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Affordable housing complex in Larkspur.  Courtesy photo.
Hopkin April 16, 2014 at 08:13 am
Don't worry if unincorporated areas aren't near any mass transit or roads at all - we will build allRead More that once you put in the housing!
DMC April 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Hopkin--Our Novato leaders seem to be preparing for that ---judging by the Train StationRead More location-----and new---stealth Grand Central Bus Station-----(that no one know's about except the city council and Mayor
Mary L Holman April 19, 2014 at 09:32 am
Why don't the rich people house and insure their own servants? Now we are supposed welcome moreRead More low-income housing to be stacked everywhere. We pay extra to import our water from Sonoma - let the rich people buy google buses and import their own servants, who can live where it's already cheap.
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Al Nymous April 10, 2014 at 02:15 pm
Obamacare is a fee not a tax. The government is not allowed to force a service on the people.
Clouds over Bolinas Lagoon, by May Chen.
Deuce April 10, 2014 at 07:38 pm
The only reason our legislators push this feel-good legislation is for re-election. There is mostRead More definitely a concerted effort from the top down to coerce us into givingup our liberties. The only folks who believe this garbage are the one that refuse to think for themselves. 3per makes an excellent point in regard to the county's methods to estimate green house gases. Can we analyze some non-biased data before this is crammed down our throats? Maybe the Golden Gate bridge district should stop extorting vehicle commuters to pay for a failing and polluting ferry system. But alas, the push to get us out of cars...
novato 3per April 10, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Out of our cars.?..They can have my car when they pry the wheel out of my cold dead hands. I willRead More always call BS when I smell it.
Hopkin April 11, 2014 at 12:35 am
3per, we are supposed to give up our cars when we move into all the housing by the train stationsRead More and bus depots. We don't need cars to go to work, or visit our friends who also live in housing by a train station or bus depot, and we can just take a shuttle to Grant Ave for shopping excursions.
The service bay at the County Garage at the Marin Civic Center.
Hopkin April 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm
Forget the cars, I want to know when Novato is selling more buildings!
craig thomas April 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm
What are the COM Supervisors driving?
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dorthy manser April 9, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Thank you, Amy. I've also had a very hard time figuring out how to confront this issue. It isRead More difficult when it becomes apparent that it just isn't nonsense anymore, it's dangerous nonsense. People will literally die if the anti-vaxx crowd is successful at convincing people not to vaccinate their kids. Potentially a lot of people. When you combine that with the stupidity, outright lies and paranoia displayed by celebrity spokes-people like Jenny McCarthy it becomes really hard to maintain ones composure (oops, I just lost mine). I suppose it's best to treat everyone as one would treat a good friend who is skeptical of modern medicine and scared for their children. As far as the black helicopter people go, I'm not sure what can be done to convince them, since they invariably believe that any data not conforming to their beliefs must the due to a conspiracy of some kind. I've known a lot of publicly funded scientists over the years, and the idea that they could all somehow be conspiring to harm public health in order to enrich corporations is ludicrous and insulting. Part of the problem is that as a result of reasonable skepticism of expert opinion, many people have decided that there is no such thing. Or, even worse, they pick people who have zero expertise but who are good at manipulating their fears. So now we have a huge population of scientifically illiterate people who no longer trust doctors, but are willing to put all their faith in internet scam artists like the "Health Ranger". This can't end well.
Lisbeth Allen April 9, 2014 at 04:22 pm
Costco makes millions off of supplements. Flip through their monthly magazine. Every other page isRead More some supplement for which people have no need. Not only are we a nation of consumers, we are a nation of gullible consumers.
Edward April 9, 2014 at 09:44 pm
I received my case of measels in 1967 in the ARMY at Fort Sill, Oaklahoma. When they startedRead More offering for my children I chose the imunization for them and now Public Schools Require them in California. Home Schooling by anti-vaxx parents will be the first ones to catch the bugs from "out of state" or "out of country" (Like UC Berkley with 14,000 of them) anti-vaxx or could not get the Vaxx.. TB is on the rise from the "out of county" rich kids at our colleges also. TB was eradicated in the U.S. 30 years ago but now it is back and we no longer give imunizations for it.
