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Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments Merger Study
Apr22

Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments Merger Study

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (“MTC”) has just released one of the most important documents in recent years, its Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments Merger Study Options Analysis and Recommendation Report In 2015, MTC, didn’t renew ABAG’s budget. The goal was to combine ABAG’s land use planning function under MTC’s umbrella. MTC holds the...

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Is Efficiency a “Forbidden Word” in Novato’s City Administration?
Apr19

Is Efficiency a “Forbidden Word” in Novato’s City Administration?

It’s City budget time again in Novato. It’s also boring and conducive to dozing off. The challenge is to make it interesting and capable of generating engagement with the casual observer or reader. Currently, various staff departments present illustrations of what they have done in specific terms and what they would like to do in general terms – not exactly enticing stuff. To engage, there has to be some short term reason to pay...

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The Digital World – Threat or Pet to City Politics
Apr15

The Digital World – Threat or Pet to City Politics

The City of Novato and its City Council are poised to take a leap into the fast lane of the information age. It will feature the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and digitization of historical data previously ring-fenced by bureaucratic procedures and by administrators fearful of public cross examination of the rationale offered to support their actions and decisions. Novato and Mill Valley are exceptions in Marin, where most “old...

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The Hamilton Horror Show
Apr07

The Hamilton Horror Show

The Hamilton Horror Show – Produced by the City of Novato Department of Public Works and Directed by the Department of Community Development It’s there in your face every morning when Hamilton’s South Gate community residents turn on to Hangar Avenue to leave their walled enclave. There is only one way in and one way out. Its presence is in-your-face inescapable. This structure is a totally out-of-place example of alien architecture...

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The Dark Cloud Over City Hall
Apr04

The Dark Cloud Over City Hall

Who protects Novato residents from any regional agency who deliberately schemes to enact the agency’s policies and mandates while also minimizing the residents right to know what is going on and the effect of that policy on those residents? The short answer should be that city’s Senior Staff and its alert and aware City Council. Novato has not had this protection in the recent past. The result? A series of public confrontations...

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