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Food producers rally to halt LCP

04/23/2015
After hours of public testimony last week that underscored fears over what farmers characterized as burdensome regulations on producing food, Marin County pulled part of its proposed Local Coastal Program update from the California Coastal Commission’s consideration last week. Brian Crawford, the director of the Community Development Agency, said that...

Shoreline super resigns

04/23/2015
Current Superintendent Tom Stubbs announced his resignation from Shoreline Unified School District late Wednesday afternoon, ending months of speculation over whether or not the district would renew his contract. “After serious consideration, I have concluded that my decision is in the best interest of the district, myself and my family,”...

From fallen trees, existential questions arise

04/23/2015
Locals aired frustrations during a Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council meeting last Friday over two unsightly eucalyptus trees that have fallen in recent years on the western edge of the lagoon. Though scientists brought in from the county said the trees are not harming the ecosystem, and the prospects for the...

Affordable housing proposed for Grady Ranch

04/23/2015
George Lucas is moving forward with plans to build 224 affordable housing units on a 52-acre portion of his 1,039-acre property known as Grady Ranch, located off Lucas Valley Road near Nicasio. The filmmaker’s developer, Petaluma Ecumenical Properties, submitted a pre-application to the Marin County Community Development Agency last week...

Outcry over elk deaths

04/23/2015
Tule elk deaths at the fenced enclosure on Tomales Point over the past two years drew sharp criticism last week from the environmental nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, which argued that the fate of the fenced elk showed why their movement should not be constrained at all in the park’s...

Boaters dead off Point

04/23/2015
Four people were lost to the sea last weekend when their 21-foot pleasure craft went missing during a fishing trip near Bodega Bay. On Saturday morning, the bodies of two deceased boaters washed up on the shoreline of Bird Rock at Tomales Point. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office identified the...

Water regs still clarifying

04/23/2015
West Marin’s two largest water agencies—Marin Municipal and North Marin Water Districts—received new draft regulations this week from the State Water Resources Control Board regarding the percentage of water usage their service areas will have to reduce. But just as the board handed down its regulations, an Orange County court...

Town calls for bridge retrofit

04/23/2015
The proposed replacement of the 86-year-old Green Bridge in Point Reyes Station has spurred doubts about the necessity of a new crossing as opposed to a retrofit. That’s largely because of fears about traffic at an intersection already overloaded on weekends and holidays: Caltrans has proposed a one-lane temporary bridge...

Health alliance trumpets bicultural hire

04/16/2015
Rosalia Mendoza, a bilingual Bay Area doctor who has worked in community health for a decade and logged time overseas, began a new post this week as one of the Coastal Health Alliance’s four physicians. She will serve patients of all ages at the Point Reyes Station, Bolinas and Stinson...

Hidden Dragon plans paused

04/16/2015
The proposal for a roughly 9,000-square-foot development in Inverness Park that sparked ire in West Marin has been withdrawn, to give the applicant—Tim Westergren, a co-founder of Pandora Radio—more time to revise the design and provide additional information about impacts to trees and neighboring wells. The application, which includes a...

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