work, piling up these sacks of cement, no time to write a newspaper column.

But let me ask you, Kirby, do you intend to eat all the fruits of your labor? Even a tree produces bushels of fruit, never to taste even one of them. By producing juicy apples, the apple tree is used by nature, by man, and by God to feed the hungry, delight the eye, the tongue and the mind. The tree cleverly puts its own seeds within the luscious fruit, knowing that at least one fruit carried away by crow or tourist or taxman, will find a piece of rich earth on which to fructify and flourish. The more fruit that is taken, the more assured the tree becomes that it will become immortal.

NEIL B. HAMMARI

Sausalito

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PATRICIA WHITE

Atlanta

Agree To Disagree

I am tired of being told to shut up, sit down and get to the back of the bus "for the good of the community." Since when does a healthy, democratic community stifle opposing views? The San Geronimo Valley community is divided over some of the issues regarding French Ranch, not all. That does not mean we need to personally attack each other over those conflicting views. It means that we need to listen and be tolerant of everyone's opinion regardless of whether the parties agree! The San Geronimo Valley is a wonderful, unique place, but obviously some members of its community would rather bury and gloss over disagreements than address them directly.

For those who tell me to give up on changing certain issues of the French Ranch project, I say, "No, thank you." I would not be comfortable knowing I hadn't followed my beliefs. The people of this community need to learn how to remain neighbors and friends without imposing limits on discussions, and most importantly, to learn how to agree to disagreed. That is the true rift in this Valley.

ELENA BELSKY

San Geronimo

French Ranch Sewage Options

I am proud to be part of the Save the Valley Committee and its efforts to provide the San Geronimo Valley community with detailed, factual information about the proposed AIWPS system in San Geronimo and the possible alternatives. I am proud to have helped in designing and distributing the information mailers so the community could understand in better detail the major decisions we face together.

Every person who has taken our advice and done the homework realizes that the choices the school board has made need reassessment. Those who have visited the other nearby industrial pit systems in St. Helena and Bolinas understand the inappropriateness of these large, open sewage pits near a school. Bacterial air spraying hazards, noxious odors, damage to wetlands, contract precedents, use of tax money for a private development, and child safety are but a few of the numerous concerns which need to be addressed.

Unfortunately, Richard Sloan has been the only member of the School Board to show genuine concern for the community process. I would like to thank Richard for his consistent support of public involvement in this important issue despite intense opposition. Richard was also the only one who noticed, in the County records, that an additional large holding pond would be built after the first half of the French Ranch luxury homes were completed. This second pond would almost double the size of the pond area.

Supporters for the open sewage pits, having done everything in their power to both sell the French Ranch development and sell the community on an inappropriate industrial sewage system, now want to "heal the community." One of these "healing" leaders, Philip Davis, claimed in his letter to the Pt. Reyes Light on August 28 that opponents to AIWPS "engage in the confrontational politics of anger, intimidation and slanderous innuendo," but he now wants to heal us.

Bill Noble, a big AWIPS supporter, accused me three separate times of "destroying the community" at the September Planning Group meeting simply for my activist role in informing people. If providing alternative, detailed engineering information to anyone interested is "destroying the community," then I must not understand our language. If one the other hand, I am helping to provide the community with the choices that the School Board failed to provide, then I am contributing to a highly developed process that I still believe in, called democracy.

BRIAN STALEY

Woodacre

Valley Sewage Problem

I was disturbed at the September 9 Lagunitas School Board meeting to hear Brian Dodd say that any alternative location or alternative plan to the AIWPS open sewage facility could entail possible involvement with the French Ranch Development. He said that originally he had approached the developer at the request of community members. I would like to know who those community members were and to state that they certainly did not speak for me.

I am not only opposed to the open pond AIWPS system in the proposed location, but I am equally opposed to commingling of private and public funds to build and operate any exclusive private/public sewage facility. Who is to say what inherent problems lie ahead for the taxpayers in future years when the developer is out of the picture and the homeowners feel they are paying far more than their share?

