Opinion

Putting Mexican-American education on the agenda

05/25/2018
A few days after I discreetly took out papers on Feb. 22 to run for Marin County superintendent of schools, a reporter called me up and asked his first question: “Are you serious?” Well, yes, of course I was serious. After all, I had written checks for nearly $6,000, but...

Fake science and false narratives

05/17/2018
Having closely followed the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm tragedy, I saw firsthand the misuse of the National Environmental Policy Act process by park service officials at the Point Reyes National Seashore. They used NEPA as a weapon against the oyster farm when no environmental impact statement was required, since no...

The California Coastal Commission’s Misguided L.C.P.

05/17/2018
As a lifelong Marshall resident, an organic dairy farmer and the founder and C.E.O. of Straus Family Creamery, I feel that we as a farming community are at a crisis point due to the April 24 California Coastal Commission proposal that will undermine one of Marin’s most important agricultural areas...

A visitor’s perspective on the Point Reyes National Seashore

05/10/2018
Note: A correction to this op-ed is posted below. The Point Reyes National Seashore is a superb natural area, about 71,000 acres in size, and is in many respects without parallel in the national park system. Its south-most corner is less than 30 miles from the teeming metropolitan areas surrounding...

Your saint’s day

05/10/2018
A cake made of eggnog and fruit appeared in front of me on the enormous dining room table, with four candles on top. Everyone began to congratulate me, smiling and singing “Las Mañanitas.” I was just 4 years old, and very shy. An overwhelming and irrepressible emotion choked my throat...

Where has county supervisors’ common sense gone?

05/03/2018
It would be fascinating to know when an elected supervisor’s brain switches from common sense to special interest sense. Consider the following facts: West Marin has approximately 110,000 acres in two national parks; 11,000 acres in four state parks; and 6,000 acres in eight county parks and nine county open...

El día de tu santo

04/26/2018
El pastel de rompope y fruta con cuatro velitas encima apareció frente a mí sobre la enorme mesa del comedor, mientras todos empezaban a felicitarme sonriendo y a cantar “Las mañanitas.” De inmediato sentí una abrumadora e incontenible emoción atragantada en la garganta, la que mezclada con mi timidez de...

Development risks at Coast Guard complex

04/26/2018
As I read about converting the Coast Guard housing complex to affordable housing, I just have to ask the elephant-in-the-room question: What is the sewage plan? Many of your readers may not remember the battles over a sewage plant in Point Reyes, back in 1989. I took a role in...

Correcting the record on coastal agriculture

04/19/2018
A recent article (“Bill targets ag coastal permitting,” April 5, 2018) contained a number of incorrect assertions about the Marin County local coastal program (LCP) update, including the suggestion that Marin County farmers need legislative relief from proposed restrictions in the plan. That’s baffling, because after a decade of public process, hard work and compromise on all sides, the plan approved by the commission in November 2016 significantly reduces restrictions on agricultural activities. In fact, if approved by the Board of Supervisors next week, Marin will be the only county in the state with the ability to completely waive coastal development permits for minor projects – a new LCP “tool” developed specifically to help farmers in Marin...

Food as medicine for us and the planet: The protein and calcium myths

04/05/2018
Adopting a whole food, plant-based diet not only helps reverse many diseases and improve our long-term health, but it is also good for our environment. Yet the transition can be difficult. There are two myths that keep many of us from fully committing to this lifestyle, and they come in...

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