Saturday, February 6, 2021

Famous 4 Going Out of Business Sale

 After 32 years in downtown Mill Valley, Larry the Hat is closing Famous 4 on February 28th. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Vaccine Distribution Update in the North Bay


Assemblymember Marc Levine

Vaccine Distribution Update in the North Bay

Since California began distributing COVID-19 vaccines in December, a total of 2,007,600 vaccine doses have been shipped to local health departments and health care systems. These have been administered to healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff.  I am hearing concerns about vaccine distribution, how quickly we can vaccinate everyone who wants one, and whether enough vaccines are available. Unfortunately, it will take time and patience. Here is information to keep you informed and to maintain transparency about COVID-19 vaccines for our community.

As of this week, Sonoma County had received 14,650 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and administered more than 7,445 doses. In Marin County, a total of 11,000 vaccines have been received, and expect to have less than 100 doses left by the end of the week. Sonoma and Marin counties continue to follow vaccine prioritization guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

This week, CDPH expanded vaccine prioritization guidelines to include community healthcare workers, public health field staff, primary care clinics, specialty clinics, laboratory workers, dental clinics, and pharmacy staff, in an effort to speed up vaccine distribution and prevent wasting excess doses. Counties are currently administering the vaccine to all eligible recipients under Phase 1a.

After healthcare workers and long-term care residents, the next to be vaccinated in Phase 1b and 1c will include individuals who:

  • Have a higher risk for severe disease or death (due to age or other factors).
  • Are unable to work at home.
  • Live or work in geographic areas that have been highly impacted.
  • Are most likely to spread the disease to other workers or to the public.

Sonoma and Marin Counties plan to move to Phase 1b over the next few weeks. Visit the COVID-19 vaccine website for more information on CDPH's prioritization guidelines.

If you are a healthcare worker, contact your employer. If you are a Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) resident, contact your caretaker. In many parts of the state, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies will administer the vaccines to residents in long-term care and staff.

More information about COVID-19, vaccine distribution, and state and local response can be found on the CDPH, Sonoma County, and Marin County websites.

The CA Community Vaccine Advisory Committee continues to provide input and feedback to CDPH for the ongoing planning and engagement efforts to ensure equitable vaccine distribution and allocation. The Committee meetings are conducted virtually and open to the public. Their next meeting will be on Jan. 20, 2021, from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. For more information about the committee and future meetings, please visit the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee website.

Your Actions Save Lives

Bay Area public health officials expect the region's Stay Home Order to be extended indefinitely due to significant increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths. We each need to do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Prevention continues to be the best way to protect yourself, your family, your friends, and our community. Continue to follow these preventive measures:

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle, or body aches), call your healthcare provider.
  • If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
  • Stay home except for essential activities and follow local public health guidance.
  • Keep interactions limited to people who live in your household.
  • Wear a cloth face mask when out in public.
  • Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school, or other people if you feel ill.
  • Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
  • Answer the call if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or local health department tries to connect.

My staff and I continue to work around the clock to ensure that residents across the North Bay receive the support and services needed. If I can be of assistance, please contact me by email at or by phone at (707) 576-2631 or (415) 479-4920.



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Friday, December 4, 2020

UPDATE: Health Officers Move to Implement State’s Regional Stay-Home Order

County of Marin News Release

UPDATE: This provides clarification on Stay-Home Order changes in Marin County in light of Marin being the only Bay Area county to transition to the Stay-Home Order from Blueprint Tier 2 (red) status. In sum:

  • Indoor gyms & fitness centers (including yoga and dance studios) must close indoor operations under the new order. Currently, Marin gyms and fitness studios are open at 10% capacity because of Marin's Tier 2 status. This also includes any other industries that follow the state's guidance for gyms & fitness studios, such as youth sports.
  • Short-term rental operations are included under hotel and lodging operations and must restrict operations per state guidance.
  • The new order does NOT modify existing state or county guidance regarding TK-12 schools. Schools currently open to in-classroom instruction or have plans to reopen prior to Tuesday, December 8, are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites. All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following state public health guidance. Schools wishing to reopen to in-person classroom instruction after the December 8 and for the duration of the order must apply for a waiver via the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
  • The new Stay-Home Order goes into effect for Marin County at noon Tuesday, December 8.


Bay Area Health Officers Move to Implement State's New Regional Stay Home Order, Not Waiting Until Local Hospitals Are Near Crisis to Act

The following is a joint statement from the counties of Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, plus the City of Berkeley.

On December 3, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that all sectors other than retail and essential operations would be closed in regions of the state where less than 15% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds are available under a new Regional Stay-Home OrderAlthough health officials throughout the Bay Area are glad to see the state take action in light of the rapidly escalating surge in hospitalizations statewide, many believe even more aggressive action is necessary in the Bay Area to slow the surge and prevent our local hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Rather than waiting until ICU bed availability reaches critical levels and delaying closures that are inevitable, the Public Health Officers for the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley, jointly announced they will implement the state's Regional Stay-Home Order right away. 

