Rodoni rolls out local tax proposal

01/18/2018
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni began his 2018 policy agenda by promulgating his proposal to increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, which would apply only to visitors who use short-term rentals, or accommodations that last under 30 days. He’s held meetings with village associations, planning groups and individuals to parlay the proposal, and...

Waldorf charter school loses public funding

01/18/2018
Heartwood Educational Collaborative, the Waldorf-inspired charter school formerly called WISE Academy where some parents in West Marin have opted to send their children since 2014, lost its access to public funds this week and must now rely on reserves to stay open. The umbrella school program through which Heartwood holds...

Drakes Estero shark bite was likely investigative

01/18/2018
Just before the attack, there was a lull in the waves. In the calm, she played on her surfboard, kneeling on its face to practice balancing—and then she slipped. The majority of her body was back on her board, out of the water, when she screamed and jerked her feet...

Inverness Park couple brings “mild magic” to Sweethearts of the Radio

01/18/2018
“Kiss Kiss” begins with a lone acoustic guitar. The melody is plucked, then the cadence increases and what started as one evolves into two with Kim Hett’s delicate vocals. When she sings acapella, her voice will fill a room, but it’s softer between her partner’s strums. In this song, the...

Redwood Creek salmon released

01/18/2018
They were carried in pairs, sloshing around inside Yeti coolers, from a water tank truck idling in the Muir Beach parking lot to the muddy shores of Redwood Creek. Volunteers used wheelbarrows to transfer them to biologists who hoisted them into the creek using nets. After a couple of hours,...

After suit, Marin County Open Space will monitor usage and close trails at night

01/18/2018
The result of a settlement agreement reached late last month with Marin Audubon Society, the Marin County Open Space District will launch a five-year pilot program this spring that involves seasonal nighttime closures at 10 different road and trail locations to benefit sensitive wildlife, such as northern spotted owls. The...

Newest Coastal Health Alliance doctor brings integrative health know-how

01/18/2018
A 33-year-old Santa Cruz native with a background in alternative medicine became the Coastal Health Alliance’s newest medical doctor this month. Gabriel Klapman, the son of an M.D. and a body worker, came “highly recommended for his degree of intelligence and compassion,” said Steven Siegel, the health alliance’s C.E.O. “His...

Program brings young adults on recycling missions in West Marin

01/18/2018
They were cresting the spine above Pierce Point Ranch when driver Mike Anderson and his second-in-command, Luke Ferrigno, spotted the herd and slowed their compactor truck to a halt. With phones in hand, the two snapped shots of the tule elk and marveled at their silvery coats and stature. They...

Earthquakes, fires and isolation point to need for microgrids

01/18/2018
The earthquake that struck the Bay Area on Jan. 4 served as a reminder that we who live in California do so with risk. While the 4.4-magnitude earthquake centered near Berkeley did little damage—other than wake folks like yours truly up from a deep slumber—it could perhaps foreshadow a much...

Toni Littlejohn: The cosmos of paint

01/18/2018
When asked how children could be made smarter, Albert Einstein answered, “Read them fairy tales. And if you want them to be even smarter, read them more fairy tales.” The fairy tale’s absence of boundaries and linear time is vivified in Toni Littlejohn’s exhibit, “The Paint of Paint,” at Toby’s...