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Seadrift home garners half-hearted approval

08/20/2015
A Seadrift home in Stinson Beach was “grudgingly” approved by Deputy Zoning Administrator Curtis Havel last Thursday, following opposition from the Stinson Beach Village Association that the house’s size would be overly large and out-of-character with the town’s rural atmosphere. Mr. Havel flip-flopped after rejecting the project on June 25,...

Coastal program focuses on ag at new hearing

08/20/2015
A new version of the county’s Local Coastal Program will get a hearing next with the Board of Supervisors, in an attempt to remedy changes made last year by the California Coastal Commission—particularly changes around agriculture—that the county finds unacceptable. In general, the county has concerns that some changes, like...

Pharmacy settles suit, ponders new path

08/20/2015
A settlement agreement has been finalized between West Marin Pharmacy and three former employees, who were awarded over $46,000 after filing small claims lawsuits with the state’s Labor Commissioner in 2013. The looming payment obligations, the result of the pharmacy’s alleged failure to adequately provide mandatory 10-minute breaks, have hung...

Budget clarity key for new trustee

08/20/2015
Private investigator and security expert Avito Miranda is set to be Shoreline Unified School District’s newest member on the board of trustees. He will be the third Latino board member in the district’s history—and the only sitting one—at a time when Latino students comprise a majority of the district’s 521...

Transbay swim is over, organizers say

08/20/2015
For four decades, Nancy Hemmingway and Elizabeth Whitney have organized the annual Transbay Swim on the Sunday after Labor Day—at least as much as a word-of-mouth, unpublicized, unsponsored event on publicly-owned land can be considered organized. But this year, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hemmingway say they are retiring the early-morning...

Musical duo seeks support for extended range of projects

08/20/2015
Tim Weed and Debbie Daly are musicians, but their interest extends far beyond individual performances or private lessons. They launched a community choir in 2013, which has branched into several additional projects. Now they have founded a nonprofit called Sound Orchard to fund their many musical efforts. “We’re doing more...

Supes to disclose notes for the public record

08/13/2015
Transparency advocates scored a victory last week when the Marin County Board of Supervisors agreed to hand over some, but not all, of a series of documents related to a short-lived, streamside ordinance passed in 2013. The agreement ended a lawsuit filed in 2014 by retired environmental attorney David Schnapf...

Anticipating takeover, tea purveyor promotes worm systems

08/13/2015
A grand Japanese farm-style roof, a boat amidst a pool of rainwater, and lush green plants growing atop an outside restroom are some of the most eye-catching features of famed tea importer David Lee Hoffman’s ornate Lagunitas home. For Mr. Hoffman, however, it is sustainable living systems that he has...

Shoreline trustee race ends before it starts

08/13/2015
Inverness resident Avito Miranda will be the newest member of Shoreline Unified School District’s Board of Trustees—by default, it appears. Kegan Stedwell, the current trustee representing Point Reyes Station, Inverness and Olema, is not running and no other candidates filed by yesterday’s 5:30 p.m. deadline. Mr. Miranda will be the...

Mark Rafferty found dead days after bike incident

08/13/2015
Longtime Bolinas resident Mark Rafferty, a musician and former site manager at Commonweal, was found dead in his car in Sonoma County last Wednesday by California Highway Patrol officers in an apparent suicide. Just two days before his death, Mr. Rafferty was involved in an altercation with a bicyclist near...

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