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The Helen Vine Recovery Center, in San Rafael, houses 26 beds, 4 of which are set aside for chronic inebriates. A recent Grand Jury report found that bringing public inebriates to sobering centers instead of jails or emergency rooms can save law enforcement and hospitals money as well as better address the larger societal problem. David Briggs

When asked about a homeless man who apparently drank so much that he passed out in the park on Saturday, some residents and workers in downtown Bolinas have to think deeply about who exactly that could have been.

There are a number of homeless people in the area, many who have become familiar fixtures and others who . . .