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Bill would require backup power for some cell towers

02/19/2020
When Pacific Gas & Electric turned the power off last October, more than half of the cell towers in Marin went out of service. In response, the Board of Supervisors last month endorsed a state bill that would mandate telecommunication providers have backup power for their cell towers in high...

New app brings emergency calls to the public

02/19/2020
During sudden cardiac arrest, every minute counts. Now, Marin residents can receive instant information on their phones about emergencies in the county, including those in their immediate vicinity that could use their help. On Feb. 14, the county announced the availability of a free, multilingual app, called PulsePoint, that alerts...

Stream conservation rules first on the list for update of countywide plan

02/12/2020
As Marin embarks on a tune-up of its countywide plan—a mammoth planning document that guides policies and programs—the number-one priority is a new stream conservation ordinance for the San Geronimo Valley. “We are glad that they are taking this on as soon as possible, and our hope is that they...

Invasive plants in park a growing threat

02/12/2020
In the dunes at Abbotts Lagoon, the Western snowy plover is nesting, the Tidestrom’s lupine is germinating, and the sand is flowing. At most other beaches in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the dunes are steep, continuous ridges infested with iceplant and European beachgrass. These invasive plants stabilize the sand,...

County expands affordable housing incentives

02/12/2020
The county has adopted several new regulations pertaining to accessory dwelling units in a continued effort to incentivize the creation of affordable housing. Last month, supervisors approved an urgency ordinance that ushered in a suite of changes that align with new state laws, and separately acted to expand existing breaks...

County okays downtown Bolinas pilot program

02/05/2020
Deputies will start enforcing a ban on overnight parking for oversized vehicles in a significant portion of downtown Bolinas in April, after supervisors this week unanimously agreed to phase in parking rules approved by community members over a year ago. The regulations are part of a pilot program that will...

Neighbors seek changes to Inverness proposal

02/05/2020
The proposed development of a new house in Inverness is receiving pushback from neighbors concerned about the impact of construction, inadequate parking and the building’s height and large windows. Spencer Stenmark, a partner at a private equity firm in San Francisco, and his wife, Victoria, a doctor and an artist,...

Seashore turns away seals, balancing needs

02/05/2020
It’s peak breeding season for northern elephant seals, and biologists with the Point Reyes National Seashore are taking extra precautions at Drakes Beach, where last winter a colony set up camp during the government shutdown and effectively blocked visitor access. The event caused a full beach closure, and the spectacle—which...

Solar air chimney: One man's device to help reverse disaster

02/05/2020
A mason in San Geronimo has developed a prototype for a giant chimney that moves massive amounts of air using heat from the sun, a device he believes could be instrumental in fighting climate change. Art Burtis, a valley resident for 24 years, says the air movement created by his...

Bicultural conversation focuses on inclusivity in Point Reyes Station

02/05/2020
What do you love about your community? What in your community has you concerned? How can we address these challenges? Those were some of the questions asked at a community conversation in Point Reyes Station last week, the first of four in West Marin. By the end of the conversation,...

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