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    Mon, Jul 6, 1:30pm

    Marin County on CA watch list for Covid 19 spread.


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    Tue, May 19, 11:20am
    West Marin

    Visitors may not be able to enter the gallery at Gallery Route One, but there are plenty of ways to engage!

    Gallery Route One ONLINE

    Art Projects at Home 

    Since we added our "Art Projects at Home" section to the GRO website, 4 different projects have been uploaded. These are fun and easy projects that anyone can do with simple things they find from around the house. People can enjoy the projects on their own, or the whole family can get involved.

    Visit Art Projects at Home on Gallery Route One's homepage:

    Art Kits for All

    As a gift to our community, we have gathered donations of art supplies from local artists and have put together "art kits" that were distributed in our community. The kits included activity printouts for those who have run out of ideas for their stay at home crew and don’t have access to a printer. Contact to efweb@me.comto get yours.

    Email a photo of your finished artwork to efweb@me.comso we can post it online!

    Support GRO by Shopping for Art and Gifts

    You can support Gallery Route One through this challenging tim by visiting our website and making a secure donation online. If you are in need of a gift for Mother's Day or some other special occasion, visit our new online store:

    There you will also find artworks for sale by our members, from affordable works in the Alcove section, to the Spring 2020 Members' exhibition. The Members' Exhibition can be viewed online on the GRO website listed above, under the "Exhibits" tab, select "Spring 2020".

    Artists In the Schools going Online

    Gallery Route One received Emeregency Funding from the West Marin Fund, and has begun work on a series of online art workshops for the students attending all of the Shoreline schools. Stay tuned for the release of our first video!

    Along with reaching the kids virtually, we will also be holding the annual AIS exhibition, which normally opens at Toby's Gallery during Western weekend, online, date to be determined.


    A regional landmark since 1983, Gallery Route One is an arts organization located in the town of Point Reyes Station, adjacent to the entry for Marin County's Point Reyes National Seashore. Besides offering rotating exhibits by member artists, GRO also maintains its outreach programs: the Latino Photography Project, the Artists in the Schools Program, as well as exhibitions in the Project Space addressing environmental, immigration and social justice issues. For more information, please visit:


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    Mon, May 18, 10:55am

    Rental Assistance through West Marin Community Services

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    Mon, May 18, 10:27am

    COVID-19 | Phases of Recovery
    Marin County’s COVID-19 response is divided into three broad phases.
    Each phase has criteria that must be met before moving to the next
    phase to continue our successful mitigation of COVID-19 while building
    the infrastructure needed to move forward. This document outlines our
    process to engage our community as we take steps to rebuild.

    COVID-19 | Fases para la Recuperación
    La respuesta COVID-19 del Condado de Marin se divide en tres amplias fases.
    Cada fase tiene criterios que deben cumplirse antes de pasar a la siguiente
    fase para continuar con nuestra mitigación exitosa de COVID-19 mientras se
    construye la infraestructura necesaria para avanzar. Este documento describe
    nuestro proceso para involucrar a nuestra comunidad a medida que tomamos
    los pasos necesarios para la reconstrucción.

    The full details are listed and being developed on the following County Web site:

    Down load the attached files for latest details

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    Mon, May 18, 9:55am

    Effective Monday, May 18. Link:

    Some provisions:

    1. This Order supersedes the April 29, 2020 Order (“Prior Order”) of the Health Officer Directing All Parks, Campgrounds, and Open Spaces to Continue Closing to Motorized Access.  This Order lifts the Prior Order’s restrictions related to motorized access of many – but not all – outdoor recreation areas within Marin County (“the County”), now leaving it to local jurisdictions to allow, limit or prohibit motorized access to those areas as appropriate.  This Order also extends the terms of the Prior Order to certain high-traffic, destination outdoor recreation areas, continuing the existing prohibitions against motorized access to the same in order to slow the transmission of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).  

    2. When people need to leave their places of residence, they should remain as close to the same as practicable and at all times comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in the May 15 Order of the Health Officer of the County of Marin Directing All Individuals Living in the County to Continue Sheltering at Their Place of Residence (the “Shelter in Place Order”) or any subsequently issued order of the Health Officer.  All provisions of this Order should be interpreted to effectuate this intent.  Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. 

