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Bolinas parcel tax awaits vote

05/30/2013
Voters in Bolinas and Stinson Beach will vote Tuesday on a measure put forth by the school district that would renew a $250 parcel tax and increase it by $50. The district says the increase is necessary due to state and federal cutbacks and lower property values, in addition to the cost of inflation; even with the increase, however, district authorities say they will need to reduce expenditures. If the measure fails and the tax is not renewed, the district will be forced to downsize programs, including in the arts, physical education, counseling and support for non-native English speakers. The tax currently provides the school district with about $485,000 annually. A Bolinas resident, speaking anonymously, called such increases “really hard to stomach” and “always hard to agree to.” As someone who bought property...

Drakes counsel seeks correction

05/30/2013
As both sides in the battle over the future of Drakes Estero await a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, legal counsel for Drakes Bay Oyster Company filed a letter with the court on Wednesday alleging that government lawyers made an incorrect assertion about the farm’s Environmental Impact...

Shop opens near Nicasio square

05/30/2013
Mother and daughter team Joanne Sollecito and Ruby Hackney describe their new store in Nicasio, Nutmeg, as eclectic country chic. The pair purchased the downtown building, a former barn with a corrugated roof, about five years ago and began reselling furniture that they refurbished, painted or otherwise fixed up. “People...

Lawson’s worker hit in gate bust

05/30/2013
Two men determined to camp at Lawson’s Landing were arrested on Saturday evening, one for assault with a deadly weapon after hitting a campground employee with the side of his truck and both for public intoxication. When told there were no empty campsites, Steven Reynolds and Ira Geist, of Yuba...

Iconic farm for sale in Bolinas

05/30/2013
The oldest continually certified organic farm in California is on the market with a $12.5 million asking price. The 100 acres that comprise Star Route Farms in Bolinas includes four potential building sites, farm buildings, a pond and riparian rights to Pine Gulch Creek, according to the real estate listing...

Water district wins desal appeal

05/30/2013
A desalination plant proposed by Marin Municipal Water District over a decade ago won a small victory when an appeals court this week struck down a Marin County Superior Court ruling that found the project’s Environmental Impact Review (EIR) inadequate. Research for the proposed desalination plant, which was given a...

Impacts of ocean acidity feed oyster grower’s research

05/30/2013
A handful of what looks like damp, grayish cereal sits in a plastic tub on Hog Island Oyster Company owner Terry Sawyer’s desk. It looks like small cornflakes, or maybe cooked quinoa. But actually these are spat: many hundreds of tiny “seed” oysters, each barely a millimeter wide. The hope is that each spat will grow into a tasty treat on the half-shell—but most of this batch is already dead. Like many terrestrial farmers, Mr. Sawyer buys his seed from distributors. In recent years, however, it has become harder to get and harder to grow. Since 2006, West Coast oyster hatcheries have suffered catastrophic collapses, which have led to widespread shortages. The reason? Ocean acidification, a phenomenon that many call the evil twin of climate change. “This has huge impacts, from...

Drakes Bay splits with Cause

05/30/2013
A controversial alliance between a government accountability group and Drakes Bay Oyster Company hit the chopping block on Friday when the company and three of its pro bono law firms split with Cause of Action. The conservative watchdog has stirred unease for both oyster farm supporters and wilderness advocates due...

Homes burn at Spaletta Ranch

05/30/2013
Two mobile homes on the Spaletta Ranch were destroyed Tuesday night in a fire that took the homes of nine people, including three young children and three employees of the organic dairy operating in Point Reyes National Seashore. Winds from the west pushed flames originating in the bedroom of the home of brothers Miguel and Carlos...

Jury fears future of Marin’s trash

05/23/2013
Unused paper plates, crumpled wrappers from long-gone hamburgers, a Starbucks cup, a cracked CD, tattered plastic bags: These were just some of the debris atop the roughly 17 million cubic yards of waste at the Redwood Landfill (RLI) in Novato, the contentious subject of a Marin Civil Grand Jury report...

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