Worry simmers at Bo-Stin over private contractors

The hiring of independent contractors to fill vacancies in enrichment programs in the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District has prompted concern from parents and unionized staff over both hiring practices and the programs’ long-term vitality. Despite their need to reduce expenditures—the district is on notice for deficit spending—trustees emphasized at a...

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...

Bolinas residents, studying botanical art, show work in library

The students at the Bolinas School of Botanical Art practice exactness in rendering the color, texture and form of natural objects. “I give a real foundation in technique,” said Bolinas resident Molly Brown, who started the school in 2014 with one student and now teaches 30 students four times a...

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...

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...


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