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A letter to my community

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As owner and sole proprietor of the West Marin Citizen I am in negotiations over a sale of the paper to Tess Elliott and David Briggs of the Point Reyes Light Publishing Company (the sale will not involve the Marin Media Institute). We were hoping to have a bit more time to hash out the details before announcing this plan to our community, but a former editor of the Point Reyes Light and the WM Citizen, jumped the gun with a “blog-post” sent out via mass emails and posting on social networks, expressing his dismay over the sale. He disconnected himself from the Citizen in November 2010, when he resigned and has no insight into that paper’s finances or structure.

The three of us believe that West Marin can only support a single viable weekly newspaper—and we know we are not alone in that belief. Advertisers are stretched thin and readers and contributors are often uncomfortably stuck in the middle. Meanwhile our staffs and pay have dwindled. Our vision is that the Light will incorporate the community coverage and the voices that have made the Citizen so valuable and so beloved. We are approaching this sale in the spirit of a merger. We need all of you to help make that happen.


I will be leaving California in a few months, joining my family in Portland, Oregon. My son and his family and my daughter and her family have relocated to Portland with their small daughters, my granddaughters, due to the high cost of housing in the Bay Area.


I joined the Citizen in the summer of 2007 when Joel Hack started the paper during a period of dissatisfaction with the new owner of the Pt Reyes Light. The Citizen fulfilled a need in the community for grass-roots local news.

The two papers helped define what readers were looking for in a local paper and I feel it’s time to bow out and allow the Pt Reyes Light, with the support of the community, begin a new era in West Marin journalism.

. I trust that you all will encourage and support Tess and David, and continue the “community conversations” via letters, opinion, and stories about local people doing local things.

This is a bitter-sweet moment for me and the many Citizen supporters and contributors, but it does not mean the spirit of the Citizen will disappear. I hope all of you will sustain your passion and dedication to community and help Tess and David incorporate this energy into the “new” Light.

There are too many people I want to thank, too many to name but I do want to mention how grateful I am for all the hugs, phone calls and messages of support for my difficult decision this past week. Most important is my gratitude to David Bunnett and Joel Hack for convincing me that I could take on the role of publisher in 2011, among my many other responsibilities.

I will still be publishing the Coast Guide twice a year which will bring me to West Marin now and then to bother business owners for advertising. You are not rid of me yet!

The Citizen will cease publishing after April 30th.  Subscriptions will be honored by the Point Reyes Light.

At this time we continue to accept your stories and photos and letters and calendar entries as usual. We welcome your thoughts and memories of the nearly eight WM Citizen years!

With great affection, Linda Petersen


Cultural Potholes

By Donna Sheehan and Paul Reffell

Sometimes you just have to take the leap. It’s better to jump into cold water than wade in slowly. It’s better to rip off the BandAid than to slowly pull every hair. Better to leave a harmful situation.


We get all worked up about change. We get scared of unseen developments, of life’s uncertainties, of death. We want to be sure of our footing. We want time to be able to form expectations. We feel safe with the status quo. But that belies our adaptive nature – the quality that has made our species so successful.


A skydiver doesn’t exit the plane a little at a time. It’s a leap. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been careful preparation for jumping into thin air.


A sailing vessel would never leave port if captain and crew were not ready to face unknown dangers. They stock the boat, stop leaks, repair sails, check the rigging, but they set sail not truly knowing what’s in store. That’s why logbook entries used to be written “sailing towards” not “sailing to” the destination, just in case they had to divert.


Prepare for heavy weather, for transformation, for change. Then sail for your destination, aware of your ability to take what comes.





A few comments from community on the sale:


Linda Petersen and Tess Elliott and the Point Reyes Light and the West Marin Citizen -wishing you peace and wisdom and space and support from your community as you work together right now on a new future for all. I honor your efforts! Robin Carpenter


I support Linda’s decision to sell to the Point Reyes Light. I support the concept of one newspaper and I know that this community can work together to support one newspaper. It is time. Linda put a lot of thought into this and did not make this decision lightly. Linda and Tess are planning to come on KWMR and talk more about the process at a future date. Stay tuned. Amanda Eichstaedt


hi Tess and Linda …..


