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Councils approve bus subsidy; parents must sign up by Aug. 8
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By Deirdre McCrohan and Hannah Beausang
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com
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Reed Union School District parents have until 4 p.m. Aug. 8 to sign up for half-price school bus passes, part of a one-year pilot subsidy program worth as much as $302,000 that was approved and funded last week by Tiburon and Belvedere officials.

A one-way bus pass, available online at reedschools.org, will cost $214 per child one way instead of $427, or $427 round-trip instead of $854, not including convenience fees.

Dubbed the "Yellow Bus Challenge," peninsula officials hope that slashing fares will get more kids on buses to accomplish the real goal: taking extra cars off Tiburon Boulevard during peak traffic hours.

The Belvedere City Council unanimously approved funding its maximum $52,000 share on July 14, with the Tiburon Town Council voting 4-1 on July 16 to approve $250,000 toward the program.

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how to sign up
The Yellow Bus Challenge aims to increase school-bus ridership by at least 360 new one-way trips by offering 50 percent discounts and three new bus routes in an effort to reduce traffic on Tiburon Boulevard.

Reed Union School District parents must sign up for a bus pass by 4 p.m. Aug. 8 by visiting the district website at reedschools.org and following the link to purchase bus passes. Passes will be half price, or $214 one-way, $427 round-trip, plus fees. Those who have already signed up do not need to sign up again; if the minimum number of signups is reached, those who have already signed up will get a 50 percent refund. If the minimum number is not reached, the subsidy program will be canceled.

The deadline is firm, as the Belvedere and Tiburon study group will decide the following Monday, Aug. 11, whether it will proceed with its pilot subsidy plan.

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Belvedere mayor
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Diane smith / for the ark
New Belvedere Mayor Robert McCaskill shakes hands with exiting Mayor Thomas Cromwell on July 14, Cromwell's last night on the board after eight years of service. Elected Councilmember Marty Winter was sworn in to fill the seat.
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Belvedere council selects McMayors; Cromwell bids adieu
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By Hannah Beausang
hbeausang@thearknewspaper.com

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The Belvedere City Council saw its annual shuffling of seats at its July 14 meeting, bidding farewell to retiring Mayor Tom Cromwell and electing Councilmembers Bob McCaskill and Claire McAuliffe the new mayor and vice mayor, respectively.

Marty Winter and James Campbell were also sworn in as new members of the council after running uncontested the June 3 election.

The new mayor and vice mayor have vowed to devote their immediate attention to resolving some of the city's main concerns.

"We're going to be working very hard on critical Belvedere issues, like flood control, and trying to get some of the traffic problems solved," McAuliffe said after the meeting.

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Tiburon man shot twice in apparent road-rage case

Prominent East Corte Madera doctor arrested; arraignment set for Aug. 4

By Deirdre McCrohan
dmccrohan@theark
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A 69-year-old Tiburon man is recovering from two gunshot wounds to the stomach after he allegedly chased a 71-year-old man into the garage of his East Corte Madera home July 17 in an apparent road-rage incident.

The alleged shooter, physician James Stephen Simon of Paradise Drive, was arrested and booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of felony assault with a firearm, according to Central Marin Police Authority Chief Todd Cusimano. Simon posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 4 in Marin Superior Court, said his attorney, Charles Dresow.

The Tiburon man, whom The Ark has identified as William Osenton of Paradise Cay, was taken to Marin General Hospital for emergency surgery and was in serious condition as of late last week, but no further information on his condition was available due to patient privacy laws. However, he was reportedly awake and able to be interviewed by police.

Based on preliminary reports from police after they interviewed the men and witnesses, the incident apparently began shortly before 11 a.m. at Paradise Foods in Corte Madera when Simon and Osenton, in separate vehicles, were driving southeast on Paradise Drive toward Tiburon. One of them committed an objectionable driving maneuver, according to Cusimano. Osenton then reportedly chased Simon down Paradise Drive.

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