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Al Nymous July 18, 2014 at 01:20 AM
Living in a Orwellian police state in the name of safety is not the America I want to live in, orRead Moregi ve to my children. I don't think those cameras validate the the intrusion of privacy on innocent citizens. All the plates read get a time stamp, date and location and sent to DHS to be stored indefinitely. https://www.aclu.org/alpr
Al Nymous July 18, 2014 at 01:20 AM
Was Novato a hell hole without them?? Nope.
Al Nymous July 18, 2014 at 01:36 AM
since implemented they busted only 17 cars.
novato 3per July 15, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Julia, your 11 post monologue where you simultaneously condemn novato patch and its contributorsRead Morewhi le desperately reaching out to anyone who might listen here really helps prove my point.
Bubba six pack July 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM
Patch died when Brent left. It's now just a circus of dead fish flopping on a dock, waiting to stop Read Moretwitching.
Hopkin July 17, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Julia appears to be in the midst of a Patch binge/purge cycle.
Carol Saldana July 10, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Thank you Novato Fire fighters & air crew!!
Sam July 11, 2014 at 06:07 AM
Four Planes in the air and all on hold. Three CDF Bombers from Sonoma Airport and the spotter Read Moreflying above them as the lookout and command officer
Roger July 12, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Eleanor: Thanks for writing this article. I am out of town for a week. Please let readers know theRead Moreh ighlights of the meeting next week.
Ventress Dugan July 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Thank you Eleanor for writing a very informative article. I am amazed at the amount of planning inRead Mored owntown. I for one would like to know where the money is going to come from. We have to pay for every thing for the train station, except the trains and the station, the city pays for parking, landscaping, sidewalks benches. Then there are the grand plans for all of Redwood Blvd., including the 5 million for the new bus station. Now, a new area across from City Hall! This after they gave away the grey house across from city hall for $11,000 without going out to bid and no notice. I am not following there thought process. I see the plans to turn our city into another San Rafael. I, as a woman, do not go to 4th street in San Rafael for any reason. It is a blighted city.
Ed Grundstrom July 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM
This is a great afterthought. Can't wait to spend the money in their pockets. More parking?? WhyRead Moredid n't they think of it before they plunked the new city hall right on the most valuable piece of commercial real estate in town? A little forethought and less money that empty lot could have supported a parking structure for all to use and really prop up Grant Avenue. Now that there is money in the bank; It's a new place to spend and a new reason to extend the sales tax. City Hall could be anywhere as we discovered when they were off Rowland. Historic buildings? Not so much except the old church and the community hall.The redevelopment money is gone and the taxpayers did not get very much,except wasted space. What they plan is not more parking, but more room to expand their empire building. Judging from the new hires,it''s already starting.
Concerned Citizen July 08, 2014 at 10:45 AM
aha yet again our politicians in Sacramento designing legislation that needs no support of thoseRead Moreask ed to pay for it. I believe calling that body of socialist/communist the politburo would not be out of their character and goals. California is the ultimate example of its politicians pandering for votes at the expense of the hard working middle class that is being decimated. I hate to say it but we are rapidly approaching a point in this state and country where those who benefit from the entitlements exceed those that contribute. It isn't a sustainable formula. A tax revolt that very well could turn violent otherwise known as a revolution is inevitable. I am not sure this problem is fixable with our current broken system.
Roger July 12, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Tina: Are you voting for McGuire? I respect your opinion.
Tina McMillan July 12, 2014 at 02:00 PM
Roger: I am looking for more information about him. I am disappointed that we don't have moreRead Morechoic es. ============================================ Are you going to the Civic Center planning meeting on Monday night? http://www.cityofnovato.org/Index.aspx?page=637&recordid=1733&returnURL=%2findex.aspx ============================================ I may go late because of work. It starts at 6pm and I get done at 6:30pm. ============================================ I posted the Civic Center Planning Meeting on Nextdoor Novato. https://nextdoor.com/find-neighborhood/ca/novato/ It's a great site. There's no trolling.
Carol Dee July 09, 2014 at 02:33 PM
He's an old man tending to a very sick dog, give him a break!
Tina McMillan July 09, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Carol: So sorry about what's happened. Don't let Alnym's comments put you off. Patch is a goodRead Moreres ource to ask for help. Hopefully someone will recognize the picture. There is no reason for Mr. Ward to get involved in a hopeless debate with an anonymous poster.
Carol Dee July 09, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Thank you, I appreciate that. I just feel so bad for him and his dog. The dog's in really bad shape Read Moreand it just stinks for their family.
