Supes take note of housing woes

Pleas from locals and displaced community members to tackle short-term rentals in West Marin appeared to strike a chord with county supervisors at a workshop on affordable housing Tuesday night. “I agree that we need to look at short-term rentals…It was very interesting to learn what a big issue that...

More floodplain to help fish

Huge piles of redwood logs will divert waters in Lagunitas Creek, once Marin Municipal Water District completes a project simultaneously aimed at creating winter fish habitat and storing harmful sediment. The project targets five sites located on federal parkland between Jewell and Nicasio Creek, where a lack of side channels...

‘Foot people’ upset after bikers get more valley trail access

Mountain bikers and self-described “foot people” have clashed in recent months over how much access bikers should have to trails on Marin County’s Open Space Preserves. The most recent dispute followed a county workshop in Lagunitas in October, where open space staff solicited input on how to designate usage of...

Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media Part six: The perils of mammography

Ten years ago, the federally sponsored Institute of Medicine published a report summing up the pluses and minuses of breast cancer screening. It begins, “The public has a seemingly insatiable appetite for news about breast cancer, [a] disease that women most fear. The mass media, both news and advertising, is...

Kinsey announces he will not run for re-election

Supervisor Steve Kinsey, who has represented West Marin on the county’s Board of Supervisors for 19 years, announced this week that he will not run for re-election in June. “It does feel like many of the things I set out to do have been achieved,” he said. “It seems like...

Marin Municipal approves higher water rates for most

Marin Municipal Water District’s board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a rate increase for the majority of its water customers, which includes San Geronimo Valley residents, by around $10 per month starting Jan. 1. The proposal originally included an additional four percent increase scheduled to take effect...

Supes approve medical marijuana storefronts

An ordinance allowing up to four medical marijuana dispensaries in the county, including two in West Marin, secured unanimous approval from the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The businesses, which will be able to deliver their goods, must be located at least 800 feet away from schools, youth-oriented facilities, smoke...

Valley resident to run for supe

Lagunitas resident Alex Easton-Brown has signaled his intention to run for the Marin County Board of Supervisors District 4 seat, which includes all of West Marin. Mr. Kinsey has held the seat since 1996, but he recently announced that he will not seek re-election. Mr. Easton-Brown has harshly criticized the...

Home plan OK’ed after dispute

A proposed house off Mesa Road in Point Reyes Station that has riled a neighbor in recent months received approval last month from the Marin County Planning Commission, which on Nov. 9 struck down by a 6-0 vote an appeal that called for the house to be relocated out of...


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