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Building an empire: Exploring the architecture of 'Star Wars'
Source: San Rafael | Dec 12, 2017 11:10:07
In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams...
San Rafael fundraiser aims to unite homeless and housed
Source: San Rafael | Dec 12, 2017 02:40:08
Supporters of the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy's Wellness Gathering will kick off a fundraising campaign for the program Tuesday in San Rafael. The Wellness Gathering is a weekly shared meal that attempts to build community within Marin'..
San Rafael Jewish center celebrates Festival of Lights
Source: San Rafael | Dec 11, 2017 06:20:08
Delilah Cohon, 4, and her mother Sasha Gulish share a laugh Sunday while making a pasta menorah during the annual Hanukkah celebration at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center in San Rafael. The Osher Marin Jewish Community Center held its annual F..
In Your Town for Dec. 11, 2017
Source: San Rafael | Dec 11, 2017 04:05:56
A man who sued over the size of an inflatable pool he bought in San Rafael has lost an appeal to a state appellate court. James Noel bought the Kids Stuff Ready Set Pool for $60 at a Rite Aid in 2013, according to court documents...
Larkspur site tops list of appalling traffic gluts
Source: San Rafael | Dec 11, 2017 01:54:56
Want to find the worst traffic in Marin? Head down to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard near Highway 101 at Larkspur Landing Circle. The influx for drivers coming out of the Ross Valley, mixing with ferry riders and those heading to the Richmond-San Rafael..
Marin public meetings: Dec. 11-15
Source: San Rafael | Dec 10, 2017 03:29:59
Fairfax: Town Council and Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Fairfax Women's Club, 46 Park Road. Website: / The two bodies will conduct a joint discussion on various cannabis-related topics...
SMART seeks $148,000 from FEMA for storm damage
Source: San Rafael | Dec 08, 2017 02:55:55
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency is seeking federal emergency money after last winter's storms caused damage to the system, including a slide near the Puerto Suello Hill Tunnel in San Rafael. The SMART Board of Directors approved a reque..
Dixie school board considers parcel tax option
Source: San Rafael | Dec 07, 2017 12:02:09
Officials of the Dixie Elementary School District in north San Rafael this week reviewed a draft of a parcel tax measure they are thinking of placing on a May 8, 2018 all-mail ballot. If approved by voters, the measure, discussed at Tuesday's boa..
Marin Symphony concert, Marin Ballet performances are best bets
Source: San Rafael | Dec 07, 2017 07:33:48
Beloved holiday classics and traditional carols make up the program for Marin Symphony's annual "Holiday Pops" concert. Led by music director Alasdair Neale, the family-friendly concert features performances by Marin Symphony, Marin Symphony Chor..
Editorial: Marin is slow to accept the will of voters on marijuana
Source: San Rafael | Dec 07, 2017 03:04:50
That includes 77 percent of the voters in Sausalito and Fairfax, 61 percent in Belvedere, 66 percent in Tiburon, 68 percent in San Rafael and 64 percent in Novato. Even in Ross, Proposition 64 got a nearly 60 percent majority...
Mini-Documentary: 'Everyone Loves Terrapin' Featuring Phil Lesh At Terrapin Crossroads
Source: San Rafael | Dec 06, 2017 22:20:19
This past weekend, Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California hosted a pair of Everyone Orchestra concerts dubbed Everyone Loves Terrapin . Filmmaker Todd Kushnir captured video of the all-star performances for a series of mini-documentaries and t..
Restaurant review: Chonmage joins Marina s ramen scene
Source: San Rafael | Dec 06, 2017 10:52:25
The interior of Chonmage in San Rafael offers a mix of light wood and Formica tables with black lacquered slab benches overhung with red Japanese wall accents and lanterns. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:30 to 3 p.m..
Tenants, landlords slam Marin rent hike mediation plan
Source: San Rafael | Dec 06, 2017 06:37:32
Searching for a way to make a dent in Marin's deepening affordable housing crisis, the Marin County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a "mandatory mediation" ordinance. The ordinance would require landlords seeking rent increases over 5..
San Rafael moves closer to district elections
Source: San Rafael | Dec 06, 2017 02:21:38
A crowd gathers in the chambers before the San Rafael City Council. Monday's meeting was the second on a potential change from the current at-large elections - where each City Council member is elected citywide - to district elections, where cand..
Bay Area firefighters head to Thomas Fire
Source: San Rafael | Dec 05, 2017 23:51:55
Strike teams from Bay Area fire departments, including Mountain View, are responding to the Thomas Fire that has burned more than 45,000 acres of brush in Ventura County. Ten engines comprising 44 firefighters from Marin County Fire, San Rafael, Ross..
Lawmakers say California's proposed marijuana rules will hurt small family farms
Source: San Rafael | Dec 05, 2017 21:35:41
Two legislators called Tuesday for changes to regulations for growing marijuana in California to better protect small family farmers from being driven out of business by big corporate cultivators. Initial proposals to cap licensed marijuana farms at ..
In Your Town for Dec. 5, 2017
Source: San Rafael | Dec 05, 2017 01:22:12
Davidson Middle School in San Rafael received $4,000 and Hamilton Meadow Park School in Novato received $5,000 for tutoring and mentoring programs. The event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Costco at the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center...
Editorial: San Rafael transit center planning must engage public
Source: San Rafael | Dec 04, 2017 21:03:49
San Rafael city leaders and Golden Gate Bridge district officials face an opportunity to build a new downtown transit center that could become a local centerpiece. If done right, in the right location and designed to meet the changing demands of tran..
In Your Town for Dec. 4, 2017
Source: San Rafael | Dec 04, 2017 07:39:41
The City Council has endorsed a plan for police to create a joint unit with San Rafael for high-risk emergencies. The council voted unanimously in favor of the plan at its meeting on Nov. 28. The San Rafael City Council had approved the plan previous..
Marin crime crackdown targets San Rafael-Richmond corridor
Source: San Rafael | Dec 04, 2017 03:19:35
A Marin task force issued 30 citations during a crackdown on vehicle offenses along Interstate 580 between San Rafael and Richmond. The operation targeted stolen vehicles, vehicles with no license plates and vehicles with paper dealership plates...
Holiday shopping? Check out Sonoma Barracks gift store
Source: San Rafael | Dec 04, 2017 01:10:42
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Appeal rejected in Novato gang-linked murder attempt
Source: San Rafael | Dec 03, 2017 20:43:43
A state appeals court has upheld the life sentences for two men convicted of a gang-related murder attempt in the Hamilton neighborhood. The crime occurred on Jan. 3, 2011, at the Hamilton Marketplace shopping center, where two men were shot while si..
Marin public meetings:
Source: San Rafael | Dec 03, 2017 04:20:49
Mill Valley: City Council, 6:30 p.m., City Council, 26 Corte Madera Ave. Website: . The council is congratulating the Mill Valley Market for raising nearly $1 million to local charitable organizations through the "shop and give" ..
Documentary captures Marin mana s transformational journey to India
Source: San Rafael | Dec 02, 2017 22:24:38
Many would say Steven Newmark had it all. He was a successful psychotherapist, author and lecturer who lived in Mill Valley with all the trappings of wealth...
Letter writer: Golf course deal an example of district elections
Source: San Rafael | Dec 01, 2017 21:41:34
The Board of Supervisors' decision to purchase San Geronimo Golf Course is the best example of why not to have district elections. As clearly stated in multiple Dick Spotswood columns, the supervisors have an unwritten policy of voting with the l..