MALT nabs Gallagher land

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust closed on a $1.5 million agricultural easement on the Gallagher Ranch, which borders Black Mountain and federal parkland and includes pastureland and forest traversed by Lagunitas Creek. The five co-owners of the 330-acre ranch, which has been in the family since the 1800s, put the...

Medical marijuana storefront plan approved

Supervisors have approved fees and a four-phase plan to process applications for medical marijuana storefronts, which will include preferential treatment for Marin-based applicants and require potential operators to explain their dispensary’s benefits. Under the plan, which supervisors approved on Tuesday, the county could start issuing licenses by early 2017. Up...

West Marin, meet Alex Easton-Brown

Alex Easton-Brown says exactly what he thinks, which can make him sound off-the-wall or curiously insightful, depending on the topic and your point of view. He wants to stop almost all development, advertise West Marin’s traffic congestion to scare away tourists and stop county efforts to hire “the best and...

Equestrians say nay to overflow parking

Cars overflowing into a parking lot reserved for horse trailers at the Point Reyes National Seashore’s Bear Valley Visitor Center irked equestrians on Sunday, when they noticed that a sign reading “No Auto Parking” had been replaced—without warning—by a sign that allowed overflow parking. By noon, cars had packed closely...

Levine prods state over cancer registry flaws

In response to a Light investigation of Marin’s long publicized but non-existent breast cancer cluster, Assemblyman Mark Levine has asked the California Department of Public Health to improve data collection for the state’s cancer registry.

Supervisor candidates log endorsements

Endorsements are rolling in for District 4 candidates in the race to replace Supervisor Steve Kinsey, with about half of the candidates receiving support from local groups and elected officials making endorsements.

Shoreline hires new superintendent

Shoreline Unified School District trustees concluded a months-long search for a new superintendent with last week’s hire of Bob Raines, the outgoing superintendent-principal of a Healdsburg school district. Mr. Raines, who worked as the principal of West Marin School for two years in the late ‘80s, will enter his two-year,...

Scrapped bill stalls broadband project

A bill that would have helped fund high-speed broadband Internet access in Nicasio was scrapped last week, leaving proponents of the project concerned that plans to build an infrastructure of fiber-optic cables linked to a network owned by filmmaker George Lucas may not materialize as soon as they had hoped. The Nicasio Broadband Project proposes to connect broadband to 215 houses, the school, the volunteer fire department, the county’s Department of Public Works corporation yard and two wireless transmitter sites that would provide high-speed wireless services to Nicasio homes too far away to hook into the fiber optic lines

Valley coalition hosts candidates night

What do District 4 candidates think about the county’s approach to housing? What about the lack of health and mental health services in the San Geronimo Valley? Those were some of the questions that seven supervisor hopefuls—Dominic Grossi, Wendi Kallins, Dennis Rodoni, Tomas Kaselionis, Mari Tamburo, Alex Easton-Brown and Brian Staley—fielded last Wednesday at a candidates night hosted by the San Geronimo Valley Healthy Community Collaborative. (One candidate, Al Dugan, was not present.)

CHA named in wrongful death suit

The mother of 32-year-old West Marin resident Adam Emmott, who died last year from a prescription drug overdose, has added the Coastal Health Alliance and its executive director, Steven Siegel, to the list of defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit. Kris Teplin filed the suit in Marin Superior Court against...


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