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Tina McMillan June 27, 2013 at 10:11 am
John: Is this the survey you are talking about?Read More http://ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/cc061813_I-8new.pdf ============================================ I believe I was one of the participants to choose to fill out the online version. Had more people been aware of the survey I believe there would have been more responses than just the 28% of 3000. ================================= I think the underlying issue is that residents who choose to get involved are often times dismissed because they bring their frustration and complaints to the city and the city is struggling just to keep financially solvent. ============ Another recent survey had residents complaining their were insufficient bakeries in Novato which is so far from the truth as to be laughable. ============================= The questions used in surveys skew results in the direction of the content. If Novato were to create a survey that addressed the many issue people are feeling frustrated about I suspect we would get more meaningful responses.====== Thank you John for writing about this issue. I think there is still a disconnect between the city manager's office and many concerned residents. Perhaps the city could create a means of using Patch to fill out a survey where residents describe concerns. I believe there are programs like SurveyMonkey that are low or no cost and can be tracked by Mr. Frank to better understand the diverse opinions in a city the size of Novato. http://www.surveymonkey.com/pricing/details/?t=201306_US_B
Timothy Snead June 28, 2013 at 08:12 pm
I believe Mr Frank is open and listening to people. I had concerns, emailed his office and got anRead More appointment. He listened to all my concerns in detail, took notes, described his expectations of city employees, and the steps he would take to correct the issues I have. If people don't get involved, then we get bad government. Its that simple.
Marin County June 6, 2013 at 06:22 pm
Thank you, Commander Sammons, for remind us.
Tina McMillan June 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Thank you John, for being there to keep the spirit alive.
Don Schuster June 8, 2013 at 08:01 am
Thank you John. I don't know if our schools teach history like this any more, but someone has toRead More remind us of our willingness to right the wrongs in the world and remind everyone what we have done in the past.
Joan June 6, 2013 at 09:20 pm
Thank you for this article. I was thinking earlier today that I hadn't seen or heard any mentionRead More that today was D-Day. I was a 9 year old child that day and vividly remember the reaction of the adults around me that day, and days following. My family lived in the countryside in triangulation with three neighboring towns with populations totaling 4500 people. When the boys of the towns went off to war, we celebrated them; and my family promised to care for their parents left behind and we did often in winter tying boxes with bags of food staple on the sled and walking with my mother to take them into town for them. And when it was over realizing almost one-third of them did not come home. So, thank you for remembering
NovatoAVID May 18, 2013 at 08:56 am
A jewel of a program....one of the most organized an efficient school programs in Marin County.Read More Students grow in character, integrity and responsibility under Lt Col Yamaguchi. Responsibility and character are the greatest assets for a young person to learn. Thank you for this program in Novato. It is producing quality citizens
Randy Ortman May 7, 2013 at 07:02 pm
Before I pay more taxes to NUSD, I'd like NUSD to tell us where it's going to make cuts that areRead More permanent.
Christine May 8, 2013 at 03:15 pm
Too bad a portion from the Ca state lottery that was suppose to go towards our schools is not beingRead More honored. No matter how much they tax us it will never be enough because there's have a spending problem. I say do a accounting of funds and where they go...then make your cuts and redistribute back to our students... where it should have gone in the first place!
Suzanne A May 8, 2013 at 06:40 pm
I believe homeowners will need to review NUSD's track record and to be shown how additional fundsRead More will benefit our students. Not the district office, our students. Wasn't the last parcel tax passed supposed to keep class sizes small? Do people realize that NUSD just increased K-3 class size to 22 for next year? I agree with Randy that they need to make cuts at the district for long term financial viability. The salaries (superintendent at over $200K + benefits) and number of staff members (over 50) for what our schools and teachers seem to be getting in terms of district support appear out of whack. I am all for more money for the teachers and school sites, but not to maintain bloated bureaucracy. The district is spending $50,000 to poll for the parcel tax. Isn't that about what they spent in legal fees to deny the proposed charter school? I need to see the district start addressing parent concerns and student needs before I will personally vote for another parcel tax.
