Marin Magazine - December 2015

View From Marin

Happy holidays from the staff at Marin Magazine! Here's what you'll find in our last issue of 2015.

Homeless in Marin

Here's Jim Wood's takeaway about the controversial plan by Hugo Landecker to reduce, if not eliminate, homelessness in San Rafael.

New In Town

Marin is already a great place to live, and these new businesses are making it even more fun. Check out what’s new (or just getting better).

O Christmas Tree

Trying to find a place to cut down your very own Christmas tree this year? Kasia Pawlowska has a great list for you.

The Kids Are All Right

Several new pioneering efforts on behalf of kids in Marin have rightfully drawn attention. From first in the country to first in the world, these local trailblazers are building a bright future for Marin youth. Kasia Pawlowska shares.

Cute Creatures

What's in a name? Kasia Pawlowska discovers the inspiration behind Lucas' choosing of the name "Ewok." Hint: He was influenced by Marin well before he became the influence her is now.

Honeybee Comeback

Learn more about honeybees in this month's currents from Kasia Pawlowska.

Sigmon's Call

Ever wondered about that traffic report called SIgAlert that you hear on the radio? Kasia Pawlowska has the details.

You Can Help

Learn how you can help children this holiday season.

Author Talk

We sat down with San Francisco’s Amy Guittard to discuss her new "Guittard Chocolate Cookbook."

Thomas Peters

Overseeing the distribution of more than $65 million annually to worthy causes in Marin and the world.

Marin City

Marin City: the rich history and current challenges of a historic African-American enclave.

Giving Back

It might be more than most of us can manage to change the world for the better, but many local folks have found a way to at least change their corner of it. Here, a look at 31 organizations making a difference in the human and natural worlds.


A former Kirkwood Mountain and Steamboat Resort employee and travel writer has happily taken a pass.

Travel With Ease

Here are some tricks and tips from veteran Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant Heather Sanchez on how to de-stress the boarding experience during this holiday flying season.

San Francisco Sleep Over

Special occasions, office parties or gingerbread teas — here are a few lodging options across the bridge to consider this holiday season.

50 and Fabulous

The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa celebrates 50 years. Ann Wycoff has the details.

Airtight Partnership

Learn more about Virgin America and Airbnb's partnership. Mimi Towle has the details.


On the trail of a famous composer, old friends gather in the city of fog for shopping, food and music.

Horsing Around

A Marin acrobat joins the circus. Here's the calendar sidebar from Kasia Pawlowska.

Write of Way

A mother and author finds the perfect place to put pen to paper.

Christmas Tree Hill

Marin’s diverse geography includes everything from urban area to seashore, freeways to mountains. This month we look at Corte Madera’s Christmas Tree Hill, named for the zigzagging pattern of streetlights covering the prominent hill.

Depot Life

Early in the 20th century, this Mill Valley spot hosted both steam and electric-powered trains.