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...

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...

Valley action groups and gatherings focus on youth in transition

At the reception for his first solo art show this month, Ben Jensen beamed as guests flowed in to view his paintings. Friends, teachers and community members perused his abstract and colorful line art on the walls of the living room of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. “I love seeing how his art has grown,” Martha Cederstrom, Mr. Jensen's former art teacher at Drake High School, remarked. “It has a lot of the same elements, but it is way more confident—it’s become very individual.”

Marin enters escrow on Coast Guard property

Marin moved one step closer to securing the Coast Guard facility in Point Reyes Station after the Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to make a $4.3 million offer on the 36-unit property, which is reserved for the county by federal legislation. County staff are arranging for 10 percent of...


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