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How to Fool Novato’s Voters into Paying for Flood Control Twice
Sep14

How to Fool Novato’s Voters into Paying for Flood Control Twice

In June 2016 Novato voters approved a special parcel tax called Measure AA. According to the official Ballot Measure Summary it is for “…restoring habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, protecting communities from floods….” The program is being administered by a regional agency, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (the “Authority”). You would think that a regional measure passed in June 2016 would be allowed sufficient time to...

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State Legislature is Demolishing Local Control of Residential Zoning
Aug28

State Legislature is Demolishing Local Control of Residential Zoning

Any lingering doubts about the State Legislature and the Metropolitan Transit Commission’s (MTC) intention to eliminate every Marin city’s ability to manage its own residential zoning have been eliminated. Governor Jerry Brown is leading the charge to emasculate local control. There are eight legislative proposals in the final stages of being presented to the sympathetic Governor Brown that gut a local community’s control over...

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At Last! A Positive Change for Novato’s Business Community
Aug08

At Last! A Positive Change for Novato’s Business Community

An internal economic development group within the City of Novato Staff is making significant progress with a project to “showcase” downtown Novato as an enjoyable and rewarding place to shop and unwind. The project, led by Assistant City Manager Peggy Flynn, has picked up speed during the last six months and is beginning to show results. Flynn and her group have proven that given sufficient time and room to make changes, the right...

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Marin’s Middle Class Begins to Melt as Politicians Turn Up the Tax Heat
Jul26

Marin’s Middle Class Begins to Melt as Politicians Turn Up the Tax Heat

Hardly a day goes by without an announcement of another proposed tax increase by the State, Regional, County, or City governments and agencies. If you are against any tax or fee increase you are branded insensitive and labeled an uncaring person. If you publicly push back, you are quickly labeled as anti-planet, anti-sustainable, racist, anti- education, against “affordable” housing, being a cultural imperialist, and more. In Marin...

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Will Plan Bay Area 2040 Push Out Marin’s Dwindling Middle Class Residents?
Jun23

Will Plan Bay Area 2040 Push Out Marin’s Dwindling Middle Class Residents?

Dear Planners and Politicians of Plan Bay Area 2040: I am writing you today to express my comments about Plan Bay Area 2040 which presumes to guide the entire San Francisco Bay Region to a better future WITHOUT citizen input.  Like my 6000 neighbors in Marinwood –Lucas Valley in unincorporated Marin, I already have a plan for the next twenty five years of my life and Plan Bay Area 2040 it isn’t. I believe that America’s promise of...

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CO$T TAX FORUM IN SAUSALITO FEATURING JOE NATION
Feb08
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