How would you make Novato better in the New Year?

If you had the power to change Novato, what would you do??

Novato is for the most part, a beautiful community but it does need  to  make some changes. If I had the power I would make the following changes. Please feel free to add your suggestions.

1. School Buses -way too much traffic from single occupant cars dropping off kids.

2. Need Hanging Flowers pots like Larkspur

3. More bike lanes and sidewalks.

4. Restrictions on the number of cars per occupancy

5. Police on bikes and on foot patrol

6. One high school with stadium lights and Friday Night games.

7. No more banks downtown

8. Better restaurants downtown

9. Tear down the slumlord apartments on Grant and Delong and put in a park.

10. Make SUNN and the other Southern Marin developers go away

11. Tear down 7/11

12. Shut down the School Board

13. No more low rent stores -dollar, grocery outlet etc,

Just a few of the things I would do if I could.

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Jonathan Darby January 01, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Make city government more transparent. Cops more receptive to noise complaints. Get rid of Mission lodge. No more section 8 given to convicts. Due diligence by housing authority to ensure those who need housing, instead of drug dealers and assorted felons. Just some of my wishes for the New Year.
Robert Atkinson January 01, 2013 at 08:59 AM
Improve pedestrian safety in our neighborhoods by slowing down residential vehicle traffic. I would love to have a speed camera installed on the light pole in front of my home, it would be a cash cow for the City and might just slow people down!
Novato Chess Club January 01, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Develop after school programs in all elementary and middle schools (chess, scrabble, monopoly, backgammon)
Nick Kies January 01, 2013 at 04:48 PM
All cities would be better off if we got rid of the property tax limitation on businesses. In Novato we have Vintage Oaks because the sales tax is so attractive to the city to replace lost property tax revenues. Also, look at the local in town strip malls they don't seem to be able to hang on to anchor tenants and because of the property tax limitation the owners won't sell because they would have to buy something else to avoid a big tax bill, but the new property would have a higher tax rate. So not have things stagnated but have actually regressed.
Tina McMillan January 01, 2013 at 05:39 PM
1. Turn all our elementary schools into schools of choice with district wide enrollment. http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/mt/ 2. Double the starting size of San Marin's STEM program to 160 and add Vocational Training to San Marin's list of High School options. 3. Trade 6 acres of land for an actual parking garage in Old Town at the Depot site. 3. Providing low interest loans to renovate buildings along Grant Avenue so that they each have an upper story that can be used for businesses. 4. Consider HartMarin's plan for green workforce housing because it is provided by employers and it has a tax base. http://www.hartwestsa.com/public/hartmarin/media/documents/021511%20-%20Developer%27s%20Plan%20for%20Affordable%20Housing.pdf 5. Support Rotary in building additional low income senior housing throughout Novato. 6. Revitalize the Square. Create zoning laws that stop landlords from intentionally blighting property.
Romina L. January 04, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Get a new city council and fire City Manager Michael Frank, the worst city manager Novato has ever had.
Romina L. January 04, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Add to #10: Send The Marin Community Foundation and their employees packing and have them live in one of the units in #9
Sonia Craig January 04, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Thank you Finch! Are you going to get up in arms and fight for this town? It starts with your blog here---and I hope you take it further as you are very well informed.


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