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A High Wire Act Without A Net – Novato’s Financial Condition
Apr05

A High Wire Act Without A Net – Novato’s Financial Condition

Is Novato going bankrupt? In the short term, no. In the long term, probably yes. Why? Because the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is sucking money out of local city treasuries to keep afloat a $360 billion pension system that is underfunded by $150 billion. Furthermore, CalPERS is generally recognized by arms-length non-political assessors as being not well or responsibly managed. Others in the financial...

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Hamilton Parcel Use – Not Completely Public
Mar20

Hamilton Parcel Use – Not Completely Public

  Mayor Fryday, Councilmember Lucas and Councilmember Athas,   You voted for a process that is NOT transparent with regards to the Request For Proposals that are submitted to the City for the vacant parcels at Hamilton.   As it stands you have voted to have the proposals first reviewed in a CLOSED SESSION of the Council and only the proposals that you deem are “financially viable” will be brought forward to...

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Why ONLY Pat Eklund Deserves Your Vote
Nov03

Why ONLY Pat Eklund Deserves Your Vote

The ever-popular Pat Eklund is popular for a very good reason. She consistently places Novato’s residents’ interests first. She is determined to bring good things to Novato in character with our town, while preserving all the things we like about Novato’s small-town character and quality of life. She is the only Councilmember possessing the depth of experience enabling her to stand up against regional and county level initiatives that...

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Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager Admits Establishing Social Media Political Hit Piece on Facebook
Oct18

Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager Admits Establishing Social Media Political Hit Piece on Facebook

In a recent column by Marin IJ Reporter Stephanie Weldy, the Novato Marriott Courtyard Hotel General Manager, Tim Howard, admitted he was personally involved in establishing a social media hit piece on Facebook whose sole purpose is to incessantly attack senior Novato City Councilmember and current candidate for re-election Pat Eklund. Howard is not a resident of Novato. And, this has now become a problem for Marriott as well in that...

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Taxpayer Revolt Moves Forward
Oct13

Taxpayer Revolt Moves Forward

CO$T (Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers) is a new taxpayer advocate group in Marin County. It grew out of County residents increasing frustration with the never-ending incremental increases in parcel taxes and fees. Its position is it is not against all tax increases, but most proposed increases are a reflection of poor quality planning and governance. The ever-increasing level of taxation in Marin has financially stressed Marin’s...

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Measure E Support Erodes with Novato’s Voters
Sep22

Measure E Support Erodes with Novato’s Voters

Support for Measure E has significantly decreased with voters who are becoming aware that it is essentially a duplicate of Measure AA passed last year. Novato is being asked to pay twice for the same project according to the ballot language – see below.   This public comparison has forced Measure E proponents into “what we really mean” mode thereby damaging their credibility even further. Such “explanations” and interpretations...

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