Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau Events

August 15th, 2008

Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau
invites you to
 
“Come Out and See the all New Marin Suites”
on Wednesday, September 3rd
5:00pm – 7:30pm
Drinks, Music, Appetizers and Prizes
Food purveyors for the evening are Izzy’s Bar and Grill, Il Fornaio, California Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang and Max’s
Grand prize is a 5 night stay at the Best Western Plantation Hale Suites in Kauai, Hawaii
 
RSVP by Friday, 22nd via email to Bob West – Director of Sales
 bwest@outrigger.net
 
***Hotel accommodations do not include airfare, transportation and based upon availability*** 
Please be our guest at the Marin Suites Hotel~

Located in the picturesque city of Corte   Madera just across the Golden Gate Bridge,Marin Suites Hotel is the premiere lodging choice for weekend getaways, extended stays and corporate housing needs in the North Bay.
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? Deluxe complimentary continental breakfast & weekday newspaper
? New outdoor saltwater pool & whirlpool spa
? Free parking
? Garden courtyard with gas barbecue grills
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? 24-hour guest service
? Adjacent to abundant dining, shopping, cinema & entertainment
 

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Marin Community Forum You’re Invited!

August 15th, 2008

Helping you’re Nonprofit Grow and Thrive
* Learn about various services offered to the Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership
* Network with other non-profits in Marin
* Find out how to apply for a Wells Fargo grant
* Develop a plan for your organization to buy a place of its own
* Access free financial literacy for your clients …and much more !!!

Details
Wednesday, July 30th, 8am-10:30am
Peacock Gap
333 Biscayne Road – San Rafael
RSVP: Nancy Lowrey
Phone: (415) 721-3117 or
Email: lowreyna@wellsfargo.com
Continental breakfast will be provided

SBVillage Association extends invitation to Alexa, Tamara & Michael Savidge of the GGNRA to speak before the 8-2-10a.m.SBVA Meeting about the GGNRA Management Plan, 3 alternatives.

July 22nd, 2008

Alexa, Tamara and Mike Savidge
The SBVA CoChairs Chris Harrington and Scott Tye, as well as the SBCCommerce [www.stinson-beach.org ], Al Moritz (Representative for the Marine Way/Arenal Neighborhood Committee against a So. Access Route to the SBPark, Sergio Vergara (Proprietor SBMarket), M.Weber (Healing Arts Center, SBVA Solar Energy Committee), Ad Hoc Flood Committee Members in attendance, and the membership of the SBVA, SBVFD Board Members, SBWD, Solar Energy Committee, desire your time to address/discuss the GGNRA Management Plan Proposals/Alternatives and their relevance and effect on the Stinson Beach Community. At the next meeting of the SBVA, 10a.m., August 2nd, at the Stinson Beach Community Center. The meeting this Saturday, July 12, of the SBVA, heard the opinions of Art Moritz, Scott Tye and myself, as to what the proposals/alternatives or three different future visions for managing the natural and cultural resources and opportunities for visitor experiences within the Park, meant to Stinson Beach. The opinions by the 3 of us, arrived at separately, was that there was not enough attention in either of the 3 proposals of the management plan, that addressed the needs of the populace and businesses of the communities of Stinson Beach, Slide Ranch, Green Gulch Center and Muir Beach. Art Moritz is drafting a comment letter, endorsed by the SBVA, for the purpose of posing the needs of the Community of Stinson Beach, which have not been fully serviced or addressed by the alternatives. Please, give his letter attention, get back to me, as to your ability to address the SBVillage Association, any props necessary for such an address, that are needed, can be arranged. I am posting the past correspondence, between us, on the SBCCommerce Newsite, in order to bring up the readers of that site, up to date, so that their comments on the GGNRA Management Plan can be completed and sent by the August 1st, Deadline. .

John Z.Posadas lll, SBCCommerce, www.stinson-beach.org , awestmarintaxi@gmail.com (Airports-Muir Woods-PanToll-Point Reyes, We deliver, Food Aid for the Needy), 415 868-1330.

