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Vision for Grady Ranch affordable housing dims

06/20/2013
Visions of a large affordable housing complex at Grady Ranch dimmed this week when the Marin Community Foundation announced it ended a partnership with filmmaker George Lucas due to uncertain funding. The plans sprung up in May 2012 after Mr. Lucas ended a decades-long battle to build a major digital-production facility at the site. They would have helped fill an affordable housing shortage for the...

County hesitates on stream ordinance

06/20/2013
County supervisors decided to delay a vote on a controversial stream conservation ordinance on Tuesday, creating an ad hoc committee to determine how to both honor county guidelines and satisfy constituents. The decision came after 43 people made their respective cases—a handful speaking on behalf of environmental groups or homeowner associations, most speaking in defense of their own property. Only six people spoke in support of the ordinance, including representatives for the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN), the San Geronimo Valley Planning Group and the Watershed Alliance of Marin. Marin Audubon Society President Barbara Salzman said debating the ordinance was a misuse of staff and public time. She urged supervisors to adopt the measure. “It’s long past time," she said. Representatives for the San Geronimo...

MALT preserves Poncia Ranch

06/20/2013
Marin Agricultural Land Trust today announced the protection of 440 acres of farmland in Tomales, bringing the total number of acres under its protection to almost half of all privately owned farmland in Marin that can be preserved. For the Poncias, who raise cattle and lambs on the undulating acres just north of downtown, the easement not only ensures the land will remain in farming—it also allows them to...

Open seats on parks commission

06/20/2013
Four at-large seats on the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, which studies and recommends plans and strategies related to the acquisition, development, funding and management of county parks and open space, will be filled in July. The Board of Supervisors is seeking candidates with expertise and interest in...

Healthy food at national parks

06/13/2013
Food like fish tacos and yogurt parfaits will now be offered as part of the National Park Service’s new Healthy & Sustainable Food Program guidelines for incorporating healthy foods in its national parks. Hot dogs and ice cream, however, can remain. Effective now, all new concession contracts and contracts up...

Farmers market opens next week

06/13/2013
The Point Reyes Farmers Market will kick off its 19th season on June 22 with a new membership program as well as a grant for matching purchase dollars spent through the Electronic Benefit Transfer system up to $10 per card. With few market customers purchasing through EBT, market manager Allison...

Body found in Tocaloma ravine

06/13/2013
The body of an East Bay woman was found in a grassy ravine in the old town of Tocaloma last Thursday morning, launching a homicide investigation by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Trisha Hopfe, 31, was spotted by a hiker on the Cross Marin Trail, separated by an embankment from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, about a tenth of a mile north of Turtle Island Restoration Network and half a mile south of Platform Bridge Road. At the time she was discovered, Ms. Hopfe, who had a son and daughter ages 10 and 5 and lived throughout the East Bay, appeared to have been dead for a couple of days, Lieutenant Jamie Scardina of the sheriff’s investigative division said. She was at least partially naked and displayed suspicious injuries that did not include gunshot wounds. Investigators are interviewing witnesses but...

PRBO is officially Point Blue

06/13/2013
Amid a rebranding campaign, PRBO Conservation Science, a Petaluma-based nonprofit with a field station in Bolinas, has formally changed its name to Point Blue Conservation Science. Though the group calls the change a “redoubling of its mission,” the change triggered a minor uproar when plans were announced in April. Some...

Business leaders stand by DBOC

06/13/2013
Another statement of support for Drakes Bay Oyster Company came this week when a North Bay public-policy advocacy group called on the state to assert its aquaculture rights in Drakes Estero and on elected officials to investigate questionable science cited by the National Park Service. The North Bay Leadership Council,...

Uneasy access to herb irks jurors

06/13/2013
The looming closure of the only remaining medical marijuana storefront dispensary in Marin has prompted criticism from the county’s civil grand jury over diminishing access to the drug—in the face of the overwhelming support it has from county voters. In May, the California Supreme Court ruled that cities and municipalities...

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