By Nikki Silverstein
Hero: Mathnasium of Mill Valley, a learning center for kids, recently became the second largest revenue-producing Mathnasium in the country. Factor in that there are more than 600 centers, then add that numerous locations operate in larger cities, and the result is a huge accomplishment by Scott Rubin, owner of the local franchise. Although he and his wife couldn’t have their own children, his work has given him the opportunity to be a positive influence in the lives of many local kids. “They, in turn, have made a profound impact on my own life,” he says. This nice guy gives back to the community by hosting free movie and pizza nights for neighbors and free Excel help for adults. Scott + Kids + Math = Success.
Zero: Curtis Myron Odom, 22, cost the taxpayers of Marin a bundle last Sunday morning. The San Pablo resident and his girlfriend drove to San Rafael to pick up his paycheck and then struggled over who should hold the keys to her car. Odom drove away, leaving his girlfriend behind, and she called the police. During the police pursuit, Odom drove more than 70 mph on East Francisco Blvd., hit another car head-on and hurt the driver. He then jumped out of the car and into the bay. Because he refused to come out, the CHP, Marin County Sheriff’s Department, San Rafael and Larkspur Fire Departments and the U.S. Coast Guard, which provided special assistance with a rescue boat crew and helicopter, had to respond. The menace, finally, was arrested.