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Vietnamese Voices Connect

By Brenda Frechette -- H&HS Marin County recognizes and appreciates its growing Vietnamese population, and has expanded services for them by hiring bilingual staff in key areas. Imagine escaping from Vietnam in a rickety small boat, trying to reach China's shores in order to join family members in the United States. The journey can take a week but the boat has food and water for only three days. If you are stopped by a patrol boat you likely will be imprisoned. Now imagine you are six years old, your parents are deceased, and the only people you know on the boat are distant cousins. This is how Huy Hoang Dang, a bilingual senior clerk typist for Marin County Community Mental Health, arrived in the Bay Area. Huy is co-chair (along with Joseph Duong, an employment development counselor with Health & Human Services) of the Asian-American Community Task Force, which comprises both county employees and community members. It meets monthly to identify community needs

The Asian-American Community Task Force meets monthly to identify community needs and advocate for services for the Marin's Asian population.

Community Mental Health staff, left to right: Huy Hoang Dang, Trang Nguyen, & Trien Nguyen

and advocate for services for Marin's Asian population. Veronica Ton, a bilingual psychologist with the CMH Youth and Family Services, describes three waves of immigration from Vietnam in the past 30 years. The first wave of people left in the mid-1970's as the war was ending. These were primarily the educated upper middle class, seeking refuge from persecution by the communist government. Although this group had experienced much duress, they assimilated relatively easily, since

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Dr. Sues* brings you:

"A Pat on the Back"

I'm the Pat on the Back, and I'm here to lead cheers, about fine county folks, who serve as volunteers. They work hard for Marin, and do the community right, and then serve again and again on weekends and nights. They have really BIG HEARTS, and modesty too, they come in all sizes, and we've got more than a few. . . . The Court's Michael Gadoua feeds the birds and the beasts, to help them get healthy before being released.1 And then Kellie Moore (of Marin Fire--not the paint!) helps in charity fundraisers 2 just like a true saint. The Library's Alysanne Taylor volunteers with Red Cross,3 Marin Theatre Company,4 and the Valley Players of Ross.5 Sebastopol Senior Center 6 gets help from Nancy Grisham,(Co. Counsel) who also serves food at the Redwood Gospel Mission.7 In the Holiday Season DA secretary Carol O'Keefe provides toys to inmates' families to help them bear their grief. Of a more political bent is the service of Ron Ford,(BOS) who donates his time to community-based boards.8 Shereen Ash(Library) revels as a leader of scouts,9 perhaps you've got similar talents lurking about?

By the way, Dr. Sues isn't a real doctor (Just so ya' know), I'm just a "damn lawyer," a J.D. and so. . . . This rhyme may drone on...and...on for a while, to delay its sad trip to the brief recycling pile. But in that time let me discuss more fine souls, who give from the heart in their differing roles. Raul Munoz(H&HS) aids Pachamama Conservation,10 a not-for-profit helping the Mapuche (Chilean Indian) Nation. He's also the director of Group Araucaria11 a Chilean folk dance ensemble performing in the Bay Area. Kim Contreras(H&HS) puts together a newsletter of the Hawaiian Community.12 It promotes Hawaiian art, music, and cultural unity.

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Employees give all year long.


FRANKLY SPEAKING Editorial Board Joan Brown, Managing Editor, Human Resources, Civic Center Volunteers, 499-7167 David Dodd, Library, 499-3777 Jack Govi, County Counsel's Office, 499-6117 Larry Kay, Public Works, Nicasio Corp.Yard, 446-4421 Dulce McAllister, H&HS, Social Services, San Rafael, 499-7114 Kimberly Pitman, H&HS, Children's Medical Services, San Rafael, 499-4027 Joe Spaeth, Public Defender, 499-6321 Colleen Weems, Staff to Editorial Board, Human Resources, Civic Center Volunteers, 499-7407 Design: Rob Roehrick, Roehrick Design Copy editor: Bill Pryor, CC Volunteers Headline editor: Megan Clark, CC Volunteers 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., to Joan Brown, Human Resources, Rm. 407. E-mail information to [email protected] or send a disk using Microsoft Word, with hard copy attached. Identify disk with subject, your name and phone number. On photos, include all names and the name of the photographer. Digital photos must be shot at the highest quality setting. Schedule Articles Due November 25 March 9 June 8 September 7 Publication Date February 6, 2004 May 14, 2004 August 6, 2004 October 29, 2004

The Bug Bug

By Gina Purin -- DPW There's a new bug on the block-- a bright green one that invites people to The Bug Bug use less toxic products for their homes and gardens and to learn about beneficial insects (i.e. bugs that are helpful, not harmful). Recently added to Marin County's fleet of vehicles, the colorfullypainted VW bug zips along roads and highways--making calls at local environmental events, going on business

Photo by George Harrington

inspections, and generally acting as a reminder to "Go Green" in your home, work and garden. Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program has partnered with 24 local nursery, hardware and convenience stores to promote the availability of nontoxic or the least toxic garden products in their stores. Stores in the program include Sloat Garden Centers, Longs Drugs, Orchard Supply Hardware, Green Jean's, Goodman Building Supply, O'Donnell's Fairfax Nursery, Bayside Garden Center, Fairfax Lumber & Hardware, Sunnyside Nursery, Home Depot, and Pini Hardware. To receive free information on managing pests without toxic chemicals, call 499-6726 or visit

Recovery Month

By Jose Vasquez -- H&HS In honor of September's being National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed it Recovery Month in Marin and acknowledged the work of the county's Alcohol & Tobacco program, under the direction of Joe Mazza. Activities celebrating recovery and underscoring the need for services took place throughout Marin. Catherine Condon collaborated with the Marin Institute in the first Prevention Strategic Planning Retreat and co-hosted a prevention forum; Ron Johnny and the adult drug court team initiated a number of softball games. The Helen Vine Detox Center celebrated the newly expanded facility, recognizing D.J. Pierce, Mark Young, and the program staff. Marin Services for Women celebrated 25 years with a conference featuring former Texas Governor Ann Richards. For alcohol or other drug treatment services, call 444-5580. Persons facing drug-related criminal charges may call the county's Adult or Juvenile Drug Court at 499-6403.

