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The Joint Command Forgot to Clean up Slide Ranch Beach!

Friday, December 14th, 2007

      I called MCSO-OES talked to Officer Bailey to report the need to clean up the Slide Ranch, Red Rock and intervening beaches, nooks and crannies of the immediate coastline.  I also sent out dozens of emails, made calls to the Treasure Island Joint Command, GGNRA-Naar, others, media……My immediate concern was for the children’s groups( Rebecca and staff as well) from local Bay Area Schools that visit Slide to view the alternative organic methods of producing bug resistant crops program..  My criticism of the 1st Response, Obrien Group, is unwarranted, there is obviously a bigger problem, here, basically the Obrien Group has too much of a demand, no matter how many men they throw at the problem…Remember, the Beach Volunteer Cleanup Program Certification Limitation, only good for S.F. or Marin  County Beaches?  Why not propose, to delegate the easier to access Marin County Beaches of Stinson, Muir?, Bolinas, Point Reyes to the Beach Volunteers under the direction of the MCFD, keep the Obrien Groups Contractors focused on the Federal and State Beaches, Bolinas Lagoon, Esteros, Tomales Bay and the difficult to reach nooks and crannies of the Coastline?  The Obrien Group has the resources and coordination with the SCAT Teams, Coast Guard, specialized and equipped services (jet ski search teams, CG helicopter rappel teams) to get at the hard to access areas, to get the job done…The Beach Volunteers need more instructors to meet the demand of the many, that want to receive the training necessary to continue the periodical cleanup of the County Beaches, which will need continuous maintenance, from the low and high tide and SW Winds dumping of more toxic/hazardous oil from the SF Bay Oil Spill, that is off the Coast both West and South or exiting from the SF Bay.
     One of the reasons that the MCFD has volunteers calling the Hotline No., for volunteer beach training classes, is too screen the callers for a limited no. that the training class can accommodate. The MCFD expects too many volunteers (SF had 1500 show up for a class limited to 150), the class size is required to have a 1-10 ratio of MC Fire Dept personnel to volunteers, during volunteer class instruction.  I do not feel that the ratio of 1-10 is warranted, the MCFD personnel at the last meeting, many of which I know, from daily contact, were not needed at the class.  The Training Class, was attended by many professionals and well meaning inhabitants of SW/West Marin..What are they there for, Crowd Control?  Potential Violence/Terrorist Attack?  Heart Attacks or Renal Failure?  OD’s.?  Our public School classes of children do not have a ratio, of 1-10, teachers/students, if they did, all of our children, would have Straight A’s. Lets modify the rules, screen potential volunteers, through the hotline, but accept more volunteers, expand the class size, weather permitting[set up a tent or shelter cover, better yet, an auditorium].  Open the instruction for all to attend, filter out those, who are obviously not physically/mentally suited for the task of cleaning the beaches, somewhat similar to FDRS Depression Era, Civil Works Program, take advantage of the Positive
      SF Bay Area Community Spirit. The major amount of oil sludge has been removed, there can be a level of protection, afforded, the volunteers, forward cleanup teams wearing Hazmet suits, consisting of 20 or more experienced cleanup individuals, can precede a much larger group, less protected, no hazmet suits, wearing gloves and rubber boots, that can pickup/strain smaller bits of flotsam and jetsam, oil debris, separated by time schedules, under supervision. Muir Beach is open to the public, is the public required to wear hazmet suits to use the beach? Even though, hazardous oil is still making beach fall, requiring maintenance cleanup.  The Obrein Group, went back to Muir, yesterday morn, cleaning the little and big beaches, a day after the beach was open to the public.  Prepare for another more limited email, in reference to the funding needs of the West/SW Merchants Meeting, to be continued…

SF Oil Spill

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

To view the latest information regarding the San Francisco Bay oil spill see Oil Spill Information: http://www.marinsheriff.org/about.aspx?gi_id=45 at the County of Marin Website, http//:www.co.marin.ca.us. Below are relevant telephone hotlines:

• To report oiled wildlife: (877) 823-6926

• To report oil sightings: (985) 781-0804

• To report oil related property claims: (888) 850-8486 -UPDATED 11/9/07

• For more Information: (415) 399-7305

• Marin County Sheriffs Office: 415 479-2311

Minister of Information, Stinson Beach Chamber of Commerce, 415 868-1330. On the ground updates in the Muir and Stinson Beach Area.
415 868-1330, Minister of Information, SBCCommerce for alternate pristine spots to visit in the SW Marin Area and updates for the impacted beaches. Keep away from the affected beaches. No volunteers at this time, needed. Do not interfere with designated cleanup crews.

