News Roundup from July 25-29

Catch up on the news you missed during the week.

Here's what you missed:


  • San Rafael’s Planning Manager Paul Jensen will be taking the helm in the Community Development Department in August, after it’s director Bob Brown announced his retirement last week, according to City Manager Nancy Mackle.
  • A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy quietly carried the wide-brimmed hat of fallen colleague Jim Mathiesen into Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael on Friday as nearly 2,000 people paid tribute to the man killed while trying to save a friend involved in a domestic dispute.


  • Many living in the low-income and densely populated 2.5 square mile stretch east of Highway 580 known as the Canal neighborhood struggle with pest problems, below-standard repairs and discrimination from landlords. Canal neighbors told Marin authorities they feel trapped in their living situations because of access to transportation and fear of retaliation from property owners if they complain.


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  • A 29-year-old San Rafael man was critically wounded in an argument that erupted in  fatal gun fire in front of a Richmond restaurant on Saturday, according to Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan.
  • Art is healing. That’s the message of a new gallery show that enlisted the talents of 30 artists who live with emotional or mental illnesses. The exhibit “Recovery in Action,” now on view at Marin Fencing Academy on Fourth Street, celebrates their journey. The five-week exhibit opened on July 15. Most of the artists involved in the show participated in art classes at the Enterprise Resource Center, Linda Reed Activities Club or Buckelew’s “Transition Age Youth” program (TAY).


  • San Rafael police arrested a man on suspicion of a hit and run in the Canal neighborhood Sunday night, according to Sgt. Christopher Coale.
  • After almost 14 years as San Rafael Community Development Director, Bob Brown announced he will be retiring in early August.


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