The Coastal Post - December, the six-day event.

PR Dec 97

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Pot Charges Dropped

All charges were dropped against Lars Grorud for growing marijuana to treat his wife Kymberly Marr's migraine headaches. Lynnette Shaw, director of the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana, said, "I believe this may be the first caregiver released in the state of California. We are extremely happy and proud that all the hard work that went into changing of the law has paid off."

Indian Gambling

U. S. District Court Judge Spencer Letts denied the injunction filed by a U.S. attorney attempting to shut down Indian gaming. "Indian tribes who are currently playing these machines have been trying to sit down with the Governor for the last six years. The fact that we don't have a compact as required by Federal law is a direct result of the Governor's absolute refusal to communicate with us in any way," said Ken Ramirez, Vice Chairman and General Manager of the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

Earlier this year, the State Legislature passed a joint resolution hoping to bring an end to this issue, then passed Senate Bill 1067 which would have given the Governor authority to sign a compact with Native Americans. The Governor vetoed this bill.

Nevada has a very big interest in what happens in California with Indian gaming. "We only hope that the issue of Indian gaming will be decided by officials in California without influence from Nevada interests," Ramirez said. "Indian gaming has given Native Americans hope for the future and an economic engine to diversify, educate and help the communities that have been so generous to us over the years."

Transport Input

Use the information super-highway to drive home your ideas on the future of transportation in Marin County. A website has been constructed to provide information to the public about the on-going work of the Transportation Steering Committee in developing a comprehensive transportation plan and invites public input.

"This is a unique opportunity for the public to be involved in the early stages of developing a transportation ballot measure that will be brought before the voters sometime next year," said supervisor John Kress.

The website, Marin.org/midas/trans/ contains information about the committee members, meeting agendas, meeting dates and locations as well as e-mail addresses of the members.

Art Sale

The oldest house in Marin County, the Briones Spanish land-grant homestead across from Las Baulines Nursery, built in the 1840s, will be the site for an open studio and sale by Bolinas painted Judy Molyneux on Sunday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Original oils, drawings, and painted ceramics will be on sale. There will be a silent auction, live music and refreshments.

Cyber Santa

"Homepage for the Holidays" is back on-line from November 21 to December 19 at www.unitedway-cal.org or www.kpix.com, which lists the names and gift wishes of more than 100 Marin County children who would otherwise not receive a gift. People without access to the internet can choose a child and make a donation by calling HELPLINK at 1-800-273-6222.

UPS is picking up the gifts from three drop-off sites and delivering them to the agencies involved, which wrap and distribute the gifts.

School Entry Requirements

California state law requires that every child entering kindergarten or first grade must have a health examination no earlier than March of the year preceding entry. Every child must be immunized for polio, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis) and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). New requirements for the school year 1998-'99 are hepatitis B, which must be started six months ahead of school entry date, and the second MMR.

For information regarding hours and location of the Department of Health and Human Services' Immunization Clinic, call 499-6888.

San Geronimo Festival

The 28th Annual Holiday Art Festival to benefit the Cultural Center will be held Friday, December 5th from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, December 7th and 8th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Center.

There will be craft booths, art workshops for children and adults on Saturday and Sunday, Santa and elves Friday 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday noon to 3, food, free massages, a silent auction, and music.

Free admission. Call 488-9385 for more information.

No Vouchers

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) joined 227 of her colleagues in the House of Representatives to defeat a voucher bill which would have severely harmed public education.

The bill would have allowed states to use their federal education funds to pay for private and religious schools

"It is important to have private and religious schools as part of the education mix, but not at the expense of our public schools," said Woolsey.

Although supporters of the bill called it a plan to increase parental choice in education, Woolsey pointed out that parental choice is meaningless when it comes to private schools. "Private schools self-select their student body, and no voucher plan is going to change that." She continued, "Sure, our system is not perfect, but the solution is not to give vouchers to a few kids. It is to work together to fix our schools for everybody."

