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October 2001


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Learn About Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent

Approximately 200 Marin children require foster care at any given time. Many of these will also need adoptive families. Unfortunately, there are only approximately 75 foster homes at present. Learn about becoming a foster or adoptive parent at an Information Meeting offered by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services, Thursday, October 25. People who are interested in providing occasional respite child care to support foster and adoptive parents are also needed and are welcome to attend. The Information Meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Division of Social Services, 10 North San Pedro Rd., Room 1018, San Rafael. Please call 499-7118 for more information.

Updating Countywide Plan

Marin County Community Development Agency is updating the Countywide Plan. The Countywide Plan contains the land use policies for the unincorporated land in the County. The policies include: housing, culture, equity, land use, transportation, open space, culture, economy and parks. Three Working Groups have been formed to identify trends, issues, vision, and strategies. A countywide vision workshop is planned for January. To submit your trends and issues, pleas send the to <[email protected]>. Also, consider registering on the automatic email list to receive information about upcoming meetings at <>. Or you may call the Marin County Community Development Agency at 415-499-6269.

Hwy. 1 in So. Marin Closed for 1 Month

Caltrans will close both directions of State Route 1 between the Panoramic Highway and Stinson Beach in southern Marin County for one month beginning Sept. 19. The closure is for storm damage repair work at two locations along this section of Hwy. 1. Equipment and safety considerations require construction crews to shut down the entire highway.

As a result, motorists will be detoured onto the Panoramic Highway to bypass this section of Hwy. 1. Stinson Beach and all other coastal areas along Hwy. 1 will be accessible via the detour. In addition, access along the closed section of Hwy. 1 will be provided via Muir Woods Road.

The closure and detour will be clearly marked and signed to advise motorists, who may experience delays during this work.

This $300,000 project will involve slope restoration, roadway realignment, paving and other long-term storm damage repair and prevention. The contractor is expected to work seven days a week, 10-12 hours a day for one month to complete this work.

Kinsey Community Discussion Oct. 6

Concerned Citizens of West Marin, in conjunction with Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, will present a public meeting at the Tomales Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the proposed St. Antony Monastery development on the former Christopher Ranch in Dillon Beach.

The ranchland lies within the Coastal Agricultural Production Zone, C-APZ-60 and, according to the Marin County Development Code, religious retreats are not an allowed use under this zoning designation. Although St. Antony has yet to formally file its permit application, Tom Lai, Principal Planner for the county of Marin, has responded favorably to the monastery's plans, finding that a religious retreat is "appropriate for the Christopher ranch" if the site is rezoned.

"Many of the county's ranchers and residents firmly believe that rezoning C-APZ-60 land would set a dangerous precedent in Marin County," state Jacqueline Janssen, spokesperson for Concerned Citizens of West Marin.

All concerned citizens are encouraged to attend the meeting and address their questions and concerns to Supervisor Kinsey.

Art Exhibit/Sale to Benefit Marin Organic Label

Art On the Farm is a free program for artists who visit farms and ranches in Marin to create works of art. Works created by the artists will be shown at the Cowgirl Creamery, 4th Street, Point Reyes Station, starting on October 20. Join them at the reception for the artists on Oct. 28, at 3 p.m.

The artists are contributing 25 percent of the proceeds to endow an interest free revolving loan fund for Marin Organic Label Farmers.

Please take this opportunity to acquire local art and contribute to a sustainable future for us all.



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