For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state's North Coast — a region called the "emerald triangle" — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations. The problem?
They came in the morning: Police officers rousting people from sleeping bags and tents, and ordering them into the chilly air. It was early February, and the Oakland cops and public-works crews were at yet another homeless encampment, this one at Grove Shafter Park. The location was known to residents at the “Promise Land” — a place where the weary and destitute sought security and support.
Brothers Joe and Matt Tachis began homebrewing with their father, Tom, in 2012 in Joe’s home garage in Novato. They experimented with a range of styles and made 10 gallons at a time. This year, the brothers hope to brew 200 barrels of beer. They are the founders of Marin County’s newest brewery — Indian Valley Brewing, which put its first commercial batches of beer on tap last week at Finnegan’s restaurant and Bicycle Brüstop, both on Grant Avenue in Novato.