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Bolinas-Stinson School puts half of reserves in facilities fund

03/22/2018
Trustees at Bolinas-Stinson Union School District, foreseeing voter pushback to both an upcoming bond measure and a parcel tax renewal in 2020, earmarked half of the district’s reserve of nearly $1 million for facility improvements last week. “The move was less for financial reasons and more to communicate to the...

Inverness native Claire Ptak will make cake for royal wedding

03/22/2018
British royalty will soon get a taste of West Marin confection. The upcoming wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle will feature a lemon elderflower cake baked by Inverness native Claire Ptak. She’s the owner of the London-based boutique bakery Violet Cakes and had previously been the subject...

Grand jury says county jail violating rights of mentally ill

03/22/2018
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury says county officials have not done enough to address its recommendations from a June 2017 report on the care of mentally ill people in Marin County Jail, a fact the jury says leaves Marin vulnerable to litigation. The jury’s follow-up report, released last month,...

Job uncertain for West Marin School principal

03/22/2018
Dozens of West Marin School teachers, parents and students attended last Thursday’s meeting of Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees to speak in support of Principal Matt Nagle, whose job is in jeopardy. The district board issued Mr. Nagle a preliminary notice that the terms and conditions of his...

Deputy dies in solo crash

03/22/2018
A 24-year-old Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputy died last Thursday after crashing his car into a tree off Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station. Ryan Zirkle, a Petaluma resident who grew up in Novato, had been responding to a 911 hang-up call placed nearby at around midnight. According...

County outlines roadblocks to Local Coastal Program update

03/22/2018
At a public workshop on Tuesday, county staff described the remaining roadblocks to the long-anticipated update to the Local Coastal Program, generating general frustration among county supervisors and numerous West Marin farmers who spoke. The Board of Supervisors has until May to accept or reject the language of a majority...

Horizon Cable fights for Bolinas market

03/15/2018
A local internet provider is hoping to interrupt an effort by a large southern California provider to install high-speed service in Bolinas, a project that could nab state funding and has the support of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District. Horizon Cable was in the process of acquiring permits to...

Short-term rental signage on hold after pushback

03/15/2018
The county is stumbling on efforts to enact a pilot ordinance that would require signs to be posted outside short-term rentals. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors, citing the need to review public comments, consider alternatives and make revisions to the draft rule, voted to postpone any decision on the...

County okays taller Seadrift home

03/15/2018
Though county planning commissioners were at first skeptical of plans to raise a beachfront house in Seadrift, this week they unanimously approved the homeowners’ revised remodel proposal and even praised it as exemplary of coastal FEMA regulation compliance. In January, Jonna Mazet and her husband, Jeffrey Mazet, who owns a...

Report finds more than a third of Marin families can’t make ends meet

03/15/2018
Rent plus childcare is simply too much for many in Marin. According to data compiled by the First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, a family of four with an infant and a preschooler needs an annual income of $102,223 to afford the basics of family life. Nearly 35 percent...

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