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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...

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...

Flouting shelter order, outsiders swarm coast

03/25/2020
A wave of visitors flooded West Marin on Saturday, prompting park closures and disturbing residents, some of whom took turning people away into their own hands. It looked like a holiday weekend from Muir Beach to Dillon Beach, with travelers from all over Northern California escaping the shelter-in-place order for...

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...

Coronavirus cases sharply rise in Marin, and far more are suspected

03/25/2020
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has more than tripled in Marin over the past week, and that likely represents just a tiny fraction of the actual cases. Around 1 percent—or 3,000 residents—have been infected with the coronavirus, Dr. Lisa Santora, the deputy health officer, estimated on Tuesday. “Some have...

Inverness house plans get green light after bending to neighbors' concerns

03/25/2020
A new house in Inverness is one step closer to construction, with its design modified to resolve neighbors’ concerns, after a zoning administrator this month approved the project. The proposal for 20 Trossach Way, on the western edge of the mesa overlooking Second Valley, led several residents to write to...

West Marin feels impacts of pandemic

03/18/2020
Life in West Marin upended on Monday following a regional decision to keep residents of seven Bay Area counties at home for three weeks. The order from health officials was soon replicated by others in California, which is now leading the nation’s mitigation efforts. These were the basics of the...

Vying nonprofits pitch their visions of affordable housing for Point Reyes

03/18/2020
The Board of Supervisors tabled its selection of a nonprofit to rehabilitate the former Coast Guard property, citing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Supervisors were set to vote on Tuesday, but with a shelter-at-home order in place, the decision was delayed indefinitely. EAH Housing and the Community Land...

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