6 ½ Goes Bicoastal

When I first moved to Gate 6 ½, I thought I had one of the most unique addresses on the planet. Indeed, it caused confusion at the Sausalito Post Office and in computer programs all over the world. But just recently my stepdaughter Jennifer sent me a photo of 6½...

Proposed New Home Triggers Petition on Issaquah

Approximately 90 residents of Issaquah Dock signed a petition to the Marin County Board of Supervisors and the management of Waldo Point Harbor expressing their concerns about a proposed home swap there. Here’s the precise wording of the petition: From the undersigned residents of Issaquah Dock, Sausalito Requesting our voices...

Marin City Celebrates its 80th

Prior to WWII, the land across the freeway was occupied by a dairy farm and a handful of families. But in 1942 a settlement sprung up there to house 6,000 of the 20,000 employees who migrated from all over the United States to work at the Marinship, Sausalito’s waterfront shipyard....

Alameda Floating Homes Get Rent Control

Residents of the Barnhill Marina floating homes community reached out to the city of Alameda earlier this month after being told their rent could be hiked at least 30% by the harbor’s new owner. The marina had long been owned by the Barnhill family. Its patriarch, Audley Vernon “Barney” Barnhill,...

Opening Day on the Bay Apr 24

Boating enthusiasts will celebrate the official beginning of the San Francisco Bay sailing season on Sunday, April 24. This annual celebration is like New Year’s Eve for the yachting set. There’s a decorated boat parade, the blessing of the fleet and epic parties at yacht clubs all around the Bay....

 Sausalito’s Own: VanBo

“The history of Sausalito is full of very interesting characters who have left their marks on the city. None, however, fit that description better than local street artist VanBo, who leaves his mark just about every place he goes.” That’s how the Sausalito Historical Society’s Steefenie Wicks began her profile...

Dino Valenti, Waterfront Influencer

Singer-songwriter Dino Valenti, though little known today, was an early mover and shaker in Sausalito’s houseboat community. Born on the East Coast in 1937, Valenti (real name: Chester William Powers, Jr.) began performing in Greenwich Village and North Beach coffeehouses, occasionally with Karen Dalton, Bob Dylan, Lou Gossett, Josh White,...

Chowchilla Memories

Gate 6 ½ resident Claudia Cowan is a senior correspondent for Fox News, and recently produced a podcast recognizing the 45th anniversary of a shocking kidnapping in Chowchilla, CA, in 1976. On July 15, 1976, a school bus carrying 26 schoolchildren ages 5 to 14 and their driver vanished without...