Valley residents sue over golf course process

12/14/2017
A group of over 50 Marin residents filed a lawsuit last week against the county over its decision to approve the $8.85-million purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course with assistance from the Trust for Public Land. The group, called the San Geronimo Advocates, contends that the county violated...

County waives JADU fees to expand housing

12/14/2017
The county will waive permitting fees and streamline construction for junior accessory dwelling units next year in hopes of mitigating an affordable housing crisis exacerbated by the North Bay fires. The Board of Supervisors last week gave a green light to the Community Development Agency to waive building and safety...

Marin mandates rental mediation

12/14/2017
The Board of Supervisors this week adopted an ordinance that allows for renters and landlords in unincorporated Marin to employ county mediators to help settle disputes concerning rent increases of more than 5 percent within a 12-month period. Considered for almost two years and approved under the wire at the...

Two aging buses to be replaced at Shoreline

12/14/2017
Dan Wood arrives at the garage below the West Marin School every winter weekday an hour before daybreak. As one of Shoreline Unified School District’s eight bus drivers, Mr. Wood, an eight-year bus operator from Dillon Beach, manages two routes: up to Pierce Point for Tomales High students and then...

Lighthouse corps keeps it shining

12/14/2017
There’s an optical illusion that few ever see beneath the 147-year-old lens and clockwork mechanism inside the Point Reyes Lighthouse. In the middle of the room that sits below the lens room, two white support beams stand a few feet apart. To the naked eye, they appear to be angled...

“It’s a Wonderful Life” makes for a wonderful live radio play

12/14/2017
The closed sign had been flipped over for a while last Sunday evening at the Tap Room when 12 actors at a back table rolled through the first reading of a West Marin Christmas tradition. One had twisted his ankle en route to the rehearsal and sat icing it with...

Amanda Giacomini: Beyond 10,000 Buddhas

12/14/2017
Amanda Giacomini first learned of the Ellora and Ajanta Caves, two temple cave complexes cut into cliffs in western India, from a coffee table book. She was smitten by their earthy colors and images of a serene Buddha—so much so that during a 2006 trip to India with her now-husband...

What’s a park for?

12/14/2017
“Keep your nature out of my nature” — Aaron Lucich First of all, what is a park? Zion is one, so is Yellowstone, Central, Yosemite, Gramercy, the Maasai Mara and Golden Gate Park. Then there’s Fenway, Candlestick and Cominsky Parks. They’re ball parks. Parks exist everywhere—in cities, towns, suburbs and...

Nature Notebook, December 14, 2017

12/14/2017
Over the next few days, catch the Geminid meteor showers in the darkness of a waning crescent moon. This prolific shower of 120 meteors per hour takes its name from Gemini, the twin brothers Castor and Pollux. As one of the brothers passed away and became a star, the other...