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Ruling requires new traffic analysis of Grady Ranch plans

06/18/2015
A lack of analysis of traffic impacts on Lucas Valley Road from a proposed affordable housing development at Grady Ranch has likely put the county’s Housing Element on hold, per a ruling by Judge Roy Chernus of the Marin County Superior Court this week. The Housing Element, an update of...

County staff disapproves of oyster expansion plan

06/18/2015
A county staffer will recommend that the Planning Commission deny Tomales Bay Oyster Company’s application to legalize its recent transformation from a wholesaler into a major retail operation in southern Marshall, according to a letter sent on June 12. The county alerted T.B.O.C. in 2012...

Tomales services board will present budget

06/18/2015
The Tomales Village Community Service District is moving forward with a draft budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that includes an administrator’s position chopped from full time to half time and a new bookkeeping position. Splitting the general manager position—currently held by the district’s longtime manager, Karl Drexel—into separate administrator...

Stinson singer shares limelight with prisoners

06/18/2015
In 2007, country singer and songwriter Audrey Auld started visiting San Quentin State Prison to host songwriting workshops for roughly a dozen or so inmates. She offered an idea or song title for the inmates to contemplate and write about for a couple of hours. Then she brought their jottings...

Vector district to shrink tick and chicken programs

06/18/2015
The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District will operate under a reduced budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year following the failure of a proposed assessment tax in May that would have raised $3.5 million, over half...

Valley planning group hosts septic presentation

06/11/2015
In the midst of an ongoing debate over how the San Geronimo Valley should fix its wastewater woes, residents met Monday night to learn whether a particular septic system technology could work for their homes. AdvanTex Treatment Systems represents a potential on-site septic solution for the valley, where a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields—causing foul odors and fecal seepage during the rainy winter season. Pollution from the sludge combined with sediment runoff also threatens to contaminate creeks in a watershed where salmon populations spawn...

Bolinas farmers 
break ground

06/11/2015
Seventeen years after the Point Reyes National Seashore proposed that three Bolinas row croppers change the way they use Pine Gulch Creek, a project that will bank over 21 million gallons of winter water finally broke ground this month. When construction is complete this fall, five storage ponds will provide water drawn during the rainy season to three farms—Warren Weber’s Star Route Farm, Peter Martinelli’s Fresh Run Farm and Dennis...

Western Weekend a cultural success

06/11/2015
The 66th annual Western Weekend parade drew a crowd of thousands to downtown Point Reyes Station on Sunday to carouse and celebrate West Marin. Beginning at high noon, the parade brought a cavalcade of antique cars, festooned floats, Aztec Dancers, expert horsemen, a mariachi band and a drunken and disorganized...

Marin 
debates 
marijuana dispensaries

06/11/2015
A draft ordinance to license up to three medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Marin is meeting worries over the potential proximity to youth-related services and support from patients and dispensary staffers in Marin and the Bay Area. At a two-and-a-half hour workshop the county convened on Tuesday afternoon, patients described...

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