Before August 1st, you can also, register your comments as to what you think is important and necessary to preserve/protect your business, residence, children, future progeny, community, that has not been addressed in the 3 Management Proposals. See below, GOGA
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I attended the Bay Models, Public Comments Info. On the 3 alternative myriad of options for the future of the GGNRA, Tues June 10th. I spoke with new GGNRA spokesperson/supervisor for our area of Muir Beach, Slide Ranch and Stinson Beach. Her name is Alexa Viets, email address above. I informed her of the ability to speak before the SBVA, at the next scheduled meeting, the 1st Saturday of July at 10a.m., of the GGNRA alternatives in reference to Stinson Beach. She was interested but as of yet, not familiar with the area, only being a resident of the Bay Area, 6 days prior, a new assignee to the GGNRA. from another part of the country. I also spoke with Tamara Williams, Park Hydrologist of the GGNRA, 415 331 5160, Fax 331 0851. She had a working knowledge of Stinson Beach and was aware of the plans of flooding the south unpaved parking lot, of the Stinson Beach Park, to return it to its former marshland habitat. She called it Poison Pond, which surprised me, I thought that the No. Paved Section of the Stinson Beach Parking Lot was Poison Pond. I asked her how the Southern Lot was going to act as a Bypass for Easkoot Creek Flooding, was told, that Easkoot Flood Mitigation was not a factor for the creation of this, Poison Pond. She also said that the pond would be filled by seepage from Easkoot Creek..Since I have not attended meetings lately of the Stinson Beach Flood Board or the AD HOC Flood Committee, I am not the person with specific knowledge of the recent agenda of the two groups, thought it would be best to pass this info. on to those more appropriately informed on this issue. Otherwise, one of the other improvements that was on the drawing board, was the relocation of the Public Facilities, in the Stinson Beach Park, to be moved closer to Easkoot Creek, near the Parkside Restaurant.
. As to public comments, my specific recommendations, were the need to have: a public restroom at the Pony Pasture, at Pano. and Hwy. #1;Trash Receptacles placed at the end of the Trailheads of Matt Davis and Dipsea;Caution sign for the SBVFD before the Southern Approach on the West Side of Hwy. #1;New improved step threshold access for the Dipsea Trailheads at Hwy. #1 and Pano.{dumping hikers onto Hwy. #1 & Pano. can be fatal}; Sidewalk extending to the Firehouse from the Corner of Panoramic to Belvedere on the West Side of Hwy. #1, AWMT being considered alternative transportation for Muir Woods Goers and tours. as well as Stinson Beach Park.

Michael Savidge, GGNRA General Spokesperson, recommended that Stinson Beach form a Transit District, obtaining revenues from fee charges for parking at the Stinson Beach Park..to hire a person to enforce parking violations in the community..I thought you all would like to hear his suggestion..

John Z. Posadas lll, AWMT, awestmarintaxi@gmail.com, 415 868-1330.

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Thanks, Alexa, I was not sure of your title, but recognized your importance, in the vetting process for the Stinson Beach, Muir Beach, Green Gulch Zen Center, Slide Ranch, accessible facilities and improvements in the GGNRA status quo for the Disabled, all included in SW Marin and all addressed by the myriad of options of the GGNRA General Management Plan. . The community of the West Side of Hwy. 1(those severely or potentially impacted by flood waters of Easkoot Creek}, in Stinson Beach, needs your advocacy, to further the need for a Bypass, through the as yet to be mutually agreed upon area of the SBPark, parking area, by the GGNRA and the SBFlood Board w the AD Hoc SBVA Flood Advisory Committee. I am sending this email, to members of both advisory groups as well as the SBVillage Associaition, with your position clarified, for them to take advantage of your offer to include their comments in the public record as well as my own and in order to include your expertise in finding a solution to their flood impacted needs. The issues that I am more familiar with, are as previously stated, is the need for an accessible sidewalk, improvement of accessible trailheads as they meet Pano. and Hwy. #1, garbage receptacles at the end of the Trailheads, the institution of accessible restroom facilities in the Pony Pasture of Hwy. 1 and Pano., all located on the East Side of Hwy. #1. between Belvedere and Pano. AWMT, could benefit the Muir Woods and the Stinson Beach Park congested parking lots, by providing an alternate transportation service for the park goers, eventually to include an accessible cab(allowing 1st responders more ability to be able to respond to emergencies).

John Z. Posadas lll, Minister of Info., SBChamber of Commerce, www.stinson-beach.org , see the Stinson Beach Community News Site, www.stinson-beach.net , AWMT-awestmarintaxi@gmail.com, Taxi on Request by email or phone 415 868-1330. Accessibility Advocate for the Disabled.. Equal Opportunity for All Americans.

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John,

Thank you for forwarding your comments to Tamara and me. I am also copying these comments to the official NPS email address for the project so that they can be included in the public record. Just to clarify, and I apologize that I did not yet have a card to give to you when we met, I am a Transportation Planner for the park, rather than a supervisor for the Marin Park areas. I look forward to working with you and the Stinson Beach community as the planning process moves forward.

