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New garbage provider raises rates

04/26/2018
Supervisors approved a substantive 12.1 percent rate increase for garbage service in West Marin on April 10, four months after the San Francisco-based waste collector Recology bought out the area’s former provider. No one spoke up, either in support or opposition, during the public comment session. But the West Marin...

Student troubles aired at Bolinas School

04/26/2018
Illuminating concerns around discipline policies and strained lines of communication between parents, staff, students and board members at Bolinas-Stinson School, an eighth grader took matters into her own hands at last Tuesday’s board meeting and described her troubling experiences. The testimony by Zetana Demmerle reflected concerns voiced by multiple teachers...

County approves portions of LCP

04/26/2018
Pushing forward a years-long process, county supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved three amendments to Marin’s 1982 Local Coastal Program and rejected two that remain the most controversial to allow for further modifications, following their staff’s recommendations. West Marin residents poured into the public hearing, many expressing concern primarily with the...

Parents vote no confidence in Shoreline school board

04/26/2018
Scores of West Marin School parents have signed a petition declaring a vote of no confidence in the Shoreline Unified School District board and superintendent Bob Raines, fallout from the handling of recent events surrounding the school principal. The parents, who have called for a town hall meeting to discuss...

Marconi head steps down in rebuild plan

04/19/2018
The executive director of the Marconi Conference Center has stepped down from her position after less than two years, a move designed to soften public perception of a conflict of interest. Amy Beilharz, an entrepreneur and consultant, was hired in July 2016 by the nonprofit Marconi Center Operating Corporation, which...

Ahead of vote, staff want more time on LCP

04/19/2018
Culminating a more than decade-long process, the deadline for the Board of Supervisors to decide whether to approve the lion’s share of the update for Marin’s Local Coastal Program is next week. Yet a small number of key sticking points with the California Coastal Commission that pertain to agriculture, village...

Ag worker housing floated as use for Coast Guard complex

04/19/2018
In anticipation of its purchase of the Coast Guard property in Point Reyes Station, Marin County is exploring numerous affordable housing concepts for the 36-home complex, including set-asides for agricultural workers. A county-appointed working group comprised of representatives from local schools, affordable housing groups and other businesses and organizations has...

County restricts bus length on Muir Woods Road ahead of future improvements

04/19/2018
The Marin County Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously to restrict the length of buses on the steep and winding Muir Woods Road to 30 feet, tightening a 36-foot restriction implemented three years ago. The new rule, which applies to the stretch between the entrance to Muir Woods National...

Chamber rejects Rodoni tax increase

04/12/2018
The West Marin Chamber of Commerce will lobby against Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s proposed transient occupancy tax hike, following a heated meeting of the chamber last week. The vote to oppose the proposal—supported by 29 of the 36 members who participated—reflected the belief that short-term rental operators and their customers are...

Laguna lays off one of two teachers

04/12/2018
Straining under budgetary problems stemming from a quickly waning student body, the historic elementary school in Chileno Valley will lose one of its two teachers next year. The decision was unanimously approved on Tuesday evening by the three-member board of the Laguna Joint School District. Nancy Morita, a bilingual instructor...

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