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Congregants ready for a virtual Easter

04/08/2020
This Sunday, West Marin’s churches will not be filled with singing worshippers. Grass fields will not be swarmed with kids hunting for eggs, and family meals will be smaller. It’s a time of modified traditions for Christians who cannot meet in person because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, faith plays...

Making distance learning work for all

04/08/2020
With campuses closed for the rest of the school year, West Marin educators are grappling with how to deliver meaningful instruction to students without leaving anyone behind. Internet access is key in the effort. Districts are working to secure and distribute Google Chromebooks and internet hotspots to students who need...

Burglar strikes West Marin Pharmacy

04/08/2020
A burglar smashed into the West Marin Pharmacy with a brick and stole around $500 worth of medication after the shop closed last Friday. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but has no suspects. “It’s not going to put me out of business, but it hurts,” owner Zsuzsanna Biran...

New lawyer, more time for beleaguered Lagunitas tea seller

04/08/2020
David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident embroiled in litigation over extensive unpermitted building on his property, went to court last month and bought himself some time—potentially a lot of time. Mr. Hoffman, who spent over half a million dollars on nine different lawyers in past years and most recently spoke...

Shelter order extended and tightened as virus spreads

04/01/2020
The coronavirus is spreading exponentially, and an estimated 2 percent of West Marin has been infected with it, according to Dr. Lisa Santora, the county’s deputy public health officer. A more restrictive shelter order and improved testing capabilities should help slow transmission. At least five Marin residents have died from...

Income plummets for West Marin businesses

04/01/2020
Many West Marin businesses are in a financial freefall as a result of the Covid-19 shutdown, leading to mass layoffs and economic uncertainty. Owners are furloughing employees and spending savings to stay afloat, but with the length of the shelter-in-place order and its aftereffects unknown, these are stressful times to...

Emergency grants designed to help West Marin’s neediest

04/01/2020
Money is pooling to support those most in need. Immediately following the shelter-in-place order last month, the Marin Community Foundation and the West Marin Fund provided emergency funds to a handful of local nonprofits that offer key services to residents on the coast. M.C.F. gave new awards to three local...

Online census rolls out, absent door-to-door and community outreach

04/01/2020
Here’s the invitation that United States Census Bureau field workers had hoped to deliver in person to your doorstep: It’s time to participate in the census. In March, field workers from the bureau began delivering door-to-door invitations to West Marin residents with post office boxes, but they were forced to...

Supes protect tenants from evictions

03/25/2020
The Marin County Board of Supervisors this week offered countywide rental protections to those suffering a substantial loss of income due to the coronavirus outbreak. Effective immediately, landlords cannot evict residential or commercial tenants who are unable to pay their rent due to changed financial circumstances related to the pandemic...

Coastal commission asked to codify help for communities

03/25/2020
Marin’s seaside villages wrote to the California Coastal Commission last month with feedback on the agency’s draft strategic planning document, which sets management priorities for the next five years, and had one primary request: the plan must further protect and relieve the villages from growing droves of recreational visitors. The...

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