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Levine top spender for June primary

05/29/2014
With the primary elections only a week away, campaigns have been calling voter registration lists incessantly and filling up post office boxes with mailers. The candidates are asking for votes and, gearing up for the November election, they also want money. In the assembly race, Democratic incumbent Marc Levine has...

November parcel tax targets emergency response

05/29/2014
The Marin Emergency Radio Authority, a body of 25 agencies that manages countywide communication for public safety and disaster response, will ask voters to approve a parcel tax in November for $40 million in upgrades, including building two new antenna sites in West Marin, to increase service capacity and coverage...

Sublease jeopardizes future of Point Reyes cattle ranch

05/29/2014
A third-generation ranching family that leases federal land near Point Reyes Station is in the middle of a legal dispute that threatens to cut its ties to the property, according to documents provided by the Point Reyes National Seashore in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. On the...

Thacher Ranch gets county funds

05/22/2014
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a $537,000 grant to the Marin Agricultural Land Trust to help fund the purchase of a conservation easement near Tomales that will extend a continuous belt of 19 protected ranches. The development rights to the...

Amici briefs filed with high court

05/22/2014
Four amici briefs were filed with the Supreme Court last week in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s bid to continue farming. The company is appealing a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denying a request for an emergency injunction to remain open as it litigates against the...

Coast Guard housing, shuttering in Point Reyes, spurs interest in property

05/22/2014
After more than four decades of Coast Guard personnel and their families living in Point Reyes Station, the federal government plans to sell the housing complex, generating interest from a water agency and affordable housing advocates. Curving east of downtown off 1st Street, the site is being evaluated through the...

The Light’s endorsements for the June 3 primary election

05/22/2014
Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jerry Brown has proven that three decades of reflection can do a man good. Once derided as “Governor Moonbeam,” he proposed outlandish ideas like the state space academy, renounced the governor’s mansion and pursued four failed runs for the senate and presidency. By the time he returned to the governor’s office in 2011, after tenures as mayor...

In 6-1 vote, Shoreline board keeps Stubbs

05/22/2014
Tom Stubbs, the superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District, will keep his job for another year after the trustees reversed their decision in a closed session last Thursday. Mr. Stubbs’s resignation was not officially rescinded: since the board plans to increase the number of workdays from half to seven-tenths or three-quarters of full time, the trustees voted on a commitment to offer Mr. Stubbs a contract for the next school year with the...

Commission 
approves first-ever update to county coastal plan

05/22/2014
With a prime view of the rolling pastures that flank Tomales Bay and fall directly under their jurisdiction, the members of the California Coastal Commission voted last week to unanimously approve the county’s land use plan for its Local Coastal Program. The approval came despite concerns from some commissioners over how intergenerational housing would be regulated, along with protests from the public over the right to appeal agricultural housing directly to the commission...

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