Aaron Osheroff December 7, 2012 at 06:56 pm
Thank you Commander Sammons for your service to our country, and for the reminder to remember PearlRead More Harbor.
Craig Belfor December 9, 2012 at 04:01 am
Thanks to you, my command of the Japanese language sucks. My father would never buy a car powered byRead More a Mitsubishi motor because of this, and I took a while to get over his feelings. While we've all moved on, we never forget.
Alan Dunham December 9, 2012 at 01:26 pm
John, Thank you for the reminder and your personal stories. I know and appreciate the dedication youRead More have for military and veteran causes.
John Sammons November 15, 2012 at 03:05 pm
I need to clarify something in the original post. The young men and woman involved are High SchoolRead More students from various High Schools in the County. When I mentioned the House of Steel Marines I should have said the House of Steel Military Program. This program works with young men and women in high school and middle school who are interested in the military. Not all of them go into the service but all thrive in the program. The squad leader for this event was 16 and his assistant 15 - a couple at the ceremony were 12. This program receives no financial support from any of the schools nor the military - it is funded solely by Greg Allen and donations. He also works with the juvenile justice system to mentor troubled youths. So please, although they are in USMC type uniforms, do not think of them as marine recruits but young men and women who are in a non-school ROTC like program. Their school performance is monitored and when necessary a tutor is obtained for them. John Sammons
cathy November 12, 2012 at 02:25 pm
Very interesting. Thank you , John.
Dennis Welsh November 12, 2012 at 04:57 pm
OK, but we are still the only branch born in a bar!
John Sammons November 12, 2012 at 06:51 pm
Roger that but a tavern - classier than a common bar!!!!
Tina McMillan November 9, 2012 at 05:53 am
Thank you John.
Will Lamers November 9, 2012 at 02:52 pm
Thanks John! Will Lamers Former EM2, USN
Patty Maher November 9, 2012 at 04:49 pm
My family and I will be there Sunday morning bright and early, John.
Bob Ratto October 26, 2012 at 02:59 pm
John I don't have a "group", and having personally had an Isuzu Trooper before I would notRead More attempt to replace the clutch, but I could easily do/replace the radiator, and for the clutch I would be willing to give some $$$ to help out. I am going to be out and about so I could meet you somewhere, or just tell me where to mail...thanks
Brent Ainsworth July 27, 2012 at 09:23 pm
Heartfelt thanks for writing this, Commander. My uncle was in the infantry over there and my dadRead More just missed out because of his bad eyesight. Much respect to those who sacrificed, both alive with us today and not.
Tina McMillan July 10, 2012 at 03:08 am
Thank you Commander Sammons for helping us remember the men and women that have preserved ourRead More freedom and thank you Lt Col Pierson, for your many years of military service.
Bob Ratto July 10, 2012 at 07:10 pm
That is a truly fantastic and awe inspiring story. Thank you.
Bevis Wilson November 2, 2012 at 08:47 pm
Bevis Wilson It's an honor and privilege to know you Darren.
odis schmidt November 10, 2012 at 05:13 pm
Was good to talk to you recently and know about this, thank you and hope to see you sometime in theRead More future. Odis
sheryl February 23, 2013 at 02:53 am
It is an honor to know you as the outstanding soul that you really are Darren! SherylRead More & Thomas
John Sammons June 7, 2012 at 06:28 pm
Thanks - I posted on June 4 th regarding the Battle of Midway.
Brent Ainsworth June 8, 2012 at 12:30 am
Here is Commander Sammons' Battle of Midway column: http://patch.com/B-VhM. And here is a link toRead More his archives on Novato Patch: http://novato.patch.com/users/john-sammons/blog_posts. If you read down this far, you will be impressed with his other offerings.
John Ferguson June 9, 2012 at 01:30 am
Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. In the rumblings of the current European debtRead More crisis, I see stirrings of the old nationalist strivings and hatreds that caused all the problems that spiraled out of control in the 1930's.
