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Mary Gernetzke April 17, 2014 at 04:08 PM
What an impact this grant could make! Please vote and ask all of your networks to vote. What anRead Moreamaz ing underdog story this would make!
Sylvia Barry April 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Multiple email addresses? Vote as many times!
brooke zarbaugh April 18, 2014 at 12:24 PM
What a great cause! Novato could really use this! Let's all get the word out! Sunday is theRead Moredeadl ine!
DMC April 17, 2014 at 01:57 PM
You know the unilateral passage of changes to our city is perhaps the issue that needs most toRead Morechang e. We think that we elect city leaders that will reflect our collective point of view. That they will represent the will of the people. I have noticed that the vast majority of citizens are quite busy--too busy to monitor what their Council and Mayor do for them or to them. They trust that they were sold a bill of goods at election time and that the elected will mirror those values while in office. Sadly that is not always the case. The fact that we have bantered here since the "Grand Central" was passed---without any citizen outreach and there has been NO mention or explanation from ANY of the Council members or the Mayor! Why is that? I would posit that ...they have their collective agenda and it does not reflect what the majority of Novaton's would like to see---IF they were asked! The suggestion of rounding up a posse to let them know what we think --is a good suggestion. It is worrisome thought that we must take activist actions---just to get our elected leaders to ask us for our collective point of view! Why did we elect them?
Rick Fraites April 18, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Is the above illustration a depiction of the rail stop at Firemens Fund or at Hamilton? If theRead Moreill ustration is supposed to be an accurate depiction of the Firemens Fund rail stop, the design has completely changed from the one presented by SMART to the city council a few months ago. It has doubled in size! Please clarify, DMC.
novato 3per April 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM
All that money and it won't even keep the riders dry from rain. But then it's not really for themRead Morean yway. It's a trophy for the local politicians and developers to congratulate themselves on another transfer of wealth from the taxpayers.
Joanne April 17, 2014 at 05:33 PM
I would recommend talking to your PTA leaders about whether or not they donated before cutting offRead Mored onations to PTA altogether. PTA really does want to focus on student enrichment. Sometimes things like this come up. Despite all the new funding and parcel tax not all schools get the same amount of money. Your PTA probably needs your support for field trips etand spelling bees, etc. When you donate to PTA, you can designate a specific use for the funds. I understand the frustration with the campaign donation, but I also would hate to see PTA lose support when the parents who volunteer are trying to do what they can for their schools.
Roger April 17, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Joanne: I agree...PTAs would be better off if they didn't make any political donations. I am noRead Morelong er going to contribute to PTAs...unless they adopt such a policy.
Kenneth Dahl April 18, 2014 at 01:08 AM
BJL's observation deserves further contemplation. Are only parents with children in NUSD receivingRead Moret he calls and mailers, as suggested? Could the district be providing parents' private contact information? http://www.mikemcmahon.info/parceltax.htm#district Would the robo call received from the principal of Sinaloa violate these rules?
Tina McMillan April 13, 2014 at 05:24 PM
It still looks like a conflict of interests for Reid and his family to benefit in any way from aRead Morelan d deal that is controlled by the government when Reid has so many fishes in the same pond. Reid's former Aide Neil Kornze, is now a BLM director. ===========================================This whole affair is beginning to look like like a plot from House of Cards...
novato 3per April 13, 2014 at 09:44 PM
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Kebby March 19, 2014 at 02:57 PM
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Eleanor Sluis April 18, 2014 at 02:12 AM
Roger –good points, but at this time I support # 2-extending the policy of our current Read MoreUrban Growth Boundaries as is. I agree with Lucan who has said before in other situations he prefers to make decisions on a case by case basis. This logic works within the current constraints of UBG on health and safety for annexation. In the last 20 years there have been very few annexation issues, and those have been discussed and resolved. Furthermore, because the policy works it does not cost the city and most of all the policy seems geared to prevent high density. The USB policy if extended probably will require a vote by the public for its extension. That decision will be made by the attorney and the council. A separate issue is the question of annexing Atherton Mobile Home Park and how this may or may or not benefit the city or even if it can be accomplished as well as what processes are needed to be in place. What will the connection to the Urban Growth Boundary be and then what would the impact and consequences for future development entail if the area is annexed? That question needs to be explored and placed on the agenda. It gets complex because if we vote to just extend the UGB policy for 20 more years the city could not annex Atherton Park unless it becomes a health and safety issue for sewer and water systems, and yet there might be other reasons to annex it, which begs the question of when and what is annexed. Again, thanks for your comments-lots to think about.
Bubba six pack April 18, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Whenever a politician says he will make decisions on a case by case basis he is simply not taking a Read Morestand at all, which means he is not doing his job. The job is to make a ruling that will be a standard so people will know what to expect and how to act. Using the flexibility to look at exceptions should not be taken as anything other than cowardly fence sitting when leadership is needed. Eric still won't tell anyone if he is for or against the new bus station, even though he voted for it after hiding the process for 2 years from the people of Novato.
novato 3per April 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Esactly Bubba, the phrase that describes this liberal phenomena of paralysis in decisionmaking isRead More&q uot;having such an open mind that their brains fall out", while I'm not exactly accusing Eric of having no brains, I think he'd serve us better by being more decisive and less afraid to act before checking with the polls and the council gal pals.
Roger April 14, 2014 at 06:14 PM
DMC: On 4/5/14 Eric commented: "Al - on the estimated $5MM, please look at page 53 on thisRead Morelin k here: http://www.marintransit.org/pdf/planning/novato/novato_tna.pdf. The estimate in the Transit Needs Assessment is $4MM. The larger number mentioned earlier grouped in other improvements. You are right though that the the $4MM is larger than the $3MM in the last staff report. However, the larger number is now two and half years old and not based on the site plan. Regardless, I will be keeping a close eye on the costs. For your questions: (1) I think we disagree here. (2) For number 2, can you restate your question. I want to make sure I get you an answer. (3) The $3M came from the staff report."
Bob Ratto April 14, 2014 at 08:40 PM
DMC You could maybe draw another connection here...laws are being proposed and passed left andRead Moreright to benefit developers of AH, such as CEQA exemptions. There is a very choice piece of recently bulldozed property right next to (well adjacent to) the proposed bus stations which has a modeled capacity of 60 buses per hour. If a station becomes high volume, the expectation is that areas around will be developed with high density housing...so, if you start extending Northward from the vacant Mission Lodge, you just take out some of the other old buildings...and voila, astronomical development, and gridlock.
Hopkin April 15, 2014 at 05:30 AM
So the high density will begin on Front St between Diablo and Elm, then expand further toRead MoreMirabella? Then those blocks will start expanding westward to meet up with the already-existing housing at the other end of Elm? And then it will all start pushing northward again? Well it's a good thing we planned ahead with a high-capacity mass transit node!
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