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Graffiti rampage in Bolinas

05/28/2015
Wharf Road residents in Bolinas awoke Tuesday morning to find portions of their homes and cars plastered with black-and-white spray-painted graffiti “tags,” some commenting on private property, others urging readers to “go home” and one depicting a middle finger. The tags appeared less than a week after the Marin County...

Oyster farm hopes to legalize booming business

05/28/2015
Tomales Bay Oyster Company, the century-old oyster farm in southern Marshall, has embarked on an effort to legalize its booming retail operation. An application under review by Marin County, spurred by a code enforcement notice in 2012 and updated over the past two years, proposes a new parking area, well and septic system for a recently purchased parcel across the highway...

West Marin stumps treated with herbicide

05/28/2015
Lifelong arborist Tom Kent for months has suspected that an herbicide was sprayed on a douglas fir stump in Inverness Park. The faded grey-and-red circle ringing the stump was not a natural feature, he surmised, but instead...

Stress key in substance abuse, youth panelists say

05/28/2015
Why do kids use drugs and alcohol? The reflexive answer from many adults is peer pressure, but according to a forum last week that included a panel of Marin teens and a local author who wrote about his family’s struggles with...

County will consider one West Marin marijuana dispensary

05/28/2015
Up to three medical marijuana dispensaries could be approved in the unincorporated areas of Marin County under the rules of a proposed ordinance that will be the subject of a public workshop next month. A draft of the ordinance stipulates that only one dispensary would be allowed in each of...

School district will tax new construction

05/28/2015
A mandatory fee for new real estate development within Shoreline Unified School District passed last week, when the district’s board voted unanimously to charge $3.36 for each square foot of residential development and $0.54 for commercial development. The monies raised will go into a fund restricted to maintenance projects for...

Marshall Store break-in

05/21/2015
Around $5,000 was stolen from the Marshall Store over the weekend, a burglary law enforcement has described as “unusual.” Just after 8 a.m. on Saturday morning, an employee arrived at the store to find the bolt cut off the front door and, once inside, discovered that both the point of...

Amid student opt-outs, trustees blast testing

05/21/2015
Standardized testing offers no significant benefit for student education, the trustees of the Lagunitas School District have declared. Last week, trustees unanimously passed a resolution that cites numerous drawbacks to state-mandated evaluations, from student stress to administrative costs, making a statement they hope will clarify the district’s stance on standardized...

Coast Guard bill passes House

05/21/2015
The effort to turn 36 townhouses into affordable housing in Point Reyes Station cleared a hurdle this week when the House of Representatives passed the 2015 Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which includes a provision requiring the head of the Coast Guard—the property’s owner—to first offer to sell the...

Mosquito tax fails on weighted system

05/21/2015
A vote on an assessment tax proposed by the lone district in charge of wrangling mosquito populations in West Marin—the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District—failed last week by a very narrow margin. The district was aiming to raise around $3.5 million, over half of which would have gone into...

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