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North Marin outlines new water rate increase

02/17/2021
The North Marin Water District is proposing a rate increase for roughly 1,800 residents in West Marin to help pay for aging infrastructure and keep up with inflation. Bills will go up by an average of 6 percent, though a new rate structure will have individual customers pay closer to...

Bolinas septics to get upgrades for second units

02/17/2021
A high groundwater table across much of the Big Mesa in Bolinas presents a barrier for homeowners wishing to upgrade their septic systems—a necessary and an expensive step in creating an accessory dwelling unit. Now, the Bolinas Community Land Trust has permission from the county to launch a pilot program...

Roadhouse eatery to open in Point Reyes

02/17/2021
A new eatery will open later this month at the corner of Levee Road and Highway 1: The Point Reyes Roadhouse. It’s a project of Marisol Salgado, who grew up on the Point Reyes peninsula and has co-owned the Whale of a Deli for the past 19 years. Ms. Salgado...

Bo to ration water

02/10/2021
Water will likely be rationed for Bolinas residents starting March 1. The village has already halved overall water consumption since last summer through voluntary measures, but the utility district says scant rains threaten its ability to provide water through 2021 without further conservation measures. Should the board of the Bolinas...

Following cuts, law enforcement collaborates to cover the coast

02/10/2021
Law enforcement agencies are cooperating to make sure West Marin is still covered despite the closure of the sheriff’s Point Reyes substation from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. since last July. The California Highway Patrol, the National Park Service and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office are making adjustments to their...

Vaccine coming to 65 and up next week

02/10/2021
Marin boasts one of the highest rates of vaccine distribution statewide, but eligibility criteria have remained restricted to the needs of its aging population. Next week, the county will lower the qualifying minimum age from 75 to 65, aligning with standards already adopted by most counties in the region. Next...

Affordable housing limited by zoning rules and hazards

02/10/2021
The State of California is asking Marin to plan for thousands of new affordable homes in unincorporated areas, a goal that is stressing county planners and alarming supervisors, who don’t believe Marin is suited for mass development. Everyone agrees that affordable housing is a major need, but barriers to construction—the...

Push for pension reform rocks teachers

02/03/2021
Teachers are upset at the Marin County Board of Education for discussing pension reform in the middle of a pandemic without any feedback from labor unions. The county board considered a resolution last month that calls on state legislators to enact pension reform, proposing several possible solutions—including weakening pensions by...

Undersheriff will run for top law enforcer

02/03/2021
After a quarter of a century and only one contested election, Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle will retire from his post in 2022. The race for the seat has begun: Undersheriff Jamie Scardina, who was endorsed by the sheriff after two decades with the county department, announced his run against...

New super for school district

02/03/2021
Adam Jennings, the principal of Tomales High School for the past eight years, will step into the role of superintendent of Shoreline Unified School District this summer. The district’s board selected Mr. Jennings through a competitive process to replace Bob Raines, who is retiring after five years at the post...

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