Useless translations at Shoreline meetings drive out Spanish speakers

Recent failures to provide adequate translation have prevented scores of Spanish-speaking parents from fully participating in Shoreline’s crucial budget meetings. At a board meeting on Aug. 28, a translator never arrived. Less than two weeks later, at an ad hoc budget meeting on Sept. 8, an interpreter translated only a...

Principal, custodian retire to save teachers’ jobs

Thursday’s Shoreline Unified school board meeting started with an end. In an “unusual” principal’s report, Joe Nokes, the music teacher and interim principal at Bodega Bay School, called up friend and colleague Mike Fritsche, the new P.E. coach for Tomales Elementary hired in August 2013, to stand beside him at...

Tomales board 
tightens control over director, audio records

The Tomales Village Community Services District has limited how board members and an administrator can communicate with the press, amid months of tension between some members and administrator Karl Drexel and after Mr. Drexel forwarded an argument over the state’s public records law to the Light. The changes have been...

After three months, 
psychiatrist still missing

An Inverness Park psychiatrist has been missing since early June, without any clues to his disappearance except an abandoned car found in a beach parking lot. John Deri, a 63-year-old who lived on Drakes View Drive for the past year and for two decades before that in Stinson Beach, was...

Injunction denied for Drakes Bay

On Tuesday afternoon an exasperated federal judge who said she considered sanctioning the plaintiffs for filing a frivolous lawsuit denied a request by Tomales Bay Oyster Company and a suite of West Marin restaurants for a preliminary injunction against the closure of Drakes Bay Oyster Company. If the plaintiffs don’t...

Herbicides heat up race for seat on Marin Municipal water board

Aide to Supervisor Steve Kinsey and Woodacre resident Liza Crosse, who was appointed to the Marin Municipal Water District’s five-member board of directors in 2012 after a retirement, has drawn a challenger as she prepares for her first appearance on a Marin ballot this November: Larry Bragman, a member of...

New buffers protect fish in Turtle victory

California’s salmon will have additional protections from toxic insecticides under a new settlement agreement approved last month between the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups including Turtle Island Restoration Network. No-spray buffer zones now protect salmon and steelhead habitat 300 feet for pesticides applied from the air, and 60 feet...

Valley’s Christmas elves special guests at gala

About three decades ago Grace Tolson, a fourth-generation San Geronimo Valley rancher who runs the Dickson Ranch with her husband, Chuck, drove a couple miles down Sir Francis Drake to the community center, moved to somehow help the people she saw struggling around her. She and her family weren’t rich,...

Carnie, six years on the lam, jailed in rape case

A drifter accused of raping an intoxicated woman in Bolinas six years ago finally saw his day in court last Friday, after his arrest outside Portland led to his transfer into Marin authorities’ custody. On Sept. 1, 2008, a Kentfield woman drank two 16-ounce malt liquor beverages at her home...

No leadership in Shoreline’s fiscal crisis, budget committee says

As the Sept. 30 deadline for Shoreline’s budget reductions looms portentously two weeks away, the school district is confronting another crisis on top of its fiscal woes: an increasing distrust in the leadership’s competence to make the right decisions about which programs to axe and which to keep, which positions...


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