Alternative evaluations sought at 
Lagunitas

10/30/2014
The Lagunitas School District administration will renegotiate two clauses of its contract with the teacher’s union concerning staff development and teacher evaluation. The announcement, made at a sparsely attended board meeting last week, comes a month after teachers announced their intention to renegotiate salaries, benefits and class sizes and at...

Latinos fill first-ever 
empowerment training

10/30/2014
Last month, on the second night of a two-evening empowerment training for the Latino community in West Marin, about three dozen participants drew pictures of themselves and scribbled painful, belittling comments or ideas they felt others might have about them around the contours of the image. Then everyone picked out...

Retired Channel Islands superintendent delivers a cautionary tale

10/30/2014
Tim Setnicka, the blunt-spoken former superintendent of Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Southern California, told a crowd of over 60 people at West Marin School last Thursday that the National Park Service “has no soul.” Instead, he argued, it’s comprised of people maneuvering through a bureaucracy that...

Painting the family Bible in Bolinas

10/30/2014
Janis Loewengart Yerington, an artist who has lived in Bolinas for four short years, recently painted a dramatic rendition of the biblical story from the Book of Exodus—Moses breaking the tablets given to him by God—on a huge piece of driftwood in her backyard. The piece, she said, hasn’t been inside her home yet; instead, it’s sitting on an easel outside, valiantly surviving recent deluges...

Theme set for spring writers conference

10/30/2014
Women and the Land will be the theme of the next Geography of Hope conference, a literary gathering hosted by Point Reyes Books and designed to highlight the human relationship with wilderness. The event, held in March, will feature a dozen or more writers who use their craft to express...

County funds for locals

10/30/2014
The Board of Supervisors approved $100,000 in allocations for nonprofits in Marin this week, including close to $10,000 for groups in West Marin. The San Geronimo Valley Community Land Trust nabbed $1,500 for community outreach, such as “signage, website design and maintenance, and brochures,” to help lure community members that...

Documentary film fest debuts in Stinson

10/30/2014
Documentary buffs rejoice: the first annual Stinson Beach Documentary Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 7. Five films released in the last year will be shown over the course of three evenings; from profiles to politics to pelicans, the selection covers a wide range of subjects. “We were...

District is ready for Measure B

10/30/2014
Bolinas and Stinson Beach voters have an unprecedented opportunity to transform the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District into a first-rate 21st century learning environment by voting yes on Measure B, a general obligation bond targeted to address facility needs at the district’s two campuses—Stinson Beach, which houses kindergarten through grade two,...