I am one of a growing number of Valley residents who are senior citizens. If the Lagunitas School Board chooses not to listen to their community, and if they go ahead with the joint sewage facility with the developer, I will not be able to support them. I shall exercise my option for an exemption to the Lagunitas parcel tax, and I shall actively encourage other seniors to do the same.

I truly hope this will not become necessary.

ELLEN FLOYD

San Geronimo

Anti-Boxer

This is really to all of the voters in the Bay Area counties: As a life-long Democrat, I ask you, from the bottom of my heart, not to re-elect Barbara Boxer. For many reasons having to do with integrity, honesty and a decent representation of the voters, please do not send her back to Washington. I thank you from my soul!

BARBARA GELDER

Marin City

Fight Real Crime

In reply to "Disabled Woman, Caregiver Faced Deputies' Guns, Now Prosecution?": The legalization of marijuana cutting drastically into the out-of-control profits and booming economy of the hard drug sales, the anti-drug war, the tobacco industry, and the bankers' Latin American investments are the cause of the state and federal governments' bi-partisan hysteria, self-righteous moralizing, hatred, trumped-up charges about marijuana, and the marijuana raids.

This oppression is an indictment of Attorney General Dan Lungren. In August, 1996, he sent 100 state cops to bust a group of people who were helping sick and dying patients with AIDS and other serious medical conditions in San Francisco. It was a cowardly thing to do. It was sadly lacking in professional judgment.

There is a choice to be made. If Mr. Lungren is so interested in improving his image as being hard on crime, he must enforce the drug laws, the loitering laws, and other laws. He could take his troops to the Tenderloin District, just a few blocks from his raid, where street crime is rampant, and residents and tourists are constantly besieged by an occupation army of drug dealers (our corner has had the same drug dealers for years, and muggers, panhandlers and just crazy people. It is easier for the state cops, or I suppose any cops, to be chicken about it and take away people's medicine than it is for them to seriously fight crime. I wonder how it makes them feel to do such a degrading thing.

The Bible more than any other book gives accurate descriptions of today's society, e.g. "The love of money is the root of all evils."

RANIER PENKERT

San Francisco

Cops Not Lousy, Attitudes Are

I wish to take exception to the letter that appeared in your September 1 issue, entitled "Me, The Lousy Cop." A cop is a cop, period. To become a cop, one has to be "our community's finest." How can you be the finest if you are lousy?

Unwittingly, however, the writer of the letter has focused on a serious problem confronting members of our law enforcement community. There will inevitably crop up among them a few who could not measure up to the challenges of their profession. And yet until they are identified and dealt with, they are still considered as cops. Unfortunately, they usually hug the headlines more than their brothers in the force because of the news worthiness of their errant commissions and omissions. Consequently, we hear more about them and in the process we associate them with law enforcement and the image of a cop. Most often, the only time we heard about the creditable members of the police force is when they lose their lives in the performance of their duties. The other good things that they do are not highlighted because that is what is expected of them. On the other hand, errant behavior by a member of the police force is focused upon because it is unexpected and therefore newsworthy. This does not make cops lousy. Our perception of them is what is lousy.

In my book, the following constitutes the qualities of a cop:

� A cop is an honest and intelligent human being who deserves our gratitude, respect and trust.

� A cop is the embodiment of courage and resolve to protect us and our rights as members of the community.

� A cop is an individual who is endowed with steel nerves and will not panic or crack up in the face of danger and the possibility of losing his/her life.

� A cop is an intelligent law enforcer who has the ability to listen to reason and act accordingly.

� A cop is a friend who will counsel you, teach you, guide you and do his best to help you when you commit honest mistakes, rather than be predatory and punitive about it.

A cop is all of this and more. Now tell, me, how an you say anything negative about them? Let us not even talk about the few who have not and cannot live up to the challenges of being a cop. They are not cops, and therefore should be booted out of the police force as early as possible.

