Canyon Manor is a certified mental health rehabilitiation center overseen by the California Department of Mental…More Health and the Marin County Department of Mental Health. More than 2,500 mentally disordered people have been treated at this facility just off Hill Road and adjacent to the former site of the Novato Community Hospital.
The staff includes psychiatrists, primary care physicians, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, licensed psychiatric technicians, occupational therapists, an art therapist, social service workers, rehabilitation service workers and mental health workers. Canyon Manor is a locked facility, and privacy for the patients is at a premium, although they are allowed to leave the premises under strict conditions.
The old Novato Community Hospital on Hill Road was replaced in 2001 by a state-of-art, $40 million facility on 10…More acres at the northern end of Rowland Way. Sutter Health, which took over the old hospital in 1985, made a commitment to the community to construct a modern facility and broke ground shortly after the Novato City Council approved plans in 1998.
The new 47-bed hospital, still operated by Sutter Health, offers services for medical emergencies and surgeries, diagnostic imaging and outpatient care. The staff works closely with nearby Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae because the Novato facility is not a trauma care or birthing center. Novato Community Hospital has about 50 physicians, 365 employees and more than 16,000 emergency department visits annually. It is a nonprofit hospital that donates several million dollars each year to charities such as the Novato Health Partnership. The 2010 Chairman of the Board is Robert M. Tomasello.
Thirteen employees work for this county agency out of a commercial building on Novato Boulevard. Stacy Carlsen,…More Marin's Agricultural Commissioner, leads a team that monitors ag production and regulations in a county that, in terms of geography, is more rural than urban. Other than the concentrated population base along the Highway 101 corridor, Marin is a county of rolling hills, ranches and farms extending to the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The department's mission is to ensure equity in the marketplace by promoting and protecting agriculture, protecting environmental quality and the health and welfare of Marin residents. Programs within the department include farmers market management, pest prevention and integrated pest management, pesticide use enforcement, weed management, product quality inspections, price verification, organic certification and livestock protection. Through a statewide task force, the department continues to monitor Sudden Oak Death, an infestation of pathogens that have decimated oak trees in West Marin.
The gross value of all ag production in Marin was $63.3 million in 2008, with milk accounting for 56.2 percent of crop values. Farmers and ranchers milk cows, beef cattle, sheep and lambs, poultry and other animals, and the top crops include vegetables, fruit including wine grapes, nursery crops and aquaculture, such as oysters from Tomales Bay.
The weights and measures program protects consumer interests and ensures that honesty and integrity prevail when products are sold by weight, measure, count or time. Inspectors test scales in stores, livestock scales, vehicle scales, gas pumps, pricing scanners, fabric and cordage meters, water meters and labels on packaged products from Marin.
This public swimming pool on Novato's south side reopened on Memorial Day weekend 2010 following a somewhat…More controversial $4.5 million renovation. The pool is now a crown jewel of the city's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and uses many high-tech, energy-saving devices, including solar energy panels.
The pool, which was closed for a year, was managed this first season back by the city of San Rafael under a partnership deal between the municipalities. Novato needed to contract for the services because of a lack of city staff, and San Rafael had a successful track record of operating its own pools. It was opened through Labor Day and received strong reviews from the public.
The pool had been built in the 1930s as part of Hamilton Army Air Field, which later became Hamilton Air Force Base. In recent years the Marin County Department of Health restricted the bathhouse use and the pool was leaking. Even in its deteriorating condition, it was seen as an important recreational asset worth preserving by the city. The Novato City Council unanimously approved the renovation plan in 2007 and OK'd the construction bid in February 2009 just as the national economy was tanking and Novato's lack of tax revenue was beginning to create problems. The council cited the low bid—$1 million less than expected—and the historic value of the pool as reasoning for the renovation.
Day-use passes and and season passes are available.