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.

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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