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County could ban overnight parking on C Street

12/27/2018
While the movement to tighten parking regulations in downtown Bolinas stole the limelight this fall, the county was moving more quickly to crack down on C Street in Point Reyes Station. Litter, drug use, vandalism, health violations, human waste and general disturbance of the peace are upsetting some residents, who...

Safer school routes wanted in Point Reyes

12/27/2018
The paths leading to West Marin School, in places broken up by the expanding roots of Monterey pines, may exude small-town charm, but they may also endanger students. Improvements to the crumbling sidewalks and traffic infrastructure surrounding the school will be explored during a meeting on Jan. 14 organized by...

County rejects viewshed protest of NMWD tank

12/19/2018
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday pushed forward a proposal by the North Marin Water District to build a 125,000-gallon concrete tank at the top of Drakes View Drive. Though the board rejected the request from a neighbor to redesign the project to lessen the impact on his view, the...

Tomales High loses head of ag department

12/19/2018
Bill Costanzo, who has overseen the agriculture program at Tomales High School for the last 13 years, will leave the position this January along with his wife, Heidi Alves-Costanzo, an administrative secretary at the school. Mr. Costanzo has been the driving force of the agriculture department, which has the county’s...

Park appraising Marshall property

12/19/2018
The National Park Service is in the midst of appraising a 52-acre Marshall ranch formerly operated by the Dunn family, whose reservation of use and occupancy expired last fall. Two informal proposals for the land, which is owned by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area but controlled by the Point...

West Marin School interim principal resigns after settlement brought to light

12/19/2018
West Marin School’s interim principal, Rey Mayoral, resigned from his position last Thursday, after the Light published a story about a 2010 settlement with a woman who accused him of sexual assault, harassment and retaliation during his time at a school district in Oregon. Mr. Mayoral had been hired for...

Just-cause ordinance for multi-unit rentals will launch in January

12/19/2018
Come January, Marin County will launch its just-cause pilot program, which aims to reduce rental instability by requiring landlords to provide a reason when evicting a tenant. The two-year ordinance will also create a registry of rental properties to track data such as monthly rent and occupancy status in order...

County plans update to development code in 2019

12/19/2018
Next year the county will undertake a routine update of its development code, which applies to unincorporated areas of Marin that are outside the coastal zone. A draft of the proposed changes are posted on a new website accessed from the Community Development Agency’s planning webpage. Comments on the amendments—which...

AT&T cell tower proposed for Tomales ranch

12/19/2018
AT&T is looking to improve its coverage with a new cell tower placed inside a grove of eucalyptus trees north of Tomales. The company has requested coastal and use permits and design review approval to install a new 4G LTE wireless communication pole on a 197-acre lot on a ranch...

Anne Sands retires as coordinator of disaster council

12/19/2018
After five years as the coordinator of the West Marin Disaster Council, Anne Sands will retire from the position in December to “take a deep breath, ride my horse in the park and play pickleball with my lady friends.” Ms. Sands, a resident of Dogtown, has a long history of...

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