West Marin Sheriff’s Logs



Monday August 4

Point Reyes Station 3:22 p.m. A man was reported in front of the pre-school walking around and talking to himself. The man, an employee at the school, was taken into custody for public drunkenness.

Inverness 4:53 p.m. Woman reported that she had received another obscene and threatening email. This is an ongoing issue.

Tuesday August 5

Point Reyes Stations 8:42 a.m. An employee at a local establishment reported that her ex-boyfriend had driven off with their shared vehicle and animals they had mutually owned. Woman was very distressed and while this was clearly a reprehensible incident, there was little that officers could do to address her issues.

Forest Knolls 6:15 p.m. Several people camping on the lawn, possibly including the owner of the property himself. Deputies will drive-by the property later in the evening to check in on the people on the lawn.

Wednesday August 6

Point Reyes Station 10:30 a.m. Man came into building and walked into back room and began rifling through drawers marked “AA self-help group drawers.” Man apparently helped himself to $5 as well as staff reported this amount missing from their coffers. They will call back if man returns for more literature.

Thursday August 7

Bolinas 6:16 a.m. A local man wearing a cowboy hat and red shawl was reportedly stealing gardening equipment from someone’s yard. No merit to any crime. Cowboy in shawl was in neighboring yards but was not removing any property.

Bolinas 9:05 a.m. Urban cowboy continued popping up around town. Deputies eventually caught up with him and he was admonished for his recent behavior.

Forest Knolls 7:50 p.m. Man called to report that his wife is yelling at him. She states that he has been drinking. Man sounds as if he has been drinking. Man, described as wearing a black ‘Muddy Waters’ t-shirt and grey shorts, agreed to spend the night at neighbor’s house to avoid further confrontation.

Inverness 6:01 p.m. Woman was yelling profanities inside and outside her house. Woman was gone upon arrival of deputies but is aware of issues with her behavior.

Friday August 8

Nicasio 12:56 a.m. Reporting party stated that there was man outside screaming erratically. Upon further review, man screaming might possibly just be a cat.

Point Reyes Station 3:31 p.m. Man reported that he had accidently backed into his co-workers trailer.

Point Reyes Station 6:32 p.m. Reporting party spotted two elderly males with walkers, possibly agitated, setting up a homeless encampment and called deputies for support. Men were advised they should move on.

Saturday August 9

Point Reyes Station 6:25 p.m. A man walked into a popular local deli and asked a man sitting at a table for the time. When he didn’t answer the man due to a language barrier, the man drew a ’26 inch machete. The staff at the deli saw the man with the machete drawn and overheard him saying the word ‘death’ numerous times. Man was soon arrested by deputies on charges of brandishing a weapon in public.

Dillon Beach 8:23 p.m. Woman called deputies to say that she was putting rat poison down in her garage after finding eight large piles of feces in the area. Woman sounded agitated and also stated that she had a broken finger.

Sunday August 10

Bolinas 4:01 a.m. A loud party complaint with men and women screaming was reported.

Inverness 1:50 p.m. Man called to ask when his landlord might be released from custody. He states he is taking care of her cat.

Dillon Beach 2:33 p.m. Woman called to follow up regarding animals living in her garage, Woman believes it is a raccoon.

Stinson Beach 4:40 p.m. Woman reports that she believes that her IPhone was stolen by a woman she knows. This woman has dementia and often takes items from her house without her permission.

Addendum Monday August 11

Tiburon. Iconic local comedian and actor Robin Williams was found dead in his residence in Tiburon. He was discovered in his residence at approximately 11:55 a.m. unconscious and not breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:02 p.m.. The cause of death is by now, well known to all us. Mr. Williams was last seen alive on Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. by his wife Susan at his residence. A detailed investigation, including an autopsy and toxicology report will be sure to come in the next few weeks.

Some words from the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.

“The real meaning of persona is a mask, such as actors were accustomed to wear on the ancient stage; and it is quite true that no one shows himself as he is, but wears his mask and plays his part. Indeed, the whole of our social arrangements may be likened to a perpetual comedy; and this is why a man who is worth anything finds society so insipid, while a blockhead is quite at home in it.”