Hill Top

Photo by Janice Hughes

By Colleen Weems -- HR For more than 17 years with Information Services and Technology, Dave Hill has led teams that have brought technological advances to every county department, improving and speeding

Dave Hill



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

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up services along the way. He now leads that team as IST's new director. Dave, who took over the position on October 6 from recently retired director Ben Dresden, looks forward to continuing the progress the department has made to provide excellent customer service. "I've inherited an outstanding team of professionals," he said. He and his team look forward to maintaining and improving service quality to all departments. "It's not about the technology per se, but about how information services and technology can work in service of the community. I want to make sure we maintain that awareness." Dave earned his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Maryland and his Master's

Degree in Public Administration from George Washington University. Though he always had an interest in technology, his passion for public policy spurred his lifelong career in local government that began with Fairfax County, Virginia. He also developed information tracking systems for the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Toxic Waste, before coming to Marin County in 1986. Away from the office, Dave loves to camp, kayak, and garden. He and his wife Annie have two sons, Stanton and Robby. Stanton lives in Southern California and works in advertising. Robby recently left the family's Terra Linda home to start his freshman year at U.C. Santa Cruz.


Photo by Cindy Roby

By Steve Petterle -- POS&CS The Hall of Justice, Avenue of the Flags, Marin Center. What names! They're elegant, powerful, and create a unique sense of identity for each feature. "Follow the Avenue of the Flags to the Hall of Justice, Luke Skywalker. You will find your answers there." If you didn't know already, the descriptive titles say that these spots are important. Now compare each to the term "Administration Wing." Suddenly, it's like the giver of names just gave up. It conveys none of the grandeur, none of the majesty that this wonderful Frank Lloyd Wright creation merits. It's a label. "Hey Luke! Go over to the Administration Wing and fill out your paperwork for the light saber. And get Yoda a soda, would you?" It just doesn't cut it. It's not poetic. This magnificent building deserves better! Fortunately, I'm not new to the notion of putting words together. It was my idea to call the lagoon island "The Isle of Wright"--a designation, I understand, which is still under consideration. Therefore, I've taken it upon myself to develop the following list of potential name modifications to replace the otherwise lifeless "Administration Wing." The Chamber of Administration. A slight modification, adding just enough flair and romance to make a difference. The Paper Place. It takes a lot of paper to run county government. This name acknowledges that fact, without being judgmental. Chateau Marin. Chic, and in some circles, very Marin. Sounds more like a place to have a meal than the seat of county government. Marin HQ. Authoritative, but it seems a bit overstated to me. And finally, the County Clubhouse, my personal favorite. It makes the building seem homey and inviting. Doesn't that sound like a fun place to go? Every day? I hope that this matter can be resolved before my new business cards are printed.

Annette Rose at the gala dinner

Doing It Wright

By Cindy Roby -- BOS It was Saturday, September 6, and the Marin County Civic Center was dressed to the nines. The occasion was a visit by approximately 300 attendees of the national Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy who held their annual meeting in San Francisco. A heady mix of architects, professors, and artists spoke about the building's historical significance. Professor Neil Levine of Harvard spoke of Wright's use of recurring arches, echoing the Pont du Gard aqueduct bridge built by the Romans in A.D. 19. He also noted that the atrium space with its long halls was the "model for the indoor urban mall." Scores of county employees worked for months to make sure the building sparkled for the visitors. Under the leadership of Supervisor Annette Rose and the Civic Center Conservancy, several departments joined forces with the Marin Arts Council and the conference

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Newly appointed Court Commissioner Kelly Simmons was sworn in on August 29 by the Honorable Terrence R. Boren while Judge John Sutro, Judge John Graham, and Judge Lynn Duryee looked on. Comm. Simmons' son had the honor of holding the family Bible for mom.


organizers. Laurie Thompson of the Library's Anne T. Kent California Room researched and oversaw the production of beautiful and informative new historical panels. Grace Holley and Sandy Ardaiz (POS&CS) oversaw docent training and the gift shops, the one at the Civic Center well as the one they set up temporarily at the St. Francis Hotel conference headquarters. Farhad Mansourian's Department of Public Works was involved on many levels. Jennifer Orton and Anne Ording coordinated details and displays; Jim Zortman and his skilled team cleaned and polished the building from stem to stern. Bob Beaumont wrote the narrative for the building's retrofit exhibit. Parks and Open Space saw that the interior and exterior flora was abloom. Under the guidance of Jim Farley, Marin Center showcased the efforts of the Renaissance Council, a public/private partnership working to enhance the Marin Center facilities. In addition, the rare and dramatic black and white photographs of Lucile Dandelet were hung in the third and first floor galleries. On Saturday evening, Supervisor Annette Rose was keynote speaker at the conservancy's gala dinner at the St. Francis Hotel. Chairperson Suki Sennett, of our local conservancy, introduced Annette. Later in the evening Supervisor Rose was awarded the Wright Spirit Award for her extraordinary work as steward of the Civic Center.


Illustration by Phoenicia Thomas


Photo by Norma Johnson

Help Yourself to Justice

By Norma Johnson -- Courts Do you, or does someone you know, have a legal problem which might be addressed without the trouble and expense of an attorney, but you are not sure how to proceed? If so, there is a convenient and effective resource available to you. While self-represented litigants are not a new phenomenon in the courts, the recent surge in self-represented litigation is unprecedented and shows no signs of abating. This can be explained by the drastic reduction in funding for civil legal services, the escalating costs of litigation, and the proliferation of information available through self-help books and the Internet. The impact of this trend on the public is diminished confidence in the courts, as self-represented litigants face economic, language, and cultural barriers to the pursuit of justice. The Marin County Superior Court, in partnership with many public and private agencies, has demonstrated its commitment to access to the courts for all by supporting the Legal Self-Help Center of Marin. Self-represented litigants can call or visit the center and

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"Our goal is to ensure that all persons have access to the courts, regardless of language, cultural, and/or economic barriers."

