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Mayor's Weekly (Jan 20 - Jan 26)

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

On my Mind
What makes Novato so special?  Well, one doesn’t have to look too much farther than our city’s birthday bash, Paint the Town Red.  I often find myself trying to describe Novato’s unique community character with words, but the annual Paint the Town Red event certainly exhibits everything we love about Novato and this year’s event on Friday was no exception.  First and foremost, an extra special thank you to all the volunteers who work tirelessly for months to organize the event.  The venue was packed this year, the food and entertainment was excellent, and watching Susan Stompe’s reaction to being named the Citizen of the Year was the highlight of the evening.

During the event and the following day, I spoke with a handful of individuals who were either attending the event for the first time or happened to live outside Novato.  The one thing I kept hearing were unending compliments about the community spirit and camaraderie of the people of Novato.  We truly have something special here and hopefully something we never take for granted


Around Town
Cooper’s Public Market is Open for Business – I made sure to stop by on Saturday and there was definitely a good crowd filling the market.  Hope everyone gets a chance to visit soon and often.  My wife and I picked up some organic pasture raised eggs, amongst other things, from Red Hill Farms and I had a couple of them for breakfast this morning and I could certainly taste the difference.

Wayfinding Signage – Starting tomorrow and continuing through February it will be a little easier for individuals to find their way around town.  The City will begin installing directional and destination signage, as well as informational kiosks, in 24 locations throughout the Downtown.  A total of 31 signs and 6 kiosks will be installed.  For a complete list of streets where signs will be installed and additional information, you can visit the Downtown Novato Wayfinding Signage Program’s website here.

The Week Ahead
Monday:
City Council Closed Session – 5PM

Tuesday:
City Council Meeting – 6:30PM
Presentation from Novato Theater Group and Fiscal Sustainability Deliberation

Wednesday:
Marin History Museum Collections & Research Facility: Dedication Ceremony - 9:00am
45 Leveroni Court, Novato

Marin Transit Ribbon Cutting – 1:00PM
Westbound Bus Stop on Rowland Boulevard at Off-Ramp from the 101 Freeway (Southbound) in South Novato

Thursday:
Measure F Oversight Committee Meeting – 7:30AM
922 Machin Ave in the Womack conference room

Sunday:
Super Bowl XLVIII

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novato 3per January 27, 2014 at 09:53 PM
So what happened with the panel on the Homeless in Novato Eric? Wasn't that supposed to be last week? Since then I've seen them rolling carts up and down Novato blvd and camped out in various places. Some poor kid is gonna get ambushed if we don't do something.
Roger January 29, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Eric: Thanks for voicing your opposition last night to another sales tax increase. That was brave and bold of you, while other council members seemed to just go along with the city manager's push for extending the F sales tax beyond its promised 2016 sunset.
Eric Lucan January 29, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Novato 3per - The county wide homeless policy subcommittee is set to have our first meeting tonight. I will try to keep people up to date.
Roger January 29, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Eric: Do you think the city could contribute some money to ensure the walk path from the San Marin SMART station goes under the San Marin overpass along the tracks? I think it would be a safety risk to force the walkers from the train stop to hike up the steep hill of the overpass and use the crosswalk across the busy Redwood & San Marin intersection. With planned big development in the N. Redwood area, that intersection is only going to get busier with more vehicle traffic. Dangerous to put lot of moving cars close to walkers.
novato 3per February 02, 2014 at 01:40 PM
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25031366/homeless-encampment-fires-concern-marin-drought-intensifies Eric kindly let us know what you learned at the homeless policy subcommittee on Wednesday.

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