Tomales services board will present budget

The Tomales Village Community Service District is moving forward with a draft budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that includes an administrator’s position chopped from full time to half time and a new bookkeeping position. Splitting the general manager position—currently held by the district’s longtime manager, Karl Drexel—into separate administrator...

Stinson singer shares limelight with prisoners

In 2007, country singer and songwriter Audrey Auld started visiting San Quentin State Prison to host songwriting workshops for roughly a dozen or so inmates. She offered an idea or song title for the inmates to contemplate and write about for a couple of hours. Then she brought their jottings...

Vector district to shrink tick and chicken programs

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District will operate under a reduced budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year following the failure of a proposed assessment tax in May that would have raised $3.5 million, over half...

Valley planning group hosts septic presentation

In the midst of an ongoing debate over how the San Geronimo Valley should fix its wastewater woes, residents met Monday night to learn whether a particular septic system technology could work for their homes. AdvanTex Treatment Systems represents a potential on-site septic solution for the valley, where a high water table prevents effluent from percolating fully through residential leach fields—causing foul odors and fecal seepage during the rainy winter season. Pollution from the sludge combined with sediment runoff also threatens to contaminate creeks in a watershed where salmon populations spawn...

Bolinas farmers 
break ground

Seventeen years after the Point Reyes National Seashore proposed that three Bolinas row croppers change the way they use Pine Gulch Creek, a project that will bank over 21 million gallons of winter water finally broke ground this month. When construction is complete this fall, five storage ponds will provide water drawn during the rainy season to three farms—Warren Weber’s Star Route Farm, Peter Martinelli’s Fresh Run Farm and Dennis...

Western Weekend a cultural success

The 66th annual Western Weekend parade drew a crowd of thousands to downtown Point Reyes Station on Sunday to carouse and celebrate West Marin. Beginning at high noon, the parade brought a cavalcade of antique cars, festooned floats, Aztec Dancers, expert horsemen, a mariachi band and a drunken and disorganized...

marijuana dispensaries

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

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

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,...


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