Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Marin County Master Electrician by Tom Remus

Tom Remus is a master electrician serving Marin for 35 years. He offers residential and light commercial electrical work, troubleshooting expert. Services expand to outdoor landscape lighting, bathroom and kitchen remodels, breaker panel upgrades and LED lighting upgrade.

All work is done by the master electrician himself.

With California contractor license # 628913.

Tom, gives free estimates and advice.


Commercial Electrician

Tom Remus understands that any delay or interruption in electrical service means a loss in productivity and revenue in any commercial business.  He have worked in many small businesses in Marin to promptly restore electricity to major appliances, lighting fixtures, dimmers and overloaded circuits that can interrupt the flow of the business.

Offering not only comprehensive solutions for all your commercial electrical needs, Tom also provides you with the information and resources you need to make educated decisions about which solutions are best for you.

·                   Motion Sensor Security Lighting
·                   Furnish and Install 120 outlets
·                   Furnish and Install 120v smoke detectors
·                   Furnish and Install 240v amp circuit panels
·                   Furnish and Install Cable TV wires
·                   Installation Quad Outlets
·                   Installation of a New High Efficiency Lighting
·                   Install Commercial CO2 Detectors
·                   Install Commercial Outdoor Lighting For Signs
·                   Install Water proof junction boxes

Residential Electrician

Tom have worked on all kinds of residential projects from multi-million dollar high rise apartments and huge homes to small service calls to fix some little thing that is not working right. In the last few years, Tom have been working more on kitchen and bathroom remodeling and bring modern lighting fixtures in to create a very artistic and pleasing environment for the clients and guests.

Services and Products

·                   Sub Panel Upgrades
·                   Water Heater Electrical Hook Up
·                   Appliance Installation
·                   Exhaust Fan Installation
·                   Ceiling Fan Installation
·                   Main Service Upgrades
·                   Interior Lighting, Surface And Recessed
·                   Outdoor Lighting 120 Volt And 12 Volt Low Voltage
·                   Dimmers And Motion Sensors
·                   Kitchen Upgrades
·                   Intercom Systems
·                   Central Vacuums
·                   Bathroom Upgrades
·                   Flat Panel Installs
·                   Low Voltage Installs
·                   Dedicated Appliance Circuits

Outdoor Landscaping

When you are ready to install outdoor landscape lighting around your home, Tom can install high quality outdoor landscape lighting, which can beautify your home and significantly enhance its curb appeal and your property value.

Landscape Lighting Installation, Service & Repair

  • Landscape Lights
  • Spotlights for Highlighting Architecture & Trees
  • Hot Tub & Spa Hook-Ups
  • Swimming Pool Lighting
  • Low Voltage Lighting
  • Outdoor Sound Systems (Speakers and Entertainment Centers)
  • Outdoor Kitchens & Barbeque Areas1
  • GFI Outlets

Outdoor Lighting For:

  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Walkways
  • Patios
  • Ponds
  • Patio Covers
  • Fireplaces & Fire Pits
  • Decks

Contact Master Electrician Tom Remus for free estimate and advice on electrical services at (415) 458-2949. Visit

Monday, March 17, 2014

Richard Wodehouse offers Residential construction manager, owner's representative services.

Richard Wodehouse is an owner’s project manager in Marin County with numerous honor and merit awards including the Colorado Association of Homebuilders 2000 Builder of the Year. As an owner’s project manager in Tiburon and Belvedere he oversees construction projects of all sizes for an efficiency and budget, eco certification, and to give home owners peace of mind. Richard has more than 35 years of experience as a fine home builder in California and Colorado.

Working on behalf of the homeowner, an owner’s project manager detects problems before they occur, reduces costs, prevents delays, and manages subcontractors. Having an owner’s project manager allows you to confidently approach projects such as new home construction, eco renovations, making the additions you’ve always wanted, or installing features to increase property values. Architects and realtors are an integral part of the process, and Richard can work directly on new construction projects. Richard is also certified to help implement cost effective green building measures. By utilizing Richard as an owner’s project manager, you save time and prevent costly delays through his hands-on, experienced management. Throughout the project, and afterwards, Richard will be your trusted and fair advisor.

Owner’s Project Management
Large commercial construction has always used a project manager; residential construction of all sizes is just realizing the benefit of a project manager for the same reasons. As a project manager, Richard evaluates schedule, and aid in the selection of subcontractors to give you more time and peace of mind. With years of experience, he can detect problems before they occur, forecast budgets in advance, and can compare costs across suppliers. Richard Wodehouse is also certified to suggest green building options where appropriate. You’ll receive weekly project updates, a project calendar so you can plan visits at key decision-making times, and a trustworthy personal advisor.

An owner’s project manager will give appropriate information and advice so that the owner can make informed decisions and maintain control of the project and spend his money wisely. By coordinating, guiding and monitoring that the entire team is working towards like objectives problems are averted, delays are prevented and risks are reduced, therefore substantial money is saved.