Take care,
Alexa

Alexa C. Viets, AICP
Transportation Planner
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
(415) 561- 4933 office

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Reply

Hello John,
I wanted to clarify that, in addition to the potential wetland restoration as described in the General Management Plan newsletter, GGNRA staff have been coordinating with Neal Conatser at Marin County Flood Control. My understanding is that the County will soon be issuing their Request for
Proposals from consultants for the evaluation of flood control options at Stinson Beach.

Thank you for your interest and comments,
Tamara Williams

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for attending the open house in Sausalito. Your attendance and participation was deeply appreciated. We would like to encourage you to provide your comments regarding the preliminary alternatives for the new General Management Plan. Please be as specific as possible when describing your areas of concern or support as this will ensure we understand your comments and help us in our evaluation of the alternatives. Remember that the “preferred alternative” may not be one of the three preliminary alternatives. It could be a hybrid, containing ideas from each of the preliminary alternatives.

You may submit your comments via e-mail by responding to this message, or by filling out the comment form on our public website (To submit comments online go to
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?parkId=303&projectId=15075&documentID=23015
, then click on the comment link located in the upper right hand corner.) You may also submit written comments by mailing them to:

National Park Service
General Management Planning Team – GGNRA
Denver Service Center
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Denver, CO 80225-0287

The deadline for comments is August 1, 2008. However, we urge you to provide your comments as soon as possible so that we have plenty of time to examine them.

When constructing your comments please use the following questions as
a guideline:

1. Which ideas of any of the preliminary alternatives do you think are most important to include in the preferred alternative, and why?

2. Are there any important elements/ideas that the planning team missed in the preliminary alternatives? Please describe them and explain why these additional ideas are important.

3. Any other comments.

Not everyone who signed in at the meeting provided an e-mail address so if you know anyone who would like to have this information please forward it to them.

You are receiving this e-mail because you provided your contact information and you have been added to our mailing list. If you do not wish to receive mailings from the National Park Service please reply back to this message to unsubscribe.

Thank you for your interest and input.

Sincerely,

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Planning Division
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John,

I am sorry for the delayed response. I spoke to the team leader for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) General Managment Plan effort, Brian Aviles, and this weekend is not a good date for us to meet with the Stinson Beach Village Assoc. We would like to set up another date however, and Brian will contact you directly to work that out.

Thank you for inviting the Park to meet with your community. We look forward to the discussions and feedback.
Alexa

Ricky Green and John Z. Posadas lll, Ricky singing, “Amazing Grace, on the corner of #1 Belvedere and Hwy. #1, the Redwoods Haus & SBHwy.1 Firehouse, John playing accompaniment on the trumpet…

