Hero & Zero


Finally, after months of personal attacks and general misbehavior, the Dixie School District Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the district and Dixie Elementary school. We say better late than never, but this action should have taken place decades ago when it was first suggested in 1997 by Kerry Peirson of Mill Valley. To the three trustees who voted yes, Marnie Glickman, Megan Hutchinson and Brooks Nguyen, hats off to you.


A Santa Rosa man, on his way to go hiking in Novato last Sunday morning, made a quick stop at a coffee shop in Cotati, leaving his dog and keys inside the vehicle. When he came out 10 minutes later, his car and 11-year-old pooch Kada had vanished.

After flagging down a Cotati police officer and filing a report, James did what anyone would do: he turned to social media to find the beloved mixed-breed who’d been with him since she was three months old. His Facebook post garnered hundreds of shares and comments, but no one had seen her.

A break came on Tuesday afternoon when police in Port Orford, Oregon pulled over a woman driving James’ stolen car. Unfortunately, Kada wasn’t with her. Suspect Danielle Lormer, 37, arrested and booked on several charges, said the last time she’d seen the dog was in Santa Rosa. It’s one thing to steal a car, but only an inhumane Zero would put a senior pooch out on the road.

Later that evening, James received a call from Marin Humane saying a woman reported she recognized Kada from Facebook and had seen her at the Marin Gateway shopping center. James rushed to Marin City and with the help of a Marin County Sheriff’s deputy searched for her for two hours. Around 1 a.m., Deputy Kevin Guinn spotted her under a bush in a nearby residential area and phoned James, who was still out looking.

Kada and James were reunited in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, three days and 37 miles away from where they were last together. We’re happy to report that both man and dog are doing well.


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Nikki Silverstein
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