Bob Ratto June 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm
John Thanks for this, you are absolutely correct there was no mention of this anywhere I readRead More today...this was undoubtedly one of THE biggest turning points in the war.
JAN June 8, 2012 at 12:57 am
The Japanese losses at Midway were of such a magnitude that their navy never recovered. It was theRead More end of the beginning of the war and the beginning of the end for the Japanese Empire. The breaking of the Japanese Naval Code, JN 25, was what allowed the victory.
Brent Ainsworth June 8, 2012 at 02:15 am
Interesting debate on the most pivotal incident of WWII -- Midway (Pacific) vs. D-Day (ETO). MidwayRead More was a much more concentrated battle and limited to air & sea; D-Day was just the start of something that lasted for several months and was air/sea/land. Opinions?
Tanya H. May 30, 2012 at 03:42 am
I had NO idea that Madeline Kellner did not salute the flag! I will never vote for her again! IfRead More America is so bad Ms. Kellner, why don't you leave? Have some respect for those who have died for the flag.
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writing a graduate thesis http://www.graduatethesis.org/graduation-thesis/ Great blog. I enjoy myRead More stay on the site. Its a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing some great stuff. Thank you.
Ms Steinberg May 26, 2012 at 02:55 am
Don't invite Councilwoman Madeline Kellner UNLESS she puts her hand over her heart. Why doesn'tRead More Kellner respect the flag and being an American? If the flag is so awful that she cannot salute it, then she should move out of the country.
Claudia B. May 27, 2012 at 02:37 am
Thank you to all of our veterans and fallen heros. Madeline Kellner is on the City Council andRead More doesn't salute the flag? Outrageous!
Tomas Kaselionis May 17, 2012 at 01:37 pm
Thank you John for raising our collective awareness for those who serve this great Nation.
carmen h. May 20, 2012 at 01:52 am
What a great article about the women and men that have given so much for our country. I cannotRead More believe that Councilwoman Madeline Kellner does not even put her hand over her heart during The Pledge of Allegence. Talk about disgraceful. She should be in Berkeley, not in Novato.
Hans R. May 23, 2012 at 01:07 am
Only in Novato do we have a councilmember (Kellner) who won't salute the flag. Pathetic.
Tina McMillan September 12, 2011 at 04:30 am
Edwin Jeanne MacLeamy is an architect. She more than anyone would know that as long as theRead More building is sound it can easily be retrofitted to meet the needs of what amount to office staff. This is why I keep looking for smoke and mirrors. It just seems to be so straight forward it doesn't make sense not to buy in order to use the additional funds to provide downtown parking and other services.
Edwin Drake September 12, 2011 at 06:03 pm
This City Council is acting like a credit card junkie. "Hey! Look! A new credit card in theRead More mail (redevelopment money) let's go spend it on something we can't afford and pay interest fees for the rest of out lives." If you knew an adult who acted this way you'd warn them about getting on over their heads with debt. BUT the City Council does NOT care, they won't be around later when the bill comes due, either will Susan Stompe and cronies who seem to be spearheading this fiasco.
Bob Ratto September 12, 2011 at 08:33 pm
Two words, Credit Counseling...Spending like drunken sailors is the Novato way, has been for years.Read More Now, they just float bonds and claim (I guess) that they are saving money on rent, while ignoring the debt payments on the bonds are more than double what rent is. Oh, but tax increment financing will help cover the bond payments, never mind the fact that property values in redevelopment areas are not exactly increasing. They should simply spend less, much less.
Steven Norwin August 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm
The massive whole foods building is just that MASSIVE...A BIG eyesore. Bad location choosen becauseRead More the city council members have no idea what they are doing. "Gee, I didn't know it was gonna be that big"....Does that sound familiar?