`just a short word praising each of you for such polite and  ethical behaviour.


`i look forward to the merger of    journalistic philosophies. We will all be the better for it.





Coastal Health Alliance welcomes two new providers

Elizabeth O’Brien, LCSW

Coastal Health Alliance (CHA) is pleased to announce the addition of two great providers to their care teams.
Elizabeth O’Brien, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an extensive background providing clinical services in both mental health and Community Health Center settings, joined our staff on February 9, 2015. Elizabeth comes to CHA from the Marin Community Clinics in San Rafael where she has been providing individual and group behavioral health services since 2011. Elizabeth will work closely with CHA’s primary care medical teams as an integrated behavioral health specialist to help patients develop and achieve self-management goals for improved health outcomes. Elizabeth’s position is funded by a Federal grant designed to promote innovative approaches to integrating behavioral and medical health services. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and extensively trained in the techniques of Motivational Interviewing, Problem-Solving Treatment, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She lives in Inverness Park with her family. “I learned a lot working over the hill, and I am grateful for the professional experience,” Elizabeth says of the years she worked at a larger health center. “I am excited to be working in my community again now in joining CHA. It feels like coming home.”
Katie Kindt, DDS
Katie Kindt, DDS, has taken over as the lead dentist for the Oral Health program and is providing general dental services on Wednesday and Friday at 60 4th Street in Point Reyes Station. Dr. Kindt has 28 years of experience providing a wide range of patient care. “Ultimately for me it’s making sure that every single person that walks through the door is treated with the utmost respect and attention to total care so that they have an experience that is enjoyable, relaxing and informative regardless of their financial status or background,” explains Dr. Kindt. She provides efficient and high-quality dentistry with a patient-centered approach. She lives in San Anselmo, and you might see her commuting to work by bicycle. Started as a pilot program in June 2014, CHA Dental plans on expanding to a full schedule by the summer of 2015 to better meet the needs of the community.

The addition of Elizabeth O’Brien and Katie Kindt fully supports CHA’s commitment to providing a “patient-centered health home” by integrating medical, dental and behavioral health services, ensuring that patients experience continuity of care, and have a secure place for all of their healthcare needs. CHA’s commitment to providing “patient centered care” means going beyond asking patients, “What is the matter with you?” to learning “What matters to you?” By finding out what matters to you, CHA is able to create treatment and wellness plans that are aligned with your own hopes, beliefs, and goals about your health and well-being. This collaborative approach leads to trusting, long-lasting relationships that optimize health and wellness.

CHA is a cohesive team of health care providers and support staff dedicated to wellness, compassion, affordability and excellence of care. They are a private, non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, receiving Section 330 grant funding from the federal government to provide quality health services to community members, regardless of ability to pay. CHA serves patients insured with Medicare (18.5%), Med-Cal (26%), and Private Insurance (32.5% – including Kaiser Permanente), as well as self-paying and uninsured (23%) patients.


Louise Franklin, new Interim Executive Director of the Dance Palace



By Ann Emanuels


The Board of Directors of the Dance Palace is pleased to announce that it has appointed Louise Franklin as Interim Executive Director of the Dance Palace in Point Reyes, starting on January 2nd.


Louise has been a resident of West Marin for more than 30 years, both full-time and part-time. She has a wealth of experience as an interim executive director (IED). She has served as the IED at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, and the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside. Before working as an IED, Louise was the Executive Director of The Center for Attitudinal Healing.


In addition to working as an IED, Louise has been a consultant to non-profits. She specializes in leadership training, grant-writing, fundraising and strategic planning. During her tenure at the Dance Palace, Louise will ensure uninterrupted continuation of services and programs while leading fundraising efforts and providing analysis and input that will inform the recruitment of the permanent executive director.


