Night hours cut for sheriff's deputies on Marin's coast

07/29/2020
Coastal Marin will no longer be patrolled by the sheriff at night. Facing a budget shortfall, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is reducing staffing at the Point Reyes substation this week, leaving no deputies assigned to the coast between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. each day, when previously there were...

County creates fine structure, task force for shelter violations

07/29/2020
As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Marin is rolling out a new program for the enforcement of public health orders, which primarily mandate mask wearing and determine which and how businesses can operate. Under pressure from the state, county supervisors last Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance that establishes a new...

Inverness declares water shortage emergency, sees quick response

07/29/2020
The Inverness Public Utility District declared a water shortage emergency last week amid one of the driest years in the past century, and is already seeing its supply bounce back. “People have cut back [on usage], and we are holding steady for the time being,” said Wade Holland, the customer...

Watchdog says public agencies should improve access to salary information

07/29/2020
A majority of Marin County websites failed to meet legal requirements to conspicuously link to recent information on officials’ compensation, a recent civil grand jury report found. To keep the public trust in government, the report called for greater transparency into the workings of public agencies, including the compensation of...

Closing the doors in Covid’s wake

07/29/2020
Five months have passed since the novel coronavirus upended life in West Marin, and some local businesses are no longer able to hold on. New regulations responding to the pandemic have caused significant financial strain, and for some business owners, safety concerns are paramount. This week, the Light spoke with...

Point Reyes National Seashore: New vision, or enduring myth?

07/29/2020
The founding myth of the Point Reyes National Seashore, that it was born of a partnership between environmentalists and willing agriculturalists, is just that: myth. Land was acquired to create the seashore through a series of pressured buyouts and threats of eminent domain—and yes, the cooperation of a few willing...

Nature Notebook, July 30, 2020

07/29/2020
As the days continue to shorten, the end of summer is heralded by the late-night Perseid meteor shower, due to peak on Aug. 12. Visible to the east after midnight, this shower may send as many as 60 shooting stars each hour, heralding the changing season as summer eases into...