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Voters sue over Novato Sanitary election

A pair of voters, claiming they were disenfranchised because they weren’t given the chance to vote, filed a lawsuit late Monday to contest the results of the Nov. 3 election for three seats on the Novato Sanitary District board.

The complaint was filed by Suzan Sharpley and Robert Abeling, who say they represent a type of voter who should have been able to vote in the Novato Sanitary election but couldn’t because the race was excluded from their ballots. The lawsuit names as defendants Marin County Registrar of Voters Elaine Ginnold and district board member Bill Long, who defeated challenger Bill Scott by 15 votes.

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December 21, 2009 Marin IJ, News

Metallica’s Hetfield donates 330 acres to county

Metallica rock band leader James Hetfield has donated to the county a 330-acre agricultural conservation easement near his home on land overlooking Lucas Valley.

The Marin Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously accepted donation of the easement, which precludes development on the land known as the Luiz Ranch.

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December 15, 2009 Marin IJ, News

Protesters hound Sen. Boxer at book event

For U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, politics rarely takes a night off, even when she’s trying to tout her fledgling career as a novelist.

At a promotional appearance Wednesday night at Book Passage in Corte Madera for her second novel, “Blind Trust,” the former Marin County supervisor explained her passion for writing, the process she uses to pen her stories, and the similarities between the characters in her books and those she interacts with in the U.S. Capitol.

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August 12, 2009 Marin IJ, News

San Anselmo sportswriter Austin Murphy keeps Lance-like pace

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion who recently announced his comeback at the age of 37, famously shared a mountain bike ride with President George W. Bush a few years ago. An old buddy of Armstrong’s was a step ahead of him. One week before Armstrong and Bush bounded around the mountain biker-in-chief’s […]

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October 26, 2008 Marin IJ