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Keep Marin Marin Launches Petition to Save the Public Health Lab

Board of Supervisors proposed a closure of the lab, which could cause testing delays.

In response to a proposal made to the Marin County Board of Supervisors to close the Marin County Public Health Lab, the Keep Marin Marin project — a joint effort of the Marin Association of Public Employees and the Marin County Management Employees Association — has launched a public petition to save the lab.

The lab, which handles the testing of everything from agents of bioterrorism to sexually transmitted diseases, provides vital public services that keep Marin safe and healthy. The proposed closure would cause Marin’s testing work to be outsourced to other counties — which could delay test results and compromise residents’ safety.

Further, there is concern that Marin residents would not be the first priority in the event of an emergency or an outbreak.

Marin is a great place to live because its citizens recognize the importance of investments in our environment, education systems and public health. Supporters of the petition urge the community to get involved in protecting public health by signing the petition to save the lab. The petition also is available at KeepMarinMarin.org.

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Mark Schoenbaum August 19, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Keep Marin Marin is the public employee union. They are not concerned about citizens of Marin, their concern is union jobs, pay and benefits.
Tina McMillan August 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Mark Normally we are on the same page with pensions and fiscal sobriety but the lab is part of the many services that the county has seen fit to dismantle while holding on to their discretionary fund and putting forth a $10million dollar sales tax measure to increase the size and scope of Parks and Open Space. When the Marin Grand Jury issued their report saying the decisions made by the Supervisors needed citizens oversight this was the kind of issue they were referring to. The Supervisors have two assistants each, have salaries on which they will draw hefty pensions and yet they continue to reduce any direct services provided to the poor and needy of Marin. Where does it stop??
Craig Belfor August 19, 2012 at 04:20 AM
There are more administrators than teachers on the elementary schools in Marin, and the supervisors have spent 4 million dollars of bag money in handouts to favorites. We now pay more for retirement than work. If this was a business, there would only be one school chief. Many elementary schools have one principle and two assistant principles. The public employees will say or do anything to keep the gravy train rolling, and any suggestion of efficiency will be met with resistance, paid for by the slush fund. Get used to it. Even Bell didn't have a slush fund.
Bob Silvestri August 22, 2012 at 01:42 AM
It's absolutely shameful that in a County as wealthy as Marin our Supervisors are content to allow important health services for average citizens to vanish. It's absolutely shameful that our County Supervisors continue to spend their taxpayer funded, personal "slush funds," that are more than enough to keep the lab open annually, on their politically motivated, pet projects instead of maintaining basic public health services locally. They should be renovating and upgrading the antiquated lab, not closing it. But what do our Supervisors care? They have great personal healthcare, paid for by the same taxpayers they've turned their backs on.
Clarence Darrow August 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
The Marin Grand Jury also said the county needs to consolidate services to reduce waste and duplication. So when the Supes propose to eliminate a lab whose services can be done for less in Sonoma, people complain. We need to be honest: are we willing to sacrifice some levels of service in order to meet our budget goals? And, without opening a can of worms, equity means everyone shares a little in the belt-tightening that this economy demands of us.

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