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Inverness declares water shortage emergency, sees quick response

07/29/2020
The Inverness Public Utility District declared a water shortage emergency last week amid one of the driest years in the past century, and is already seeing its supply bounce back. “People have cut back [on usage], and we are holding steady for the time being,” said Wade Holland, the customer...

Watchdog says public agencies should improve access to salary information

07/29/2020
A majority of Marin County websites failed to meet legal requirements to conspicuously link to recent information on officials’ compensation, a recent civil grand jury report found. To keep the public trust in government, the report called for greater transparency into the workings of public agencies, including the compensation of...

Night hours cut for sheriff's deputies on Marin's coast

07/29/2020
Coastal Marin will no longer be patrolled by the sheriff at night. Facing a budget shortfall, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office is reducing staffing at the Point Reyes substation this week, leaving no deputies assigned to the coast between 11 p.m. and 11 a.m. each day, when previously there were...

County creates fine structure, task force for shelter violations

07/29/2020
As coronavirus cases continue to rise, Marin is rolling out a new program for the enforcement of public health orders, which primarily mandate mask wearing and determine which and how businesses can operate. Under pressure from the state, county supervisors last Tuesday approved an urgency ordinance that establishes a new...

Fuel break to be revived in Tomales Bay State Park

07/23/2020
A forgotten fuel break along the border of Tomales Bay State Park will be revisited this fall, thanks to funding from the new countywide parcel tax dedicated to fire prevention. The fuel break, which was first established in 2006, was recommended following the 1995 Mount Vision Fire as a key...

School to start at home while cases climb

07/22/2020
Marin schools will not reopen for in-person instruction next month as planned, following orders from the governor last week that counties on the Covid-19 watch list must offer rigorous distance learning instead. The change comes amid a summer of heavy planning by local school leaders operating under county guidance to...

FEMA grant will fund hazards research

07/22/2020
Hazards on the coast are abundant: fires, earthquakes, tsunamis and sea-level rise. A $250,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will allow Marin to study these hazards and develop a plan to mitigate their arrival. Specifically, the grant will be used to assess the integrity of bulkheads in Marshall,...

Overloaded with waste, West Marin Compost to expand capacity

07/22/2020
West Marin Compost has canceled the final free green waste day of the summer due to an overwhelming response, and the company is looking for ways to increase composting capacity so it can keep serving those who are clearing defensible space around their homes. The first three green waste days...

Investors ask Ken Casey companies to declare bankruptcy

07/22/2020
Investors snared in a large real estate scam are seeking to recover their money by forcing the company they invested in to declare bankruptcy. Seven people filed an involuntary petition last Thursday against Professional Investors Security Fund, one of two companies under federal investigation after their owner, Novato real estate...

Virus spread affects local workers and businesses

07/15/2020
As cases of Covid-19 continue to rise across California, essential workers on Marin’s coast are finding it increasingly difficult to get easy access to testing and are experiencing longer wait times for results, creating hardships for local businesses. There have been 25 positive cases in West Marin since the start...

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