The Coastal Post - November, 1997

PR Nov 97

Sea Turtle Project

The Sea Turtle Restoration Project recently named Teri Shore to the position of Campaign Coordinator for Earth Island Institute's Turtle-SafeTM Shrimp Certification Program.

The Turtle-Safe label for the first time lets consumers know the shrimp they buy is caught using methods that protect endangered sea turtles, and goes only on shrimp caught by fishers who agree to use nets that allow sea turtles to escape, and who permit monitoring of their fishing practices. The two-year-old program is modeled after the California Certified Organic Farmers plan and draws from the Earth Island dolphin-safe campaign, which forced reforms in tuna fishing practices that are now federal law.

Ban Steel-Jaw Traps

A coalition of humane and environmental organizations wants help in working on a statewide ballot initiative to bar the use of steel-jaw traps. The proposed initiative, to be qualified with volunteer signature gatherers, would ban these traps for sport or commerce; it would also ban the use of two indiscriminate poisons used to kill predators. To volunteer, call Protect Pets and Wildlife at 310-207-7706.

Farm Wins Award

The Straus Family Creamery has been named a winner of the Water Reduction Awards Program for the third year in a row.

Straus Family Creamery packages fluid milk products in reusable glass bottles. "Each bottle is made of 40-50% recycled glass and is used an average of 8 times," says Albert Straus, owner. Straus sells over one million bottles of milk per year.

Straus Family Creamery is also dedicated to water conservation. Albert redesigned his bottle-washing equipment to use 90% less water than was used in its original design. That water is reclaimed to wash floors. Waste water generated at the creamery is treated in containment ponds and is later used to irrigate pasturelands.

The Straus family operates the first certified organic dairy and creamery in California. No sprays, pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used on the fields. Cows are fed 100% organically-grown feed and are never treated with growth hormones or antibiotics.

Farmlands Bill

Legislation introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey to preserve farmlands adjacent to the Pt. Reyes National Seashore will get a hearing in Washington, D.C. on October 30. Local farmers and officials from the district will speak or submit testimony in support of the bill.

The primary objective of the bill is to maintain agricultural land in private ownership. Congress would be authorized to spend $30 million toward the creation of a 38,000-acre Farmland Protection Area on the shores of Bodega and Tomales Bays through the purchase of conservation easements. All such sales would be voluntary and landowners could continue to carry out activities permitted by current zoning laws.

Museum Gets Money

Bolinas Museum has received a $25,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant will be paid over a two-year period and will be used for general operating expenses. The IMLS is an agency serving the public by strengthening museums and libraries.

Philanthropy Encouraged

The Stinson/Bolinas Community Fund has been established by the Marin Community Foundation to encourage philanthropy throughout West Marin, and will provide up to $3,000 to successful applicants during its two yearly grant-making cycles.

Application deadlines are October 31 and April 30. An applicant must be an organization, group or individual whose project has demonstrable, charitable benefits for the residents of Stinson Beach and/or Bolinas. Guidelines are available by calling 461-3333.

Cleaner Oil & Water

To promote waste reduction, the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, through a grant from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, is using a Purifiner as a supplement to the traditional oil filter to help clean motor oil in county pick-ups, dump trucks, school buses, a street sweeper and patrol.

The mission of the Stormwater Management Agencies Association is to prevent runoff from becoming polluted before it enters the creeks, Delta and Bay. "Everything that winds up on our streets, parking lots and driveways eventually finds it way down storm drains when it rains or is hosed down," says Sharon Gosselin, advertising campaign director. "Fro there, this polluted runoff flows untreated into our waters, which is obviously not good for the fish and other wildlife."

The perception among many residents is that industry causes the majority of water pollution problems. Not so, says Gosselin. "Runoff, in fact, causes up to 80 percent of all water pollution problems."

Last spring the group focused on how over-applying pesticides and fertilizer intensified the polluted runoff problem during the rainy season and when people overwater. The fall campaign targets auto maintenance, specifically leaks from cars and car exhaust. Exhaust doesn't just rise, it floats back down to wash through storm drains with the first rains. As part of the campaign, the group is offering a free car care guide. Call 1-888-BAYWISE.

Kids Need Shots

To meet California school entry immunization requirements, most children entering kindergarten will need a total of 5 DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), 4 polio and 2 MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunizations as well as the three for hepatitis B. Chickenpox vaccine is recommended.

Children over 18 months enrolling in child care centers and family day care homes will need shots on or after their first birthday. Younger infants need immunizations appropriate to their age.

Call Public Health Nurse Betty Obata at 499-3038 for more information.

GOOD4CA

Sales of personalized Environmental License Plates may reach two million by November. "This program is about citizens pitching in to help. It has saved hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, improved the diversity of California wildlife and helped educate citizens about the natural environment that gives California its unique character," said DMV Director Sally Reed.

