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Watchdog says public agencies should improve access to salary information

07/29/2020
A majority of Marin County websites failed to meet legal requirements to conspicuously link to recent information on officials’ compensation, a recent civil grand jury report found. To keep the public trust in government, the report called for greater transparency into the workings of public agencies, including the compensation of...

Fuel break to be revived in Tomales Bay State Park

07/23/2020
A forgotten fuel break along the border of Tomales Bay State Park will be revisited this fall, thanks to funding from the new countywide parcel tax dedicated to fire prevention. The fuel break, which was first established in 2006, was recommended following the 1995 Mount Vision Fire as a key...

FEMA grant will fund hazards research

07/22/2020
Hazards on the coast are abundant: fires, earthquakes, tsunamis and sea-level rise. A $250,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Marin to study these hazards and develop a plan to mitigate their arrival. Specifically, the grant will be used to assess the integrity of bulkheads in Marshall,...

Overloaded with waste, West Marin Compost to expand capacity

07/22/2020
West Marin Compost has canceled the final free green waste day of the summer due to an overwhelming response, and the company is looking for ways to increase composting capacity so it can keep serving those who are clearing defensible space around their homes. The first three green waste days...

Investors ask Ken Casey companies to declare bankruptcy

07/22/2020
Investors snared in a large real estate scam are seeking to recover their money by forcing the company they invested in to declare bankruptcy. Seven people filed an involuntary petition last Thursday against Professional Investors Security Fund, one of two companies under federal investigation after their owner, Novato real estate...

School to start at home while cases climb

07/22/2020
Marin schools will not reopen for in-person instruction next month as planned, following orders from the governor last week that counties on the Covid-19 watch list must offer rigorous distance learning instead. The change comes amid a summer of heavy planning by local school leaders operating under county guidance to...

Virus spread affects local workers and businesses

07/15/2020
As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across California, essential workers on Marin’s coast are finding it increasingly difficult to get easy access to testing and are experiencing longer wait times for results, creating hardships for local businesses. There have been 25 positive cases in West Marin since the start...

Investors snared in real estate scam

07/15/2020
A number of West Marin residents invested in companies that are now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission after their owner, Novato real estate mogul Ken Casey, died from a heart attack in May. Attorneys told investors that two of his companies, Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors...

Smaller seawall gets green light in Bolinas

07/15/2020
The California Coastal Commission will allow for the failing seawall used as a public walkway on Brighton Beach to be rebuilt by the owner, albeit much narrower. The commission added the condition to a coastal permit it approved last week, disregarding strong support from the local utility district and residents...

Sheriff moves ICE arrests from back room into jail lobby

07/15/2020
Under increased scrutiny of law enforcement, Sheriff Robert Doyle has agreed to stop handing inmates over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the private booking area of the Marin County Jail starting Aug. 15. The county office will still notify the federal agency when inmates who are convicted or...

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