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PG&E protocol would cut power across West Marin in extreme weather

08/15/2018
During a wildfire, electrical lines make for powerful ignitors. Rather than wait for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or local firefighters to request a power shutoff once a fire is already raging, PG&E is instituting new protocol to shut off electricity in at-risk areas before fires develop...

County releases final SEIR on development

08/15/2018
Court mandates from a lawsuit won by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network in 2012 have until now barred the county from using the most recent development standards for the San Geronimo Valley—pending an analysis of cumulative development impacts on fish. Last week, after a lengthy delay, the county addressed...

Lagunitas tea seller hopes for historic building code

08/15/2018
Facing nearly a million dollars in penalties for extensive unpermitted building, tea purveyor and longtime Lagunitas resident David Lee Hoffman has taken a new stand to defend his property. Attorney Peter Prows filed a motion on his behalf in Marin Superior Court this month that argues for the validity of...

Rental programs nab more funds

08/15/2018
Sarah Cane is well aware that it would be far more lucrative to rent her property’s second unit on Airbnb. Instead, she is using the unit to provide affordable housing in Point Reyes Station through the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin’s Real Community Rentals Program. “[CLAM] guided me,...

County denied faster ruling on golf course

08/15/2018
Marin County’s move to turn the 157-acre San Geronimo Golf Course into a park has hit another roadblock. On August 6, Judge Paul Haakenson denied the county’s request to expedite a decision that could have dissolved a preliminary injunction on the land’s purchase. County officials say that injunction is preventing...

County approves rules for short-term rentals

08/08/2018
New regulations meant to notify neighbors of the presence of short-term rentals and inform guests of county rules were adopted by the Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday after a year of consideration. The ordinance, which sunsets in two years, gives short-term rental owners the option of either hanging...

Point Reyes Lighthouse gets $5 million overhaul

08/08/2018
The National Park Service on Monday began a $5 million restoration of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, the first extensive refurbishment in the landmark’s 148-year history. Work is expected to be completed next spring, but with access to the visitor center and observation deck opening again in early October. Accessibility, said...

Sheriff drone program takes off

08/08/2018
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is in the midst of acquiring five drones, part of a program exposed at a recent Board of Supervisors meeting when a Sausalito man called on the county to hold off on the acquisition until rules are put in place to protect the public from...

Shoreline school and Bolinas utility districts finalize ballot measures

08/08/2018
Ready to vote? Locals will have a chance to weigh in on some hot topics this fall. On Monday, the Shoreline Unified School District unanimously passed a resolution to put a $19.5 million bond measure—that amounts to $39 per $100,000 of taxable property value—for facilities improvements on the November ballot...

Transient occupancy tax violators could see tax liens under new rules

08/08/2018
Marin County is now better equipped to collect the transit occupancy tax, after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to amend county code. The original ordinance governing the T.O.T., passed in 1966, didn't address the issue of failures to pay the tax, so the county has had to go...

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