Opinion

The weak Mexican democracy

07/06/2017
Seventeen years ago, Mexicans believed they had finally achieved a truly democratic government with the election of a president different from those of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or P.R.I., who had governed for 71 years under a sophisticated simulation of democracy. For the first time, an independent citizen electoral institute...

La débil democracia mexicana

06/29/2017
Hace 17 años los mexicanos creyeron que finalmente accedían a una verdadera democracia, cuando eligieron a un presidente de un partido distinto al que los había gobernado por 71 años bajo una sofisticada simulación democrática. Por primera vez, un instituto ciudadano electoral independiente se hizo cargo de la elección y...

My reasons for asking Caltrans to redo bridge study

06/22/2017
Until Thursday’s community meeting on the Green Bridge, I had assumed, for seismic and structural reasons, that the bridge needed to be replaced. I had relied on my neighbors and friends of Mary Whitney’s animal hospital to advocate for the least disruptive solution. Yet after listening to community comments and...

Beef and ballet in Bolinas

06/22/2017
Rancher Guido Frosini describes “SOLIS”—a sumptuous outdoor dance event that will take place in Bolinas this July—as “beef and ballet.” That’s a cheeky way of putting it, and a sign of his love of words. The event’s instigators—Julia Adam, a dancer and choreographer, and her husband, Aaron Lucich, the producer—have...

Dear Ivanka—Sorry about the brand name

06/15/2017
The party of, by and for the billionaires is proving a very important point: the love of money trumps the love of your neighbor. The winners in this floundering version of government are the wheeler-dealers of the industrial-military complex and the losers are the very people who were beguiled into...

Moonrise Kingdom is too big for Inverness

06/08/2017
On June 12, the Marin County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider an appeal from the Inverness Association of the county’s earlier approval of a coastal development permit for the Moonrise Kingdom project at the top of Vision Road, next to the national seashore. As it is...

Defending a legacy

06/08/2017
Barry Shapiro When most of us think of what West Marin offers, great food, beautiful hikes, pristine wilderness and scenic drives may come to mind. With the power of Mother Nature everywhere around us, we may spend less time thinking of the positive things that stem from human ingenuity. Four...

Cinco de Mayo in the United States

06/01/2017
Among the surprises I received as a newcomer to this country 30 years ago was the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It’s an important, though secondary, patriotic celebration in Mexico that did not seem to justify the extensive ads I saw in newspapers and stores here, with sales of beer...

Green Bridge: It’s all about scale

05/25/2017
Caltrans’ recently released draft environmental impact report is the latest step in the process to replace the Green Bridge with a more structurally sound version. Our community has been very involved in the project, from convincing Caltrans to hold more community meetings than it normally provides and to send newsletters...

Caltrans dupes bridge working group, denies community retrofit option

05/25/2017
I come to Caltrans’ Green Bridge project with an insider’s perspective. I have practiced environmental and natural resources law since 1985. My clients include any type of public or private entity proposing a land-use project with significant environmental issues, including ranchers, developers, timber and mining companies, renewable energy companies, cities...

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