approves first-ever update to county coastal plan

With a prime view of the rolling pastures that flank Tomales Bay and fall directly under their jurisdiction, the members of the California Coastal Commission voted last week to unanimously approve the county’s land use plan for its Local Coastal Program. The approval came despite concerns from some commissioners over how intergenerational housing would be regulated, along with protests from the public over the right to appeal agricultural housing directly to the commission...

Novato man arrested in gas crash

The driver who incapacitated the only gas station in Point Reyes by crashing into it and disabling its power has been charged with driving under the influence, but was released from custody last week at the request of his public defender and against a recommendation from the district attorney’s office,...

Under attack, commission defends coastal program

Environmental groups are lambasting proposed changes to Marin’s Local Coastal Program outlined this month by California Coastal Commission staff. The Sierra Club and the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin claim that the plan, which will regulate development in the county’s coastal zone for the foreseeable future, represents a drastic...

Drunk driver closes gas station

One of West Marin’s two gas stations could be out of service for a week, after an intoxicated driver crashed a Ford F250 into the wall of Greenbridge Gas and Auto on Tuesday, shutting down power to the fuel pumps. The truck, whose sole occupant was arrested for drunken driving,...

Grandi Building takes one step toward a resurrection

The Grandi Building is just one year shy of its centennial. Originally a hotel that served railroad men and later a hardware store and a post office, it has stood vacant for over three decades. The iconic red brick façade that faces Point Reyes Station’s Main Street has been repurposed...

After years of complaints, Tomales High counselor transferred

A Tomales High School counselor with a troubled history of narrowing students’ horizons for college will be reassigned to the elementary school next year. After Latino mothers voiced concerns to the Shoreline Unified School District trustees nearly a year ago in June and again in mid-April, Superintendent Tom Stubbs and...

Low turnout, late start impedes district search

The truncated search for a new superintendent for the Shoreline Unified School District commenced to low parent turnout at scoping meetings as many stakeholders awaited the board’s decision about whether the current superintendent, Tom Stubbs, will be offered another year on the job at tonight’s regular meeting. The board chose...

Coalition targets youth drug use

Youth group coordinators, three principals and a superintendent, medical staff, pastors and parents joined together for a brainstorming meeting Tuesday about how they could fill a void in discussion forums, educational services and events for young people around the topic of drug, alcohol and tobacco use. Tentatively titled the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Kids, the group taking shape is customizing an action plan unique to the needs of its rural community with funding from a county grant. “This isn’t some big prohibitionist movement,” Heather Richardson, who focuses on developing youth programs with the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, said early in the meeting. “We’re looking at what our cultural thoughts are, what our mores are, and what we want to do around those things.” About 20 people arrived at the Tomales Bay Youth Center, sipping coffee with pastries and grapes at the morning meeting. After considering how to gather larger data sets from students and parents, much of the discussion focused on what the new coalition’s...

Annie Crotts, who sang the national anthem for Bolinas, dies at 91

Annie Crotts, who lived in Bolinas since 1925 and belted the Star-Spangled Banner to commence the local Fourth of July parade for more over six decades, passed away last week, at age 91. Annie lived through upheavals in her community and tragedies in her own life, but her inner strength...


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