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Coastal commission asked to codify help for communities

03/25/2020
Marin’s seaside villages wrote to the California Coastal Commission last month with feedback on the agency’s draft strategic planning document, which sets management priorities for the next five years, and had one primary request: the plan must further protect and relieve the villages from growing droves of recreational visitors. The...

Coronavirus cases sharply rise in Marin, and far more are suspected

03/25/2020
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases has more than tripled in Marin over the past week, and that likely represents just a tiny fraction of the actual cases. Around 1 percent—or 3,000 residents—have been infected with the coronavirus, Dr. Lisa Santora, the deputy health officer, estimated on Tuesday. “Some have...

Inverness house plans get green light after bending to neighbors' concerns

03/25/2020
A new house in Inverness is one step closer to construction, with its design modified to resolve neighbors’ concerns, after a zoning administrator this month approved the project. The proposal for 20 Trossach Way, on the western edge of the mesa overlooking Second Valley, led several residents to write to...

West Marin feels impacts of pandemic

03/18/2020
Life in West Marin upended on Monday following a regional decision to keep residents of seven Bay Area counties at home for three weeks. The order from health officials was soon replicated by others in California, which is now leading the nation’s mitigation efforts. These were the basics of the...

Vying nonprofits pitch their visions of affordable housing for Point Reyes

03/18/2020
The Board of Supervisors tabled its selection of a nonprofit to rehabilitate the former Coast Guard property, citing efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Supervisors were set to vote on Tuesday, but with a shelter-at-home order in place, the decision was delayed indefinitely. EAH Housing and the Community Land...

Seashore's main route to receive rehabilitation

03/11/2020
The repaving of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard through the Point Reyes National Seashore is expected to begin next month. Ghilloti Construction, based in Santa Rosa, won its $26 million bid to replace the pavement on 12 miles of the boulevard, from Pierce Point Road to Chimney Rock Road. Contracts for...

Inverness plans water rate increase

03/11/2020
The Inverness Public Utility District is seeking to raise its water rates by 15 percent with a new structure that is less dependent on how much water customers use. The rate increase, which is meant to raise operating revenue, would help the district take out a loan to replace two...

Cool welcome for PG&E trimmers

03/11/2020
Pacific Gas and Electric contractors have been trimming and removing trees at an unprecedented scale in West Marin, but the work to clear vegetation from around power lines and reduce the risk of wildfire has not always gone smoothly. Residents have complained about poor communication, overly intensive cutting and the...

Marin bracing against spreading coronavirus

03/11/2020
Over the past week, the novel coronavirus has continued to spread, prompting a range of containment measures across the globe and locally. Marin is not immune to the evolving set of changes to daily life. On the coast, as in many areas, a growing number of events are cancelled, stores...

Supervisors to choose developer for Coast Guard property

03/11/2020
The Board of Supervisors next Tuesday will consider awarding a contract to convert the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station to affordable housing, and two nonprofits—EAH Housing and the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin—will make their pitch. Each organization will make a five-minute presentation before the board...

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