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Chamber rejects Rodoni tax increase

04/12/2018
The West Marin Chamber of Commerce will lobby against Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s proposed transient occupancy tax hike, following a heated meeting of the chamber last week. The vote to oppose the proposal—supported by 29 of the 36 members who participated—reflected the belief that short-term rental operators and their customers are...

Laguna lays off one of two teachers

04/12/2018
Straining under budgetary problems stemming from a quickly waning student body, the historic elementary school in Chileno Valley will lose one of its two teachers next year. The decision was unanimously approved on Tuesday evening by the three-member board of the Laguna Joint School District. Nancy Morita, a bilingual instructor...

Stinson parking lot collapses in storm

04/12/2018
The northern part of the Stinson Beach parking lot is closed indefinitely after last weekend’s subtropical storm flooded Easkoot Creek and carved out a roughly 150-square-foot chunk of pavement fronting the beach. The storm dropped the second largest amount of rain within a 24-hour period in four decades, at just...

CLAM sells second home

04/12/2018
About 40 people gathered last Thursday to watch Annemarie Russo and Jacob Levya receive the keys to their new home in Point Reyes Station. The couple purchased the house from the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin at below market value through a mechanism that keeps the land in...

Bolinas youth sought for fire cadet program

04/12/2018
The Bolinas Fire Protection District is looking for six local students ages 16 to 18 to participate in a pilot cadet program to learn what being a firefighter is all about. “It is a mutually beneficial opportunity for kids coming into the program, and for us,” said Anita Tyrrell-Brown, the...

Short salmon seasons recommended by fishery council

04/12/2018
This week the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations—which will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval by May 1—for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. The short seasons reflect poor ocean and river conditions in recent years. For commercial fisheries,...

Public input sought for state aquaculture report

04/12/2018
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public input on a marine aquaculture programmatic environmental impact report that is scheduled for completion this year. The report will outline a framework for managing a program that would oversee the culturing of shellfish, algae and fin fish on state water...

Rebates for energy efficiency upgrades

04/12/2018
Homeowners in Marin can make use of a statewide rebate program by making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. According to a county news release, the program offers rebates of up to $5,500 from Energy Upgrade California while lowering greenhouse gas emissions and utility bills, improving the building stock and fostering...

Federal funding for Pierce Point Road rehabilitation

04/05/2018
The county has received funds to rehabilitate nine miles of Pierce Point Road that begins at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and heads west into the seashore, a stretch that sees over 600 cars a day. The Federal Lands Access Program awarded an $11 million grant to Marin’s department of public...

Banned exotics added in amendments to county animal ordinance

04/05/2018
The working relationship between the Marin Humane Society and the county, which has been in place for over four decades, was extended for another three years by the Board of Supervisors last week, allowing the organization to continue its mission to provide animal control services throughout the county. The agreement...

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