Mayor's Weekly (Apr 14 - Apr 21)

Novato's Mayor Eric Lucan shares city news, events and meetings on the horizon, and on occasion a few spontaneous thoughts.

On my Mind
Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  I am writing this blog from Boston (well, technically Cambridge) on Easter Sunday not to mention the eve of Patriots Day and the 118th Boston Marathon.  I am not here as a runner though, but merely as a spectator and supporter of my wife Kiley who will be running in her 1st Boston Marathon and only her 3rd marathon overall.  When she ran her first marathon, she ended up qualifying for Boston with 11 minutes to spare which led up to this weekend and the race tomorrow.  I couldn’t be prouder.

The atmosphere surrounding this year’s race is absolutely incredible.  The entire city has opened it arms to the runners and the families and friends who have come to support them.  The Old South Church, or the “Church of the Finish Line”, held a special Easter/Marathon service this morning that included a blessing of the runners.  This year, the Old South Knitters Club of the congregation also embarked on a scarf making campaign using the blue and yellow colors of the race.  They planned to make a few hundred to give to runners during the service, but it went viral and before they knew it, the church was collecting scarves from all over the world.  In all, they collected over 7,000 scarves from 49 states and 12 countries.  My wife received a handmade scarf from a woman in New Hampshire that came with a handwritten note.  It is a great time to be in Boston and to remember those whose lives were cut short last year.

In the Boston Globe this morning, I read an article about the race by Dan Shaughnessy titled “Marathon belongs to the world this year.” Dan wrote: “This year, the Boston Marathon belongs to the world. It stands as a symbol of American freedom and a population refusing to cower to terrorism. Bostonians, New Englanders, Americans, and citizens of the free world on Monday will return to Hopkinton to reclaim a celebration that last year was interrupted by murder and mayhem.”  This will truly be a memorable race and I am excited to be here to support my wife and the 118th Boston Marathon.  #bostonstrong

Around Town

April is Safe Digging Month – Be sure to call 811 before digging to help prevent injuries, property damage, and inconvenient outages. www.call811.com

Thank You Friends of Dogbone Meadow – At our past City Council meeting, the Friends of Dogbone Meadow presented the City with a check for $7,000 to go towards improvements at the dog park!

Novato High Hires New Principal – Congratulations and welcome to Matt Baldwin who was just recently chosen to be the new principal at Novato High School beginning in July to replace Rey Mayoral who will be retiring.

The Week Ahead
Monday (Apr 21)
Planning Commission Meeting – 7:00PM (City Hall)

Tuesday (Apr 22)
Earth Day

Saturday (Apr 26):

19th Annual Novato Clean and Green Day -  9AM-1PM
Click here for more info

Novato Celebrates!
9th Annual Multicultural Community Festival – 12PM
Click here for more info

Monday (Apr 28):
Public Workshop
Introduction of the 2014-2022 Housing Element Update
7:00PM (City Hall)

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DMC April 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM
DMC April 28, 2014 at 08:34 am Eric--I meant to thank you for taking the time to answer my quire--thank you---a to way conversation is helpful---it should be mandatory where money is concerned. Your considering and taking the time to answer your supporters and detractors here is appreciated. I do though have fundamental disagreements with the way you and the Council do business. Why in the world would you head down the road to spend in the neighborhood of $5,000,000.00---5 NILLION DOLLARS ---OF OUR MONEY---without even considering public input? Never mind that technically---it is "other peoples tax's" (so far) and not Novato's---most of it will be Novato's money.---What other plans do you have that you intend to not discuss with the people that vote you in to office? Recommend
Sam April 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Eric, Hope you have figured out only seven posters who attack you every week and no votes lost as probably don't vote as spend all day on here . What the posters have not figured out is if you changed your vote on the bus pad the vote would be 3-2 and its still built . Ha Ha !
Eric Lucan April 28, 2014 at 03:56 PM
DMC - thanks for your reply. I absolutely appreciate the feedback and one of the reasons why I write this blog is to gather input so I definitely consider it when making decisions. The improvements for the bus stop date back more than 4 years and there is a lot of interest in making these improvements (at varying levels though). The last council meeting on the item was an opportunity for public input and there will be future opportunities as well. Also, when Marin Transit approved the contract for $300,000 for architecture, engineering, and design there was opportunity for input (although that was more than a year ago). I am certainly open to suggestions for gathering more input. As always, anyone is welcome to attend any council meeting and speak during public comment on the issue. Finally, I am willing to meet over coffee or come and hear from any groups that would like to discuss more.
Al Nymous April 28, 2014 at 04:53 PM
You should consider Patch as a getting coffee group. Most of us here are honest in what we believe. Maybe during the Novato council meetings, the city should receive twitter feeds as official public comments.
Ventress Dugan April 28, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Where is my last comment?


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