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Recycling fines mount for Empire

05/05/2016
Monday morning, the machinery of Redwood Empire Disposal’s recycling facility in Santa Rosa roared to life with the hum, whir, clank and beeping of a conveyor belt that snakes around the perimeter of an open-faced warehouse, filled with clusters of refuse mounds. Once sucked into a chute and spit onto...

County approves health building permit

05/05/2016
Despite ongoing concerns from neighbors and the Point Reyes Station Village Association, county planners last Thursday approved permits that would allow a near doubling of the 23-year-old Health and Human Services building in Point Reyes Station, from 3,070 square feet to 5,241 square feet. Project architects knocked down the additions...

Valley celebrates trailer park purchase, housing

05/05/2016
On Sunday, residents and county officials celebrated the San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association’s purchase in November of the historic Forest Knolls Trailer Court, which effectively preserved 20 units for affordable housing in perpetuity. The nonprofit bought the trailer court for $1.4 million from the county, following Marin’s purchase of...

MALT nabs Gallagher land

05/05/2016
The Marin Agricultural Land Trust closed on a $1.5 million agricultural easement on the Gallagher Ranch, which borders Black Mountain and federal parkland and includes pastureland and forest traversed by Lagunitas Creek. The five co-owners of the 330-acre ranch, which has been in the family since the 1800s, put the...

Medical marijuana storefront plan approved

05/05/2016
Supervisors have approved fees and a four-phase plan to process applications for medical marijuana storefronts, which will include preferential treatment for Marin-based applicants and require potential operators to explain their dispensary’s benefits. Under the plan, which supervisors approved on Tuesday, the county could start issuing licenses by early 2017. Up...

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,...

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