The number of hours necessary and appropriate to perform the duties required on a project to be determined as project evolves. Owner can request additional work, or lessen amount of work, or terminate the work of the OR at all times. Payment arrangements to be agreed upon by Owner and OR.

Little risk for you since Richard is paid hourly and the amount of involvement is decided by you, shortly after his involvement you can determine the valued he is bringing to the project.

Your investment in time will be repaid in a short time by giving you added confidence and peace of mind with verification that your project is proceeding the way it should.

Though it’s best to have a project manager throughout the process, there are three distinct stages during which Richard can help you:

Richard believed that his skill is to bring a meditative influence to a conflict to help people engage constructively, which will result in a satisfactory and permanent closing of the case. After a 33 year career as a builder of fine homes and light commercial buildings, He is now focus on construction project management and serve as a professional mediator.

Construction Resolution Experience
In 33 years spent creating architecturally challenging structures he have mediated one hundred disputes between highly invested, sometimes highly emotional individuals.  He has worked out very interesting and complex solutions between:

Owners and sub-contractors

Subcontractors and other subs on the same site

Subcontractors and their own employees working at sites

Employees with each other

Employees to company leadership

These conflicts carry the added urgency of adverse impact on the schedule for the entire project if not addressed and resolved within a day or two.

I work with you, the architect, to create a harmonious green construction project with your client. Working together, I give you reliable, authoritative input that is relevant to your current design, resulting in a “menu” of green features to present to your client. Take confidence that the products and features you implement meet green building standards and your project. In addition to decades of working with architects as a contractor, I’ve also served as a consultant in green building for residential projects for Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).

During the permitting and planning approval process we can work to identify:

Deconstruction and salvage

Impact of trucks on site and surroundings

Tracking Feedback

Compliance with Cal Green, Green Point Rated

Passive House Energy Standard

Living Building Challenge

LEED for homes

Building science

Controlled ventilation

Whole house systems

Indoor air quality

Lower maintenance

Reduced climate impact and lower bills

Recycling on-site

After construction I offer a specialized, unique Owner’s Manual which details for the client the location, use, and emergency shut-off for the green features and regular features such as power and gas.

The savings to your client will more than cover my costs.

With 37 years of experience with fine homes, Richard has a history of working with realtors and architects to meet client needs.

When you have a client that is interested in a piece of property that includes the possibility of remodeling or new construction, contact Richard and he can advise you on what is feasible, the corresponding budgets, and the reasonable timeline.

Richard will use his experience in building more than 100 projects, many of them high-end, and in all kinds of settings. Your clients can make informed decisions about their dream property.

Richard is using his vast experience and knowledge gained in 37 years of building architecturally demanding projects in California and Colorado helping owners in the role of an Owner’s Project Manager. It is the OR’s role to provide guidance and information to eliminate uncertainties and ensure the Owner’s best interests are at the heart of every decision made and attempt ensure the best products and practices are employed.

Richard E. Wodehouse started as a custom builder in San Diego County, California, where he quickly gained a reputation as being one of the area’s finest contractors. After 15 years, he established operations in Telluride, Colorado. Known for his ability to successfully complete architecturally-challenging projects, Richard developed a close working relationship with both world-renowned and local architects. In 1999, he opened a second office in Aspen, Colorado. Richard now lives in Marin County where he is a construction project manager.

Richard’s projects have been featured in such magazines as Architectural Record, Custom Builder, Remodeling Ideas, Progressive Architecture, Colorado Homes & Life-Styles, Telluride Style, and Sojourner Magazine. Richard was named Colorado’s “Builder of the Year” for 2000, and has received numerous national and regional awards for his efforts in Green Building.

Richard is a national speaker and often contributes articles to local newspapers on various Green Building topics. He is an avid sailor, river kayaker, and motorcyclist. Richard is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

For project management and mediation services contact Richard Wodehouse at 415-944-0278.

Friday, January 25, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

To color and protect interior wood and furniture use high performance Brushing Wax from English Country Pine & Design.

Brushing Wax is the quick way to a completely natural wax finish. Simply brush on and buff off.

Based on customers’ demands, John Varney of English Country Design developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish.

English Country Pine & Design is a custom woodwork shop established in 1986 in Marin County, CA by John Varney, an English Craftsman and Designer with patience and an eye for detail.

English Country Pine & Design is woodwork green company. They use low-low VOC emissions for their water based products brushing wax.

Why Brushing Wax?

No worries!
No More Water Rings
Heat Resistance
Sensuous Waxy Feel
UV Stabilized
Sheen of Wax
Ideal for Tabletops
Water Base
Easy To Use
Effortless Clean-Up
Low V.O.C.
Choice of Colors
Great Sealer for Faux Finishes
Works on Metal & Plaster
Water Resistant
Heat Resistant

 About John Varney and Brushing Wax

English craftsman, designer, John Varney has an eye for detail as a master of art. He runs English Country Pine for over 25 years. He has lectured for the A.S.I.D. on furniture design addressing how to incorporate modern technologies into a traditional design.

