Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thank You! Plan to Drop Rat Poison on Farallon Islands Has Been Withdrawn - For Now

Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter, made a call and showed up. If this scenario sounded and felt familiar, that's because we went through this several years ago. Sincerest thanks go to Maggie Sergio, a former Marin resident who alerted us about this then and now.  I had already written a letter, and wanted to go to the Coastal Commission meeting, but we had previous plans - a secret surprise early birthday gift for my husband.

Plans could not be changed, and when I found out that Wildcare was sending some reps, well, I felt free to be with my family.

Anyway, I digress. We, the people will likely have the opportunity to do this again and again, or at least until our government is completely overrun by fascists, or, on the other end of the spectrum, is representative of most people with common sense, who understand that dumping  1.5 metric tons of anti-coagulant rodenticide onto a wildlife sanctuary is a bad idea.

That is, once we have had the chance to learn exactly what an anti-coagulant rodenticide does, and that there are safer, more effective alternatives.

Which begs the questions, "Why is this poison still allowed to used, to be sold? How is it that anyone with any sense of decency is still making and selling this? Why are you not adapting your products to make a better, safer world, instead of clinging to your old, outdated and dangerous ideas and methods?" 

It has been said that when we light a candle, we cast a shadow. Well, not when we light a candle in the darkness.

Thank you all for shining your light.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Coastal Commission Sets July 10 Public Hearing on “Poison Drop” in Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Coastal Commission Sets July 10 Public Hearing on
“Poison Drop” in Farallones National Marine Sanctuary This Fall

(San Francisco) - The California Coastal Commission posted notice on June 21, 2019 of their upcoming public hearing on the Trump Administration’s proposed helicopter dispersal of 1.5 metric tons of poison bait pellets in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, located 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco. The proposed poison drop is targeted for this fall.

This controversial poisoning plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be considered at a hearing of the Coastal Commission to be held on July 10 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo, and written public comments are now being taken by the Commission at

Abandoned by the Obama Administration in 2013 as being too risky to the Sanctuary and a threat to adjacent fragile coastal ecosystems, while also posing unnecessary danger to non-target species, the poison drop proposal here has recently been revived by federal officials, who are now pushing the Coastal Commission to find their scheme to be “consistent” with California’s Coastal Plan.

“The millions of citizens working to protect this treasured National Marine Sanctuary are counting on our Coastal Commissioners to ensure that the Wildlife Service instead comes up with a more precautionary approach than random airborne dispersal of dangerous poisons that needlessly kill and sicken harmless wildlife while becoming more concentrated throughout the predator food chain.” said Richard Charter of Bodega Bay, Senior Fellow with The Ocean Foundation and an appointed member of NOAA’s regional advisory council that helps to guide policies for the marine sanctuary.

The Wildlife Service asserts that burrowing owls from Marin pose a threat to Ashy Storm Petrels, a seabird that frequents the islands, but the same agency has also declined petitions to list the Ashy Storm Petrel as at risk under the Endangered Species Act, noting that their population is on the increase. The Wildlife Service is now claiming that not one single poison pellet will reach the water and that killing every single one of the islands’ house mice – accidentally introduced during the Gold Rush - using a slow-acting poison, represents the only way to discourage the small number of burrowing owls (6-8) from being attracted from Marin’s coastal headlands to feed on the mice.

The poisons being proposed are the subject of increased scientific scrutiny because of non-target wildlife disasters during similar air drops on island locations elsewhere. The State of California has outlawed retail sale of the same toxic compounds due to the unintended damage they inflict on mountain lions, bobcats, an iconic mammal called the pacific fisher, and in terrestrial urban interface locations, dangers to pets and children. Legislation limiting their use is now moving through the California State Legislature. Some within the Wildlife Service admit that large numbers of gulls ingesting the poison pellets  during a helicopter drop this fall, could return to die in mainland locations they frequent, such as at Fishermen’s Wharf. Any accidental wind- or wave-borne discharges of the poison into the ocean pose a contamination hazard to fish, crabs, and abalone.

Public comments on this marine sanctuary poisoning proposal should be promptly directed to and identified with the relevant agenda item, number W14a.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Call to Action: No Poison for Farallones!

There is a plan to dump 1.5 metric tons of rat poison onto the Farallones Wildlife Sanctuary.

Citizen engagement is necessary to prevent this from happening. Please call and/or show up to express your opposition to this plan.

If you are currently participating in the #FridaysforFuture climate strike, please join me on June 28th. More details to follow.
Volunteers needed. Please participate.
Thank you,

Please see the below statement from Maggie Sergio:

Contact Maria Brown, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent. USFWS. In order to proceed, needs to get a permit from the Sanctuary, and as of yet, that has not happened.
Call and request that they do not dump rat poison onto the Farallones.
Request they deny the permit.
Her direct # is not provided on the NOAA's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary website. I would call and ask to speak with her.     NOAA Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (Headquarters)
991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 561-6622 phone
(415) 561-6616 fax

Link to facebook thread

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In Support of AB 1788, California Ecosystems Protection Act

We need your help getting an important bill, AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act, over the next hurdle – the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee. Last week, the bill passed its first committee, but your voice is needed to make this bill law.

If your assemblymember sits on this committee, they need to hear from you before April 9th! Make a brief phone call today (see numbers below) asking them to support AB 1788 and protect wild animals like bobcats, bald eagles, and the endangered Pacific fisher. If your assemblymember does not sit on the committee, please call the committee chair, Asm. Eduardo Garcia.

