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  • Two Bay Area counties sue oil companies over sea-rise

    07/17/2017 7:32:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 34 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | July 17, 2017 | Richard Halstead
    Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution. The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Assembly OKs Bill to Name Waldo Tunnel After Robin Williams

    04/24/2015 11:16:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The California Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a bill to rename the Waldo Tunnel after late comedian Robin Williams. The Waldo Tunnel is a tunnel on U.S. 101 between the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito in Marin County. William Waldo was a California politician who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1853. The tunnel’s archways are painted in rainbow colors, which is why people sometimes call it the "rainbow tunnel." Williams was a long time resident of Marin. The idea to rename the tunnel started with an online petition that received more than 60,000 signatures. Julie Wainwright, who started the petition,...
  • George Lucas Planning Payback With Massive Affordable Housing Project On His Marin County Land

    04/16/2015 2:03:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 60 replies ^ | 4/15/15 | Phil Matier
    NOVATO (CBS SF) — After George Lucas ran into a buzzsaw of opposition from his wealthy Marin County neighbors when he tried to expand his Skywalker Ranch studio, the filmmaker might be getting some payback with plans for one of the largest affordable housing projects in the Bay Area.
  • Off-Duty Firefighter Tackles Woman Trying to Set Person on Fire in Mill Valley

    04/06/2015 10:19:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 5, 2015
    A firefighter tackled a woman allegedly trying to set a person on fire in Mill Valley, and investigators are wondering if she might be responsible for a number of other crimes. Nai Feuy Saelor, 24, of Richmond was booked Sunday on charges of arson, assault with a caustic chemical and vandalism counts, according to Marin County jail records. Officers said an off-duty Marin County firefighter saw a woman throwing lighter fluid on a 50-year-old woman off Panoramic Highway on Mount Tamalpais. He then tackled the woman before she could set the victim on fire. "The sheriff's department took its samples...
  • Tech CEO on bike arrested in Marin road rage beating

    04/25/2014 5:35:15 PM PDT · by Theoria · 34 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 25 April 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    <p>A Marin County technology executive was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after he got off his bicycle and beat a motorist unconscious during an alleged act of road rage in Mill Valley, a city police official said.</p>
  • How the Law Caught Up With a Marin County Visionary (Government Hates Green)

    07/10/2012 9:44:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 | Joe Rosato Jr
    Marin man's lifestyle is efficient, but he failed to apply for proper permits.David Hoffman is not your typical outlaw. For one, every conversation veers toward inevitable topic of conservation and sustainability. He can’t understand why people need things like septic tanks – or whey they use perfectly good drinking water to wash their cars. It’s not Hoffman’s ideas that got him into trouble. It was the execution. Forty-years of it. Four decades ago, Hoffman started some home improvements on his house in the wooded hills of the Marin County town of Lagunitas. He harbored ideas and theories of how people...
  • George Lucas might build affordable housing

    05/20/2012 12:20:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/20/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas could, indeed, make good on his idea of building affordable housing right next door to the high-income NIMBYs who blocked his plans for a production studio near his Lucas Valley ranch complex. His Marin County neighbors and conservationists have dismissed Lucas' musings as sour grapes, and say low-income housing could never be built in such a remote and environmentally sensitive location.But those in the know disagree.There's a feeling on the Board of Supervisors, which has final say over the project, that it fits into the county's desire for more low-income housing - and by the...
  • George Lucas pushes low-income housing option

    05/09/2012 8:27:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/9/12 | Peter Fimrite
    Filmmaker George Lucas is pushing forward with plans to build low-income housing at Marin County's picturesque Grady Ranch, a vow of his that was widely dismissed as an insincere attempt by the billionaire to thumb his nose at complaining neighbors. The Marin Community Foundation announced Tuesday that it is working with Lucasfilm to "explore options" for building affordable housing in the location where the movie mogul wanted to build a film studio until residents in an adjacent subdivision protested. . . . Lucas...withdrew his plans last month to build a large mission-style movie-making studio on Grady Ranch, blaming the Lucas...
  • Marin County smoking ban on hold

    01/11/2012 9:42:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    ABC 7 News (KGO-TV/DT) ^ | January 11, 2012 | KGO
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- A Marin County smoking ban is on hold while lawmakers consider weeding out marijuana from the measure. The ordinance as written would outlaw smoking in unincorporated county apartments and included marijuana and other herbs as well as tobacco. It was abruptly sent back to committee Wednesday when Supervisor Kate Sears said only tobacco should be banned...
  • Are Feds Fanning Racial Flames in an Affluent, White Calif. County?

