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Former Marin County Probation Dept. Chief Mike Daly Reflects on Work in New Film

In the film, Fairfax native and former Marin County Chief Probation Officer Mike Daly, gave an account of his 30-year career in the Probation Department, where he became chief in 2009 and retired in 2020, the same year he received the Camarena Award.

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From left: Carl Laur, Mark Reischel, Lynn Fox, Mike Daly, Lori Frugoli, Jeffrey Schaub, and Mark Dale. Photo by Godfrey Lee.
From left: Carl Laur, Mark Reischel, Lynn Fox, Mike Daly, Lori Frugoli, Jeffrey Schaub, and Mark Dale. Photo by Godfrey Lee.

By Godfrey Lee

As part of their drug awareness programming, the San Rafael Elks 1108 showed a film about former Marin County Chief Probation Officer Mike Daly at their hall at 1312 Mission Ave. on Oct. 18, 2022.

In the wide-ranging interview conducted by Jeffrey Schaub, a news anchor and reporter for KCBS, KPIX, and KGO, Daly revealed how his career got started and his concerns about the long-term impact of drugs on individuals and communities.

In the film, the Fairfax native gave an account of his 30-year career in the Probation Department, where he became chief in 2009 and retired in 2020, the same year he received the Camarena Award.

According to the Elks’ web site, the interview “[t]opics included the importance of parental guidance, the immediate and deadly threat of illicit Fentanyl, and the fact that “driving under the influence” can include marijuana. In fact, “under the influence” of drugs and alcohol applies to almost every probationer Daly encountered during his decades-long career.”

In 1990, Daly was working at the Petrini’s Supermarket in Greenbrae as a journeyman butcher and looking for a change.

Daly knew Joe Coffrini, the treasurer-tax collector at the time, and asked him for career advice. Coffrini directed Daly to then-Marin County Probation Department Chief Ron Baylo, who then set up a job interview for Daly. He was hired to be a part of the department’s parole unit, according to Kristina Houch of The Patch newspaper.

Being a probation officer was a way for Daly to help people and give back to the community. “I really enjoy helping somebody whether in sports and life. We are all there to help each other, make corrections to our wisdom and what we have learned in our careers,” Daly said.

The ‘Wall of Change’ in the Probation Department office has pictures and stories of people who have overcome their challenges. Many who are struggling with their challenges told Daly that they wanted to be on that wall.

Daly recalls Homer Hall of Marin City as one who “has gone through the system, been in prison and come out.” Hall went on to start the Marin City Boxing Club. Daly also talked about Darrell Roary, who was hired to work for the Public Defender’s office as a “recovery coach,” providing peer support as well as help getting resources to those trying to get their lives back on track.

People need to get off drugs, Daly said, as 85% of those who commit crime were on drugs. “Drugs and alcohol change your behavior, and you make very poor decisions when you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol” Daly said.

The Probation Department will do everything in its power to get people back on their feet, but people still need to have accountability, Daly said. Simply putting people in jail does not work. They also need be held accountable for how they hurt and wronged others.

These actions are more complicated than the “Just Say No,” campaign that former first lady Nancy Reagan promoted in the 1980s. Many people are mentally ill, have suffered violence and physical and substance abuse, Daly said. Many of them will die on the street from exposure from cold because authorities can’t force them into shelter. They may also need medical help.

The film was produced for the Elks 1108 Drug Awareness Program (DAP) by Lynn Fox, PhD., and recorded last spring at the Community Media Center of Marin. Carl Wilson Laur was the director, editor, set designer and lighting engineer; Mary Keydash was the audio engineer and Gaby Bransgrove led the production crew.

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Moms 4 Housing Hold Sit-in Demanding County Supervisors Extend Eviction Protections

All formerly unhoused mothers, the Moms are risking arrest to demand that newly elected Supervisor Lena Tam uphold a previous vote for a strong package of permanent tenant protections for renters in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County as the end of the COVID Eviction Moratorium looms. Participants in the sit-in, are calling on all supporters to come to the 5th floor of 1221 Oak Street or outside the county building immediately to support the protest.

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Participants in the sit-in, which began Tuesday afternoon, are calling on all supporters to come to the 5th floor of 1221 Oak Street or outside the county building immediately to support the protest.
The Moms are prepared to hold this sit-in for 60 hours — for the 60,000 tenants who need these protections, which are set to expire.

By Post Staff

Moms 4 Housing held a sit-in in the nonviolent civil disobedience tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., to demand that the Alameda County Board of Supervisors uphold their original vote to pass permanent Just Cause eviction protections for the 60,000 tenants living in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County.

The Moms are prepared to hold this sit-in for 60 hours — for the 60,000 tenants who need these protections, which are set to expire.

All formerly unhoused mothers, the Moms are risking arrest to demand that newly elected Supervisor Lena Tam uphold a previous vote for a strong package of permanent tenant protections for renters in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County as the end of the COVID Eviction Moratorium looms.

Participants in the sit-in, are calling on all supporters to come to the 5th floor of 1221 Oak Street or outside the county building immediately to support the protest.

The Anti Police-Terror Project (APTP), ACCE and EBHO, along with other local activists, are mobilizing outside of the Alameda County Administration Building to stand in solidarity with Moms 4 Housing, an organization focused on uniting mothers, neighbors, and friends to reclaim housing for the Oakland community from the big banks and real estate speculators.

