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					                                                                                                                                                                                      FOURTH QUARTER 2001
                                                                                                                                                                                      VOLUME 6 • NUMBER 4



                                                      F R A N K L Y                                                   S P E A K I N G
A        N E W S L E T T E R                                            F O R        A N D      B Y       M A R I N              C O U N T Y                                           E M P L O Y E E S



                                                    Prevention, Prosecution, Protection
                           Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                                                                    dealing with violent                                    and the community to help reduce
                                                                                                                    crime and keeping                                       bike/auto accidents.
                                                                                                                    the community
                                                                                                                                                                            Adopt-A-Highway Program —entering
                                                                                                                    safe,” and she is
                                                                                                                                                                            its third year, provides an opportunity
                                                                                                                    equally proud of the
                                                                                                                                                                            for the staff to give something back to
                                                                                                                    additional roles the
                                                                                                                                                                            the community by cleaning up a local
    “It makes it easy to                                                                                            staff have added to
                                                                                                                                                                            Park-n-Ride.
                                                                                                                    their regular duties
    run the department
                                                                                                                    to be more oriented                                     Other new ventures that have been
     as a collaborative                                                                                             to and part of the                                      started since Paula has taken office
    effort when all our                                                                                             community at large.                                     include Deputy District Attorney Ron
      employees feel a                                                                                              Some of these                                           Ravani’s involvement in the launching
                                                                                                                    added responsibili-                                     of the Juvenile Drug Court. Ron says
     sense of pride for
                                                    District Attorney Paula Kamena                                  ties are:                                               that the office’s participation in this
     the mission of the                                                                                                                                                     Drug Court is one of the most signifi-
                                                    By Carol Sewell — DA’s Office               Liaison Program —assigns deputy
department and the                                                                                                                                                          cant changes he’s seen, aimed to help
                                                                                                district attorneys to each police agency,
importance of what                                  “Prevention, Prosecution, Protection”                                                                                   the youth of Marin County deal with
                                                                                                middle and high school, and the vari-
                                                    is the motto for the District Attorney’s                                                                                this problem. ■ Bob Nichols, Deputy
     we are about and                                                                           ous commissions in the county to facili-
                                                    Office under the stewardship of Paula                                                                                   District Attorney in charge of the
         what we do.”                                                                           tate dialogue with these groups.
                                                    Kamena, the first female district attor-                                                                                Consumer Protection, is always ready
                                                    ney in the county, who was elected in       Fatherhood Program —designed                                                to discuss protecting Marin’s consumers.
                                                    June 1998. ■ Under her leadership,          to improve relationships between non-                                       Bob has initiated the Bad Check Program
                                                    the office has made significant changes     custodial parents and their children.                                       for Marin’s merchants. He has also won
                                                    and has assumed a much larger role in                                                                                   cases against large corporations such
                                                                                                Bike Safety Task Force —designed
                                                    the community. Paula says she is “very                                                                                  as Rite Aid and Daimler Chrylser. ■
                                                                                                to improve communications among
                                                    proud of the staff and the job they do in                                                                               According to Keith Pepper, Deputy
                                                                                                bicyclists, drivers, law enforcement,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    …continued on page 10




                                                    Uniting Pulled Us Through
                                                                                                                                               Photo by Patricia Williams




                                                    By Pat Williams — DA’s Office               difference could a dollar or five or ten
       You helped me.                               Want to know where your money went?         dollars really make? ■ I can tell you
    Uh-huh, that dollar                             What money? Those contributions you         where it went. I got it. ■ Well, not me,
                                                    make every year to United Way and           exactly. It went to Joshua, my son. It
or five dollars or ten
                                                    other organizations as “charitable con-     didn’t go directly to him, of course, but
dollars or whatever                                 tributions.” Oh, that money. Your tax       it went to every agency in Marin that
        you decided to                              accountant or your spouse probably          has contributed to his upbringing. ■
contribute that year                                reminds you to take it off the income tax   Joshua is 11 now. My husband and
                                                    every year, and you don’t give it a fur-    I tell people that he is “a work in
        helped me and
                                                    ther thought. Until now. Now when the       progress.” After he was born, I learned
        helped Joshua.                              United Charities Campaign is underway       more about physiology and anatomy
                                                    and you’re wondering if you really          than I ever thought I’d want to know.
                                                    should bother this year—after all, things   Josh is a medical mystery, and some-                                        Four-year-old Joshua Williams during
                                                    are tight right now and besides, what       thing of a medical miracle. He’s taught                                     treatment period
                                                                                                                       …continued on page 11
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                                                      FRANKLY SPEAKING                                                          Vacation Photo Contest Winners
                                                      Editorial Board                                                                                                              PEAK EXPERIENCE
                                                      Joan Brown, Managing Editor, Human
                                                      Resources, Civic Center Volunteers, 499-7167
                                                      David Dodd, Civic Center Library, 499-7551
                                                      Jack Govi, County Counsel’s Office, 499-6117                              By Janice Hughes—DA’s Office
                                                      Philip Hovey, Public Works, Nicasio Corp.Yard,                            Congratulations to our winners,
                                                      446-4421
                                                                                                                                Michael Eckart (H&HS),
                                                      Olga Lobato, D.A.’s Office, 499-7436
                                                                                                                                Amanda Johnsen (H&HS), and
                                                      Kimberly Pitman, H&HS, Women’s Health                                     Julia Slater (HR). Their photos
                                                      Services, San Rafael, 499-4027
                                                                                                                                will be on view in the cafeteria
                                                      Mike Sadjadi, DPW, 499-6570
                                                                                                                                during November, and they
                                                      Helen Steppler, Staff to Editorial Board, Human                           each received a $25 gift certifi-
                                                      Resources, Civic Center Volunteers, 499-7407
                                                                                                                                cate from Marin Film Works of
                                                                                                                                San Rafael. Thanks to all for
                                                      Design: Rob Roehrick, Roehrick Design
                                                      Copy editor: Sharon Rettenberg, CC Volunteers                             participating. ■
                                                      Headline editor: Megan Clark, IST
                                                      Photographer: Janice Hughes, D.A.’s Office
                                                      Printing: Marin County Printing Services

                                                      Frankly Speaking is a quarterly publication for
                                                      and by Marin County employees.
                                                      Send articles, cartoons, photos, poems, etc.,                                                                   Church in Zermatt, Switzerland by Julia Slater
                                                      to Joan Brown, Human Resources, Rm. 407.
                                                      E-mail information to jbrown@co.marin.ca.us or
                                                      send a disk using Microsoft Word, with hard copy                                                    LOCAL SPIN
                                                      attached. Identify disk with subject, your name
                                                      and phone number. On photos, remember to
                                                      include the names of county employees pictured
                                                      and the name of the photographer. Digital photos
                                                      must be high-resolution (1600 x 1200 or higher)
                                                                                        .
                                                      at full size, ie: 300 dpi at 3"x 5"
                                                      Schedule
                                                      Articles Due                 Publication Date
                                                      December 4, 2001             February 8, 2002
                                                      March 12                     May 17
                                                      June 18                      August 9
                                                      September 16                 November 1


                                                                                                                                Marin County Fair by Amanda Johnsen
                                                                         Dr. Tiffany Ho, Medical
                           Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                         Director of the Division of
                                                                         Mental Health, H&HS, has                                                                                 SICK HUMOR
                                                                         joined the Editorial Board of
                                                                         Frankly Speaking. She brings
                                                                         to the board strong interests
                                                                         in community building, full
                                                                         inclusion of everyone in par-
                                                                         ticipating in governance,
                                                                         social justice and change,
                                                                         and anti-stigma regarding
                                                                         people with mental illness.