Legal Self-Help 30 N. San Pedro Rd Suite 160 492-1111

Sarah Rossbach, Court Process Specialist III, conferring with Legal Volunteer Sonia Song.

receive legal information (but not legal advice) about small claims matters, temporary restraining orders, court hearings, traffic tickets, child support, and landlord-tenant Left to right: Linda Engstrom, Joan Bartow, Kim Main disputes, among other issues. Staff is available for Spanishtions are high, but the center's work has speaking litigants, and most materials met or surpassed them. We expected to are available in English and Spanish; serve 100 customers a week; in fact, we some materials also are available in are currently serving about 200 people Vietnamese and Korean. "Our goal a week. In the first two months we is to ensure that all persons have access served over 2,400 people." "It is to the courts, regardless of language, stimulating for me, and I enjoy helping cultural, or economic barriers," says others," says Kim Main (Courts), who Marin County Judge Verna Adams, helps out two mornings per week. She part of the development team for the adds, "The staff is excited to be working center. "We have no income, citizenat the center." Linda Engstrom ship, or residence requirements." (Courts), who rotates shifts with Kim and The center, which opened in June, proJoan Bartow (Courts), agrees. "To see vides court forms, computers with legal people satisfied when they leave is very software and websites, videos, referrewarding," she says. "We could ence books, and how-to packets for not have opened the center without the various legal proceedings. It is staffed strong support and hard work of many by an attorney, mediator, family law county departments," says Judge facilitator, small claims advisor, and Adams. "The departments are the support personnel. The center's Board of Supervisors, Department of location is convenient for persons Child Support Services, Probation, going to court. It is in the new Justice District Attorney, Public Defender, Center at 30 North San Pedro Road, Public Guardian, Health and Human Suite 160, across the street from the Services, Law Library, and Superior Civic Center, in space provided by the Court." Additionally, funding has been Marin Community Foundation. In addiprovided by the Marin Community tion, white courtesy phones located near Foundation, the Administrative Office each elevator on the court floor and in of the Courts, and the Legal Services Room 113 of the Civic Center dial the Corporation. The office hours are Self-Help Center directly. Asked Monday through Friday 8:00­11:30 a.m. whether the center meets her expectaand 12:30­6:00 p.m. (closed for lunch). tions, Judge Adams says, "My expectaThe phone number is 492-1111.

Give Smart

By David Ball -- DA Marin is fortunate to have many excellent nonprofit organizations which are worthy of support. However, when approached for contributions by an organization with which you are not familiar, please consider the following guidelines to ensure that your gifts will go to charity, rather than to the fundraiser or the advertiser. It is up to you

Happy Holidays!

to ask questions and to educate yourself before you make your donation. Don't expect the charity or fund-raiser to disclose information on where your gift, money, or property is going, unless you ask.

What percentage of my gift goes to the charity? How much is taken out for administrative costs? What portion is tax deductible? Can you send me literature? Beware if they won't!

Here are some questions to ask any person soliciting for a charity:

How is my money going to be used? Who are you, what is your address and phone number, and are you employed by the charity itself or by an outside professional fundraiser?

Remember, a lot of nonprofits only sound like charities. Don't give cash. Checks should be made payable to the charity only. More information is available through the Marin County District Attorney's consumer protection unit at 499-6495 or through its website at


Authors Among Us

By Sarah Houghton -- Library Did you know that some of your fellow Marin County employees are published authors and artists? Among your coworkers are poets, photographers, humor writers, fiction writers, nonfiction writers --you name it! You can get copies of many of their publications through your local branch of the Marin County Free Library. Following are some of the authors we know of, and their works. If you or a county employee you know of is published and not included here, please let us know! Shelly Diener (Courts)--Cartoons on covers of Pacific Sun. David Dodd (Library)--The Grateful Dead Reader and The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Bibliography. Lynn Duryee (Courts) --With All Due Respect: Reflections on the Judging Life. Anita Erola (HR)--Photographs in BayView Magazine and Kamera Lehti Magazine. Sarah Houghton (Library) --Poem "In Emulation of

Ti'ana" in Montage Magazine. Judy Kendall (Probation)-- Article "Namibia: The Other Promised Land" and cover photography in Desert Survivor Magazine. Victor Back row, left to right: David Dodd, Steve Marthinsen, Victor Low, Marilyn Wronsky, and Low (Library)--The Ann Robinson. Front Row, left to right: Sarah Houghton, Cindy Roby, Anita Erola Unimpressible Race: A Century of Educational Struggle by the "Driving Behind a Petaluma Chicken Chinese in San Francisco. Steve Truck," and "The Sears Appliance Marthinsen (IST) --Napoleon's Man" in Marin Poetry Anthology; Among your coWaterloo Campaign: An Alternate "Laundromat," "Red," and "Following workers are poets, History and Napoleon's Waterloo the Dead" in Convolvulus Magazine. Campaign: An Alternate History Cynthia Roby (BOS) --When photographers, Vol. II Michael Martin (Assessor)-- Learning Is Tough: Kids Talk About humor writers, MoPar Suspensions. Jodi Olson Their Learning Disabilities. Karen fiction writers, (Assessor)--Poem "The Selective Eye" Small-Long (Assessor) --Poem "No nonfiction writers-- in The Nebraska English Counselor. Words" in In Dappled Sunlight. Ann Robinson (Courts)--The following Marilyn Wronsky (Library) -- you name it! poems: "You" in Intro Magazine; Concoctions: Recipes for Creeping "Remembering Father" in The New Crystals, Invisible Ink, Self-Stick Plastic, York Quarterly; "The Mannequin" in Grease Paint, Playdough, and Other Artist Dialogue; "Turning Fifty," Inedibles.

