Parcel tax for bay projects

Voters in all nine Bay Area counties will decide in June whether to approve a $12 parcel tax that would raise $25 million a year for 20 years for restoration projects on San Francisco Bay. The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, an eight-year-old government agency, voted last week to put...

Historical society calls for photos of Nicasio

The Nicasio Historical Society has archived hundreds of photographs of the past, but their stock of photos from the 21st century comes up short. “Our collection does nothing from that point on,” said Elaine Doss, the society’s president. That’s why the group is soliciting pictures taken in Nicasio from 2000...

Family loses affordable home

A local cook and his family are the latest victims in West Marin’s affordable housing crisis after being evicted last week from their Point Reyes Station home, where they lived for three years after a fire burned down their previous home in 2011. Now, Armando Gonzalez, his wife and their...

Exhibit features Light photos from early ‘70s

In the early 1970s, photographer Lee Sims snapped pictures of community barbecues, Synanon activities, festivities at the Marshall Tavern (where he bar tended on weekends) and more for the Point Reyes Light. In fact, a lot more: last year, Mr. Sims donated 7,000 of his negatives from his years at...

Uniquities, a Bolinas variety shop, to close

Uniquities, a variety store tucked away behind the Bolinas post office, will close its doors when the lease runs out at the end of the month after six years in business. The store has sold inexpensive knickknacks donated or made by locals, premium pet food and West Marin’s only stock...

First bids for District 4 Supe

A rancher, a FEMA employee and the chair of a local planning group are among those who have taken preliminary steps to run for supervisor in District 4, a sprawling region of villages, coastline, ranches and urban centers. Last month, Supervisor Kinsey, a Forest Knolls architect who has represented the...

Lawyer sues over takings policy

A Muir Beach lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, Marin County and the Marin County Community Development Agency over what he calls an “underground” legal policy that may have a widespread influence on development in environmentally sensitive habitat areas along the coast. The policy, he says,...

Bridge advisory group forming

A small community advisory committee is being put together by Caltrans to provide further local input on how Point Reyes Station’s historic bridge should be replaced. “This is not really [Caltrans’] standard way of doing business, but I think West Marin is a nonstandard community deserving a voice about the...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part ten: Bad Data: Audit Trail

When a physician makes a cancer diagnosis, there are several ways the information is entered into the California Cancer Registry’s data base. In the mid-1980s, when the registry started, abstractors trained to turn handwritten notes into hundreds of numerical codes for computerization visited hospitals to look at medical records. The...


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