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Amid outcry, supervisors halve sheriff's budget ask

06/24/2020
On one side, Sheriff Robert Doyle, the unapologetic head of county law enforcement who proudly defends his department from criticism. On the other side, a mass of impassioned people of color and their allies, desperately pleading for the defunding of the sheriff’s office, an institution they call inherently racist. In...

PG&E announces plan to shorten shutoffs, keep local power on

06/17/2020
After widespread power shutoffs closed businesses, spoiled food and disrupted cell phone service last fall in West Marin, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company is working to make this fire season’s shutoffs smaller, shorter and smarter. The company hopes to restore power twice as fast and reduce the number of...

Pressure to defund sheriff persists, met with pushback

06/17/2020
For the second week in a row, speaker after speaker called on the Board of Supervisors to shift funding away from the sheriff’s office and toward social services when the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget is considered next week. But in an interview with the Light this week, Sheriff Robert Doyle...

Explosion destroys Stinson buildings

06/17/2020
A powerful explosion rocked downtown Stinson Beach on Tuesday morning, destroying two buildings and damaging several others. An investigation is underway, but the blast, which originated in a vacant apartment above Oceanic Realty, was most likely caused by a propane leak, Stinson Beach fire chief Kenny Stevens said. The town’s...

Pressure to defund sheriff persists, met with pushback

06/17/2020
For the second week in a row, speaker after speaker called on the Board of Supervisors to shift funding away from the sheriff’s office and toward social services when the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget is considered next week. But in an interview with the Light this week, Sheriff Robert Doyle...

Slave trade at center of boulevard name debate

06/17/2020
A petition that calls for the renaming of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, which cuts east near Drakes Bay in the Point Reyes National Seashore across the county to San Quentin, has generated a groundswell of support. Gathering over 5,000 signatures in the past week, the petition ties the English sea...

Blue whales converge at Farallones, where the eating is good

06/17/2020
At least 47 blue whales, the largest animals on earth, converged around the Farallon Islands last Saturday to feed. They were spotted by scientists for Point Blue Conservation Science stationed on the island, who immediately reported the rare sight and record tally to the Greater Farallones Marine Sanctuary, which in...

West Marin joins protests spurred by police killing

06/10/2020
Hundreds of West Marin residents joined the nationwide movement against police brutality and systemic racism this week, as political pressure mounts for Marin to address its racial inequalities and decrease funding for the sheriff’s office. Marin is the most racially disparate county in California, according to Race Counts, a project...

County rejects appeal of SPAWN work

06/10/2020
Supervisors dismissed an appeal last week by a San Anselmo golfer who argued that the county’s recent issuance of a permit for creek restoration on the former San Geronimo Golf Course property was illegal. As a result, Turtle Island Restoration Network, the mother organization for the Salmon Protection and Watershed...

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