Marin

[Marin County] Supporting basic services can help avoid a crisis

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury report on the front page of the May 1 edition indicates that there should be a crisis hub for elders. I would suggest that we think and plan more intelligently and provide basic day-to-day services first; then we may not need crisis shelters.

A good example is the crisis brought on by the lack of funding for many of our nonprofits that serve seniors. Our community funders, cities, and county government have lost sight of what is important to seniors and their caregivers in Marin.

[Marin County] Marin oversight panel reports untested rape kits

An unknown number of rape kits assembled prior to 2011 remain untested in some Marin police agencies’ evidence lockers, according to a Marin County Civil Grand Jury report.

Rape kits include biological evidence — saliva, blood, semen, urine, skin cells and hair gathered from the victim’s body — that can be used for DNA analysis.

The grand jury says the number of untested kits is “small,” but supplies no estimate of how many, according to the report, which was released last week.

[Marin County] Marin civil grand jury: Elders need crisis shelter

Marin should develop a plan for an elder shelter, do more to ensure seniors receive emergency alerts and lobby for state funds to treat seniors with mental illness and dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Marin County Civil Grand Jury.

The report, titled “Marin is Aging: Are We Ready?,” notes that Marin’s seniors constitute a growing segment of the county population.

“Today, 27 percent of Marin residents are over 60 years old,” the report states. “This number is expected to increase to 34 percent by 2030.”

[Marin County] Editorial: Sewage agency consolidations require leadership

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is doing its job pointing out ways local government can operate better and more efficiently when it comes to taxpayer cost.

It comes as no surprise that the 2017-18 grand jury focused on Marin’s many local sanitary districts and called for regional consolidations.

That same recommendation has been raised, studied, recommended and rejected before; most recently in 2013, when Southern Marin voters rejected a proposal to consolidate sanitary districts that serve the area.

[Marin County] Marin oversight panel renews call for sanitation mergers

Disposal of sewage is something most people would rather not think about, but that reluctance is costing Marin residents a pretty penny, according to a new Marin County Civil Grand Jury report.

The report, released Friday, recommends immediate consolidation of three sanitary districts in central Marin — Sanitary District No. 1 (Ross Valley), Sanitary District No. 2 (Corte Madera) and the San Rafael Sanitary District.

[Marin County] Dick Spotswood: Chances of Marin sewage district consolidation are slim

The Marin County Civil Grand Jury has a well-earned reputation for having the ability, desire and political courage to dive into important but politically dicey issues.

They’ve just issued their newest report, “Consolidation of Sanitary Districts,” which is a blueprint for the efficient consolidation of a slew of uncoordinated out-of-sight agencies that provide an essential service.