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Investors snared in real estate scam

07/15/2020
A number of West Marin residents invested in companies that are now under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission after their owner, Novato real estate mogul Ken Casey, died from a heart attack in May. Attorneys told investors that two of his companies, Professional Financial Investors and Professional Investors...

Smaller seawall gets green light in Bolinas

07/15/2020
The California Coastal Commission will allow for the failing seawall used as a public walkway on Brighton Beach to be rebuilt by the owner, albeit much narrower. The commission added the condition to a coastal permit it approved last week, disregarding strong support from the local utility district and residents...

Sheriff moves ICE arrests from back room into jail lobby

07/15/2020
Under increased scrutiny of law enforcement, Sheriff Robert Doyle has agreed to stop handing inmates over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the private booking area of the Marin County Jail starting Aug. 15. The county office will still notify the federal agency when inmates who are convicted or...

Preschools strained under Covid rules

07/08/2020
An already precarious preschool situation is looking at a deeper crisis: Restrictions related to Covid-19 are limiting class sizes to 12 kids, leaving many families potentially without childcare and schools without critical income. To adapt, preschool directors have cut back hours, furloughed staff, rearranged classrooms and increased sanitation. Intensive planning...

Water supply dwindling for small districts

07/08/2020
The streams and creeks that supply West Marin are running low after the extraordinarily dry winter, and local water system managers are sounding the alarm. The Bolinas Community Public Utility District and North Marin Water District have already imposed water-use reductions, and the Inverness Public Utility District may do so...

Longtime Lagunitas teachers retire early

07/08/2020
Two teachers in the Lagunitas School’s Open Classroom have retired after 30 years, marking the end of an era for the alternative education program. The resignations of Marlene Maiello, who taught kindergarten and first grade, and Larry Nigro, who taught second and third grade, were accepted by the school board...

Locals invest to purchase downtown Point Reyes building

07/08/2020
The block-long, historic Emporium building in the heart of downtown Point Reyes Station changed hands last week in a $2.3 million deal. Four West Marin residents who hoped to keep rents affordable for the longstanding businesses housed in the building stepped in as investors, helping Leslie Kruth of Dogtown—whose parents,...

West Marin’s census response still below expectations

07/08/2020
The rate of response to the 2020 census has been low in West Marin—but there’s still time. The survey opened in March, and residents have through October to respond, a nationwide deadline that was pushed back several months after outreach efforts stopped cold due to the pandemic. The initial invitation,...

CHA merges with larger Petaluma Health Center

07/01/2020
Yesterday, the Petaluma Health Center took over the Coastal Health Alliance, a merger that a decade ago executives at the small rural clinic said was necessary to keep the doors open. Staffing at the alliance will stay the same and patients will see few changes, though West Marin services may...

Marin faces grim budget outlook

07/01/2020
A budget is commonly referred to as a moral document, because it reflects a government’s values and priorities. Marin County, losing $10 million in revenue this fiscal year and anticipating growing budget shortfalls for the next five years, will face some difficult moral decisions moving forward. The Board of Supervisors...

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