Emergency Housing and Lodging Referrals for 1st Responders and interested others in the SW Marin Area: Call SBCCommerce, 415 868-1330 for referrals to rentals, park facilities and areas for temporary logistical and supply locations in the SW Marin Area, including parking lots, shelter and 24HR. HOT MEALS for emergency vehicles and crews.
— Stinson Beach -World at Peace Redwoods Haus- Beach, Bed and Breakfast, www.stinson-beach.com, 415 868-1034, 868-9828. #1 Belvedere and Shoreline Hwy. #1. Wireless/ Phones/Meals/Showers/Rooms w VCR/HBO/DSL. Located next to Hwy. #1 SB Firehouse, and the Stinson Beach Community Center [415 868-1444]
— Adjacent Stinson Beach Lodging: Stinson Beach Motel 415 868-1712, Ocean Court 415 868-0212+ Sandpiper Motel 415 868-1632. Muir Beach: Pelican Inn, 415 383-6000
— Muir Beach: Pelican Inn, 415 383-6000

Marin Humane Society – Oil Spill Disaster Response
http://www.marinhumanesociety.org/HelpAnimals/oilspill.html,

In response to the major oil spill in San Francisco Bay on November 7, the Marin Humane Society is cooperating with the Marin County Office of Emergency Services (OES) and assisting the command center at Fort Mason with animal handling and transport as needed.
People and their pets are discouraged from visiting beaches that have been impacted by visible oil. If your pet gets small amounts of oil on them, remove with mineral oil or bathe in the usual manner. If your pet becomes drenched in oil, contact your veterinarian immediately.

To report oiled wildlife
If you see a bird or other animal that has been affected by the spill, please call the Oiled Wildlife Reporting Hotline at (877) 823-6926. A team of trained wildlife responders has been established to handle all calls. Wildlife exposed to oil are considered hazardous and as a result only people with specific training should have direct contact or handling. If you are unable to get through to the hotline, please call the Marin Humane Society at (415) 883-4621.

Media inquiries
For media inquiries, please contact the Marin Office of Emergency Services at (415) 499-6584.

Local Updates
For Muir Beach or Stinson Beach, Minister of Information, SBCCommerce, www.stinson-beach.org, 415 868-1330.

Health precautions and health effects
The Marin County Environmental Health offices advises the following information for all persons at or near the affected areas:

Health Precautions
• Avoid contact with the oil.
• Do not swim in water contaminated with oil.
• If you do get oil on your skin, wash it with soap and water. Do not use solvents, kerosene, or other similar products to remove oil from your skin.
• Do not harvest shellfish or fish from beaches contaminated with oil.
• Do not burn debris (such as driftwood) contaminated with oil.
• Keep pets out of oil and oily water. If pets get small amounts of oil on them, remove with mineral oil or bathe in the usual manner. If a pet becomes drenched in oil, contact your veterinarian for advice
• Ingestion (eating) of oil may cause nausea and/or stomach ache.
• Inhalation of (breathing in) of oil fumes may cause headache or dizziness.
• Skin contact with oil may cause a rash or other reaction.
• If you come in contact with the oil and experience symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider.

Signs will be posted by Marin County Environmental Health Services at affected Marin County beaches to avoid swimming and harvesting fish/shellfish from these areas. People and their pets are discouraged from visiting beaches that have been impacted by visible oil. Marin County Environmental Health Services will be working with the Environmental Management Branch of the California Department of Public Health on any issues related to regulatory oversight of shellfish harvesting areas.

