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The Denouement of the Reign of Citizen Frank
Nov06

The Denouement of the Reign of Citizen Frank

Reprint of Article August 6, 2015 Novato City Manager Michael Frank’s August 5th resignation has been received locally with surprise and welcome relief. For the casually interested, it was a surprise. But for those who have closely followed the machinations of his administration, it was overdue. Manager Frank’s odyssey to remake Novato’s city administration into what he felt represented a first class operation staffed with capable but...

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Why ONLY Pat Eklund Deserves Your Vote
Nov01

Why ONLY Pat Eklund Deserves Your Vote

The ever-popular Pat Eklund is popular for a very good reason. She consistently places Novato’s residents’ interests first. She is determined to bring good things to Novato in character with our town, while preserving all the things we like about Novato’s small-town character and quality of life. She is the only Councilmember possessing the depth of experience enabling her to stand up against regional and county level initiatives that...

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Nasty Politics, Dirty Tricks, and Facebook in the Novato City Council Race
Oct23

Nasty Politics, Dirty Tricks, and Facebook in the Novato City Council Race

The political use of digital media in the Novato City Council has sunk to an all-time low. Lies, half-truths, and outright deceptions are presented on Facebook political pages as a twisted new norm. It is problematic for Facebook on the local and national level (Russia). By allowing anonymous clearly political “advertisement” pages, Facebook’s credibility index continues to decline. The more astute observers saw this coming – it...

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Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager Admits Establishing Social Media Political Hit Piece on Facebook
Oct18

Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager Admits Establishing Social Media Political Hit Piece on Facebook

In a recent column by Marin IJ Reporter Stephanie Weldy, the Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager, Tim Howard, admitted he was personally involved in establishing a social media hit piece on Facebook whose sole purpose is to incessantly attack senior Novato City Councilmember and current candidate for re-election Pat Eklund. Howard is not a resident of Novato. And, this has now become a problem for Marriott as well in that...

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Taxpayer Revolt Moves Forward
Oct13

Taxpayer Revolt Moves Forward

CO$T (Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers) is a new taxpayer advocate group in Marin County. It grew out of County residents increasing frustration with the never-ending incremental increases in parcel taxes and fees. Its position is it is not against all tax increases, but most proposed increases are a reflection of poor quality planning and governance. The ever-increasing level of taxation in Marin has financially stressed Marin’s...

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