Big Rock Ridge sunset by Marin parks ranger Craig Solin.
novato 3per March 28, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Careful with that "brain health registry", registration leads to confiscation! ButRead More seriously, I would caution anyone who owns a firearm or wishes to own one in the future from registering as having an unhealthy brain, as these types of lists, such as those being created in our nationalized healthcare ( where they are making doctors ask if there are firearms in the home) can easily be utilized during future legislation or executive order as a broad classification tool for denying individuals a right to own firearms in their quest to begin disarming the population. Returning veterans will also be catalogued and flagged if any mention of PTSD is made. If any health agency needed subjects for a legitimate study, they would just need to visit the many nursing homes and adult communities around us. Don't say you weren't warned.
novato 3per March 28, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Whats sad is that so many people jumping on the brain health movement also think marijuana is greatRead More for you. Thats like the pro abortion folks that want a suicide barrier on the bridge.
Michael March 26, 2014 at 04:36 pm
they have got to be kidding?
Jim Caldwell March 27, 2014 at 08:49 am
I assume the 14 mandatory criteria do not include "Computer System Implementation."
Joe Robinson March 27, 2014 at 08:59 am
So, do you think this will go to Staff's head?
Hopkin March 18, 2014 at 09:24 am
Concerned Citizen, one way to make new land is with "mixed use" - housing above retail aRead More la Whole Foods.
Hopkin March 18, 2014 at 09:26 am
Marin County April 3, 2014 at 05:34 pm
Baxter: You were correct about the Novato location. That RV park just off Atherton is just outsideRead More the city limits of Novato (by mere feet) and is within County jurisdiction. Bravo for pointing that out. Previous confusing comment deleted.
Al Nymous March 12, 2014 at 05:19 pm
...and IRS scandal, Benghazi, fast and furious, Obama care, Ukraine, Afghanistan, NSA, TSA, DHSRead More unconstitutional check points, and so on..
Bubba six pack March 12, 2014 at 07:59 pm
Good thing Eric baled out of that race. He would have been representing three hungers and seals.
Bubba six pack March 12, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Tree huggers.
Elvis March 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm
from the looks of Tina's post safeway could be headed down the slippery slope of junk food groceryRead More stores. Albertson's ? who shops there?
Hopkin March 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm
Didn't Lucky's go by Albertson's for a few years? What was that all about?
Elvis March 8, 2014 at 02:20 pm
Lucky was merged with albertson's awhile back. both were purveyors of the usual artificialRead More ingredient mass produced food.
CB March 1, 2014 at 08:09 am
I am in favor of frugal spending. Agreed. However, the libraries are not antiquated or nostalgic.Read More They are a thriving source of education and connection in our communities. Within the last week I met two women (separately), who use the library as their only internet or computer source. Neither owned a computer or a cell phone. These were working adult women. They also use the library for books and news. Personally, I use the library frequently for books, movies and connecting with others in my community. There are many events & discussion groups available.
novato 3per March 1, 2014 at 09:45 am
These women are an exception and likely rely on the library by choice or principle, not necessity,Read More as I'm quite sure the government offers free or low cost internet and cell phone service to keep tabs on EVERYONE. Even jobless illegal aliens find a way to get ahold of pay as you go cell plans and use the internet for email, craigslist, etc. Having said that, I like the idea of the library for community education and would like to see more storytime readings for children.
Concerned Citizen March 1, 2014 at 04:39 pm
The library is a measure of a society that values access to education for all. I use ebooks at leastRead More once a week. There are many that use the library because of a lack of alternatives. We should use libraries for children to research and read as opposed to the current model of video causing social non-interaction. That aside the argument made of how to support and fund our library is unfair. It is time for all who vote to also take part in what they vote for. It is patently unfair to tax one group by proxy. I would gladly pay for all to have access. But I'm no longer comfortable paying for those that ask me to pay while not having the same obligation. The argument that homeowners are a higher income class is not applicable in Novato. Many homeowners fall into the income bracket as renters. I don't believe there are those who couldn;t afford 50 cents a month per person. That is what it would cost for our 52000+ residents vs the parcel tax levied on a few for the roughly 9000 parcels in town. Libraries are different than schools but that formula should be reconsidered. The argument that good schools help support higher property values is applicable. However the only persons that should have a say any parcel tax should be those with a parcel. One parcel one vote. If you want to have a supplemental tax to support our schools I'm in. But same as libraries if you have kids in the system you should pay at least as much as you are asking me to pay without a child in the system. One vote should equal one fixed dollar contribution. I wonder how many would be so free with my dollars if they had to put their money where their vote is?
novato 3per February 27, 2014 at 06:06 pm
Well, it looks like no-knock firearm related warrants are currently on the menu, based on mentalRead More health issues, allegedly, for now. We already know Doyle is not a fan of citizens carrying firearms, just like Suhr of San Francisco PD. Perhaps there is something else on the. Horizon and I don't think it's criminal aliens.
