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Different proposals for future character of coastal village cores

06/28/2018
The county is hoping to shrink the areas that Marin County’s pending Local Coastal Program update prioritizes for commercial uses in village centers, softening the blow to residents. In the last two weeks, a senior county planner has made presentations to West Marin village groups to explain the proposal, which...

Kinsey given smaller fine for communication violations on CCC

06/21/2018
West Marin’s former supervisor, Steve Kinsey, is facing thousands of dollars in fines for failing to disclose behind-the-scenes communications during his time serving on the board of the California Coastal Commission. Last week, a San Diego Superior Court judge found Mr. Kinsey, who served as a coastal commissioner from 2011...

Blue whale washes up on Point Reyes, among many in Bay Area killed by ship

06/21/2018
This spring, whale bodies washed up on beaches have become no more shocking than the deer carcass pushed to the side of the road. Last weekend, a blue whale, a 62-foot juvenile female, appeared a few miles south of Limantour Beach. The Marine Mammal Center, which has responded to eight...

Greenbridge Gas sells to state chain

06/21/2018
Greenbridge Gas & Auto, the only gas station along Highway 1 from Bolinas to Bodega Bay, is changing ownership next month. Redwood Oil, a California company that owns 23 stations from Cotati to the Oregon border, has purchased the company and the property, which includes a nearly 6,000-square-foot building that...

Split remains on revised TOT hike

06/21/2018
On Tuesday, District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni introduced his proposal to raise the transient occupancy tax to generate funds for emergency services and affordable housing in West Marin to his fellow board members, who agreed to the drafting of an ordinance for the November ballot, despite expressing some reservations. During...

Devil’s Gulch Ranch up for sale

06/21/2018
At age 19, Los Angeles native Mark Pasternak saw an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle for ranchland in Nicasio and made a bold decision. “It was my dream—it’s still my dream,” he said last week. Nearly five decades later, he and his wife, Myriam, are selling the 75-acre property,...

Judge delays ruling on golf course purchase

06/14/2018
A group that sued the county over its decision to convert the San Geronimo Golf Course into a park gained some traction last week. Marin County Superior Court Judge Paul M. Haakenson decided at a hearing last Friday to take more time to consider the arguments put forth by the...

Quieter rumble strips coming to Highway 1

06/14/2018
Caltrans will begin to install mumble strips—whose shallower, wave-like indentations are spaced further apart than rumble strips—down the center of Highway 1 from Valley Ford Road to Mill Valley next week, with the aim of keeping drivers from drifting outside their lanes. About a third of accidents between 2008 and...

Trailer owners decry rent hikes

06/14/2018
Large rent hikes and changes to policy are threatening to upend life for the owners of 25 permanent trailers at the Dillon Beach Resort, which sold in May. Last month, residents received notices of rent increases that will go into effect by July 1 as part of new agreements that...

Coastal commission accepts portions of Marin’s LCP

06/14/2018
Last Wednesday, the California Coastal Commission signed off on the legal adequacy of Marin County’s most recent step in updating its Local Coastal Program, a process that began more than a decade ago. The county Board of Supervisors in April unanimously approved three of seven amendments to Marin’s L.C.P., which...

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