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Bolinas eyes cheap fix to water byproducts

08/27/2015
Two plastic buckets sit in a corner of the Woodrat Water Treatment Plant in Bolinas. Both are filled with chlorine-treated water pulled from a reservoir operated by the Bolinas Community Public Utility District, but one of the buckets also holds a small dose of a coagulant called aluminum hydrochlorate. In...

At Box Show, mini worlds and transformation

08/27/2015
Imagine a room where 150 windows open into alternate worlds, be they simple, garish, theatrical, or dreamy. This is the feeling one gets walking into Gallery Route One’s 17th Box Show, an annual fundraiser that has grown into a Bay Area institution. Each work of art is created in, on, or out of identical wooden boxes—but the possibilities are endless...

Growing El Niño could spur big winter rains

08/20/2015
This year’s El Niño—its so-called “Godzilla” strength only matched by the media frenzy around it—has the potential to bring above-average rainfall to the Bay Area this winter. “It’s possible that we could see the strongest El Niño ever observed,” said Daniel Swain, a climatologist at Stanford University. These wet-weather events...

Seadrift home garners half-hearted approval

08/20/2015
A Seadrift home in Stinson Beach was “grudgingly” approved by Deputy Zoning Administrator Curtis Havel last Thursday, following opposition from the Stinson Beach Village Association that the house’s size would be overly large and out-of-character with the town’s rural atmosphere. Mr. Havel flip-flopped after rejecting the project on June 25,...

Coastal program focuses on ag at new hearing

08/20/2015
A new version of the county’s Local Coastal Program will get a hearing next with the Board of Supervisors, in an attempt to remedy changes made last year by the California Coastal Commission—particularly changes around agriculture—that the county finds unacceptable. In general, the county has concerns that some changes, like...

Pharmacy settles suit, ponders new path

08/20/2015
A settlement agreement has been finalized between West Marin Pharmacy and three former employees, who were awarded over $46,000 after filing small claims lawsuits with the state’s Labor Commissioner in 2013. The looming payment obligations, the result of the pharmacy’s alleged failure to adequately provide mandatory 10-minute breaks, have hung...

Budget clarity key for new trustee

08/20/2015
Private investigator and security expert Avito Miranda is set to be Shoreline Unified School District’s newest member on the board of trustees. He will be the third Latino board member in the district’s history—and the only sitting one—at a time when Latino students comprise a majority of the district’s 521...

Transbay swim is over, organizers say

08/20/2015
For four decades, Nancy Hemmingway and Elizabeth Whitney have organized the annual Transbay Swim on the Sunday after Labor Day—at least as much as a word-of-mouth, unpublicized, unsponsored event on publicly-owned land can be considered organized. But this year, Ms. Whitney and Ms. Hemmingway say they are retiring the early-morning...

Musical duo seeks support for extended range of projects

08/20/2015
Tim Weed and Debbie Daly are musicians, but their interest extends far beyond individual performances or private lessons. They launched a community choir in 2013, which has branched into several additional projects. Now they have founded a nonprofit called Sound Orchard to fund their many musical efforts. “We’re doing more...

Supes to disclose notes for the public record

08/13/2015
Transparency advocates scored a victory last week when the Marin County Board of Supervisors agreed to hand over some, but not all, of a series of documents related to a short-lived, streamside ordinance passed in 2013. The agreement ended a lawsuit filed in 2014 by retired environmental attorney David Schnapf...

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