F R A N K L Y                                S P E A K I N G          Purpose and Priorities
C O M M U N I C A T I O N •D I V E R S I T Y •R E C O G N I T I O N •E D U C A T I O N •N E W S •F U N •I N T E R A C T I O N
                The Marin County newsletter is intended for internal communication. The
                newsletter will not include partisan or non-partisan political activity, or issues
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                                                                                                                                                                               P ERSPECTIVE
                      COUNTY OF M AR IN
                                                                                                                                                                   By Steve Petterle
                                                                                                                                                                   Parks, Open Space, and Cultural Services
Government At Your Fingertips                                                                                                                                      Communication is so very important
By Georgia Dennehey — CAO                                                                                                                                          to personal and professional
                                                                                                                                                                   relationships. A person that can’t
Flex your fingers and find your keyboard. You are about to enter a new era of
                                                                                                                                                                   communicate effectively is distinctly
service with the introduction of the County of Marin web site. Just type in the new
                                                                                                                                                                   disadvantaged. ■ That’s why I read
address, co.marin.ca.us, and you have entered the age of “E-Gov,” intended
                                                                                                                                                                   license plates. So much creative
to offer Marin residents the ability to access their county government online, any-
                                                                                                                                                                   energy has been invested in these little
time. ■ The web site looks new and offers updated and expanded content with
                                                                                                                                                                   gems it’s become a lesson for me in
enhanced features. This responsive and dynamic network system will give county
                                                                                                                                                                   brief and concise communication. If a
employees the ability to conduct work off-site. It provides the public with 24/7
                                                                                                                                                                   person can’t get their point across in
access to services and information. Co.marin.ca.us furthers the county’s mission to
                                                                                                                                                                   any combination of eight letters and
provide excellent service and enhanced public accessibility. ■ To guide creation
                                                                                                                                                                   numbers, they’re lost—and so is their
of the new site, a Web Steering Committee was named: John Martin (IST), Chris
                                                                                                                                                                   prospective audience. I know intu-
Schuepbach (H&HS), Gail Haar (Library), Grace Holley (POS&CS), Ian Roth (CAO),
                                                                                                                                                                   itively, for example, that “2BNOT2B”
Jack Pribble (IST), Michele Rodriguez (CDA), Roy Given (Treas.), and Dennis
                                                                                                                                                                   by any other name is most certainly a
Finnegan (Sheriff). The objective of the committee was to create a user-friendly
                                                                                                                                                                   Shakespeare fan, while “GO9ERS” is
web site, allowing the typical user to find desired information within two “clicks.”
                                                                                                                                                                   rooting for San Francisco’s favorite
■ The logo that will be used to promote and publicize the new web site, scheduled
                                                                                                                                                                   football team. The phrases are clear,
to be launched officially on November 5, was created by a design consultant
                                                                                                                                                                   succinct, and beautiful. ■ So, from
guided by the artistic talents of Web Site Publicity Committee members including:
                                                                                                                                                                   this day 4ward, I 1/2 decided 2 emulate
Susannah Clark (BOS), Elly Ferrell (DPW), Sylvia Harris (Library), Barbara Layton
                                                                                                                                                                   the license plate school of writing. No
and John Martin (IST), Georgia Dennehey and Ian Roth (CAO), Doug Pittman
                                                                                                                                                                   more lengthy letters or memos 4 me.
(Sheriff’s Office), and Joan Brown (HR). ■
                                                                                                                                                                   I will pare down my grammar, refrain
                                                                                                                                                                   from abundance, and strive 4 brevity.
                                                                                                                                                                   U ask me Y? Because it just makes ¢:
Blueprint for Excellence                                                                                                                                           saves paper, saves time, saves $. No
                                                                                                                                                                   Xtra words, no Xtra letters. E-Z as
Left to right: Mark Riesenfeld,
                                                                                                       Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                                                                                                                   apple π. I should 1/2 thought of this
County Administrator, proudly
displays a copy of the final draft                                                                                                                                 years ago. And S U can C, it S gr8 fun
of the strategic plan at a lunch                                                                                                                                   & a 1derful way 2 communic8! F-
meeting at the Four Points                                                                                                                                         rything S clear, F-rything S simple! +
Sheraton on September 14.                                                                                                                                          U can 1/2 a chance 2 B R-ticul8. ■ ✔ it
Joining him for the presentation
                                                                                                                                                                   out! It S S-N-tial-E B9 & N-E-way, there
are Larry Meredith, Interim H&HS
Director, and Liz Paris, Training                                                                                                                                  S no %age N playing it safe. That S
and Development Officer, HR,                                                                                                                                       not where it’s @! Next time U sit " 2
along with 50 steering committee                                                                                                                                   write UR boss a , II 4 a moment & C F
and core group members. The                                                                                                                                        U can elimin8 letters and words. Read
final draft of the Strategic Plan,
                                                                                                                                                                   through UR 1st ¶, then UR 2nd ¶. R
entitled “A Blueprint for Excellence
in Public Service,” represents the                                                                                                                                 there N-E more words U can eradic8?
final product of more than eight months of collaboration, communication, and the collective efforts                                                                Go 4 it! N my S-tim8shun, it S just a ß
of hundreds of employees from all levels of the organization. The Strategic Plan, unanimously                                                                      way 2 Xpress UR cre8tiv qualities. ■
adopted by the Board of Supervisors on September 25, is a blueprint for defining excellence in
public service. The Action Plan section of the document identifies a three-phase strategy for imple-
mentation of the comprehensive plan beginning in October 2001. The text of the Strategic Plan
will appear on the County MINE, hardcopies will also be available at the Civic Center Library
reference desk, and copies will be distributed to each employee before the end of the year.
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                                                                           Mariano uses half of his time to do
                                                                                                                        Hitch a RIDES
                                                                           paperwork and other half to snooze           By Carey A. T. Lando—DPW
                                                                           or read. The perk: the chairs recline!
                                                                                                                        The county has teamed up with RIDES




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                                                                           Barbara Phillips (IST) commutes from         for Bay Area Commuters to offer




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                                                                           Rohnert Park. She amuses herself by          employees an opportunity to start their




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                                                                           noticing lane hoppers so that she can



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                                                                                                                        own vanpool. RIDES will help you join an