ANTONIO R. SERNA

San Francisco

Fix The Roads For Safety

To Art Brook, Transportation Engineer

Department of Public Works

San Rafael

You were kind enough to respond to a safety situation on Mesa Road in Bolinas, brought to your attention in 1995. I am writing to you now hoping that you can bring the present situation to the attention of the proper people. The raised pavement markers referred to in your letter of June 26, 1995 to our fire chief Kevin Hicks have helped, and their recent installation on several other roads also helps.

The roads in Bolinas have not seen any center line striping nor any stop sign lines, where appropriate, in what seems to be at least a year. In many places on Overlook Drive, Elm Road and Mesa Road, it is impossible to tell where the centerline should be. In addition, Bolinas-Fairfax Road needs striping from Ridgecrest Blvd. to the Meadow Club in Fairfax.

As we approach both the end of daylight savings time and the start of the rainy season, it seems only fair that those of us in Marin that use these roads daily have some more reasonable degree of safety from, among other accidents, head-on collisions.

Thanks again for your help in bringing this to the attention of the appropriate people.

MALCOLM PONDER

Bolinas

Cigars Are Bad For You-And Your Face

Taking huge hits in their cash registers from anti-cigarette lawsuits, tobacco companies have zeroed in on a new target, conning women into taking up cigars.

A report by Lynn Snowden in September's Bazaar says the number of female cigar smokers has tripled in five years. Snowden says the idea that not inhaling cigars makes them safer than cigarettes is a myth, noting that not inhaling means a four to ten times greater risk of getting mouth or throat cancer, adding that cigar smokers' lung cancer rate is still three times higher than that of non-smokers.

The second hand smoke danger is also worse than with cigarettes, with particle emissions three times as high and carbon monoxide emissions 30 times as high as with cigarettes, according to Snowden.

Estee Lauder's R&D; veep Daniel Maes points out that free radicals in smoke oxidize the protective lipid layers and decrease the skin's water retention ability resulting in dry skin and reduced cellular activity, "leading to lines, wrinkles, and premature aging."

Despite the damage to women's skin, the greater danger of mouth and throat cancer, the stink that overrides all their perfumes, body lotions and scented shampoos, and the stupid (some say repulsive) appearance of cigar-chomping women, it seems women are happily swallowing the cigar propaganda. what can we do to crush this dangerous fad?

FIELDING GREAVES

San Rafael

Letter From Prison

If I can chip away at this old writer's block and form some kind of sculpture, I hope to let it take on a life of its own in expressing what I can to all of my extended family and dots on the North Bay map.

Thanks to everybody involved at the Post in the continuance of an American-as-apple-pie tradition in maintaining the Post as a public forum. It is important for us to kick our ideological footballs around even if the opposite team scores a goal.

I'm in state prison now, so somebody got a point.

Thanks for the guy at Nave's in Fairfax that night who bought me drinks 'cause he liked my other letters.

Thanks to Sgt. Dan Johnston of the Fairfax Police Dept. who said to me that the township got some guffaws out of my pontifications.

And thanks to Doug Green, who out of genuine human concern for opportunity and growth to be afforded a rambler of my dimensional complexities (therefore scattered across the map), sought to provide me with some direction in my life through service in his employ.

A lot of folks have been very good to me: The Honorable William Stephens of the Marin Superior Court, Sgt. Augustus of the Marin Jail, and a lot of people I still owe money to.

Folks just had about all they could stand without bearing me no real ill will.

I put myself here in prison mostly because I lacked the ability to make the kind of quality, life-affirming decisions that would have given me a grip on responsibility instead of bemoaning my fate as a victim of life's circumstances.

It was easy to blame growing up around barrooms and Friday night dances. The 1970's on through to 1984 was a fun place for Marin, but alas, history now is defining itself through overwhelming circumstantial purpose.

