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Rodoni takes District 4 office

01/05/2017
Dennis Rodoni’s Chevrolet Volt rose over Big Rock peak early Tuesday morning as the District Four supervisor curved along Lucas Valley Road en route to give his oath of office. Maintaining the stretch’s 35-mph speed limit, he glided towards the Civic Center following a nine-month campaign that ended in a tight race between Novato dairyman Dominic Grossi and himself: a lifelong West Marin resident with a contracting business and a home in Olema...

Tea purveyor faces new twists, mounting bills

01/05/2017
Over a year ago, tea purveyor David Lee Hoffman’s property in Lagunitas was put under the control of a receiver, a lawyer appointed by a judge, to decide what to do with the dozens of unpermitted structures built over the last few decades. Since then, Mr. Hoffman has moved his...

Jackie MacFarlane, a mom to Western patrons, dies at 95

01/05/2017
Jackie MacFarlane, a retired bartender for the Old Western Saloon whose warmth earned her the nickname “Mom” among patrons and locals alike, died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 18 at a nursing home in Petaluma. She was 95 years old. Born on Jan. 13, 1921, Ms. MacFarlane was raised...

District signs off on seawall application

01/05/2017
A seawall in Bolinas involving some interesting property lines could get a substantial upgrade: representatives for the property owner of 100 Brighton Avenue nabbed permission from the Bolinas Community Public Utility District last month to apply for permits to replace and improve the wall that fronts the home...

Marin hashing out revisions to second unit rules

12/28/2016
Marin County is preparing to change rules for accessory living units to comply with state legislation that takes effect in 2017, an effort that will allow larger second units and create a pathway for financial assistance for landlords seeking to create junior units. The development code changes, which attempt to...

Water board seeks successor as Rodoni takes county seat

12/28/2016
North Marin Water District’s board of directors accepted Dennis Rodoni’s resignation last week as Mr. Rodoni prepares to join the Marin County Board of Supervisors in January. The board will appoint a successor during a public meeting that will take place by Feb. 18, and that person will serve until...

Devil’s Gulch Ranch owner sues county

12/28/2016
Nicasio ranch owner Mark Pasternak filed a lawsuit this month against the county over restrictions on parking and fundraisers imposed by the Board of Supervisors in November. The complaint, filed in county court, is the latest in numerous disputes that have arisen as a result of neighbor complaints over the...

Isis Hockenos, Gallery Route One fellow

12/28/2016
In the corner annex of Gallery Route One, a revolving body of spectators crammed in to admire the opening of Isis Hockenos’s latest showcase, “She Said She Said,” on Dec. 18. The title refers to the collection’s dissection through a feminine lens of repetition in everyday work, and the exhibit...

Curtis photogravures show at Stinson library

12/28/2016
Stinson Beach resident Raven Schauf and her two sisters recently inherited a substantial set of famous images: photogravures of Native Americans taken by the lauded photographer and ethnologist Edward Curtis. Mr. Curtis spent decades in the 19th and 20th centuries taking pictures and recording traditions and languages of native people...

Flash flooding closed roads and spurred evacuations in valley

12/22/2016
Twenty-two homes flooded in Forest Knolls and Woodacre during last Thursday’s storm, with the day’s rainfall capping five inches in Lagunitas and nearly seven inches on Mount Tamalpais. San Geronimo Creek overflowed in parts of Forest Knolls during the late afternoon and completely engulfed Castro Street and Morales, Juarez and...

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