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                                                                           smile at them when she passes them           existing vanpool, form a new vanpool
                                           ph
                                          ted
                                                                           in her same old lane.                        with your own van or a leased van, and
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                                                                           Phil Cobert (IST) commutes from the          help keep your vanpool on the road
                                                                                                                        with support services. There are many
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                                                                           northern end of Santa Rosa. He learned
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                                                                           French from tapes for his trip to Paris in   benefits to vanpooling, including a free
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                                                                           Jane Field (H&HS) commutes from                    on the RIDES vanpool and
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                                                                           Monterey, probably holding the                 other commute alternative services,
                                                                           record for long commutes by a county
                                                                                                                            please contact Danielle Bricker
                                                                           employee. She previously commuted
                                                                                                                                   at 510-273-2080
                                                                           from Vacaville.
                                                                                                                                 or visit www.rides.org
                                                                           Three long distance commuters
          Diversions of a Long                                             from DPW, Edwin Cabingas, Robert             commute for the vanpool driver, recov-
          Distance Driver                                                  Elefante, and James Cole, carpool
                                                                           together from Fairfield. The two who
                                                                                                                        ery of ownership costs if you use your
                                                                                                                        own vehicle for a vanpool, a luxury
                             By Jane Chopson — H&HS                        are not driving use their time to catch      commute allowing passengers to read,
                                                                           morning naps. ■ Also mentioned as            sleep, or work instead of sitting behind
                             This reporter traveled only a short
                                                                           a great help during a long commute           the wheel, and savings of thousands
                             distance to find out how far county
                                                                           are books on tape, available from our        of dollars on your commute costs and
                             employees commute to and from work.
                                                                           Civic Center library. One employee           wear and tear on your car. For more
                             Some commented on how they enter-
                                                                           (who will remain anonymous) places           information on the RIDES vanpool and
                             tain themselves while in traffic.
                                                                           his laptop between his chest and the         other commute alternative services,
                             Mariano Zamudio (HR), who started             steering wheel and works away. This is       please call Danielle Bricker, the Marin
                             with the county in April, commutes from       not recommended. He drives a red car         and Sonoma County contact, at 510-
                             the northern end of Santa Rosa. It takes      and commutes from Sonoma County,             273-2080 or visit their website at
                             the bus 11/2 to 2 hours each way.             so now you’ve been warned! ■                 www.rides.org. ■




                             Easy Rider/Big Saver                                                 it costs an average of 39 cents per mile to drive a car; this
                                                                                                  includes gasoline, oil, maintenance, tires, and depreciation.
                             By Carey A. T. Lando — DPW                                           Would you like to try an easy commute alternative to save
                                                                                                  money, make the commute more enjoyable, reduce stress,
                             Did you know that it might be costing you substantially more
                                                                                                  and help keep our air and water clean? Try taking the bus to
                             to commute to work alone in your car than to use other alter-
                                                                                                  work and take advantage of the county-offered 60% discount
                             natives? According to the American Automobile Association,
                                                                                                  off full-fare Golden Gate Transit ticket books! As a Marin
                                                                                                  County employee, you can purchase these discounted ticket
Take a look at how much money you could save by taking the bus to                                 books in the DPW office, Room 304. ■ Bus schedules and
work instead of driving your car:                                                                 maps are available in many different locations, including all
                                                                                                  branches of the County Library, DPW Room 304, and on the
                 Monthly car Full adult monthly County-discount         Monthly Commute
Home town      commute cost bus fare (40 trips) monthly bus fare                 Savings          Golden Gate Transit website at www.goldengatetransit.org.
                                                                                                  ■ Don’t forget about other county-offered commute
Santa Rosa               $573                      $150*       $60*                 $513*         incentives such as the at-cost fuel program for carpoolers,
Rohnert Park              541                       124*        50*                  491*         employee ride-matching services, guaranteed ride home for
Petaluma                  344                       124*        50*                  294*         carpoolers and bus commuters, and preferential parking!
Oakland                   524                       100*        40*                  484*         Curious about how you can benefit from the Marin County
Novato                    246                        60*        24*                  222*         employees’ Enhanced Commute Alternative Program?
San Rafael                 66                        60*        24*                   42*         Contact Carey Lando (DPW) at 499-5078 or by e-mail at
                                                                             *plus BART fare      clando@co.marin.ca.us. Or better yet, ask colleagues about
                                                                                                  their commute alternative experiences! ■
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Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                                                                                     jobs despite the forces that opposed
                                                                                                                                     them because they were professionals
                                                                                                                                     and that’s what they were trained to
                                                                                                                                     do. The elections office was in the
                                                                                                                                     midst of preparing for the November
                                                                                                                                     election, a particularly difficult one
                                                                                                                                     because of the large number of mea-                                          The familiar voice
                                                                                                                                     sures and candidate filings. In addi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  said, “Hey Tom, this
                                                                                                                                     tion, the department was dislocated
                                                                                                                                     because of the seismic containment                                           is Steve Thatcher. It’s
                                                                                                                                     walls that were erected. It also was                                         raining inside your
                                                                                                                                     in the middle of a major conversion                                          computer room.” I
                                                                                                                                     to a new Windows-based election
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  replied, “Say again,
                                                                                                                                     system that will replace the older
                                                                                                                                     Data General System. Congratulations                                         please?”

                         Braving the results of the flood in the elections office are, left to right: Caroline Foster, Wes Steele,   to Yvonne Guenza, Wes Steele,
                         Judy Arbini, Lydia Fleming, Marti Rutishauser, Yvonne Guenza, Michael Smith, Tom Giovannoni                 Caroline Foster, Maureen Brant,
                                                                                                                                     Vinnie Nuzzo, Judy Arbini, Marti
                                                                                                                                     Rutishauser, Corinne Hubbard, Lydia
                         Don’t Rain On Our Elections                                                                                 Fleming, Madelyn De Justo, Michael
                                                                                                                                     Smith, the DPW staff, Custodial
                         By Tom Giovannoni — IST                                the new voter systems out of the area                Services (Bill Davenport and Dick
                         It was a dark and stormy night. Well,                  and into the lobby. He did so, nar-                  Bates) and all the others who helped
                         actually, it was the night of July 23,                 rowly averting a larger disaster. ■                  through this difficult period. ■
                         2001, and the weather was hot and                      The following day the staff in the elec-
                         dry. However, one location in the                      tions department worked feverishly
                         county experienced a microburst. Late                  to save valuable voter files, precinct




                                                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Janice Hughes
                         that night, in the Marin Registrar of                  maps, and history files. The area was
                         Voters computer room, you could have                   filled with people from DPW. Chip
                         used an umbrella as the water rained                   Banks was accessing the electrical
                         down upon the Registrar’s election                     infrastructure and had already set up
                         system during a ten-minute period. ■                   a system to vacuum water out of the
                                                                                Walker ducts containing the electrical
                                   The system was so wet                        and communication wiring. (Side note:
                                 that when the circuit cards                    The ducts had approximately one-half
                                      were pulled out                           inch of water.) Rich Leahy, Rich
                                   water trickled off them.                     Wallace, and Jim Zortman of DPW
                                                                                were there checking everything from
                         I was fast asleep when the phone                       floor to ceiling and Mike Sadjadi,
                         rang. The familiar voice said, “Hey                    Director of DPW, showed up to reas-
                         Tom, this is Steve Thatcher. It’s raining              sure us that they would see to our
                         inside your computer room.” I replied,                 needs. ■ On Tuesday morning Jim
                         “Say again, please?” Steve then                        Letcavage from Data General showed
                         explained how the plumbing contrac-                    up and after a full week’s work had
                         tor had been trying to re-route a                      the Registrar of Voters minicomputer
                         hot water pipe when a faulty valve                     system back online. It was truly an
                         malfunctioned and blew out the valve                   amazing feat, although its continued
                         stem, sending it flying across the crawl               operation is uncertain. The system was                “Miss Kitty,” Kathleen Fitzhugh Remitz,
                         space in the ceiling above our com-                    so wet that when the circuit cards were               Children’s Librarian, reads to children in front
                         puter room, hitting the plumber in the                 pulled out water trickled off them. The               of San Rafael City Hall during the inaugura-
                                                                                                                                      tion event for the Marin Literacy Program’s
                         shoulder, and sending hot water rain-                  power supplies were soaked. However,
                                                                                                                                      F.L.A.G.ship (Families Learning and Growing)
                         ing down upon the computer system.                     after a week of expert troubleshooting                on September 13, 2001. The F.L.A.G.ship is a
                         (The plumber is okay, for which we                     we went back online and the staff                     mobile unit that will serve children to age 5
                         are relieved). ■ Steve, thinking                       of elections started cranking away to                 throughout Marin, and is partially funded by
                         quickly, had unplugged the power to                    catch up. ■ In a way, this mishap                     tobacco tax revenues.
                         the mini-computer and covered it with                  was analogous to “the perfect storm.”
                         plastic. I asked Steve to roll three of                It’s about people who went about their
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                                                                                        O D D S                &      E N D S                       B y   M a r g a r e t     R y a n

