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Rants: Your Chance to Sound Off

You come to Novato Patch to inform yourself, inform others and comment on our stories about the latest local news. In this new weekly feature, we're really giving you the keys.

Compared to so many suburbs around the country, Novato almost can't be beat for its combination of beauty, community spirit and proximity to a gorgeous city, the bay, majestic redwoods and the ocean.

But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement. Citizens have taken stands against forced housing quotas, a school closure, the change of school enrollment boundaries, commercial development, pockets of crime and new city offices approved for the Old Town area.

It's still open season to discuss those topics with Patch's ongoing dialog, but now we want to know what we're missing. What needs fixing? If you had a magic wand, what would you change?

This isn't a fruitless exercise. We'll turn some reader-prompted Rants into stories, following up with the right sources on the questions you want answered or the problems you want solved.

Now put us to work. Your forum is just below in the comment box. The only restriction? Don't get personal. This isn't a spot for character assassinations, OK?

Otherwise, rant away!

Rick Voorhees April 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I have a problem with the streets in Novato stil, Lower part of Vineyard from Sutro down to Mill is really really bad......I mean its a matter of time before the road breaks up. Why can't we skim coat this road? Does anyone know the reason why we can't do a half a mile of this street? I know cost is concerned but come on..We can't use any money from the tax revenue from Vintage Oaks to do this.
Tina McMillan April 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
We ran into a problem when the street that needed repair turned out to be a private road. You might want to check on Vineyard to see if it is city property, county property or private. Measure B was suppose to rehab all the city owned roads that needed work. I remember them doing that part of town some time ago. They put a slurry seal on our street and the surrounding streets. Now some of the roads are all ready showing signs of wear. This would be a good question to send to the city. Here are two links: http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=389 http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/pw/maint/page5.html
Nick Kies April 27, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Measure B was a pretty much a boondoogle. What we got was little more than a thick coat of paint on our streets. The only good that came out of it was where they fixed drainage problems from springs that came up under the streets. The "skim coat" only managed to make the streets look smooth for 6 months until the cracks all showed up again! Bottom line, the city got screwed! I think it had to do more with stupidity on the part of whoever okayed and hired a contracter.
Nick Kies April 27, 2012 at 04:42 AM
It's amazing to me how many people are clueless when it comes to driving and four way stops. They think they are being courtious when they wave other people through when the right of way belongs to them! They don't realize that not only do the people behind them wait longer but everyone else at the intersection suffers. Here's the rules: You have no right of way until you come to a complete stop. At that point the person on the right gets to go first. Never, ever does a person that wants to turn have a right of way over a stopped car. Bottom line it's not about who's turn it is, but who stopped and is on the right.
Nick Kies April 27, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Rick Voorhees, skim coating is not a fix. This is a temporary way to seal a road to make it last longer. It makes sense in areas that get a lot of moisture and freezing that breaks up the cracks in the road. The skim coat we got from measure B didn't even last six months before the old cracks appeared. Essentially we got a thick coat of black paint on our roads.

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