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DMC April 17, 2014 at 03:56 PM
--We need to send emails begging for votes---Flagstaff is a city of 67,000 we are 47,000--we needRead Morehe lp---email your F & R's for help!
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!
Concerned Citizen April 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM
I asked the Mayor in his blog to address this issue. If you guys are really upset see if you canRead Morefin d a couple of hundred of concerned citizens to show up at a city council meeting one Tuesday night and demand accountability before it is a done deal. I can't even begin to imagine what thought process is being used at the CC in allowing any large super high capacity station that is not needed and only serves as a new focal point to AH advocates grabbing land n the North Redwood Corridor.
Hopkin April 17, 2014 at 01:29 PM
And make sure the media is there to catch the mass arrests. We'll make the news!
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?
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...
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Eleanor Sluis April 16, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Planning Commission to decide on Urban Growth Boundaries April 21 7PMRead More http://www.cityofnovato. org/index.aspx?page=2168 UGB POLICY OPTIONS “There are several policy options for the Planning Commission and City Council’s consideration. These policy options and staff’s analysis of the pros and cons of each option are discussed below. UGB Measure Policy Options 1. Allow the current UGB to expire and take no action. 2. Continue the current UGB as written with no changes. 3. Amend the policies and criteria of the current UGB. 4. Extend the UGB boundary to include additional properties. Analysis of UGB Measure Policy Options 1. Allow the current UGB to expire and take no action. Pros: a. Avoids staff time and costs to continue implementation of the UGB. b. Avoids the need to coordinate with and potential policy conflicts with Marin LAFCO and Special Districts. c. Avoids controversy surrounding the City’s opposition to single‐district annexations. d. Avoids conflict over the criteria used to determine when it is appropriate to amend the UGB to address threats to public health, safety, and welfare. Cons: a. May allow intensification of development in unincorporated areas due to access to urban services. 8 b. May increase development pressure on agricultural and open space lands surrounding the City (greenbelts). c. May increase City costs associated with intensified development outside the City limits due to expanded use and costs for City park and recreation facilities, street maintenance, and police mutual aid services, or by annexing lower density development on the edges of the City requiring extension and maintenance of additional infrastructure. 2. Continue the current UGB as written with no changes.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Pros:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ a. Avoids costs associated with amending the UGB.+++++++ b. Provides some protection against intensification of development in unincorporated areas.+++++++++++++++ c. Provides some protection against the loss of agricultural and open space land uses surrounding the City (greenbelts). Cons:____________________________________________ a. Continues controversy surrounding applications for sewer or water connections for properties outside the UGB. b. Provides possibility for continued conflict with the policies of Marin LAFCO, the Sanitary District, and Water District. “
Roger April 17, 2014 at 09:26 PM
Eleanor: I assume you support option #3 -- amend policies & criteria in the UGB, since theRead Morewhite paper explains problems that need to be addressed, such as adding more specific criteria for when a septic system truly fails and needs to join the city. A lot of city resources are wasted on debating each septic case. Also, I feel a policy should be added to the UGB pushing the city to annex nearby county land that already has dense development, since it would bring more net positive revenue to the city and give us more local control. For example, the county may soon list the trailer park at the Atherton off-ramp as an AH list. The city's density limit is 23 units/acre, while the county's limit is 30 units/acre. The city should get AH quota credit for that site, not the county. Another example of how uncaring the county can be towards us Novato citizens is the big brightly-lite "Self Storage" sign on the northern 101 entrance to our fine city. What an eyesore! Why didn't Judy Arnold stop the granting of the county permit for that ugly sign? I guess she can't be bothered with such little local details as visual impacts.
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.
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!
D. Cook April 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM
DMC you are incorrect that there is no parking issue during day time hours downtown. I wouldRead Moreagree that at night time there is less of an issue. However, when you consider that the 999 Grant project is almost half empty going on a year now (7,500 sf vacant) you have to consider that part of the issue must be the why businesses wouldn't jump at the chance to be on that new building on a prime, visible corner. In part it is because businesses realize that parking is a necessity. As it stands now there is a big problem during the day. If that space is filled there will be a completely unmanageable parking issue. Add in the planned 300 seat theater parking project and it gets worse.. not just during the daytime either. Night time now becomes an issue. The city council has selfishly put their wants first over the citizens of Novato and put themselves ahead of much needed tax revenues. By the way, why did the 20,000 sf building cost the bank only $4 million to build? And why did the 19,000 sf city office building cost tax payers $16 million (and counting) to construct? MIND BOGGLING and OFFENSIVE!
