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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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Who are the Non-Profit Political Power Players in Novato?
Feb13

Who are the Non-Profit Political Power Players in Novato?

The most powerful non-profit political influence in Novato politics is the Chamber of Commerce. Second, are the big public employee unions, i.e. the policemen, firemen, and City of Novato administrative Staff. Third and fourth respectively are endorsements by the Sierra Club and the Marin Conservation League. The Marin Conservation League as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization is very limited in its ability to directly support...

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Novato’s Senior City Staff Fails Again – Hamilton Pool Solar Panel Architectural Disaster
Feb12

Novato’s Senior City Staff Fails Again – Hamilton Pool Solar Panel Architectural Disaster

In used car lot lingo it is called “bait and switch”. In Novato it could be called how Senior City Staff communicates with Novato’s neighborhoods. On October 23, 2014 the Novato Department of Public Works presented a forty-two page Staff Report to a Special Meeting of the Finance Committee requesting the support and approval to use Measure F Funds to install a solar power project at the Hamilton Pool. It was approved. In the Staff...

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Hang On – The New Novato City Council Is In For a Rough Ride
Dec07

Hang On – The New Novato City Council Is In For a Rough Ride

We all know that the past City Council has been not only disappointing but also emblematic of how to trivialize the bedrock of democracy, i.e. local government. Previously, it was dominated by a Chamber of Commerce influenced rubber-stamping voting bloc known as the KLAM Bakers (Kellner, Lucan, Athas, MacLeamy). It was also very out of touch with the “middle majority”, which placed it in conflict with the preferences of many of its...

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Candidate Forums –  What’s that all about?
Oct05

Candidate Forums – What’s that all about?

Candidate forums are the best way for voters to get to know candidates for office. They are not perfect but are better than visual impressions of street signage or relying on who is endorsing a candidate. That said, endorsements also reflect a candidate’s acceptance of an endorsement, and by implication, the political position of the endorser. Candidate forums are presented by several entities, with the general intention that...

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