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Action plan zeroes in on Marin's aging population

01/29/2020
Marin is undergoing an unprecedented population shift. Residents are living longer than ever before, and the number of older adults continues to climb. Today, adults age 60 and over represent 28 percent of the population, making Marin one of the oldest counties in California, and their share will keep rising...

Bolinas revises water rules to support housing

01/29/2020
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District board has amended a policy governing water meter transfers to add flexibility for properties managed by the local land trust or otherwise restricted for affordable housing. In a 4:1 vote, the board approved the resolution earlier this month after a series of discussions. The...

Three sites mar otherwise glowing beach water quality

01/29/2020
Several popular swimming spots in West Marin routinely failed the state’s recreational water quality standards last year, according to data compiled by the county’s ocean and bay monitoring program. The monitoring program, which has seasonally sampled 27 sites in Marin since 2003, tests for the three most common indicators of...

County parks will ask voters to extend Measure A sales tax

01/29/2020
Marin County Parks will ask voters in November to renew a quarter-cent sales tax that supports parks, open space and agricultural lands countywide. Parks director Max Korten said extending the tax past its 2021 expiration date is critical for his department to continue the bulk of its work; the tax...

New guardrails in Marin will buffer speeding crashes

01/29/2020
Over a mile of guardrails will be replaced next summer in 13 places in West Marin. Locations include Marshall-Petaluma Road, Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, Tomales-Petaluma Road and Panoramic Highway. The $961,200 project is fully funded by a federal grant from the highway safety improvement program. The locations were chosen based on...

Caltrans to repave State Route 1 in 2022

01/22/2020
Caltrans is planning a large-scale repaving of Highway 1 in West Marin, slated for 2022. The estimated $24.5 million project will overlay asphalt on 15 miles of road, including through Tomales and Point Reyes Station. The work will cover a 10-mile southern section, from Bivalve to Five Brooks, and a...

Making ends meet for West Marin's waste hauler

01/22/2020
With expenses continuing to outpace revenue for Recology Sonoma Marin, the company received approval from the Board of Supervisors last week to increase rates for customers by 30 percent. The jump was expected: a cost-based rate review process was outlined in the original consent agreement between the county and Recology,...

Paul Reffell, actor and adventurer, dies at 68

01/22/2020
Paul Reffell, a Marshall mainstay who sailed around the world, penned two books, sparked multiple protest movements, and loved fiercely, died on Jan. 3 following complications from chemotherapy. He was 68 years old. As a young adult, Paul left his job in England as a tax collector and set sail...

County efforts to register short-term rentals pay off

01/22/2020
The number of short-term rental operators who are paying the transient occupancy tax on their rentals has more than doubled over the past 16 months, following a county effort to find the non-compliant and inform them of their responsibility to remit taxes. Today, there are 837 active registrations countywide; in...

Agricultural institute brings food truck to new West Marin stops

01/22/2020
Gail Greenlees, a resident of Walnut Place in Point Reyes Station, walked just a few feet outside her door last Monday to purchase fresh produce from local growers: chard, beets, lettuce, broccoli and apples. The corner, at the intersection of A Street and Sixth Street, is one of three new...

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