Louise will be with the Dance Palace for four to six months, bringing a fresh perspective during an important time of transition.The Dance Palace recognizes that change can be unsettling, but it is also an opportunity.The Board welcomes Louise and looks forward to benefitting from her many years of non-profit and leadership experience.


Ann Emanuels is the President of the Dance Palace Board of Directors


Alivio Administrativo

Venga a escuchar a las abogadas de inmigracion Judy Bloomberg, una abogada de practica privada, y Alyssa Simpson, una abogada del Canal Alliance, hablar sobre los recientes cambios federales en la poliza de inmigracion (Alivio Administrativo).

Trataremos de dejar tiempo para reunirnos con usted y contestar sus preguntas. Esta presentación será en Español con traducción al Inglés. Habrá cuidado de niños.
Miercoles 14 de enero
Bocadillos y convivencia de 6:00-6:30
Presentacion de 6:30-8:30
Gimnasio Pequeño de Escuela de West Marin


Para más información llame a Socorro Romo 663-8361 o Lourdes Romo al 663-8101

Administrative Relief Information

Come and hear immigration attorneys Judy Bloomberg, an attorney in private practice and Alyssa Simpson, an attorney with Canal Alliance, speaking about recent changes to federal immigration policy (Administrative Relief).

We will try to leave lots of time to meet with you and answer your questions. This presentation will be in Spanish with English translation provided. Childcare will also be provided.

Wednesday, January 14
Snacks and visiting from 6:00-6:30
Presentation from 6:30-8:30
West Marin School Small Gym
For more information, call Socorro Romo at 663-8361 or Lourdes Romo at 663-8101663-8101



Senior Services shopping/outing shuttle bus: it’s not just for seniors any more

Last year, the new West Marin Shopping Shuttle, sponsored by West Marin Senior Services, successfully launched from Point Reyes Station. Priority is given to senior riders, and when space is available, non-senior shoppers are welcome to climb aboard. The Shuttle seats 12 shoppers and is equipped to accommodate persons who require use of a walker or a wheel chair.

Departing from Toby’s at 10:30 am, with a brief stop to pick up Walnut Place riders, the December 7, 2013 maiden trip drove shoppers to Safeway, Trader Joe’s and a lunch stop, all in Novato. Shoppers are invited to determine future Marin destinations in the weeks to come.

This week the Marin Transit officials renewed grant funding of $25,000, to WM Senior Services. A new schedule started in November for what is now called West Marin Shopping/Outing Shuttle bus, now open to all ages.

First Tuesday of the month: Point Reyes Station to Novato (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Safeway, Dollar Store). Departs from Toby’s at 10:15, Walnut place at 10:30 am.

Second Tuesday: Stinson Beach and Bolinas to San Anselmo/ Red Hill Shopping Center (Safeway) and San Rafael (Trader Joe’s and/or Whole Foods). Departs downtown Stinson Beach parking lot at 10:00 am and Wharf & Brighton in Bolinas at 10:20, Bolinas Fire House at 10:30.

Third Tuesday: Point Reyes Station to Novato (Costco, Target, Ross, Marshall’s). Departs Toby’s at 10:15 am, Walnut Place at 10:30, SGV Community Center at 10:45.

Fourth Tuesday: Point Reyes Station and the San Geronimo Valley Fun Outing-film or other activity to be announced.

Fifth Tuesday: Point Reyes Station and San Geronimo Valley Fun Outing-to be announced.
For more information call West Marin Senior Services. 663-8148







Sharon Mendoza, Tremari, Bianchini, Doughty.

Passed away on November 19, 2014.  Sharon was born on July 1, 1942

Daughter, Wife, Teacher, Accountant, Mother, Dairywoman, Winemaker, Inn Keeper and a true friend too many. Truly an Entrepreneur.

