County holds firm, shifts gears on weed

05/25/2017
The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to reject appeals by seven marijuana dispensary applicants, including one in West Marin, and directed county staff to consider a delivery-only alternative and a revised approach to the permitting process. An eighth appeal, by a group that applied to operate...

Annual water hike continues to fund large projects

05/25/2017
North Marin Water District plans to raise rates for West Marin customers on July 1, the second annual hike in a multi-year plan to raise funds for major system improvements. The $32- per-year increase for median customers is the same amount as last year’s raise, though the district says users...

Supervisors, holding contentious chapter, approve LCP amendments

05/25/2017
Following extensive public debate and back and forth between the county and the California Coastal Commission over the past five years, the Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a group of amendments to the 1982 Local Coastal Program related to land use, accepting many of the commission’s significant modifications. Yet...

Jim Baum: Dreaming of a farm stand on every corner

05/25/2017
On Mother’s Day weekend, a steady flow of customers passed through the doors of Jim Baum’s Marin Community Farm Stand in Forest Knolls. Conveniently located at a former gas station on the valley’s thoroughfare, the stand offers crates of produce and freezers of meat—along with beer and wine, soaps and...

Fear, frustration and FAQs in Planning Commission hearing on S.E.I.R.

05/25/2017
Planning Commissioners on Monday listened to and shared their own comments on a draft of the Countywide Plan’s supplemental environmental impact report, which focuses on potential cumulative impacts from development in the San Geronimo Valley on salmonids and streams. Homeowners and commissioners alike expressed concern about the document’s build-out scenario,...

Future Farmers ducks state funding cut

05/25/2017
The Future Farmers of America dodged a financial setback this week after Governor Jerry Brown decided not to cut funding for the program in next year’s budget. “This is really good news,” said Bill Costanzo, who’s helmed Tomales High School’s program for the last 11 years. “All the support that...

Local director named for public preschool

05/25/2017
The Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has named the director for its new 4-year-old preschool program: Victoria Maier. The Bolinas resident and mother of one had worked as the head teacher at the Bolinas Children’s Center since moving to the area four years ago. “My goal has always been to work...

Dana Davidson sews bestselling vests and more at Epicenter

05/25/2017
Tucked away at Main Street’s southern corner is a women’s clothing boutique that finds the cross between functional and sensual. For the past 28 years, Epicenter has attracted locals and tourists alike to its sleek and colorful clothing, most of which is designed and hand-stitched by the shop’s owner and...

Caltrans dupes bridge working group, denies community retrofit option

05/25/2017
I come to Caltrans’ Green Bridge project with an insider’s perspective. I have practiced environmental and natural resources law since 1985. My clients include any type of public or private entity proposing a land-use project with significant environmental issues, including ranchers, developers, timber and mining companies, renewable energy companies, cities...

Green Bridge: It’s all about scale

05/25/2017
Caltrans’ recently released draft environmental impact report is the latest step in the process to replace the Green Bridge with a more structurally sound version. Our community has been very involved in the project, from convincing Caltrans to hold more community meetings than it normally provides and to send newsletters...

Strangles solved in Olema

05/25/2017
Two last horses are recovering at Five Brooks Ranch from an outbreak of equine distemper, a bacterial infection often called “strangles” because it can swell lymph nodes in the throat to the point of suffocation. Over the past month, the ranch, located on parkland in the Olema Valley, fielded over...