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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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CO$T TAX FORUM IN SAUSALITO FEATURING JOE NATION
Feb08
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Marin IJ Editorial: Novato should have delayed TAM tax vote
Feb01

Marin IJ Editorial: Novato should have delayed TAM tax vote

POSTED: 01/30/17, 11:57 AM PST | UPDATED: 2 HRS AGO 13 COMMENTS At the end of 2016, the Novato City Council promised to make open and transparent governance a primary goal. It got off to a stumbling start. Even before the completion of January, City Hall has posted a promise on its website recommitting itself to that 2016 promise. It roundly deserved the criticism it received for its obfuscatory wording on the City Council’s agenda...

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The TAM TAX Steamroller – San Rafael Resists – Novato Folds
Jan31

The TAM TAX Steamroller – San Rafael Resists – Novato Folds

The Transportation Authority of Marin (TAM) is in the process of applying a full court press on all Marin city councils to obtain their support to pressure the State of California legislature to authorize a ½% increase in Marin’s sales tax rate by passing California Senator McGuire’s proposed state transportation bill SB-1 that would modified to include allowing TAM to seek approval to raise Marin’s sales tax by ½%. To that end, TAM...

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TAM tax plan gets off to a rough start
Jan30

TAM tax plan gets off to a rough start

Marin IJ Editorial POSTED: 01/28/17, 2:18 PM PST | 24 COMMENTS The Transportation Authority of Marin’s bid for a new sales tax is off to a rocky start, basically due to its own political approach — and maybe a changing political climate in our county. TAM has been talking for months about its interest in possibly increasing the local sales tax, possibly by a half-cent. Little has been done, however, to expand that important political...

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