It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But when you’re looking back at 2009, the headline definitely is “recession.” Jim Wood writes about California’s financial crisis, about how commercial property owners should consider lowering rents and about how the state even considered selling the land San Quentin State Prison rests on. But among the gloom there is optimism: King Tut returns to the Bay Area, the Marin Sonoma Concours d’Elegance launches and we release our first and only (so far) book entitled Organic Marin.


JANUARY We begin featuring recipes from our own Organic Marin by Tim Porter and Farina Wong Kingsley. First up: Tunisian vegetable tagine.

MARCH Two young kids of Marin staffers, Hannah Walsh and Natalie Towle, join model Paula Dioguardi in the “Spring Fever” fashion shoot at the Depot in Mill Valley.

MAY Marin locals Noah and Logan Miller write a movie about their quest to play major league baseball and their father’s alcoholism. Actor Ed Harris signs on to play their father.

JULY “Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia.” While Steve Martin may have had some of the details wrong in his famous song, one thing is for sure: after 30 years, King Tut is back in S.F.

AUGUST We report on the Marine Mammal Center’s new $32 million campus in Sausalito.

DECEMBER We describe Northgate’s $75 million transformation into a modern open-air center.



In this story that attracted award nominations, our own Jim Wood and Tim Porter set sail on some of the largest vessels in the world. They get the behind-the-scenes story on those massive container ships we see on the bay every day and the technology it takes to keep them moving.

“Actually, last fall, during his campaign, I had the amazing experience of introducing him at a fundraiser in Kentfield. Beforehand, I got to relax with him and see him when he’s not on.” then-Assemblyman Jared Huffman
on meeting Barack Obama


The popular KTVU-TV Mornings on 2 host and Mill Valley native Ross McGowan talks to us about why he returned to his roots in Marin and his award-winning television journalism career. After 31 years on the desk, McGowan would retire later that year.