Although its effects still linger, the recession is drawing to a close and we start to see things
turning around and, in some cases, coming to a close. Here at the magazine we get in trouble with
deer and cougar people and we write about sights that won’t be around much longer, like plastic
bags and Golden Gate Bridge toll takers. Larkspur Landing is purchased and becomes Marin
Country Mart, and we cover Marin personalities like Biz Stone, Carlos Santana, Tim Hockenberry,
Michael Chabon, Hal Brown and more. We also hold the presses for a 2010 gubernatorial debate.
JANUARY We ask local musician Tim
Hockenberry about the phenomena of
“cougars” in Marin — and we don’t mean
the cat. He responds that there should be
fewer of them and Cougargate is born.
JANUARY We talk to Mohammad Faroqi
about the Marin County sheriff who pur-
chased a winning Mega Millions lottery
ticket at the Chevron Food Mart he
manages on Seminary Drive. The sheriff
received $75.7 million; store employees
received a bonus.
FEBRUARY An ad we run for Specialized
Bikes makes an attempt at humor when
it mentions T-boning a deer at 40 mph on
mountain trails. The joke falls flat for many
readers and our Letters box fills up.
JUNE We hear from Golden Gate Bridge
authorities after running photographer Jay
Graham’s shot of the bridge that was taken
on the bridge. We learn you need to have a
permit to do that for commercial purposes.
NOVEMBER We hold the presses to do a
story on Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman’s
gubernatorial debate at Dominican
University and send the copy the next day.
In December we spoke
with Hal Brown, the lon-gest-serving supervisor in
Marin County, about the
county, SMART, desalination and his cousin, Jerry
Brown. The beloved figure
died at age 66 in 2012 after
a long battle with cancer.
You can remember him
every time you visit Hal
Brown Park in Greenbrae.
WATER, WATER, EVERY WHERE In this June feature,
writer Somer Flaherty and photographer Tim Porter look
into Marin’s water supply after the Marin Municipal Water
District approves a $105 million desalination plant. They
also report that plans for the plant were scuttled after
heavy rains overfilled local reservoirs.
FAMOUS FACES •
Marin’s own Carlos Santana discusses
his Milagro Foundation, which provides
support for many Marin organizations
that help children and also runs garden and nutrition programs. Santana
says Grammys are nice but counts this
foundation as his biggest hit.