    3. Unless specified otherwise in the following section, all agencies and jurisdictions operating public outdoor recreation areas, including but not limited to parks and open spaces (hereinafter, “Park Facilities”), within the County are hereby authorized to reopen all operations and services related to facilitating the public’s motorized access to all Park Facilities located within the County. This means that people will now be able to drive to and park at or near many of the Park Facilities within the County for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities as defined in the Shelter in Place Order, including outdoor exercise.  However, local jurisdictions and authorities are authorized and encouraged to continue prohibiting as much motorized access to any Park Facility, even those otherwise entitled to reopen under this Order, as necessary to prevent crowds that cannot feasibly comply with the Social Distancing and other requirements of this and other Health Officer orders. All Park Facilities reopening to motorized access must be actively monitored and managed by the appropriate authority. Such management includes continuing to close by signage and/or physical barriers all portions of Park Facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, benches, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, and barbecue areas.

    4. Due to their high-traffic nature and the fact that they draw regional crowds from across the greater Bay Area, creating conditions where individuals cannot feasibly comply with Social Distancing Requirements, the following Park Facilities are not authorized to reopen to motorized access at this time: Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (including Muir Woods National  Monument), Mount Tamalpais State Park, Tomales Bay State Park, Samuel P Taylor State Park, Chicken Ranch Beach, Miller Park, White House Pool Park, Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve, Bolinas Park, all Marin Municipal Water District lands, and all beaches along the Pacific Ocean or inlets of the Pacific Ocean (not including the San Francisco Bay).  However, individuals may continue to responsibly access these Park Facilities if they are local to their residences and readily accessible by foot, bicycle or other non-motorized means for the purpose of engaging in Essential Activities as defined in the Shelter in Place Order, including outdoor exercise. Such access of Park Facilities shall continue to be exclusively by non-motorized means, except that  disabled individuals with vehicles possessing current and valid Disabled Person (DP) Parking Placards or DP License Plates may continue to access the above-listed Park Facilities by motorized means but only to the minimum extent necessary to engage in Essential Activities, Any motorized vehicle driving to or parking around a Park Facility named in this section for the purpose of accessing that Park Facility is in violation of this Order unless it is displaying a DP Parking Placard or DP License Plate. Violation of any of the provisions of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health, constitutes a public nuisance, and is punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

    posted by Lynn Axelrod,


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    Mon, May 11, 6:59pm

    Six pages posted as a png. If it can't be read in full, please go to:

    Summary of a few points: (1) extends for 60 days expiration dates for notaries public whose commissions are set to expire; notaries can use an expired DMV driver’s license or identification card to confirm identification, consistent with prior action that extended expiration dates for driver’s licenses and identification cards.

    (2) allows for retired peace officers to temporarily be reemployed for up to a year if they left the agency in good standing; also authorizes remote reporting under the Sex Offender Registration Act consistent with state public health guidance. This will help facilitate reporting that otherwise may not be occurring or not occurring in a manner that protects law enforcement personnel and registrants.

    (3) extends by 60 days certain procedural deadlines of the Department of Industrial Relations, including the deadline for workers to file wage claims with the Labor Commissioner; the deadline for employers to appeal Cal/OSHA citations; and the deadline for Workers’ Compensation Administrative Law Judges to issue decisions.

    ~ posted by Lynn Axelrod,

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    Thu, May 14, 8:46pm

    In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, Marin HHS Behavioral Health & Recovery Services has virtual gentle yoga & breathing workshops via Zoom, utilizing a trauma-informed approach, for all body types and abilities. Older adults are invited to attend online from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, and a session for anyone is set for 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.



    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,

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    Sun, May 10, 8:24pm

    We are looking for licensed health care professionals to support contact investigations or clinical operations. Volunteers in this area must be 18 years or older, have a valid California license for clinical practice and have no negative licensure or certification actions. Health care professionals who wish to volunteer should read the eligibility and registration process on the Marin Medical Reserve Corps websiteand then register on the California Healthcare Volunteers (DHV) website.  &

    If you are not a healthcare professional, you can still help with our community’s COVID-19 response. Currently, the greatest volunteer need in Marin is help at food banks and food distribution sites. Register with the Center for Volunteerism and Non-Profit Leadership (CVNL). 

