Bo-Stin voters will see parcel tax in June

02/14/2019
This June, residents of Stinson Beach and Bolinas will vote on a parcel tax to fund a range of needs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District. The special election, scheduled for June 4, will feature a proposal to levy a special tax of $300 per parcel for five years, beginning...

County plans for census challenges

02/14/2019
Planning for the 2020 census is underway, and Marin County officials want residents to get involved in creating an accurate count. Last February, the Board of Supervisors accepted a $100,000 grant to conduct census outreach activities in Marin. As part of that grant, the Community Development Agency is establishing a...

Supervisors hear 5G concerns

02/14/2019
Residents packed the Board of Supervisors Chamber last Tuesday evening, urging the board to do everything in its power to resist the installation of the small-cell wireless facilities known as 5G. The overwhelming majority expressed concerns over the health impacts of exposing communities to electromagnetic fields and radio-frequency radiation. Tuesday’s...

New storm rating system aims to sharpen California forecasts

02/14/2019
Is California, the state with the greatest year-to-year rainfall variability, prepared for the rain and snow when it comes? A team of hydrometeorological scientists and weather forecasters this month unveiled a new storm rating system in a peer-reviewed study published by the Atmospheric Meteorological Society that they hope will help...

District Attorney takes Drakes Estero case

02/14/2019
The Marin County District Attorney is now handling a criminal case referred by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding the alleged mishandling of fragments of treated wood and other debris at Drakes Estero during a restoration project conducted by the National Park Service in 2017. Abbott Dutton, spokeswoman...

County homing in on cannabis proposals

02/14/2019
It’s been two years since California approved the recreational use of cannabis, but Marin is still in a lengthy process of issuing delivery-only licenses for medicinal use to no more than four businesses in unincorporated areas. Earlier this month, the county’s Community Development Agency released the results of a lottery...

Pilgrimage for the living world

02/14/2019
What comes to mind when you think about walking a trail in one of our parks, not just for exercise or nature observation, but also as a pilgrim? What makes a journey into any natural landscape a pilgrimage? And in today’s climate—both the literal climate of our stressed planet and...

At 25 years, Straus dairy still pioneering

02/14/2019
The vision that Albert Straus, C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery and a native of Marshall, has for agriculture is uncompromising. Mr. Straus—who last week celebrated the 25th anniversary of the creamery business that grew out of his father’s dairy ranch—has come a long way from his early days making ice...

Coastal commission approves two LCP sections

02/14/2019
The California Coastal Commission certified two out of the seven amendments that compose the update to Marin County’s 1980 Local Coastal Program on Feb. 6 at a hearing in Half Moon Bay. The language in the two sections, which pertain to agriculture and definitions throughout the update, is that approved...

Nature Notebook, February 14, 2019

02/14/2019
Morning high tides peak at 6.8 feet on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18, and continue through the full moon of Feb. 19. This moon has also been called a “super moon,” which is not a scientific or technical term in the astronomical lexicon. So-called super moons rise during the periods when...

Steve Hadland: A matter of life and death

02/14/2019
Dr. Steve Hadland began his medical career as an emergency room physician, fixing people and saving lives at all costs. These days he treasures his work as a hospice physician associated with Hospice of Petaluma, tending to the terminally ill and allowing them to die in comfort. Two extremes, one...