A native of Marin County, Sharon was born and raised on the Point Reyes peninsula. She went to a one room School house on the Historic “B” ranch for eight years. She graduated from Tomales High School in 1959 as valedictorian, and attended The University of the Pacific graduating in three years in 1963 with degrees in accounting.Sharon Doughty and Maidee Moore LINDA PETERSEN

After marrying her High School sweetheart, Ed Tremari in 1963, she settled in Petaluma and taught school at Kenilworth Junior High. Ed died in an accident in 1967 and later while still teaching she was courted by and married Bill Bianchini Jr. a Two Rock Dairyman. Sharon and Bill moved to a new home on Skillman Lane in Petaluma and became parents of two girls, Kathleen and Karen. They started their own dairy renting space for a while before purchasing the Grandi ranch in Pt. Reyes Station in 1974 from Sharon’s Father and Mother. Together they worked to grow and improve the ranch for nine years. Just as things were going well Bill became seriously ill and passed away. Never one to give up on anything, Sharon undertook the running of the ranch herself. With great guidance from her father Joe Sr. and her two brothers Joe Jr. and Jim and neighbor, Bob Giacomini, also her veterinarian, Bob Fisher. She became a successful dairywoman and leader in the community and the dairy industry. She served on the Board of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, (M.A.L.T., serving two terms as president). Sharon was an alternate member of the California Coastal Commission for one term. She was on the board of directors of the Marconi Conference Center in Marshall California.


In 1985 she met Steve Doughty of Napa, they were married in 1987. Together they ran the dairy for twenty-five years. Looking like the future the Dairy Industry was heading for troubled times Steve and Sharon conceived the ideas for a Winery and a Bed & Breakfast. Steve and Sharon consulted with Saralee and Richard Kunde. They recommended that Sharon plant Champagne Grapes on the ranch. Sharon planted some wine grapes on the ranch, and produced award winning California Sparkling Wine. Thus was born the Point Reyes Vineyards and that was followed by the Point Reyes Vineyard Inn.


As pioneers in the Marin County Wine industry, they opened the first Winery and

Tasting room


in Marin County since prohibition(1930s), on their ranch on Highway 1.



Sharon was very passionate about her family heritage. She was the granddaughter of Joseph V. Mendoza, an immigrant from the Azores Islands who worked hard and eventually purchased the historic “A” and “B” Ranches on the Point at Point Reyes in the early 1900’s. Sharon was raised on the “B” Ranch. Later in her life Sharon managed the “L” ranch dairy in the Point Reyes National Seashore after her Father passed away. She spent many hours helping others create the history of West Marin County and especially Point Reyes.


She was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Scotty Mendoza.


In addition to her husband Steve she is survived by her daughters Kathleen von Raesfeld (Steve) of Petaluma and Karen Taylor (John) of Pt. Reyes. Nephew Will Clark (Lena) of Pt. Reyes Grandchildren, Audrey and Nina von Raesfeld, Camilla, William Joseph, and Eva Taylor, also her two brothers Joseph H. Mendoza Jr. (Linda) and James L. Mendoza (Lucy). Nephews J.V., Jaime Mendoza, Jarrod Mendoza and nieces, Teresa Hatcher and Jolynn McClelland and many great nephews and nieces, as well as step-sons Richard Doughty and Steve Morse.



State mandates Inverness water emergency

But, there’s plenty of water. Huh?

The IPUD board meets on Wednesday, August 27 at 9am at the Inverness Firehouse. The public is invited to attend.

In a strange bureaucratic move, California’s State Water Resources Control Board, with unprecedented authority, has ordered that Inverness Public Utilities District declare a water emergency. Actually, Inverness has plenty of water.


The emergency mandate was not IPUD General Manager Scott McMorrow’s idea, but a one size fits all response from the state to deal with the severe California drought. McMorrow, like all other water district heads, has no choice but to recommend to the local water governing board at its next meeting that they comply with the mandate. And this mandate applies through April 25, 2015. At that point the state may extend or rescind it.


