In Marin / CURRENTS
BROAD APPEAL Nicasio’s bucolic
reputation is about to get a high-speed
makeover, thanks to a community
fundraising effort. Marin’s first fiber-
optic broadband network has broken
ground and should supply service to
by the end of 2017. The
project comes from a
California Public Utilities Commission
(CPUC) fund that issues grants to build
broadband networks in rural communi-
ties. Once environmental clearances
are achieved, construction workers will
connect into unused fiber-optic cables
that were installed in 2014 to serve the
Lucasfilm facilities in the Nicasio area.
Nicasio School, the Nicasio Fire Depart-
ment and other small businesses will
also have a chance to benefit from the
new broadband service. Here are some
more numbers on the project. K.P.
Raising funds and awareness for causes comes in many forms: galas, Kickstarter campaigns, races and so on.
Sometimes, though, raising eyebrows is also an effective method — just ask Paddy O’Brien. The Marin native
and 19-year-old student at New Zealand’s Knox College cycled naked through an undergraduate anatomy lecture recently to raise awareness of testicular cancer. It worked. The story of the stunt was picked up by several
news outlets, effectively getting the word out. But this is hardly O’Brien’s first brush with fame. Diagnosed
with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a child, O’Brien became the face of fundraising efforts
to build the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital. Of his recent dash through the
spotlight he says, “I wanted to show that fundraising doesn’t have to be bake sales and fundraisers. You can
generate awareness by doing something fun like this.” And that’s the naked truth. K.P.
alcohol — are always taxable. Hot beverages, such as coffee, hot tea, mochas and so on, are
not. Cold foods are not taxable, but hot foods are, and this is where things get complicated.
According to the BOE: “A food product is considered a hot food product if it is heated to a
temperature above room temperature.” Examples of heating food range from the use of
steam tables to dipping a sandwich in hot gravy. Additionally, food is considered hot even if
it has cooled by the time of sale, since it was intended to be sold as a hot food. Combination
packages, when two or more items are sold together for a single price, also fall under different guidelines. “If a combination package sold to-go includes a hot prepared food or hot
beverage, its sale is taxable,” by BOE standards. Hot coffee and a doughnut? The hot coffee
makes the package taxable. Cold sandwich and iced tea? Not taxable. So if you think you’re
being “green” by bundling your takeout at the store, be aware that by doing so you may wind
up paying too much.
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$994,000+ raised by residents
$2.5 MILLION PROJECT
$89 service fee per month