Hero & Zero: Save the coho & bank bullies

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: With thousands of Marinites joining forces with the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) to save the critically endangered coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek, it’s time for our county supervisors to pass a common-sense, science-based streamside conservation ordinance. The wild coho salmon in Lagunitas Creek are at the southernmost end of their run, and scientists believe that we must preserve this genetic stock for the welfare of the entire species. Wow! The world is relying on Marin to do the right thing. For more info, go to seaturtles.org and click on the salmon link. Then, be a hero and call your supervisor at 415/473-7331 to demand an ordinance requiring a 35-foot vegetative buffer around the West Marin creek to save the wild coho salmon.

Zero: A bank chain in our neighborhoods needs to make a change, specifically about their policy not to make change. Out of quarters for the parking meter? That Chase bank on the corner won’t take your dollar bill, unless you have an account there. We heard about a Mill Valley resident who withdrew money from the outside ATM at the branch on East Blithedale, paid the out-of-network charge and then went into the bank to request two $10 bills for the $20 bill that their machine just spit out. They refused, claiming he wasn’t a customer. (Aren’t you a customer if you just paid them a fee?) We asked a teller there and she said they don’t make exceptions, which earns them Zero interest from us.

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