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February 27, 2020

Belvedere resident Peter Ganz says serendipity led him to the discovery that a single sample of blood can inform the health of the entire human body. Ganz, 69, recently co-authored a study published in Nature Medicine that found measuring the levels of 5,000 different proteins in a sample of blood plasma can help researchers determine the likelihood of certain ailments, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and could someday be used to gauge the health of every organ in the body. Eventually, the blood test, dubbed the “liquid health check,” may be able to inform a hundred or more diseases and states of health specific to people living in different parts of the world, Ganz says. 

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February 27, 2020

With the help of a new smartphone application, Marin residents now have the ability to instantly find out what’s going on when they hear sirens in their neighborhood. The app, called PulsePoint, was launched across Marin on Feb. 14. It allows users to access real-time information about local fire and medical emergencies like car accidents, gas leaks and wildfires while also serving as a call-to-action for people trained to respond to certain medical crises, like cardiac arrest. It’s sponsored and funded by the Marin County Fire Department and the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, and every fire agency in the county has adopted the app into use, including the Tiburon and Southern Marin fire protection districts. 

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February 27, 2020

Many Tiburon Peninsula residents were thrilled with the sight of a gray whale spouting off Belvedere shores last week, but the sighting raised concerns it might be lost or in distress. The adult whale was first spotted off of Cavallo Point in Sausalito Feb. 19 and lingered for several days off the Tiburon Peninsula, according Bill Keener, a cetacean expert and research associate at the Marine Mammal Center who was tracking its movements.

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February 27, 2020

California’s primary is next week, on March 3, though voting is already underway. Locally, the election includes three-way races for the Tiburon Town Council and for Southern Marin supervisor, as well as several ballot measures: county and Belvedere fire taxes, a school parcel tax, a tax to fund Sonoma-Marin’s commuter-rail system, and a battle over use of the former San Geronimo Valley Golf Course. Voters in Tiburon, Belvedere and Strawberry will also help pick the Democrat who will challenge President Donald Trump in the November general election, will help select the top two U.S. Congressional and state Assembly candidates to advance to November run-offs, and will help decide whether California should sell $15 billion in bonds to fund improvements to public schools.

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February 21, 2020

ELECTION 2020: TIBURON TOWN COUNCIL — Daniel Amir says it’s important to stay as connected as possible with Tiburon’s neighborhoods and the community at large. Kathleen Defever says she would work to make the town a leader in emergency preparedness, revitalize downtown without restricting the choices of business owners and protect the town’s open spaces. Jack Ryan says he wants to help connect the community to its government. The three are vying for a single vacant seat on the council in the March 3 Primary Election.

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February 21, 2020

ELECTION 2020: DISTRICT 3 SUPERVISOR — The three candidates running to replace retiring Southern Marin Supervisor Kate Sears include a longtime Mill Valley City Councilmember who says she’s ready to tackle a variety of critical county issues and two newcomers to government who have focused their bids around fiscal reform. Three-term Mill Valley Councilmember Stephanie Moulton-Peters (right), retired home builder Jack Kenney (center) of Tiburon and information systems analyst Bill Bailey of Sausalito are all running in the March 3 Primary Election to represent District 3 — which includes Tiburon, Belvedere and Strawberry — on the five-member Board of Supervisors.  

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February 21, 2020

ELECTION 2020: MEASURE B — The Tamalpais Union High School District is asking voters to approve a 10-year parcel-tax increase and renewal that would net $22.7 million annually — money officials say is necessary to keep the district’s budget balanced and its academic programs intact for at least the next several years. Measure B, as it will appear on the March 3 ballot, would raise the current tax by $190, to $645, in its first year. The proposed higher tax would supersede the existing tax, which is set to expire in June 2022, and run through June 2030. It would carry a 3-percent cost-of-living escalator, putting the tax at about $842 per parcel of land by its expiration. The tax needs to win the support of 66.7 percent of voters at the ballot box to pass.  

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February 21, 2020

Belvedere residents seized an opportunity last week to weigh in on a multimillion-dollar project to shore up the city’s seawalls before the design concept moves to the next phase, which city officials say could begin this spring. About 40 people attended a study session during a Feb. 10 Belvedere City Council meeting, which yielded more than an hour of discussion on a conceptual design that was unveiled in December and includes raised pathways, linear parks and short seawalls along San Rafael Avenue and Beach Road, as well as a flood barrier on a low-lying stretch of West Shore Road.   

