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Amid student opt-outs, trustees blast testing

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
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 2015 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...

Mosquito tax fails on weighted system

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
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

05/21/2015
“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...

Pedestrian safety at 
school 
under scrutiny

05/14/2015
Last Tuesday afternoon, West Marin School teacher Chris Eckert was heading home from work on his bicycle when a Prius exiting Green Bridge Gas & Auto at the intersection of Shoreline Highway and Mesa Road struck him. The driver stopped and called an ambulance, but Mr. Eckert declined a ride; instead, he went to the hospital the next day. Though more or less uninjured, he said he has been having...

Shoreline trustees to 
field questions from 
prospective candidates

05/14/2015
Four of seven seats on Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees are up for election this November and at least one trustee, representing southwest Sonoma, won’t be running to keep her seat. To help drum up candidates this election season, the Family Engagement Committee at Tomales Elementary School is...

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