Apologies needed before healing can begin




Several people have asked if I want to be part of a post-oyster-conflict “community healing process.” It’s a lovely idea, and I will give it serious thought. But before I join the process I think I’ll wait for some personal apologies from people who have publicly described me as a “fraud” a “traitor” and a “turncoat”, some of them former friends, and all because I raised serious early questions about the now-obvious, proven and acknowledged abuse of science, or simply do not share their definition of “wilderness.” But even more so I would like to hear public apologies from those who believed the best way to accomplish closure of the oyster farm was to demonize the farmers. The Lunny’s may have made a business blunder by taking over a lease they sincerely believed would be renewed, but they are not “scofflaws” “greedy millionaires” “dishonest people” or “agents of the Koch brothers,” all descriptions I have read and heard used about them in the public domain. There were a lot of lies and insults hurled around the community during this conflict. The personal ad hominem ones are the ones that make healing the most difficult.


Mark Dowie


The Soundtrack to the West

Where to hear your kinda music.

By Eyeball James

In this installation of The Soundtrack to the West I wanted to simply let you know of just couple of places where hard working musicians go to play for us here in west Marin. There are a number of venues to see live music, and most of them have their own unique settings. If you know what you are looking for you can most likely find the place. The question you have to ask yourself is, what is the best environment for your mood? Are you thinking about bringing a date out for a romantic dinner and some smooth jazz or authentic bluegrass? Or, are you looking to cut loose and get loud?

SUBHEAD: Check out the Two Bird for mellow

If a peaceful setting is your speed, I have a suggestion. I was recently at the Two Bird Cafe in San Geronimo. It was a warm Friday night, I just happened to be walking by. I wasn’t planning to stop in but a soft breeze blew the sweet sound of acoustic piano and the beautiful voice of woman across my path like the smell of a cherry pie cooling on a windowsill. I was drawn in. What I really like about the Two Bird is the separation between romantic dining by the fireplace and the “nook” where you can sit at the bar or at a table and listen to live music. If ambience is what you’re looking for, I highly recommend it. The walls are always being redecorated with works from the best local artists and even though it’s usually busy, there’s always enough space to dance or chat with friends. They have great food, good wine, cold beer and a friendly staff. Check out Mwanza Furaha (www.mwanzafuraha.com) and her band. These cats won’t let you down. They’ll be playing @ The Two Bird Saturday, August 16th from 7-10 p.m.. The cover is a respectable $5.00.

SUBHEAD: Smiley’s is the place for cuttin’ loose

Now, if you’re looking to let your hair down and cut loose, sometimes you have to go someplace a little rowdier. Sometimes, you just gotta grab a couple whiskeys and dance your tail off with no regard to who’s watching! That’s when a place like Smiley’s in Bolinas is a perfect location.

When weather permits, you can actually make a day of it. An afternoon at the beach, in the sun, surfing or just chillin’ with friends will always gets you primed for an evening at the bar. Another great thing about Smiley’s is they have reasonably priced rooms so you don’t have to worry about driving away during the witching hour! You can party until they bring the lights back up and then simply walk around the corner to your bed in a comfy room.

That’s also a great reason for bands to book show there. A band can make more money if the audience can buy more drinks, stay later and get looser! Also, if you are a band lucky enough to get a date on the Smiley’s calendar, you can get a room and spend the night! It’s an extra treat, when the show is over, to spend the night in a room next door to your new favorite band! Having a chat over a beer after the crowd has gone home is something you may never forget (unless you’ve had too many whiskey’s).

The sound at Smiley’s is also a good reason to stop in to see live music. There’s something about the old hard wood floors, walls and ceiling that projects the sound with warmth and honesty. Whenever I am there, I can’t help but think of the countless bands, bikers, fishermen and wayward souls that have danced and sung together. It’s a hidden musical treasure.

Every Sunday night is open mic so if you’re a musician trying to break into the coastal scene, this is your best way. Bring your “A” game though because the players who show are no slouches and that’s yet another reason why it’s a good time for players and music lovers alike. Every night (except Tuesdays) they have live music. It’s always good. If you are a fan of quality blues, you might want to put Friday August 22 on your calendar. The group is High Tide Collective (www.hightidecollective.com). They’re the real deal.

Once again, I would like to remind you that it’s up all of us to keep this music scene alive and vibrant. Our support provides the artists with the reward and confidence to grow. Be sure to get out and see the magic! Buy a c.d., buy a t-shirt, drop what you can in the tip jar, grab a bumper sticker and slap it on your car! But most importantly, tell your friends, bring the crowd, show your love and receive the priceless memories that don’t come from staying in watching TV.!

As always, let me know your thoughts. Are you a local band, a fan, a booker? I want to hear from you. Let’s work together and keep our scene on top!