    Consider making a monetary donation to Marin Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will help provide rental assistance to Marin residents who are at risk of losing housing due to COVID-19 related income loss. During the first week of the program, more than 1,500 requests for rental assistance were received totaling approximately $2.4 million in funding requests. Donations of any size are welcome. MCF is a funder of the the local rental assistance program administered by West Marin Community Services 



    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,


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    Fri, May 8, 1:20pm
    West Marin

    Free online training available on solar and battery systems for homeowners.

    Should you go solar at your home? Should you add battery storage if you do? And how do battery systems compare to traditional backup generators?

    Get your questions answered at a free online webinar organized by the Marin County Sustainability Team and the Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Pacific Energy Center.

    With the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders and requirements on social distancing, the in-person trainings have been switched to online sessions. They are:

    Saturday, May 30, 9-10:30 a.m.
    Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
    August, date and time to be determined

    The class covers the basic information a homeowner would need before investing in solar for their home including costs, return on investment, technical specifications, owning vs. lease agreements, and more. The trainings are sponsored by the Marin Energy Watch Partnership, a collaboration of the County of Marin and PG&E.

    Many Marin residents have been investigating battery storage and generators to prepare for potential public safety power shutoffs during the wildfire season. The class will cover the available options for combining battery systems with solar and how that technology compares to traditional generators.

    Sign up today on the Pacific Energy Center’s website. You will need to create an account to register for the class at the top right of the page.

    The Marin County Sustainability Team is a division of the Marin County Community Development Agency. The staff works to support healthy, safe and sustainable communities while preserving Marin’s environmental heritage. The team has developed programs to promote renewable energy, address climate change, encourage green building, recognize green businesses and implement energy efficiency projects in County schools, special districts and cities and towns. The policies and programs will ensure that Marin is healthy, vibrant and sustainable for many generations into the future. Learn more about sustainability programs for residents on the Sustainability Team’s webpage.

    ~posted by Lynn Axelrod,


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    Fri, May 8, 6:07pm

    4pm. Speakers Andy Naja-Riese, Ag Institute of Marin; Meg Davidson, SF-Marin Food Bank; David Goodman, Redwood Empire Food Bank. Dial in: 669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 950 3371 8339. Access Code: 691680. Watch online: Submit questions to  Posted by Lynn Axelrod, 

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    Tue, May 12, 2:56pm
    West Marin

    60-90% of homes are ignited by embers carried miles ahead of a fire. From FIRESafe Marin: Zone Zero. Video:

    FIRESafe Marin website is beautifully organized & informative: Website includes links to webinars, info about Fire Weather, Evacuations, Defensible Space/Hardening Your Home. Sign up for the FIRESafe Marin newsletter.

    Fire resistant & fireprone plants.

    And: Green Waste Days June 6 & 20, July 11 & 25: Free disposal days at Nicasio Corp Yard, Saturdays, June 6 & 20; July 11 & 25, 9am-4pm. Info: 415-473-6717.

    Webinar Registration: Living with Fire, Firesmart Landscaping (UC Master Gardeners):

    FIRESafe channel (lots of videos to pick from)

    Sponsored by Marin County FD, West Marin Compost, FireSafe Marin.  

    Lynn, Coordinator,

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    Sun, May 17, 8:49am

    Hello neighbors - I've put together a list of local businesses that are open for take-out or delivery during our shelter-in-place, along with links to other resources, such as where you can donate, volunteer or get help for this challenging time. If you go to, you'll find a Google Doc that I am trying to keep constantly updated. For example, Side Street Kitchen reopened this weekend for takeout, and will be open Thurs-Sun going forward (including bringing back their Taco Tuesdays) The Marshall Store is also reopening for Fri-Sun takeout (order ahead online), and TableTop Farms is now taking orders for their CSA. Point Reyes Books and Cabaline are taking orders, and you can pick up in town. Osteria Stellina is planning to start an every-other-Wednesday pop-up starting May 16th, featuring local vendors. You'll also find a list of places you can donate, volunteer, or get help. Let's support our local businesses, wear our face coverings, and keep this community whole!

