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Program will help landlords make rents affordable

07/28/2016
In a new collaboration with the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin and Marin Housing Authority, the county will offer a suite of financial incentives and support services designed to entice landlords to make rents affordable. The two-year pilot program, approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, is...

Four families left Stewart Ranch, for murky reasons

07/28/2016
Four Latino families that have lived for decades at Olema’s Stewart Ranch moved out of their homes this month after receiving word in May from the ranch’s owners that their longstanding housing agreements on the 2,188-acre cattle ranch would be terminated. Conflicting accounts have surfaced about why the families had...

Judge orders settlement talks in seashore ranching suit

07/28/2016
In an apparent attempt to avoid a protracted legal battle, the judge presiding over the ranching lawsuit last week ordered the National Park Service and a trio of environmental groups to meet with a magistrate judge for a settlement conference. In response, the environmental groups told the judge they would...

San Francisco couple submits plans for Mount Vision property

07/28/2016
Nearly three years after being red-tagged by the county for starting work prematurely, a San Francisco society couple has submitted plans to renovate and build on a six-acre property atop the Inverness Ridge. Alexis and Trevor Traina say they intend to preserve the handmade style of several cabins on the...

Historic Inverness boathouse to be renovated

07/28/2016
The owner of a historic Inverness boathouse—possibly the oldest existing structure on Tomales Bay—has applied for a permit to restore the 842-square-foot building and preserve it for launching boats. According to owner Wayne Demmel, the structure is in need of “some serious T.L.C.” and is slated to have a boardwalk...

Music festival moved on short notice benefits Big Sur fire relief

07/28/2016
Speckled with several dozen tents, Love Field played host to the seventh-annual overnight Woodsist Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday after the music gathering was relocated to Point Reyes Station from Big Sur to escape the Soberanes wildfire, which has burned over 23,500 acres since sparking five days ago. All proceeds...

Rules for camping, signs, and more to change

07/21/2016
County rules for slaughterhouses, signs, camping and more are slated for significant revisions this year. Last week, planning commissioners held a workshop to hear more details about the coming revisions, which will not apply to the coastal zone, with many proposals garnering support and a couple drawing scrutiny. One of...

Broadband moves forward for Nicasio

07/21/2016
Dozens of letters of support from Nicasio homeowners, school officials and business owners helped secure a nearly $1.5 million grant for the Nicasio Broadband Project last Thursday, according to the California Public Utilities Commission, which awarded the funds despite a budget shortfall for similar projects. But the pressure is now...

Organic milk led Marin ag’s banner value in 2015

07/21/2016
Agriculture had another booming year in Marin, with the gross value of products in the county reaching its highest value for the second year in a row. The annual crop report released on Tuesday pegged gross values for 2015 at over $111 million, a 10 percent increase from 2014, with...

Splintered ranchers group reborn in wake of seashore lawsuit

07/21/2016
The longstanding association of ranchers in the Point Reyes National Seashore has reconstituted in the face of a lawsuit that challenges their operations in the park, after the group splintered two years ago. “The ranchers are working together as a unified group through the association,” said Dave Evans, a fourth-generation...

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