Who are the tunicates? (aka Marine Vomit)


Who are the tunicates?
Tunicates are common, but we scarcely know them. Tunicates are very much like us. We and tunicates belong t0 the same phylum, the phylum Chordata. All tunicates are marine and lack backbones. Hence, they are invertebrates. But Tunicates are close kin of ours, and we are vertebrates.
Who are the Chordata?
Chordates are animals with their nervous systems positioned along their backs. Most invertebrates have their central nervous systems composed of cords of nervous tissue positioned underneath their intestinal tracts along their ventral or belly surfaces. Around the nerve cord most Chordates have hard vertebrae of bone or cartilage. Vertebrae are the skeletons that protect the central nervous systems and support the bodies of fishes, sharks, amphibians, birds and mammals. But during early development all Chordate embryos have a primitive supporting rod, the notochord. The notochord is found below the developing central nervous system.
(Fig 1)
The notochord of chordates is a bar of soft mesoderm, a tissue that in us forms muscles of the developing body. The notochord of a tunicate larva that extends from head to tail forms the center around which the muscles and body of the larva develop. In adult tunicates the notochord and nervous system change shape, and their anatomical relationships change.
Evolution of Chordates.
Tunicates arose in the early Cambrian. The tunicate notochord allowed early comparative anatomists to construct evolutionary trees lumping tunicates with the vertebrates. These anatomical trees that relate animals to each other by anatomical similarities and differences gave us probable sequences of evolution. Many of these early anatomical evolutionary “trees” have been confirmed genetically after we learned to analyze gene sequences and compare one group’s sequences with those of different groups thereby allowing us to put together like with like. Gene sequencing also allows knowing how distant or close relationships are.
Tunicates are peculiar
Tunicates are an interesting but often ignored group of widely distributed marine animals commonly known as sea squirts or ascidians. After a free-swimming larval stage as a tadpole shaped larva, many tunicates settle down and attach themselves to wharf pilings, rocks and other hard substrates where they change into their adult forms.
Typical Tunicate Body
Fig 2
The adult of a typical tunicate is about an inch long, round or oval in shape, with two openings or siphons. At the free end of the tunicate, a stream of water enters the cavity of the pharynx through an incurrent siphon, swirls around the cavity inside the body, and then leaves through a smaller excurrent siphon. The body of a tunicate is covered by a skin or mantle that secretes a tough tunic of tunicin, a material that contains the same elements of cellulose that form walls of plant cells.
The largest part of the cavity inside a tunicate is the pharynx. A group of nerve cells, called a ganglion, nestles between the two siphons. This is the dorsal central nervous system of the animal. Around the ganglion is an adneural gland that some anatomists think resembles the pituitary gland of vertebrates.
Mucus escalator
A groove with a line of cilia called the endostyle extends along the mid ventral line of the pharynx to the esophagus. Food particles, such as bacteria and algae, enter with the water coming into the pharynx through the incurrent siphon that brings in oxygen, catching on a coat of mucus moved by the beating cilia of the endostyle. The mucus and particles pass down into the esophagus. Tunicates are ciliary-mucus-particle feeders. They survive on suspended particles and detritus carried into them by moving water.
Lives of tunicates.
Some adult tunicates live solitary lives stuck down to rocks, docks, boat hulls and breakwaters. Tunicates come in many colors and may resemble seeds, grapes, fruits or even bottles. One common type, Acidians, forms the budding squishy colonies of zooids that are mat-like and that ooze and squirt and feel rubbery under foot (sea-squirts). Others tunicates float in the open ocean, such as the salps and the doliolids. One of the largest tunicates is a stalked sea tulip, Pyura pachydermatina, that grows up to three feet tall.
Invasive species
Over the past several decades, tunicates (mostly of the genera Didemnum and Styeia) have invaded costal waters of many countries. The carpet tunicate, Didemnum vexillum, now called by some marine vomit, has taken over a six and half square mile area of the seabed on the Georges Bank off our North East Coast. This tunicate covers stones and vegetation, mollusks and other stationary objects with a dense mat. Related tunicates thrive in Puget Sound and the Hood canal in the Pacific Northwest and in many other places including California.
How Invasion Works
Invasive tunicates and other “foreign” invertebrates usually arrive at a new location as fouling organisms on the hulls of ships, or they may arrive as larvae in ballast water or when bilges are pumped. Tunicates may also enter on the shells of mollusks imported for cultivation. Current research suggests that many tunicates believed to be indigenous to Europe and the Americas are in fact invaders from other places (Asia). Some of these invasions may have occurred centuries, or even millennia ago with the advent of worldwide shipping.
When a species enters a new niche, the niche is already dominated and controlled by the interrelated lives in a web of native organisms, so the number of available attachment sites or living spaces for a few new arrivals is always small. Once an invader establishes a foothold, it first ekes out a living in very low numbers, quietly surviving at densities so low they go unnoticed. We appreciate new arrivals as being invaders only when their numbers get out of hand or when something they do displaces natives or changes what our casual observations perceive as differences from we think was an earlier normal. A sudden high abundance of invaders in an intact niche is usually an exception, so the question now becomes: how have conditions in the niche changed, and what caused the changes that allowed penetration? Unfortunately when many factors change simultaneously in any system, such as temperature, weather, salinity, turbidity, pollutants, figuring out what are causes and what are effects are usually impossible to ascertain.





