Mayor's Weekly: Kimpton Hotels Honored, Novato Turns 54

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

Novato Mayor Eric Lucan
Novato Mayor Eric Lucan

On my Mind

As I write this week’s blog, I must admit, I am still struggling with the 49ers loss from just a few hours ago.  It was a great season, but unfortunately, it just ended 2 weeks earlier than I would have preferred.  Hoping for a full and speedy recovery for NaVorro Bowman this offseason.

On a lighter note, this past Thursday was an exciting day at work for me and my colleagues as our company (Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants) was rated #21 in FORTUNE’S 100 Best Companies to Work For list.  In fact, this is the fifth time we have been in the top 100.  So, how does a company make the list? Two-thirds of a company’s score and ranking is based on employee surveys and the other third is based on responses from the individual companies.  High job satisfaction coupled with recognition programs, diversity efforts and workplace amenities often propel companies to the top of the list.  While those attributes are a recipe for a great place to work, they also can make an entire city a great place to live.  However, this designation doesn’t just occur because of a few programs implemented by top management.  Likewise, Novato isn’t a great place to live because of a few, but instead because of many.  It is our community and culture as a whole that makes our city so great, and only our entire community working together can make our city even better.  I am proud to work for such a great company and to lend my contribution towards a great place to work. As a councilmember, I hope to also contribute to ensuring Novato remains a best place to live.

Around Town
Large & Small Businesses of 2013 – On Thursday night, I attended the Annual Novato Chamber Board Installation and Volunteer Recognition Dinner at the Marin Country Club.  The Large and Small Businesses of the Year were also recognized.  Congrats to Marin Roto-Rooter (Small Business) and Best Western PLUS Novato Oaks Inn (Large Business) who were this year’s recipients of the annual honor.  At the event, I was also glad to run into Dennis Cooper (a former planning commissioner) who is getting ready to open Cooper’s Public Market in downtown Novato.  The indoor market will sell sustainably raised eggs, produce, dairy, meats, cheese, and other stables all produced within 30 miles.  They open on Saturday, January 25th at 1425 Grant Avenue (www.cooperspublicmarket.com).

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance March – Enjoyed walking with several community members at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance March in Novato on Saturday.  Special thank you to the Multicultural Commission, Concerned Parents of Novato & the Novato Police Department for organizing this year’s walk, Quest Church for hosting the Celebration, and to Lewis Jordan for speaking.

The Week Ahead
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

No Council Meeting this week

Paint the Town Red – Celebrate Novato’s 54th Birthday
Visit www.paintthetownred.org for more information

Cooper’s Public Market opens in Downtown Novato
Visit www.cooperspublicmarket.com for more details.

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Hopkin January 22, 2014 at 03:13 PM
The Mission Lodge lot looks nice with no building there. They should turn it into some kind of park/playground, as the "entryway to Novato". ~~~~ P.S. Postage rates going up effective Monday - stock up on stamps this week!
Eileen Plunkett January 22, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Lucan forgot to say that he has dropped out of the State Senate race!!!!!!!
Tina McMillan January 22, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Arnold's belief system is based in part, on information from Katie Crecelius who is a founding member of SUNN. Arnold has stated that should she be unable to function in office Katie is her first choice as stand in. ========================================== SUNN fought the housing element tooth and nail right up to its final submission. Had it not passed, due to SUNN's machinations, we would have had to add our unbuilt inventory to our next years RHNA. At current count that would have taken us from approximately 415 units to 1025 units. ========================================== Avoiding litigation and penalties is a huge part of submitting a timely housing element. We just made it in by the skin of our teeth. Arnold is angry because she believes that the only way to address housing, climate change, and transportation is to develop the 101 corridor with Wincups. ========================================== Neither Arnold nor Kinsey congratulated Novato because the county didn't address the 30 unit per acre base by doing an EIR like Novato did. That means all the county property zoned for AH will be developed at a base of 30 units per acre with density bonuses and height bonuses. ========================================== This is Arnold and Kinsey's legacy to Novato. Arnold spoke about Marin county having established a goal decades ago to not develop open space. What she doesn't realize is even West Marin must provide some housing to meet state mandates. If all growth happened organically rather than forcing the kind of growth called for by Plan Bay Area we would be able to see if natural resources like water and public resources like education can handle the additional people. ========================================== Low income housing is frequently developed by non profits that don't pay property tax. Novato's largest source of revenue is property tax. It's how we pay for much of what we have here. We desperately need better representation. In addition to Toni running against Arnold we need a advocate to run against Kinsey that appreciates the needs of his entire voting base and not just the few that he currently represents.
Sam January 27, 2014 at 09:06 AM
I guess the Motor mouths came back to post against Kinsey and Arnold as Once again they are biting off more than they can chew. I agree this place was a great site while they were gone but now we must listen to the lies once again. San Rafael has some interesting posts about them and then they ran them out
Hopkin January 27, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Sam, it's a good thing they can find Sanctuary in Novato.


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