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Public airs wish to rename Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

07/01/2020
Are we going to change the name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard? During a two-hour session convened remotely last Friday afternoon, Supervisors Dennis Rodoni and Katie Rice and officials from Marin’s cities and towns listened to the input from over 100 residents, the majority of whom favored a renaming. The...

Lawson's Landing takes down historic pier after a complaint to county

07/01/2020
A complaint about a historic pier at Lawson’s Landing prompted the longtime owners last month to tear down the structure, built in 1937. The 220-foot eucalyptus pier was one of the only piers open to the public in the area, serving as a launch for commercial and recreational fishing boats...

Short-term rentals, more open June 29

06/24/2020
After receiving a greenlight from the state to move ahead with reopening, Marin announced last week that by June 29, short-term rentals and campgrounds can resume operation, restaurants can offer indoor seating, and barber shops, nail salons and gyms can open their doors. Despite the new allowances, some business owners...

Crop report shows healthy milk market

06/24/2020
The value of Marin’s agricultural production rose by a modest four percent last year thanks to rebounding values of milk and livestock, according to the county’s annual crop and livestock report released last week. The county’s top commodity continues to be organic milk. Between 2018 and 2019, its value rose...

County details how to fully re-open schools

06/24/2020
This August, West Marin schools will open classrooms for five days a week, after public health officials released guidelines that outline how to return to in-person teaching. Each school district is gathering public input and adapting the guidelines to fit its population. “It was very obvious early on that distance...

Coronavirus antibodies testing showed little to no infection in Bolinas

06/24/2020
Results from April’s Covid-19 antibody test were handed back to Bolinas residents and essentials workers living in West Marin this month. Last week, researchers announced that fewer than six people, and possibly no one, had a history of being infected with the coronavirus at the time of testing. “Our goal...

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...

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...

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...

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