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Following More Mass Shootings Democrats Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

On January 22, a gunman opened fire on a crowd celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California, killing 11 and wounding 9. The Democrats’ proposed Age 21 Act would make it illegal to sell or buy an assault weapon to anybody under 21, bringing it in line with the legal age for purchasing handguns. President Joe Biden has publicly stated his support for the legislation.

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The assault weapons prohibition “passed the House last year with bipartisan backing, but was blocked by Senate Republicans
The assault weapons prohibition “passed the House last year with bipartisan backing, but was blocked by Senate Republicans.

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire

Two proposals aimed at curbing the spread of assault rifles were submitted today by Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein of California, and Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

The Assault Weapons Ban seeks to prohibit the commercialization, distribution, production, and importation of assault rifles and other firearms designed for use in military operations, as well as high-capacity magazines and similar devices.

On January 22, a gunman opened fire on a crowd celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California, killing 11 and wounding 9.

The Democrats’ proposed Age 21 Act would make it illegal to sell or buy an assault weapon to anybody under 21, bringing it in line with the legal age for purchasing handguns.

President Joe Biden has publicly stated his support for the legislation.

Biden said that the number of mass shootings declined during the decade that the Assault Weapons Ban was in effect.

“In the 10 years that the Assault Weapons Ban was on the books, mass shootings went down,” Biden remarked.

“After Republicans let the law expire in 2004 and those weapons were allowed to be sold again, mass shootings tripled,” he declared.

Both houses of Congress were urged to take quick action by the president.

According to Biden, “the majority of American people agree with this rational measure.”

“There can be no greater responsibility than to do all we can to ensure the safety of our children, our communities and our nation,” he insisted.

In the House of Representatives, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline said he plans to introduce a companion bill to the Senate’s Assault Weapons Ban.

Feinstein said assault rifles “seem to be the unifying denominator in the seemingly endless number of horrific shootings.”

“Because these firearms were created for maximum efficiency in mass murder,” the senator noted.

“They have no place in our society or educational institutions. It’s time to take a stand against the gun lobby and do something about getting these lethal weapons off the streets, or at the absolute least, out of the hands of our youth.”

Blumenthal added, as the gunman at the Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park demonstrated just days ago, assault weapons are designed for one and one purpose only: to murder or hurt human beings.

“These military-style combat weapons – built for the battlefield and designed to maximize death and destruction – have brought bloodshed and carnage to our streets and continue to be the weapon of choice in countless mass shootings,” Blumenthal said.

“Guns don’t respect state boundaries, which is why we need a national solution to restricting the ownership and use of assault weapons. Now is the time to honor gun violence victims and survivors with this commonsense action.”

Rep. Ciciline argued that it is long past due to reinstate an assault weapon ban and remove these “weapons of war” from civilian areas.

The assault weapons prohibition “passed the House last year with bipartisan backing, but was blocked by Senate Republicans,” Ciciline noted.

“We need to come together to enact this commonsense, effective, and proven policy to reduce gun violence and save lives. I thank Senator Feinstein for her partnership in this fight and look forward to introducing the House companion bill in the coming weeks.”

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With a 97.3% Strike Vote, More Than 500 Richmond Educators Rally Before School Board Meeting

“We don’t want to strike, but we will if it means doing what is best for our students. Over 90% of all union members who participated in the strike authorization vote are ready to meet this crisis created by a board and management team not working in the interests of the district. We are hoping our actions through the fact-finding process will show WCCUSD that we are serious about fighting for the best resources for our students. They deserve the best, and nothing less,” UTR President John Zabala said.

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Educators across the district have weathered crisis after crisis: from budget cuts due to poor financial management, to building new virtual learning systems during the pandemic, or giving up countless prep or non-contractual hours to ensure students are with a credentialed adult every day
Educators across the district have weathered crisis after crisis: from budget cuts due to poor financial management, to building new virtual learning systems during the pandemic, or giving up countless prep or non-contractual hours to ensure students are with a credentialed adult every day

By Post Staff

United Teachers of Richmond (UTR) held a rally urging West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) officials to reach a “fair settlement” and avoid a strike.

Teachers, school psychologists, school nurses, school counselors, program specialists, librarians, and speech-language pathologists are calling for a settlement that includes community schools, shared decisions, and competitive compensation that keeps outstanding educators in the community — and brings the next generation of educators to the district.

The rally was held at Lovonya Dejean Middle School, 3400 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.

“We don’t want to strike, but we will if it means doing what is best for our students. Over 90% of all union members who participated in the strike authorization vote are ready to meet this crisis created by a board and management team not working in the interests of the district. We are hoping our actions through the fact-finding process will show WCCUSD that we are serious about fighting for the best resources for our students. They deserve the best, and nothing less,” UTR President John Zabala said.

In mid-November last year, the Legislative Analyst Office of California announced additional guaranteed, ongoing funding for the 2023-24 school year. The district intends to only provide less than half of the percentage of ongoing permanent funding it receives from the state for educator compensation, according to a statement released by the UTR.

Despite that projection of continued funding by the state, the school district declared an impasse in negotiations with UTR. Educators across the district have weathered crisis after crisis: from budget cuts due to poor financial management, to building new virtual learning systems during the pandemic, or giving up countless prep or non-contractual hours to ensure students are with a credentialed adult every day.

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