Farm Land Protected

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that would enhance the Point Reyes National Seashore and protect the interests of farmers. Boxer has worked closely with Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, who introduced companion legislation in the House.

The legislation would establish a Farmland Protection Area adjacent to the Point Reyes National Seashore. Farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to sell conservation easements for land, and for purchase, authorizes $30 million to be equally matched by non-federal dollars from organizations such as the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, the Sonoma Land Trust, and Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation.

"Without this legislation, almost 40,000 acres of scenic lands adjacent to the national park would be vulnerable to development," said Boxer.

Fast Track Needed

Export sales for California increased 44.9 percent from 1993 to 1996, according to government figures contained in a report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "It's mind-boggling, and potentially devastating, that some California representatives continue to oppose free trade legislation when trade is so closely linked to the state's prosperity," said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Donohue said that federal Fast Track trade legislation is needed so America can negotiate good trade deals that benefit California.

A recent Chamber survey of its small business members showed that over 71 percent are looking to expand into overseas markets. "The global economy is here and American cannot afford to sit on the sidelines. The fact of the matter is that for every $1 billion in exports we create 15,000 jobs." Donohue added that companies that export pay their workers five to 15 percent more than companies that do not, and are nine percent less likely to go out of business.

Chorus Performance

The Mayflower Chorus will present its annual winter/holiday concert December 11-13 at the Playhouse, 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. The audience will be invited to join in the singing of seasonal favorites.

Advance tickets are $8; $10 at the door. Evening shows at 8:00 December 11 and 12; matinee at 2 on December 13.

House Tour

The 10th annual Christmas House Tour and Boutique, sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Church in Ross, is scheduled for Saturday, December 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature four outstanding residences in Ross and Kentfield.

Lunch at a nominal fee and a boutique filled with unusual handcrafted items will be available in the parish hall. Parking is free and shuttles will be provided at the church.

All proceeds help fund St. John's human concerns outreach program. Tickets are $20 at the door, $18 in advance, $17 for groups of 10 or more. Call 456-1102 for more information.

Classic Car Exemption

Governor Wilson signed SB 42 by Senator Quentin Kopp to exempt cars manufactured prior to 1974 from the every-two-year smog certification requirement, effective January 1. He said, "Classic and older cars are few in number, driven fewer miles and are generally well maintained."

Hospice Program

The traditional Service of Remembrance will be held by Hospice of Marin on December 1 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Congregation Rodef Sholom at 170 North San Pedro Road. The service is open to everyone. Guest speak will be Rev. Dr. Sandra Brown, director of Lloyd Center Pastoral Counseling Service of the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Call 927-2273 for more information.

Crafts Fair

Homestead Valley's Annual Holiday Crafts Fair will take place at the Homestead Community Center, 315 Montford Ave., Mill Valley on the weekend of December 13 and 14 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. All items offered for sale are handmade. Call 388-9916 for more information.

Race Issues

A talk on "Inner-City Self-Help and Minority Progress" will be given December 3 at 7 p.m. by Shannon Reeves, president of the Oakland branch of the NAACP at Joe LoCoco's Ristorante, 300 Drakes Land Road, Greenbrae.

Mr. Reeves appearance is sponsored by the Marin County Republican Central Committee. He will contribute to the national dialog on race which President Clinton has urged.

Advance reservations required, 924-9063. Dinner: $25; presentation without dinner: $15.

Document Fraud

A recent congressional report stated that business losses from document fraud and counterfeiting exceed $150 billion annually. To help educate San Francisco executives on this issue, Standard Register Company will host a seminar December 10 in San Francisco. Call 1-800-755-6405.

Bay-Delta Study

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency has granted over $40,000 to the Bay Institute in San Rafael. The grant will fund the second phase of a long-term project to plan for Bay-Delta restoration, develop targets and study how the effects of water flow changes.

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