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The Year in Review: The Top Stories of 2017

2017 was another year of growth for the Marin Post: Marin's premiere, online citizen journalist news magazine. We want to thank all the terrific journalists who have contributed their work this year.

These were the top stories of 2017 listed in order of the most read.


Three dangerous bills being pushed by State Senator Nancy Skinner

Posted by: Zelda Bronstein - May 28, 2017 - 10:24pm

June 2nd is the final day in this session for the State Senate to pass bills that originated in that house. Berkeley’s state senator, Nancy Skinner, has supported ... … more »


The Undeclared War on Middle Class Suburbia

Posted by: Richard Hall - October 8, 2017 - 2:57pm

Glancing at today’s newspapers, a reader might easily believe the only important topics are our erstwhile president and “What’s he gone and done now?”. But for tho... … more »


Most Effective Way to Protest Proposed MMWD Water Rate Hikes

Posted by: Mimi Willard - March 28, 2017 - 10:18am

Marin Municipal Water District has sent out formal notice of its proposal to raise water rates 7% on July 1, 2017 and a further 7% on July 1, 2018. This comes on... … more »


Marin County’s Retaliatory Cross Complaint to Limit Access to Public Records

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - September 8, 2017 - 9:22am

Hot on the heels of being caught trying to charge the public for access to public records [1], in violation of the California Public Records Act, the County once a... … more »


MCE’s GHG Numbers at Odds with Reality

Posted by: Jim Phelps - May 17, 2017 - 10:52am

Marin Clean Energy recently issued its 2015 annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rate. MCE's anticipated announcement represents the gold-standard of clean energy ... … more »


San Geronimo Golf Course hearings should be open

Posted by: Michael Macintosh - December 6, 2017 - 5:48pm

The following letter has been sent to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, regarding their recent decision about the San Geronimo Golf Course. Dear Supervisor... … more »


Mountain Bike Speeding Illegal Trail Usage is an Epidemic

Posted by: John Parulis - January 23, 2017 - 8:15pm

Since the recent loss of the Middagh Trail to mountain biking, there has been a re-intensification of the mountain bike problem/debate call it what you will. A rec... … more »


Support the MMWD plan to ban the use of toxic herbicides in the Mt. Tam watershed by Feb 3rd

Posted by: Diane Hoffman - January 27, 2017 - 1:30pm

The Marin Municipal Water District has prepared a comprehensive new plan to manage vegetation in the Mount Tam watershed which includes no toxic herbicides or an... … more »


CVP files Petition for Writ of Mandate v MCOSD

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - June 4, 2017 - 5:15pm

On November 29, 2016, the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD) announced that they had made the decision to open the single-track, Bob Middagh Trail to use by ... … more »


Inside the Yimby conference

Posted by: Zelda Bronstein - July 20, 2017 - 11:31pm

Nice civil discussion on the surface -- and some nastiness behind the scenes JULY 20, 2017 Last weekend about 120 attendees from 17 cities gathered in downtown O... … more »


17 years later, the Miller Avenue Streetscape Plan was illegally hijacked in the 11th hour - Part I

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - September 15, 2017 - 4:21pm

For most of us the summer is a time to spend with family, go on vacation or just turn things off for a while in order to take a well-deserved break. The first few ... … more »


CVP challenges the Draft EIR for the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Rehab Project

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - December 1, 2017 - 5:38pm

Community Venture Partners has sent the following public comment letter to Dan Dawson, Principal Transportation Planner in charge of the proposed Sir Francis Dra... … more »


Fairfax residents ask Town to preserve public engagement and transparency in planning decisions

Posted by: Frank Egger - February 1, 2017 - 5:30pm

The Residents for Sustainable Affordable Housing and Preservation of Community Values, a grassroots public advocacy group, has submitted the following letter to th... … more »


The State of Marin 2017: The Empire Strikes Back

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - November 10, 2017 - 5:10pm

In the David v Goliath battle to force our local governments and their agencies to be more transparent and accountable, we are seeing signs of successes by grassro... … more »


Community Venture Partners comments on improper planning review in Fairfax

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - December 20, 2016 - 1:29pm

At the request of several members of the Fairfax community, Community Venture Partners has submitted the following comment letter, regarding the CEQA Initial Study... … more »


MCE's and Kate Sears’ Dirty Secrets - Part 1 of 3 Parts

Posted by: Jim Phelps - April 17, 2016 - 3:37pm

Kate Sears arrived on the Marin political scene amid promises to conduct her Supervisor business in an open and transparent manner. Part of her commitment was to ... … more »


Novato Stops Funding of Downtown SMART Station Thanks to One Complaint

Posted by: Richard Hall - May 10, 2017 - 7:38pm

One simple Fair Political Practices Commission complaint stopped Novato city council from making a multimillion dollar mistake funding a downtown SMART station. SM... … more »


Community Venture Partners comments on the RFEIR for the proposed Corte Madera Inn Rebuild

Posted by: Bob Silvestri - April 9, 2017 - 10:39pm

The following letter has been sent to the Corte Madera Planning Commission and Planning Department, regarding the public hearing to discuss the Recirculated Final ... … more »


Do nonprofit developers need “streamlining” to build affordable housing?

Posted by: Charles Cornwell - February 25, 2017 - 5:06pm

On Wednesday, March 1st, Fairfax Town Council will consider adoption of a new, so-called “streamlining” ordinance, which reduces the number of zoning and planning ... … more »


Paradise Lost? The Bittersweet Legacy of the Buck Trust

Posted by: Charles Brousse - September 15, 2015 - 7:51pm

The first of two articles on the controversial relationship of the Buck Trust with Marin County’s arts scene, focusing on live theater as a representative example.... … more »