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Shoreline says budget is looking “a lot better”

03/12/2015
A larger number of people in the Shoreline Unified School District community are coming to a more complete understanding of how school budgets work, according to Superintendent Tom Stubbs. The district has held a series of ad hoc budget committees open to the public in order to familiarize parents, staff...

Bolinas, Stinson stores dubbed “owl-wise”

03/05/2015
Three stores in Bolinas and Stinson Beach received awards last Friday for their commitment to stop selling rat poisons. Karen and Tom Diblee of Bolinas Bay Hardware and Mercantile, A.B. Nasra of the Bolinas Market and Sergio Vergara of the Stinson Beach Market all became the first recipients of the...

State Senator McGuire holds lively town hall

03/05/2015
Newly elected State Senator Mike McGuire swept through San Rafael on Thursday, giving state-level answers to a few West-Marin questions along the way: He reaffirmed his commitment to affordable housing, offered ideas for how to best serve a growing population of senior citizens and signaled his support for legislation that...

Virulent plant pest shipped into Marin from Ventura

03/05/2015
A pest that can spread lethal crop diseases was discovered late last month in a shipment from Ventura County to a nursery in Marin, the county agricultural department said Wednesday. A county inspector “was able to catch it with his bare hands off a plant in the shipment. Pretty awesome,”...

Forest Knolls trail blockade raises man’s ire

03/05/2015
Douglas firs and other trees cut down last month to block a trail built by locals in Forest Knolls shocked a man when he discovered it was the handiwork of Marin’s Open Space District. Tree barricades are standard practice for closing trails and are more effective—as well as more expensive—than...

First annual Stinson youth surf festival arrives

03/05/2015
The Stinson Beach Community Center will host the First Annual Stinson Beach Surf Festival, a two-part event featuring a youth surf contest in the morning and surf movie screenings in the evening, this Saturday, March 7. Proceeds from the festival will go mostly toward improving the neighboring chapel’s multi-purpose basement,...

Water board to review contested septic system

03/05/2015
Arguments from a homeowner in the San Geronimo Valley and confusion from staffers in Alameda County spurred the regional water board to clarify that Bay Area agencies need not adhere to stringent septic system standards outlined in a state policy passed in 2013. Local governments can instead continue to apply...

Open Classroom at impasse over doors

03/05/2015
The Lagunitas School District’s Open Classroom program has reached an impasse over whether or not to install sliding doors between classrooms in its building, commonly called “the pod.” The issue has divided a community rooted in consensus decision-making—and for some, it challenges the basic principles of openness and student choice...

Stinson flood tax tally falling short of two-thirds majority

03/05/2015
Stinson Beach voters appear to have shot down a parcel-tax measure that would raise $3.68 million over 20 years to fund Department of Public Works flood protection projects at Easkoot Creek, a major source of flooding in seaside neighborhoods. The measure would tack on a $250 tax on 707 improved...

West Marin School film wins second at ocean festival

03/04/2015
“Isn’t the beach great?” one preteen asks another as friends cavort on the sands of Limantour Beach. Little do they know that one of their companions is about to turn into a trash monster: a screaming creature sporting a Viking-like horned helmet and is covered in litter. The trash monster...

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