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Public gears up for pot dispensary presentations

02/02/2017
A county advisory committee is inviting people to chime in on two proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in West Marin during a public meeting next week, where the applicants will present their proposals. The meeting comes as the county considers banning storefronts for recreational marijuana, which was legalized in California in...

Marin nominates two for coastal seat

02/02/2017
The Board of Supervisors has nominated two individuals, a Fairfax councilmember and the mayor of Larkspur, as candidates to replace former supervisor Steve Kinsey on the California Coastal Commission. The seat, which represents the North Central Coast, is reserved for an elected official—and it may be a longshot for a...

Shoreline closely watching education bills

02/02/2017
Shoreline Unified School District has its eyes fixed on Sacramento as a Feb. 17 deadline for introducing bills draws near: at least two pieces of legislation are in the works that could impact the state’s District of Choice program, a funding mechanism that provides about $500,000 a year to Shoreline, keeping the district financially afloat...

A Briones Lions revival

02/02/2017
Matt Lewis was up late worrying last Wednesday, the night before what could have been the final meeting for the Briones Lions Club after 51 years of community service. As president of the Bolinas-Stinson Beach branch of the international organization, Mr. Lewis, who has been part of the club since 1989, said he was bracing himself...

AT&T problems leads Bolinas to seek new options

02/02/2017
The difficulty of obtaining reliable or affordable internet service has prompted the Bolinas Community Public Utility District to form a committee charged with investigating new options. During a meeting on Saturday, the committee met with representatives of three internet service providers, one of which the utility district might decide to...

Recommendations for overflight rules split working group

01/26/2017
A working group that has spent over a year studying potential restrictions on low flights in Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo Counties sent recommendations last week that would restrict planes, helicopters, drones and other aircraft on dozens of miles of coastline—and perhaps Tomales Bay—to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary...

Tomales Bay Oyster to pay $280,000 to park in settlement

01/26/2017
In a sizable settlement announced late last week, Tomales Bay Oyster Company has agreed to pay the National Park Service $280,000 for building a parking area on an acre of federal land adjacent to the Marshall business—land the business had believed it owned, based on confusing county assessor maps. The...

Supervisors open up options for parking regulations

01/26/2017
Supervisors unanimously passed a new ordinance on Tuesday that will allow them to apply new parking restrictions on county roads after assessing individual roads on a case-by-case basis. Supervisors will meet on Feb. 14 to vote on a companion resolution addressing three roads in San Rafael. Going forward, the board...

Park suspects rodenticide caused wildlife deaths on bordering lands

01/26/2017
Late last year, a grey fox died of rodenticide poisoning near federal park land in Inverness, according to Point Reyes National Seashore wildlife biologist Dave Press. The death, and the suspected poisoning of a northern spotted owl in the same area, spurred Mr. Press to partner with the California Department...

West Marin Fund loses director, expands offerings

01/19/2017
Expansions and transitions are coming to the West Marin Fund, the community foundation that has supported West Marin nonprofits since it was founded in 2010. Catherine Porter, the part-time executive director, has announced that she is resigning. Her replacement will work fulltime, allowing the fund to step up its donor...

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