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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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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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TAM tax plan gets off to a rough start
Jan30

TAM tax plan gets off to a rough start

Marin IJ Editorial POSTED: 01/28/17, 2:18 PM PST | 24 COMMENTS The Transportation Authority of Marin’s bid for a new sales tax is off to a rocky start, basically due to its own political approach — and maybe a changing political climate in our county. TAM has been talking for months about its interest in possibly increasing the local sales tax, possibly by a half-cent. Little has been done, however, to expand that important political...

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The Novato City Council represents TAM before Novato Citizens
Jan30

The Novato City Council represents TAM before Novato Citizens

San Rafael and Novato both reviewed TAM’s request to support and endorse raising the sales tax cap to allow a 1/2 cent tax for TAM.  The results show a thoughtful city council in San Rafael working for the people and much less then thoughtful city council members Athas, Lucan and Fryday working to support TAM before the citizens of Novato. It all starts with the agenda description of the issue by the city staff. For comparison,...

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Will the Novato City Council Endorse a .5% Increase in the Sales Tax?
Jan23

Will the Novato City Council Endorse a .5% Increase in the Sales Tax?

On Tuesday 1/24, the Novato City Council will vote on endorsing a Transportation Authority of Marin proposal to raise the sales tax throughout Marin by 0.5%. This will take the total sales tax in some Marin jurisdictions to nearly 10%. Please attend the Novato City Council meeting — 6:30PM, 1/24, at Novato City Hall, Council Chambers, 901 Sherman Avenue — or email your Council Members to speak out against this proposal....

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