The Real Enemy……..


We’ve all seen it before, and we’ll see it again: lies and misinformation are wielded as powerful weapons of propaganda with devastating effectiveness.  The opposition is forced to spend its energy refuting these bogus allegations; but even after they’ve been proven to be groundless and misleading, the damage is done.  There’s a word for this, but I’ll save it for last.

The NPS and the EAC have both engaged in this strategic trashing of the truth, and they’ve emerged victorious and proud of their achievement.  From the park’s discredited accusations of sea mammal disturbance, to Amy Trainer’s “mistaken” tweet announcing an oyster recall one year after the fact, this stuff got to be neck-deep pretty quickly.  Top it off with Jon Carroll’s recent comparison of Kevin Lunny to the ultra-right-wing nutcase Cliven Bundy.

Here I quote my brother Lars-Erik Nelson, from his op-ed column in the New York Daily News over 15 years ago:  “The enemy isn’t conservatism; the enemy isn’t liberalism.  The enemy is bullshit”.


Axel Nelson

Point Reyes Station

Barbara Khurana

  Barbara Khurana passed away August 7, 2014. A memorial service will be held at the Dance Palace on August 23, 11 am- 2 pm. (A)BarbaraK5

At Stockstill House with Alzheimer’s: Senior Services director benefits from her own dedication.

Barbara Khurana is a great artist. The home in Olema she shared with her husband David Barnett is filled with art she created. Abstract paintings and delicate weavings meld with artworks painted by her talented husband.

David first met Barbara in Hawaii in 1979 She had just finished a marathon when David approached and asked her out to dinner. He was surprised when she said yes. This year marks their 21st anniversary.

“At the time Barbara had switched from art to working with the elderly in Hawaii,” David says. When they moved back to California she worked in programs for the elderly around the Bay Area and became active in Alzheimer’s support groups. Her PhD thesis, “Caring on Spouses of people with Alzheimer’s,” took nine years to complete while she was working.


Now 70, Barbara lives at West Marin Senior Services’ Stockstill House where she is the only resident with Alzheimer’s disease.

  Grew up with grandmother


Growing up, Barbara and her sister shared a bedroom with their grandmother, Manya, for many years. Originally from Odessa, Manya was an unusual older person, living to be 100. “Many years of living with my grandmother probably affected my choosing to work with older people and to become a psychologist,” Barbara has said.


Barbara became a clinical psychologist with a PhD, specializing in counseling adults 50 years and older. She helped people in midlife and older adults and their families get through the hard times and transitions of aging. She also had private clients, with offices in Point Reyes Station, San Rafael and San Francisco. She was a group facilitator at the Marin Alzheimer’s Association where she conducted weekly groups for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients, a director of other senior centers, project director of small group homes for older adults and a therapist in a multiethnic mental health clinic. Her husband David says, “People still come up to me and tell him how much she helped them, people I don’t even know.”


Barbara applied for her position her as Executive Director of West Marin Senior Services in 1992. The family was living in Oakland and they were already looking for a smaller town and better schools for their two sons. When she began the job they moved to Olema.


While at WMSS Barbara did an amazing amount of good. She worked on the Senior Lunch program with Dance Palace Executive Director Carol Freidman, founded the Holstein 100 bicycle tour, and was involved in Mesa House – the assisted living facility in Point Reyes Station, to name but a few of the numerous projects she organized.


While fundraising for Mesa House, Barbara made a presentation at the Dance Palace on behalf of WMSS, recalls friend Susan Brayton. “I was drawn to her clear empathy for our aging local population,” Susan says. “She started a Caregivers’ Group at the Dance Palace on one Wednesday evening a month. As I was taking care of my mother I decided to attend, and then found myself still there after 12 years! Barbara’s patience and words of wisdom were needed by me to handle the often difficult times I had with my mother as she resisted her own aging.”