This new generation of 20 somethings does not have to repeat our involvement with speed, acid or the new rave drugs they've got coming out now. If we garner their respect long enough to understand their alienation in this impersonal super-information age, where careers are incumbent on one's ability to surrender one's soul to being a telepathic puppet, or an intellectual athlete in an attitude prison, in a bigger picture these kids around here are culturally, genetically predisposed for perceiving and implementing issues of incredible consequence, as we move into this next century.

The breakneck speed at which kids are caught up in their little party culture these days certainly expresses the stress of that burden in deed and fact. Any boomers out there who would want to face what 25-year-olds are facing now?

I'm glad I squeaked by. I'll be 44 in October. And safe in prison, maybe a little safer than exposed to the maniacal situations occurring in everyday society.

Our smart kids in America are the ones who sense it and watch as the rest of the population's kids reading level goes down.

There is a disproportionate ratio of business to trades, to professions, to graduates, and Asia is methodically overachieving to such a serious extent they have hit boomtown economies in places like Malaysia and Thailand, but we can't even provide our neighbors to the south boomtime economic access with NAFTA-we're just going through the motions with that one.

I told Senator John Warner in Middleburg, Virginia 10 years ago we need to open all the Mexican borders. When enough Mexicans cross the border, we simply take the same people who crossed, turn right back around, march back in and claim it as the United States of Mexico, and provide the population with the tools to claim the gas, oil and mineral rights and assist in establishing a market plan. Senator Warner seemed to react favorably to this for a moment, then indicated it was not his field of endeavor.

While we are here, I guess we'll just keep fighting Spanish as a second language in our schools. As a second language, English is required in Norway, Denmark and Holland. Come on, Pete Wilson, let's get real! Where are the visionary folks I was eating brown rice with at the Stoneground concerts at Sleeping Lady Cafe before it degenerated?

Before my train of thought details in too any directions, allow me to sum up. Marin and Sonoma have not historically been lacking in visionary approaches to sociological schematics. There is news and agenda on local websites of which I am unaware. As I've outlined before, there is a surplus of visionaries and resources that would enable us to become an effective scale model for the nation. Inasmuch as we are able to initiate the climate for town hall meetings and participation of populace to a) access the real problems facing the North Bay as a whole, and b) split these problems into maps, graphs and blueprints to address them.

Our music, art, politics and science are interwoven to a large degree. The tail has been wagging the dog now for a long time. Our national acts of presumptuousness have contaminated our relationship to the world around us.

When I get out of prison, I want to 12-step on down to the church house and surrender, the courthouse, show them the Dept. of Corrections has corrected this old North Bay county recidivist, obnoxious offender, and get M.A.P.S. on the map-Music, Art, Politics and Science. Multi-media town hall meetings, community center-type showcase to get some populace input network going.

We are all on this rock that's just traveling through space, let's interface.

To say thanks to all the wonderful people would burn up too much ink, so let's just say thanks to God, country, our families, one and all. Amen. Your bro in prison,

MARC 'TEXAS TAD" ADAMS, K-42653

C.M.C. STATE PRISON, BOX 8101

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA 93409-8101

Stolen Papers?

I was told that the September 1 edition of the Coastal Post, with article by Jim Scanlon about the Lagunitas School Board/French Ranch business, had been delivered to the following locations: Little Store in Forest Knolls, Lagunitas P.O., Lagunitas Store and Swing Cafe.

We checked all these locations and found NO copies on Friday, September 5, at about 10:30 a.m. We also drove by the Nicasio store, and found no copies. Now we're wondering who might have stolen your copies, especially when such a deed would indicate that they don't have better arguments on their side than robbing the public of its freedom to read for themselves.

BOB BARTON

San Geronimo Valley

Editor's Note: The Coastal Post was delivered late to the Valley that week. But after the papers were delivered there were none to be found the next day. The 300 or so that are usually delivered to the valley communities were then doubled. They, too, disappeared within a suspiciously short period of time. Finally, Friends of the Valley paid to reprint 3,000 copies of the paper, which were delivered door to door.

