Hero: Pristine Marin has a dirty little secret. Litter. Take a walk near the shoreline and you’ll find cigarette butts, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Let’s get off our tushies and do something about it by volunteering with Marin County Parks for California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 16, from 9am until noon. Sure, picking up litter for three hours isn’t glamorous, but they’re offering perks, like a free BBQ lunch and the chance to enter a raffle for great prizes. No excuses, because Coastal Cleanup Day takes place somewhere near you, including the Mill Valley/Sausalito pathway, McInnis Park, McNears Beach Park, Hal Brown Park at Creekside and Aramburu Island. All ages and skill levels welcome. To RSVP, call 415/763-2977. See you there.
Zero: We love stupid criminal chronicles and we have a doozy for you. After allegedly stealing a car, our crook sped on Highway 101 through San Rafael. Sped, as in driving over the speed limit, in a stolen vehicle. Enter ever-vigilant Deputy Longtin-Hortin of the Marin County sheriff’s office, who spotted the speeding Subaru and its tampered plates. Once he pulled the car over, he observed that the ignition had been “punched” (something other than a key was used to start the vehicle). It could end there, but it gets worse for our grand theft auto idiot. Deputy Longtin-Hortin discovered that the man was on probation in Contra Costa County. But wait, there’s more. A search of the Subaru revealed jewelry, furs and bingo—burglary tools. Tsk-tsk.