Sunny Money

By Ian Roth -- CDA How far would you go to get out of paying your electric bill? With energy prices skyrocketing (enough to bolster the effort to recall the governor), a number of county employees have gone as far as to buy their own solar systems--photovoltaic (PV), that is. The California Energy Commission has sponsored a program that rebates $3.80 a watt, up to 50 percent off an eligible renewable system's purchase price. The rebate is available through 2003, and could continue beyond that if pending legislation extends it. However, the rebate award drops by $.20 a watt every six months. Maria Rohner Storniolo (Co. Counsel) recently took advantage of the state's rebate and installed a 3 kilowatt system. Last year she built a swimming pool and a solar/thermal heating system. In her research, she found out about PVs and

Thanks to digital photo technology, it appears Tom Tiller (CDA), Pat Davidson (IST), Maria Rohner Storniolo (Co. Counsel), and Ian Roth (CDA) stand next to Ian Roth's solar panels. Not pictured, due to a lack of virtual free space on Ian's roof, Supranee Mai (Aud-Cont.), Ken Kirkland (POS&CS), and Steve Kinsey (BOS).

buys electricity at a rate of 32 cents per kilowatt hour. When a family is typically home, PG&E charges only 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour from 6:00 p.m. to noon the next day--what a deal! Steve Kinsey (BOS), Pat Davidson (IST), Tom Tiller (CDA), Ken Kirkland (POS&CS), and Supranee Mai (Aud-Cont.) also recently purchased their own PV systems. For more information on getting your own personal solar system, call Gwen Johnson at 499-7309 or call me--my 4.0 KW system was approved by PG&E last month!

Photos by Steve Petterle and Ian Roth


was directed to Gwen Johnson, solar energy guru in Public Works and Community Development. Gwen went over the various opportunities for energy savings and helped her to compare bids from various contractors. Within three months, Maria's system was up and running, and certified by PG&E. PV systems use solar panels. A typical 2.5 kilowatt system requires about 250 square feet of paneling, oriented to get good sunlight. Panel sizes vary to fit circumstances. Although PV systems are a good investment in the long run, there are significant costs up front. After the rebate and tax credit, a typical system may still require an out-of-pocket expenditure of $10,000­$12,000. More information is available at For Carol Ford (CDA) the rebate was the selling point. "I just really like the idea of clean, renewable energy. I had to convince my husband it was the right financial thing to do." When the panels are collecting the most energy, from noon to 6:00 p.m., PG&E

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It's what makes the world go `round-- love, that is, and the following employees are helping it rotate! Cynthia Lucchesi (Courts) married Leon Gratto in woodsy Dunsmuir on July 4, attended by her sister, Beverly Lucchesi (Courts). The couple honeymooned at Castle Crags State Park, staying in an antique railroad boxcar. And Lisa DeAsis (DPW) wed Derrick Lee in a combination Filipino/Chinese celebration on June 7. Their reception was highlighted by the traditional Chinese tea ceremony wherein the couple pours Lisa DeAsis and Derrick Lee at their Tea Ceremony tea for their elders and, in exchange, the elders bestow their blessings on the pair. Wendy Lahargoue (Assessor) and her fiancé, David Sorensen, were wed on September 20 and spent their honeymoon in Alaska. From the breathtaking Mendocino bluffs, Joan Brown (HR) celebrated the wedding of Marin Asbell, to her son, Kevin, on August 9. Patty Golling (Courts) attended daughter Karen's marriage to Allen Lyons on September 6 in Castro Valley. The Lando family --Todd (Fire) and Carey (DPW)--suffered the theft of their 48-star American flag from their San Anselmo home on the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. They received flags from friends, strangers, and even U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, but they still missed their own heirloom flag. Exactly one year later, just as mysteriously as it disappeared, their flag reappeared neatly folded in their yard, no note, and nobody in sight. Carey told the Marin IJ, "....Whoever did it must have a heart because they returned it." Our award-winning County Fair gets better and better, and Elizabeth Turner (Courts) contributed significantly this year by submitting several entries, both from her garden and from her creative talents. She won 3rd place in the Hobbies Department for her horse photograph, "Photo of my Pet," and

four other prizes in the Horticulture Department. What a green thumb! Congratulations to Nancy Nelson (HR) who recently was surprised with song, flowers, and streamers as the whole department gathered at her desk to celebrate her ingenuity. She came up with a time- and money-saving idea for the recruitment division. Way to go, Nancy! Some people express their creativity in writing, (see pg. 5, Authors Among Us). Michael Kelleher (Assessor) writes songs (that counts, doesn't it?), that his band, Ghost Town, performs. And, John Rader (Assessor) used to work as a newspaper reporter. How about you other writers? Ever think about joining our Frankly Speaking team? Christina Gilson (Courts) and Anton Yacoboski welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth, on March 31, much to the delight of big brother Matthew and grandmother Dolores Gilson (Courts). ArVeAnKa Duchaussee (Sheriff/Courts) and her husband, Artist, have a new son, Nasir Khamani, born August 21. Celebrating his arrival were his aunt, AnJurLe Duchaussee (H&HS), his great aunt, Ketura Hill (Courts), and great uncle Dorren Hill (DPW). Last year on December 2, Daniel Casillas was born to Erin Lynch (H&HS) and Antonio Casillas, and greeted by his 3-year-old twin brothers, Michael and Edward, and his uncle, Kevin Lynch (Probation). Bettina Murphy (H&HS) and Joshua Fox had a new son, Henry Barrett, on June 11. Beautiful twin girls, Paige and Presley, were born to George Petracopoulos (DPW) and his wife, Gina, on July 31. Bonnie Behun (H&HS) kept busy with three new grandchildren this year: Jillian Rose, born to Shirley and Jon Richards on March 2; Alexandra Grace, born to Jeanne and Richard Hamel on April 6; and Jackson Richard, born to Eileen and Steve Schefsky on August 15. Other proud grandparents are Madeline Duffy (DA), grandma of Madeline Louise Duffy

