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Elementary principal could step down

06/26/2014
After several weeks of contentious debate about Shoreline Unified School District’s leadership, the board unanimously approved contracts for three administrators last week, leaving one top position noticeably unfilled. Jane Realon, the principal for nearly two decades at Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools and the district’s most veteran administrator, is...

Inverness cooperative closes, lacking members

06/26/2014
The Foodshed, a volunteer-run food cooperative that opened in Inverness in late 2012, will close this month, the result of an exhausted steering committee that says it doesn’t have enough help from the coop’s small membership. The closure is hopefully temporary, committee members announced at a meeting at the Dance...

Sewer districts can improve, jury says

06/26/2014
A recent civil grand jury report on Marin’s sewer systems describes “unacceptable” levels of sewage spills and aging infrastructure that will likely require the replacement of hundreds of lines of pipe in the near future. The jury undertook the report, “The Scoop on Marin County Sewer Systems,” because of the...

New rate hike and fees for NMWD users

06/26/2014
North Marin Water District approved a rate hike on Tuesday, effective July 1, which will increase yearly water bills by about five percent, or $31 for the typical customer. The district says it needs to raise prices to help fund a $1.25 million project to make its West Marin water...

Report finds Marin not prepared for seniors

06/26/2014
Preparedness for a “silver tsunami” is the focus of a civil grand jury report released last week, titled “Aging in Marin: What’s the Plan?” The report questioned whether the county has done enough to fund social services and develop a financial strategy for a growing contingent of senior citizens. “Marin...

Supervisors approve budget, without cuts

06/26/2014
Marin County supervisors approved a $490 million budget last week, a 5.8 percent increase from last fiscal year bolstered by a turnaround on the housing market. The budget did not cut any services and gave a 2.8 percent cost-of-living raise to public employees, totaling $7.3 million. Supervisors approved a 10...

Prostitution sting catches 22 Marin men

06/26/2014
Twenty-two men in Marin were arrested this week on misdemeanor charges for trying to hire prostitutes at hotels in Novato, San Rafael, Corte Madera and Mill Valley in conjunction with an FBI sting, Operation Cross Country. Nine prostitutes were taken into stations for questioning and, if they had no outstanding...

Reactions mixed over court’s teacher tenure ruling

06/26/2014
A court ruling earlier this month overturned California’s tenure laws as unconstitutional, drawing criticism from some West Marin union representatives and administrators. After a lengthy trial, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu sided with nine students who said their right to an equal education was being infringed by teachers’...

Marshall post office faces possible closure

06/25/2014
Not snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stops delivery of the mail, but the federal government can. The United States Postal Service’s comprehensive plan to reduce services and retail hours at small post offices across the country will come to Marshall next. The service will send surveys...

Girl spent night lost in state park

06/19/2014
A nine-year-old girl who went missing in Samuel P. Taylor State Park on Friday was found 21 hours later, on Saturday morning, by two bikers who live in the San Geromino Valley. The search and rescue operation enlisted the help of teams from eight nearby...

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