July 22nd, 2008

I noticed that the Marin I.J., local t.v.stattions, S.F. chronicle or Examiner, cameras in the audience were not in evidence at this, Damage Control Summit, the fuzz, the hype, the kids conveniently contrived misinformation{blaming Ricky for being a Thyzzz User, I have known Ricky two years, he has never to my knowledge or to anyone I know used or been able to procure Thyzz) the damper on a campaign against Thyzz by the police-not part of our investigation( BoBo name for Meth, which a local female icon, addressed as a bad substitute for her teenage years use of Ecstasy, which dated me, it was after my time), Supervisor Kinsey on the back stage, doing an eye count of his constituency in the filled hall(his decision not to speak out at the event, was subjective and prudent under the circumstances, to do so, would have endangered his future incumbency, he would be pilloried by either the minority or the majority vote if he made a statement of support for the kids or for Ricky, before the finality of the judicial process, mayhap abridged by political concerns), the missed opportunity to do something good for the kids-besides collecting $1200. in hush money for Ricky(I predict he will forgive his attackers, take the money, give it away to all the entitled white children of Bo, want to bet?), how about a community program to get these kid vagrants off the streets, as well as require the store, bar and single restaurant in Bolinas not to provide alcohol to the vagrants, street people and my people, the Native Guatemalans and Mexicans coming into their own idea of the counterculture of the Haight/BoBury, becoming 60’s Hippies with Alcohol and Thyzzzzzz…Please, describe my brother in spirit and soul, Ricky, no longer as an itinerant, but as the, Artist, that he is, the newest and most noticeable entertaining sound in SW Marin..Liked and loved by all people of Color, in StinBo, the silent minority, save a few..I was described by the same law enforcement administration of MC as rejected by the community, under the influence of drugs, something to be kicked, in 1995, that was done after a break-in of my home, by a law enforcement officer(broke the cartilage in my left knee, I wear a brace). I know what it is like to be singled out for discrimination, I have experienced justice in this County, Ricky is receiving the same..The I.J., has blacked out continued coverage, it is a black eye, for Marin County, can you imagine if two Jewish men were beaten separately in Bolinas.. The IDF, the Jewish Anti Semitic League, the Jewish Community Center, the Gubernator, Obama, Hillary, Boxer, Feinstein, Michael Douglas, Larry Shore, every Jewish advocate for Justice in the State, would hold a forum on the Antisemitism in Bo, would require reparations for the two men, seize bank accounts and property of the 15 childrens parents, eventually Bo would look like the West Bank or Baghdad with guard towers and walls segmenting it..Lets see what the NAACP will do, this treatement and demonizing of Ricky is a farce, conducted by the National Socialist Party of Bo/Stin..sounds paronoid doesn’t it…to a white psychiatrist, but to the Blacks of the South, PreCivil Rights, and the Hispanics being picked up by ICE, or to me, its more of the same…
Stop the news blackout, lets keep this story on the front page. The cops said Ricky was not welcome in Bo, I stood up and said, who is welcome in Bo, that is not from Bo?..They also, assured a questioner, that no racial epithets were enunciated by the Skate Board Bangers that beat him into a Coma, w their skateboards & butchered him with knife or knives(a sheriffs diving team retrieved a knife from the Lagoon, purportedly used in the latest attack, the branding device use in an earlier attack has yet to be addressed). A well known Mexican American Artist, also said to change the attitude in Bo, put up the Bo road sign on Hwy. #1, encourage the children to welcome all people, Bo is not exclusively theirs…Lets get the County out of the Investigation, this should be a national news story of Shame and the need for Change, like that of the Gay Man that was hung across a barbed wire fence to die after being beaten to death by homophobics or the black man in Texas that was tied to the rear bumper of a truck, dragged to death at high speed. . Rickys, sexual persuasion, has never been evident, he is similar to the Old Testament Prophets, Jesus of Nazareth, Catholic Priest and Nuns, he practices abstention and celibacy, his aura and reputation is that women and girls are safe with him. Although, Girls and Women were attracted to him, he looks like the pride of Africa, his forefathers brought against there will to land of Blondes, to Slavery..some think he is a Jehovahs Witness, because of his attitude not to engage in Sex with girls of All Races who throw themselves at him, especially after they here him perform or when he speaks to them or when they just look at him, he radiates peace and brotherhood, love and Goodwill to All. ..Give this young American his due, as the Artist and Prophet of Change that he is…I want to see Change, come about in both the local Media Coverage of this Crucifixion/Ethnic Cleansing, Law Enforcement Investigation, BoStin Community, Marin County towards people of Color or Difference, Disabled, Young or Old, Poor or Wealthy.. ..

MCVB newsletter

July 22nd, 2008

Spend a day discovering Marin’s rich history:
Start the day on Saturday, July 12th, with author Barry Spitz and learn the history of San Rafael in partnership with the Marin History Museum . A short hike begins at the Boyd Gate House on 1125 B Street at 9:00 a.m. and continues to the top of San Rafael Hill. Hear the unique story of San Rafael’s past while viewing the town from an unusual perspective. If a hike is not on your history agenda, the Marin History Museum also offers docent led Walking Tours of downtown San Rafael the third Saturday of each month. There are 15 points of interest including the estates of Robert Dollar and Louise Boyd. Next, explore the Riding the Rails exhibit at the Museum which presents the story of trains in Marin County from the 1870s through the 1960s. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

While in San Rafael, head a short distance north to the Marin County Civic Center and visit the Anne T. Kent California History Room , also open Saturdays from 10:00 to 5:00p.m.. The library is an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving information on local, regional, and state history with a strong emphasis on the history and culture of Marin County. But don’t stop there…the Frank Lloyd Wright building is itself a piece of history. Self-guided tour brochures are available in the gift shop, room 233. Docent led tours of the building are given on Wednesdays mornings at 10:30 only.

The Mill Valley Library has a great history exhibit hall with many archived pictures of the past. The Lucretia Little History Room is open most Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located on 375 Throckmorton Avenue. After a full day of soaking in all of what Marin has to offer, have a Cappucino at The Depot, and imagine your train pulling in to take you further back in time~
Event Highlights for Fourth of July
Angel Island Fireworks Cruise
July 4th, 2008
On Friday evening, July 4, 2008, cruise San Francisco Bay for an up-close view of the incredible Fourth of July fireworks show! Begin the evening by enjoying the leisurely ride from Tiburon to the San Francisco waterfront as you watch the sun set over Mt. Tam. As darkness falls, watch the sky light up with the one of the most spectacular fireworks shows of the year! Reservations are required and tickets are limited and will sell out in advance. Call (415) 435-2131 or email them at aiferry@angelislandferry.com today!