The program has come a long way since October, 1970 when then-Governor Ronald Reagan awarded the first plate, AMIGO, to a Fullerton couple. Twenty-seven years later they still have the plate, though it has been transferred from the original vehicle to others over the years.

More than $500 million has been collected over the life of the program. DMV issues about 100,000 new plates yearly.

Motorists can pick from two to seven letters or numbers. The law bars duplicate messages, plates offensive to good taste and those that duplicate the sequence of letters and digits in regular issue plates. Current cost is $41 with an annual $25 renewal fee.

Specially designed plates for Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, the arts, child welfare and coastal cleanup have been added at additional cost with funds ear-marked for specific purposes.

DMV rejects sexual slang, ethnic slurs and expressions of hostility. To screen for offensive messages, the staff reviews foreign language dictionaries, holds proposed plates up to the mirror and consults the Dictionary of American Slang.

The Adopted Child

On Monday, November 3, from 7:30-9 p.m. the Jewish Family and Children's Service will hold a workshop on "Parenting the Adopted Child" at 4040 Civic Center Drive, Suite 22, San Rafael. The fee is $15 per person. Enrollment is limited to the first 10 applicants and pre-registration is required. Call 491-7960.

History Exhibit The Boyd Gate House Museum, 1125 B Street, San Rafael, will present "Winter in Marin at the Turn of the Century," the theme of the Marin County Historical Society's Exhibit running through December. Tours are offered every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. Call 454-8538 or visit website www.marinweb.com/marinhistory.

Pay Property Tax With Plastic

Marin County's property tax bills were mailed on October 16, and can now be paid by credit card from any touch-tone phone, 24 hours a day, for a convenience fee. Call 800-548-2031, or the tax office at 499-6133 for more information.

FEMA Urges Disaster Prevention

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is launching a new approach to emergency management that emphasizes preparedness. James L. Witt, director, announced Project Impact at the El Nino Community Preparedness Summit in Santa Monica. "We're here to collectively share the common sense preparedness and prevention efforts that will reduce the effects we anticipate that we may face from El Nino," he said. A guidebook offers a formula communities can follow to become disaster resistant. Call 800-480-2520 to order El Nino Individual, Business and Community Preparedness packages, and visit FEMA at website http://www./fema.gov.

Steve Kubby For Governor

BY ARTHUR R. SOBEY

Communications Director

Kubby for Governor Campaign

"Business as usual," that is what they told us in the early 1970s after the Kent State University massacre, when we the people raised the question of re-evaluating the way the United States government treats the planet, other countries and its own people. Well, it's been business as usual since then, with the one-paradigm party system run by the Republicrats, and we see only more government/corporate mentality red tape, control and downright suffering in our day-to-day

lives. What if we the people decided to think for ourselves and tried something new and different, beyond the mass media software continuously loaded into our nervous systems serving up nothing but "business as usual"?

The new approach towards self-government that is evolving in the vision set forth by Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby offers some fresh air for free-thinking people to rally under.

I have always known Steve to be well ahead of the pack when it came to new and important directions in thought and action. In 1969 Steve introduced me to on-line data reduction and calculation routines for solving problems

in chemistry and physics laboratories, a practice not widely exercised until the early '80s. He then blew me away again by promptly following his vision, in establishing and successfully operating a semi-self-sufficient summer camp and vision quest program for youth in the densely forested lands of the Mt. Shasta region of northern California.

In the mid-1970's he was far ahead of many others to follow in introducing me to Mac computers, and I cut my teeth on the internet with Steve's force-feeding. He still is a pioneer in alternatives to the Western medical machine's approach to living with and curing terminal illnesses. He has always been intellectually eclectic, ranging from psychobiology to economics, geology and environmental sciences to philosophy, astrophysics, and on and on. He is by no means a dilettante. And he truly understands the long-term interdependency of ecology and economy, an area of such vast ignorance to our elected officials that this alone could seal the fall of the great American Empire if not rectified soon.

Moreover, you can actually have an intelligent and stimulating conversation with Steve, something that from my experience appears universally lacking in elected officials. And watch out if you enter into a debate with Steve-you'd better have your wits and data together. But most important, if you can say BS to Steve on an issue, and prove it, he will not whimper and hide his ego behind some smokescreen of self protection. He will shrewdly assimilate the new data in the construction of a yet higher order of intellectual model of "what's going on here".

Finally, Steve has the courage to speak the truth regardless of consequences, and to stand by his convictions. Steve has stood firmly in, not at, the door of death. He can see through the flimsy fears of our mortal existence. He stands for each individual finding their personal truth and meaning in life. What more could you want in an elected official?

Steve has my vote for California Governor. I invite you to join me and other free-thinking Californians in initiating the downfall of the pervasively degrading government attitude of "business as usual".

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Man who feeds homeless gets jailed

"It is hard to begin moving into the information age while we are still fighting an octopus-like state government that is determined to control every aspect of our daily lives," said gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby.

