Sanctuaries to livestream deep sea footage

What’s going on 10,000 feet below the ocean’s surface as you read this? Beginning Friday and extending through the week, scientists exploring the Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries with a remotely operated vehicle will broadcast live underwater footage online for public viewing. Their vessel, E/V Nautilus, is...

Marin to improve ban on single-use plastics

Local youngsters who asked their supervisor last year to encourage restaurants in West Marin to stop offering plastic straws—now a state law—this week celebrated a step toward banning the use of other plastic wares. On Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supervisors agreed to draft a policy that would phase...

Fire tax gets edits, county signature

As they move forward with a tax measure to fund a countywide fire prevention authority, fire officials have increased representation on the proposed authority’s board, added a citizens’ oversight committee and allowed for more financial flexibility. On Tuesday, Marin County became the first agency to sign the joint exercise of...

Salvadoran with valley ties wins peace award

Rosa Anaya Perla, a human rights activist who found refuge in the San Geronimo Valley after witnessing her father’s assassination, is receiving the Hillary Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security in Washington, D.C. on Friday for her work in El Salvador’s prisons. When Rosa was 10 years...

Shoreline teachers threaten unfair labor lawsuit over continued pay failures

The Shoreline Unified teachers union threatened the district with an unfair labor practice lawsuit at a board meeting last week, citing continued issues with their members’ compensation and benefits. Some teachers still have not been paid in accordance with the labor contract agreed upon in January, said Julie Cassel, president...

County adopts rules for electric bicycles

The Board of Supervisors this week voted unanimously to finalize the first countywide policy on electric bikes, aligning it with state standards adopted in 2016. The board acted in some haste: federal land managers such as the National Park Service have until the close of September to address a recent...

West Marin Fund: Start equity work young

The West Marin Fund has launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the affordability, quality and accessibility of care for children under age 6. Since May, around 25 donors and organizations have contributed $200,000—start-up monies for the first phase of the project, which includes providing informational workshops and processing grant...

County drafts first rules for electric bikes

While the National Park Service is considering the possibility of allowing all classifications of electric bicycles on federal lands, the Marin County Board of Supervisors is pressing forward with more conservative regulations for its jurisdiction. On Tuesday, supervisors held the first reading of an ordinance that would update county code...

Ramp planned for restrooms

Eleven years after building public restrooms in Point Reyes Station, Marin County is now finishing the project with a ramp to allow disabled access from Mesa Road...


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