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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...

EAC pushing for greater bird nesting protections

07/12/2017
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin is advocating for stricter rules governing vegetation maintenance during bird nesting seasons. In a letter co-signed by Audubon Canyon Ranch and Point Blue, the E.A.C. argues that current vegetation practices by the county threaten crucial habitat. But county officials say they are already...

In win for customers, DeCarli’s ordered to forgive old bills

07/12/2017
In a victory for the plaintiffs of a class-action lawsuit against the propane business DeCarli’s, a Marin County Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday that catch-up bills sent last year by the business violated a 2011 settlement agreement that ensured customers’ access to timely and accurate substantiations of all charges...

Settlement reached in ranching suit

07/12/2017
Under a settlement agreement filed in federal court on Wednesday, the Point Reyes National Seashore will update its general management plan and prepare an associated environmental impact statement that evaluates alternatives that include eliminating historic ranching and dairying operations. The agreement is largely a victory for the three environmental nonprofits—the...

Indivisible West Marin takes “bite-sized actions”

07/06/2017
Last Tuesday morning, four members of the West Marin chapter of Indivisible met in the parking lot of the Dance Palace Community Center to carpool to Senator Kamala Harris’s office in San Francisco. It’s a trek that members make monthly—though sometimes to Congressman Jared Huffman’s or Senator Dianne Feinstein’s offices—and...

Next up: replacing the Nicasio Valley Bridge

07/06/2017
The county debuted plans last week to replace an 89-year-old bridge in Nicasio whose width no longer meets new standards. The Department of Public Works says Nicasio Valley Road Bridge, located just south of the Lucas Valley Road intersection, will be widened from 21 feet to 40 feet to meet...

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