    03/29/2011 4:57:34 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 38 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    Marin County, the affluent Bay Area community outside of San Francisco, is too white, says the Feds. According to data culled from the recent census, Marin County contains seven of the 10 whitest cities in the Bay Area. And to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), that’s a problem. According to the Bay Citizen: The draft report, released Wednesday, came in response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s determination that Marin had “failed to comply” with the 1964 Civil Rights Act and two other anti-discrimination statutes. Marin’s Community Development Agency recommended amending zoning regulations to...
  • Marin County sewage spills may be sabotage

    12/23/2010 1:34:54 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/10 | Peter Fimrite, Chronicle Staff Writer
    As much as a million gallons of sewage has poured into Marin County's Corte Madera Creek this week - including sludge from a pipe that ruptured Wednesday - following a series of mishaps that officials believe could be sabotage. The raw sewage bubbled out of a badly clogged pipeline in Kentfield Friday. Then, about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, a large pipe apparently burst underneath a berm used by locals as a jogging trail next to the creek, about three-quarters of a mile west of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. An undetermined amount of effluent spewed out of the ruptured pipe, said Brett...
  • Sally Pipes: Healthcare / Marin Town Hall Meeting

    10/27/2009 4:33:44 PM PDT · by Exton1 · 153+ views
    Marin Conservative Forum ^ | 26 Oct 2009 | Marin Conservative Forum
    Sally C. Pipes is president and chief executive officer of the Pacific Research Institute, a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. This proves to be a lively informative meeting that is open to the entire county of Marin. Please take time to read her partial BIO and begin to invite everyone you know to this outstanding event in Marin County.
  • Senator Boxer pushes book while crowds protest

    08/15/2009 11:39:01 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | Thursday, August 13, 2009 | corte madera
    Senator Boxer pushes book while crowds protest Senator Barbara Boxer at Book Passage Marin got a small dose of the health care protests on Wednesday evening when U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer made an appearance at Corte Madera's Book Passage to promote her newest work of fiction, Blind Trust. Holding hand-made signs, about two dozen protesters lined the entrance to the Book Passage's parking lot. Boxer protestor, Pam Silleman of Napa "She should be doing town hall meetings with her constituents instead of book tours," said Pam Silleman who was waving at cars and carrying a sign that read "Born Free...
  • Marin County school officials reject plan to rename middle school after Obama

    12/12/2008 1:07:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 758+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 12/12/08 | AP
    A middle school in Marin City will not be renamed after President-elect Barack Obama. Sausalito Marin City School District officials nixed the idea of renaming the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Thursday after dozens of community members voiced opposition to the idea at a meeting.
  • Family of American who fought for Taliban asks government to commute sentence

    12/18/2007 2:20:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 79 replies · 187+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 12/18/7 | Kim Vo
    Hoping a new attorney general will be more sympathetic to their cause, John Walker Lindh's parents again asked the White House to commute the sentence of the Marin County man who fought in Afghanistan for the Taliban. The family filed a petition today asking that Lindh's 20-year sentence be commuted. Lindh pleaded guilty in 2002 to providing services to the Taliban and carrying explosives during a felony. His attorneys first applied for a commutation in 2004, and have regularly beseeched the government since then to shorten Lindh's sentence. "We hope that President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will find...
  • Marin No Model For The Rest Of Us (California Liberals Want To Ban New Construction Alert)

    08/20/2007 3:25:21 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 915+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 08/20/2007 | Steven Greenhut
    California has more than 36 million residents and is expected by some projections to have 60 million by 2050. People keep moving here, and yet the state government is doing everything it can to make it harder to build the homes necessary to house everyone. It's already incredibly costly and difficult to get government approvals to build housing developments, as cities micromanage pretty much everything a builder does. People will need to live somewhere. If other counties embrace Marin's overall approach toward development, the newcomers will have nowhere to live – even as Marin officials bask in their moral superiority....
  • "The City of San Rafael Will Not Enforce Immigration Laws," Mayor Tells Protesters

    03/13/2007 9:54:55 PM PDT · by stratman1969 · 8 replies · 449+ views
    Marooned in Marin webblog ^ | March 13, 2007 | Marooned in Marin
    Elected officials in Marin County continue their attacks on Immigration & Customs Enforcement for apprehending illegal aliens during raids in the Canal area of San Rafael and Novato last week. In the process, many of these “leaders” are using the most extreme and outrageous language in their criticism of federal immigration officials. State Assemblyman Jared Huffman picked up the "terrorizing our community" mantra used by open borders advocates at a community rally on Monday at Pickeleed Park Community Center in San Rafael‘s Canal area. "I've just driven almost 100 miles from Sacramento to be with you. I would have driven...
  • Marin County residents, religious leaders protest immigration arrests

    03/09/2007 10:25:07 AM PST · by SmithL · 9 replies · 408+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/9/7 | Staff Report
    SAN RAFAEL -- Marin County religious leaders and residents gathered today to hold a candlelight vigil in support of the large immigrant community here and to protest recent raids by federal authorities. The early morning protests, held in Novato as well, were in response to raids earlier this week in San Rafael and Novato that led to the arrests of 30 alleged illegal immigrants, according to federal authorities. The raids are part of an ongoing campaign, "Operation Return to Sender," . . .
  • Tiburon residents fight proposed Habitat development

    01/15/2007 7:50:38 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 543+ views
    TIBURON, Calif. -- Some residents of this upscale San Francisco suburb plan to fight a proposed Habitat for Humanity housing development over concerns that the project would decrease property values and increase traffic. The international nonprofit partnered with the owner of a 16.5-acre tract in the town's Eagle Rock neighborhood to build four single-family homes for low-income families, but neighbors fear negative effects on the community. "Habitat for Humanity is to bring the neighborhood up, not to bring the neighborhood down," said Bill Roberts, a 40-year Eagle Rock resident. Roberts said he and dozens of other neighbors are raising money...