“With Barbara’s bringing balance into my caregiving connection, this enhanced rather than detracted from the relationship with my mother, who incidentally lived to 104,” Susan says. “The friendship that Barbara and I developed because of our long history together in the Caregivers’ Group brought her to my mother’s side as a personal friend and they too developed a significant loving relationship.”

 Surrounded by the disease

During those years, Barbara and her sister were alternately flying to and from California to relieve their own mother’s caregivers in Florida. After journaling her mother’s progress and eventual decline from Alzheimer’s, Barbara wrote in her monthly column for the West Marin Senior Services newsletter that her mother had died on August 4, 2000. Barbara seemed to be surrounded by the disease; her mother-in-law also had Alzheimer’s.


“We started to work together,” Susan says of their unusual collaboration. “Barbara’s psychology practice and my art practice were combined and we presented art therapy workshops on decision making and trusting intuition, using art as the medium,” Barbara valued these workshops. “It gave her an opportunity to meld psychological insights by using art and therapy,” Susan says. “And we all benefited from her infinite wisdom.”


Later, with friends, Barbara and Susan formed their own aging support group. It was here, some six years ago, Barbara admitted her own diagnosis.


Barbara worked for 10 years after she stopped working for WMSS. She had offices for private practice and had started to phase out work until 2007 when she received her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. “It was a shock.” David says.


In 2009 they took trips. They went backpacking in Yosemite. They took a cruise and a flight to Australia. “The first few years were relatively symptom-free,” David recalls. “She started to have symptoms, but they weren’t obvious for three or four years.”


“Her advice to me always, and to everybody else, was that any Alzheimer’s caregiver should get out and do things,” David says. “But when I did it she really didn’t like it. I would remind her it was her advice, and she would say ‘Okay,’” he recalls, laughing.


 Stockstill House

In 2011 and 2012, David brought in caregivers to help out. “The whole family wanted me to do it at home. We were going to do it at home, but it was really difficult,” he says. In 2013, Barbara entered Stockstill House in Point Reyes Station.


Chloe Cook, Director of Volunteer Services for WMSS, describes Stockstill House as, “A lovely facility. There’s a beautiful view outback, an organic orchard, and gardens surround the building. Every room has great windows, so you get the feeling of being indoors and outdoors at the same time. For people who lived in West Marin, having nature right at your door is important. It is the perfect environment for the care we give.”


Having a roommate, someone that is interacting on a daily basis, actually decreases patients’ decline, Cooks says. “Contact with another person fights the isolation that happens in other facilities. This is an eight-bed facility, and we’re currently looking for another resident. In assistant living facilities you have to be able to walk in the door but, once we take you, you stay with us. We have a hospice license, so we can take people through the end-of-life. The goal is to keep seniors here in West Marin, close to family and friends so that they can visit.”


“I feel so passionate about what we do,” Cook says. “And I’m so proud of our staff who provide such complementary services.”

 David surprises

Barbara has been at Stockstill for a year and a half. She is the only Alzheimer patient at present. “Alzheimer’s seems to be plateaus, they can drop down,” David says. “Now she is on hospice again.” David says Barbara always worried she would get Alzheimer’s. Her mom had it also in middle age.


“I started going to a support group in 2010,” David says. “People, including Barbara, said I should go. It was overwhelming. Support groups help you realize you have to take care of yourself if you want to be a good caregiver. You need to get away from the stress. When she first got it, she was the first to tell me to get along with my life, but when someone is going through all the disease’s stages, you grieve all the time. Barbara has dedicated so much of her life to Alzheimer’s. For me there’s a grieving that keeps on going on and on.”


David says he had a lot of support from family. Barbara has a sister in San Francisco. “She’s been really helpful,” he says.


“Barbara didn’t think I would be this good a caregiver. She was surprised,” David says. “It can bring out in the caregiver strengths they didn’t know they had.”


“Art was really a blessing to her, she could still function with her art, she could really let go, “David says. “It was something from her past that she could bring up again. It was a saving grace.”




David Barnett will ride the 30-mile route this year at the Holstein 100, the event his wife founded to raise money for WMSS. He asks that donations be made to Stockstill House.


For more information on WMSS visit wmss.org.The Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter, is located at 4340 Redwood Highway in San Rafael, 472-4340; alz.org

Citizen contributor Eileen Puppo lives in Woodacre




But does fossil fuel know it’s the problem?

