Opinion

What’s a park for?

12/14/2017
“Keep your nature out of my nature” — Aaron Lucich First of all, what is a park? Zion is one, so is Yellowstone, Central, Yosemite, Gramercy, the Maasai Mara and Golden Gate Park. Then there’s Fenway, Candlestick and Comiskey Parks. They’re ball parks. Parks exist everywhere—in cities, towns, suburbs and...

Reviving the Civilian Conservation Corps

11/22/2017
On a train trip across the United States, the sight of millions of dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and Rockies is as shocking as the homeless encampments that have cropped up along Amtrak’s right-of-ways and on the sidewalks of cities like New York. I left the Bay Area in...

Caltrans ignored retrofit

11/22/2017
The Green Bridge is an ideal candidate for a retrofit. Yet for more than two years, Caltrans has not responded to several comment letters that included retrofit methods that would meet the same standards as the replacement bridge alternatives. My suggested methods are commonly used by Caltrans and would be...

Green Bridge: We spoke—will Caltrans listen?

11/16/2017
Late spring and early summer saw a flurry of activity regarding the controversial Caltrans proposal to tear down and replace the Green Bridge on Highway 1. Caltrans released scores of technical documents, and hundreds of community members voiced their opinions at public meetings and in written comments. Since then, all...

The growing popularity of the Day of the Dead

11/09/2017
The city and countryside was infused with distinct odors and colors for a couple of weeks before Nov. 2 in those almost unnoticeable autumns in central Mexico. The bakeries filled their windows with large and small hojaldras, with or without sugar, and “bread of the dead”—sweet or salty—featuring designs of...

Creciente popularidad del Día de Muertos

11/02/2017
La ciudad y el barrio se impregnaban de aromas y colores distintos una o dos semanas antes del 2 de noviembre, en esos otoños discretos del centro de México. Las panaderías llenaban sus escaparates con grandes y pequeñas hojaldras, con o sin azúcar, y pan de dulce o sal con...

Free the trees

10/26/2017
Do you love the trees and the concept of caring for them as a community? That may be what it will take to save them—while building richer relationships with your neighbors. Our large canopy trees are being choked by ivy, which is slowly killing them. Though it’s nearly impossible to...

For schools and parks, vote yes on A and F

10/26/2017
West Marin’s two local measures on the Nov. 7 ballot—Measure A, in support of Lagunitas School District, and Measure F, in support of Bolinas parks—are no-brainers. But since both require two-thirds of the vote for passage, participation over the next month is essential. Both taxes have either failed or almost...

Community process needed for San Geronimo Golf Course

10/26/2017
We are deeply concerned that the debate over the county’s rush to buy the San Geronimo Golf Course has been presented as a choice between restoring salmon habitat or saving the golf course. There are other interests at stake. The tragedy of this hasty maneuver is that the public’s right...

Bolinas tax maintains safe spaces

10/12/2017
This November, Bolinas residents will vote on Measure F, a parcel tax that provides critical funding for Bolinas parks. Measure F seeks to renew the current tax at the same rate (no increase) for another four years. I am a member of the all-volunteer Firehouse Community Park Agency, also known...

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