Sample Message: I am your constituent, and I care about protecting California’s wildlife. Please support AB 1788, the California Ecosystems Protection Act.

This bill would ban second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs) throughout the state, except for agricultural use or by special permit. It would also ban the use of less potent, though still very dangerous, first generation anticoagulant rodenticides (FGARs) on state-owned lands.

Rodenticides (rat poisons) designed to kill rodents are poisoning California’s native wildlife. Rodenticides are consumed by rats, who in turn are consumed by other wildlife, resulting in secondary poisoning and contamination of the food chain. Rodenticide poisoning is widespread. A recent analysis of 11 studies found that more than 85% of California mountain lions, bobcats, and Pacific fishers have been exposed to these dangerous poisons.

If you’re not sure who your assemblymember is, find your representatives here.

Members of Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee

Eduardo Garcia (Chair)

Riverside/El Centro


James Gallagher (Vice Chair)

Chico/Mendocino County


Frank Bigelow

Madera, Placerville, Sutter Creek, Yosemite


Steven S. Choi, Ph.D.

Irvine, Tustin, Orange


Kansen Chu

Milpitas, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara


Brian Dahle

Redding, Downie, Truckee, Nevada City


Laura Friedman

Burbank, Glendale, Silver Lake


Cristina Garcia

Bell Gardens, Downey


Todd Gloria

Coronado, Del Mar, coastal San Diego


Ash Kalra

Downtown, East San Jose


Marc Levine

San Rafael, Petaluma, Santa Rosa


Blanca E. Rubio

Azusa, Baldwin Park, San Gabriel Valley


Rudy Salas, Jr.

Hartford, Bakersfield, Kettleman City


Jim Wood

Mendocino, Humboldt, coastal Sonoma


If enacted, California would become the first state to prohibit these cruel products. Help us make history and urge your assemblymember to support AB 1788.
Thank you to Raptors Are The Solution, for the heads up!


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Creative Solutions: From Coal Miners to Bee Keepers

I'm thinking of running for POTUS.
So I could have a platform to make sure more of us knew about these creative solutions, like retraining out of work coalminers to become beekeepers. The way I see it, "we the people" should be running this country. The only way that is going to happen is by electing someone who knows how to listen.
Normally, a potential candidate would ask for money at this point.
Instead, I ask that you donate to this organization.
If you want to have some fun with me, use the hashtag #Tamburo2020



Monday, August 20, 2018

No on AB84

We don't post a lot of these 'Call Right Now' updates, but are making an exception for No on #AB84. It's a bad bill that seeks to cure problems of too much dark money in politics by increasing the amount of dark money in politics! It would undercut the role of volunteers elected to the state Democratic and Republican parties and would make the Legislature more beholden to moneyed interests.  Please contact your State Senator today to urge them to oppose AB84. If you're not sure who your State Senator is, you can text 'AB84' to 97779 and get a message helping you to make the call. You can also visit

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MARIN HORIZON SCHOOL CAMPUS PLANS / Mill Valley School District Design Review Update

A new planner has been assigned to the Marin Horizon School project.

Mill Valley School District Design Review (P1799)


Main Component of the Project

Institutional/Educational/Public Facility


305 Montford Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Parcel Number: 047-161-07



Project Planner

Sabrina Sihakom


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Project Description

This is the third transmittal submitted for the subject property. The additional materials (attached) are intended to respond to items of incomplete application identified in a letter to the applicant dated October 19, 2017. Changes that have been submitted are provided in the attached document titled "Marin Horizon School – Campus Project Changes".
The applicant requests Design Review approval to allow for physical improvements to the Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley. The applicant proposes to construct a new 5,285 square-foot multi-use building, a 2,190 square-foot library/classroom building and a 424 square-foot restroom building. The applicant also proposes to remove two portable buildings. The existing building area is 25,106 square feet and the 9,853 square feet of proposed development would result in a building area of 32,206 square feet on the 97,336 square-foot lot.
The new multi-use building would include a large multi-use space with a stage, a small 245 square-foot food preparation kitchen, storage areas and a lobby. The structure would reach a maximum height of 26 feet, 6 inches above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: more than 100 feet from the eastern front property line; 84 feet from the northern side property line; more than 100 feet from the southern side property line; and 16.27 feet from the western rear property line.
The library/classroom building would include a library, multiple offices, two classrooms and restrooms. This building would reach a maximum height of 32 feet above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: 100 feet from the eastern front property line; 25 feet from the northern side property line; 100 feet from the southern side property line; and more than 100 feet from the western rear property line.
The restroom building would reach a maximum height of 15 feet above surrounding grade and the exterior walls would have the following setbacks: 85 feet from the eastern front property line; 87 feet from the northern side property line; more than 100 feet from the southern side property line; and more than 100 feet from the western rear property line.
Design Review approval is required because the project is located in a planned zoning district.
Zoning: PF-RSP-5.8 (Public Facility- Residential Single-Family Planned, 5.8 units/acre)
Countywide Plan Designation: PF-SF6 (Public Facility-Single Family, 4-7 units/acre)
Community Plan (if applicable): Tamalpais Area Community Plan

Design Review Board Meetings

Tam Design Review Board10/19/17
7:00 PM
Homestead Valley Community Center
315 Montford Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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new planner has been assigned to this project.

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