  • Step up to the podium

    Musings on contemporary life

    We know that fossil fuels are poisonous, that they cause serious social and environmental crises. The money that buys foreign oil, a process we all participate in when we fill up our tanks, leaves our country, causes unemployment and leads to war. Now domestic sources of fuel from fracking have us choosing between fresh water and fossil fuels.

    Why then are we unable to stop using fossil fuels?  Our inability to deal with the problem of fuel invites a perverse question; does fossil fuel know that we don’t need it?  This is a version of a joke told by Slavoj Zizek. Briefly, a man believes that he is a piece of grain who is under constant threat that he will be eaten by a chicken. He goes to a psychologist and he is cured of this delusion.  Time passes, and one day he returns to the analyst and tells him, “There is a chicken outside of my house! I am afraid he will eat me!”  The analyst says, “But you are cured of your delusion; you know that you are a man, not a piece of grain.”  The man replies, “Yes, I know.  But does the chicken know?”

    This joke helps us to understand how we could know that fuel is causing catastrophe, but because our survival is wholly dependent upon fuel, we must contain the contradiction; we must hold the two separate, climate change and the demands of daily life.  In spite of our ability to describe the fuel and its impact upon our lives, our everyday actions paradoxically affirm what we claim to reject. This can help us understand what fossil fuels really mean.

     We know they are destroying the world, but do they know?

    The control of heat energy, is a much more primal force than money, though for our empire they have become inseparable. What would happen if global oil transactions ceased to be conducted using US dollars?  Heat is necessary in an absolute sense, and with the advent of modern fuel based technology, our relationship of dependency has become one of total humiliation in the face of this power.  This revolution, the industrial revolution, has caused a deep denaturing of our humanity, and under this strain we have uncoupled cause and effect, history and politics, the idea of ourselves as individuals and the reality of our lives.  It is a power we cannot resist, and so are compelled to accept.

    What is the power of a man and his thoughts in comparison to an airplane crossing the ocean, or more to the point, what is the meaning of a “community” which is entirely dependent upon imported sources of fuel for all of our survival needs- food, transportation, heat? Fossil fuel is our craven dependency, and it operates unconsciously even for those people who are actively aware of climate change, or recognize that their commute is ruining their marriage, etc.  In this reduction of ourselves, the only thing that remains held in common are sentimental images of human interaction, the pictures we take and post on Facebook.

    Men and women today are in a humiliated state. Our lives and labor are now wholly dependent on fuel and our work is just so much scurrying about on highways and bouncing up and down around buzzing machines. Because our lives are dependent on substances that are driving empire and destroying the world, we are left only with romantic and sentimental relationships with other individuals.  This is the life where pursue bodily and mental perfection, drive to our spiritual guide’s compound and take play-date vacations with our partners. In the absence of control over the resources we use, we have set a mission to be pure in ourselves.

     The soppy remainder of our humanity

    We have today only a private idea of what is right and wrong. We think of morality only in our relationships with our family and friends. There is no public moral code, because in an empire, public activities are beyond question. An example, David Petraeus was terrible at his job. He is accused by reporters from the Manchester Guardian of setting up detention centers in Iraq that conducted “the most horrible kinds of torture.” As Iraq collapses into vicious sectarian conflict, no one can think of anything he did well as a general. Then he went to the CIA, which our President finally conceded, in his PR everyman voice, his fauxletarian lingo, “tortured some folks.” Still the endless breaking of domestic or international law that the CIA was (and is) engaged in couldn’t tarnish the brass on Petraeus. But then he did something unforgivable; he cheated on his wife. That crosses the line. If your father works for Chevron and destroys the planet, that is work, that is what we do to survive, and how dare you question it. But if he cheats on your mother, that is a great moral failing.

    This is not political partisanship. Greater than the crimes of David Petraeus, consider Bill Clinton. As President his actions degraded the population of the United States and the world through trade policy, cutting social welfare programs and acts of aggression – making war – on multiple nations from above were no mere foreshadowing of Bush and Obama, but a yawning bocca d’inferno into which we are all being sucked. The only time his actions were seriously held to account was when he exploited his employees for sexual or ego gratification.

    In ancient Greece those who only concerned themselves with their private lives and pursuits, and did not participate in public life, in politics, were called “idiots.”

