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Respira grant will fund youth activities website

07/18/2019
Kids can ride bikes around Tomales Bay, enjoy a bonfire on Chicken Ranch Beach and skateboard at Mesa Park, thanks to a county park grant for Tomales Bay Youth Center that will be used to coordinate and connect the youth of West Marin. The grant will help pay for an...

Immigrant advocates working to educate amid threats of ICE action

07/18/2019
Community organizers in West Marin are on the ready in case of ICE activity coinciding with President Trump’s announcement of nationwide sweeps. “There is a lot of fear within the community,” said Jorge Martinez, a program assistant for West Marin Community Services. “We’ve only had rumors [in the past], but...

CCC pushes back against poison plan

07/18/2019
The plan to eradicate house mice from the South Farallon Islands met resistance last week, when the United States Fish and Wildlife Service failed to convince the California Coastal Commission that dropping rodenticide from a helicopter is the best and only way to go. Advocates and opponents of the eradication...

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...

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...

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,...

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