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County curbs parking on Muir Woods Road

10/15/2015
Much of Muir Woods Road is now off limits for parking, due to an ordinance passed by county supervisors last week. Typically, as many as 400 cars parked along the road on busy weekends, fomenting concerns about stormwater runoff from vehicles making its way into Redwood Creek. Now just 80...

Marijuana ordinance could bring two West Marin stores

10/15/2015
Marin could have up to four medical marijuana storefronts in unincorporated areas, if a new draft ordinance secures approval from county supervisors. The ordinance, which has been in process since summer, is in response to a Grand Jury report in 2013 criticizing the county for a lack of access. There...

EAC seeks director after Amy Trainer announces resignation

10/15/2015
Amy Trainer, the executive director of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, announced last week that she has tendered her resignation after five years on the job, though she plans to be available at least through February to help ease the leadership transition. The nonprofit is seeking a replacement...

SPAWN asks county for almost one million in legal fees

10/15/2015
Attorneys for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network have asked the county court to award the nonprofit nearly $1 million in fees and costs accrued during successful litigation dating back to 2007 that forced the county to reevaluate how it regulates future development in the San Geronimo Valley. Filed on...

As affordable housing crisis grows, county considers remedies

10/15/2015
Marin is considering a host of measures to address the county’s growing affordable housing shortage as rents and home prices continue to skyrocket. The county hosted a workshop to discuss ways to address the problem on Tuesday, focusing on three general strategies: turning existing housing into affordable housing, new construction...

Large house on Point Reyes mesa over limit

10/15/2015
A trio of residential development proposals for properties off Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station have raised eyebrows among neighbors and the local village association, which last week contended that one of the houses would be larger than the size restrictions outlined in the town’s community plan. Owned by Walnut...

County evaluates curbing glyphosate

10/08/2015
The use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in commonly used herbicides RoundUp and Aquamaster, is being re-evaluated by the county parks department in light of local protests against glyphosate and a recent reclassification of glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. Marin...

Court appoints authority to control Hoffman property

10/08/2015
Last week a county judge placed a third party “receiver” in control of the Last Resort, an elaborate Lagunitas hillside property belonging to pioneering tea importer David Lee Hoffman. In a strongly worded preliminary order issued before last Friday’s hearing, Judge Paul Haakenson wrote that Mr. Hoffman had “defiantly ignored...

Three booked in open space murder

10/08/2015
Authorities arrested three suspects, all under 25, Wednesday afternoon in connection with the slaying of a 67-year-old Tantra teacher, Steve Carter, which occurred on a trail in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve between Woodacre and Fairfax on Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office announced. A key piece of evidence...

Sandy Jacobs, regarded for sound work and more, dies at 90

10/08/2015
Henry Sandy Jacobs, Inverness resident and pioneer of surround sound technology who was well known for his work with philosopher Alan Watts, passed away on Sept. 25. He was 90 years old. Sandy, who went by his middle name, experimented with sound and comedy in his earlier years and embraced...

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