    If madness prospers, none dare call it madness

    Commonly our relationship to fossil fuels is called an addiction, but do we treat it like an addiction? When we observe a drug addict or drunk doing the same thing to themselves that we all do with fuel, we alternate between hatred and pity over their apparent madness – their desire through addiction to transcend unto death.  Unlike fuel, which is unconsciously accepted, as beyond our control, the traditional addict abandons what control we are assumed to have, the last refuge of consciousness and ethics in an Empire, our body. The logic runs: we can’t change the world, or politics, but we can change what we as individuals do to our private selves. Thus the addict intrudes upon our sentimental vision of life, our final moral concern, by abandoning our obsession with the lonely perfection of the body and mind, by mocking our last pathetic gestures toward virtue.  The addict’s rejection of self-control is our proof of their madness.  But as we have walled off the reality of our dependency on fossil fuels from our sense of what it means to be good or bad, ethical or unethical, we cannot recognize or even understand our profound belief in fuel’s transcendent power and immutable position in our lives. We are completely out of control.

    Why is smoking cigarettes considered insane and dangerous, but not driving a car? We believe that individuals can choose to stop smoking, but no one can change our infrastructure.

    I once saw a young man jogging in San Francisco with headphones on (ear buds?), running through the exhaust of diesel trucks and cars. Running through a city, that exhales toxics fumes from every ship laden with Chinese plastic, every generator supplying the servers that beam music to his ears, and furthermore every power line linked to gas plants sprawling across the interior of California, to nuclear plants, and to coal plants in yonder Nevada and Arizona. Through all that fuel with its hollow echoes of strip mining in Wyoming, mountain top removal in West Virginia, and death in Iraq, comes this young businessman jogging after work. When he passed me standing outside a donut shop, the only decent business left in the Marina, smoking a cigarette and drinking coffee, he ducked to dodge the smoke I exhaled unthinkingly into his path. To avoid being poisoned. And no one dare call him mad.


West Marin Sheriff’s Logs

Monday July 28
Lagunitas 12:25 am Two juveniles were reportedly climbing on a local store in the middle of the night. They were arrested and charged with prowling, a misdemeanor, then released to their parents.

Bolinas 1:11 pm Woman called to report a man who has been harassing her and her dog. Woman instructed to call deputies when man is in the area.

Tuesday July 29
Inverness 1:39 am Disorientated woman came onto porch of an establishment. She then contacted front desk staff and asked if there was anywhere to hang from the ceiling. Woman was moved along.

Nicasio 10:45 am Retired teacher reported her collection of vintage lunch boxes missing from the bins at the schoolhouse. She is not sure if this was done purposefully or by accident.

Bolinas 2:07 pm 15-year-old boy who has a string of theft charges against him, including one recently from his mother, was arguing with mom about going to a counseling session. Deputy was able to mediate between mom and son and while he was there also got son to clean up his room.

Forest Knolls 10:11 pm Mom called to say that she is unable to get her children to sleep because of the neighbors yelling and playing basketball next door. Deputy arrived and neighbors agreed to go inside. While deputy was there mom came outside and started yelling and cursing at her neighbors.


Wednesday July 30
Forest Knolls 8:02 pm Husband called to report that his wife had left their house because she was upset about a melon possibly being stolen from them while they were shopping at the supermarket. Further investigation revealed there was more to the story. Man admitted they had a verbal argument and apparently a separate report had been filed for negligently firing a firearm. Firearm was found and confiscated. Wife was contacted in
San Rafael and stated she just wanted some time to cool down.

Forest Knolls 11:19 pm Neighbor is reporting that property owner next door is staying in a tent on his own property. Neighbor is unhappy and has made reports about this before.

Thursday July 31
Tomales 12:05 am A camper/trailer has been left abandoned on the street for two weeks and now people are starting to remove parts from it.

Nicasio 12:54 pm Woman has been receiving multiple phone calls from a man who would like to do some work on her house. She has declined his offer, and considers the calls to be harassment.

Point Reyes Station 3:51 pm A caregiver on-site was found to be stealing around 30 oxycodone pills per month. Caregiver is no longer on staff and the department of justice has been notified.

Lagunitas 7:44 pm Reporting person stated that their mountain bike and associated bike lock were stolen recently. Bike and lock were valued at approximately $1600.

Friday August 1
Inverness 1:46 am 12 juvenile boys and girls were being loud at school. School is not in session.

Nicasio 4:58 am Reporting party saw 4-5 people standing around in front of a camper and thought it was an unusual occurrence for that time of day. Deputies investigating encountered a group of campers on their way to Oregon.