Friday Night Free Movies
July 4th through August 8th
The thoroughfare between Grant Avenue and DeLong Avenue in Novato is transformed into “Theater Sherman” each Friday night when Sherman Avenue is closed to traffic and a movie screen becomes center stage. The movies begin 15 minutes after sunset (approximately 8:30 p.m.) complete with popcorn and glow-in-the-dark necklaces for sale. People are invited to bring their own chairs. Visit the Downtown Novato Business Association website for the movie schedule each Friday.

43rd Annual Corte Madera – Larkspur Parade
July 4th starting at 10:30 a.m.
This year’s theme is “100 Years Ago”, with elaborate floats, precision drill teams, and the classic cars and the Corte Madera Town Band. Post-parade festivities at Corte Madera’s Town Park include arts and crafts, food and drink, carnival games, children’s activities and live entertainment. The parade leaves Redwood High School in Larkspur at 10:30 a.m., moves down Magnolia into Corte Madera and continues down Tamalpais Avenue to the Town Center. For more information, call (415) 924-0441 or visit the Chamber’s website at www.cortemadera.org
Marin County Fair 2008
July 2nd through July 6th
The Marin County Fair (at Marin County Fairgrounds, Civic Center Drive) offers up what is pretty much Marin County’s official fireworks display. Fair admission is $12 to $14, and includes concerts, exhibits, entertainment, nightly fireworks, and 28 free carnival rides. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.. For more information, call (415) 499-6400, or visit them at www.marinfair.org

If you are a member of the MCVB, please continue to send us any event you would like to have listed on our Event Calendar web page. We will highlight a few county events each month in this section.
Travel Trends

Did you know…
The American Hotel Lodging Association just released its 2008 Lodging Survey, one of the most comprehensive industry-wide surveys of its kind, revealing trends in all segments of U.S. hotels. The research analyzes feedback from more than 10,000 U.S. hotel properties polled in more than 100 areas. Among the many major findings, the survey revealed the following:

New technologies are becoming more common:
Wireless Internet access is represented in 91 percent of responding properties, up 35 percent form just four years earlier
The number of hotels that charge for in-room Internet use is on the decline. Sixteen percent of hotels charge for this service, down from 19 percent in 2006 and 22 percent in 2004
35 percent of respondents offer iPod docking stations in-room; Upper upscale (76 percent) and luxury hotels (58 percent) are the most likely to offer this new amenity.
Hotels are getting healthier:
Seventy-nine percent of responding properties have an exercise room and/or fitness facility, and 77 percent of these are complimentary for guests
The number of respondents who offer vegetarian menu options rose 16 percentage points to 48 percent. The number of hotels offering ‘healthy menu’ options also rose 15 points to 66 percent
Twenty-four percent of respondents offer allergy-free hotel rooms.
Properties are shading operations with a greener hue:
Sixty-eight percent of properties report using energy-efficient lighting
Twenty-one percent of respondents are planning to incorporate Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) standards into their properties in the next 12 months
Twenty percent note they have already incorporated LEED elements during the past 12 months.
What the Marin Convention Visitor Bureau is doing…
Did you notice our new look and tag line? Our new logo is just a small part of the new branding advertising campaign for the Marin CVB:
“It’s different here. And not by accident. Yes, Marin is just a little out there. As in, one famous bridge away from San Francisco. And right next door to the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma. Closer than you could ever imagine to everything that’s unique in this clever corner of California. We are the home of holistic artists and goat cheese artisans. The birthplace of mountain biking and Obi Wan Kenobi. The natural habitat of those grateful for nature and of the Grateful Dead. So come take a vacation from the typical vacation. The question is, where do you want to start?”

This is how we are beginning to get the word out:
Our new website should be up and going by the Fall. In the meantime, we have added a new enhancement to our current website home page. All group and meeting planners who are interested in planning an event here in Marin County may electronically send us a “Request for Proposal”. We in turn will be sending the leads to our hotels and conference centers. We have just completed a Marin CVB Front Desk reference guide. This guide will be a helpful resource for visitors and residents with information regarding Marin County beaches, biking, hiking, attractions, tours, shopping and restaurants.

Our Mission: To develop a sustainable visitor base to Marin County, enhance the local economies, and protect the natural resources through responsible promotion.

“Taxi on Duty in Stinson”

June 25th, 2008

Article from the Point Raise Light newspaper.

West Marin Taxi, a cab company serving southwest Marin County, could see its first runs next week. Or maybe next month. Even company founder John Posadas, 61, can’t say exactly when the keys to the one-car fleet will be turned with paying customers in tow.

His initial startup date of June 1 has come and gone. The reason for the delay, he said, is that tourism in the area is flagging. And then there’s the $1200 in insurance that hasn’t been paid. But money isn’t a problem, Posadas said. Neither is money the only motive behind the company.

