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Seat on early childhood board

03/21/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors announced one vacancy on the Marin Children and Families Commission, which was founded in 1998 with the passage of the California Children and Families First Act. The Commission works to assure that all Marin children age 5 and under are healthy, thriving in supportive...

Alice Waters joins oyster cause

03/21/2013
The doyenne of California cuisine, Alice Waters, has joined with nine other advocates, including the Tomales Bay Oyster Company, Marin County Agriculture Commissioner Stacy Carlsen and local sustainable food groups in endorsing Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. In a legal brief filed last week the group argued that courts should allow...

Explosives suspect unfit for trial

03/21/2013
A Woodacre man arrested for leaving explosives in front of his estranged wife’s house is facing new charges that he told fellow inmates he would kill the woman after his release, Marin and Sonoma County law enforcement officials said. Mark VanMidde, 49, was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial during...

Changes to county library system make enemies within

03/21/2013
Voters overwhelming approved a temporary $49-a-parcel property tax increase in 2010 to stanch the county libraries’ dwindling revenues and state-government support. Halfway through the voter-authorized, five-year period, the Marin County Free Library is struggling not just to remain solvent in a high-tech world with new expectations of libraries but also...

Lagunitas layoff and hire

03/21/2013
Lagunitas School District’s board unanimously voted last week to issue a preliminary layoff notice for a half-time position in resource and intervention teaching services, commonly known as special education, leaving 1.5 full-time equivalent positions. District Superintendent Larry Enos said that the primary motivation was the sequester and a projected decrease...

Supes to adjust community fund

03/21/2013
The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions recommended by County Administrator Matthew Hymel to the Community Services Program for the next fiscal year. Mr. Hymel recommended changes in how the program allocates funding to nonprofits and government agencies, as well as a 14 percent reduction in...

Draft energy bill would extend oyster lease

03/14/2013
For the second time in four years, lawmakers are attempting to do what years of lobbying, scientific wrangling and legal arguments could not: compel the Obama administration to extend the lease of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company. Congressional Republicans are proposing a draft bill that would force the administration to issue...

Woman clubs man in Inverness pot house

03/14/2013
A photographer was arrested on Tuesday for trying to kill a man with a baseball bat in an Inverness Park home that was being used to grow marijuana plants, according to Marin County Sheriff’s Office officials. Kelsey Winterkorn, 26, beat a fellow tenant on the head with a baseball bat...

Bringing movie trailers to life

03/14/2013
The story of one man’s fight against Chick-fil-A. The unpleasant underbelly of the sweatshops where computers are made. A garden of anthropomorphic flowers investigating a recent murder. These are just a few descriptions of the 300 trailers submitted last year to the International Movie Trailer Festival, cofounded by Inverness residents...

Parcel tax increases for Bo-Stin

03/14/2013
On June 4, Stinson Beach and Bolinas residents will vote on a ballot initiative to approve a $300-per-parcel schools tax, which is a $50 increase from the current rate, starting July 1, 2014. The tax provides the district with almost half a million dollars and helps maintain arts, physical education,...

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