Point Reyes Station 2:00 pm Reporting person spotted a person 50 yards away jumping up and down in the street, acting weird. Deputies unable to find the ‘weird’ jumping individual in question.

Stinson Beach 3:01 pm Woman reported that someone had broken into her house and drunk her whiskey. No suspects at this time.

Saturday August 2
Stinson Beach 12:23 am Reporting party states that there was a loud party on the beach. Party members agreed to quiet down for the night.
Point Reyes Station 12:25 pm Deputies assisted German tourists in filing an online report with the San Francisco Police Department regarding damage to their rental car. Total damage estimated at $1500.

Dillon Beach 2:13 pm An unknown subject threw a rock at an elderly man on the beach. Man is bleeding from his head but is conscious.

Forest Knolls 4:15 pm Reporting party encountered two potted marijuana plants surrounded by chicken wire .2 miles up a path and would like a deputy to check it out. Deputy ascertained they were on private property and took pictures for future investigation.

Stinson Beach 7:57 pm Dad states that his 10 yr-old son was playing basketball when two men offered him beer and cigarettes. Dad confronted the men with his son’s story and men promptly denied the allegations.

Dillon Beach 9:40 pm Reporting party was recipient of a friendly note from their neighbors. The note was attached to a SUV blocking party’s driveway and stated, “Hope we can park here. Let us know if we can’t.” Reporting party went to neighbors to tell them that this was not OK and found nobody at home.

Sunday August 3
Dillon Beach 11:48 am Woman called to report that she was arguing with her partner when he slapped her. When question further, she stated that she had been kicking out with her legs and he was holding her down and had ‘grazed’ her face with his hand. Both parties agreed the contact was accidental and that they would spend some time away from each other.



Property disrespected over DBOC controversy


Editor and West Marin friends:

Last night someone came onto our private property and removed our Drake’s Bay Oyster sign. In the 22 years we have lived in Dogtown, this is the first time we have felt invaded and disrespected by a trespasser. It saddens me. I personally have been purchasing oysters from Drake’s Bay since the mid 60’s, when the Johnsons worked the oyster operation. We will miss that tradition.

Until now, I have tried to remain polite and civil to my friends who have disagreed with me over how the Park Service has handled the DBOC matter. Now, in addition to grieving the loss of DBOC, I am stunned and angry. What has become of our freedom to express our points of view, especially on our own property?

Anne Sands

Stinson Beach Preschool opens in the fall

Stinson Beach Preschool is on the threshold of an auspicious new beginning with the installation of a new portable classroom. The school has jumped through every hoop, dotted all their i’s, signed every agreement and have now jumped off that high dive and made a commitment to the future of education for the children of our community…


SBPS needs your financial help to make this happen. They are raising enough money to cover installation of a new portable classroom and all the infrastructure that the new structure requires, including fencing, furnishings, playhouse, playground, as well as a myriad of other important and necessary items.


Please show your support by donating to this important local endeavor that benefits the youngest folks in our unique community. These benefits ripple out to their families, and further out into the very nature of Bolinas and Stinson Beach.


Go to www.stinsonbeachpreschool.org for more information and the DONATE NOW button.


Also, Stinson Beach Preschool has begun to accept enrollment for the coming 2014 school year. Thanks so very much.

Deputies Arrest Suspect for Threatening Customers

In Popular Point Reyes Deli with 26” Machete

Marin County, CA. – On Saturday, August 9, 2014 at approximately 6:30PM, Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies and National Park Rangers responded to a report of a subject inside the Whale of a Deli, located at 997 Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station, threatening customers and employees with a large machete.


According to witnesses, the subject later identified as Rama BOWEN, WMA, 47 Yrs. old, a subject known to live in West Marin County, entered the business and approached a gentleman seated at a table asking him for the time. Due to a language barrier between Bowen and the customer, Bowen became frustrated and upset, then pulled out a 26” machete and waived it in a threatening manner in front of the customer and employees while yelling the word “dead”. While frightened witnesses called 911, Bowen exited the deli and walked out into the street where he walked in front of a passing car and again held the machete over his head while yelling at its occupants.


Sheriff’s deputies assisted by a Point Reyes Seashore National Park Ranger located Bowen a short distance away. Although not originally found in his possession at the time he was contacted by deputies, Bowen eventually told deputies were he had thrown the machete in an attempt to hide it before deputies arrived.


Bowen was arrested for Brandishing a Deadly Weapon (417(a)(1)PC) and booked into the Marin County Jail.


The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at 415-473-7265 or Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.