With countless high points and low points, it's been a memorable year in Novato. As a review, we are counting down the Novato Patch stories that received the highest readership during 2012. Maybe you have vivid memories of them — or maybe you missed them completely. For folks new here, this is an overview of what's happened in your new town.
Sept. 5: In-N-Out Wants to Replace Burger King at Vintage Oaks
City officials confirmed the rumors that were circulating all summer.
Dec. 11: School District Staff Slams New Charter School Petition
A group vying to create a new charter school received a poor grade after about five weeks of intensive review.
Nov. 8: Public Sounds Off at Charter School Hearing
An overflow crowd of about 275 people packed the school district office to weigh in on the proposed North Bay Academy.
March 21: Rancho to Draw In More Neighborhood Kids ... You OK With That?
Trustees voted unanimously to allow some students from the Rancho Elementary School neighborhood direct enrollment into the school, which used a long-established lottery system.
July 3: Upstart Charter School Backers Getting More Organized
The people behind the North Bay Educational Foundation talk about their motivations, which had been mysterious to many.