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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!
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?
MarinMom April 18, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Thank you, Suzanne. My understanding is a lot of the schools did already have either ipads orRead Morechrom ebooks and were to purchase additional items to meet their computer per student ratios, in addition to other resources. With the money, NUSD was able to increase their infrastructure to accommodate for the increased use/reliability on their systems for testing, reporting, etc. My daughter goes to PV and their PTA voted to purchase additional computers (with the funding) to supplement what they currently have. They are also doing additional professional development training. As for the parcel tax, I understand people's desire that NUSD utilize strong fiscal responsibility in spending their money prudently. As a "newer" parent involved in the system, I was appalled that our PTA has to supplement funds to provide for yard-duty time and many other fundamental things for the school. However,, I am grateful the money was given by NUSD to at least provide for support in getting us (all) up to par for the new curriculum. Unexpectedly, I think PV was actually below a few other schools in terms of computer/student ratios (I only say this because I often hear others wanting to be in the school's neighborhood - unfortunately, PV doesn't qualify for much state or federal funding which is why we fundraise so much). With regards to the money...I see that parcel tax funds DO go to the library, arts/music and I would be extremely upset if we didn't have those programs (it actually pays for PV's library tech). My husband and I specifically donated money to revamp a section of the PV library as I don't want us to become an environment soley reliant on technology. Regardless of the opposition, which I respect as we each have our opinions, I don't think voting no is the way to teach "the NUSD Board of Trustees a lesson on balancing their budget." At least with the parcel tax we have control over saying where the money is spent. As Tina McMillan said, there are "strings" attached with the other funding. Not that it is bad, but what some do not understand, is the funds are to be used for specific results. If there is restricted funds, even though NUSD gets certain money, it doesn't mean it can use it however it would like...that is another factor to be considered when questioning how the district spends its money.
BJL April 19, 2014 at 01:31 AM
The " ipads or chromebooks " are not being used in most cases due to lack ofRead Moreconnectivity .
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
Studio 4 Art is hiring for summer help, so have your teen gain some savvy knowledge!
angie allison March 22, 2014 at 03:44 PM
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.
Chris April 09, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Right on Tina! Let's do this.
Tina McMillan April 09, 2014 at 11:29 PM
Gotta spread the word! You have three votes from our house.
DMC April 18, 2014 at 02:16 PM
We need to send link to our contact list---we are behind Flagstaff by 2000 votes!
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