M. Calwald July 05, 2014 at 07:09 PM
The IJ has trashed Novato repeatedly and I think hates Novato! Why would a Novato resident buy the Read MoreIJ? I don't because I want an objective paper and the IJ is status quo.
Eleanor Sluis June 23, 2014 at 01:51 PM
The Redwood Blvd. smaller design costing the town taxpayers less money fits in with our smallRead Moretow n current suburban vision. It is a better design than the more expensive choice, which leaves the door open to sell the west-side frontage roads on Redwood Blvd. to developers in order to build economy of scale i.e. 5-6 story high Wincup/ Millworks like buildings and urbanize, trafficazize, penalize, and incrementize taxes for the good folk of Novato.
Trish Boorstein June 24, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Thank you Clayton for another interesting piece. At this time I can not take a formal position onRead Moreth is.
Herb Derpman June 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM
2. Fish Tacos
Hopkin June 21, 2014 at 12:03 AM
I wish we had some turtles at Scottsdale Pond. We have plenty of those crazy ducks.
Herb Derpman June 22, 2014 at 09:29 PM
I agree!
Sam June 23, 2014 at 04:53 AM
Wow ! Patch can be a Town Hall where people share Information . Ha Ha The only foolsRead Moretrying to get there phoney points across on here will soon have no place to post the phoney lies .
Eleanor Sluis June 23, 2014 at 01:42 PM
Thank you Tina and other Posters- I think that first the crosswalk needs repairing in front ofRead MorePeet& rsquo;s on Redwood Blvd. and on the other side. According to the manager at TAM,( you may call them or email them) said that crosswalks are the City of Novato’s responsibility. TAM will only use our tax millions for the bus station. Therein is a problem because I think that the waiting stations in the median on Redwood are quaint and have not been a crime problem; so they should not be replaced with an urbanized look. It would look better just to fix the roofs at some time in the future if needed. It would be easier also if the concrete 3 foot exits to the crosswalks were changed to a safer perhaps 1foot barrier. Writing or/and speaking on this concern is not part of the budget on Tuesday. It should be. It is our tax money. These two dangerous crosswalks should be a priority for the City of Novato, instead of artificial turf and new computers for the city. Those items should be researched later, but crosswalks -now.
DMC June 23, 2014 at 02:09 PM
So Eleanor, can we count on you to say a few words about the bus terminal and safety?
Michelle D June 15, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Extremely well thought out and explained. Hopefully there will be some balanced consideration toRead Morethi s problem. Unfortunately I have found from experience that minds are already made up before entering into debate in the governmental process and they use their own 'interpretation' rules and ordinances to get what they want to serve their own needs rather than the collective needs and desires. good luck, and I say that sincerely.
Herb Derpman June 20, 2014 at 10:23 PM
I'm looking to trade my prized 39" 14 lb. home grown carrot for something delicious. Can'tRead Morewait to check it out!
john mason June 20, 2014 at 11:30 PM
We would love to see your circus freak veggies !!
Pam Drew June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM
DMC, you are asking the right questions.
Trish Boorstein June 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Thank you DMC! I look forward to reading about your observations on the Marin Incumbent Journal, as Read MoreI have already canceled my subscriptions to them and the Advance for their colossally offensive biased journalism during the campaign and after. If I could ask you a favor to read the Legal Public Notices at the end of the paper (probably the only true non-biased informative part of the paper) to check for any of those important notices like Requesting Proposals for work which was done for Novato's Community Based Transportation Plan when Council hadn't even voted for it. Toni had many supporters in District 4. What business does Kinsey have taking it and only a couple of years ago before this election? Were all these constituents informed? Apparently not.
Hopkin June 13, 2014 at 03:29 PM
DMC, Dave is stalking you, better get a restraining order.
DMC June 10, 2014 at 09:21 AM
I believe that the Citizens who have delved in to this issue have come to the conclusion that it is Read Morea factor in the equation--as is the Smart Train----The housing density numbers allotted to Novato would be higher it Train and Bus had been completed prior to the last "housing element"
Concerned Citizen June 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Absolutely a factor. The Council has taken a short sited view in moving forward with this trojanRead Morehor se. The results will be evident when the next ABAG allotments for Novato blind side u all. Once in place it becomes a done deal.
Hopkin June 13, 2014 at 03:14 PM
When a stop light goes in at Simmons/San Marin, that will be another horrible intersection if theRead Moreli ghts follow the same cycle as at Olive/Redwood.
Hopkin June 13, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Stop lights in Novato seem to have become testing ground for stoplight-programmers-in-training.
