Hero: We hate drones. They’re loud and invasive machines. Drones regularly follow people while they walk down the street or buzz them in a peaceful park. There’s even a report in Sausalito that a manned drone went through the doorway of a private home and continued down the hallway. That incident, along with others reported to the Sausalito Police Department, prompted the Sausalito City Council to craft a new law that flies in the face of drone owners. With a 5-to-zip vote, the astute council agreed to restrict drones from following folks, flying within 25 feet of houses or humans and violating someone’s privacy. No drone-flying while drunk either. Rogue drones could be confiscated and operators fined when the law receives a final vote (on Tuesday, February 27, after we went to press).
Zero: We like rats. They’re smart and affectionate pets. However, let’s be clear that there’s a difference between pet rats and wild vermin running rampant in a restaurant. Rodents have taken up residence in the Marin Civic Center Café, located in our resplendent Civic Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We’re gagging as we write that rat poop and fur have been found repeatedly and whole rats have been seen skittering around the kitchen. In mid-February, the cafeteria was closed by the county, which ironically, is responsible for the rodent invasion, since they own the building. Food service provider Epicurean Group also failed, as it’s required to keep the kitchen clean. A note on the concessionaire’s website says, “… we deliver an incomparable dining experience!” Unfortunately, we agree.