Tina McMillan February 27, 2014 at 09:54 pm
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25227588/dick-spotswood-sleepy-hollow-fire-board-plans-investRead More ========================================== Eleanor: ========================================== The Dick Spotswood article explains that decision of the Sleepy Hollow Fire District to divert funds to a private club with membership paid for by dues, is perhaps not an appropriate use of public money. I suspect Novato has public buildings better suited for an emergency shelter like the Margaret Todd Senior Center. Novato Fire District has no surplus. When you compare Sleepy Hollow to Novato the tax base is quite different. ========================================== http://www.usa.com/sleepy-hollow-ca-income-and-careers.htm ========================================== "As of 2008-2012, the per capita income of Sleepy Hollow is $91,386, which is much higher than the state average of $29,551 and is much higher than the national average of $28,051. Sleepy Hollow median household income is $162,292." ========================================== http://www.usa.com/novato-ca-income-and-careers.htm ========================================== "As of 2008-2012, the per capita income of Novato is $42,438, which is higher than the state average of $29,551 and is much higher than the national average of $28,051. Novato median household income is $79,664, which has grown by 25.55% since 2000. The median household income growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 29.28% and is about the same as the national average rate of 26.32%."
Eleanor Sluis February 28, 2014 at 07:16 pm
Tina-perhaps then all the Fire, Sanitation, School, and Water Districts would consider consolidatingRead More into 4 districts for all of Marin County and could then save all of us about $ 500 (pick a number) annually. It might work or maybe not, but the point is that there is a need for Novato to spend more and possibly get less for its dollars compared to other areas in Marin such as Sleepy Hollow’s fire district having a surplus and not knowing what to do with it. Who knows what surpluses and expenses are for Novato’s fire and sanitation district? Another idea would be to see if Sleepy Hollow’s fire district could lend or give its surplus dollars to the county library. One creative idea was to charge for use of the library as we do for the bridges, another was for a reuse of bomb shelters- true brainstorming- the more serious, ridiculous, even humorous, the better as there will be more solutions that way. More creative ideas will come in handy not only for paying for the library issue, but for our future increase in monies needed for schools, water, sanitation, and safety personnel and parks and recreation, and social services, and maintenance, and city pension liabilities. Novato’s future depends not only on the funding for residential services, but on the efficiency these services supply for the satisfaction that we get what we pay for. Yes, it is all connected- tax dollars for services coming from the majority who live in Novato. Let’s be creative and help to find solutions for the future of our city. Thanks.
Marin Civic Center.  Courtesy:  County of Marin
M. Manzano April 7, 2014 at 08:17 am
The first "right" that must be restored is to stop voter fraud by the 20+ year rulingRead More party of California, under the most corrupt administration in U.S. history.
Elvis February 22, 2014 at 12:27 pm
You know there is a lot of this going on at internet web sites. Overstock.com is the only oneRead More getting fined for this. The reality is it is against the law to use FALSE advertising. I see it on a lot of pet supply web sites, the ARP being completely untrue and therefore the savings being "40% off" also completely untrue. Come to Red Hill Pet for accurate pricing information and fair deals.
Marin County Parks naturalist David Herlocker (kneeling) leads a hiking group.  Courtesy photo.
novato 3per February 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Why don't you go watch "12 years a slave" and tell me if you think its funny, a hole.Read More You'd like that done to your family, would you?
Tom McEachern February 23, 2014 at 03:01 pm
What in the world doesn't that mean?
novato 3per February 23, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Raul Rojas, Marin County’s new Director of Public Works, will start work at the Marin Civic Center on March 24, 2014.
novato 3per February 21, 2014 at 07:41 am
Work harder, millions are counting on you. Socialism works until you run out of other peoples money.Read More Lets see how many more businesses and working folks we can chase off to Texas. While we're at it, they've got a billion dollar bullet train from nowhere to nowhere to sell you!
M. Manzano February 21, 2014 at 08:06 am
Texas is looking better every day.
Hopkin February 21, 2014 at 10:05 am
Texas will be following behind CA soon enough. https://www.google.com/#q=texas+%22sanctuary+city%22
Marin Civic Center.
Jim Caldwell February 19, 2014 at 09:23 am
More like Frank Lloyd Wrong, it's a very inefficient layout and poorly built. And veryRead More inconveniently located. But hey, it does photograph well. I agree on that!
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 19, 2014 at 06:12 pm
Who is the lawyer who represented Shemaria? That person deserves a 'thank you'. There was not muchRead More architectual recognition of "barriers" before the ADA. Remember, we all plan to get old, and you do not know what can happen along the way.