“It’s an outreach,” Posadas said. “I hope to eventually bring in enough capital to file as a nonprofit. My outreach is not only to alleviate accidents, to pick up people under the influence of alcohol, but also to provide a service for shut-ins, the elderly.”

Posadas’ visions for West Marin Taxi are lofty. He said he works with a nonprofit called Respect for Your Elders, and with them wants to provide low-cost rides to and from food pantries. He wants handicapped people—Posadas himself has a debilitating disease for which he wears a bulky metal knee brace—to call him to help streamline their transportation.

The impetus for the cab company came in 1993. Posadas, who suffers from benign but painful tumors in his spine and adrenal glands, and who is hypoglycemic, was prescribed conflicting medications for his conditions. He awoke one night feeling woozy and couldn’t lift the phone to call for help. He fell into a coma. Though help arrived, Posadas nearly died.

“I was aware of the ascension at a very atrociously fast speed” while in the ambulance, he said. “I came up on top of a cumulus and saw the great energy cloud.”

Because of the coma, Posadas was found unfit to drive and lost his license, though he has since regained it and said he has never had an accident. Yet from 1993 to 1995, he had to hitchhike from Mill Valley to his office in Stinson Beach. He learned firsthand that a lack of affordable transportation can make it daunting to get from point A to point B.

“I started this company because of the disparity of service out here,” Posadas said.
Rates for West Marin Taxi will be: $1.90 initial fare, $3 per mile and a flat rate of $30 per hour. Posadas’ son Marius and business partner Manual Urritia are co-owners. Posadas expects to get a handicapped-accessible cab donated through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Elderly and Disabled Advisory Committee.

Taxi requests for West Marin Taxi (WMT) can be made to (415) 868.1330, 868.1034 or 868.9828. You can also book online taxi requests at requests-awestmarintaxi@gmail.com.

A Wild Ramble, Near the Golden Gate

June 18th, 2008

Article courtesy of the New York times. http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/travel/03Explorer.html?ex=1202619600&en=094686ec6cdfac48&ei=5070&emc=eta1

MARIN COUNTY, just north of San Francisco, cradles wealthy bedroom communities in picturesque bays. But nearly half of the county’s 520 square miles is protected open space — bucolic and wild, its tiny towns separated by forested mountains.

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It is the kind of landscape, with miles of well-maintained trails, that people travel across the globe to traverse — to Wales, say, or the Cinque Terre. But Marin, particularly its western reaches, offers something for anyone spry enough to walk a mile or two, on any budget.

One Friday afternoon last fall, my wife, Nina, and I rode a bus across the Golden Gate Bridge out of San Francisco with the hordes of commuters. We planned to spend the next three days hiking back to the city. While our route may have been ambitious — covering as many as 20 miles a day — it’s easy to choose shorter routes, or make connections by car or bus if you want to do it in less time.

We got off in Olema, a crossroads in a long valley formed by the San Andreas fault. We already felt a world away in the eucalyptus-scented darkness before the understated wooden form of the Point Reyes Seashore Lodge, where we had booked a room.

In the morning, we headed out into a dazzling fog, climbing east toward the Bolinas Ridge. Ghostly white deer — descendants of fallow deer imported in the last century — looked down on us through dripping stalks of fennel. The air smelled like a cool herbal balm, and our boots grew dark with dew.

At the ridge, fog was pouring in from a neighboring valley like heavy cream. Tomales Bay, where the fault reaches the sea, shone in the distance. All about us was mad morning chirping and grass bejeweled in the sun.

Heading south along the ridge, we met our first human beings at noon. Pierce and Carmen Morris were on a northward walk markedly better organized than our own: having rambled throughout Europe, they had entrusted a local company to plan their trip. We chatted for a bit and, as we parted, Mr. Morris turned and called back in his sweet Georgia accent: “We’re 71 years old, by the way!”

“So,” Nina said as we watched them proceed jauntily toward Olema, “30 more years of this for us?”

Soon, we joined the Coastal Trail, which follows the shoreline at a distance, atop a ridge. In the late afternoon, it broke onto rolling, golden hills and our first view of the Pacific. Hawks and vultures romped in the updrafts, swooping close to the shaggy-maned hills, while paragliders sought to imitate them from a promontory up ahead.

We were above the Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, part of the Audubon Canyon Ranch and one of the first places in the county to be protected — a reminder that these hills are not unspoiled by accident. Freeways and subdivisions planned in the 1960s were blocked by local activism. Instead of sprawl on its slopes, West Marin County has salmon in its streams.

