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Lagunitas Waldorf program to pursue charter school petition

03/22/2012
Representatives from the Lagunitas Waldorf-Inspired Program read an open letter to the Lagunitas School Board on Tuesday indicating their intention to submit a petition at April’s board meeting for independent charter school status. Once the petition is submitted, the board has 30 days to conduct a public hearing and 60...

Shoreline nearly rids bilingual teacher

03/15/2012
Bilingual teacher Judy Van Evera will keep her job at West Marin School, Shoreline Unified School District trustees announced Monday at the close of a two-hour special meeting in which co-workers and parents decried the loss a talented instructor from a school with over 50 percent Latino students. The meeting...

As census shows exodus, younger Inverness residents uproot

03/15/2012
Darby and Chip Johnson are fourth and third-generation Point Reyes residents. Her great-grandfather emigrated from Yugoslavia and was among the first commercial fishermen on Tomales Bay; his grandfather came from Washington State and started Johnson Oyster Company in Drakes Estero. Darby and Chip grew up in the same Inverness community...

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...

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