Additional Information Sites:
Marin County OES

Marine Mammal Center,
http://www.marinemammalcenter.org

Oiled Wildlife Care Network,
http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/owcn

SFGate.com,
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/11/09/BAD8T8PLU.DTL

MarinIJ.com,
http://www.marinij.com/marin/ci_7413483

The Preceding was compiled and researched by the Minister of Information, SBCCommerce, John Posadas www.stinson-beach.org, 415 868-1330, see our Stinson Beach Community Network Site, www.stinson-beach.net, funded and supported by the World at Peace, Redwoods Haus-Beach, Bed and Breakfast in Stinson Beach, www.stinson-beach.com, 415 868-1034.
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Update: SBFire Chief Ken Stevens has personally coordinated the laying of the boom, to ward off fuel oil from entering the Bolinas Channel. Federal Park Service Chief Officer Ken Norton is in charge of Closure of Stinson Beach Federal Park coordinating Cleanup of Fuel Oil by Contractor Cleanup Crews-no volunteers or gawkers, legal penalties for trespassers. Stay Tuned for updates.

Update: SBFChief Ken Stevens has laid a boom across the Bolinas Channel to ward off entry of fuel oil. That boom has broken 2x due to tidal backflow from the Lagoon. The Chief, is back out fixing the boom, wish him luck…GGNRA Park Federal Officer Ken Norton has closed off Stinson Beach Federal Park to coordinate cleanup by contractors, no volunteers or trespassing by the interested public allowed.

Update: SBFChief Ken Stevens has successfully laid a boom across the Bolinas Channel to ward off entry of fuel oil, into the BoLagoon, that boom has been broken by tidal outflow, 2x, afterwards repaired. Thank you, Chief Stevens and SBVFD, for your heroic efforts, your commitment over and above the, Call of Duty, to save the seals, migratory aquatic birds and pristine quality of the BoLagoon for the nature loving public. Note: We need a high tech boom, innovated to sustain the tidal flow/ high and low, where are you, when we need you, Silicon Valley? . .
GGNRA Park Federal Officer Ken Norton has supervised the closure of the Stinson Beach Federal Park to coordinate cleanup by contractors, no volunteers or trespassing by the interested public w or w/o domestic animals allowed. Thank you, GGNRA Federal Park Officer Ken Norton and Co. for protecting the public safety and insuring the return of the White Sands of Stinson and Muir Beach to the posterity of Mankind.

Update: Talked with SBVFD Volunteer Toby Bisson about Sunday Morn [witnessed Sun. Early Morn Prep at Seadrift, toured beach, counted dead birds, took samples of fuel oil droplets] during installation of new Red Float/Bumper Boom, that broke from tidal pressure. Will be reinstalled Monday Morn, by Marin Open Space and Park Dept. Personnel and State Contracted Service.

Sun. Night delivery of 10? porta-potties to Stinson Beach Federal Park, by semi truck. Made phone calls from SBCCommerce Office, across from Hwy. #1 SBVFD Firehouse, to MC Sheriff to coordinate, opening of gate, by GGNRA Federal Park Police. Significant.

Stay tuned, read following historical/informational references.

Keep on Praying, Meditating, Astral-Projecting, Bowing to Mecca, Dancing [Smileys in Bo, Rancho Nicasio in Nicasio] Communing (Live Water Surf Shop-Bilabong-Movie-7p.m. Sat. Night, Parkside Restaurant-live music, Sat. Night, Open Mic Every Tues. Night w Soup-Salad-Pasta at $10.per person, Sunday Worship-Nondenominational 9:30a.m. Catholic 11 am, Stinson Beach Community Presbyterian Church-Belvedere Ave. Stinson Beach, that’s right, in the same bldg., Bolinas Presbyterian and Episcopal, dif. church locations on Brighton], Supporting your: Volunteer Fire Depts. in Stinson, Bolinas, Muir Beach; MC Sheriffs Dept.; CHP, U.S. Coast Guard; GG
NRA, Point Reyes National Seashore Personnel, Tamalpais and Tomales State Park Personel; Ca State Dept of Fish & Game; MC Open Space District; the first line of defense against the Fuel Oil Spill reaching more beaches as well as the BoLagoon & Tomales Bay in SW and West Marin, your cooperation with the former agencies is required, to protect our Pristine Homeland….