As the sun lowered, the ocean became a molten blaze punctuated only by the Farallon Islands near the horizon. The surf whispered from Stinson Beach below us, and we turned toward it. The woods soon gave way to streets of bougainvillea and Monterey cypress around ’60s-era beach houses with BMWs and surfboards out front.

We were quickly in the center of Stinson Beach: a green, some shops and cars tooling up and down the Shoreline Highway. We made the beach just in time to see the perfect ball of evening fire quench itself across Bolinas Bay off Duxbury Point. The hills we had marked with our footprints seemed improbable pink confections.

“It feels like another country,” said Nina, even though we had been on that beach many times before.

We stayed that night at the Redwood Haus, a bed-and-breakfast that harked back to Marin’s more casual hippie days. In the chaotic living room, we listened to the owners’ tales of life in 1960s San Francisco. Then we went upstairs and slept like logs, the surf sighing through our open window.

We woke at dawn to murmuring in the dovecote by the longboards and the smell of frying potatoes and eggs. Ravens called from above, and we shouldered our packs and headed off into the fog along the Dipsea Trail. We ascended through fantastical, gnarled woods into open, misty heath. Quails, rabbits and an elegant buck — in the mist all the same carob color as the trail — granted us room to pass into a dense redwood forest.

As we climbed, sunbeams pierced the brume to pick out pools of water in bowls of polished rock and carpets of glistening, emerald ferns. Big trees lay over the narrow ravine, their backs covered in moss. As we rambled higher still, blue sky tinted the fog and, suddenly, we were in warm sun on the golden flanks of Mount Tamalpais.

Mount Tam is beloved in the Bay Area, and as we approached the Pantoll Ranger Station, the headquarters of Mount Tamalpais State Park, the trails became crowded. Hikers, bikers, campers, walkers, runners and others swarmed the routes to the mountain’s peak. But a friendly ranger directed us to a trail, Troop 80, that even on a sunny Sunday, was quiet and lovely.

The taming of Tour de Ca

June 17th, 2008

Today, the difference in the conduct of the Amgem Sponsored Tour de Ca. Race,  obviously reflected the negative press[Rollerball]and response of the SBFD Chief, it was a whole lot tamer, although there was a problem with non essential  race car traffic coordination. That was, Amgem Cars, apparently neither Parts or Chase Cars, that were in the Hwy. #1, South Bound Lane hurtling North, in front of & behind CHP vehicles, before its apparent { I saw cars still driving So. on Hwy. #1, I wondered, how they got past the roadblock, but thought that they must have been parked along the stretch of Hwy. #1 between the Hwy#1 Firehouse & the Stinson Beach Market} than closure to both lane traffic other than Race Vehicles & Cycles.  A flag woman, was in front of the Hwy.#1 SBFirehouse, did not appear to be wearing a  radio phone device, so did not know when the Hwy. #1 was closed to traffic, although she did  use her unfurled flags, one time, to slow down Forward Race Vehicles, traveling faster than the speed limit in the Northbound Lane. .  Otherwise the CHP multiple vehicles interspersed amongst following Chase/Parts Cars as well as in the Front & Rear of the Race, with a sign in the last CHP Vehicle, indicating the End of the Race, kept the speed of the C&P Race Vehicles, within Speed Signage  Limits..
There were not any CHP or MC Sheriffs Dept. Officers, evidenced on Hwy.#1, conducting Traffic or Crowd Control, on foot, that I could see,  from my position on Belvedere & Hwy. #1, if there had been, they could have halted So.Bound Traffic. Eliminating non essential Cycle Race Vehicles, dismounting CHP Officers to insure the Public Safety, would insure that situations would not arise, that  could result in Fatal Injury.  We still have Work to Do.. ..

On the scene, were SBFChiefs Ken Stevens + Kendrik  Rand, many of the SBFD volunteers[being there, to respond to any inappropriate incidents], the Press[Channel 7 and Paul Liberatore, ex SB Resident, Reporter for the Marin I. J.], a tame crowd of locals, a few joggers and overnight  tenants of the WPRH & Stinson Beach Motel..The Cyclists were in a close pack as they swept by..w few stragglers..Remember, this is a Cycle Race not a Car/Motorcycle Race, it might hurt, but Amgem must give up all non essential vehicle participation, dismount rented CHP for crowd & traffic control,  replace inexperienced flag persons with seasoned veterans, coordinate-implement-supply a phone/radio system to all of its essential personnel.

John Posadas, SBCCommerce Minister of Information, www.stinson-beach.org, 415 868-1330. See the Stinson Beach Community News Site,  www.stinson-beach.net. SBVA Member of Subcommittees Traffic & Design/Review. Funded & Supported by the World at Peace Redwoods Haus Inn, www.stinson-beach.com, 415 868-9828 or 868-1034.