                                                                      Graduation from the University of            Wyoming was the destination of              the Philippines. Ilya Frid (IST) and his
                                                                      Oregon in 2000 was not enough of a           adventuresome Micki Keno (County            wife, Inna, were proud to present
                                                                      challenge for Emily Satterstrom (DA).        Counsel), where she went to a rodeo         daughter Michelle Lena to the world
                                                                      She enrolled at Dominican University’s       at Jackson Hole, whitewater rafted,         on March 15. Congratulations to you
                                                                      night school to prepare for a teaching       and was dragged down a 10,000-foot          all! ■
                                                                      credential. Many other employees are         mountain. Phil Cobert (IST) celebrated
                                                                                                                                                               Deputy District Attorney Al Charmatz
                                                                      continuing their education while work-       his 50th birthday in Paris, while
                                                                                                                                                               helped coordinate a Collector’s Fair
                                                                      ing at Big Pink during the day. Let’s        former Canadian Alexis McBride
                                                                                                                                                               and Flea Market benefiting the Marin
                                                                      hear it for all of you! ■                    (County Counsel) traveled to Toronto
                                                                                                                                                               Chapter of Special Olympics on Sept. 8,
                                                                                                                   for her brother’s 50th. Also visiting
                                                                             With winter around the corner,                                                    which raised almost $1,000 (below). ■
Photo by Jim Flageollet




                                                                                                                   Canada was Tray-Yun Kuo (DA) who
                                                                             our vacation photos remind us
                                                                                                                   flew up to British Columbia for a peek




                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Janice Hughes
                                                                             of our fun in the sun. For long-
                                                                                                                   at the peaks. The castle at Portovenere,
                                                                             time friends and avid fishermen
                                                                                                                   Italy, was the romantic location where
                                                                             Jim Flageollet (County Counsel)
                                                                                                                   Paulette Engler’s (County Counsel)
                                                                             and Gary Tindel (Coroner),
                                                                                                                   son, Luc, wed his Italian sweetheart,
                                                                             their halibut fishing trip contest
                                                                                                                   Sara, in September. When Nelson
                                                                             tipped the scales on the coro-
                                                                                                                   Gremmels (Assessor) takes a vacation,
                                                                             ner’s side: Gary caught two nice
                                                                                                                   what is he looking for? After a recent
                                                                             halibut, but all Jim had to show
                                                                                                                   tour of Europe where he and his wife,
                                                                             for the outing were a couple of
                                                                                                                   Shirley, visited Germany, Poland, the
                                                                             anchovies he used for bait!
                          Gary Tindel                                                                              Czech Republic, Austria, and Romania,
                                                                             (See photos.) As for Farhad
                                                                                                                   all Nelson could say was the Czech
                                                                             Mansourian’s (DPW) trip to
Photo by Gary Tindel




                                                                                                                   Republic has the tastiest beer! ■
                                                                             Alaska, how many of you really
                                                                             believe he caught all these?          Retirement hasn’t stopped Tom
                                                                             (See below.) If you do, I can sell    Maguire (DA), who immediately had
                                                                             you some nice oceanfront prop-        a 17-day sojourn in Eire with his wife,
                                                                             erty in Arizona. Farhad was in        Pat, to celebrate their new leisure.        Flea market workers, standing, left to right:
                                                                             Alaska refereeing their state         And Bob Battersby (DA), took a trip         Alice Rundle of the Courts and Mary Anne
                                                                                                                                                               McDonough, DA’s Office; sitting, l. to r.: Anna
                                                                             soccer championships. He either       deep into the heart of Texas for retire-    Macias and Nilda Fernandez, DA’s Office
                                                                             did such a good job as referee        ment festivities for his wife, Pat. ■
                                                                             that they took him fishing, or he
                                                                                                                   Did you know our county is an               Did you ever wonder where our
                                                                             did such a bad job that they
                                                                                                                   uncertified matchmaker? Our reporter-       newsletter’s name, Frankly Speaking,
                          Jim Flageollet                                     took him fishing! ■
                                                                                                                   on-the-spot, Carolyn Crabtree (DA)          came from? Our first issue in January
                                                                                                                   announced that her new colleague,           1996 announced the winners of a
                                        Photo by Ann Brown




                                                                                                                   Mele Colorado (DA) wed Rob Smith            naming contest in which three different
                                                                                                                   (Superior Court) on July 29. Taking a       employees tied with the same name!
                                                                                                                   break from road resurfacing projects,       Megan Clark (IST), Steve Jensen
                                                                                                                   Engineer John Neville (DPW) married         (CDA) and Elinor Marcelous (H&HS)
                                                                                                                   his sweetheart, Kathryn, on October         were winners. But actually, the name
                                                                                                                   13th. And celebrating stepson Andy’s        Frankly Speaking had been used
                                                                                                                   recent wedding at St. Ignatius Church       before —for the single-panel cartoon
                                                                                                                   in San Francisco was Gloria Wilson          in the Michigan State college paper
                                                                                                                   (County Counsel). ■                         that was contributed by “Farley”
                                                             Farhad Mansourian
                                                                                                                                                               creator Phil Frank. This was the
                                                                                                                   At long last, twins were born to Chari
                                                                      Participating in a tour of the Big Island                                                forerunner of “Travels with Farley”
                                                                                                                   Nicely (DPW) and her husband, Marc,
                                                                      of Hawaii, intrepid wanderer Mari-Ann                                                    in the San Francisco Chronicle by
                                                                                                                   sending grandma Audrey Andrus
                                                                      Rivers (County Counsel) visited ancient                                                  the Sausalito resident. ■
                                                                                                                   (DPW) into an excited tizzy. Grandson
                                                                      heiaus, met with the most revered kumu
                                                                                                                   Zildjian and granddaughter Presley
                                                                      (teacher) of hula, and performed                                                          Please e-mail information on the people
                                                                                                                   made their “grand” appearance on
                                                                      Kahiko hulas at the sacred sites. Phyllis                                                 in your dept. to Odds & Ends columnist
                                                                                                                   July 17. July 25 was a red-letter day        Margaret Ryan, DPW, mryan@co.marin.ca.us
                                                                      Williams (DA) toured the middle
                                                                                                                   for Adora Gutierrez (Superior Court)         or fax her at 499-3799.
                                                                      Atlantic states and Washington, D.C.
                                                                                                                   and husband, Rene, when they
                                                                      during her fortnight’s vacation.
                                                                                                                   adopted year-old Nicole Marie from
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                                                                                                                                         At Commissioner Greg Jilka’s swearing-
Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                                                                                         in ceremony, left to right: (Ret.) Judge
                                                                                                                                         Beverly Savitt, Judge Michael Dufficy,
                                                                                                                                         Judge Terrence Boren, Judge Lynn
                                                                                                                                         Duryee, Judge William McGivern, Jr.,
                                                                                                                                         Judge Verna Adams, Judge James
                                                                                                                                         Ritchie, Commissioner Harvey Goldfine,
                                                                                                                                         Judge John Sutro, Jr. (front row), Court
                                                                                                                                         Reporter Rosemarie Vindigni and
                                                                                                                                         Commissioner Jilka



