What's On Tap at Novato City Council Tonight?

The future of the city's redevelopment agency is causing much confusion at the city and state level because of pending litigation.

The Novato City Council’s agenda for Tuesday night includes a sticky issue about the Novato Redevelopment Agency, which is in limbo as the state attempts to eliminate such agencies to help solve its budget crisis.

The council is expected to hear a second reading and adoption of an ordinance that would continue the agency’s operation under a “voluntary alternative” program. However, there is so much uncertainty in the pending litigation against the state — brought forth by the League of California Cities and the California Redevelopment Association — that cities aren’t sure whether they should proceed with the alterative program, according to a city staff report.

“The groups are saying don’t opt in yet but rather continue the issue to a future meeting date,” Councilwoman Jeanne MacLeamy said Tuesday. “The staff has said it would recommended that we continue it to the Sept. 13 meeting, but there might be new information presented tonight.”

The council plans to consider rescinding its decision from July 26 after an item was pulled from the closed session agenda and placed in open session, a move deemed a violation of California’s open-meeting law. The Marin County District Attorney’s office for its move on the subject of a $1.5 million subordination agreement between the and Eden Housing, which is getting ready to build a 60-unit senior affordable housing complex on Diablo Avenue. The city has loaned the Eden Housing the money, but Bank of America — the primary lender — requires that the loans be combined.

Other agenda items include implementation of a CalPERS pension plan change, incentives to encourage the building of second housing units on residential properties to help meet the city’s housing goals and an ordinance about eliminating the time limit on incurring debt within the redevelopment project area.

The is expected to officially retire the police dog and reveal the winner of the naming contest for a new police dog. The contest closed on Aug. 19. In addition, the council plans to give recognition to the campaign that raised funds to help the police purchase the dog and pay for its training.

Also, the council will introduce Novato’s new public schools superintendent, , and issue a proclamation on a moment of remembrance in honor of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Betty Patocchi August 23, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Re: Warner Creek Senior Housing Tonight, the Novato City Council should dot the "i's" and cross the "t's" for the Subordination Agreement needed for Warner Creek Senior Housing. Eden Housing has already received City approvals and funding over two years ago because Eden is an experienced and successful affordable housing property manager in the Bay Area and Novato needs more affordable Senior Housing. Since that time, Eden has successfully put together additional financing resources for Warner Creek Senior Housing, where residents will be able to live independently and also have an onsite services coordinator who will provide programs plus connect the residents with services thoughout the community. The Warner Creek Site is near the Margaret Todd Senior Center, public transportation and the Novato Fair Shopping Center. Of course, Novato has good affordable senior housing, including the Nova Ro's and Mackey Terrace, succesfully managed by the Ecumenical Housing Assosiciation. However, Novato needs more affordable Senior Housing. The Council valued the importance of adding apporximately 61 additional deeply affordable units for our seniors two years ago that will be managed by a successfull property manager, Eden Housing. The council will remember the values, I am sure and dot the T. Sincerely, Betty Patocchi
mark anderson August 24, 2011 at 12:17 AM
The people of Novato do not need another Wyndover. Eden Housing has failed to be a good tenant and is responsible for destroying a neighborhood. Eden Housing should be sued by all the neighbors. The city council should rescind any previous agreements based on bad faith-EDEN HOUSING IS NOTHING MORE THAN A SLUMLORD financed with our taxpayer money.
robert duncan August 24, 2011 at 12:56 AM
Betty-If you think we need more affordable senior housing then you are welcome to finance it. I am appalled that the city leaders are even considering working with Eden Housing. How dare the city put such a vulnerable population across the street from the Projects. Eden Housing is nothing more than a developer financing their projects on the backs of the middle-class. Wake up Novato or you will be another Vallejo!!!!!!!!!!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 24, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Suspected Illegal Immigrant Faces Charges in Alleged Hit-And-Run Death of California Boy Published August 23, 2011 The Press Democrat Aug. 18: Santa Rosa police officers investigate the accident scene where Christopher "Buddy" Rowe was struck and killed by a car. Charges have been filed against an unlicensed driver and suspected illegal immigrant who allegedly killed a 4-year-old boy in a hit-and-run accident, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The newspaper reports that prosecutors in Sonoma County charged 22-year-old Marcos Lopez Garcia with felony hit-and-run, two misdemeanors and vehicular manslaughter, among other charges, in the Thursday death of Christopher "Buddy" Rowe of Santa Rosa. GARCIA HAD TWO PRIOR ARRESTS FOR DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE, according to the newspaper. Christopher was reportedly killed on his way to soccer practice while crossing the street with his mother and two sisters, including the boy's twin. "Little Buddy will be remembered as an energetic, curious, active young boy, who was also kind, compassionate and caring, especially with his twin sister," the family said in a written statement. "We will always remember his ever-present smile, beautiful steel-blue eyes and peace-loving nature.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 24, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Suspected Illegal Immigrant Faces Charges in Alleged Hit-And-Run Death of California Boy JJGJr>> Who was it who wrote that just because someone is driving without a license does not make them a bad driver? Would you like salt and pepper with that. And sanctuary California policies prevented him from being deported when arrested the two prior times. Illegals do not fear our laws, they hold our laws in contempt. My sympathies to Buddy's family. Now deport all the illegals!
Susan Clark August 24, 2011 at 04:16 AM
Yet another poor decision made by our city council AND city manager. We have this window of opportunity to make a change this election....Three new city council members will make that change.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 24, 2011 at 05:35 AM
Susan, 90% of Novato is still asleep at the wheel. Tell everyone to whom you speak, that they need to read the Patch, daily, in order to keep up. Get active in someone's campaign. We need a new council, a new city manager, a new city attorney, and a new police chief.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 August 25, 2011 at 06:19 AM
The staff of Novato (not the NPD) and the city council has not cleaned up the crime at the Wyndover Apartments yet they and Eden Housing are going full steam ahead with building right across the street. The city council has chosen not to increase our police services that are so badly needed. Stop spending money on consultants and consultants to do the staff's job. Hire police. The city council brought Wyndover into Novato and they need to pay for an additional police unit to clean it up. Wyndover of course does not pay any real estate taxes, so we don't get the financial support of the infrastructure that we so badly need from them. The Eden Housing Exec Director stated last night saying the area (Diablo and Center) is a "good location and it is not Richmond." Mmmmm.. I hope and pray the new residents Eden brings in will be able to skip around the crime.
Thomas August 25, 2011 at 09:32 AM
"Eden Housing "senior housing" rules allow one 55 year old resident or older and the rest of the family can be any age younger than that." What the heck??? I didn't know that - that is by definition NOT senior housing. What a scam then. It's hard not to be cynical about "civic leadership" around here.
Thomas August 25, 2011 at 09:38 AM
If you talk to LE around Marin they will tell you the Novato crew has it tough. The sheer amount of territory that must be covered along with the population in ratio to the amount of officers on duty is BELOW average for cities. Our police are probably acting more like Oakland in the point that they just have to go call-to-call-to-call because the needs just queue up. We should demand any, ANY, residential development in Novato be required to bone up funds for long term funding of more officers, cars, etc - and Fire if the numbers make sense. It's the basic infrastructure we all depend - and cities ( LIKE ANTIOCH) in the bay have blown it big time in how they took what they had and dashed it to the wind. However is our Chief in the boat with them on all this? He should come out and tell them in these public meetings too about the problems and how Eden probably as drawn up doesn't make sense.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr August 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I recall that all of the publicity about Proposition F, the sales tax increase, emphasized that the money would be used for increased police officers. I do not recall any new police officers being hired since Proposition F passed. Wassup?


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