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Novato = San Rafael’s Canal = Marin City…. say Eric Lucan, Madeline Kellner & Judy Arnold

  Yes, these three voted to have the entire City of Novato declared by the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) a “low income community” a status shared in Marin only by Marin city and the Canal area in San Rafael. Congratulations Novato! This designation was an opportunity for equality presented by TAM to the Novato City Council last February that smelled to high heaven. Most residents of Novato if asked would say absolutely...

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Design Review Commission – A Sign of Sanity in the City Asylum

 The January 15th meeting of the Design Review Commission was an excellent example of what is very good and some aspects that illustrate the obstacles to city residents who wish to be aware but not immersed in what is going on with the various City committees that potentially have a dramatic effect on the Novato lifestyle. City zoning codes delineate what type and potentially how many structures are built in a given area. Design...

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Proposed Local Vendor Purchase Ordinance – Another Political Wet Noodle?
Jan19

Proposed Local Vendor Purchase Ordinance – Another Political Wet Noodle?

  Will Novato’s “Local Vendor Preference” turn into another “big hat, no cattle” political charade?  Many cities have a local vendor preference for doing business with suppliers who have a local presence that pays local taxes and is subject to local codes and consequences of their actions. After several public pleas the City Council directed the City Manager to look into adopting this “local preference” policy. Legally, it is a...

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Is another recession upon us?
Jan08

Is another recession upon us?

The vacancy of multiple downtown building is a clear sign that recession is upon us. The downtown Novato business association (DNBA) has tried again and again to promote and advocate shopping downtown, however, have failed. As multiple financial institutions pack their bags and move along, what lies ahead? What do they know that we don’t? What’s your opinion?

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Why Novato Desperately Needs New Faces on the City Council and Not a Larger Bus Stop
Jan07

Why Novato Desperately Needs New Faces on the City Council and Not a Larger Bus Stop

The bus stop on Redwood Blvd/DeLong/Grant is rarely used. No one can argue that fact. This has been the case for over 20 years. Now the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and its acolyte the Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) have decided to quadruple its capacity in almost no-growth Marin. The administrative excuse to do this is using a revised MTC Regional Transportation Plan aka the “Proposed Transportation 2035...

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