DMC April 10, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Private Enterprise is inherently more fiscally responsible--than our Government---usually not 400%Read Moreb etter but always better---hence Fed Ex and UPS make a profit while USPS does not.---There is no profit motive--it is not their money.
Hopkin April 10, 2014 at 07:09 PM
I believe USPS used to make a profit - or at least break even - untilRead Morerecently.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ http ://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service~~~~~~~~ http://www.dmnews.com/uspss-options-a-14b-annual-loss-or-a-2b-annual-profit/article/284962/
Tina McMillan April 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM
DMC: ========================================== And that's the problem. Planners working toRead Moreincreas e development of existing cities with a TOD orientation use non organic means of achieving necessary growth. They tie funding and regulations to the increase they desire. Novato's RHNA was so over inflated that it went from approximately 2400 to 1200 to 415 in three cycles. Cycles last approximately 6- 8 years each. The numbers of mandated affordable housing zoned cross a range of poverty levels. ========================================== Most AH is non profit and pays no property taxes but multi family AH still uses local services such as schools which are increasingly impacted. Novato's percentage of children who receive free and reduced lunch has increased from 13 to 37% in a decade. In 2013, 46.2% of Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students in Novato Unified School District scored at or above proficient in English Language Arts and 48.3% in Math. http://ayp.cde.ca.gov/reports/Acnt2013/2013APRDstAYPReport.aspx?allcds=2165417 ========================================== If you look at data from nearby schools it appears that schools with fewer than 15% SED students are better able to educate these students. Novato's Hamilton School has 59% SED students. The higher the percentage of challenged learners the harder it is to reach them. Our current curriculum is not successful in all schools and NUSD refuses to look at significant curriculum change between schools. Some schools fare better than others but overall Novato has not been able to overcome barriers to learning when schools have greater than 25% SED students. ========================================== Planners aren't looking at these issues and neither are regional agencies. Their goal is to redistribute people living in poverty to suburban areas to reduce car travel. Regional agencies have decided that car travel is the primary cause of climate change.
Eleanor Sluis April 16, 2014 at 06:57 PM
Planning Commission to decide on Urban Growth Boundaries April 21 7PMRead More http://www.cityofnovato. org/index.aspx?page=2168 UGB POLICY OPTIONS “There are several policy options for the Planning Commission and City Council’s consideration. These policy options and staff’s analysis of the pros and cons of each option are discussed below. UGB Measure Policy Options 1. Allow the current UGB to expire and take no action. 2. Continue the current UGB as written with no changes. 3. Amend the policies and criteria of the current UGB. 4. Extend the UGB boundary to include additional properties. Analysis of UGB Measure Policy Options 1. Allow the current UGB to expire and take no action. Pros: a. Avoids staff time and costs to continue implementation of the UGB. b. Avoids the need to coordinate with and potential policy conflicts with Marin LAFCO and Special Districts. c. Avoids controversy surrounding the City’s opposition to single‐district annexations. d. Avoids conflict over the criteria used to determine when it is appropriate to amend the UGB to address threats to public health, safety, and welfare. Cons: a. May allow intensification of development in unincorporated areas due to access to urban services. 8 b. May increase development pressure on agricultural and open space lands surrounding the City (greenbelts). c. May increase City costs associated with intensified development outside the City limits due to expanded use and costs for City park and recreation facilities, street maintenance, and police mutual aid services, or by annexing lower density development on the edges of the City requiring extension and maintenance of additional infrastructure. 2. Continue the current UGB as written with no changes. Pros:++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ a. Avoids costs associated with amending the UGB.+++++++ b. Provides some protection against intensification of development in unincorporated areas.+++++++++++++++ c. Provides some protection against the loss of agricultural and open space land uses surrounding the City (greenbelts).+ Cons: a. Continues controversy surrounding applications for sewer or water connections for properties outside the UGB. b. Provides possibility for continued conflict with the policies of Marin LAFCO, the Sanitary District, and Water District. “
Baxter April 16, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Elinor - Maybe the Patch Editor will do a separate Patch article on the city's Urban GrowthRead MoreBoundary (Measure G) expiring in 2017. The city's public online survey regarding the UGB neglected to include all four of the provisions you speak of in your comment above. The survey only gives 3 options to select from - not 4. The public survey neglected to include the fourth option..."Amend the current policies and criteria of the current UGB." The survey does not allow the citizens who read and question the content of the UGB White Paper and Measure G initiative a valid "position/selection" to choose from on the survey...rendering the survey misleading, inadequate and incomplete. What's worse is that you have to select one of the three positions on the survey (which does not apply to amendment of the UBG) just to make a public comment. The survey is rigged!!
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