DMC June 13, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Think "Roundabout"--default to "Roundabout" --Explore misconceptions ofRead More"R oundabouts"
DMC June 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM
done!
novato 3per June 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM
I think Rand Paul is right on about whats most important to American men and women at this time.Read MoreIde ntity politics are so divisive, by design, but we can agree to disagree unless Ventress wants to elaborate about Paul. In the meantime, herez an empowered female: http://masondixonvixen.blogspot.com/2014/06/lady-balls.html?m=1
novato 3per June 24, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Why Californians Don't Trust State Government By Jon Coupal Californians don't trust stateRead Moregovernm ent. A recent survey by the Public Policy Institute of California reveals that only 6 percent of voters believe that government does not waste much money. You read correctly – only 6 percent have confidence that tax revenue is being spent wisely. Of course the entrenched political class based in Sacramento would have you believe that state government always operates with integrity -- even though currently three state Senators are on leave because of criminal conduct ranging from perjury to taking bribes and gun running – and makes efficient use of every taxpayer dollar. The problem, they say, is not the conduct of bureaucrats and politicians, it is that taxpayer advocate curmudgeons, like this writer, are constantly finding fault and exaggerating minor mistakes. Okay, let's take a closer look at government efficiency, honesty and accountability based on headline stories from just the last week or so. And while doing so, let's try to keep in mind Napoleon's words, “Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence.” Certainly the following scandal chronicled by Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting can be ascribed to incompetence. Nearly 1 million Californians are stuck in a backlog of Medi-Cal applications. When enrollment began last October, after California expanded coverage under Obamacare, those who might be eligible were told to apply at the Covered California website, the state’s’ health insurance exchange. As Bazar reports, the Covered California website, which cost $454 million and counting, couldn’t communicate with the county systems for months. The website also had programming defects that caused applications to be wrongly denied and put on hold. Is it too much to suggest that this treatment of low income Californians, some of whom are getting sick as they wait for coverage, is beginning to make Medi-Cal look like the Veterans Administration that is under fire for delaying care for critically ill vets? But wait, as infomercials like to trumpet, there’s more! Writing in the Sacramento Bee, describes featherbedding by the California Department of Transportation. The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) concludes, that the governor’s proposed budget “would result in the program being overstaffed by about 3,500 full-time equivalents beginning in 2014-15 at a cost of more than $500 million.” To address the surplus worker problem, lawmakers approved a minuscule 195-position cut and then “added back in almost exactly that number of positions to develop a $1 billion ‘shelf’ of projects to be built if and when there’s money to build them.” Bottom line for taxpayers, no change in the status quo. Perhaps this is where Napoleon’s words quoted above should be reexamined in light of what Einstein is said to have added, “but don’t rule out malice.” But wait, there is still more. An investigation by the Sacramento Bee reveals that California state departments have been padding their budgets by taking money for unfilled employee positions. While the law requires that the agencies lose the money if a position goes vacant for more than six months, officials have been able to game the system by transferring employees in and out before the deadline, thus avoiding a cut to their budget. While lawmakers Just learning of this scam are publicly promising quick action to curtail a practice that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars annually, few are holding their breath in anticipation of a prompt resolution. These examples of waste, fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars come from recent headlines, and it would not be imprudent to suspect they are just the tip of the iceberg. Is it any wonder that Californians don’t trust state government?
DMC June 07, 2014 at 11:36 PM
And we will not be subjected to BXXX where mitigating circumstances are not allowed to be a reasonRead Moret o not have hi density housing?allowed?
DMC June 08, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Well that was fun--I am just overwhelmed with possibilities and have of course a few questions--Did Read MoreI hear correctly that we will NOT entertain "TOD" in Novato?------ And we will not be subjected to "B173" where mitigating circumstances (you know like negative impacts of Traffic---Schools---Police and Fire) are not allowed to be a reason to not have hi density housing?
Roger June 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM
I think the public's feedback to the city staff today was: No housing wanted in N N Redwood. Let'sRead Mores ee now if Brown's recommendation to the Council is just the opposite.
Ventress Dugan June 13, 2014 at 03:40 PM
No I did not hear of this, however I do not see any police reports published anywhere in Novato. Read MoreT he Advance used to, but not anymore. There is so much crime in Novato, and no one knows. At my daughter's condo near Delong and S. Novato Blvd. warning letter was sent to owners about increased crime on the property. Thieves have even been steeling the gas from cars in the underground parking area. I cannot make this stuff up.
