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Job uncertain for West Marin School principal

03/22/2018
Dozens of West Marin School teachers, parents and students attended last Thursday’s meeting of Shoreline Unified School District’s board of trustees to speak in support of Principal Matt Nagle, whose job is in jeopardy. The district board issued Mr. Nagle a preliminary notice that the terms and conditions of his...

Deputy dies in solo crash

03/22/2018
A 24-year-old Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputy died last Thursday after crashing his car into a tree off Highway 1 just north of Point Reyes Station. Ryan Zirkle, a Petaluma resident who grew up in Novato, had been responding to a 911 hang-up call placed nearby at around midnight. According...

County outlines roadblocks to Local Coastal Program update

03/22/2018
At a public workshop on Tuesday, county staff described the remaining roadblocks to the long-anticipated update to the Local Coastal Program, generating general frustration among county supervisors and numerous West Marin farmers who spoke. The Board of Supervisors has until May to accept or reject the language of a majority...

Horizon Cable fights for Bolinas market

03/15/2018
A local internet provider is hoping to interrupt an effort by a large southern California provider to install high-speed service in Bolinas, a project that could nab state funding and has the support of the Bolinas Community Public Utility District. Horizon Cable was in the process of acquiring permits to...

Short-term rental signage on hold after pushback

03/15/2018
The county is stumbling on efforts to enact a pilot ordinance that would require signs to be posted outside short-term rentals. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors, citing the need to review public comments, consider alternatives and make revisions to the draft rule, voted to postpone any decision on the...

County okays taller Seadrift home

03/15/2018
Though county planning commissioners were at first skeptical of plans to raise a beachfront house in Seadrift, this week they unanimously approved the homeowners’ revised remodel proposal and even praised it as exemplary of coastal FEMA regulation compliance. In January, Jonna Mazet and her husband, Jeffrey Mazet, who owns a...

Report finds more than a third of Marin families can’t make ends meet

03/15/2018
Rent plus childcare is simply too much for many in Marin. According to data compiled by the First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, a family of four with an infant and a preschooler needs an annual income of $102,223 to afford the basics of family life. Nearly 35 percent...

Fire symposium reminds residents of dangers

03/15/2018
Experts in fire safety and response spoke about how to prepare for the inevitable large blaze in West Marin to an audience of about 100 at the Dance Palace on Sunday. The most important steps residents should take to stay safe and protect their homes are to clear vegetation from...

Heartwood at center of likely investigation

03/08/2018
Since Heartwood Educational Collaborative lost its public funding in January, troubles for the Fairfax charter school have only worsened. One teacher and a quarter of its students left in recent weeks and rumors of the illegal use of reserve funds have spurred an investigation by the office of education in...

C-SMART forges ahead with phase two

03/08/2018
The county’s sea-level rise adaptation response team will move ahead with its second phase of preparation, including creating community plans for Stinson Beach and the eastern shore of Tomales Bay—both identified as high-priority areas in regard to rising seas. Yet first, the Board of Supervisors had to accept two documents...

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