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Marin joins jurisdictions against Trump lawsuit over immigration laws

05/25/2018
The county has joined a statewide effort to push back on the lawsuit filed by the Trump administration that aims to invalidate California’s recent immigrant protection laws, which the administration deems unconstitutional. The City of Oakland, along with Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties, authored an amicus curiae brief—an informational...

Fall closure planned while Sand Dollar replaces septic system

05/17/2018
The Sand Dollar Restaurant hopes to make it through another summer season before fixing its failing septic system. The Stinson Beach County Water District cited the restaurant last July after an inspector found that sludge had flooded a chamber that holds a diversion valve for two leach fields and grease...

Inyo wins state grant for Bolinas broadband

05/17/2018
Bolinas’s connection to the outside world is about to get a whole lot faster. Last week, the California Public Utilities Commission awarded Inyo Networks a $1.87 million grant to deploy broadband internet infrastructure in the town, which makes the short list of priority unserved areas in the state. Both the...

County sues Big Pharma over opioids

05/17/2018
Though opioid prescriptions and overdoses have declined in Marin since new rules were established in 2014, the county has taken to litigation to hold drug companies accountable for the epidemic. Last week, Marin filed a lawsuit in San Francisco district court against 12 pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers, alleging they misled...

Marin Oyster Company’s revised permit a harbinger of the future

05/17/2018
A small shellfish company in Tomales Bay must now adhere to a suite of mandatory practices, after the California Coastal Commission updated its permit last week—with promises to bring a host of other mariculture operations to its chambers for permit updates in the coming months. The changes to the coastal...

Supervisors briefed on inequity

05/17/2018
The county Board of Supervisors met for over three hours on race and equity this month, addressing a recent report that found that Marin has the greatest racial disparities in California. County employees across departments presented on current initiatives to address the issue, including shifting internal hiring practices and providing...

College finds new avenues to rehabilitate Bolinas lab

05/10/2018
In the wake of pressure from its life and earth sciences department, the College of Marin has reconsidered stepping up to repair the marine lab that has sat derelict beside the Bolinas Lagoon for more than a decade. Though the department challenged administrators’ argument that a state law barred them...

County can improve handling of sexual assaults

05/10/2018
Though the number of rapes in Marin County is lower than in all other Bay Area counties, local law enforcement agencies could improve their handling of sexual assault cases, according to a recent civil grand jury investigation. Sparked by recent national news coverage, the report found that Marin’s protocol for...

Peace Barn benefit for Bolinas Community Land Trust

05/10/2018
The Bolinas Community Land Trust is busy these days. After over a decade of owning two residential properties (as well as three commercial properties and the downtown gas station) that house 22 people, the group is acquiring properties that will significantly boost the number of people living in affordable housing...

Small sewage spill in Bo

05/10/2018
Last Wednesday morning, a weak link in Bolinas’s downtown sewer system broke, spewing as many as 200 gallons of wastewater into the street. The Bolinas Community Public Utility District was on the scene within minutes to contain the spill, which community members initially reported as water. Maintaining service to the...

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