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Districts look to tech to tackle wasteful leaks

07/07/2021
Water leaks are going undetected on residential properties across West Marin, and water district authorities are working to find new ways to fix the problem as they contend with a drought emergency. Technologies like flow meters are making it easier for utilities to more closely monitor usage while avoiding the...

Marin objects to housing order

07/07/2021
Marin County will appeal a state mandate to plan for thousands of new homes over the next decade, arguing that the allocation does not factor in the county’s unique characteristics that make building difficult. In a 4-1 vote, the Board of Supervisors directed planners to appeal Marin’s regional housing needs...

American Challenger to be refloated and removed

07/07/2021
The shipwrecked fishing vessel that has sat on the rocks north of Dillon Beach since March 6 will be refloated and demolished later this summer, a coalition of agencies announced last week. The plan, which utilizes funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, consists of strategically filling interior spaces in the...

County pilot project will support septic upgrades for second units

07/07/2021
Marin County’s strategy for affordable housing hinges on encouraging homeowners to build accessory dwelling units. But in West Marin, where most homes rely on septic systems, the necessary sewage upgrades can be cost prohibitive. Now, the county’s Community Development Agency is taking steps to ease that burden. A new pilot...

County will bring sexual assault exams back to Marin

07/07/2021
Change is coming for rape victims in Marin. The county approved a one-year pilot program at its budget hearings last month to train nurses to conduct forensic exams in Marin, which for the past decade has sent victims to Vallejo for the exams because of the low number of local...

Bolinas makes exceptions in advance of rationing

07/07/2021
The Bolinas Community Public Utility District has granted water use exceptions to almost all customers who applied for them, with rationing on the horizon if the district’s overall use averages over 66,000 gallons per day. The district received 24 exception requests by its June 29 deadline, and at a special...

MALT funds water projects

06/30/2021
With springs and ponds running dry, Marin’s ranchers and farmers are racing to secure their water. The Marin Agricultural Land Trust launched a drought resilience and water security initiative this summer to fund improvements to water collection, storage and distribution. Twenty-one projects have been funded at a total cost of...

County encourages ethnic studies curriculum

06/30/2021
High school students may soon take courses in ethnic studies, after the Marin County Office of Education approved a resolution affirming the value of the curriculum last week. The resolution is nonbinding, but local schools often model their instruction on the office’s recommendations. The curriculum aims to illuminate the untold...

Shoreline reinstates superintendent's pay

06/30/2021
Bob Raines, the superintendent of the Shoreline Unified School District who was arrested on June 8 for lewd acts with a child under age 14, had his pay reinstituted by the school board last week. After meeting with lawyer Jennifer Henry in closed session on June 23, board president Jill...

Public input campaign for Coast Guard housing

06/30/2021
The Community Land Trust of West Marin is gearing up for a period of growth ahead of its development of the former Coast Guard property for affordable housing. The land trust hired a new interim executive director and will host four community gatherings on the 32-acre property, beginning last Sunday...

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