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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!
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
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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!
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!!
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 03:45 AM
Allen, probably when they added the little centering line they saw that people blocked their wholeRead Morel ane while waiting to turn; get turners in each direction and voila - completely blocked intersection!
Allen April 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Hopkin, not in most times throughout the day. The turn onto redwood as well as the median where 2Read Moreca rs can wait before turning, is completely visible to Olive drivers before they cross the Redwood traffic lanes.
novato 3per April 11, 2014 at 01:07 PM
How do pedestrians negotiate roundabouts? They just seem so damn un- American! Today roundabouts,Read Moreto morrow we're driving on the left side of the road. Plus I can already see the teenagers going in circles, drifting as fast as they can ..mark my words, the "sideshow" wont be far behind, ( especially with the best of the Bay Area's Section 8 already transferred into the county.) There you have it, roundabouts= commies= illegal oakland style sideshows. Mark my words. Have a great weekend everybody..
Patty Maher April 06, 2014 at 12:58 PM
NPD just sent out this community message: Community: Novato Police conducting homicideRead Moreinvestigatio n Hi Novato Police, CA Subscriber, Type of Incident: Homicide Case #: NP14-1740 Date & Time: April 5, 2014 1740 Location: Open Space- area of Calle Arboleda BRIEF NARRATIVE AS TO CIRCUMSTANCES: On April 5, 2014 at approximately 1740 hours a hiker walking the open space area near Calle Arboleda discovered a subject who appeared to be unresponsive. Novato Police officers responded and located the subject in the open space a short distance from the road. It was determined the subject was the victim of a homicide. Marin County Sheriff-Coroner responded to assist and Novato Detectives assumed the investigation. The investigation is continuing and all potential leads are being followed. There is no apparent threat to the community at this time. The investigation is continuing further information will be released when available. RELEASED BY: Lieutenant Jennifer Welch DATE: April 6, 2014
Tina McMillan April 09, 2014 at 02:23 PM
The groups intent on finding funding for this expansion include our county supervisors Judy ArnoldRead Morea nd Steve Kinsey, Marin Transit and Transportation Authority of Marin. If the project shifted focus to upgrades rather than expansion it would cost less and provide service appropriate to the community's needs. Think: SAFETY, ACCESSIBILITY, AMENITIES. ========================================== http://ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/CC031814_I-15.pdf ========================================== http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/orip/Grants/final_products/2012/4NovatoTransitNeedsAssessment.pdf ========================================== http://ci.novato.ca.us/agendas/pdfstaffreports/cc10_075.pdf ========================================== http://redwoodandgrant.org/frequently-asked-questions/
Tina McMillan April 09, 2014 at 02:40 PM
DMC: I got two responses, Eric and Pat. It's not easy being the squeaky wheels. We need lots moreRead Morev oices before they stand up and take notice. What they have is the ability to wait and see what happens. If there are only a handful of complaints they continue to push through. I think this entire push is part of Plan Bay Area's shift to putting low income housing adjacent to transportation so they can house people nearer jobs that pay very little and continue to have people in higher paying jobs commute long distances. Eventually the cost of using a car will become so astronomical it will force people onto public transport. Look at the proposed increases to gas taxes along with a possible vehicle mileage tax.
DMC April 09, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Roger April 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM
The IJ Sunday had a great political cartoon on the State diverting school funds to other purposes.Read MoreT hat is the problem. And for local school districts to pass their own extra tax to balance out the State's bad conduct is actually removing our local pressure for the State to stop its bad behavior. One must begin to wonder if this is the liberal master plan ....hold popular items individually over the edge of the cliff and threat to drop them if extra funding for each item is not approved, meanwhile the big basic tax money is diverted away to pay for unpopular items, such as handouts for illegal immigrants or moderately-low-income citizens.
Susan Clark April 14, 2014 at 01:41 PM
Peter stark quit using the property value card to try to sway voters. Everyone knows Marin countyRead Morev alues go up because of location to SF, the bay, wine country etc: and the wonderful climate. Aren't we taxed enough through our property taxes for public schools? What about those who don't pay property taxes who rent? Maybe they should pay their fair share to the public schools too. You see the more we give to the system the more they take--It will never be enough! "NO ON MEASURE A"
Tony B April 16, 2014 at 12:38 AM
I voted no after looking at how the approx 4.4 was spent and because of the 2012 proposition thatRead Moresu ccessfully brought in 6 bill a year for schools. Large cuts of this money go into the general fund, "counseling" and whatever needs are concocted. It does not improve teacher salaries which is probably the greatest need. The board is simply in "we'll take whatever we can and fund 30-40k to get it" mode. They exempt seniors so they won't get mad and votes. I did a door to door at Sunny Cove and everyone agreed this tax must go. But I doubt they sent the ballot in and as before this measure will pass with a few hundred votes to spare.
