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Resolution in sight for Lagunitas tea purveyor

12/18/2019
The date has been set for a mandatory settlement conference between the county and David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident who for years has defended the dozens of unpermitted structures on his property despite mounting fines. In superior court this month, Judge Paul Haakenson put the settlement discussion on the...

Bolinas man missed deadline to appeal demolition order

12/18/2019
A demolition order for the crumbling home of Bolinas resident Ralph Garside remains in place after a judge dismissed his appeal because it was not filed within the allowed 20-day window. Bolinas resident Ryker Schenk, a former contractor, appeared on Mr. Garside’s behalf to argue that he did not get...

Marin Sun Farms ends slaughter for outside farms

12/18/2019
Come January, Marin Sun Farms will no longer process meat at its Petaluma slaughterhouse—the last remaining slaughterhouse in the Bay Area—from producers who do not sell to its two labels. The move leaves some West Marin ranchers scrambling for far-away alternatives or closing up shop altogether; the closest beef processing...

Housing projects in motion will be first priority with Measure W funds

12/11/2019
The Board of Supervisors this week approved a framework that determines the way that funds generated by Measure W, which increased the transient occupancy tax, will be allocated for affordable housing in 2020. The funding priorities came from a nine-person working group selected by the county’s community development agency. For...

Future in flux for Kule Loklo roundhouse

12/11/2019
What should be done with the aging roundhouse at Kule Loklo? That question is at the center of a timely and nuanced dialogue between the National Park Service and regional Indian tribes about the best way to honor the park’s Native American heritage. The roundhouse, whose decaying rafters were taken...

Marin first to limit concrete emissions

12/11/2019
Marin broke ground last month with the passage of a new ordinance that regulates the production of concrete, a material whose manufacture results in an estimated 6 to 10 percent of global anthropogenic carbon emissions. The ordinance, the first of its kind nationwide, specifically sets new limits on the use...

Local groups sue National Park Service over e-bike rules

12/11/2019
Two local environmental groups joined a lawsuit filed last week against the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior over recent directives that opened up parklands nationwide for the use of electric bikes. The suit alleges that the agencies skipped necessary rule-making and environmental analysis steps, in violation...

Bolinas land trust aims for Stinson complex

12/04/2019
An affordable housing committee in Stinson Beach has partnered with the Bolinas Community Land Trust to secure a five-unit property for affordable housing in Stinson Beach. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $250,000 from the county’s affordable housing fund to the land trust, a step toward...

Woodworkers' visions on display

12/04/2019
Kevin Clarke’s table in the exhibit “Visions in Wood” resembles a puzzle with missing pieces. Shallow triangles, rectangles and rounded edges are cut away from the surface, a design reflecting the state of the wood when he found it: twisted and warped sections of eucalyptus. “I want people to experience...

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