Invasive plants in park a growing threat

02/12/2020
In the dunes at Abbotts Lagoon, the Western snowy plover is nesting, the Tidestrom’s lupine is germinating, and the sand is flowing. At most other beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the dunes are steep, continuous ridges infested with iceplant and European beachgrass. These invasive plants stabilize the sand,...

County expands affordable housing incentives

02/12/2020
The county has adopted several new regulations pertaining to accessory dwelling units in a continued effort to incentivize the creation of affordable housing. Last month, supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that ushered in a suite of changes that align with new state laws, and separately acted to expand existing breaks...

Stream conservation rules first on the list for update of countywide plan

02/12/2020
As Marin embarks on a tune-up of its countywide plan—a mammoth planning document that guides policies and programs—the number-one priority is a new stream conservation ordinance for the San Geronimo Valley. “We are glad that they are taking this on as soon as possible, and our hope is that they...

Sky Road Webb, keeping Miwok music

02/12/2020
Sky Road Webb came to California a decade ago on a quest to unearth his Indian heritage. He expected to find his mother, whom he hadn’t seen since he was 4. Instead, he found she had passed away, and he learned he was a descendant of the Tamal’ko, the Tomales...

Your local votes on the March 3 ballot matter

02/12/2020
Money. Money. Money. Election time is just around the corner, and money has emerged as a dominant theme of this year’s ballot. It was the late, bigger-than-life Jesse Unruh, California’s “Big Daddy” assembly speaker throughout the 1960s, who is best remembered for his maxim, “Money is the mother’s milk of...

Yes on D is a vote for democracy

02/12/2020
The beautifully designed San Geronimo Golf Course has been at the center of the valley for 50 years. The San Geronimo Valley Community Plan states that the course “represents an important visual and recreational resource in the valley. Future uses should be limited to those which support the primary use...

Nature Notebook, February 13, 2020

02/12/2020
Spring seems to be rushing toward us with warm days and calm surf. A little later than usual are the milkmaids, four-petaled flowers with a rosy tinge that usually are seen in shady areas by January. Wild beach strawberry plants (Fragaria chiloensis), also with small, four-petaled flowers low to the...