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Portable classroom flies to Stinson campus

09/18/2014
The flatbed trailers came barreling down from Vacaville, led by an escort—a truck that appeared miniature beneath the flapping flags, the streaming banner proclaiming “WIDE LOAD,” and the two halves of what would be Stinson Beach Preschool’s new classroom, each 12 feet by 40 feet. The convoy made its way down to Novato, west to Point Reyes Station, south past Olema and Dogtown along Highway 1 to Stinson Beach. (One wonders how the drivers navigated the Thirteen Turns.) The trailers and a...

Stall fee hike could stress farmers market

09/18/2014
The Point Reyes Farmers Market could face a large uptick in fees under a bill on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Authored by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, a Democrat representing Sacramento, and passed by the state legislature in August, A.B. 1871 proposes many changes for farmers markets: punishing deceptive claims about agricultural...

Michael Pollan post 
for Point Reyes retreat

09/18/2014
Mesa Refuge, a writer’s retreat in Point Reyes Station, is kicking off a new fellowship in honor of Michael Pollan, the author of numerous books on the modern eater’s relationship with food. For two weeks every year, the Michael Pollan Fellowship for Journalism will bring to Point Reyes a writer...

New buffer rule little help to rural cyclists

09/18/2014
Becca Ruiz, a 20-year-old Texan who cycled through West Marin with a dog in tow on her way to Point Arena on Tuesday, often feels trepidation on the road. “People try to squeeze by me, and it scares the crap outta me,” she said. It’s one of the reasons a state law took effect this week that requires motorists to maintain a three-foot buffer while passing bicyclists—whenever possible. (California joined over 20 other states with its implementation of the three-foot buffer rule.) But the law makes an...

Tomales seniors to the trustees: Let us out 
for lunch, please

09/18/2014
In keeping with tradition, Tomales High School seniors stayed late after school Thursday to make their annual case for off-campus lunch privileges to Shoreline’s school board. “I’d like to hear from the seniors,” trustee Monique Moretti said when the topic arose, and 15 of the upperclassmen jumped from their seats...

Three-year plan hopes to tackle Marin's top crime

09/18/2014
Domestic violence is Marin County’s most common violent crime. This month, the Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence, a team of over a dozen agencies and nonprofits that meet four times a year to improve the county’s response to family violence, is embarking on a three-year plan that will improve information sharing between agencies and investigate in particular how to better respond to cases involving sexual assault. Though law enforcement has regularly updated the response team on their own trends—the number of domestic violence calls, types of abuse, weapons used—the response team is now training...

Useless translations at Shoreline meetings drive out Spanish speakers

09/18/2014
Recent failures to provide adequate translation have prevented scores of Spanish-speaking parents from fully participating in Shoreline’s crucial budget meetings. At a board meeting on Aug. 28, a translator never arrived. Less than two weeks later, at an ad hoc budget meeting on Sept. 8, an interpreter translated only a...

Principal, custodian retire to save teachers’ jobs

09/18/2014
Thursday’s Shoreline Unified school board meeting started with an end. In an “unusual” principal’s report, Joe Nokes, the music teacher and interim principal at Bodega Bay School, called up friend and colleague Mike Fritsche, the new P.E. coach for Tomales Elementary hired in August 2013, to stand beside him at...

Tomales board 
tightens control over director, audio records

09/18/2014
The Tomales Village Community Services District has limited how board members and an administrator can communicate with the press, amid months of tension between some members and administrator Karl Drexel and after Mr. Drexel forwarded an argument over the state’s public records law to the Light. The changes have been...

After three months, 
psychiatrist still missing

09/11/2014
An Inverness Park psychiatrist has been missing since early June, without any clues to his disappearance except an abandoned car found in a beach parking lot. John Deri, a 63-year-old who lived on Drakes View Drive for the past year and for two decades before that in Stinson Beach, was...

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