Yay! The Unrelenting Rollerball Tour de Ca, will not massacre residents of Stinson Beach & A/P NO.or South on Tour de Ca.Hwy. #1

David, in response to your obituary on the Tour de Ca., “New race route ditches Marin”, Thurs July 24..See the SBCCommerce Site, www.stinson-beach.org , 415 868-1330, articles written in concern of the safety violations conducted year after year by the Amgem Promoters of the Tour de Ca. Maybe, then you can understand, what we will be missing..A Tour that does not have an economic impact in SW Marin, on the holiday, it has been conducted on, Presidents Day, A holiday, that brings thousands to the Seashore, yearly, with or without the Tour de Ca..Another day, other than a holiday or weekend, may have made a economic difference. The Tour has been a menace in the manner it has flouted the safety standards necessary to preserve life and limb of the inhabitants of the Villages of Stinson Beach and the Coast Communities bordering Hwy. #1. If other communities want them and their attitude of disrespect for human safety, let them, their standards and care for human life, are different than ours. S.F. has an excessive population of people, in all demographic groups, the Coast values each and every one of its inhabitants, let S.F. have the Tour, maybe they can rout it through the Tenderloin, I am sure, no one there will mind..Please, send my condolences to the Roundstone, they need clientèle in Point Reyes, they don’t have Ocean or Bo Lagoon Views and Redwoods Forests, there, and now they don’t have the Tour, maybe they can schedule another Western Days Celebration on Presidents Day, or a look like a President contest or a Ernest Hemingway or Dave Mitchell lookalike contest, what would you suggest? We are all for any type of celebration or rodeo that breaks up the monotony in P.R., honest, we want everyone to have a good time, make windfall profits to survive the winter, as long as no one gets hurt.. ….

Campaigning

June 17th, 2008

THIS IS A NONPARTISAN JOKE THAT CAN BE ENJOYED BY BOTH PARTIES! NOT ONLY THAT? It is POLITICALLY CORRECT!!

While walking down the street one day a US senator is, tragically, hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the Golden Gate.

‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter. ‘Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’

‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.

‘Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’ says the senator.

‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.

They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St Peter is waiting for him.

‘Now it’s time to visit heaven.’

Free Free at last

June 17th, 2008

Can you elaborate, on the 10′ Wide overflow that gushed over the Sand Dunes of the Stinson Beach Park to the Pacific Ocean, from the NW Corner of the Stinson Beach Parking Lot, Jan. 25th? At least 4′ of flood waters from Easkoot Creek, that had pooled at the NW to Highway 1 corner of the Stinson Beach Parking Lot, Jan. 25? Created by the Levee that the Park Service constructed, after being faced with the threat of lawsuit by the adjacent to the Park, homeowners affected by the seasonal heavy rain overflow of Easkoot Creek, coming from the parking area? The immediate Calles, north/downstream of the Stinson Beach NW Parking Area[known formerly as Poison Pond] including Pradero and Pinos Calles, as well as the Harris, Sutton & Zell Properties[Anyone have Zells email address and/or addresses of others in the seasonal, Easkoot Creek Overflow/Flood Plain, impacted also by Pacific High Tide Waves + Bolinas Lagoon Rainwater High Tide Impacted Flooding? Please send Pics, of the Breach, as well as personal experiences, Did this Bypass of Floodwaters, Keep your Individual Properties & those of your immediate neighbors from being Flooded? Did it help, even though, your properties were impacted by rainwater/tidal events? This is a much hoped for event, may contribute to a faster than usual friendly EIR Process, to hasten a engineered more sophisticated bypass in the same exact locale. Does anyone have any Pics, of this event? Please send them to me, I will forward them to maximize the clout of the benefit of this event, to the Personas, Media and the agencies who can or are advocating for the Bypass, that may help further the SBCommunity West of Hwy. #1 Conjoined Needs..For those, that have not followed the Bypass Controversy, see the archives of the SBCCommerce site, www.stinson-beach.org and the Stinson Beach Newsite at, www.stinson-beach.net.
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There is no question in my mind that the drainage to the ocean from the northern lot of Stinson Beach Park lowered the threat of flood to properties on Calle del Pinos (mine included). Indeed, there is an opportunity here for the Park Service to use the emergency condition created and alleviated by nature to carve a new arroyo (usually dry but flowing during heavy rain) from just north of their entry bridge to the new ocean drainage.

With the removal of a few dozen yards of asphalt, Park Service naturalists and volunteers would have an nice opportunity to plant native grasses and other riparian plants on the north side of this arroyo to the point where it becomes dune on the ocean. I believe the creek has shown us its natural relief valve.