Mayor's Weekly (Apr 7 - Apr 13)

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

On my Mind
A week ago today, our community lost an incredible citizen and former mayor, Mike DiGiorgio.  I first got to know Mike a little over 5 years ago and always admired his knowledge and dedication to the City of Novato.   Usually when someone concludes their position in elected office they slowly wind down their public involvement as well, but not Mike.  An active Rotarian, he kept serving as hard as ever whether he was speaking up at council meetings, serving on the Chamber of Commerce and Sanitary District Boards, or promoting Fishing in the City at Scottsdale Pond.  That is what made Mike so special—his purpose was greater than his position.  Sometimes, one’s purpose comes out of the position they hold, but with Mike, his positions were actually a byproduct of his greater purpose of service in our community.

Mike was always easy to talk to and while the majority of our conversations focused around Novato politics or occasionally Giants baseball, we could usually talk for hours.  Looking back, I feel very fortunate to have known Mike.  As I think about him, I think about a common greeting that is occasionally bestowed upon elected officials—honorable.  Mike earned that title, not merely by being elected, but through years of service and by showing honor back to the people and city of Novato.  And with that I can say that the Honorable Michael DiGiorgio will be sorely missed.

Around Town
Marin Conservation League Dinner – My wife and I attended the League’s Annual Dinner and Awards Event at the New Beginnings Center in Novato.   Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board, gave the keynote address which was extremely timely with regards to the drought and issues facing the state regarding water.

Stafford Lake Bike Park is a Finalist for $100K – Bell Helmets is giving away $100,000 and the Stafford Lake Bike Park is one of 4 finalists on the West Coast.  Visit http://www.bellhelmets.com/bellbuilt/ to vote online and help push the bike park to the top.

The Week Ahead
Monday (Apr 14):
Novato Streetscape Committee Meeting – 7:00PM (Corporation Yard)

Tuesday (Apr 15):
City Council Meeting – 6:30PM (City Hall)

Wednesday (Apr 16):
Design Review Commission Meeting – 7:30PM (City Hall)

Saturday (Apr 19):
Celebrate Spring in Downtown Novato – 11AM to 1PM
Visit www.downtownnovato.com for more information 

Sunday (Apr 20):
Happy Easter!

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Sam April 25, 2014 at 05:56 AM
Love it when one says, Al - they don't care what the public thinks. . Has anybody read his comments in the last month? Then you have your answer to why nobody cares what he says or thinks .
Ventress Dugan April 25, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Hopkins, the person was knocking on everyone's door and saying they represent the management and wanted to have their key card that is used to enter the pool area, which also has a small club room with a bathroom and shower. In the past homeless people have been caught in the pool, spa and bathroom. Those people climbed over the fence. They have a security service, but not full time. The brawl occurred at nave Shopping center one block away.
Ventress Dugan April 25, 2014 at 02:02 PM
Also, when walking to and from your car you always check out the people in the parking lot, because everyone uses it as a short cut as well as the path behind the building.
Sam April 25, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Ventress , We own two units at 1579 and no complaints from great renters
Ventress Dugan April 25, 2014 at 07:48 PM
Sam, notices were mailed and passed out to every door...! My daughter's storage unit was broken into. Maybe you should ask your renters.


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