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Marin faces grim budget outlook

07/01/2020
A budget is commonly referred to as a moral document, because it reflects a government’s values and priorities. Marin County, losing $10 million in revenue this fiscal year and anticipating growing budget shortfalls for the next five years, will face some difficult moral decisions moving forward. The Board of Supervisors...

Mark Ropers, who lived gently on the bay

07/01/2020
Mark Ropers, an attorney, a sailor and a watercolorist known for his dry humor and gentle demeanor, died at home in Inverness on April 19. He was 81 years old. Mark grew up in Menlo Park and spent his early years sailing with his father up and down the West...

Teachers troubled by school guidance

07/01/2020
Teachers are pushing back against Marin’s recommendation to reopen schools five days a week in the fall, arguing that guidelines released by the county office of education would be impossible to follow. They say that public health officials did not listen to educators before putting forward the recommendations, and that...

Doubling of Covid-19 cases leads Marin to roll back re-opening plans

07/01/2020
In addition to positive Covid-19 cases more than doubling in Marin communities over the past month, the largest prison outbreak in the state has occurred within the walls of San Quentin, which is turning to local hospitals for assistance. Public health officer Dr. Matt Willis moved to roll back re-opening...

Public airs wish to rename Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

07/01/2020
Are we going to change the name of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard? During a two-hour session convened remotely last Friday afternoon, Supervisors Dennis Rodoni and Katie Rice and officials from Marin’s cities and towns listened to the input from over 100 residents, the majority of whom favored a renaming. The...

Lawson's Landing takes down historic pier after a complaint to county

07/01/2020
A complaint about a historic pier at Lawson’s Landing prompted the longtime owners last month to tear down the structure, built in 1937. The 220-foot eucalyptus pier was one of the only piers open to the public in the area, serving as a launch for commercial and recreational fishing boats...

Coronavirus antibodies testing showed little to no infection in Bolinas

06/24/2020
Results from April’s Covid-19 antibody test were handed back to Bolinas residents and essentials workers living in West Marin this month. Last week, researchers announced that fewer than six people, and possibly no one, had a history of being infected with the coronavirus at the time of testing. “Our goal...

Amid outcry, supervisors halve sheriff's budget ask

06/24/2020
On one side, Sheriff Robert Doyle, the unapologetic head of county law enforcement who proudly defends his department from criticism. On the other side, a mass of impassioned people of color and their allies, desperately pleading for the defunding of the sheriff’s office, an institution they call inherently racist. In...

Short-term rentals, more open June 29

06/24/2020
After receiving a greenlight from the state to move ahead with reopening, Marin announced last week that by June 29, short-term rentals and campgrounds can resume operation, restaurants can offer indoor seating, and barber shops, nail salons and gyms can open their doors. Despite the new allowances, some business owners...

Crop report shows healthy milk market

06/24/2020
The value of Marin’s agricultural production rose by a modest four percent last year thanks to rebounding values of milk and livestock, according to the county’s annual crop and livestock report released last week. The county’s top commodity continues to be organic milk. Between 2018 and 2019, its value rose...

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