A Texas Thanks To Academic Therapy

I am a special education teacher in Azle, Texas, and have written to Academic Therapy Publications in Novato to request books for my classroom. I wanted you to know the response they gave me was tremendous. They sent a number of wonderful books that will be of help to my students this school year and in years to come.

EVA BENSON

Azle Elementary

Azle, Texas

War Against Latinos Must Stop

The war against La Raza is escalating, and we need to

respond. In California, attacks upon Spanish-speaking

citizens and immigrants is unprecedented. Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative, has become law and its effects are already having catastrophic effects on our Latino population. Chicano professionals are not being hired and Chicano students are being denied admission to the state's colleges and universities.

The situation for our Spanish-speaking immigrants is even worse. The anti-Mexican initiative, Proposition 187, which was approved by white voters, is presently under court review, but when and if it becomes law, it will deny, among other things, citizenship to Latino children born here of

undocumented Mexican mothers.

The attacks upon our Mexican mothers are not merely legislative; recently an impoverished mother from a Mexican village seeking work in the United States was brutally beaten by two Riverside County Sheriffs. The beating was caught on tape by a local television station and aired nationally. After more than two years, neither Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti nor Janet Reno of the U.S. Department of Justice have brought charges against Sheriffs Tracy Watson and Kurt Franklin.

Two months ago, the Republican Party here in California launched yet another anti-Latino initiative. This initiative will outlaw bilingual programs in the state's public schools. California is the testing ground for all these anti-Raza campaigns. Soon they will be implemented in other states. We must act now.

With this in mind, the National Huelga Committee is calling for a school and work stoppage on Wednesday,

October 15 to protest this rising tide of bigotry and discrimination. We are calling this action The Brown Flu" or La Gripa Cafe. We are asking for your participation and that of other oppressed groups.

How you can help

1. Pass this information word of mouth.

2. Copy and distribute the Huelga Flyer from the Brown Berets Website at http://www.brownberets.org

3. Give your organizational endorsement to the Brown Beret website's endorsement page

4. Visit any of the following websites:

Nation of Aztlan http://www.aztlan.org

Brown Berets http:// www.brownberets.org

Impacto 2000 http://www.serve.com/Impacto

and e-mail those organizations with suggestions as to how you can assist the efforts of the National Huelga Committee.

Any questions concerning this communique should be emailed to [email protected] .

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

NATION OF AZTLAN

National Huelga Committee

Internet Action Frees Alabama Couple

"The District Attorney of Jefferson County, Alabama, has dropped all charges against Angela Guilford and Jeff Russell. The Alabama Travel Advisory issued several weeks ago by our campaign is hereby cancelled," said an elated Steve Kubby. Speaking from his home in Lake Tahoe, the gubernatorial candidate was quick to give credit to drug policy reform activists on the Internet.

"This historic victory demonstrates the smashing power of the Internet to force local officials to obey the constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thanks to a network of activists, we were able to notify the news media and anti-War on Drugs activists across the country about the outrageous actions of the an Alabama district attorney," said Kubby.

"The efforts of all who participated in the campaign to bring justice to a couple of fine young Americans in Hoover, Alabama, have been successful today, when all charges were dropped, accompanied by the return of all merchandise seized from the Bohemian Rhapsody, their store in Hoover."

According to a statement issued by Jeff and Angela, the Alabama Travel Advisory, released by the Kubby for Governor Campaign, was instrumental in raising a wave of protest from concerned citizens that inundated Governor James's office in Montgomery with a tidal wave of email, faxes, and phone calls that protested the action taken by the Hoover Police Department and the District Attorney's office in Birmingham.

"The power of the Net allows activists across the country to be effective advocates for those in need of justice and fair play," said Kubby. "The effort to educate all Americans to the grave threat they face from their own government is aided by the efforts of dedicated, freedom-loving activists who use the Internet. Today we celebrate our victory, and warn all corrupt government officials that their days of ruling with impunity have come to an end."

