The Coastal Post - September, 1997

Kaiser Classes Available

Stop Smoking

Kaiser in San Rafael is offering a nine-session Stop Smoking class beginning on Monday, September 8 and running through October 13. The class meets on Monday and Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. for three weeks, and then Mondays only for the last three weeks, and is designed to empower individuals to quit smoking and stay nicotine-free utilizing methods of behavior modification and drawing on the social support provided by the group.

Fee for Kaiser members is $45; non-Kaiser participants, $90. Call 444-2433 to enroll. Space is limited.

The Challenging Child

Kaiser in San Rafael will offer a four-session program titled "Parenting Your Challenging Child" on Tuesday evenings, September 23-October 14, from 7-9 p.m. Participants will learn how children's temperament effects their behavior, new strategies to deal with difficult behavior, how to set limits, how to handle difficult daily situations, and how to promote your child's self-esteem.

Fee for Kaiser members is $40; non-Kaiser participants, $60. Call 444-2433 to enroll. Space is limited.

Slide Ranch Programs

Slide Ranch is a non-profit, agricultural, environmental education center in a small farm, coastal wilderness setting that teaches practical lessons about basic human needs-food, clothing and community. Teachers are skilled, gentle educators who provide hands-on experiences for all ages.

Young Farmers' Day

For families with children 3-6 years old.

September 27 & October 5, 18.

9:30 a.m. to noon. (Bring a lunch.)

$10 per person

This is a chance for your family to explore the farm environment together. You will learn about the farm animals and plants, what we receive from the natural world and how we can care for it.

A Time for Toddlers

For families with children 3 years and younger.

October 5 & 18

9:30 a.m. - noon (Bring a lunch.)

$10 per person

Young children and their parents/guardians discover the farm by stimulating the senses and playing together. You will milk a goat, feel the warmth of a freshly-laid egg, taste edible plants, and dig in the garden soil. Help your child take the first step toward building comfort, interest and empathy for living creatures and nature.

Family Farm Day

For families with children 6 years and older

October 4 & 19

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Bring picnic lunch.)

$10 per person

Slide Ranch teachers will guide your exploration of the ranch's farm and wilderness areas. You will participate in hands-on activities such as milking goats, feeding chickens, carding and spinning sheep wool, working on garden projects, or hiking along our coastal wildland trails.

All programs require advance reservations. Call 381-6155.

Bodega Bay Buoy Repair

In response to pressure from Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) and other members of Congress, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will transfer funds to the National Weather service to begin repairs on a network of unfunded buoys, including a critical failed buoy off Bodega Bay.

"Striping funds from programs that can save lives and limit coastal destruction is short-sighted and counterproductive," stated Woolsey in a letter to NOAA requesting the restoration of funding for 19 buoys off the West Coast and Alaska.

The Coast Guard will examine the Bodega Bay buoy and determine what needs to be done to make it operational again. The National Weather Service will work closely with the Coast Guard to establish a schedule for repair of the buoy, which has been dead in the water since last winter.

The Bodega Bay buoy is vital to the fishing industry. "Life and death decisions are frequently made depending on this real, near-time, accurate weather information," wrote Chuck Wise, president of Bodega Bay Fisherman's Marketing Association, in a November letter to the National Weather Service.

The buoy and others like it off the West Coast record wind velocity, wave height and water temperature. Information from the buoy is beamed to a satellite, which relays it to various weather stations. Weather information is then transmitted to ships in port and at sea. Fishermen use the weather data to decide whether they should cut fishing trips short because of rough weather or to determine whether it is safe to leave port.

Welfare Reform At Republican Forum

Eloise Anderson, California's Director of Social Services, will speak on "Welfare Reform in California" at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 at Joe LoCoco's Ristorante, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae.

In this next event in a series of programs sponsored by the Marin County Republican Central Committee, Ms. Anderson will present her candid and thought-provoking views as the person leading the state's implementation of welfare reforms passed in the last year at the state and federal levels. Her views on welfare reform, child welfare, and other prominent social issues have made her controversial and much-sought-after for TV, radio and press interviews, and as a a speaker.

For example, she calls Aid to Families with Dependent Children a destructive policy that contributes to family breakup and diminished hope and opportunity for children. Her views are noteworthy not only because she directs that state department with 4,200 employees and a $16 billion budget that runs California social services, but also because she started out as a welfare mother herself, and worked her way from the bottom to top of the social-services ladder.

The public is welcome at these events, which take place at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, but advance reservations are required and may be made by calling Carla McCloskey at 924-9063. Following a social period at 6:30 p.m., welcome and introductions will begin at 7:00 p.m., including the serving of dinner. The presentation will begin at 7:45 p.m. The price is $25 per person with dinner and $15 without dinner.