born June 17, Eva Emanuel-Keeling (DA), grandma of Rylee Christine Jones born July 13, Hutch Hutchinson (DA), grandpa of Reina Tiffany Aguilar born August 10, and Pam Bousquet (DA), grandma of Cassandra Ellen Bousquet, born September 1. Congratulations to Ron Ravani (DA) and Ashley Worsham (DA), who were recently given plaques by the drug court team, recognizing their service as Adult Drug Court Team members, 2001­2002 and 2002­2003 respectively. Kudos also to the entire Adult Drug Court Team, which merited a front page article in the Marin IJ on August 7, detailing the graduation of participants in the program. Adult Drug Court Team members include Judge Terrence Boren (Courts), Marilyn Ashley (Courts), Michele Boyer (Probation), Dori Ahana (DA), Pedro Oliveros (PD), and Ron Johnny (H&HS). The County of Marin, one of the largest employers in the county, was honored as one of the Bay Area's Best Workplaces for the second year in a row by the Bay Area's Best Workplaces for Commuters Coalition. The award comes on the heels of the prestigious American Lung Association's Clean Air Award for Outstanding Transportation Program presented earlier this year. Cynthia Gunselman (H&HS) reports that on July 31, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey toured the Marin Employment Connection of H&HS at its new location, 120 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael. In her letter to Program Manager Donna Wayne (H&HS), the legislator states, "The Marin Employment Connection is a wonderful example of how to serve both employers and job seekers, especially those who have less access to the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. I admire the wonderful work that you are doing." Great job, MEC!

Please e-mail information on the people in your dept. to Odds & Ends columnist Margaret Bohan, DPW, [email protected] or fax her at 499-3799.

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Todd & Carey Lando


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A Hero of a Different Breed

By Kellie Moore -- Fire Fire Department Fire Chief Ken Massucco, Novato Fire Chief Jeff Meston, and Marin County Department of Public Works director Farhad Mansourian. It was not a simple task for Recon to become a part of the elite group of National Disaster Search Dog Foundation canines. Jim and Recon had to get through training that included aggression testing, obedience, agility, direction and control, bark alert, and rubble pile search scenarios. The ability a canine has to use scent to locate victims far exceeds any mechanical tool carried in the field. A rubble pile, which could take a human search team hours to explore, can be searched in minutes by one of these dogs. The extensive training continues today, including many hours on and off duty. They train in Marin, the Bay Area, and the state with other search teams once or twice a week. They also are members of Oakland's FEMA Task Force 4. "I can't begin to tell you how appreciative and excited I am to have been given the opportunity and support to participate in this program," said Jim. He continued, "...I really enjoy showing off my dog and telling people that I work for MCFD and USAR." Recon

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Jim Boggeri and Recon

Recon, wearing his badge

In just a moment, what was once a building is now a pile of rubble. It could be anywhere, any time, for any number of reasons. When rescue workers suspect that there might be a person under the debris, a new member of the Marin County Fire Department (MCFD) and the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) is certified to help. He is Recon, a four-year-old male yellow Labrador retriever, assigned to handler Captain Jim Boggeri (Fire). Recon was provided by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in Ojai, through the coordinated efforts of Marin County

is one of two disaster search dogs on the Marin Urban Search and Rescue Team. Novato firefighter Mike Taul has a chocolate Lab named Hopi. From what we know, these two teams are the only certified canine search teams in the North Bay. Recon was named for the nickname of the Fire Department of New York's Ladder Company Number 3 in Manhattan, which lost 12 of its 14 firefighters on 9/11. "I'm so very proud that I represent...Ladder 3. That connection makes me feel that I am part of something so much bigger. It's indescribable," said Jim.

The ability a canine has to use scent to locate victims far exceeds any mechanical tool carried in the field.

Bringing Up Baby

By Jody Timms -- H&HS Women's Health Services is one of four happy beneficiaries of the proceeds from the first Bay Area Baby Light Expo, held at the Oakland Convention Center in August. This exposition, sponsored by and featuring more than 100 vendors and organizations, provided information and products regarding many aspects of baby- and child-tending, including newborn care tips, breastfeeding and nutrition, infant car seat safety, and more. H&HS staffers Jody Timms, Claudia Asprer, Cio Hernandez, Leighann Jorin, and Barbara Williamson, along with several dedicated volunteers, hosted a table at the event. The table offered

Claudia Asprer gets a smile from Amina Markham at Baby Light Expo.

Jody Timms instructs son, Jolon, on how to hold a baby at Baby Light Expo.

information about the Marin Maternity Services clinic as well as several practice activities that included, "Diaper the Baby," "Dress the Baby," and "Bathe the Baby." Cio and Claudia presented

the "Baby Think it Over Workshop," a program to prevent teen pregnancy, on the interactive stage and the "Newborn Preparedness Workshop" on the Spanish stage.

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Announcing the First Employee Team of the Quarter

By Barbara Collins -- CDA & Colleen Weems -- HR The county's new Employee Team of the Quarter award is designed to recognize and reward a team of employees that has contributed to the betterment of the

Photo by Janice Hughes

Seated, left to right: Tim Haddad (CDA/Environmental Review), David Zaltsman (Co. Counsel), Barbara Collins (CDA/Planning), Eric Steger (DPW/Land Use and Water Resources), Jason Nutt (DPW/Traffic Engineering). Standing: Roy Bateman (CDA/Federal Grants), Suzan Brewer, Tom Lai, and Michelle Reed (CDA/Planning)

county, consistent with the goals of the Strategic Plan. Each member of the team receives $50, a plaque with the team picture, and a special team gift. Nomination information may be found on the MINE. Congratulations to the recipients of the first Employee Team of the Quarter Award, the Fireside Affordable Housing Team, made up of members from Community Development Agency, County Counsel, and the Department of Public Works. The team is made up of Tom Lai, Tim Haddad, Michelle Reed, Roy Bateman, Suzan Brewer, Barbara Collins (CDA), David Zaltsman (Co. Counsel), Jason Nutt and Eric Steger (DPW). The team collaborated to help project sponsors navigate the process

from the planning stages through approval. The six-month project resulted in the approval of the affordable housing development, and required the team to collaborate effectively, seamlessly, and enthusiastically. Each member played a critical role and brought expertise and wisdom to the success of the project. They provided each other excellent customer service, education, accountability, and responsiveness to strict timelines. The team approached the project with innovative and creative ideas to streamline the processes by breaking down barriers. The team efforts helped to create an affordable housing development that is sustainable for the future of Marin County.