                            Builder — Musician — Firefighter — Commissioner
                            By Ed Farrell — Public Defender’s Office
                                                                                                for the Sonoma Superior Court. During the 11 months prior
                            The Marin Superior Court welcomed its new full-time                 to his appointment, he served as a part-time commissioner for
                            commissioner, Greg Jilka, during a swearing-in ceremony             the Marin courts, presiding over family support cases. ■ A
                            on September 4. Court commissioners sit as judicial officers        resident of Sebastopol for 24 years, Commissioner Jilka lives
                            under appointment by the Superior Court. Commissioner Jilka         with his wife, Barbara, and three children in a 120-year-old
                            currently presides over several high-volume misdemeanor             farmhouse, which he renovated himself from top to bottom.
                            calendars in Departments M and N. ■ Before assuming his             He plays the baritone in a neighborhood band. He served as
                            appointment, Commissioner Jilka practiced law in Sebastopol         a volunteer firefighter for more than 25 years before recently
                            for more than 25 years following graduation from Sonoma             retiring. ■ When interviewed, Commissioner Jilka stated that
                            State University (1970) and U.C. Davis Law School (1973).           he was honored by his appointment and thankful for the help
                            In 1980 he argued a criminal case before the U.S. Supreme           and support of the court staff. He would, however, support
                            Court. Over the last several years he has served as a judge         any specific legislation to decrease commute time from
                            pro tem, arbitrator, settlement facilitator and discovery referee   Sebastopol to the Civic Center. ■



                            Interim Connections                                                                       wisdom and knowledge of more than
                                                                                                                      26 years in the Health Division of H&HS,
                                                                                                                                                                                                Without missing a
   Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                                                                                      including time as the manager of both
                                                                                                                      Children’s and Women’s Health                                             beat since the depar-
                                                                                                                      Services. Frima brings calmness and                                       ture of Nancy Rubin,
                                                                                                                      a sense of continuity to the job. She has
                                                                                                                                                                                                the folks at H&HS
                                                                                                                      a few pet projects that she is anxious
                                                                                                                      to move forward. ■ The entire staff at                                    continue their vital
                                                                                                                      Health and Human Services is delighted                                    community work
                                                                                                                      to welcome two such qualified and                                         under the leadership
                                                                                                                      caring leaders and hopes to help them
                                                                                                                                                                                                of two energetic
                                                                                                                      keep alive the spirit of quality and inno-
                                                                                                                      vation that has become the depart-                                        interim directors.
                                                                                                                      ment’s hallmark. ■

                            Frima Stewart and Dr. Larry Meredith
                                                                                                                                                                 Illustration by Margo Hansen




                            By Susan Kettmann — H&HS
                                                                          Division at the end of August. ■ Dr.
                            Without missing a beat since the              Meredith came to Marin County from
                            departure of Nancy Rubin, the folks at        the San Francisco Department of Public
                            H&HS continue their vital community           Health where he served for more than
                            work under the leadership of two              30 years, including positions as Deputy
                            energetic interim directors. Sharing the      Director, Director of Laguna Honda
                            tasks and limelight during the recruit-       Hospital, Director of Alcohol and Drug
                            ment for a permanent director are Dr.         Programs, and Director of Prevention
                            Larry Meredith, who arrived in early          Services. He is a resident of Larkspur
                            September to become interim director          and is enjoying the reverse commute,
                            for the department, and Frima Stewart,        arriving with vigor and enthusiasm
                            Manager of Women’s and Children’s             each morning. ■ Frima Stewart
                            Health Services, who took over as             quickly eased into her new assignment,
                            interim director of the Health Services       bringing along the accumulated
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                                                             Kenya Roots                                   to teach in different villages for 7 days.




                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Tien-Li Lui
                                                                                                           ■ During the second mission, the most
                                                             By Norma Johnson — Superior Court             satisfying part for Teresa was living
                                                                                                           with the Luhya people, members of her
                                                             Teresa Torrence-Tillman (Probation)           great-grandmother’s tribe. About 1836,
                                                             visited Kenya for two weeks this
                                                             summer on two missions. The first was           …[Teresa’s] great grandmother was
                                                             to teach music in the nation’s western          taken from her village and sold to
                                                             district village of Kamukuywa. Along               slavers headed for the U.S.
                                                             with three teachers and eight students
                                                             from Golden Gate Theological                  when she was about five years old, her
                                                             Seminary’s music department, she spent        great grandmother, Emilli Kusandah,
                                                             three days in intensive music, language,      was taken from her village and sold to
                                                             and culture classes and one day visiting      slavers headed for the U.S. She landed
                                                             local churches, singing and absorbing         near North Carolina and was owned               Teresa Torrence-Tillman in Kenya
                                                             the local culture in Tigoni, Kenya. The       by the Bowman plantation and then
                                                             group then broke up into four groups          by the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company.             from the same river the cows wade
                                                                                                           She was a midwife who lived to be               in. The children and women walk
Photo by Teresa Torrence-Tillma




                                                                                                           105 years old. Her last delivery was            about a half mile to the river each
                                                                                                           Teresa’s sister who is now 64 years old.        time the water jugs need refilling. ■
                                                                                                           Teresa learned all this from oral history       Teresa says that African-Americans
                                                                                                           passed down to her relatives and from           have surprisingly retained many of
                                                                                                           a book, My Vision of Africa, by                 their ancestors’ customs. For example,
                                                                                                           Teresa’s cousin, Laura Josephine Smith.         because she was wary of the local
                                                                                                           ■ Although Teresa was not able to               food, she brought snack food to tide
                                                                                                           take a 10 km. bike ride to meet her             her over, but she found “soul food,”
                                                                                                           relatives in Kenya (the roads are a bit         such as cabbage, beans, peas, and
                                                                                                           like fire trails), she met people who           bread, available daily! ■ Teresa
                                                                                                           knew some of them. She left messages            became a tourist for a while by
                                                                                                           for them and hopes to hear back. ■              going on a safari in the Albedares
                                                                                                           While staying in Kamukuywa, Teresa              Mountains. She found western Kenya
                                                                                                           lived without indoor plumbing or out-           beautiful and looks forward to going
                                  Baptism in a river in a Kenyan village                                   side running water. The Luyha drink             back in a few years. ■