Rally To Save Headwaters Forest

We need every person who cares about the future of our forests to come and be heard September 14. Please come and demand that all of the Headwaters forest be protected and the ecosystem allowed to recover. To date not one environmental organization has come out in favor of "the deal." Last September, thousands gathered in the largest forestry-related demonstration in U.S. history. They protested Pacific Lumber's continuing slaughter of the last unprotected old growth redwood forest. Join us for a day of inspirational speeches, music, drumming and recommitment as we tell Charles Hurwitz "no deal."

The Headwaters deal, drawing fire from all sides, is still on the table, though some of the terms have changed and the target agreement date is now February, 1998, pushed back from July, 1997. The deal proposes to trade $380 million in state and federal funds for 7,500 acres of forest, including two of the six virgin groves. The proposal falls far short of environmentalists' demands to protect all 60,000 acres in the Headwaters complex. Even the government's own scientists admit that 7,500 acres is insufficient habitat for survival of the forest's endangered species, much less their recovery as required by the California State Endangered Species Act and the federal ESA.

What's the Deal on the C. C. Deal? After intense negotiations between state and federal officials, Secretary of Interior John Garamendi and Maxxam's Charles Hurwitz announced a deal had been struck to preserve part of the Headwaters Forest on September, 28, 1996. Although Senator Feinstein described it as a "win-win" deal, the only clear winner was corporate raider Charles Hurwitz, who once again proved his expertise at manipulating government officials and fleecing the American taxpayer.

Smoke and mirrors

The deal (as described by Feinstein and much of the media) called for:

1. Acquisition of 7,470 acres (including 3,660 acres of untouched ancient forest in Headwaters Grove and Elkhead Springs Grove), for a minimum of $380 million in federal and state cash.

2. A 10-month logging moratorium on the 7,470 acres while an "expedited" Habitat Conservation Plan and Sustained Yield Plan are developed for Pacific Lumber's entire 200,000 acre ownership. This has been extended to February, 1998. He has continued salvage logging in these areas.

Well, hey, that sounds pretty good, right? Take a closer look.

The Deal:

1. Leaves 88 percent (52,530 acres) and four of the six ancient groves of Headwaters Forest immediately vulnerable to logging.

2. Allows Charles Hurwitz or the government to veto this agreement with two weeks notice, in reality making this a series of two week moratoriums, not a ten-month moratorium.

3. Allows Charles Hurwitz to veto this if he doesn't like the results of the Habitat Conservation Plan or Sustained Yield Plan (SYP).

4. Touts a harmless-sounding Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) which is actually a federal permit that allows the killing of endangered species in exchange for an agreement to spare them elsewhere. To date, HCP's have consistently resulted in a net loss of habitat for endangered species. An "expedited" HCP will push the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service into a complete "lose-lose" position as their rejection of even inadequate endangered species protection could result in Hurwitz's veto of the deal and an immediate renewal of the threat to log Headwaters and Elkhead Springs Groves.

5. Binds the government to cooperate with Hurwitz in defense of any third-party (i.e., public) legal challenge to the agreement, the HCP or SYP.

6. Provides Hurwitz with cash with which to continue buying and clear-cutting forests. Which he has continued doing this year.

7. Does not provide any protection for the coho salmon in the Elk River just north of Headwaters Grove.

8. The appraisal of the 7,500 acres has not been made public. However, Hurwitz continues to demand $380 million in cash.

Corporate bailout, ecological sellout

In short-this deal offers tentative protection for a tiny fraction of Headwaters Forest, with the final acquisition and approval of Management plans at Hurwitz's whim. Meanwhile, Headwaters Grove is to be held hostage while Hurwitz destroys the biological integrity of the rest of Headwaters Forest (salvage logging the remaining four ancient groves is now a near certainty) and dictates how he will comply with federal law on the rest of Pacific Lumber's 200,000 acres.

What the deal should have included was a complete moratorium on logging activity for the entire Headwaters Forest and a place for environmentalists at the negotiating table so that an agreement can be crafted that will benefit more than just Charles Hurwitz. The government must also represent the public interest by aggressively pursuing a debt-for-nature swap (Hurwitz owes the U.S. taxpayers $1.6 billion from a failed S&L;) and standing behind laws already in place!

Sierra Club Forum: Jobs vs. The Environment

Saving wilderness in the Arctic, protecting wetlands in Marin and Sonoma Counties, creating additional open space anywhere-there is a widely held belief that these efforts to preserve the environment will necessarily mean a loss of jobs and hamstringing of the economy.

Not so, says noted Marin County economist Michael Arnold. In a modern industrial economy, total jobs are determined by macro-economic policies and forces, not local efforts at preservation.

Preserving the environment, says Arnold, only affects the location of jobs, not the overall number of jobs. Economist Arnold will discuss how this concept affects Marin County and YOUR job at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 at Whistlestop Senior Center, 930 Tamalpais, San Rafael.

The talk is sponsored by the Sierra Club Marin Group's general membership and public information series. Bring your comments and questions. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free to all.

Call Dotty LeMieux at 868-1729 for further information.


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