LCP finalized, minus policies on hazards

Marin County’s updated Local Coastal Program will go into effect within a month, following a vote by the Board of Supervisors last Tuesday to approve the final document. Yet the update, which will guide development in the coastal zone in compliance with the California Coastal Act, excludes the chapter on...

Green Barn sells to real estate investor

The Green Barn in downtown Point Reyes Station, owned for over two decades by Inverness resident Rip Goelet, sold last week to Bay Area real estate investor Vera Cort. Her son, Robert Cort, is working with her on the property and is himself a real estate investor, having purchased the...

Nonprofits and hams to team up in disasters

The roads are closed, and the cell towers are down. A disaster has struck West Marin—who will respond? Seven nonprofits in Marin are developing an independent communication system to help serve vulnerable communities when normal communication channels are unavailable. It’s a one-year pilot program, pairing resource centers with ham radio...

Marin added to state's drought declaration

Governor Gavin Newsom included Marin County in an expanded drought emergency proclamation last week, nearly three months after Sonoma and Mendocino Counties first came under the state of emergency. The move opens doors for local water agencies to coordinate their supplies more easily and efficiently and potentially clear environmental hurdles—changes...

Park service requests delay in finalizing ranch plan

The National Park Service has asked to delay its final decision on the management plan amendment for the Point Reyes National Seashore by 60 days. Seashore spokeswoman Melanie Gunn said Tuesday that the park “continues to work through the administrative process to ensure its planning effort and decisions are responsive...

Marin beaches get A grades in water quality report

All of Marin County’s beaches received high marks for water quality on dry summer days last year. Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica-based environmental nonprofit that grades California beaches according to the likelihood of falling ill from contaminated water, gave A grades to all 24 beaches tested in the county...

Plans scuttled to renew Measure A in fall election

The county government’s hopes to hold a special election this fall on the renewal of a quarter-cent sales tax for parks, open space and farmland preservation were dashed due to newly issued guidance around the gubernatorial recall election. Now the renewal vote for Measure A won’t come to the public...

Shoreline split over Tomales preschool plan

The Shoreline Unified School District is moving forward with its plan to bring the Tomales preschool under its control, despite warnings from business officials that the district rushed into the decision and the program could take money away from serving K-12 students. Trustees voted in March to take over Shoreline...

Scientists urge proactive path forward for elk

A group of scientists has expressed concern about the management of tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore, where pressure is mounting as the National Park Service approaches the deadline for a decision on the general management plan amendment. In a letter sent last week, five scientists urged the...


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