Commuter Ferry rescues row boater from bay area water

As commuters watched on, the crew of the M.V. Mendocino ferry pulled a man from the water after his rowboat took on water and began to sink.  At about 4 pm on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard put out a call for a person in the water about 200 yards from shore near Pier 33.

The unidentified boater told the crew a ships wake had flooded his boat.  The boat’s flotation mechanisms were cracked and failed to work leaving the 42-year old man in the water for about 10 minutes until the ferry arrived.

Crews bought the man blankets and provided dry clothes for the man who later took the ferry back to San Francisco.


07 2016

Historic Redwood Lodge housing project in Mill Valley

After 15 years of planning, a proposal to renovate the historic Redwood Lodge is going forward.

The owners, Peter and and Mimi Buckley, and staff were given praise by the City Council for presenting a community supported project to develop the 2.6-acre site into five single-family homes.

The property currently has three existing historic structures which will be renovated into homes. Additionally, two new homes will be built, and one; The Living Dollhouse is scheduled to be demolished as it is beyond repair.

The Redwood Lodge was developed in the late 1890s through the early 1900s by a shipping executive; George Billings. The lodge eventually became a destination spot and helped establish Mill Valley as a resort town.


07 2016

Mill Valley joins the county and eight other cities and towns in regulating smoking in multifamily units.

City of Mill Valley adopts house smoking ban

The ban will completely restrict smoking — including vapor, e-cigarettes and medical cannabis — in new and existing apartment complexes, condominiums and townhouses, including an owner or renters’ private balcony, porch or deck. Each property could, however have a designated smoking area, which needs to meet a list of seven criteria, or be approved by the city.

The Mill Valley City Council adopted an ordinance to ban smoking in multifamily housing.  It will go into effect 30 days after adoption. For new units, the rules will be effective immediately while existing units will have a 12-month transition period.


10 2015

Local Company Wins San Rafael Contract

A hometown company secured the contract on Wednesday to match up  Main County San Rafael‘s traffic lights with the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train that rumbles through. The winning, $2.75 million bid was place by San Rafael’s Ghilotti Brothers, Inc., and was approved unanimously in a second round of bidding for the work.

The initial plan was to include a facelift for curbs and sidewalks near the railway, but those plans were omitted in the final bidding, saving in the neighborhood of $100,000 for the city. Marin Crews are expected to finish the work in 120 days, before testing on the new SMART line begins. A handful of residents have expressed concern about the time frame, insisting that the lights and rail cars be synced so as to avoid any accidents when the trains begin running.


This new train should eventually ease some traffic on the Marin Cooridor and feed commuters directly to the Marin County bus system and the Ferry terminal at Larkspur.


10 2015

Breast Cancer on the Decline in Marin

Marin County is beating back breast cancer, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. Back in the late 1990s and into the 2000s, breast cancer rates were skyrocketing in the county, leading to numerous studies to determine why. A variety of factors were blamed, including a correlation between hormone-replacement therapy and breast cancer diagnosis. On Wednesday, CPC officials reported a 31 percent decline in new breast cancer cases, plus a staggering 65 percent decline in deaths related to breast cancer. Researchers also noted that hormone-replacement therapy has dipped significantly in recent years, and breast cancer cases have dropped, as well.


10 2015

Marin County Tax Bill Reaches Record-High $922 Million

Marin County property taxes are going up again this year, as the county prepares to send out bills to 92,000 Marin County taxpayers seeking a total of $922 million. That figure is a record for the county, and is about 8 percent higher than last year’s total of $851 million. Taxpayers will have until December 10th to pay the first installment of their bills, or incur penalties, while the remainder will be due by April 10th. The primary reason for the higher tax bills is that prices have surged in the county, though some homeowners saw the end to temporary assessment discounts awarded about six years ago during the bubble. About 4,500 homeowners saw their tax assessments rise as these temporary valuations came to an end. While officials will mail out tax bills to all Marin County residents who owe, failure to receive a bill does not exempt those homeowners from taxes due or late fines assessed. To check on your tax bill, go to


09 2015

Tiburon Woman Robbed in Her Home


A 54 year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint Monday night at her home on Reed Ranch Road in Tiburon. According to a police spokesperson, a gunman entered the woman’s home, ordered her into a closet and left with several pieces of jewelry. The victim reported the robbery at about 9:15 with a 911 call. Police were unable to find the robber after an exhaustive search conducted by Marin County sheriff’s deputies with help from Belvedere, Novato and Mill Valley police. According to a police description, the burglar wore a blue and white bandana over his face, baggy blue or gray jeans and a gray beanie. The victim described the culprit as a 5 foot 7, 160 pound man with a Hispanic accent. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Tiburon police at 415-789-2801, or those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-222-TIPS.


09 2015

Marin County Deploys Scores of Firefighters to Battle Blazes Across California

Scores of firefighters from Marin County are battling blazes across California, according to Marin County fire battalion Chief Mike Giannini. Many of the deployed Marin firefighters are battling the massive Valley Fire in Lake County, which exploded over the weekend, destroying several hundred homes and forcing thousands to evacuate. The fire has engulfed more than 63,000 acres since igniting early Saturday, more than 400 homes have been destroyed and more than 13,000 residents have been evacuated. The fire has also been blamed for the death of a disabled woman who was unable to flee.

Marin County fire personnel joined more than 11,000 firefighters currently battling fires across the state. In addition to 66 members of the Marin County Fire Department, personnel have also been deployed from Corte Madera, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross and San Rafael.


09 2015

2-Alarm Fire Destroys Sausalito School District Building

Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Sunday night at the Sausalito-Marin City School District complex at 33 Buchanan St. Members of the Southern Marin Fire Protection District were assisted by firefighters from Corte Madera, Mill Valley, Ross, San Rafael and Tiburon. The fire was reported about 7:30 Sunday night, and firefighters took about 45 minutes to gain control of the flames. A 4,000 square-foot building that houses the offices of Willow Creek Academy sustained heavy damage, and will likely have to be torn down and rebuilt, but no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze. A spokesman for the Southern Marin Fire Protection District said the fire is still under investigation and declined to offer a guess as to whether arson is suspected.


09 2015

Belvedere Mansion Shatters Marin Record with $47.5 Million Sales Price

A Belvedere mansion was sold for $47.5 million last week, shattering the Marin County record for most expensive home sold. Located at 440 Golden Gate Ave, the 12,000 square-foot residence is known as Locksley Hall, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Prior to the sale, the highest price fetched by a Marin County home this year was $13 million, and was one of just three homes sold for more than $10 million in the county, all three are in Belvedere. Local agents note that homes in Southern Marin typically fetch the highest prices, but say that the biggest sale most years is around $5 or $6 million. Built in 1895, Locksley Hall sits on more than an acre and offers magnificent, panoramic views of San Francisco, Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. The buyer was also likely intrigued by the property’s tax status, as the previous owner spent more than $32 million restoring the mansion to historical standards, making the home’s owner eligible for reduced taxes under the California Mills Act.


08 2015