Joan February 21, 2014 at 08:17 pm
Now if the municipalities would enforce disabled parking, and doctors would not hand out plaquesRead More like candy, things also would improve. I see people in trucks put into a disabled parking place, jump out, and walk without difficulty away from the vehicle. It is frustrating to not be able to park close to the grocery store, but when you go into a store that has ride around shopping carts no one is using them, but all the disabled parking is filled. The Hamilton Safeway parking lot is an example. I have had to give up and go home because of this. It is better to keep persons with disabilities independent, living at home, working, contributing rather than in institutions.
Marin County Director of Child Support Services Keith Pepper accepts one of several awards from Kathleen Hrepich, Interim Director of California Department of Child Support Services.
C Ross February 14, 2014 at 07:22 am
If you're doing such a terrific job, how come my ex still owes $40,000 in child support? And whereRead More were you guys when court psycho Nancy O., and psycho-bitch attorney Mary H. diverted $30,000 from PD Joe S. budget (What do you mean you don't want to see the documentation?) plus a few thousand more out of my kid's and my pocket (What? You didn't read the Winner Report?), while I've been struggling to put food on the table? Why don't you send *me* that award? Maybe my now 18 year old kid can hock it to pay for his college tuition.
novato 3per February 14, 2014 at 09:35 am
Funny Al, ouch C Ross! Family law is an ugly field, where at least in Marin, there is an ol boy /Read More fraternal relationship between certain judges and certain attorneys. A disgusting mess. The attorneys who drag out the pain for billable hours have to be the lowest of the low. I'm just sayin', what about the kids? Happy Valentines Day! Right.
C Ross February 14, 2014 at 11:39 am
Family law, particularly child support "collection" is a CORRUPT and dangerous criminalRead More enterprise, but it's by no mean just in Marin. Here are a couple of articles I've written in the past about family court related corruption, perversion and government program fraud, which is still very relevant: http://anonymums.blogspot.com/2008/11/family-court-corruption-part-2-fathers.html http://kansasfatherhoodinitiatives.blogspot.com/2013_01_01_archive.html (PS I am not connected in any way to these blogs or websites, but am grateful to whomever posted my articles to keep them current.)
Elvis February 14, 2014 at 11:12 am
I cite the reports of the pet industry simply to show that it would not be unreasonable for a 3-1Read More ratio of people to want to allow favorable dog rules in the GGNRA, however balancing the needs of the local flora and fauna with those of nature loving dog owners is really what the discussion needs to be about. Certainly mountain biking can take its toll on the trails and should be in the discussion. I would agree with the notion of certain trails and beaches be available to off-leash activity while other beaches and trails be off limits to dogs and bikes.
Allen February 14, 2014 at 11:32 am
Now I get it. The 37,000 dogs in Novato as well as the 27,000,000 CA dogs should have access to moreRead More trails. I'm outa here . . .
DavethePragmatist February 17, 2014 at 09:35 am
Number 1 rule - be responsible and show respect for your neighbor and others on the trail with you.Read More You do not own the trail any more than I do. Just because you pay taxes to keep the Federal land up, doesn't mean you own more rights to a trail than I do. I always keep my dog on leash except in a designated dog park area. I hope all trails remain dog friendly for those on leash - but I do not appreciate dogs off leash on a trail as that is way too narrow a space in case a dog decides to go off on another. Beaches are fine as there is plenty of space. @LeahAaron - you show complete disrespect for others. @craigthomas - what is to say you are not disrespecting nature by your disregard for others?
Bob Ratto January 30, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Roger The pension wave is a difficult one to keep on top of...in talking with Jeanne, anotherRead More challenge is cities like San Rafael (which have huge unfunded pension liabilities) will offer compensation levels to employees that are higher than what we would ordinarily offer (they have the $$ for now, because they don't fund their pensions)-results in wages driven up. As I understand most of the pension reform being proposed by Chuck Reed-it is to set up a second tier with lower pensions offered to new employees, to slow the growth in liabilities down. Shortfalls in pension earnings from CalPers come directly from city budgets...your taxes; and they do not have a terribly stellar investment record.
Roger January 30, 2014 at 04:41 pm
Ratto: Thanks. The private company I work for had a tiered pension system imposed 7 years ago. TheRead More pilots union has a tiered program for old vs new pilots. Seems only fair that the trend hit the civil servants some year soon.
Bob Ratto January 30, 2014 at 04:50 pm
Roger Yes, well I wish I had a pension...my investment adviser verbally abuses me when I do not makeRead More monthly contributions, which come right out of my business.... thing with pensions is, at some point you do run out of others people money.