Originally the finishes would be in dark stains and varnished in an attempt to mimic the quality high end furnishings. That’s why he developed a revolutionary new high performance BRUSHING WAX finish. The quick way to a natural wax finishes enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.

To order Brushing Wax contact John@ 415-485-3800.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Emerging Status of Nonprofits And the Bystander Effect

On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was returning home from work as a bar manager in New York. She parked her car and walked towards her apartment, just a 100 feet away. Suddenly she heard footsteps racing behind her. Before she could react, the assailant stabbed her twice. Screaming at the top of her lungs, she cried for help; repeatedly. No one came.  She died two hours later.

As investigators and reporters began piecing the story together, they were shocked by the lack of citizen intervention. At least two dozen people heard the screams over a 30-minute time span. Politicians, psychologists and clergymen were outraged, calling it another example of our apathetic social decay.
But two psychologists weren’t so sure. They wanted to know why Kitty was offered no help. Over the course of the next year, they conducted a series of experiments in crowded and private situations to understand what triggers and doesn’t trigger a response from bystanders. Here’s what they discovered:
Crowds behave like schools of fish – they group think. If there are no reactions to a stimulus, no one in the crowd will act. They found that “no one wants to stands out in a crowd.” This was proven time and time again as experiments were conducted on busy New York streets.

But as they tweaked their experiments, they finally discovered the answer and what instigates a reaction.
In today’s version of the “bystander effect,” one of our most precious socially important industries continue to pattern their future in the same methods as the past. As funds continue to dry up, many nonprofit agencies continue to seek financial help by using a single method of revenue generation: writing grants.

In comparison, a growing legion of innovative nonprofits across the globe are building “social enterprises,” and generating income through their own sales and services. One important result of this type of income is that grant-makers are more inclined to approve funds to organizations that are proving their ability to diversify their resources and gain greater self-sufficiency.

So in collaboration between Renaissance Marin and the Marin Community Foundation, we’re launching our best effort to break the bystander effect. Open to the first 20 nonprofits, this is an opportunity for agencies to learn the methods for building their own social enterprises. Think about the alternative: stay steady on your current course and watch your grant dollars diminish. The cost is also exceptionally affordable with some tuitions at $100 - less than seven percent of a popular national training program.

This is the one and only time we’ll be offering this training in 2013. The program is tailored made for nonprofits with little or no experience with business modeling. Not only will you learn all the essentials, you’ll have an opportunity to pitch your concepts to a panel of well accomplished business and social entrepreneurs. For ten groups that finish this two-month program, personal consultation will be provide to help you take your concepts to reality.

In addition, the workshops have been developed to respect your busy schedule. We’ll be meeting once every Thursday morning for three hours during the eight-week program starting January 31.
To get all the information, we urge you to attend the upcoming orientation on Thursday, Dec. 13; 10am at Renaissance Marin, 1115 3rd Street, San Rafael.

This program is specific to nonprofit agencies in Marin County and highly recommended for organizations receiving their funding through MCF.

For reservations to the orientation, please call us at 415.755.1115.

If you find yourself among of sea of bystanders unwilling to help you, what the researchers found was to target a single individual, get in front and make a plea. They found that tactic was the most effective way to gain help because a single individual when alerted stops group-think and becomes personally responsible. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Kahl Consultants just completed a website redesign for Groundswell Marketing of San Rafael, CA.

The former Groundswell website was built in flash. Unfortunately flash is not supported by Apple mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. 

The Groundswell site was therefore converted to a mobile ready Wordpress CMS (content management system) site. It uses a responsive design to adapt to mobile devices and various monitor sizes. 

Groundswell offer clients around the world marketing and event planning services including:

  • Marketing Program Management
  • Conference Planning
  • Event & Tradeshow Marketing
  • Customer and Press Events
  • Sustainable Events
  • Sustainability Marketing
To see the new Groundswell site visit them online at:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lotus Restaurants Give Back to the Community for Thanksgiving

For the eighth year in a row, the Lotus Family of Restaurants gives back to the community by hosting the annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner


San Rafael's Lotus Cuisine of India and Fairfax's Cafe Lotus will serve a free Indian buffet at these two locations on Wednesday, November 21, the night before Thanksgiving.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. No reservations.
Lotus invites anyone in need a good free meal!

Come enjoy our healthy tasty Indian food FREE.

This year Lotus Restaurants will also be collecting donations for local Marin Community Food Bank. We thank all of you who can donate for your generous support. This is their way of saying THANK YOU to the community.

Please help spread the word by forwarding this message to someone you know. Anyone who is homeless, needy, poor, or hungry is welcome to join us for a wonderful meal.

NOTE:  The free Thanksgiving Meal Offer is ONLY valid at our other Lotus restaurants (Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael and Cafe Lotus in Fairfax), but NOT at Lotus Chaat.