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marijuana dispensaries

06/11/2015
A draft ordinance to license up to three medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated Marin is meeting worries over the potential proximity to youth-related services and support from patients and dispensary staffers in Marin and the Bay Area. At a two-and-a-half hour workshop the county convened on Tuesday afternoon, patients described...

Shoreline shows savings

06/11/2015
A preliminary budget for Shoreline Unified School District shows that some of the moves made this year to reduce a debilitating structural budget deficit will pay off in coming years. In particular, the successful passage of “golden handshake” agreements that encourage a number of teachers and staff to retire in return for enhanced benefits will bring the district’s budget into the black next year. Shoreline will absorb a one-time cost of $350,000 to fund the retirement incentive, but that will be offset by long-term savings generated by the agreements. Additionally, the decision to become a “district of choice”—whereby students transferring into the district will bring with them state money—will give Shoreline a one-time $400,000...

Bo trust seeking housing solution

06/04/2015
Three hundred Bolinas residents gathered on Sunday to discuss a topic increasingly weighing on their minds: the steady, debilitating loss of affordable local housing. Skyrocketing rental prices in San Francisco have stretched into West Marin, pushing up real estate values such that growing numbers of locals are finding it difficult,...

Exacting seafloor maps make for better planning

06/04/2015
Extremely high-resolution maps of the seafloors offshore of Tomales Point, Drakes Bay and San Francisco Bay were published late last month by the United States Geological Survey, as part of a multi-million dollar, decade-long partnership with other agencies to pin down baseline conditions of the seafloor. The effort, called the...

Point Reyes health office plans to expand

06/04/2015
Neighbors of the county’s Health and Human Services outpost in Point Reyes Station protested a tentative proposal to double the size of the building at a public meeting on Monday evening. The expanded offices, the 10 or so residents who gathered in the West Marin School gym said, would be...

Woodacre couple brings garden skills to Lakota

06/04/2015
A Woodacre couple is giving their time and skills to support the Lakota living on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which stretches across two million acres and is home to one of the most impoverished areas in the United States. Alongside staggering unemployment and skeletal incomes, the roughly 40,000...

Kinsey opposes county fund revisions

06/04/2015
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to end supervisor sponsorship for individual grants and make other revisions to the county’s Community Services Program, which distributes $300,000 a year to nonprofits but has been criticized in the past for how it allocates the funds. Supervisor Steve Kinsey dissented, harshly...

Texas abalone diver dies in Tomales Bay

06/04/2015
A 67-year-old Texas man died on Tuesday morning in Tomales Bay as he and four other men, a group of friends and family, started diving for abalone, said Point Reyes National Seashore spokesman John Dell’Osso. The men, including Gerald McGuire of El Paso, launched a boat from Lawson’s Landing a...

With local hires, West Marin libraries stay open at mealtimes

06/04/2015
Libraries in Inverness, Bolinas and Stinson Beach are no longer closing for lunch and dinner breaks, as a tax approved by voters to help fund the library system is covering the cost of new hires. It is the first time ever that the three branches—the only ones in the county...

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