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West Marin, meet Alex Easton-Brown

04/28/2016
Alex Easton-Brown says exactly what he thinks, which can make him sound off-the-wall or curiously insightful, depending on the topic and your point of view. He wants to stop almost all development, advertise West Marin’s traffic congestion to scare away tourists and stop county efforts to hire “the best and...

Equestrians say nay to overflow parking

04/28/2016
Cars overflowing into a parking lot reserved for horse trailers at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Bear Valley Visitor Center irked equestrians on Sunday, when they noticed that a sign reading “No Auto Parking” had been replaced—without warning—by a sign that allowed overflow parking. By noon, cars had packed closely...

Levine prods state over cancer registry flaws

04/28/2016
In response to a Light investigation of Marin’s long publicized but non-existent breast cancer cluster, Assemblyman Mark Levine has asked the California Department of Public Health to improve data collection for the state’s cancer registry.

Supervisor candidates log endorsements

04/28/2016
Endorsements are rolling in for District 4 candidates in the race to replace Supervisor Steve Kinsey, with about half of the candidates receiving support from local groups and elected officials making endorsements.

Shoreline hires new superintendent

04/28/2016
Shoreline Unified School District trustees concluded a months-long search for a new superintendent with last week’s hire of Bob Raines, the outgoing superintendent-principal of a Healdsburg school district. Mr. Raines, who worked as the principal of West Marin School for two years in the late ‘80s, will enter his two-year,...

Scrapped bill stalls broadband project

04/28/2016
A bill that would have helped fund high-speed broadband Internet access in Nicasio was scrapped last week, leaving proponents of the project concerned that plans to build an infrastructure of fiber-optic cables linked to a network owned by filmmaker George Lucas may not materialize as soon as they had hoped. The Nicasio Broadband Project proposes to connect broadband to 215 houses, the school, the volunteer fire department, the county’s Department of Public Works corporation yard and two wireless transmitter sites that would provide high-speed wireless services to Nicasio homes too far away to hook into the fiber optic lines

Valley coalition hosts candidates night

04/28/2016
What do District 4 candidates think about the county’s approach to housing? What about the lack of health and mental health services in the San Geronimo Valley? Those were some of the questions that seven supervisor hopefuls—Dominic Grossi, Wendi Kallins, Dennis Rodoni, Tomas Kaselionis, Mari Tamburo, Alex Easton-Brown and Brian Staley—fielded last Wednesday at a candidates night hosted by the San Geronimo Valley Healthy Community Collaborative. (One candidate, Al Dugan, was not present.)

CHA named in wrongful death suit

04/21/2016
The mother of 32-year-old West Marin resident Adam Emmott, who died last year from a prescription drug overdose, has added the Coastal Health Alliance and its executive director, Steven Siegel, to the list of defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit. Kris Teplin filed the suit in Marin Superior Court against...

County approves Local Coastal Program

04/21/2016
Supervisors approved the remainder of the county’s Local Coastal Program update on Tuesday despite objections from environmental groups, making a few changes to policies around environmental hazards and approving tweaks made by county staffers to a zoning rule that had many residents up in arms in recent weeks. The document...

West Marin, meet Al Dugan

04/21/2016
Al Dugan says he’s an analytical, data-driven guy, the result of decades in the insurance field. Raised in New Orleans, he attended Louisiana State University before moving to the Bay Area; here he spent decades—including 24 years as an executive—underwriting marine and land cargo. He held major complex accounts with...

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