                                                             Having a Ball



                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by a fan
                                                             By Jack Kluge — H&HS
                                                             The Health and Human Services softball team concluded a
                                                             very successful season on August 16, with a rousing 23 –19
                                                             victory over the Department of Public Works in the 2001
                      Place Team                             Civic Center Softball championship game. The H&HS team
                      1st               H&HS                 finished the season with a league-best 9–5 record in winning
                      2nd               DPW                  their first championship since 1989. The current team, formed
                      3rd               Parks                only three years ago, completed a near last-to-first season.
                      4th               D.A.                 They overcame early jitters in the last game that had them
                      5th               Assessor/Rec.        behind 7–2 after the first two innings. Spurred on by a large
                      6th               Sheriff              group of H&HS supporters, the team pounded out 23 hits to
                                                             catch up to and pull away from the good DPW team. The
                                                             H&HS team was led by Steve Shurtz who had 8 RBI’s and
                                                             Jack Kluge who homered twice and drove in 7 runs. Gary
                                                                                                                                  The H&HS champions, standing, left to right: Steve Shurtz, Gary Trent
                                                             Trent went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and Ben Murphy went 3 for 4          (Probation), Kate Donnelly, Ron Chin, Jack Kluge, Ben Murphy, Debbie
                                                             and scored a team-high 4 runs. ■ Ron Chin came in to pitch           Shurtz, Howard McFarland, John Paul; squatting, left to right: Beth
                                                             the final 2 1/3 innings after an injury to starting pitcher Elise    Carmody, Thomas St. Jovite (non-employee), Paula Cowan, Elise Rimkeit
                                                             Rimkeit forced her from the game. The team performed well
                                                             in the field, making key defensive plays and ensuring the vic-       and deserve congratulations for achieving more than was
                                                             tory. All team members worked hard throughout the season             expected from them. Good luck next season! ■
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                               E M P L O Y E E S                                          O F              T H E                                       M O N T H




                                                              J U LY




                                                                                                               AUGUST




                                                                                                                                                                                        SEPTEMBER
                                 TONI WILSON                                    MARTHA NELKEN                                                             GREG MOBLEY
Photos by Janice Hughes




                          Toni Wilson works as a Sheriff’s                 When you work in the helping field you                                Greg Mobley (DPW) was selected by
                          Service Assistant (SSA) at the Marin             quickly learn which co-workers you can                                the state to represent local agencies to
                          County Jail. She started working for             depend on. Clinical Registered Nurse                                  develop legislation for the Underground
                          the county in the Municipal Criminal             Martha Nelken is one of those. When                                   Storage Tank Program, which was
                          Court in February 1987. Toni trans-              case managers need food and baby                                      quite an honor, as only three local
                          ferred to the Sheriff’s Department in            clothing for a pregnant woman and                                     government agency personnel were
                          November 1994, where she has                     her family, Martha personally delivers                                chosen. He initiated and helped
                          excelled as an SSA. She is knowledge-            the needed goods to grateful clients.                                 develop the county ordinance for the
                          able and experienced and does her                She has taken on the clinical manage-                                 Certified Unified Program Agency
                          job well. She is the first person whom           ment of the Teen Tuesday Clinic at                                    designed by the Office of Waste
                          deputies, sergeants, and lieutenants             Montecito and runs the Breast and                                     Management (OWP). This was a long
                          think of when urgent matters need                Cervical Cancer Control Program at the                                and tedious process. He has written
                          tending to. They know that whatever              Women’s Health Clinic. Martha goes                                    more than 12 standard operating
                          extra assignment is given to her will            out of her way to make sure women                                     procedures for the OWP. Greg is truly
                          be done correctly and speedily along             diagnosed with cancer get funding for                                 a leader and highly regarded for his
                          with her already heavy workload.                 treatment. She helps women enrolled                                   communication skills and professional-
                          Since the jail opened in 1994, every             in Operation Access to get outpatient                                 ism among his peers and the groups
                          lieutenant has called on her for special         surgeries. She does this all with cheer-                              who are subject to regulations. He is
                          assignments. She also works well with            fulness that is appreciated in the busy                               very competent in all aspects of his job
                          the public and goes out of her way to            and sometimes difficult world of medi-                                and is a tremendous asset to our
                          help people. ■                                   cine. We like to call her the “Employee                               department and division. ■
                                                                           of the Millennium.” ■
                               By Mary Bulleri — Sheriff’s Office                                                                                      By Tim Underwood — DPW
                                                                                By Jan Johanson — H&HS



                          Three Employee Art Events
                                                                                                                        Photo by Janice Hughes




                          By Susannah Clark — BOS                      ■    All employees and volunteers are
                                                                           invited to the artists’ reception/mixer
          ■                An exhibit, “The Many Facets of
                                                                           on Thursday, November 8 from 3:00
                          County of Marin Employees,” will
                                                                           to 6:00 p.m. in the third floor gallery to
                          showcase employee artwork from
                                                                           help celebrate the exciting diversity of
                          October 26 through January 3 in
                                                                           talent and cultural influences that our
                          the galleries of the Civic Center.
                                                                           employees demonstrate.
                          Employees and volunteers were invited
                          to contribute their paintings, sculp-        ■   Employees and volunteers will have
                          tures, and other media for this first-           a crafts sale at the artists’ reception/
                          ever employee art show, which is                 mixer on November 8 from 3:00 to
                          being co-sponsored by the Marin                  6:00 p.m. This is a chance for every-
                          Arts Council.                                    one to purchase presents for the                                      Crafts for sale Thursday, November 8, include knitted yarn dolls by
                                                                           coming holidays.                                                      Julia Slater and knotted bead necklaces by Helen Steppler (HR)

                                (Refer to your payroll attachments for more details on all three events.)
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                                                                                                                                                                            Roving Reporter




                                                                              Photo by Janice Hughes
                                                                                                       such as identity theft, computer theft,
                                                                                                       and software piracy. ■ When Paula
                                                                                                       was asked which among her many                                       By Connie Siebler —Assessor’s Office
                                                                                                       accomplishments she is proudest of,
                                                                                                                                                                                      “December 9th is
                                                                                                       without hesitation she responded, “the
                                                                                                       Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center.”                                        Personal Passion Day.
                                                                                                       This effort, which she spearheaded,                                     What is your personal passion?”
                                                                                                       resulted in the creation of a multidisci-
                                                                                                       plinary center where children who are                                  Jennifer Aver




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photos by Connie Siebler
                                                                                                       victims of sexual abuse can be inter-                                  (H&HS) says, “I
                                                                                                       viewed only once, in a child-friendly                                  used to love to
                                                                                                       atmosphere, by a professional in the                                   bike. Riding my
                                                                                                       field. This eliminates the continuing                                  road bike was
                                                                                                       traumatization of the child by repeated                                really a way to
                                                                                                       interviews by the various agencies                                     unwind. It’s hard
 Consumer Protection staff, left to right: Bob Nichols, Dave Ball (seated),                            who become involved in the case. ■                                     to find time for
 Madeline Duffy, Patty Stafford, and Civic Center Volunteers Wade                                      As Eleanor Stanley, Legal Process                                      that lately. Now, I’m a new mom (to
 Brightbill and Paul Peterzell
                                                                                                       Specialist said, “I really like working                                daughter Allison, 18 months). I’m
                                                                                                       here because we are always doing
                                                  Prevention…                                          something different and I get a sense
                                                                                                                                                                              experiencing being a mom and truly
                                                                                                                                                                              enjoying it.”
                               The principal      Continued from page 1                                of pride in what I do.” Seeing justice
                                                                                                                                                                              Brian Sanford
  duties of the District      District Attorney in Family Support, “Our                                prevail in situations like the Torrente
                                                                                                                                                                              (Parks & Open
                              department remains the best in the state                                 murder case, the Huerta stabbing
Attorney’s Office are:                                                                                                                                                        Space) is passion-
                              for child support collections. In addition,                              case, providing all the search warrants
     public prosecutor;                                                                                                                                                       ate about family.
                              we are actively planning for the transi-
                                                                                                                                                                              “First is my wife,
 preparation and trial        tion, which will occur sometime in 2002,




