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Tina McMillan April 20, 2014 at 03:21 PM
While we talk about signs the real issues get ignored and Arnold supporters know that an incumbent Read Morecan drown out the voices of any challenger by keeping voters distracted. ========================================== Toni's campaign is focused on issues that should be discussed in every city. County wide our Supervisors are voting to support Plan Bay Area's, TOD development because they believe it will solve climate change, crowded freeways and affordable housing. ========================================== If you read Richard Hall's blog http://www.planningforreality.org/ and Bob Silvestri's blog http://millvalley.patch.com/blogs/bob-silvestris-blog you'll understand the seriousness of getting supervisors to look at the flaws in Plan Bay Area and create real solutions. ========================================== Our current board is so deeply entrenched in the vision created forty years ago that they can't or won't look at the inequity created by adding high density housing along our freeways. They believe that development along transportation corridors along with millions to fund rail will force people out of cars and into trains that taxpayers will then subsidize. ========================================== The cost of creating the changes associated with Plan Bay Area will be met through unsustainable tax increases. You can't have an entire population focused on funding from the state government unless they are paying more and more tax dollars. ========================================== The money will either be taken from the existing budget or state senators and assemblymen will add new taxes. The cycle of solving problems by giving the state government increasing responsibility for providing jobs, housing and transportation is a limitless investment in a cycle of poverty. ========================================== Even Governor Brown has stopped some of the more extreme legislation to try and balance the budget but Plan Bay Area is a regional plan controlled by our supervisors and the five regional agencies that govern our land use. ========================================== The signs are all around us. They say its time for meaningful change in government starting with a new board of supervisors.
DMC April 20, 2014 at 11:09 PM
"The signs are all around us"---No pun there!--I had hoped the picture of sign would stir Read Moreup some conversation of what is going on. Thanks for your clear and concise appraisal of the issues. I am not an activist but am astounded that the signs (npi) are very clear and there to see---a bus station capacity designed far beyond our current or forseeable needs----with NO public input!----A train station a mile from the bus station----and intentions for Affordable housing in between---Corte Madera here we come!!!!! And what did CM's Counciil say when the megalith took shape and the citizens finally saw what their City had bought with their tax dollars???--"Sorry--we made a mistake--wdidn't realize---we were fed baloney by ABAG--sorry"---that doesn't get rid of the unnecessary rentals---traffic poverty---police and fire stretched needs---does it?
Cynthia April 21, 2014 at 01:15 AM
Toni's signs aren't nearly as annoying as the insipid whiney robocalls from her office complainingRead Morea bout how unfairly she's been treated and bitching about a whole list of things. And when you hang up, the call is still tying up your line. Requesting the calls to stop via her website didn't work, so I finally had to block them. She's lost my vote.
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 18, 2014 at 02:01 PM
we are still 2000 votes behind--! send to your contact list!--get it in the IJ!
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.
DMC April 18, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Rick--it is difficult to clarify things for people that don't read---can you spell BUS.---Can youRead Morere ad the headline?---Thanks for your interest though--it will be YOUR tax dollars---that fund this BUS station that the Mayor and a few council members railroaded through without ANY public input!
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?
Suzanne A April 18, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Marin Mom, I stand corrected. Schools were give $100 per student for Common Core implementation. Read More$ 800,000 of the $1.6 million. Not that NUSD spent current parcel tax money on computers, but maybe they won't parcel tax money for that purpose as stated on the campaign materials. where should the money go?
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
novato 3per April 13, 2014 at 09:59 PM
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Kebby March 19, 2014 at 02:57 PM
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And, how cool would it be to work at Studio 4 Art?!
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.
Tina McMillan April 18, 2014 at 01:07 PM
"Essentially, the UGB prohibits the City from approving any building permit or land useRead Moreentitle ment outside the City limits except in a few circumstances. These exceptions include:===================================== ========================================== 1. Under limited circumstances, to bring up to 10 total acres of land into the UGB for the provision of housing to serve all economic segments of the community. ========================================== 2. To avoid an unconstitutional taking of property. ========================================== 3. For development of a public park, public school, public facility, or public open space project. ========================================== 4. To address a significant threat to public health, safety, and welfare, such as failed septic system, provided that, there is no other feasible method to address the threat (for example, no way to repair or replace the septic system), the property is already developed, and the amendment would provide for no new development. ========================================== Here are the current exceptions to the UGB. I believe #1 was more specific as to using open space to provide affordable housing. Rather than have a boundary with exceptions why don't we go back to having land zoned for specific uses with the ability to apply for a variance? It seems to me that the current boundary isn't a boundary if the land can in fact be developed with a vote of the council.