Court favors county in SPAWN suit

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network lost an attempt to re-establish an injunction on development in the San Geronimo Valley after a judge ruled against the nonprofit last week. SPAWN says it could pursue additional legal action if the county approves developments in the watershed before undertaking a court-ordered environmental...

Hidden Dragon plagued by four issues

Spurred by close scrutiny and virulent opposition to almost 9,000 square feet of proposed new development on the site of a dilapidated monastery in Inverness Park, Tim Westergren, the owner of the music streaming service Pandora, is pursuing further studies to submit to county planners to prove his project’s merit...

Stinson Beach will vote on flood tax in March

Stinson Beach will hold a special election on March 3 to vote on a parcel tax that will pay for future flood control projects. The measure calls for 707 developed parcels to be taxed at $250 a year, and 146 undeveloped parcels at $50 a year, over 20 years for...

Supes consider limiting large buses on some roads

Marin County Supervisors on Tuesday voted to hold a merit hearing for a proposed ordinance that will ban larger-sized vehicles on certain county roads. Under the ordinance, vehicles longer than 36 feet will be prohibited from driving on some roads. The ordinance responds to complaints from Muir Beach residents who...

Ocean lawyer buys Smiley’s Schooner

A buoyant 36-year-old environmental lawyer from San Francisco might not sound like someone interested in buying a bar a little rough around the edges in a town known for its skepticism of outsiders. But Leila Monroe is poised to finalize the purchase of Smiley’s Schooner Saloon, one of the oldest continuously running bars in the state, at the outset of 2015. (The deal is currently in escrow, though...

Park service 
plans septic 
overhaul at 
Stinson Beach

The National Park Service is moving forward with a plan to overhaul its wastewater treatment facility at Stinson Beach, where septic tank leaks have long been suspected to pollute groundwater. The septic system services public bathrooms and showers for park employees and hundreds of thousands of beachgoers. Though the park says it is pursuing the project according a schedule of periodic rehabilitations through...

Through pictures and scat, tracking Marin river otters

While walking around Whitehouse Pool on Sunday morning, Megan Isadore slowed her gait as she passed by some feces, mentally checking whether it came from a river otter. (It didn’t.) “I’m always looking for scat. I’m always looking at scat,” she laughed. For Ms. Isadore, the executive director of the River Otter Ecology Project, based out of her home in Forest Knolls, collecting scat is a crucial part of the...

Special ed numbers high, district focuses on intervention

Shoreline Unified School District’s special education program has drawn attention since state data last year revealed a disproportionately large number of special ed students compared to the total student body. The sprawling district has about 500 students this year; 95 of them are enrolled in special ed programs...

Restaurateurs drop Drakes Bay suit, calling it moot

A coalition of restaurants and food purveyors from West Marin and the Bay Area dropped their case against the federal government this week, putting an end to legal action centered around Drakes Bay Oyster Company, which must cease operations by the end of this month. The move follows a federal...

Hidden Dragon postpones meeting until January

Tim Westergren, the Pandora founder who has proposed an over 8,000-square foot development in Inverness Park that has spurred protest from community members, postponed a meeting with the Inverness Association planned for Dec. 3 till January. He cited a need for time to assemble a formal presentation given the large...


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