Vacation Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners: Anita Erola (HR), Judi Naue (Courts), and Nancy Lasner (H&HS). They each received a $25 gift certificate from Marin Filmworks of San Rafael. Their photos, in color, will be on display in the Civic Center Cafeteria during the month of November.




Special thanks to the employees who participated this year as well as to Janice Hughes (DA) who organized the contest, and to Marin Filmworks, which donated the prizes.

C R U I Z I N ' F O R


S N O O Z I N '

Rome, Italy Photo by Anita Erola



Hampton Beach, New Hampshire Photo by Nancy Lasner

Arches National Park, Utah Photo by Judi Naue

9 E M P L O Y E E S O F T H E M O N T H





Photos by Janice Hughes



Service excellence describes Brian Sanford's work as Chief Open Space Ranger for the Department of Parks and Open Space. Brian began his career with the county in 1979 as a Park Aide at McNears Beach County Park. As an Open Space Ranger, and then Supervising Open Space Ranger, Brian patrolled district preserves, gave nature hikes to school children and the public, fought wildland fires, enforced ordinances, and supervised crews of permanent rangers, seasonal assistants, contractors, and volunteers. Last year Brian was promoted to Chief Open Space Ranger, responsible for managing and overseeing supervisors, contractors, consultants, and public relations for Parks & Open Space. Brian brings the same professionalism, hard work, and good cheer to his new position that he displayed throughout his career. Brian is a spark plug for the Open Space Ranger staff. His positive attitude and energy motivate those around him. He excels at every task and strives for improvement with each assignment. By Chris Bramham -- POS&CS

The year 2000 brought a sense of new opportunities and it brought Cathy Boffi to Marin County. Cathy joined Information Services and Technology to build a technology training program that would develop the expertise of Marin County employees in the use of their desktop computers. Cathy, a senior systems support analyst, has developed the curricula and materials for more than 20 courses on software that are broadly used by county staff. She writes a monthly newsletter for county staff packed with information on how to maximize their use of the computer. The training room in Bel Marin Keys is appropriately equipped for learning, thanks to Cathy's thoughtful design. Cathy is a natural instructor, warm and friendly, making each student feel comfortable. When a student is struggling or wants more information, Cathy will go the extra mile to spend time outside of class to make sure the student masters the subject. Her students' successes are her successes. By Marilyn Filbrun -- IST

Byron Toma joined the County Counsel's office in 2000 with 19 years of county government experience. Byron is a gifted, highly motivated legal professional who finds his work and his professional relationships equally rewarding. He identifies a need and follows through to address it, whether it involves a county department or member of the public. Byron accords dignity and respect to everyone, even highly adversarial opponents. He gladly researches and shares his knowledge to assist his colleagues. He is genuinely interested in those he encounters or works with and takes great joy in mentoring interns. He gives unselfishly of his own time to assist members of the public to understand the complexities of county government. He exemplifies the true spirit of public service. Byron is more than a highly competent Deputy County Counsel. He serves as the department's effective event coordinator and highly talented Frankly Speaking reporter. By Patrick Faulkner -- Co. Counsel

Photo by Helen Steppler

Standing Orations Stand and Orate!

Want to develop more confidence when speaking publicly? "Standing Orations," the county's Toastmasters' chapter, helps build it, along with developing other communications and leadership skills, including listening and creative thinking. Members' experience ranges from zilch to accomplished; everyone gets a chance to participate. Open to all county employees, Standing Orations meets in room 224 (the rug room) in the Civic Center every Wednesday at noon. Drop in and check it out for free. To join, there is a one-time fee of $10, and an ongoing cost of $18 every six months.

Pru Kerr acts as "Toastmaster"


Reference 24/7

by Pamela Doerr -- H&HS Perhaps you need some obscure information and have no time to research Where can I find a manual for a it, have a legal or 1949 Singer sewing machine? medical question with What was the population of nobody to ask, or your Bakersfield in 1930? child needs help with I'm looking for a recipe for cherry advanced algebra ice cream. which you've long since I want to get photos of all the hairforgotten. How can you styles Jill St. John has worn, along find these answers? with instructions on how to get them. Google is a possibility, but you might have to These are some of the actual questions sort through 173,996 people have emailed to the Q & A websites (give or take) to Café. get your answer, and that is if the question is simple! Thanks to the Marin County Free Library, a participant in an Internet information service, you can get answers. Sarah Houghton, Marin County e-Services Librarian, explained this service, which is available to all California residents. At either ("Q"uestion and "A"nswer Café), or, you can get any sort of question answered, 24/7 --in either English or Spanish. This service is staffed around the clock by librarians at live "virtual desks" in public, academic, medical, and law libraries across the state and country who can find the answers. In addition to Sarah, Marin County

Photo by Janice Hughes

Roving Reporter

By Connie Siebler --Assessor's Office "What was your favorite book as a child?"

Rebecca Olibas (Sheriff) says, "Where the Red Fern Grows (by Wilson Rawls) was my favorite. It has a lot of adventure. It's very emotional. There's a lot of bonding. I enjoyed that."