Rick Fraites August 31, 2011 at 03:51 pm
All I know is Grant Avenue is much more lively than a decade ago. The larger sidewalk areas nowRead More allow people to eat and have coffee as they watch the world pass by. A few years ago, the street was almost depressing with closed shops and little social activity. I don't know what the species of the trees are, but whatever they are, they add color and shade to the area. Makes outdoor dining a pleasure. Now, if only a tenant could be found for the old Pini hardware building, it would be a boost for that corner on Grant Avenue.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 August 31, 2011 at 04:09 pm
Excellent comments Rick. Old Town is beautiful (sans Millworks). I do enjoy Old Town Novato and doRead More support the local stores. I am very sad to see Papier, Gergiou and Day Dreams leave. I have supported all of those businesses. I will continue to support the other shops in Novato. I hope Novato shops in Novato first before residents go elsewhere ( if they can). It is going to take a village to support our own!
henry August 15, 2011 at 11:22 am
John, the "Notes" are appreciated. Especially the ones relating to the city council andRead More their "anti-business stance". Unfortunately this council hasn't yet heard the "message" that is being sent by the likes of you, and thousands of others here in town that believe $15 million is far too much to be spent on one project that benefits very few and runs contrary to the efforts to revitalize downtown and create more tax revenue for our struggling city. Here are a couple ways to get the message across to them: 1. Sign the onliine petition to : Stop the spending of $15 Million to build OFfices in Old Town. Sign here: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-novato-city-council-stop-the-spending-of-15-million-to-build-new-city-offices-in-old-town 2. Sign the petition at local events or at one of these businesses: Grazie, Morris & Co, Old Town Sports, Mara's Shoes, State Farm Ins, Novato Video Transfer, Bucks Saw Service, Finnegan's, Alice Becker, Pinnacles Dive Center, & Flour Chyld..(more coming soon). 3. IMPORTANT: email the council and let them know where you stand on offices downtown. You can email them ALL at this one email address: novatocouncil@cityofnovato.org Thanks again John!
Tina McMillan September 11, 2011 at 05:17 am
John I don't know how I missed this when it first came out. Wonderful piece! I also appreciateRead More your article about the trees along Grant Avenue. The time it took to complete that project put multiple shop owners out of business and still no downtown parking garage. It is amazing how little the city appears to care for the small business owners along Grant Avenue. When San Rafael redid 4th Street it was complex but run with incredible efficiency. Now as you look down 4th street at night, with its normal colored gray sidewalks, you can see the sparkling lights in the properly planted trees that glitter and shine on the many business fronts from Lincoln to H Street. In Novato, as you look down Grant Avenue at night, from Seventh to Railroad Avenue, you can see trees in place of parking spaces, whose branches are breaking, who desperately need water and trimming, and whose lights are sparse, and poorly hung. It is sad and frustrating to see so much work be treated so shabbily.
Kate June 28, 2011 at 03:00 pm
It's funny because as I see it, the debate itself is democracy but the attempt by the government, beRead More it state or city, is the opposite of democracy in action. Our "elected, hired and appointed" government officials in the country/state/city have seemed to somehow lost their identity. The basic credo of the US democracy is government by the people and for the people and somehow recently it seems that the government has become self serving. THEY work for US- we elect them, we expect that they enact what WE want and therefore, if a local citizenry does not want the State to step in and FORCE what MUST happen, democracy should allow a vote. The citizens of Novato should be able to have a vote on what they want the city to be, not have a larger (State) government decide what THEY want it to look like. I think the argument that it is a state mandate is ridiculous. Novato already has bourne the burden of affordable housing in Marin. Enough is enough.
Craig Belfor July 7, 2011 at 11:50 am
The city council will never let us vote on this issue. One of them has said on the record that sheRead More fears a vote by the people could "go the wrong way". Jerome Gillotti's lawsuit against the city is the result of his successful effort to get the required signatures for a vote by the people on a related issue, only to watch the council refuse to put it on the ballot. In another blog, good, well intentioned people are having a civil debate with real facts and figures, doing much research about the laws and looking for loopholes in the laws to help us. These good people will watch their efforts go for naught when the council sells us out to the highest bidder, without giving us a chance to vote. We can vote them out later, but the damage will be done. We need to hire the same lawyers Ross, Belvedere, Tiburon, Sausalito, and Kentfield did to save their town from the ghetto builders.
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