                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Janice Hughes
                                                                                                                                                                              Stephanie, and my
     of criminal cases;       when Family Support will become a
                                                                                                                                                                              6-year-old daugh-
                              separate department as mandated
 trial and accusations                                                                                                                                                        ter, Savannah. We
                              by state law.” By the time this article
          against public                                                                                                                                                      do a lot of outside activities.
                              is being read, according to Hettie
                                                                                                                                                                              Secondly, working for Open Space.
  officials; conducting       Partridge, Legal Process Supervisor,
                                                                                                                                                                              When I go home, I feel like I’ve
      civil and criminal      Family Support should be in its new,
                                                                                                                                                                              done something good for people
                              larger location in northern Novato. ■
        actions for non-                                                                                                                                                      and for the environment.”
                              According to Mary Anne McDonough,
   support of children;       Victim/Witness Coordinator, the                                                                                                                 Don Florence (Fire)
    investigating false       department has greatly improved its                                                                                                             says, “What am I
        advertising and       ability to provide bilingual services to                                                                                                        passionate about?
                              its clients, including publishing a color-                                                                                                      Enjoying the out-
     unlawful business
                              ing book in Spanish to assist children                                   Deputy District Attorney Ron Ravani                                    doors with my
practices; and abating        through the court process. ■ In the                                                                                                             kids! (Daniel is 15
      public nuisances.       past year the office has secured two                                     in the Selina Bishop murder case and                                   and Michelle is 12.)
                              new grants from the state. The first,                                    requiring non-custodial parents to pay                                 We go camping,
                                                    called the Child                                   much needed child support, gives all                                   do water sports and motorcycle
    Photo by Janice Hughes




                                                    Abuse Treatment                                    the staff a sense of accomplishment                                    riding.”
                                                    Program, has been                                  and pride in their work.” As Paula                                     Terry McNally
                                                    providing both                                     said, “It makes it easy to run the                                     (Farm Advisor)
                                                    advocate and                                       department as a collaborative effort                                   says, “I’m passion-
                                                    mental health ser-                                 when all our employees feel a sense of                                 ate about my 5-
                                                    vices to children                                  pride for the mission of the department                                year-old grandson,
                                                    who are victims of                                 and the importance of what we are                                      Dylan Pittman! He
                                                    abuse. The second                                  about and what we do.” The commu-                                      lives in Vermont,
                                                    grant funds a multi-                               nity benefits, too, not only by the work                               but I see him about
                                                    county task force to                               done by the DA’s office (maintaining                                   every six months. I think about him
                                                    increase investiga-                                a 97% conviction rate), but also by                                    and talk to him all the time. I talk
                                                    tion and prosecution                               the extra contributions made by its                                    about him too! The other thing I’m
                                                    of all types of “high                              employees. ■                                                           passionate about is knitting.” ■
        Victim/Witness Coordinator Mary Anne        technology” crimes,
                             McDonough meeting with a client
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Don’t Know Much About Computerese?
By Cathy Boffi — IST
                                            applications, WebXtender and




                                                                                                                                     Photo by Gareth Nicholas
Under the direction of Ben Dresden          ApplicationXtender. ■ The county IST
and Marilyn Filbrun, the IST training       trainer, Cathy Boffi, has great plans for
department’s new computer training          computer training in the county and has
facility opened its doors last March.       begun designing new training docu-
The goal is to provide county employ-       ments. One long-term goal is to enable
ees with the highest quality of computer    access to computer training documents
training in a user-friendly atmosphere      on the MINE. The IST Training and
that encourages growth and personal         Desktop Support group publishes a
development. The facility is located at     monthly newsletter with information on       Cathy Boffi in IST’s new training room
371 Bel Marin Keys Blvd in Novato and       upcoming classes, the latest computer
can accommodate up to 16 participants       hints and tips, and computer news in         Cathy Boffi, Cboffi@co.marin.ca.us.
at a time for hands-on instruction. New     the county. The newsletter debuted in        ■ Look for the schedule of upcoming
classes include Outlook 2000, File          July and is available on the MINE under      computer classes and sign up with
Management, Navigating the MINE             the Features and Notices section. A          Cindy Brown or Danielle Romo at
with Internet Explorer and the COLD         hard copy is available by request from       499-7457. ■



                                            us through the first hurdles of assess-      by Easter Seals or California Children’s
Uniting…                                    ments and evaluations and physicals          Services who make contact with the
Continued from page 1                       to enroll Josh in their program and set      bewildered parents and provide their
me many things—among them, never            him up to receive services. ■ Then we        child with what he or she needs. ■
take the wish for a healthy baby for        received a phone call from California        You helped me. Uh-huh, that dollar or
granted. ■ Josh was born after a            Children’s Services based in Terra           five dollars or ten dollars or whatever
seemingly normal pregnancy (if you          Linda. A woman from the Therapy Unit         you decided to contribute that year
can call my growing resemblance to          up at Marindale School called and            helped me and helped Joshua. Your
the Goodyear blimp normal) and a C-         explained how their assessment and           money paid for Easter Seals baby            Your money paid for
section due to his size (9 lbs., 11 oz.).   programs worked. I asked her hesi-           therapy. Your contributions helped
                                                                                                                                     Easter Seals baby
As soon as he was born, the pediatri-       tantly how much this would cost. She         fund GGRC and Marindale Therapy
cian looked worried. The staff brought      told me it cost nothing—it was funded        Unit at CCS. Your money provided the        therapy. Your contri-
him to me later, asleep, and he was         in part by United Charities and pro-         programs and the people who pulled          butions helped fund
The Most Beautiful Baby in the World.       vides physical and occupational ther-        us through. ■ And you know what             GGRC and Marindale
It wasn’t until he woke up that I saw       apy to children like Josh. ■ The next        else? I wasn’t the only parent getting
                                                                                                                                     Therapy Unit at CCS.
what the doctor saw—his eyes were           person to step into our life was Howard      help. CCS had an entire room full of
crooked. He was so wall-eyed that he        from Easter Seals. I had no idea that        children. One girl was from Tiburon.        Your money provided
was effectively blind. ■ We were            infants could engage in occupational         A baby boy younger than Josh was            the programs and the
referred to a wonderful pediatric eye       therapy. Howard came to our home             from Marin City. Another girl was           people who pulled us
surgeon, who recommended an MRI             every week for an hour and brought a         from San Anselmo. One baby’s mother
                                                                                                                                     through.... Thank you
prior to surgery. We thought it was         wonderful box of toys for Josh to play       came with her oldest daughter because
routine. It wasn’t. The MRI revealed        with. Most of these toys were designed       her daughter was bilingual and the          from our family.
that the central switching station of       to make Josh’s eyesight better or make       mother didn’t speak English. I didn’t
the brain’s nervous system, the basal       his fine motor skills better. Easter Seals   meet Howard’s clients, but I knew from
ganglia, was badly damaged. In plain        kept Josh engaged in baby therapies          talking to him that his day was full from
English, this meant that while eye surg-    until he was old enough to go to a           the time he crossed the Marin County
eries (four to date) could straighten out   preschool designed specifically for          line until he went home at night. ■
his eyes, nothing would fully restore his   children with disabilities. ■ I was a        You made that possible. Thank you
vision in the left eye, and that he would   new mom. We had other children from          from our family. Because of you, Josh
suffer neurologically based disabilities    my husband’s previous marriage who           today is a pretty typical 11-year old
all his life. The medical professionals     had serious needs of their own. We           boy in a mainstream classroom, with
were kind enough not to explain this in     were NOT ready for Joshua’s medical          a barely noticeable limp, who wears
horrific detail at the time. We learned     issues and we had no idea where to go        glasses and sits a little closer than
ourselves what it meant, one year at a      for help, or even what kind of help he       everyone else to the board. He wants
time. ■ The first person to visit us at     needed. Fortunately for us, and other        to be a starship captain or an actor.
home was Nancy Rubin from Golden            families like us, there is a system in       Because of your help, he can dream
Gate Regional Center. Nancy guided          place with services like those provided      such dreams. ■
Staff Reaches Out
YOU CAN HELP, TOO


 Annual Holiday
 Toy Drive 2001
 Attention all county
 employees! Child
                                                         Name
                                                         Stanley Harrison
                                                         Diane Fredericks
                                                                                                   WELCOME

                                                                                   Title & Department
                                                                                                     FA R E W E L L !

