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Anthology: Birds halt Hamilton mowing; Ugly dog earns crown

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Birds halt mowing

Bird nests at Hamilton Field have brought grass mowing to a stop, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Several species of migratory birds, including burrowing owls, tricolored blackbirds and red-winged blackbirds were recently discovered at Hamilton’s Landfill 26.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages maintenance of the former Hamilton Army Air Field, including annual mowing aimed at reducing potential fire hazards posed by tall and/or dry grass. Mowing the landfill cap is usually conducted after the last rains of spring, typically around May to June.

The unmowed area is away from Hamilton homes and doesn’t present an immediate fire threat. Neighbors will get fliers about the issue this week.

The corps plans to adjust its annual mowing schedule to accommodate the nesting seasons of the birds. Mowing, or possible weed pulling by hand, is expected to be completed by August or September, after the end of the nesting season.

About 10 acres of the roughly 40-acre site still needs to be mowed once the birds move out. —Marinscope Staff Report

 Election is official

Marin County’s Registrar of Voters, Lynda Roberts, has officially proclaimed that the June 5 Statewide Primary Election is certified. Official results have been posted. 

The election had ­­­155,517 registered voters of which 86,969 cast ballots, resulting in nearly a 56 percent turnout. More than 73 percent voted by mail. The turnout in the 2014 Statewide Primary Election was just under 41 percent.

More information about the June 5 Statewide Primary Election is posted at

County labor strife

The Marin Association of Public Employees (MAPE) announced it would strike the county over wages and benefits from July 1 to July 3. The county said the labor disruption would not involve the public safety departments and it would not effect the County Fair.

World’s ugliest dog


The paparazzi was in full swing for the World’s Ugliest Dog contest as Zsa Zsa, a rescued English Bulldog from Anoka, Minnesota, charmed her way into the judges hearts. Nine years young with a swaggering tongue, Zsa Zsa delivered a shower of slobber as she claimed this year’s title and the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

Zsa Zsa's adopted parents, Megan and Jesse Brainard, say "she was a puppy mill dog for 5 years in Missouri sent to a dog auction and later purchased by Underdog Rescue. From the moment we saw her beautiful face, we knew we would be her forever home. We are so excited for her, she deserves this."

Smart Pet Tag to help her pet-parents stay connected. It's been an honor to partner with Sonoma-Marin Fair this weekend to promote adoption and to celebrate Zsa Zsa, this year's World's Ugliest Dog.

Zio Ziegler and his work, above.

Ziegler exhibition

The Marin Museum of Contemporary Art presents the first solo museum exhibition of work by the artist Zio Ziegler, opening on Sept. 22. Internationally recognized as both a painter and a muralist, Ziegler has most recently been exploring large-scale canvases, bronze sculpture, and films. A native of Marin County, Ziegler, 30, is an influence in contemporary art and street culture, exhibiting in galleries across the nation and included in collections worldwide. In celebration of its 35th anniversary of bringing contemporary art exhibitions and experiences to the North Bay, MarinMOCA has invited Mr. Ziegler to create a bold new body of work for the Museum.

The exhibition at MarinMOCA will include paintings and bronze sculpture. Zio Zeigler’s work is inspired by his prodigious study of mythological, classical, and contemporary themes. His paintings are filled with intricate patterns, vivid color and energetic mark-making, accompanied by densely-descriptive subject matter. He moves fluidly through an array of styles from Abstract Expressionism, Cubism and Graffiti, creating a balance between chaos and clarity. His energy and intensity of method translate seamlessly across mediums, from paintings to sculpture to large-scale murals. 

Life Saving medals


During a Sausalito City Council meeting last month, the Sausalito Police Department

awarded its Life Saving Medal to Corporal Brian Mather and Officer Edgar Padilla for their actions earlier in the year that saved the life of a person in cardiac arrest.

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Sausalito Police Department responded to a report of an unconscious man

laying on the ground in the 700 block of Bridgeway. Corporal Mather arrived on scene 60 seconds after dispatch and located the victim in full cardiac arrest, with no pulse, and suffering from agonal breathing.

Corporal Mather started CPR to resuscitate the male. Upon the arrival of the

Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Corporal Mather paused momentarily and retrieved the male’s wallet in order to identify him while fire personnel provided treatment. After identifying the male, Corporal Mather resumed CPR.

Officer Padilla arrived on scene three minutes after dispatch and began assisting Corporal Mather inperforming CPR. Corporal Mather and Officer Padilla performed CPR on the male for approximately 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived and transported him to the hospital.

The man survived his heart attack (his third) and after a hospitalization of over a week was released from the hospital.


traffic plans

 In conjunction with Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District and the Presidio Trust the GGNRA will implement a collaboratively planned series of pilots to study ways to relieve traffic congestion and major traffic delays on the Golden Gate Bridge, in the Marin Headlands, and in the Presidio.

To support this effort, GGNRA will implement the following changes from June 29 to July 15 in the Marin Headlands.

Traffic through the Baker-Barry Tunnel in the Marin Headlands will only be one-way in the west bound direction. Conzelman Road will convert from two-way travel to one-way travel in the eastbound direction between McCollough Road and Alexander Avenue, with the remaining travel lane dedicated for visitor parking.

To ensure existing bicycle routes are not impacted, delineators have been installed along the edge line of the existing bike lane. In addition, the parking lot northwest of the Golden Gate Bridge off Conzelman Road will be closed on weekends. All park sites will remain open as scheduled. 

This pilot period will overlap with the Fourth of July holiday, which draws additional traffic to the area. Park visitors are highly encouraged to use public transit, bicycle, taxi, or rideshare services. For public transportation planning and same-day traffic information, call 5-1-1 or visit

To accomplish better traffic management, the study will take a sequential approach across jurisdictions to identify a final set of recommendations which will be shared at conclusion of the pilot period. 

Jewish Film Festival

Fifteen films will be shown at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael on Aug. 3, 4 and 5 as part of the 38th San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which will be taking place in the Bay Area from July 19 to Aug. 5. 

Entering its 38th year, the Festival is expecting an audience of over 40,000 moviegoers at the following theaters; the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, the Albany Twin Theatre in Albany, the Piedmont Theatre in Oakland, the CinéArts Theatre in Palo Alto, and the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center. For a list of movies and times in Marin, contact the Smith Center.

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