"Politicians say they want citizens and volunteer groups to join in helping the community solve their problems. As the Food Not Bombs group has found out, these same politicians have made it a crime to feed homeless people," said Kubby.

Kubby charged that a member of Food Not Bombs, an activist group that tries to provide food for the needy, was recently sentenced to two months in jail for the crime of feeding hungry people, because the food didn't meet state standards.

"It's hard to believe that feeding hungry people could be a crime-especially with our jails at 198% of capacity-yet the state of California actually has a law that makes it a crime to feed starving people without state approval," said Kubby. "I have seldom heard of such nonsense. It's bad enough to put people in jail for nonviolent, victimless, arbitrary crimes, but to make criminals out of Good Samaritans, demands action by our voters to address this injustice."

"In a Steve Kubby administration, such civic-minded citizen groups will be encouraged to help make their communities better places to live, instead of being thrown into jail for their humanitarian efforts. It is time for a change," said Kubby. "It shouldn't be a crime to feed someone who is hungry. Laws like this only create more disrespect for our system of justice."

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Travel Advisory For Hawaii

"A breakdown of law and order is occurring in Hawaii as we speak," said Steve Kubby, Libertarian candidate for Governor. "Hemp advocates are being persecuted and from the Governor's office on down, not one single public official in Hawaii seems to care."

"I am advising Californians to avoid all travel to Hawaii except for emergencies. I urge you to call every friend and relative and advise them to do the same," said the determined Kubby. Our recent Travel Advisory for Alabama was very successful in forcing the local authorities to drop their case against some hemp activists who were guilty of nothing more than selling clothes. Imagine our shock when we learned that people in Hawaii have been charged simply for purchasing legal hemp seed from a legal company in the United States!

"Aaron Anderson, a man who lives on the Big Island of Hawaii, is being charged with a class B felony and faces 10 years in jail for buying 10 pounds of sterile hemp birdseed from a company in North Dakota, which has a DEA license to sell hemp birdseed. In what would appear to most citizens to be an impossibility, Aaron Anderson is being charged with a felony simply for doing legal business with another legitimate American company.

"This is happening because Deputy County Prosecuting Attorney Kay Iopa has decided to deprive Aaron of his basic civil rights. Iopa stated on the record in open court, 'anyone else would not be prosecuted for hemp birdseed, only very vocal hemp activists.'

"Aaron Anderson is being prosecuted, not because he broke the law, but because he is a vocal hemp activist. My friends, it is not a crime to be a hemp activist. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were hemp activists. I am a hemp activist," said Kubby, "and the time has come to show local petty tyrants that their acts of bigotry will no longer be tolerated.

"Because this breakdown in law and order could be applied to anyone visiting Hawaii on vacation, it is necessary to warn everyone to AVOID ALL TRAVEL TO HAWAII. Unfortunately, we must apply the Travel Advisory to all of the islands, since by failing to act, the Governor is showing his approval of drug war bigots who abuse the law to persecute hemp advocates.

"Tomorrow we will begin the business of notifying citizen groups who care about liberty and freedom, and organizing a full-blown tourism boycott of Hawaii. We call upon the good citizens of the Net to pressure Hawaiian public officials into upholding the Constitution and obeying the Bill of Rights."

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Kubby Blasts Lungren

Gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby has criticized Attorney General Dan Lungren for promoting drug use, especially among teens. "This year's record marijuana busts are nothing but a vendetta by the Attorney General against Prop. 215. Lungren is not only ignoring the will of the voters, his personal crusade against medical marijuana is undermining he attitudes of teens towards our criminal justice system and drugs," Kubby noted.

Lungren claims that the marijuana he has seized is, "part of a criminal enterprise destined for gang members and street dealers to sell to anyone, particularly children." However, others such as Dave Fratello from Americans for Medical Rights have ridiculed the Attorney General's Mexican gang theory.

"Most Californians, especially teens, know that gangs deal hard drugs like meth and crack. So when Lungren spouts nonsense about marijuana gangs, teens stop listening and start experimenting with drugs instead," charged Kubby.

Kubby reserves his strongest criticism of Lungren for his obsession to silence Dennis Peron. "Lungren sends a very bad message to kids when a well-known pot-head like Dennis Peron, representing himself as his own lawyer, continues to outsmart the Attorney General with a staff of hundreds and a budget of millions. Kids watch the news and figure if Peron can smoke pot all day and still beat the pants off the State Attorney General then, hey, getting stoned shouldn't affect my homework. Dan Lungren is making a mockery of our criminal justice system with his revenge-based extremist agenda, and the results aren't pretty.

"Dan Lungren should stop acting like everyone's nanny and focus on real crime with real victims. It's time for the Attorney General to stop pandering to his fundamentalist, right wing, extremist supporters, and

start providing real protection from violent criminals," said Kubby.

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