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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 Stubbs’s resignation was not officially rescinded: since the board plans to increase the number of workdays from half to seven-tenths or three-quarters of full time, the trustees voted on a commitment to offer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...

Novato man arrested in gas crash

05/22/2014
The driver who incapacitated the only gas station in Point Reyes by crashing into it and disabling its power has been charged with driving under the influence, but was released from custody last week at the request of his public defender and against a recommendation from the district attorney’s office,...

Under attack, commission defends coastal program

05/15/2014
Environmental groups are lambasting proposed changes to Marin’s Local Coastal Program outlined this month by California Coastal Commission staff. The Sierra Club and the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin claim that the plan, which will regulate development in the county’s coastal zone for the foreseeable future, represents a drastic...

Drunk driver closes gas station

05/15/2014
One of West Marin’s two gas stations could be out of service for a week, after an intoxicated driver crashed a Ford F250 into the wall of Greenbridge Gas and Auto on Tuesday, shutting down power to the fuel pumps. The truck, whose sole occupant was arrested for drunken driving,...

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