Update: SBVFChief Ken Stevens, chief Open Space Ranger Brian Sanford, as well as their Dept. personnel as well as the Bo Fire Dept., have successfully pulled and floated into place, two Government Supplied technologically inferior booms, one yellow-twice broken, mended and put back into service, the 2nd-Red placed today and then broken [Sunday Morning, Nov. 11th], across the channel of the BoLagoon, to ward off entry of Fuel Oil from the SF Bay Fuel Oil Spill. Both booms have been broken by low tidal outflow &/or high tidal inflow, afterwards repaired, the second boom, to be reinstalled by manpower tomorrow. Putting into high peril, the pristine quality, migratory aquatic and seals of the BoLagoon. That’s Homeland Security Efficiency in practice, another nail in the coffin of the Bush Administration, oil boarding the wildlife of the BoLagoon, by lagging, in the development of appropriate remedies to deal with the negative effects of oil spills, if 58K gallons of oil, can’t be mopped up, imagine the H.L.S. preparedness for another 3 mile episode or better yet, Chernobyl. Thank you, SBVFD Chief Stevens, BVFD Chief Anita Turrell-Brown, Chief Open Space Ranger Brian Sanford & your Dept. for your heroic efforts, your commitment over and above the, Call of Duty, to save the seals, migratory aquatic birds and pristine quality of the BoLagoon for the nature loving public. Note: We need a high tech boom, innovated to sustain the tidal flow/ high and low, where are you, when we need you, Silicon Valley? Or, do we have to call in the Japanese, the Israelis, the Germans or the Swiss?
GGNRA Park Federal Officer Ken Norton has supervised the closure of the Stinson Beach Federal Park to coordinate cleanup by contractors, no volunteers or trespassing by the interested public w or w/o domestic animals allowed. Thank you, GGNRA Federal Park Officer Ken Norton and Co. for protecting the public safety and insuring the return of the White Sands of Stinson and Muir Beach to the posterity of Mankind.

Update: Happy Days: For SW Marin, excepting the cleanup of Stinson, Muir Beaches and all affected beaches in South and East Marin. The major amount of Fuel Oil Sludge has been blown south towards Half Moon Bay by NW Winds… Unlucky, for Half Moon Bay but great for the West Marin Beach Areas, Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay. The Low and Medium Booms which were rented by the MC OES Dept. at $8K per day, that were insufficient, for the purpose of keeping out, of the BoLagoon, fuel sludge are being returned to the rental service that sent them out… Experts that consulted the Open Space and Parks District, now, have recommended a heavy boom, that would be anchored in the Ocean, close to the mouth of the BoLagoon Channel, to protect the channel from fuel oil… Phew! Now we can focus our prayers and mental energy to our brethren in Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and all Beach communities South that the fuel oil can be cleaned up before it fouls their locale. Thank you SBVFD Ken Stevens, for this latest update.

Minister of Info. SBCCommerce, info@stinson-beach.org, 415 868-1330., .

Update: Noon Monday, received info. that NW Winds blew Sunday Night and Monday Morning, all the surface fuel oil, South to beaches from S.F. to Half Moon Bay and beyond… as such, there was no reason to redeploy protective defective rented containment boom, across BoLagoon. Given notice, that there would be a meeting at the Bolinas Firehouse, at 7p.m. Monday Night, to review the event protocol set up to protect the Coastline and BoLagoon from oil spill and whether it followed through in this case.

Update:Business owners in SW and West Marin, in the next week elements of the 1st responder agencies and depts. as well as the representatives of the Cosco Busan are going to discuss and elaborate on:

We need to train personnel in the local area as 1st responders and boom operators/installers in the event of future oil spills threatening our bay, inlets and Lagoon. Giving credence to locals, a priority.

Financial Loss incurred from the present event, the formula that the Cosco Busan will use to redress merchant claims.

The infrastructure necessary to advert future spills effects, such as permanent anchors, hold-downs, storage items and storage containers in close proximity to deployment areas.

Consolidation of 1st Responder Agencies, Department and Bureaucracy, to achieve faster response..

Please R.S.V.P., SBC Commerce, Minister of Info, 415 868-1330, info@stinson-beach.org, A.S.A.P. Send suggestions, pledges of support, contribute incidentals [food, organizing]. There is no time to lose, Busans Reps. are lining up as well as the state agencies, [CA. state Fish and Game] strength in numbers. We can Change the way things get done. Why Accept/Acquiesce, we have done nothing wrong…

Effects of Bolinas Meeting-this Nov. 18th Sat. 9a.m.-1p.m: EPA is offering a course, “Trainers Trainer” at the Bolinas Firehouse 9a.m.-1a.m. This course is open to all those who wish to volunteer for fuel oil toxic cleanup. Required course for trainers of trainers.