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Measure E Support Erodes with Novato’s Voters
Sep21

Measure E Support Erodes with Novato’s Voters

Support for Measure E has significantly decreased with voters who are becoming aware that it is essentially a duplicate of Measure AA passed last year. Novato is being asked to pay twice for the same project according to the ballot language – see below.   This public comparison has forced Measure E proponents into “what we really mean” mode thereby damaging their credibility even further. Such “explanations” and interpretations...

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How to Fool Novato’s Voters into Paying for Flood Control Twice
Sep13

How to Fool Novato’s Voters into Paying for Flood Control Twice

In June 2016 Novato voters approved a special parcel tax called Measure AA. According to the official Ballot Measure Summary it is for “…restoring habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, protecting communities from floods….” The program is being administered by a regional agency, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (the “Authority”). You would think that a regional measure passed in June 2016 would be allowed sufficient time to...

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State Legislature is Demolishing Local Control of Residential Zoning
Aug22

State Legislature is Demolishing Local Control of Residential Zoning

Any lingering doubts about the State Legislature and the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s (MTC) intention to eliminate every Marin city’s ability to manage its own residential zoning have been eliminated. Governor Jerry Brown is leading the charge to emasculate local control. There are eight legislative proposals in the final stages of being presented to the sympathetic Governor Brown that gut a local community’s control over...

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At Last! A Positive Change for Novato’s Business Community
Aug02

At Last! A Positive Change for Novato’s Business Community

An internal economic development group within the City of Novato Staff is making significant progress with a project to “showcase” downtown Novato as an enjoyable and rewarding place to shop and unwind. The project, led by Assistant City Manager Peggy Flynn, has picked up speed during the last six months and is beginning to show results. Flynn and her group have proven that given sufficient time and room to make changes, the right...

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Marin’s Middle Class Begins to Melt as Politicians Turn Up the Tax Heat
Jul21

Marin’s Middle Class Begins to Melt as Politicians Turn Up the Tax Heat

Hardly a day goes by without an announcement of another proposed tax increase by the State, Regional, County, or City governments and agencies. If you are against any tax or fee increase you are branded insensitive and labeled an uncaring person. If you publicly push back, you are quickly labeled as anti-planet, anti-sustainable, racist, anti- education, against “affordable” housing, being a cultural imperialist, and more. In Marin...

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The NOT SO SMART Train Project
Jun11

The NOT SO SMART Train Project

Everyone likes the idea of traveling by train. From the Lionel toy trains of the distant past to the dreamy concept of high speed rail travel up and down the State of California, trains conjure up a reassuring vision of peacefully riding the rails. When it comes to trains, that’s as good as it gets. The stark reality is trains are heavily subsidized transportation for the few who ride them. It is very expensive. It is paid for by a...

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