Photos by Connie Siebler

It is 11 o'clock at night, and you have a burning question, such as:

Sarah Houghton staffing a "virtual desk"

librarians Tom McGibney, Vivian Jaquette, and Marilyn Boatright are on hand to research these questions. The homework help desk covers math, science, English, and social studies Saturday through Thursday, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They tutor and assist students in grades 5 through 12, and some in freshman college courses. Some people, thinking they are contacting their own local librarian, discover they are chatting (instant messaging) with a librarian in San Diego, who cannot give them immediate information about their local library. If this happens, or if you ask a really difficult question that requires research, or a "specialist" to answer, the librarian you are chatting with at the "virtual desk" will get your email address and respond with the answer within 24 hours. Save these websites in your "favorites" file for now, and look for them soon to be merged into a new service called "Ask Now."

Karen Small-Long (Assessor) has two, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo (by J.R.R. Tolkien). I love the medieval era, knights in shining armor, and chivalry. The other book is The Outsiders (by S. E. Hinton). I loved Soda. I was alone and so were the kids, so I could relate." Jane Christensen (Coroner) says, "Heidi (by Johanna Spyri). It was read to me, a third of the book at a time. I stayed with my sister every Friday night and she read it to me. I really looked forward to it, so it has that special attachment." Ross Cascio (DPW) "Anything by Dr. Seuss! He was so imaginative! I really liked these books because they stirred up my imagination."

Photo by Liz Johnson

The championship DPW team--Back row, left to right: Renee Pickett, Linda Odetto, Phillip Thomas, Tasha Parra, Tom Johnson, Jerry Channel, Vanard Goodman, Ken Tisdale, Carrie Ann Colton, Leigh Cariglio, & baby Jimmie, Jr. Front row, left to right: Jimmie Hudson, Nancy Fox, April Spiers, Tom Buell and son Cody (Not pictured: Liz Johnson, scorekeeper)

September 4 was the deciding championship game of the County Softball League, District Attorney v. Public Works. Scorekeeper Liz Johnson (DPW) reported it was a tied game all the way up to the 7th inning (4-4), resulting in extra innings. DPW scored 4 runs in the 8th inning, and the DA's had last ups. With two runs in, two runners on base and the winning run up at bat, the batter hit a pop fly to center field where Vanard Goodman (DPW) made the winning catch to end the exciting game, DPW 9, DA 7.


bilingual and help bridge two cultures. Trang Nguyen, a bilingual social service worker with the CMH medication Continued from page 1 many spoke English. Later immiclinic, provides case management and grants often were not as prepared to translation services for psychiatrists, make this transition and also had seeing clients from these groups who suffered from postwar traumas. suffer post-traumatic stress and severe depression. The clinic has served over 45 The second wave, the "boat people," occurred from the late 1970's through monolingual clients in the past year. the 1980's. Some crossed the ocean to Difficulties often arise as traditional China, but more were caught, imprisvalues clash with Western culture. oned, even tortured. Many witnessed Language barriers often prevent individuboats capsizing, people drowning, starvals from seeking the help they need. ing, or dying from thirst. Then they spent Trang describes how many of her clients months in refugee camps. The third bring her every piece of mail they get, as they try to sort out what government wave consisted of two groups targeted agencies are trying to communicate to by humanitarian organizations over the them. Trien Nguyen, a receptionist at past ten years: the Amerasians (those having one parent from the United the CMH medication clinic, was fluent in States) and ex-officers of South Vietnam. French and Vietnamese when he moved Their unmarried children could come to the Bay Area in 1993, but could speak with them, but families often were split up very little English. He recalls how difficult since married children were not allowed a transition this was for him and feels it to emmigrate. Many of the officers are has increased his empathy for all who in their late 60's and do not speak have difficulty being seen and understood. This experience inspired him to English, whereas their children may be learn sign language! Vy Le, a support service worker at Women's Health Services, works in maternity, providing prenatal education, case management support, and translation services. Many of the women Vy works with are isolated, at home, and taking care of other children. In addition to ensuring these women get the Vy Le and Long Trinh at Women's Health Services


Photo by Brenda Frechette

Social Services employees, My Huynh, Augustine Pham, Tracy Tran

prenatal and postpartum care they require, Vy also works with monolingual Vietnamese clients in the WIC (Women and Infant Care) program. Long Trinh, a senior clerk typist, provides translation and support for women in the gynecology clinic. Social Services also reaches out to the Vietnamese community. Lillian Huynh, an eligibility worker, provides guidance on how to access financial assistance. Augustine Pham is in Adult Protective Services and In-Home Support worker. Joe Dinh is a social service worker with the Health Department. Tracy Tran provides In-Home Support Services. The county also supplies translators in Superior Court, and My Tran is a multilingual adult deputy probation officer (she also is fluent in Spanish and sign language). The libraries have more than 200 documents that have been translated into Vietnamese. Although all would admit that more services are needed, the Asian-American Community Task Force serves many individuals who otherwise would not receive support.

Difficulties often arise as traditional values clash with Western culture. Language barriers often prevent individuals from seeking the help they need.

Photo by Brenda Frechette

Dr. Sues...

Continued from page 1

Their fashion show fundraiser 15 annually sells out, with wild and woolly auctions, dinner, and dancing about. The Tina Action Program 16 is a breast cancer group aided by Bonny White (Library) (My rhyming is pooped!) While my verses are limited, great folks have no bounds. So many unmentioned heroes serve our communities and towns, Their skilled hands serve us all with energy and aplomb. We regret we only had space to take note of some. Well, I'm glad to say that I'm now completely through... Dr. Sues has to work now and has lots of suing to do.

*Dr. Sues is Juris Doctor Byron Toma, Co. Counsel

Then there's Ann Early (H&HS) who's never been late singing at a Marin Threshold Choir 13 date. They sing at the bedsides of folks terminally ill, to brighten and comfort and bolster their will. Then Micki Keno of Marin County Counsel volunteers a great deal of her time with the Marin Breast Cancer Council.14 They fund breast cancer research, help victims, families, and friends. "Meals of Marin" is just one project to which their assistance extends.

