Supervisors prepare to put TOT on ballot

07/18/2018
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday decided unanimously to press ahead with the transient occupancy tax increase for West Marin, preliminarily approving an ordinance that puts the issue on the November ballot. The original proposal, brought by District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni in January, outlined a 50 percent increase in...

For second time, locals hear limits of Coast Guard development

07/18/2018
Residents had a second chance to voice their hopes and concerns regarding the future of affordable housing at the Coast Guard property during a county meeting last Thursday. The evening, which drew nearly 200 people to West Marin School, was an opportunity to address a widely disgruntled response to a...

Latest Grandi application expires

07/18/2018
The county tabled an application from the owner of the Grandi Building last week, the latest setback for long-delayed plans to restore the site to its former glory as a hotel. Owner Ken Wilson obtained county planning permits back in 2005 to transform the building that has sat derelict for...

Michael Stocker: A life immersed in sound

07/18/2018
Michael Stocker spends his days lobbying to reduce human-generated noise in the ocean, but last Monday night, he was whipping up an audience during a jazz jam at the Papermill Creek Saloon. “The area is trying to build a jazz scene—it’s been trying for many years,” a San Rafael resident...

West Marin waste hauler launching audit prompted by reports of mixing

07/18/2018
Is the truck that picks up your garbage combining trash and recyclables? The San Francisco company Recology, which in December launched a new Sonoma-Marin branch and began servicing much of West Marin, has just embarked on a two-month auditing process to analyze inefficiencies that may be encouraging drivers to toss...

López Obrador’s resounding triumph in Mexico

07/18/2018
Against all odds, Andrés Manuel López Obrador—or AMLO, as he is called—was overwhelmingly elected President of Mexico on July 1. November polls had him leading by one digit, and by March he was ahead by around 10 points. Then, on the eve of the election, the most optimistic surveys gave...

Nature Notebook, July 19, 2018

07/18/2018
A double delight awaits on July 27, with a full moon and the planet Mars in opposition—a fiery dot visible in the southeast about 15 minutes after the 8:27 p.m. sunset. In the warmer waters of Tomales Bay, moon jellies are washing up on beaches. The clear bodies have a...