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February 21, 2020

A 30-year-old Tiburon woman and her boyfriend have been identified as those found dead outside a Sleepy Hollow home Feb. 14, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office’s coroner’s division. Aidan Doyle McWhinney and 32-year-old Dylan Schwarz of Mill Valley died of apparent drug overdoses, according to preliminary findings. Authorities did not identify the substance and said a forensic examination and toxicology reports must still be completed to determine the specific cause of death, but they indicated no foul play is suspected and that the community is not in danger.  

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February 21, 2020

A Belvedere man who spent three decades working as an attorney for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has been tapped to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s San Francisco-based West Coast office after the previous leader was abruptly fired earlier this month. John W. Busterud, 65, was appointed Feb. 11 as the federal agency’s Region 9 administrator, overseeing environmental efforts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii as well as U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean and some American Indian tribal lands.  

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February 13, 2020

The three locals vying for one interim seat on the Tiburon Town Council found themselves mostly in accord on key issues facing the town at a Feb. 4 candidate forum [watch the video] sponsored by The Ark and the League of Women Voters of Marin. Daniel Amir of Juno Road, Kathleen Defever of Sugarloaf Drive and Jack Ryan of Hawthorne Drive are running in the March 3 election for the seat vacated by Jim Fraser, who resigned last fall for undisclosed personal reasons. The winner will serve the remaining 2½ years of Fraser’s term, through November 2022. (Kevin Hessel photo / The Ark)

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February 13, 2020

Belvedere residents will vote next month on whether the city can continue spending a property tax to help fund the city’s contract for fire and emergency medical services. While the initiative, Measure E, is neither a new tax nor an increase, voters every four years are required to allow the city to adjust its budget appropriations limit to spend the tax. Meanwhile, voters in the Southern Marin Fire Protection District — which covers Strawberry and Tiburon west of Trestle Glen Boulevard — will help decide whether to support a new county wildfire-prevention tax. Voters in southern and unincorporated Tiburon, who are part of the Tiburon Fire Protection District, and in Belvedere, which contracts with the district, won’t see the initiative, Measure C, on their ballots after the city and fire board declined to participate in the joint-powers authority that would collect and distribute the tax.

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February 13, 2020

 

Siena Lester isn’t simply focused on shining in her creative arts classes, horseback-riding competitions and piano practice as might be expected of a typical 13-year-old. She’s also trying her hand at things like developing a stage presence, interviewing and public speaking — skills that will help the Del Mar Middle School eighth-grader when she competes in the Miss California’s Outstanding Teen contest in June. The Tiburon girl was named Miss Marin County’s Outstanding Teen at local preliminaries for the Miss America contest held in November. Now she will move on to compete in Fresno among more than a dozen other 13- to 17-year-olds from around the state. (Clara Lu photo / For The Ark)

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February 13, 2020

Planning commissioners have put off a decision whether to approve an extensive remodel at a Belvedere Lagoon home after the project met tough questions about whether the homeowners are attempting to dodge federal flood-zone rules. At its Jan. 21 meeting, the Belvedere Planning Commission voted 6-0 to continue discussion of the project at 4 Windward Road, which would remodel much of the interior and exterior of their 3,276-square-foot, 60-year-old home and would feature new landscaping and fences. The move came as commissioners questioned both the $400,000 estimated construction costs, which at $180 per square foot is roughly a quarter of going rates, and the $1.45 million appraisal of the home structure, roughly equivalent to the land value of the lagoon-front property.

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February 6, 2020

Belvedere is moving forward with a multimillion-dollar plan to shore up its seawalls, with city officials indicating a design concept may be approved as early as next month — though it appears to have abandoned a pledge to hold a series of public forums dedicated solely to collecting feedback on the proposed project and how to fund it. The City Council voted last June to accept a number of recommendations for further study, with officials saying a series of public forums would be held in fall. Those forums never happened, but, in the meantime, a firm has produced conceptual renderings, the draft plan has been revised twice, and the City Council is on target to approve the recommendations in a matter of weeks — at which point, officials say, the plans will then be hard to change. (Renderings via One Architecture)

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