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For second time, locals hear limits of Coast Guard development

07/18/2018
Residents had a second chance to voice their hopes and concerns regarding the future of affordable housing at the Coast Guard property during a county meeting last Thursday. The evening, which drew nearly 200 people to West Marin School, was an opportunity to address a widely disgruntled response to a...

Latest Grandi application expires

07/18/2018
The county tabled an application from the owner of the Grandi Building last week, the latest setback for long-delayed plans to restore the site to its former glory as a hotel. Owner Ken Wilson obtained county planning permits back in 2005 to transform the building that has sat derelict for...

West Marin waste hauler launching audit prompted by reports of mixing

07/18/2018
Is the truck that picks up your garbage combining trash and recyclables? The San Francisco company Recology, which in December launched a new Sonoma-Marin branch and began servicing much of West Marin, has just embarked on a two-month auditing process to analyze inefficiencies that may be encouraging drivers to toss...

Green Bridge design decided

07/11/2018
Caltrans has unveiled its final design plans to tear down and replace the Green Bridge to ensure that the critical gateway to Point Reyes Station can withstand an earthquake. It’s a project the agency says will cost $8 million and take a year to complete, including a complete closure for...

Park and county collaboration improves fire response

07/11/2018
A new cooperative agreement between the Marin County Fire Department and the National Park Service will allow the park to expand its fire engine fleet from one engine staffed four days a week to three engines staffed seven days a week. Particularly in the summer season, this increased coverage is...

Closing in on downtown Bolinas parking measure

07/11/2018
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District suggested some significant tweaks to the recent proposal from District Four Supervisor Dennis Rodoni to institute new parking regulations on downtown streets in Bolinas. For the past year, the utility district and the supervisor have been bouncing ideas for possible ways to address the...

Shoreline seeking input on bond

07/11/2018
Shoreline Unified School District is seeking feedback on a bond measure under consideration for the November ballot to generate funds for facility improvements. A notice that went out to local mailboxes in June said the district must spend $30 million for critical repairs and upgrades to classrooms and school buildings,...

Tortoiseshell butterfly migration reaches coast

07/11/2018
The tortoiseshell butterfly migration passing through West Marin over the last three weeks has been hard to miss. Butterflies ended up in bedrooms, trees and lunchboxes, and splattered on windows. “Although these butterflies migrate seasonally every year, their course is extremely variable and hard to predict,” said Arthur Shapiro, a...

County and labor union make late-night deal, averting three-day strike

07/05/2018
Marin County narrowly averted a strike by its largest union last week that had included plans to picket at the county fair. Officials resolved labor negotiation disputes late last Friday night with the Marin Association of Public Employees, which includes around 1,300 employees with a range of expertise, including librarians,...

Man who killed friend in Highway 1 crash agrees to six years in plea deal

07/05/2018
Lucas McFadden, the 23-year-old Petaluma resident with West Marin roots who was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter this winter, pled guilty in Marin Superior Court last week. According to his plea deal, Mr. McFadden faces six years in state prison and will be forgiven of two intoxicated driving counts, Deputy...

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