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NGO’s gush letters into seashore

03/08/2012
Last week Point Reyes National Seashore released over 52,000 public comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the future of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, casting a striking portrait of national sentiment—one that, without examination, could be misleading. Ninety-two percent of the comments support the Seashore’s proposal to shutter the...

SPAWN to pay for illegal development

03/08/2012
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), which has long advocated for strict development regulations along San Geronimo Creek, came under scrutiny last week for violating county building permits at a creekside home it is transforming into a training facility. Niz Brown, a Woodacre realtor with a listing near the...

Kinsey challenged on ballot

03/08/2012
Last week Point Reyes National Seashore released over 52,000 public comments on a draft Environmental Impact Statement concerning the future of Drakes Bay Oyster Company, casting a striking portrait of national sentiment—one that, without examination, could be misleading. Ninety-two percent of the comments support the Seashore’s proposal to shutter the...

Green light for Lucasfilm compound

03/01/2012
Marin County planning commissioners voted unanimously Monday to back filmmaker George Lucas’s plan for a massive digital production studio on the old Grady Ranch in Lucas Valley. The vote came after nearly six hours of staff and public testimony, during which supporters lauded Lucas’s long history of stewardship and opponents...

Lagunitas tea estate could be razed

03/01/2012
David Lee Hoffman’s Lagunitas estate is a two-acre playground of technical innovation and architectural whim. Rustic stuccoed structures with angled facades and oaken doors dot the steep hillside terrain, along with less conforming treasures: a patterned concrete cave, a six-foot-long worm shrine, a cylindrical motorcycle garage. The crown jewel, a...

West Marin’s achievement gap

03/01/2012
As a student at Tomales High School the previous four years, Daniel Lopez wanted to play soccer. He competed on the varsity team as a freshman and sophomore, but his final two seasons he was academically ineligible to play. So were many other Latino students. Lopez said he and his...

Farm worker housing: 200 units planned

02/23/2012
It was almost milking time on a blustery afternoon last week at the Bianchini Ranch, in the hills north of Point Reyes Station, when a young Latino worker in sunglasses and a blue jacket began corralling the herd on a four-wheeler. He drove in one direction close behind the grazing...

Bolinas dog sentenced to death

02/23/2012
On December 17, 2011, Bolinas resident Pegan Brooke was walking near Agate Beach when a snarling white pit bull charged her and her Border collie mix, Millie. The pit bull, named Diamond, knocked Millie over and tore a swath of hair and flesh off her back. Brooke jumped in, yelling...

MALT head to retire after 28 years

02/16/2012
While Bob Berner was finishing an MBA program at the Wharton School in 1971, he started thinking about his future. Conservation never crossed his mind. “I was looking for a job and most of my classmates were interviewing banks and large corporations and that wasn’t of much interest to me...

Onward, LCP

02/16/2012
The Marin County Planning Commission voted Monday to approve the draft Local Coastal Program (LCP) for submission to the Board of Supervisors. Although the process of updating the existing 31-year-old LCP is far from complete—after approval by the board, the draft will be reviewed and ratified by the California Coastal...

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