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Siren calls coming to a bay near you

07/18/2019
Odysseus, homeward bound, told his men to seal their ears with beeswax so they wouldn’t be lured to their deaths as they passed the island of sirens. Yet he bound himself to the mast of his ship so he could hear the irresistible song of half-women, half-birds. Residents of West...

Marin lays rules for small cell networks

07/18/2019
An urgency ordinance passed last Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors implemented several rules for the deployment of small-cell infrastructure on public roads, including procedural and aesthetic guidelines. The rush came in advance of applications expected within the month by telecom companies looking to build out 4G networks,...

Census work group tackling West Marin challenges

07/18/2019
As Marin County continues to ramp up its census outreach efforts, it is specifically targeting West Marin as an area that is difficult to count. Last Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors authorized a $120,000 grant to the Canal Alliance to conduct outreach for all of the county’s hard-to-count populations. As...

West of West realizes a sustainable fashion dream

07/10/2019
In a small shop tucked behind Point Reyes Station’s main street, one resident has brought her vision to life. Jacelyn Oshiro-Rodoni, a Hawaii native who relocated with her husband four years ago, opened West of West in April to feature her new clothing line for women, which uses exclusively eco-friendly...

Aided by volunteers en masse, Bolinas pulls off July Fourth without a hitch

07/10/2019
The Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas went relatively smoothly, thanks to its dedicated organizers and a groundswell of volunteers. Around 5,000 people came to town on the holiday, though 2,000 of those headed straight to the Palomarin trailhead. The fire department responded to seven emergency calls: a man who...

Book sales benefit border

07/10/2019
Over a record-setting Fourth of July for book sales, Point Reyes Books raised $1,000 for a non-profit that assists families on the border. The bookstore contributed 10 percent of its profits from 450 transactions, plus additional donations, to the “bookstores against borders” initiative, which raised over $80,000 for the Refugee...

Grand jury calls on county to comprehensively list special districts

07/10/2019
Marin taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on special districts every year, but most residents are unaware of the various agencies that serve them, a recent civil grand jury report said. The jury is recommending the Board of Supervisors create a comprehensive online directory of the county’s special districts by the end of the year “to insure transparency and accountability.” Information on these districts’ purpose, budget, website, compensation for board members, geographic area served, contacts and 12 other informational details should be available in one place, the report states...

Tax could fund agency on wildfire readiness

07/10/2019
Marin is buckling down on wildfire preparedness. Following the key recommendation of a civil grand jury report, representatives from cities, towns and fire agencies throughout Marin have formed a working group to explore the creation of a joint powers agency that would develop and implement a new countywide wildfire prevention...

Public presses sheriff over ICE transfers

07/10/2019
In a room full of immigrant advocates, Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act,...

Butter, cheese: Bivalve Dairy spreads out

07/10/2019
The owners of Bivalve Dairy brought the first batch of their new cheeses to the Point Reyes Farmers Market this month. They nearly sold out. “I had never made cheese before: It’s amazing what you will do to save your family’s farm,” said Karen Bianchini Taylor, a sixth-generation rancher whose...

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