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"Oyster War" book sides with park, through a narrative lens

08/27/2015
In a book chronicling the years-long controversy over Drakes Bay Oyster Company published earlier this month, author Summer Brennan—a former Light reporter raised in West Marin—concludes that the federal government made the right call when it forced the farm’s closure in 2012. “I say that I have tried to stay...

Comments open on mosquito district EIR

08/27/2015
A first-ever programmatic environmental impact report drafted by the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District assessing the district’s current practices is open for public comment. The report contains all documents pertaining to the district’s activities, which range from education outreach to chemical control with herbicides and pesticides. It details four...

Boom in inter-district transfers at Shoreline

08/27/2015
A large boost in inter-district transfer students to Shoreline Unified School District is projected to bring more kids into the district at a time when enrollment has been steadily declining as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in state money that was instrumental in righting the district’s budget for...

Shoreline’s trustee benefits poised for a vote

08/27/2015
After a year of contentious talks, Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees is on the brink of a decision on whether its members will continue to receive district-funded health benefits, with a vote coming potentially next month. “It will be a difficult decision,” said longtime trustee Jim Lino. “It...

Supes try again with coastal plan

08/27/2015
A partial update to the Local Coastal Program was approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, as part of a second attempt during a seven-year process to change the county’s coastal development rules. The program approved this week focused largely on refining agricultural policies, as the county has generally pushed...

Bolinas eyes cheap fix to water byproducts

08/27/2015
Two plastic buckets sit in a corner of the Woodrat Water Treatment Plant in Bolinas. Both are filled with chlorine-treated water pulled from a reservoir operated by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, but one of the buckets also holds a small dose of a coagulant called aluminum hydrochlorate. In...

At Box Show, mini worlds and transformation

08/27/2015
Imagine a room where 150 windows open into alternate worlds, be they simple, garish, theatrical, or dreamy. This is the feeling one gets walking into Gallery Route One’s 17th Box Show, an annual fundraiser that has grown into a Bay Area institution. Each work of art is created in, on, or out of identical wooden boxes—but the possibilities are endless...

Growing El Niño could spur big winter rains

08/20/2015
This year’s El Niño—its so-called “Godzilla” strength only matched by the media frenzy around it—has the potential to bring above-average rainfall to the Bay Area this winter. “It’s possible that we could see the strongest El Niño ever observed,” said Daniel Swain, a climatologist at Stanford University. These wet-weather events...

Seadrift home garners half-hearted approval

08/20/2015
A Seadrift home in Stinson Beach was “grudgingly” approved by Deputy Zoning Administrator Curtis Havel last Thursday, following opposition from the Stinson Beach Village Association that the house’s size would be overly large and out-of-character with the town’s rural atmosphere. Mr. Havel flip-flopped after rejecting the project on June 25,...

Coastal program focuses on ag at new hearing

08/20/2015
A new version of the county’s Local Coastal Program will get a hearing next with the Board of Supervisors, in an attempt to remedy changes made last year by the California Coastal Commission—particularly changes around agriculture—that the county finds unacceptable. In general, the county has concerns that some changes, like...

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