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Marin beaches get top ratings in annual report

06/14/2018
A nonprofit that rates water quality at West Coast beaches just gave Marin a near-perfect score, based on weekly samples collected seasonally at sites across the county last year. Part of the beach monitoring program, the county’s Environmental Health Services division gathered the data between April and October from 23...

Civil grand jury calls for improved body cameras

06/07/2018
All but one of Marin County’s law enforcement agencies now employ body-worn cameras, but the majority use versions that require manual activation. A new report by the Marin County Civil Grand Jury recommends that all agencies switch to cameras that are automatically activated by various triggers, saying the use of...

Formal deal lets Nicasio buy water

06/07/2018
Nicasio residents who rely primarily on wells for their homes’ water sources now have a legal right to receive water from nearby reservoirs—a much-needed relief for those whose supplies occasionally run dry. Marin Municipal Water District last month agreed to release a maximum of 20 acre-feet of surplus water annually...

West Marin School principal loses bid at county education post

06/07/2018
Mary Jane Burke secured her seventh four-year term as Marin County Superintendent of Schools this week, with 78 percent of the vote. She faced heated opposition from West Marin School Principal Matt Nagle, whose platform to focus on underachieving Mexican-American students brought him 22 percent support. “I believe this election...

In old bank vault, a mini-store celebrates a one-year anniversary

06/07/2018
A doorknocker from Colombia in the shape of a lion’s head, the animal’s jaw clutching the brass oval ($200). A set of four white-and-gold espresso cups and saucers from Japan ($40). An old candle snifter ($35). An antique astrology print of a winged, robed woman ($75). In the jewel-box space...

West Marin School seventh-graders chosen for future leaders training

06/07/2018
Erin Montoya wanted a handful of students at West Marin School, where she teaches Spanish, to know that she recognized their efforts to be leaders among their classmates. She nominated a small group of seventh-graders to represent the school and the West Marin community in Washington, D.C. this summer at...

Preliminary election results for June 5 election

06/07/2018
Marin County votes. Governor: Gavin Newsom, 64 percent; John Cox, 13 percent. Lieutenant Governor: Eleni Kounalakis, 32 percent; Jeff Bleich, 23 percent; Ed Hernandez, 16 percent. Secretary of State: Alex Padilla, 71 percent; Mark Meuser, 16 percent. Controller: Betty Yee, 80 percent; Konstantinos Roditis, 17 percent. Treasurer : Fiona Ma,...

In revised rule, vacation rental signs optional

06/07/2018
In response to public opposition, the county has slackened its proposal for an ordinance that would require short-term rental owners to post signage. The revised rule would offer rental owners the choice of either posting a sign or notifying their immediate neighbors by mail. “This accomplishes what the county needs...

Novato woman named Bo-Stin principal

06/07/2018
There’s nothing but enthusiasm for the new hire for the principal position at the Bolinas-Stinson Union School District. On Tuesday night, the board of trustees unanimously approved the first pick recommended by the district’s hiring committee—a group of administrators, board members, parents, one community member and an eighth-grade student that...

Cut to benefits at center of Shoreline stalemate

05/31/2018
After two years of failed negotiations, Shoreline Unified School District remains at loggerheads with its classified staff over proposed cuts to health benefits. After talks ended in February, Shoreline staff have continued to operate under a three-year agreement that was set to expire next month. Under protocol, districts renegotiate the...

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