                                                                                   Accountant I, Auditor-Controller
                                                                                   Assessment Record.Tech. I, Assessor
                                                                                                                         &
                                                         Welcome to new employees, listed below in order of hire date from June 10 to September 1, 2001
                                                                                                                              Doreen Rego
                                                                                                                              Charles Ratliff
                                                                                                                              Steven Mitchell
                                                                                                                              Brian Robinson
                                                                                                                                                         Communications Dispatcher I, Sheriff
                                                                                                                                                         Road Maintenance Worker I, DPW
                                                                                                                                                         Road Maintenance Worker I, DPW
                                                                                                                                                         Clinical Psychologist II, H&HS
 Protective Services                                     Dale Barrett              Building Maintenance Worker II, DPW        Karla Kelly                Mental Health Practitioner, Biling., H&HS
 needs your help in                                      Scott Smolar              Staff Psychiatrist, H&HS                   Harsimrat Sandhu           Staff Psychiatrist, H&HS
 donating gifts or gift                                  Rain Tague                Occupational Therapist, H&HS               Celia Allen                Asst.Chief Fiscal Officer, H&HS
                                                         Charles Cutter            Occupational Therapist, H&HS               Sonia Majano               Sr. Clerk/Typist, Biling., H&HS
 certificates for one                                    Lupe Nunez                Child Welfare Worker II, H&HS              Linda Jadeson              Nutritionist, H&HS
 or more children in                                     Angela Wawrzynek          Librarian I                                Racy Ming                  H&HS Planner/Evaluator
 foster care. Please                                     Hiroko Senior             Accounting Assistant, Auditor              Wendellyn Burger           Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS
 contact Jeannie                                         Bryan Lewis               Fire Fighter I                             Anjurle Duchaussee         Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS
                                                         Margaret McCaskey         Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS                     Leticia Navarrete          Custodian, DPW
 Gregg at 499-7135                                       George Pegelow            Exhibits Events Coordinator, Parks         Edwin Cabingas             Custodian, DPW
 for more details.                                       Gayane Tonoyan            Accounting Assistant, Auditor              John Kughn                 Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, H&HS
                                                         Erin Cassidy              Communications Dispatcher I, Sheriff       Deatrice Gosha’            Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS
                                                         Keri Lackey               Communications Dispatcher I, Sheriff       Nannette Brown             Sr. Clerk/Typist, DPW
                                                         Ross Cascio               Building Maintenance Worker I, DPW         Michael Taketa-Graham      Laboratory Tech.II, H&HS
 Annual Food                                             Pardha Paritala           Sr. Programmer Analyst, IST                Vivian Hogan               Technology Support Analyst I, IST
 Coupon Drive                                            Michael McBride           Investigator, DA                           Champa Carr                Technology Support Analyst II, Auditor
                                                         Rosemarie Colorado        Legal Process Assistant I, DA              James Cole                 Custodian, DPW
 The administrative                                      Donna McLeran             Sheriff’s Services Assistant               Lisa DeAsis                Jr. Engineer, DPW
 support group of                                        Danielle Romo             Intermed. Clerk/Typist-Confidential, HR    Christine Miller           Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS
                                                         Genya Novak               Engineering Assistant, DPW                 Gerardo Tellez-Talavera    Sr. Clerk/Typist, Biling., H&HS
 Community Mental                                        Charles Banks             Maintenance Electrician, DPW               Eleanor Darroche           Legal Process Assistant I, Probation
 Health is seeking                                       Alvin Gabler              Legal Process Assistant II, DA             Ellen Rosenthal            Clinic Physician, H&HS
 funds to provide                                        Sean Crimmins             Group Counselor I, Probation               Deborah Skaar              Library Assistant II
                                                         Mike Tito                 Group Counselor I, Probation
 $5.00 booklets at                                       Sharon Silver             Sr. Clerk/Typist, CDA
                                                                                                                              Ronald Johnny              Program Coordinator, H&HS
 the holidays for                                                                                                             Sandra Stephens            Technology Support Analyst II, IST
                                                         Deborah Sharp-Lacerenza   Lic. Mental Health Pract., Biling., H&HS   John Wilson                Technology Support Analyst II, IST
 meals at Burger                                         Frances Collins           Sr. Clerk/Typist, H&HS                     Danita Williams            Sr. Clerk/Typist-Confidential, HR
 King, McDonald’s or                                     Patricia Wall             H&HS Project Coordinator                   Miguel Costamagna          Assistant Engineer, DPW
                                                         Christopher Taylor        Child Welfare Worker II, H&HS              Suzanne Alfandari          Lic. Mental Health Pract., H&HS
 Taco Bell for our                                       Michael Ortega            Assessment Record/Tech. I, Assessor        Lynn Manion                Child Welfare Worker II, H&HS
 most needy clients                                      Jennifer Ellis            Communications Dispatcher I, Sheriff
 and homeless fami-                                      Monica Quinn              Investigator, DA
                                                         Robert Harris             Code Enforcement Specialist, CDA           Farewell to Retirees!
 lies. Please call Judy                                  Maureen Lewis             Asst. Chief Fiscal Officer, H&HS           Sylvia Shapiro-Pritchard   Court Commissioner
 Greenwood (CMH)                                         Prudence Kerr             Secretary, H&HS                            Rosalind Regev             Sr. Registered Nurse, H&HS
 at 499-6835 for                                         Lydia Venegas             Sr. Clerk/Typist, Biling., H&HS            Gerald Miklos              Sheriff’s Captain
 details to join this                                    Susan Dubin-McNeil        Clinical Psychologist II, H&HS             Ramon Tancioco             Auditor Appraiser II
                                                         Ellen Jones               Public Health Investigator, H&HS           Michael Kelly              Sheriff’s Sergeant
 grass roots act of                                      Jennifer Snow             Environmental Health Spec. I, CDA          Thomas Maguire             Legal Process Specialist, DA
 caring.                                                 Catherine Condon          H&HS Planner/Evaluator




                                                                                                                                     The Jaws of Life
                          Photo by Sandy White-Haworth




                                                                                                                                     On September 18, a week after the tragedy in New York
                                                                                                                                     City at the World Trade Center Towers, the Civic Center
                                                                                                                                     was evacuated due to a bomb threat. While we waited
                                                                                                                                     for the building to be cleared, Jim Zortman (DPW), with
                                                                                                                                     the assistance of Jody Timms (CDA), broke into the porta-
                                                                                                                                     potty…to the relief of many.

				
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