Ahead of vote, staff want more time on LCP

04/19/2018
Culminating a more than decade-long process, the deadline for the Board of Supervisors to decide whether to approve the lion’s share of the update for Marin’s Local Coastal Program is next week. Yet a small number of key sticking points with the California Coastal Commission that pertain to agriculture, village...

Ag worker housing floated as use for Coast Guard complex

04/19/2018
In anticipation of its purchase of the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station, Marin County is exploring numerous affordable housing concepts for the 36-home complex, including set-asides for agricultural workers. A county-appointed working group comprised of representatives from local schools, affordable housing groups and other businesses and organizations has...

County restricts bus length on Muir Woods Road ahead of future improvements

04/19/2018
The Marin County Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously to restrict the length of buses on the steep and winding Muir Woods Road to 30 feet, tightening a 36-foot restriction implemented three years ago. The new rule, which applies to the stretch between the entrance to Muir Woods National...

Marconi head steps down in rebuild plan

04/19/2018
The executive director of the Marconi Conference Center has stepped down from her position after less than two years, a move designed to soften public perception of a conflict of interest. Amy Beilharz, an entrepreneur and consultant, was hired in July 2016 by the nonprofit Marconi Center Operating Corporation, which...

Nature Notebook, April 19, 2018

04/19/2018
Spring checklist: Look for the Lyrid meteor showers through April 25 in the late-night eastern skies after 11 p.m. The Eta Aquarids take off this week, too. Many of you make an annual visit to Chimney Rock, and now is a great time. Goldfields are springing up along the road...

Correcting the record on coastal agriculture

04/19/2018
A recent article (“Bill targets ag coastal permitting,” April 5, 2018) contained a number of incorrect assertions about the Marin County local coastal program (LCP) update, including the suggestion that Marin County farmers need legislative relief from proposed restrictions in the plan. That’s baffling, because after a decade of public process, hard work and compromise on all sides, the plan approved by the commission in November 2016 significantly reduces restrictions on agricultural activities. In fact, if approved by the Board of Supervisors next week, Marin will be the only county in the state with the ability to completely waive coastal development permits for minor projects – a new LCP “tool” developed specifically to help farmers in Marin...

Jess Santana, family man, dies at 73

04/19/2018
Jess Santana, a longtime Point Reyes Station resident who guided ships in the Pacific from his post at the KMI radio station, and helped organize the Western Weekend celebration as a member of the West Marin Lions Club, died on March 6. He was 73 years old. Like the Lions...