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Former shaker shop space revived as First Valley Inverness

06/28/2018
First Valley Inverness, a home decor, furniture and gifts shop, opened in the former location of Shaker Shops West this month. Stephanie Matthews, above, a native of Inverness, and Sam Hinkley, who was employed in the Shaker furniture shop as a youth, say they wanted to recreate the sense of...

County employees to strike for three days

06/28/2018
Update, June 30, 2018: A deal to avoid a strike was reached between The Marin Association of Public Employees and Marin County late Friday night. “Fortunately, there will be no strike and county business resumes as usual,” said County Administrator Matthew Hymel in a press release. The Marin Association of Public Employees, the county’s largest union, is staging a strike from July 1 to 3 after failed labor negotiations that continued through Wednesday. All library branches and the Health and Human Services offices in Point Reyes Station will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. The union’s more than 1,300 employees include librarians, sheriff’s dispatchers, park rangers, road maintenance workers, deputy public defenders and more; according to a county press release sent late yesterday, employees performing critical functions, such as dispatchers, firefighters and crisis unit staff, will not participate in the strike...

Different proposals for future character of coastal village cores

06/28/2018
The county is hoping to shrink the areas that Marin County’s pending Local Coastal Program update prioritizes for commercial uses in village centers, softening the blow to residents. In the last two weeks, a senior county planner has made presentations to West Marin village groups to explain the proposal, which...

Kinsey given smaller fine for communication violations on CCC

06/21/2018
West Marin’s former supervisor, Steve Kinsey, is facing thousands of dollars in fines for failing to disclose behind-the-scenes communications during his time serving on the board of the California Coastal Commission. Last week, a San Diego Superior Court judge found Mr. Kinsey, who served as a coastal commissioner from 2011...

Blue whale washes up on Point Reyes, among many in Bay Area killed by ship

06/21/2018
This spring, whale bodies washed up on beaches have become no more shocking than the deer carcass pushed to the side of the road. Last weekend, a blue whale, a 62-foot juvenile female, appeared a few miles south of Limantour Beach. The Marine Mammal Center, which has responded to eight...

Greenbridge Gas sells to state chain

06/21/2018
Greenbridge Gas & Auto, the only gas station along Highway 1 from Bolinas to Bodega Bay, is changing ownership next month. Redwood Oil, a California company that owns 23 stations from Cotati to the Oregon border, has purchased the company and the property, which includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot building that...

Split remains on revised TOT hike

06/21/2018
On Tuesday, District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni introduced his proposal to raise the transient occupancy tax to generate funds for emergency services and affordable housing in West Marin to his fellow board members, who agreed to the drafting of an ordinance for the November ballot, despite expressing some reservations. During...

Devil’s Gulch Ranch up for sale

06/21/2018
At age 19, Los Angeles native Mark Pasternak saw an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle for ranchland in Nicasio and made a bold decision. “It was my dream—it’s still my dream,” he said last week. Nearly five decades later, he and his wife, Myriam, are selling the 75-acre property,...

Judge delays ruling on golf course purchase

06/14/2018
A group that sued the county over its decision to convert the San Geronimo Golf Course into a park gained some traction last week. Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul M. Haakenson decided at a hearing last Friday to take more time to consider the arguments put forth by the...

Quieter rumble strips coming to Highway 1

06/14/2018
Caltrans will begin to install mumble strips—whose shallower, wave-like indentations are spaced further apart than rumble strips—down the center of Highway 1 from Valley Ford Road to Mill Valley next week, with the aim of keeping drivers from drifting outside their lanes. About a third of accidents between 2008 and...

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