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Ahead of vote, staff want more time on LCP

04/19/2018
Culminating a more than decade-long process, the deadline for the Board of Supervisors to decide whether to approve the lion’s share of the update for Marin’s Local Coastal Program is next week. Yet a small number of key sticking points with the California Coastal Commission that pertain to agriculture, village...

Ag worker housing floated as use for Coast Guard complex

04/19/2018
In anticipation of its purchase of the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station, Marin County is exploring numerous affordable housing concepts for the 36-home complex, including set-asides for agricultural workers. A county-appointed working group comprised of representatives from local schools, affordable housing groups and other businesses and organizations has...

County restricts bus length on Muir Woods Road ahead of future improvements

04/19/2018
The Marin County Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously to restrict the length of buses on the steep and winding Muir Woods Road to 30 feet, tightening a 36-foot restriction implemented three years ago. The new rule, which applies to the stretch between the entrance to Muir Woods National...

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...

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