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Grand jury calls on county to comprehensively list special districts

07/10/2019
Marin taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars on special districts every year, but most residents are unaware of the various agencies that serve them, a recent civil grand jury report said. The jury is recommending the Board of Supervisors create a comprehensive online directory of the county’s special districts by the end of the year “to insure transparency and accountability.” Information on these districts’ purpose, budget, website, compensation for board members, geographic area served, contacts and 12 other informational details should be available in one place, the report states...

Tax could fund agency on wildfire readiness

07/10/2019
Marin is buckling down on wildfire preparedness. Following the key recommendation of a civil grand jury report, representatives from cities, towns and fire agencies throughout Marin have formed a working group to explore the creation of a joint powers agency that would develop and implement a new countywide wildfire prevention...

Public presses sheriff over ICE transfers

07/10/2019
In a room full of immigrant advocates, Marin County Sheriff Bob Doyle on Tuesday recited the reason for his office’s arrest of the 13 immigrants it has exchanged with ICE this year. They had committed serious or violent crimes, he said, so he was complying with the California Values Act,...

Butter, cheese: Bivalve Dairy spreads out

07/10/2019
The owners of Bivalve Dairy brought the first batch of their new cheeses to the Point Reyes Farmers Market this month. They nearly sold out. “I had never made cheese before: It’s amazing what you will do to save your family’s farm,” said Karen Bianchini Taylor, a sixth-generation rancher whose...

June's heat wave cooked mussels

07/10/2019
The three-day heat wave in early June cooked tens of thousands of mussels in their shells in the intertidal zones along the Marin and Sonoma coasts. Preliminary data from the Bodega Marine Laboratory, where one researcher made the initial finding, shows an average 30 percent loss throughout the Bodega Marine...

With Marin's coastal commission seat, Katie Rice promises to protect coastal interests

07/10/2019
Katie Rice, the supervisor from Marin’s second district, was appointed last month to serve as one of 12 people governing California’s coast. She replaced San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin as the coastal commissioner from the North Central Coast region, which encompasses Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco Counties. Supervisor Dennis Rodoni,...

West of West realizes a sustainable fashion dream

07/10/2019
In a small shop tucked behind Point Reyes Station’s main street, one resident has brought her vision to life. Jacelyn Oshiro-Rodoni, a Hawaii native who relocated with her husband four years ago, opened West of West in April to feature her new clothing line for women, which uses exclusively eco-friendly...

Aided by volunteers en masse, Bolinas pulls off July Fourth without a hitch

07/10/2019
The Fourth of July celebration in Bolinas went relatively smoothly, thanks to its dedicated organizers and a groundswell of volunteers. Around 5,000 people came to town on the holiday, though 2,000 of those headed straight to the Palomarin trailhead. The fire department responded to seven emergency calls: a man who...

Bolinas to be case study in evacuation

07/03/2019
In the event of a wildfire, the few and narrow roads out of Bolinas pose a particular danger. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, are launching a yearlong study in Bolinas that will employ new traffic simulation models to develop the most efficient method of evacuation. The Bolinas Fire...

Shoreline ramps up literacy effort

07/03/2019
Shoreline is doubling down on a new approach to reading, hiring a second literacy coach to assist teachers with English and language arts instruction at Tomales and Bodega Bay Elementary Schools this fall. “Many of our students were not reading at the levels we want them to, when you define...

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