Jon lost his mobile phone, driver’s license, credit card and cash at the Village of Corte Madera last week. Gone, gone, gone, right? Nope. A Good Samaritan found the belongings, looked at the address on Jon’s license and delivered every item to his home. The kind soul intended to remain anonymous, as he or she included a lovely note, but left off a name and imparted no contact information. Jon feels better about humanity today and extends many thanks to the person he calls his angel. We’re glad Jon received his belongings, and we give kudos to the person who did a good deed expecting nothing in return.
Well, the elephant in the room this week is, of course, PG&E. We could go on and on with the way they’ve paid their execs bonuses and neglected equipment maintenance for years, but we shall refrain from doing so. Today we’ll focus on one effect of the Marin blackout and let it speak for all the zero stories we’ve experienced since the lights went out. The Marin Lions Club, a wonderful service organization, teamed up with Marin Health and Human Services to provide free vision testing and free recycled prescription eyeglasses for those underserved folks in our community. More than 500 people pre-registered for the examinations. The power outage forced the Lions Club to cancel the event, scheduled to take place on Sunday in San Rafael. PG&E gave 48-hours’ notice for the shutdown, but as the Lions Club Marin Regional Chairman Rick Carnal noted on Nextdoor, it takes far longer than that to plan the essential, vision-testing event. Everyone was welcome, from infants to seniors in all income brackets and no questions asked. Imagine your frustration if you had impaired eyesight, you needed a new prescription to get your vision back to 20/20 and you’d been waiting months for an exam. Missing this service is a significant loss for the people of Marin and we blame one entity: PG&E.