In Your Town for Jan. 14, 2021


Awards ceremony
honors nonprofits

Hundreds of nonprofits and businesses that support them were honored at the 28th annual Heart of Marin awards ceremony.

The event, organized by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership and Bank of Marin, was held online Thursday.

The winners, selected by judges from dozens of nominees in various categories, received cash awards of $5,000, or $1,000 for student winners. The awards and winners included:

• lifetime achievement: Dr. Thomas Peters, president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente.

• achievement in nonprofit excellence: Performing Stars of Marin. Sponsored by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership.

• excellence in leadership: Dr. Mitesh Popat, chief medical officer of Marin Community Clinic. Sponsored by the Marin Community Foundation.

• youth volunteers of the year: Natalia Betzler, Love is the Answer; Lucas Tress, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit; Leslye Deleon, Next Generation Scholars; David Fox, Learning Enrichment Afterschool Program; and Alex Paloglou, Beyond Differences. Sponsored by Redwood Credit Union.

• excellence in board leadership: Ed Westbrook, Friends of China Camp. Sponsored by EO Products.

• volunteer of the year: Viviana Garcia, Enriching Lives through Music. Sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

• corporate community service: 2K Games. Sponsored by BioMarin.

Marin residents pass
state bar examination

Thirty-one people with Marin County addresses have passed the latest state bar exam.

The State Bar of California administers its tests twice a year. The results released on Monday were for the exam in October. The state bar said 8,723 applicants completed the test and 5,292 passed.

Five of the passers listed Novato addresses: Andrew Gibson, Cameron Sheron, Girard Courteau, Alexander Ratto and Molly Brekhus.

Five listed San Rafael addresses: Danielle Schulkin, Bartlett Williams, Timothy Craig, Nadim Houssain and Laura Jones.

Five listed their ZIP codes as 94920, which covers Tiburon and Belvedere. They are Jennifer Hodkinson, Emilie Jones, Ariana Shadan, Laura Slote and Angela Tam.

The other local passers are Michelle Devereaux of Greenbrae; Benjamin Whitlatch of Kentfield; Matthew Agnew, Lucas Peck and Aislinn Smalling of Corte Madera; Kimia Mahallati of Fairfax; Elizabeth Malay and Alexandro Sauerwein of Larkspur; Lisa Shearman, Sara Solli and Jeffrey Walker of Mill Valley; Madison Winey of Ross; Zach Garrison and Hiromasa Onizuka of San Anselmo; and Allan Van Vliet and Natalie Vernon of Sausalito.

Test participants are eligible to become licensed practitioners if all other requirements are met.


State weighs appeal
of bumblebee ruling

The California Fish and Game Commission has voted unanimously to consider appealing a court ruling stating the commission cannot list four species of bumblebees under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

The commission had voted in 2019 to consider granting the western, Crotch’s, Franklin’s and Suckley’s cuckoo bumblebees endangered status because of significant population declines in the past century. Western bumblebees have largely disappeared from Marin County.

Six agricultural organizations filed a lawsuit in Sacramento County to challenge the proposal because of its potential harm to farmers. A judge ruled in their favor last month.

The commission has until Feb. 8 to appeal the decision.