Hopkin June 13, 2014 at 03:53 PM
But Ventress, Sam & Dave say there is no crime in Novato!
Bubba six pack June 13, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Patch does not post the police log anymore. If it did, we'd see the true result of AH. If you wantRead Moret o see crime first hand, go to the Hamilton Marketplace. The AHers from Hamilton shop in the parking lot.
Baxter June 06, 2014 at 08:29 PM
San Marin Business Park is within a 1/2 mile radius of the Atherton SMART station, making it aRead More&quot ;transit oriented" area. Bob Brown may be creating a "Transit-Oriented Development" (TOD) project at this location. This involves planning for mixed-use (high density residential and commercial projects). The city can take advantage of the TOD Planning Grant Program whereby it can apply for State grants. The grants are competitive. Novato will be awarded "points" towards this grant for completing a public outreach program (charrettes/workshops) for the North Redwood and N-North Redwood Corridors. In other words, we are doing the city a favor by attending the workshops/charrettes, regardless of what the zoning outcome is. The city can check-off the public outreach "requirement" on its TOD Grant Application when or if the city decides to apply for this.
Ventress Dugan June 07, 2014 at 02:13 AM
Eleanor....thank you so much for all of your research....we will be there tomorrow.
Roger June 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM
The city has spent big $ to try to get bio-tech R&D here, so we need a spot to put it. The land Read Morenear the Buck Center seems perfect. Firms like to locate near transportation hubs (ie, train station). Also, R&D per sq ft of floor requires less car trips than a normal office.
Kate Gallagher June 10, 2014 at 08:40 AM
good on James
Bubba six pack June 12, 2014 at 01:47 AM
Guerilla marketing
Claudia Stevens June 13, 2014 at 03:31 PM
I admire James for being responsible, however the " Funny Story Yesterday Drunken DriverRead More" there is nothing funny about drunk driving. I understand no one drove drunk thanks to James, think of the teens that saw that and mostly families that have been injured or lost a loved one due to drunk drivers. I'm sure they found nothing funny in this story or the pain they suffered. The people in Novato were lucky yesterday. We all owe James a big thanks.
Kevin Moore June 04, 2014 at 11:04 AM
There are over 600 apartments behind Larkspur Landing. Rather than guess how residents will live,Read Morewh y not poll the ones already living there? Transportation? Children? Job commute? Schools? Market rate for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2900 to 3375, which will require a household income of over $120,000. There is an affordable housing complex, owned by a billion dollar non profit.
Kevin Moore June 04, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Good summation. I noticed the plans didn't make any obvious conclusions. SMART will gain 20 peak Read Morehour commuters. Less significant than the 52 bike riders using the path. Over 500 will use the crowded ferry. I asked for private vehicle transport to be added to make the information easy to see. Vehicle trips will drop from 87 to 81%, but there will be a net gain of 5,000 trips per day or 25% more traffic.
John Parnell June 04, 2014 at 08:06 PM
Don't Wincup me, bro! Great article, Clayton.
Christine Daniels June 03, 2014 at 09:25 PM
ALERT: The author of this article, who's real name is David McLaughlin was terminated from his jobRead Morea t Hathaway Dinwiddie in 2008 for "intoxication at the workplace". Keep an eye on this YouTube channel for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPxnoIOE6-k
Reginald "Rex" Henderson June 06, 2014 at 11:01 PM
It's all about being invited to the victory party over at the IJ. That, and candidates spendingRead Moremone y on advertising. If you don't, count on no endorsement.
Hopkin June 06, 2014 at 11:13 PM
Where is the IJ even located now, anyway?
Armandi Diaz June 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM
David B Mclaughlin...aka DMC. You have written literally over 10 hit pieces on Judy Arnold. Read MoreMostly just lies and scare tactics. You hide behind a fake name and expect to be taken seriously? Now that you and the 3 other rabid Shroyer minions have said your bit and dragged this election, pitifully, through the mud, can we expect you to go away after Shroyer loses miserably? The reason she gets no money or endorsements is because she is not qualified for the job of Supervisor.
Sam June 07, 2014 at 10:03 PM
Who called anybody a racist ? You make them up as you go along and are one strange lady. YouRead Moresa y your candidates results speaks volumes to you, Close does not count when you are one vote behind and lost Why dont you do your Homework on the changed boundaries and maybe you can come up with they are changed with the census count. Complain before an election and not after and you may get respect from the voters
Sam June 09, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I talked to Judy at the Hilltop and she says she will run again in four years. Our group is soRead Moreha ppy .
novato 3per June 09, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Plans are man's, odds are God's.
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