Dog advocates say GGNRA made new, quiet restrictions

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is again embroiled in litigation with dog owners. Last Thursday, four groups—Save Our Recreation, the San Francisco Dog Owners Group, the Marin County Dog Owners Group and the Coastside Dog Owners Group—filed two lawsuits over rules released in August that they say place significant...

Resolution in sight for Lagunitas tea purveyor

The date has been set for a mandatory settlement conference between the county and David Lee Hoffman, the Lagunitas resident who for years has defended the dozens of unpermitted structures on his property despite mounting fines. In superior court this month, Judge Paul Haakenson put the settlement discussion on the...

Bolinas man missed deadline to appeal demolition order

A demolition order for the crumbling home of Bolinas resident Ralph Garside remains in place after a judge dismissed his appeal because it was not filed within the allowed 20-day window. Bolinas resident Ryker Schenk, a former contractor, appeared on Mr. Garside’s behalf to argue that he did not get...

Marin first to limit concrete emissions

Marin broke ground last month with the passage of a new ordinance that regulates the production of concrete, a material whose manufacture results in an estimated 6 to 10 percent of global anthropogenic carbon emissions. The ordinance, the first of its kind nationwide, specifically sets new limits on the use...

Local groups sue National Park Service over e-bike rules

Two local environmental groups joined a lawsuit filed last week against the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior over recent directives that opened up parklands nationwide for the use of electric bikes. The suit alleges that the agencies skipped necessary rule-making and environmental analysis steps, in violation...

Housing projects in motion will be first priority with Measure W funds

The Board of Supervisors this week approved a framework that determines the way that funds generated by Measure W, which increased the transient occupancy tax, will be allocated for affordable housing in 2020. The funding priorities came from a nine-person working group selected by the county’s community development agency. For...

Future in flux for Kule Loklo roundhouse

What should be done with the aging roundhouse at Kule Loklo? That question is at the center of a timely and nuanced dialogue between the National Park Service and regional Indian tribes about the best way to honor the park’s Native American heritage. The roundhouse, whose decaying rafters were taken...

Bolinas land trust aims for Stinson complex

An affordable housing committee in Stinson Beach has partnered with the Bolinas Community Land Trust to secure a five-unit property for affordable housing in Stinson Beach. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $250,000 from the county’s affordable housing fund to the land trust, a step toward...

Woodworkers' visions on display

Kevin Clarke’s table in the exhibit “Visions in Wood” resembles a puzzle with missing pieces. Shallow triangles, rectangles and rounded edges are cut away from the surface, a design reflecting the state of the wood when he found it: twisted and warped sections of eucalyptus. “I want people to experience...


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