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Anti-SmartMeter groups oppose settlement with utility commission

02/21/2013
A coalition of activist groups across the region staunchly opposed to the installation of wireless utility meters are not softening calls for harsher penalties against multiple Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) employees and other utility officials implicated in an ongoing investigation into privacy violations. The groups last week filed...

Drake’s report turns spotlight on watchdog

02/21/2013
An Interior Department watchdog report released earlier this month that was intended to quiet allegations of scientific misconduct in evaluating the noise impacts of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company instead unleashed more cacophony this week. Corey Goodman, the scientist and biotechnology entrepreneur friendly to the oyster farm who wrote a complaint...

Man arrested with parents’ truck

02/21/2013
A Point Reyes Station man has been arrested again after driving without a license following a court appearance on the same charges, authorities said this week. Adam Michael Haley, 32, was arrested last week on Wednesday for stealing the truck he drove after his court appearance from his parents, who...

Bolinas stocked with regular gas

02/21/2013
Bo Gas, the nonprofit gas station whose modest profits subsidize affordable housing in Bolinas, began selling regular gas last week after being stocked with only plus and premium fuels since late December. Nearby residents who find it more convenient to fill up locally than to drive over the hill for...

Marshall Tavern owners sue

02/14/2013
Owners of the Marshall Tavern late last week filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission, claiming the agency has imposed unduly restrictive conditions on their attempt to restore a property whose vacancy stretches back more than two decades. The lawsuit, filed in Marin County Superior Court on Friday, challenges...

Agency findings add setbacks for oyster farm

02/14/2013
The California Coastal Commission on Thursday found Drake’s Bay Oyster Company in prolonged violation of state law and ordered the cannery to plan for unwinding their operations should their fight to remain open fail by a February 28 deadline. The regulatory agency’s ruling added yet another obstacle to oysterman Kevin...

Sam leaves the palace for the big city

02/14/2013
Shopping at the Palace Market might feel a bit different after Friday, when grocer Sajjapan “Sam” Ratchakamin will leave a role in which he has remained a social icon for the past eight years. His next move: Running his new restaurant, called Thai Garden, in Sacramento. Sam’s departure has led...

County ups spending on SPAWN

02/14/2013
County supervisors in a protracted legal battle with a wildlife conservation group agreed this week to increase spending on a lawsuit already draining hundreds of thousands in taxpayer dollars from the county. The decision on Tuesday authorized the county counsel’s office to supply an extra $50,000 to Sacramento-based law firm...

Team program preserved at Tam

02/14/2013
Tamalpais Union High School District officials jettisoned plans to close a 22-year-old wilderness academy for juniors on Monday, defusing a standoff with thousands of supporters of the small-but-beloved Team program. School officials initially proposed to cut the 24-student program last month, saying the specialty academy designed for at-risk populations was...

Fund for Tomales Bay research

02/14/2013
Audubon Canyon Ranch announced last week the creation of a new endowment to provide financial support for the organization’s conservation work on Tomales Bay and its watershed. The Fund for Scientific Research and Protection of the Natural Resources of Tomales Bay was established anonymously in the memory of an anonymous...

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