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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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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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YOUTH OF NOVATO SELL DOG FOOD IN ORDER TO PAY NUSD SO THEY CAN PLAY BASEBALL
Apr14

YOUTH OF NOVATO SELL DOG FOOD IN ORDER TO PAY NUSD SO THEY CAN PLAY BASEBALL

Novato Babe Ruth has been a wonderful non-profit in Novato for decades.  Over 100 of Novato’s Youth between the ages of 13 through 15 play baseball each year through this organization.  Babe Ruth has to fund-raise $10,000 each year in order to pay the Novato Unified School District (NUSD) for the Field Use Fees which have averaged around $10,000 each year. Although NUSD provides Babe Ruth with a 25% discount on an already over...

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Parking is not a detail that should be left for later
Apr13

Parking is not a detail that should be left for later

Last week, the Marin IJ published an article on the approval of “form-based code” zoning by the Novato Planning Commission for the entire Northwest Quadrant of the Novato. In that article, commission chairwoman Susan Wernick said the zoning plan offers a good design. According to the IJ story, while Wernick voiced concern about possible overdevelopment in the neighborhood and a lack of parking, she said residents may have to address...

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Looming SMART Arrival Creates Increased Traffic Congestion in San Rafael?
Feb08

Looming SMART Arrival Creates Increased Traffic Congestion in San Rafael?

Looming SMART Arrival Creates Increased Traffic Congestion in San Rafael? Reprinted from the Marin IJ   Drivers and transit center users in San Rafael are anticipating Sonoma-Marin Area Transit rail service to commence this spring. However, the subsequent extension of SMART to Larkspur puts in motion changes to roads, and the Bettini bus transit center is likely to snarl traffic in downtown San Rafael and potentially Highway 101....

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The TAM TAX Steamroller – San Rafael Resists – Novato Folds
Feb01

The TAM TAX Steamroller – San Rafael Resists – Novato Folds

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is in the process of applying a full court press on all Marin city councils to obtain their support to pressure the State of California legislature to authorize a ½% increase in Marin’s sales tax rate by passing California Senator McGuire’s proposed state transportation bill SB-1 that would modified to include allowing TAM to seek approval to raise Marin’s sales tax by ½%. To that end, TAM...

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