"It takes several weeks for new restrictions to slow rising hospitalizations and waiting until only 15% of a region's ICU beds are available is just too late," said San Francisco Health Officer Dr. Tom├ís Aragon. "Many heavily impacted parts of our region already have less than 15% of ICU beds available, and the time to act is now." 

"We are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations here in Contra Costa County and across our region," said Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Christopher Farnitano. "The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity later this month if current trends continue." "We cannot wait until after we have driven off the cliff to pull the emergency break," said Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody. "We understand that the closures under the state order will have a profound impact on our local businesses. However, if we act quickly, we can both save lives and reduce the amount of time these restrictions have to stay in place, allowing businesses and activities to reopen sooner." 

"Rising hospitalization rates across the region threaten not only our community members with severe COVID-19, but anyone who may need care because of a heart attack, stroke, accident, or other critical health need," said Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss. "By acting together now we will have the greatest impact on the surge and save more lives."

"Each of us can fight the spread," said Dr. Lisa B. Hernandez, the City of Berkeley Health Officer. "Keep your family safe by avoiding even small gatherings outside of your household and not traveling. We don't want holiday gatherings and travel to create a spike of cases on top of the surge we're already seeing."

"Although Marin has fared better than some other counties in our region over the last few weeks, we know it is only a matter of time before rising case and hospitalization put pressure on our hospitals, too," said Marin County Health Officer Dr. Matthew Willis. "We must act now and must act together to ensure all hospitals in the Bay Area have the capacity they need to care for our residents."

Consistent with the state framework, the six jurisdictions are working to ensure that all sectors have at least 48-hour notice of the closures. Most of the Bay Area Health Officers will implement the state's Regional Stay-Home Order as of Sunday December 6. In Alameda County, it is scheduled to take effect on Monday, December 7, and Marin County's order will take effect at noon Tuesday, December 8. The new restrictions will remain in place until January 4, 2021. 

The order instructs Bay Area residents to stay at home as much as possible and limit mixing with other households, which can lead to the spread of COVID-19. All sectors other than retail and essential operations must be closed. Access to (and travel for) critical services and outdoor activities to preserve physical and mental health are allowed.  

Beginning at noon Tuesday, December 8, the following sectors in Marin County must close:  

  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services 
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks

The following sectors will have additional modifications (in addition to 100% masking and physical distancing): 

  • Outdoor recreational facilities: Allow outdoor operation only, without any food, drink, or alcohol sales. Additionally, overnight stays at campgrounds will not be permitted.
  • Retail: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Shopping centers: Allow indoor operation at 20% capacity with entrance metering and no eating or drinking in the stores. Additionally, special hours should be instituted for seniors and others with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems.
  • Hotels, motels, short-term rentals, other lodging: Allow to open for critical infrastructure support only.
  • Restaurants: Allow only for takeout, pick-up, or delivery.
  • Offices: Allow remote use only, except for critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is not possible.
  • Gyms & fitness studios: Indoor operations must close. This includes yoga and dance studios. This order includes any other industries that follow the state's guidance for gyms & fitness studios, such as youth sports.
  • Places of worship and political expression: Allow outdoor services only.
  • Entertainment production including professional sports: Allow operation without live audiences. Additionally, testing protocol and "bubbles" are highly encouraged.

The following sectors are allowed to remain open when a remote option is not possible. Those that remain open must have appropriate infectious disease preventative measures in place, including 100% masking and physical distancing: 

  • Critical infrastructure 
  • Non-urgent medical and dental care

In addition, the Stay-Home Order does not modify existing state or Marin guidance regarding TK-12 schools. Schools that are currently open to in-classroom instructions or have plans to reopen to in-classroom instruction prior to Tuesday, December 8, are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites. All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following CDPH Guidance. Schools wishing to reopen to in-person classroom instruction during the timeframe of the Stay-Home Order must apply for a waiver via the CDPH.

"We recognize that public health is about community wellbeing and that includes the economic health of the community," Willis said.  "And as we take this step, we want to remind people to find ways to support their local businesses in a safe way, doing it from home as much as possible, but utilizing the online or curbside pick-up options that our local stores may offer." 

See the sector closures and restrictions on activity under the State's Regional Stay-Home will be updated by Tuesday, December 8, to reflect the new restrictions.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020


 Good Morning! 

In honor of Joni Mitchell's birthday and current events, this felt like a good share for today. 

Ray Cook's soul is smiling, as it appears the handy tool of voter somnambulism has been replaced with civic engagement. 

Thank you for caring enough to vote.