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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...

Bolinas debates eukes as county considers removal

10/08/2015
The potential removal of eucalyptus trees lining the road along Bolinas Lagoon has set off a debate about the plant, which some denigrate as a nonnative toxin while others praise for its longtime presence in the community. Last week around 50 local residents debated the merits of a tree-management memorandum—...

Gov. Brown signs aid-in-dying bill

10/08/2015
Gov. Brown signs aid-in-dying bill By Beau Evans A bill legalizing aid-in-dying medications for Californians with six months or less to live was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, ending speculation over which way his decision would fall given partisan opinions across the state and his own Catholic roots...

County outlines San Geronimo Valley trail plan

10/08/2015
Hiking, biking and horse-riding enthusiasts converged on Lagunitas School District’s multipurpose room last Saturday to pour over maps showing proposed trail designations for seven county-owned preserves in the San Geronimo Valley. The gathering marked the first phase of implementation of the county’s Road and Trail Management Plan, which was approved...

Lagunitas reaches impasse over union labor dispute

10/01/2015
The Lagunitas School District and its chapter of the California School Employees Association are at an impasse over a secretarial position eliminated over summer as part of the district’s efforts to shore up budget reserves. Last week, the union filed an impasse declaration, triggering the appointment of a mediator by...

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