If you haven’t noticed, our little West Marin enclave is unique compared with other regions of California. For one thing, we don’t depend on the snow pack for our water supply. Inverness gets its water from local creeks that flow from Inverness Ridge. The water is then treated and stored. IPUD has various storage facilities sprinkled throughout Inverness that can store a total of 400,000 gallons. McMorrow says that this storage capacity is “not a lot- 5 to 12 days worth.” The stored water is then mostly gravity fed to individual homes. Available water that exceeds the storage capacity flows into Tomales Bay, “ a sort of use it or lose it situation” he adds. So far, the closely monitored creeks are doing well.


Normally at this time of the year – and with the severe lack of rain it’s clearly not normal – IPUD would gently remind people to use less water. Notices might go up in the post office urging Invernessians to stop excessive outside watering, or even think about plant triage – deciding which plants might have to be sacrificed. “We’ve never had to go beyond that,” McMorrow says. “The town is receptive to the informal approach. And on our end, we also try to be good neighbors”


So what does McMorrow recommend for the residents of Inverness? “People should exercise common sense and be conscious of water use.”



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 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.

New Exhibit of West Marin history at the Jack Mason Museum

Come to an open house on August 9, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Jack Mason Museum, located at Inverness Way and Park Avenue, Inverness.

Radio Personalities of West Marin, is one of several exhibits, activities and talks around Marin County marking the one hundredth anniversary of the transmission of the first message from Guglielmo Marconi new stations in Marshall and Bolinas. With that message, the small agricultural communities of West Marin became part of a new communications network that would soon cover the globe.


The exhibit looks at the individuals who were part of the wireless industry in West Marin. It begins with Marconi himself, moves on to a boy who dropped out of high school after the Titanic disaster to be a shipboard wireless operator, presents the man who first heard of the Pearl Harbor attack, and ends with many local people who made the stations so successful.




For addition information, please contact Tom Branan at

Opening reception for artist Ralph Stein

(A)Ralph Stein

Members of SAFE honor a friend

Artist Ralph Stein never had a one-man show during his lifetime, but thanks to a group of West Marin supporters, that one-man show is happening in the lobby of the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station from August 1 through September 14, 2014.

The opening reception and memorial for Ralph will be Saturday, August 9, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. Although Ralph lived all over the United States and in West Marin for just a few years he had a big impact on the community, judging by the outpouring of support he has received. Kathy Hart, who is spearheading the support team organizing the show and reception, has some thoughts about who he was. “I think of him as a kind of an itinerant Renaissance man who represents a period in my past; He painted, he was a photographer, he shot videos, he was an actor, he was an early opponent of the Vietnam War – he was an old hippy.”


He quickly endeared himself to the long established senior group, SAFE, when he became a member. He was more than six feet tall with a shock of white hair, so was easily recognizable as he rode around town on his bike with a high seat, or in his old VW bus painted in psychedelic colors. As one of the women at a recent SAFE meeting commented, “He had a certain dash about him.”


Shirley Salzmann, an artist herself, is curating the show of his work which had until recently been residing in a storage locker in Marshall.


According to his online bio, Ralph Stein was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1928. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, studied acting at the famed Goodman Theater in Chicago, and acted in stock companies in Milwaukee. In 1948, he moved to New York City to further his acting career.


As his interest in painting increased, he became a member of the Art Students League in Greenwich Village. He hung out with a number of well-known artists of the time including Jackson Pollack, William deKooning, Hans Hoffman and Robert Motherwell. He realized that he loved painting in the abstract expressionist style of Jackson Pollack. He moved to Sausalito for several years where he worked as a boat technician. Several years later he moved back to New York, then spent time in Nevada, and eventually returned to Sausalito and finally settled in West Marin.


This poem by Jody Farrell one of the support team for the reception seems to sum up Ralph’s personality:






In Memory of Ralph Stein 1928-2014

bike rider

long strider

avant painter

liberal debater

trail blazer

star gazer

green gazer

late arriver

gone too soon