1. Wildcare Terwilliger Nature Education Center & Wildlife Rehabilitation 415-456-7283; 2. Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation 415-495-7223, and Associated Airtanker Pilots, 3. Red Cross 415-721-2365 4. Marin Theatre Company 415-456-2686; 5. Ross Valley Players 415-456-9555; 6. Sebastopol Area Senior Center 707-829-2440; 7. Redwood Gospel Mission 707-542-4817; 8. Parks and Recreation Community Service Area 18 and Santa Venetia Community Plan Committee 9. Girl Scouts 510-562-8470 10. Pachamama Conservation 415-469-0391 11. Group Araucaria 415-469-0391 12 .Kapalakiko Productions Calendar of Hawaiian Events, 415468-7125; [email protected] 13. Marin Threshold Choir has affiliated singing groups in different parts of the Bay Area. Contact Founder & Coordinator Kate Munger at 415-669-1413; [email protected] 14. Marin Breast Cancer Council 415-256-9011 15. "Stepping Out to Celebrate Life," 16. Tina Action Programs of San Geronimo Valley 415-488-9204


By Joe Spaeth -- PD The Marin Civic Center Golf League (MCCGL) capped a summer of stellar play with an 18-hole tournament and awards banquet on September 16. The MCCGL, open to county employees, former employees, and others from the greater county community, got underway last April with a 19-match season. Players in the league represent more than a dozen county departments. Twenty two-person teams compete in 9-hole matches every Tuesday evening throughout the summer at Indian Valley and Peacock Gap. Top honors in the Won/Loss competition went to the team of Christine Sansom, Mill Valley Parks and Recreation, and Jim Huber (DPW), while the Net Low Total competition went to the team of Sheriff Bob Doyle and Undersheriff Dennis Finnegan. Men's low gross (76) went to Steve Petterle (POS&CS); low net (67) to Pat Balderama (DPW); women's low gross (99) and low net (64) went to Toni Pellegrini. Anyone interested in playing next year should contact Public Defender Joe Spaeth by email or at 499-7511 in March 2004.

Photo by Robert Turner


Welcome to new employees, listed in order of hire date from June 8 to August 30, 2003

Name Dean Davis Sheldon Whitten-Vile Sandra Laird Margaret Guiott Sandra Jacobson Donald Carmona Meaghan Pang Anne Ording Eric E. Anderson Andrei Smirnoff Cynthia Connolly-Bryant Christina Grussenmeyer Jaime Goss David Chellson Jr. Darrell Harris Nancy Peake Eric Iseri Michael Tribolet Jean Hughes Elaine Rooney Title & Department

Fire Dispatcher, Fire Medical Director-Mental Hlth., H&HS Deputy Clerk II to BOS, BOS Park Ranger, POS&CS Group Counselor I, Probation Group Counselor I, Probation Communication Dispatcher I, Sheriff Associate Civil Engineer, DPW Reprographic Technician, DPW Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Sheriff Administrative Aide, BOS Chief Deputy Tax Collector, Treas/Tax Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Sheriff Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Sheriff Coroner's Investigator, Coroner Park Planner, POS&CS Firefighter I, Fire Firefighter I, Fire Sr. Clerk Typist, H&HS Administrative Services Tech., H&HS


Farewell to Retirees!

Theresa McNally Jess Swartz Shoshana Reznek Carolyn Crabtree Theodore Franzone Margaret Edwards Leland Miller Linda Christman Gary Erickson Mary Ann Gallardo Mary Tall

Sr. Clerk Typist, Farm Advisor Courtroom Clerk, Courts Deputy Probation Officer III, Probation Legal Secretary II, DCSS SANS System Administrator, H&HS Probation Supervisor, Probation Fire Engineer, Fire Assistant County Administrator, CAO Coroner's Investigator, Coroner Administrative Secretary to CAO, CAO Family Mediator, Courts

Left to right: Kit Thomas, Pat Cunningham (DPW), Dennis Finnegan (Sheriff), Dave Osaki (Sheriff), Pat Balderama (DPW), Jim Huber (DPW), Chris Sansom, Toni Pellegrini, Tim Underwood (DPW), Ray Ruiz (retired Probation), Charyl Cooper, Randy Hiseley (retired DA)

Drawn to His Work

By Cindy Roby -- BOS Last year a Larkspur grocery store owner was the victim of a terrifying armed robbery. He was tied up and left in his store. But the store owner was able to transform himself from powerless crime victim to powerful crime solver when he started to work with Don Wick, a deputy in the Sheriff's Department. Don is the county's forensic sketch artist. In cases like the Larkspur robbery, he begins with an interview. "I talk to the victim to see if he or she can remember enough details about what he or she saw", says Don, continuing, "Were the lights on in the room? Was it hot or cold? " In the Larkspur case, he was able to gather good descriptions from

Photo by Janice Hughes

Self-Sketch, by Don Wick, drawn at the request of the Frankly Speaking Editorial Board

the victim. "After the initial interview, my job is to take someone else's memories and put them on paper. We work together on defining the shape of the face, hair, eyes, mouth, and nose. I ask about tattoos, hats, scars, facial hair," Don says. He draws his sketches in black and white, using a range of pencils from light to dark, erasing and re-drawing as he works with victims. People in certain professions may remember details better than others. "A waitress may be able to remember faces better than an office worker and some people only remember the gun in their face," he notes. Completed sketches are distributed through police and news agencies. Don has enjoyed drawing since grammar school and was an on-the job-doodler. His supervisors noted his talent and sent him to a two-week forensic sketching course at the Scottsdale Artists' School. His teacher was Karen Taylor, whose book, Forensic Art and Illustration, is the bible of sketch artists. Her work has been showcased on "America's Most Wanted." Don, an 18-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, gets away from the responsibilities of his job by riding his Harley-Davidson on the back roads of the coast, Napa, and Nevada.


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