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Just-cause ordinance for multi-unit rentals will launch in January

12/19/2018
Come January, Marin County will launch its just-cause pilot program, which aims to reduce rental instability by requiring landlords to provide a reason when evicting a tenant. The two-year ordinance will also create a registry of rental properties to track data such as monthly rent and occupancy status in order...

County plans update to development code in 2019

12/19/2018
Next year the county will undertake a routine update of its development code, which applies to unincorporated areas of Marin that are outside the coastal zone. A draft of the proposed changes are posted on a new website accessed from the Community Development Agency’s planning webpage. Comments on the amendments—which...

AT&T cell tower proposed for Tomales ranch

12/19/2018
AT&T is looking to improve its coverage with a new cell tower placed inside a grove of eucalyptus trees north of Tomales. The company has requested coastal and use permits and design review approval to install a new 4G LTE wireless communication pole on a 197-acre lot on a ranch...

Anne Sands retires as coordinator of disaster council

12/19/2018
After five years as the coordinator of the West Marin Disaster Council, Anne Sands will retire from the position in December to “take a deep breath, ride my horse in the park and play pickleball with my lady friends.” Ms. Sands, a resident of Dogtown, has a long history of...

Harassment suit tied to interim principal

12/13/2018
Rey Mayoral, the new temporary principal at West Marin and Inverness Schools, was caught in a nearly decade-long lawsuit with a former colleague from a school district in Oregon who described sexual assault and accused him of sexual harassment and retaliation. Though the case was ultimately settled, an appeals court...

At public forum, sheriff hears harsh criticism of cooperation with ICE

12/13/2018
Holding signs that read “families belong together” and “no persons are illegal,” immigration advocates made their way to the Board of Supervisors Chamber last Thursday to tell Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle to end his cooperation with United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their chant, “Doyle, listen, deportations are not...

Monarchs in deep decline on coast

12/13/2018
When Mia Monroe first began counting monarch butterflies in Marin County nearly three decades ago, she remembers seeing “tens of thousands of monarchs hanging—and when the sunshine hit them, it was like an orange cloud.” But in her time volunteering to count overwintering monarchs in West Marin, she has seen...

Bolinas class will map the night sky in monthly stargazing sessions

12/13/2018
Do you have an image of the night sky in your mind’s eye? Do you think about the winter solstice as the beginning of winter, or the middle? Is Mercury retrograde a literal backward transit, or a matter of perception? These are some of the inquiries that Don Jolley, the...

Supervisors approve two sections of coastal program

12/13/2018
With a few final tweaks that were sympathetic to agriculture, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved two out of seven amendments that together replace the 1980 Local Coastal Program. The action sets the county on track to tackle the final portion of the update, which pertains to environmental...

Art Rogers Family Album, December 13, 2018

12/13/2018
Baby of the Week “Baby Boom” HAZEL GALINA PICKETT — BORN AUGUST 26, 2017 Daughter of Stephanie Bodnar and Matthew Pickett of Nicasio. Granddaughter of Christine Morgan of Santa Barbara and Alice and Robert Lewis of Rock Hall, Maryland and Douglas and Virginia Pickett of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

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