Hero & Zero: Be a hero & an altar thief

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By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: For more than 60 years, the Marin Theatre transported patrons to new worlds and helped them escape reality for a couple of hours at a time. Now, Sausalito’s sole movie theatre is dark, possibly forever, unless a committee appointed by Mayor Jill Hoffman is able to showcase the charming Caledonia Street venue to entice a new operator to turn on the lights. It’s a big role for the group, as the building’s management company found no takers after it invited a variety of entertainment companies to stake their claim on the Sausalito street where locals roam, dine and shop. We’re hoping for a twist ending, because a shuttered movie theatre in a small town is a tear-jerker. Please support the committee and your local businesses.

Zero: Who stole the memorial altar for Steve Carter, the yoga instructor killed in a random shooting while walking in Marin County Open Space near Fairfax last October? Lokita Carter, Steve’s wife, erected a memorial plaque and altar at the site where he died. Though she had to remove the plaque due to open space regulations, the temporary altar remained—until it disappeared. Missing items include a statue of Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy, and notes, photographs and other mementos. Thief, you have an out. “We hope that whoever that person is would recognize the hurt they caused Mrs. Carter and return the items to the Marin County Civic Center, Suite 260, no questions asked,” said Carl Somers, chief of planning for the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space.

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