School district will tax new construction

A mandatory fee for new real estate development within Shoreline Unified School District passed last week, when the district’s board voted unanimously to charge $3.36 for each square foot of residential development and $0.54 for commercial development. The monies raised will go into a fund restricted to maintenance projects for...

Marshall Store break-in

Around $5,000 was stolen from the Marshall Store over the weekend, a burglary law enforcement has described as “unusual.” Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the store to find the bolt cut off the front door and, once inside, discovered that both the point of...

Amid student opt-outs, trustees blast testing

Standardized testing offers no significant benefit for student education, the trustees of the Lagunitas School District have declared. Last week, trustees unanimously passed a resolution that cites numerous drawbacks to state-mandated evaluations, from student stress to administrative costs, making a statement they hope will clarify the district’s stance on standardized...

Coast Guard bill passes House

The effort to turn 36 townhouses into affordable housing in Point Reyes Station cleared a hurdle this week when the House of Representatives passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which includes a provision requiring the head of the Coast Guard—the property’s owner—to first offer to sell the 30-acre...

Mosquito tax fails on weighted system

A vote on an assessment tax proposed by the lone district in charge of wrangling mosquito populations in West Marin—the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District—failed last week by a very narrow margin. The district was aiming to raise around $3.5 million, over half of which would have gone into...

Tomales drops 
Shoreline sewer bill

In a move that ends a minor, months-long dispute, the Tomales Village Community Services District’s board voted unanimously to drop a bill for new depreciation costs that it previously charged to its largest client, Shoreline Unified School District. The school district has been wary to accrue additional costs in light...

Romo to helm Papermill Creek preschool

Lourdes Romo, a family advocate at West Marin School who has devoted herself to a host of local organizations, was recently named the new executive director of Papermill Creek Children’s Corner. The preschool, which currently serves roughly 15 or 20 students, has struggled in recent years to retain a director...

Village association sternly opposes bridge options

A stern letter drafted by the Point Reyes Station Village Association calls on Caltrans to repair and maintain the Green Bridge rather than replace it, citing potentially “devastating” impacts to traffic and businesses that could arise during the proposed multi-year construction of a new crossing. “[T]he PRSVA is adamantly opposed...

Green light for Drakes oyster rack removal

The plan to remove 470 tons of wooden oyster racks and roughly an acre of aquaculture debris in Drakes Estero was approved last week by the California Coastal Commission, opening the doors for a restoration project outlined by the Point Reyes National Seashore. The projected cost of removing the racks—the...

Nick’s Cove welcomes new dessert chef

“I’m into taking breakfast pastries and turning them into desserts,” said Jenna Katsaros, the new pastry chef at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, on Tuesday evening. “Right now I’m really into doughnuts.” For the past two months, Ms. Katsaros, a Santa Rosa resident who studied at the California Culinary Academy in San...


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