Alex Spring April 05, 2014 at 04:00 PM
dont eat msg or any of its secret names: modified food starch. see huge list of its secert names at Read Morehttp://www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources.html
T. Allen April 13, 2014 at 09:57 AM
So nice for these kids to feel special.
Deuce April 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM
As a water treatment operator, once the tests come back clear, there is no reason to drain theRead Moretank. Now, if there were contaminants present, the tank would be drained and decontaminated. Rick, you said that the tests returned okay? There is no okay. Either the water is contamined or it isn't. Our drinking water is full of pathogens, but they aren't all harmful. It sounds like the NMWD is taking the tax payers to the cleaners.
novato 3per April 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Lets have it Rick, contaminants present or not? We deserve to know evrything. Thanks Deuce!
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 03:27 AM
And how much did the replacement water cost?
Al Nymous March 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Video any drug dealing and gang activity in the meantime.
Al Nymous March 31, 2014 at 04:35 PM
The NPD will do nothing. I've seen this a couple times. Those guys are small fish. The police areRead Moreto o busy with DUI checkpoints, and speeding tickets to worry about meth dealers. It's not like your kids will try it. The high school cheerleaders won't take it to stay thin. Just keep watching T.V.... In Northern Ireland the IRA are executing drug dealers because the police will do nothing about it... Just a thought.
drego March 31, 2014 at 06:31 PM
This is stupid. Lost boys is not a gang its a group of brothers that do music. No drugs involvedRead Moreand they do not go out looking for trouble. The house is spotless and children and a grandmother live there . all they do is music. These comments are stupid and there's just a bunch of people creating areas. Waste of time. Grow up for all u snitches on this website . go find out for yourself.
Hopkin March 19, 2014 at 02:56 AM
Since Patch let go most of their employees, they no longer have someone local who can go to theRead Morepoli ce station and get the logs. But anyone is free to do it and make their own Police Log blog.
Roger March 19, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Renee: Is the Patch no longer seeking a local Novato editor? If so, I may give up on the Patch andRead Morej ust focus on the Novato Advance to have a community dialogue about detailed local issues.
Bubba six pack March 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Besides, they need her vote to keep Novato as the AH dumping ground of Marin.
Mark Schoenbaum March 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM
funny how linda and sam both sound like bud light
Rodrigo Silveira April 03, 2014 at 07:46 PM
At the end of the day, the best choice is to vote for candidates and animate our hopes and dreams.
Stella March 14, 2014 at 05:50 PM
Yes, it is included in what they call the Clear Lake Lava field, but not a volcano. Thanks for allRead Moret he interesting rock info.
novato 3per March 14, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Yes, my college geology professor first told me about it. He referred to it as a volcano, and heRead Morewou ld know. Not all volcanos erupt in the explosive manner we see in the movies. Others just sit there and smolder, spilling their insides from time to time. You might even fit this definition. I admire your persistence. 
novato 3per March 14, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Read Morehttp://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Mardos/tamal/tamal082.ht=================== =====================%  The Olompali Rancho is beautifully situated, lying as it does HOTEL RAFAEL. 84 IN TAMAL LAND THE LATE OWNER OF THE OLOMPALI. at the base of Mt. Olompali (Burdell)which is believed to be an extinct volcano.    Mortars found five feet under ground in the river bed, together with sand, mud, gravel, pebbles, and cement strata on the mountain side, testify to volcanic action.    From this mountain which formerly, in unknown ages emitted hot, sulphuric gases from its bosom, now runs a clear and limpid stream, a perpetual penance to nature for the havoc it once wrought." ----------------------------------------------'-'-'---'''''''''''''''""""'''-'''' "It’s understandable why the Miwok Indians chose to keep a village at the base of Mount Burdell for 6,000 years. The rise they called Olompali had oaks shedding acorns, their main food source, and grasslands that supported plenty of animals to hunt for food. Starting in Novato’s backyard, this hike ascends this once bountiful mountain, now passing quarry sites. It takes you over great expanses of golden grassland, sprinkled with a rainbow of wildflowers and butterflies in spring. It dips under the dappled shade of bay and oak trees, along gurgling seasonal creeks, then back onto open hillsides before you finally reach the ridge of this extinct volcano, Novato’s highest hill." ________________________________________________________ http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS538-013 =====÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷ Read more at Trails.com: Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve | San Francisco California Hikes | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailId=HGS538-013#ixzz2vyrm16G9
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