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Did Tom Steyer’s Super PAC Influence a Vote of the Novato City Council?
May26

Did Tom Steyer’s Super PAC Influence a Vote of the Novato City Council?

There is a major regional political power struggle underway in the Bay Area, the outcome of which will be cause for concern for the City of Novato and its residents. For the not so terribly interested, it’s like watching two huge humpback whales having a go at each other, i.e. two big fish slowly fighting to the finish with most of the action taking place below the surface. The two “whales” in in this instance are ABAG (Association of...

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How Novato’s Senior Staff Manages Its City Council
May16

How Novato’s Senior Staff Manages Its City Council

On the surface, the City administration runs like a clock. It’s mirror smooth.  When you scratch that surface and pay attention to the content and pathways of the flow of critical information, the real power of the senior city Staff is revealed. It quickly becomes evident that the City Council, with a few exceptions, functions at times as a coronation committee for important policies and projects carefully vetted and construed by the...

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Hamilton Field Sports Complex – Critique of the Assessment of Visitation Projections – By Alan Berson
May10

Hamilton Field Sports Complex – Critique of the Assessment of Visitation Projections – By Alan Berson

Article by Alan Berson The City of Novato recently released three studies about the proposed commercial Sports Complex at Hamilton Field. The three technical studies were prepared for the City as part of the preliminary application review process. The studies were funded by the applicants. The three studies, Fields Needs Assessment, Visitation Projections, and theEconomic Analysis, are based upon the most recent proposal for the...

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Hamilton Field Sports Complex – Critique of the Needs Assessment Study – By Alan Berson
May05

Hamilton Field Sports Complex – Critique of the Needs Assessment Study – By Alan Berson

Article written by Alan Berson The City of Novato recently released three studies about the proposed commercial Sports Complex at Hamilton Field. The three technical studies were prepared for the City as part of the preliminary application review process. The studies were funded by the applicants. The three studies, Fields Needs Assessment, Visitation Projections, and theEconomic Analysis, are based upon the most recent proposal for...

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The Irresistible Temptation to Mislead
May02

The Irresistible Temptation to Mislead

You have a problem. You want to do a project with the public’s money, but there’s a very good chance the public would object if they suspected something wasn’t quite right and then demanded to know all of the details. One way to avoid this “sticky wicket” of public questioning is to create the impression that you have already received the necessary public approval by an unbiased “representative” sample group selected from the...

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