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City Council Majority Snubs Hamilton Residents
Jun29

City Council Majority Snubs Hamilton Residents

The most recent City Council meeting established a new low point in its relationship with Hamilton Area residents by approving the placement of an ugly and massive solar panel area in a community parking lot adjacent to Hangar Avenue, a major thoroughfare. Unfortunately, Novato residents continue to suffer at the hands of senior managers installed during the reign of the controversial City Manager Michael Frank.  Two of those Frank...

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City Manager Recruitment – Community Panels and Political Favors
Jun27

City Manager Recruitment – Community Panels and Political Favors

The Novato City Manager recruiting process is at its peak in looking for a replacement for the controversial Michael Frank who resigned in December. Each City Council member is allowed to select one person for each of the two Community Panels that will interview selected candidates who have been pre-screened and recommended by a hired recruiting firm, plus any additions the Council might add on its own. Community Panel #1 members...

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How Not to Do a Public Works Project
Jun21

How Not to Do a Public Works Project

Russell Thompson, Director of Public Works, and his Staff have managed to unnecessarily alienate a sizable portion of Hamilton area residents with a ham-handed and arrogant installation of a huge solar panel installation that all residents of the Southgate neighborhood cannot avoid each time they leave home.  It was unexpected and unwanted. The execution of this project is a real setback in an already tentative relationship between...

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The Insider’s Guide to a City Manager’s Power
Jun14

The Insider’s Guide to a City Manager’s Power

A City Manager can directly and substantially affect a city’s quality of life for better or for worse. By controlling the flow of information that is readily available to the public and to city councilmembers regarding a city’s operations, the city manager’s office can become the controlling epicenter of a city’s political power and its direction. This is particularly true when a city’s councilmembers are part-time due to work, or...

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