The Kubby for Governor Campaign would like to thank the following activists and organizations for their assistance and involvement:

The Media Awareness Project-http://mapinc.org

Drug Reform Coordination Network-http://drcnet.org

The Drug Policy Forum of Texas-http://mapinc.org/DPFT

A special thanks to R. Givens and Tom O'Connell

ARTHUR R. SOBEY

Communications Director

Kubby for Governor Campaign

[email protected]

Healing In The Valley

I oppose the industrial-type sewage facility that the Lagunitas School District is planning to jointly build with the French Ranch developer who represents a Japanese consortium. It is proposed to be built in a wetland, along a scenic rural corridor on Drake Blvd. in the beautiful San Geronimo Valley. The two schools, the library, the Cultural Center and adjacent residences will be downwind of the sewage facility. Opposition grows as residents learn more about what is proposed and the extent of the unresolved contractual legal and liability issues. Residents are doing their homework, and they don't like what they're finding out. Interestingly, Valley residents are not only opposing the sewage facility (Advanced Integrated Wastewater Pond System-AIWPS), but do not want the school involved with the developer.

How unfortunate, even embarrassing, for the hard-working school board to learn that they may have been hood-winked by a handful of environmentalists into believing that the community supported their involvement with the developer to consider building this inappropriate sewage facility.

How unfortunate, even embarrassing, for people like me (who do a fairly good job of keeping up on planning issues) to find that a visionary sewage plan had been replaced by an inappropriate industrial-type sewage plant, and I didn't know about the switch. Rather than a place for school children to explore richly-rewarding environmental studies in a natural setting, they must be protected from this safety hazard by chain-link fences. It was shocking to learn that the plant requires extensive mechanical equipment run by electricity, night and day.

In my view, if the Planning Group had been doing its job by reviewing the developer's proposed changes in relation to the Community Plan, and educated and informed the membership and community in a genuine participatory way, the Save the Valley Committee (STVC) would never have been formed. Unfortunately, the Planning Group left a vacuum by repeatedly missing opportunities or abdicating their responsibilities and now must suffer the indignity that the developer's proposal that they supported is not what the Board of Supervisors approved. Interestingly, the French Ranch developer and the Planning Group supported nine houses in area one; a small, equestrian facility along Drake Blvd.; storage ponds accepted as mitigation for destroying wetlands; and a three-acre designated agricultural preserve. The Board of Supervisors listened to the outpouring of opposition (largely due to the efforts of the STVC) and voted to relocate a highly-visible house out of area #1, which also eliminated the driveway out of a prime soil area; eliminated the equestrian facility in the environmentally-unsound location proposed along Drake Blvd; did not accept the proposed storage ponds as wetland mitigation (instead required a 2:1 mitigation) and increased the acreage for agricultural protection to upwards of 20 acres.

The Planning Group leadership has destroyed its credibility. Their knee-jerk reaction to their own failings and ill-advised personal agendas is to now attempt to discredit the STVC. They will succeed only among their hard-core friends.

The fact is that the Save the Valley Committee is an incredibly diverse group that, to my great surprise, crosses political lines. At the moment, they have one goal, opposing the sewage facility and the school's contractual involvement with the French Ranch developer. The STVC has been instrumental in getting the school board to do what it should have done earlier, provide public meetings. They are also successful in getting the school board to explore a variety of alternatives so the school district gets what it wants and needs and so does the community. STVC also produced a chronology of the school board's actions which should be required reading for every resident, as much for what it says as for what it doesn't say, and what it infers.

Despite what others would like Valley residents to believe, the STVC has never taken a position or even discussed opposing the French Ranch Development. As odious as full build-out might be, including development on the back nine, the French Ranch Master Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in April, '95. But that doesn't stop people like me praying and working for miracles. To our delight we've learned they do happen!

By the way,it's a pleasure seeing so many Valley people waking up and asking the questions they should have asked long ago. They're wanting to learn more and they are making independent decisions. Some are going through some heavy rethinking and some of it is uncomfortable. I call it healing.

JEAN BERENSMEIER

Lagunitas

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