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Valley residents sue over golf course process

12/14/2017
A group of over 50 Marin residents filed a lawsuit last week against the county over its decision to approve the $8.85-million purchase of the San Geronimo Valley Golf Course with assistance from the Trust for Public Land. The group, called the San Geronimo Advocates, contends that the county violated...

County waives JADU fees to expand housing

12/14/2017
The county will waive permitting fees and streamline construction for junior accessory dwelling units next year in hopes of mitigating an affordable housing crisis exacerbated by the North Bay fires. The Board of Supervisors last week gave a green light to the Community Development Agency to waive building and safety...

Marin mandates rental mediation

12/14/2017
The Board of Supervisors this week adopted an ordinance that allows for renters and landlords in unincorporated Marin to employ county mediators to help settle disputes concerning rent increases of more than 5 percent within a 12-month period. Considered for almost two years and approved under the wire at the...

Two aging buses to be replaced at Shoreline

12/14/2017
Dan Wood arrives at the garage below the West Marin School every winter weekday an hour before daybreak. As one of Shoreline Unified School District’s eight bus drivers, Mr. Wood, an eight-year bus operator from Dillon Beach, manages two routes: up to Pierce Point for Tomales High students and then...

Nature Notebook, December 14, 2017

12/14/2017
Over the next few days, catch the Geminid meteor showers in the darkness of a waning crescent moon. This prolific shower of 120 meteors per hour takes its name from Gemini, the twin brothers Castor and Pollux. As one of the brothers passed away and became a star, the other...

Trash contract changes hands

12/07/2017
Recology, an employee-owned waste management company that dates back to the 1920s in San Francisco and has pioneered the curbside collection of compostable material, will take over service in West Marin later this month. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the transfer of the county’s...

State’s first-ever elk plan might inform Point Reyes

12/07/2017
To address growing numbers of native elk in California and heightened conflicts with public and private landowners, the Department of Fish and Wildlife released a first-ever comprehensive management plan that details recommendations for the state’s elk populations. The draft plan, which is available for public comment through January, describes the...

New law dims county’s fiber optic dreams

12/07/2017
A collaborative effort to bring broadband internet to Nicasio broke ground last month, but a difficult road lies ahead for other West Marin communities that hoped to benefit from a future expansion of the network. Private citizens raised $994,000 for the company Inyo Networks to begin the Nicasio project, which...

County and MALT preserve Furlong ranch, restore fish habitat

12/07/2017
The Board of Supervisors has approved over $1 million in Measure A funds for the preservation of a Point Reyes Station ranch seen as a key piece in a plan to restore steelhead trout habitat. The purchase of the conservation easement by the county and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust—which...

Behavior a hot topic at Bo-Stin

11/30/2017
A surge in student misbehavior, and how to respond to it, are hot topics at Bolinas-Stinson School, where staff, board members and administrators shared at times painfully different perspectives at a recent biannual meeting. A handful of board members who currently have children in the school said this year has...

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