With low use, crossing guard service cut at West Marin School

Attention back-to-schoolers: Look both ways! Due to a drop in the number of students who commute on foot, the Transportation Authority of Marin has cut crossing guard service at West Marin School. Unable to piece together independent funding or hire a volunteer, the district has no plans to refill the...

San Geronimo Valley wastewater study will look at new locations and uses

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday allotted more funds to a county contractor exploring the feasibility of a community wastewater system for Woodacre and San Geronimo, where failing septic systems are contaminating the watershed. An initial feasibility study for the system was released in 2011; last year, an expanded study...

Renewed interest in collaborative agreement for West Marin gymnasium

Recent buzz around Shoreline Unified School District’s November bond measure to fund facility improvements has renewed attention to a joint-use agreement for the West Marin School gymnasium that is held between the district and the West Marin Field Committee. “When we look at considering a new bond measure for certain...

Santa Rosa surfer dies on Bolinas Beach

In deep water, it’s hard to know how to answer a call for help. But that’s what Bernard Dupre, a 48-year-old Santa Rosa man who died in his wetsuit on Bolinas Beach last Saturday, asked from his fellow surfers. Before reaching shore via a surfboard leash and multiple hands, Mr...

Farmstand owner purchases Forest Knolls commercial property

The owner of The Farm Stand, a roadside business in Forest Knolls that sources seasonal food goods primarily from Marin, has purchased the nearly half-acre property after five years of leasing, promising more security for the enterprise and three tenants. Owner Jim Baum declined to disclose the sale price but...

PG&E protocol would cut power across West Marin in extreme weather

During a wildfire, electrical lines make for powerful ignitors. Rather than wait for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection or local firefighters to request a power shutoff once a fire is already raging, PG&E is instituting new protocol to shut off electricity in at-risk areas before fires develop...

County releases final SEIR on development

Court mandates from a lawsuit won by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network in 2012 have until now barred the county from using the most recent development standards for the San Geronimo Valley—pending an analysis of cumulative development impacts on fish. Last week, after a lengthy delay, the county addressed...

Lagunitas tea seller hopes for historic building code

Facing nearly a million dollars in penalties for extensive unpermitted building, tea purveyor and longtime Lagunitas resident David Lee Hoffman has taken a new stand to defend his property. Attorney Peter Prows filed a motion on his behalf in Marin Superior Court this month that argues for the validity of...

Rental programs nab more funds

Sarah Cane is well aware that it would be far more lucrative to rent her property’s second unit on Airbnb. Instead, she is using the unit to provide affordable housing in Point Reyes Station through the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin’s Real Community Rentals Program. “[CLAM] guided me,...


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