.Hero & Zero: Successful Interventions & Dog Fights


Hero: Congratulaciones to the County of Marin Probation Department and the Canal Welcome Center in San Rafael for renewing their partnership to assist at-risk youth. This innovative alliance, beginning its fourth year, funds and runs three programs: Partners For Success, Consejo (advice) for Restorative Justice and Presente Youth Leadership Development. More than 200 young people have participated, and triumphs abound, including an 18-year-old who finished probation, got a job at a bank and is working on a business administration degree, and a 17-year-old who improved greatly in academics, completed high school and now manages an ice cream shop. “I’ve seen their paths turn from the wrong direction toward a successful life,” says Douglas Mundo, founder and executive director of the Canal Welcome Center. Great work by all.

Zero: Grrr. The National Park Service (NPS) is again behaving secretly about the controversial Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) proposed dog management plan. The plan was halted in May after a group of dog and recreation advocates filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and obtained documents that suggested a nefarious and possible illegal conspiracy among some NPS officials in an effort to remove dogs from nearly all of the areas where they are allowed currently. The NPS convened a three-person review panel to investigate; however, the members haven’t been identified and aren’t accepting public input. To combat the lack of transparency, more than 35,000 people signed a petition to keep recreational dog walking in the GGNRA. Add your name at petitionsite.com/takeaction/728/478/486/.

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Nikki Silverstein
Nikki Silverstein is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Pacific Sun since 2005. She escaped Florida after college and now lives in Sausalito with her Chiweenie and an assortment of foster dogs. Send news tips to [email protected].


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