    Take care, everyone, and feel free to send me updates for this shared document - my email is in the doc. 

    - Natasha  Beery (on Upper Robert, off Drakes View Drive)

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    Fri, May 8, 12:08pm

    -- Athletics
    -- Badminton (singles)
    -- Throwing a baseball or softball
    -- BMX biking
    -- Canoeing (singles)
    -- Crabbing
    -- Cycling
    -- Exploring rock pools
    -- Gardening (not in groups)
    -- Golf (singles, walking – no cart)
    -- Hiking (on trails and paths allowing distancing)
    -- Horseback riding (singles)
    -- Jogging and running
    -- Kite boarding and kitesurfing
    -- Meditation
    -- Outdoor photography
    -- Picnics (with your stay-home household members only)
    -- Quad Biking
    -- Rock Climbing
    -- Roller Skating and Roller Blading
    -- Rowing (singles)
    -- Scootering (not in groups)
    -- Skateboarding (not in groups)
    -- Soft martial arts – Tai Chi, Chi Kung (not in groups)
    -- Table tennis (singles)
    -- Throw and catch an American mini football, Frisbee or Frisbee golf (not in groups)
    -- Trail running
    -- Trampolining
    -- Tree climbing
    -- Volleyball (singles)
    -- Walk the dog
    -- Wash the car
    -- Watch the sunrise or sunset
    -- Yoga

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    Mon, May 11, 7:00pm

    Health Officers caution that reducing restrictions too quickly could lead to a substantial resurgence of COVID-1


    San Rafael, CA –The seven Bay Area Public Health Officers who ordered a Shelter-In-Place in mid-March will extend the orders through May 31 while some restrictions are eased and tools to strengthen containment of COVID-19 are put into place. The social distancing intervention has slowed the increase of new cases and prevented the anticipated medical surge. As restrictions are eased, it is critical to ensure that growth of cases can be sufficiently contained to protect the health and safety of our community.

    Marin County is included among the jurisdictions extending the Shelter-In-Place order.  In addition, Marin County will also extend its Public Health Orders surrounding Park Closuresand Restrictions on Use of Short-Term Rental Orders. All three orders take effect Monday, May 4. Marin’s Public Health Order concerning use of face coverings does not presently have an end date and will remain in place until further notice.

    Under the new Shelter-In-Place order, construction activities, certain businesses that operate primarily outdoors, and some outdoor activities will be allowed to resume with specific conditions. The new Shelter-In-Place order covers everyone living or working in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara as well as the City of Berkeley, an independent public health jurisdiction, with minor variations among jurisdictions.

    As of April 28, 2020, there are 7,273 confirmed cases (up from 258 confirmed cases on March 15, 2020) and 266 deaths (up from 4 deaths on March 15, 2020) in the seven Bay Area jurisdictions jointly issuing this Order. For Marin, there are 224 cases (up from 9 cases on March 15, 2020) and 12 deaths (up from 0 on March 15, 2020).

    This next phase reflects regional progress, thanks to the collective action Bay Area residents have taken since mid-March in response to Health Officer shelter-in-place orders.

    “We can only take these first steps because of you, our community, and the way we came together, to agree to shelter at home,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer said in a video statement. “The sacrifices you’ve made have saved lives and flattened the curve so far. We are in phase one of this epidemic. Dramatic measures to halt uncontrolled spread have been successful though painful for all of us and our economy.”

    This initial, measured easing of some restrictions is designed to set the stage for a gradual resumption of activity and prevent rapid, exponential growth of cases that could overwhelm hospitals for a particular jurisdiction or the region as a whole.

    Under the new orders, all construction projects will be allowed to resume as long as the project complies with safety protocols included with the order.  All real estate transactions will also now be able to resume, but with continued restrictions on open houses and limitations on in-person viewings.  Any employee allowed to return to work at a facility can also access childcare programs that can operate.

