Marin Says No to Pot Shops, Tesla Tops GM + More Bay Area News
(Sarah Rice, via The Chronicle)

Marin Says No to Pot Shops, Tesla Tops GM + More Bay Area News


Let's catch up. Here's a look at this week in local news.

Marin Rejects All Applications for Medical Pot Dispensaries, Marin Independent Journal

Marin County Administrator Matthew Hymel will not approve licensing for any of the 10 proposed medical marijuana dispensaries in the county, and instead announced Monday he is recommending county supervisors rethink the entire licensing process.

Also, the board should consider a mobile delivery-only system, he said.

"This decision illustrates the challenge in finding the right combination of operator and location to provide patients with safe access to medical cannabis locally," Hymel said.

His announcement comes after years of discussion that culminated last May, when the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance that would allow up to four medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated Marin. The board gave Hymel the job of selecting the dispensaries. Read more

At This Bike Shop, You Can Trade Your Old Car for an Electric Bicycle,Fast Company

If you show up at The New Wheel, an electric bike shop in San Francisco, the store will give you a chance to trade in your old car for a new e-bike.

As you browse or take an electric bike for a spin up one of the city's hills, staff at the store will take notes on the condition of your car and mileage. Forty-eight hours later, after they send the details to, an online service for selling used cars, you'll have an offer. If you choose to accept, the bike shop will come pick up your car and give you a check. You're not required to spend some of the proceeds on a new bike, but that's the idea. Read more

(Tom Stienstra, Larry Ferguson / Special to the Chronicle)

In Snow-Buried Sierra, Bears Awake to a Transformed World, San Francisco Chronicle

Bears are waking up across the land, peering out and finding a world that looks nothing like the one they left behind in December.

At Tahoe, temperatures hit the low 60s last week and the bears are emerging from their snow caves and dens. In many areas, they are finding a snowpack so high that they have to climb trees for a view or a nap. The bears then venture to the flats around the lake, which have been cleared of snow, to search for food — including at mountain homes and cabins.

At Yosemite National Park, the valley floor has been clear of snow for weeks, and the meadows are greening up. Last week, bears were scrounging at Half Dome Village, North Pines Campground and near the trailhead for the Mirror Lake Trail. That was verified through a new website,, which tracks the movement of a few bears with GPS collars in Yosemite. Read more

Mark Hawthorne, a Man of Few Words Except, 'I Hate You,'New York Times

For many journalists, there is life after The New York Times.

Few, however, have led a life as strange and rich as Mark Hawthorne did. Better known as the beloved and respected "Hate Man" of Berkeley, Calif., Mr. Hawthorne died this month at 80 after living for decades on the streets of Berkeley and in People's Park. His death became international news when it was reported by The Guardian.

An admission of hate, for Mr. Hawthorne, was a necessary prelude to love. Read more

The Tesla Model 3. (Courtesy of Tesla Updates)

Tesla Hits a New Milestone, Passing G.M. in Valuation, The New York Times

Tesla has quietly zoomed past another automotive milestone.

Just a week after the company surpassed Ford Motor in market value, its shares closed at $312.39 on Monday, making Tesla worth about $50.9 billion, slightly more than General Motors.

G.M., like Ford Motor, has been operating for more than 100 years, and in the first quarter of 2017, it sold hundreds of thousands more vehicles than Tesla, an electric car upstart, did in all of 2016. But investors are betting that Tesla, whose chief executive is Elon Musk, has room to grow as the world's appetite for electric vehicles expands. Read more

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