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No Kleenex for the children, but there is taxpayer money available for six-figure salary.
May26

No Kleenex for the children, but there is taxpayer money available for six-figure salary.

Dear Novato School Board (Debbie Butler, Cindi Clinton, Derek Knell, Ross Millerick, Shelly Scott, Tom Cooper, Maria Aguila), My daughter’s teacher at San Ramon Elementary had another plea for supplies yesterday: ” We have had a lot of runny noses this week and last and I just checked the cupboard and we are TOTALLY OUT of tissues. If you have a spare box or two, PLEASE send them in…we are using paper towels for...

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Is It Time to Clean House in Novato’s City Hall?
May13

Is It Time to Clean House in Novato’s City Hall?

Posted By Hutch Turner – Novato on May 13, 2015 Politically savvy and experienced Senior Novato Council Member Pat Eklund asks the pertinent, hard questions regarding undisclosed background data and reports that provide a foundation enabling a more informed public discussion about substantive issues and actions before coming to a Council vote. Council Member Eklund’s inquiries or requests for background information or clarifying...

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Eye on the Council – Water: Saving It, Recycling It, and Studying It
May11

Eye on the Council – Water: Saving It, Recycling It, and Studying It

Posted By Pam Drew – Novato on May 11, 2015 The regular council meeting of 4-28-15 was sandwiched between two closed sessions.  The first closed session dealt with Joseph C. Tinney’s  3 parcels on or near Hill Road.  The second, titled “Public Employee Performance Evaluation: City Manager,” was to review the status, the facilitator, the process, and the schedule surrounding the evaluation(s) of Michael Frank. Regular Meeting...

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Eye on the Council – Budget goes from Surplus Last Year to $2.5 M This Year (Meeting of 5-5-15)
May09

Eye on the Council – Budget goes from Surplus Last Year to $2.5 M This Year (Meeting of 5-5-15)

Posted By Pam Drew – Novato on May 9, 2015 Start getting ready to give more cash to your city government.  A few years ago there was the euphemistically named Fiscal Sustainability Plan.  This was a carefully crafted plan to push the spending of the Measure F funds to the end of the 5-year period, to budget spending the funds in such a way that trusting citizens could be convinced that the City needs more funds to cover their...

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RGTIP Proposed Center Platform Summary
May06

RGTIP Proposed Center Platform Summary

Article by Al Dugan Project Summary City council members and city staff, with no transit design facility experience, decide early on “a center platform would be nice” per the staff recommendation, without proper review of all options. Suddenly the project is “off to the races” with a consultant that will give you what you want. (Mark Thomas and Company have the following philosophy on their website, ” At...

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