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Marin sued over pending LCP rule

07/20/2017
A lawsuit brought by the conservative Pacific Legal Foundation over a proposed policy in Marin County’s Local Coastal Program threatens to stall the already eight-year-long process of updating the critical planning document. Last Friday, the foundation filed suit on behalf of Willie Benedetti, a second-generation turkey and chicken farmer in...

Oysterman missing on Tomales Bay

07/20/2017
Tod Friend, an owner of Tomales Bay Oyster Company, disappeared on Tuesday afternoon, sparking a search and rescue effort that continued through Wednesday. An employee of Hog Island Oyster Company spotted his unmanned motorboat driving in circles near Cypress Grove Preserve at around 3:15 p.m. A 911 call indicated that...

Shellfish growers may write best practices

07/20/2017
Under a tentative state plan, oyster farms would develop individual best management practices based on state guidelines meant to curb the environmental impacts of California’s 16 shellfish leases. At a public meeting on Monday at the Marconi Conference Center, representatives of the California Fish and Game Commission and California Department...

County hears input on short-term rentals

07/20/2017
Turnout from West Marin residents on Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors hearing to discuss the possibility of regulating short-term rentals hosted by services such as Airbnb or VRBO was tremendous. The board heard a presentation of a county-specific report on the effects of short-term rentals, recommendations from its staff...

Trump cuts would make funding more scarce for SPAWN projects

07/20/2017
An important source of support for local watershed restoration and salmon conservation efforts may dry up in fiscal year 2018, as the Trump administration’s proposed national budget cuts millions of dollars from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s budget. On the chopping block is the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund,...

Marin County sues fossil fuel giants for sea-level rise damages

07/20/2017
Marin County has joined two other jurisdictions in filing complaints in California Superior Court to hold 37 oil, gas and coal companies accountable for the greenhouse gas pollution caused by their fossil fuel products. Marin joins San Mateo County and the City of Imperial Beach in suing Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP,...

Seats on one-room schoolhouses, services districts up for election

07/20/2017
Seats on West Marin’s one-room schoolhouses and community services districts will be up for grabs in this November’s local election. Both Lincoln School in Hicks Valley and Laguna School in Chileno Valley have two board seats opening, while the Muir Beach and Tomales Community Services Districts both have three open...

Summer program offers gift incentives to young readers

07/12/2017
The Marin County Free Library’s summer reading program is underway, with challenges and prizes aimed at encouraging teens and kids to continue reading while school is on break. “It’s just one of those things librarians do to keep kids reading in the summer, to keep them from falling back,” said...

Program will house the chronically homeless without sobriety mandate

07/12/2017
The county is in the early phases of implementing a new program that will provide permanent housing and ongoing support for 50 chronically homeless people. An outline of the Whole Person Care program, expected to launch in October, was presented on Tuesday during the first-ever joint meeting of the Board...

Report says North Marin should serve all Dillon Beach

07/12/2017
A draft report released last month by Marin’s Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, which is now open for public comment, suggests that it may be advisable for the North Marin Water District to fold a last remaining part of Dillon Beach into its area of wastewater service. The recent...

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