    Certain outdoor businesses can also begin operating again, and people can visit those businesses to perform work or obtain goods, services, or supplies.  This includes wholesale and retail nurseries, landscapers, gardeners, and other businesses that primarily provide outdoor services as set forth in the order.  Outdoor businesses do not include restaurants, cafes or bars, regardless of whether they have outdoor seating.

    Other activities that can resume under the new order include residential moves and the use of certain shared outdoor recreational facilities that were previously ordered closed, like skate parks, but not others that involve shared equipment or physical contact.

    These orders are generally consistent with the state’s Shelter-In-Place order.  On any issue where the local and state orders may differ, the stricter order applies.

    “These changes reflect that the Shelter-In-Place order is not a on off switch,” Willis said. “The number of activities we can engage in -- while the general rule is we are remaining sheltered at home -- will increase slowly and sequentially over time. The number of businesses that may come back online, and when, is based on the ability for them to conduct business safely for both customers and employees.”

    Finding a Path Forward for Marin’s Economy

    To navigate the process of measured reopening, the County of Marin is launching an effort that will be known as [-/media/23882dffe60d4365b955e7bc6385fb17.ashx]Marin Recovers Industry Advisors. The effort will bring health care leaders, government, and industry together to work collaboratively to continually re-evaluate orders based on the status of the epidemic and Marin County’s capacity to move forward safely. Industry work groups will advise and develop standards to safely resume work, with public health guidance, across 11 specific sectors. To set expectations, the governor has indicated the rebuilding process will occur over months and not weeks.

    Indicators to help assess progress on containing COVID-19

    The regional group of Health Officers are also releasing indicators that will be used to measure progress in containing the virus and ensuring we have the infrastructure in place to protect the community from COVID-19.  These indicators will be critical to decisions in the coming weeks and months about when and how to ease shelter-in-place restrictions.  

    The indicators include:

    Whether the total number of cases in the community is flat or decreasing;
    Whether the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 is flat or decreasing;
    Whether there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for all health care workers;
    Whether we are meeting the need for testing, especially for persons in vulnerable populations or those in high-risk settings or occupations; and
    Whether we have the capacity to investigate all COVID-19 cases and trace all of their contacts, isolating those who test positive and quarantining the people who may have been exposed.

    “Some may feel we're moving too quickly, especially as we see more cases of COVID 19, which we expect to some degree,” continued Dr. Willis. “Others will feel we're moving too slowly. Our role is to find the balance, using the best available science, and with the guidance and partnership our businesses our educators, our elected leaders and you our community.”

    # # #


    May 4th Shelter In Place Health Order:

    Appendix A - Social Distancing Protocol; Appendix B1 - Small Construction Project Safety Protocol; Appendix B2 - Large Construction Project Safety Protocol (Scroll to bottom of Order for links)

    May 4th Parks Closure Health Order

    Appendix A - Golf:

    May 4th Short Term Rentals Health Order

    April 17 Face Coverings Order (unchanged):

    Marin Recovers Industry Advisors Overview:

    Posted by Lynn Axelrod, Coordinator,



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    Wed, Apr 29, 2:28pm

    For individuals and families of West Marin who are experiencing financial hardship directly related to Covid-19

Online Forums

Commons Connect Forums provide a virtual gathering place to those who live and work in the West Marin Community. (Access to this local online forum is limited to those who work and live in the geographical area outlined here.)

A single registration allows community members to post local events on the Community Calendar, to post items of immediate importance on Alerts, and to access all of the forums including:

  • West Marin Soapbox: Campaigns, Causes, and Discussions
  • Over-the-Hill-Gang: Rides and Errands
  • West Marin Share: Reuse materials; share information and services -  a money free zone
  • West Marin Marketplace: rentals; things and services for sale
  • Tending the Wild Collaborative: An Ethnobiology Project
  • Local Food System Initiative: Food and garden related shares and information
  • Think Local West Marin: Appreciation and applause for our neighbors
  • Commons Connect Tech Support: Help with our Web site features
  • Volunteering Opportunities in West Marin: Help our local non-profits





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