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The U.S. House Appropriations Committee voted to include $5 million to build an earthquake warning system. Patch file photo.
SA July 16, 2014 at 11:33 am
Typical Democrat wanting to spend money like Brown’s crazy train. What is an early warningRead More system.. “brace for shock” ? What we need is an early warning system that warns us before a Democrat / Liberal opens his month.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 17, 2014 at 06:54 am
Just another extension of socialist Obama...
Rick Crockett July 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
Wow! Talk about Brown-Obama-Democrat Cronyism. Not only can the system be built and installed forRead More less than $500/node, it already has. I helped with one of the nodes with-in the past four years. The system (requiring less than 25 sq.ft. (donated) can be set up similar to a Home WiFi Security Cam with FTP access. Really it can be automatically monitored and maintained for free through a cooperating University. This is merely a $16 million a year hornswoggle going into the crony's pocket. Its dirtier than greedy profit. All that, lying cheating and stealing on top of it. Republicans in office don't deserve to be there because they do not study and know about the communities they represent or what they have already (and recently) funded. They are not doing their jobs in a two party system. Having formerly worked for the DNC the only thing good I can say about democrats is they at least learn their constituencies well enough to manipulate them.
A community plan in Marin.  Image courtesy: County of Marin
M. Manzano July 15, 2014 at 06:37 am
This is why I will be happy to take my money and move out of California. Good luck, folks.
DavethePragmatist July 15, 2014 at 07:49 am
Our pleasure. Enjoy. We wish you well.
Tina McMillan July 15, 2014 at 09:29 am
Dave: These are the county's own assumptions. I always start with information from local sources. MyRead More own observation is that traffic has gotten worse in the past thirty years and nothing we are currently doing is making a sufficient dent in the problem. It doesn't mean that there isn't incoming traffic from outside Marin, it means that the majority of the problem starts inside Marin and a whopping 25% is people taking children to and from schools. Would you agree that bringing jobs closer to people's homes and providing transportation that is less polluting are both better ways to reduce CO2 emissions?
SA July 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
To Robin: You left out all the men getting tanked at the Farmer’s Market and beating the crapRead More out of their wives … What is up with y’all wanting to kill somebody’s ability to grow a business? Y’all are commies …
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 03:51 pm
It would just be nice if our California Do Nothing Congress would put their time and efforts intoRead More helping our State with real problems instead of making their constituency feel like they are making a difference with alcohol and marijuana leniency laws. This is not real Government in action.
Virginia Johnson July 15, 2014 at 04:22 pm
p.s. Most of our Federal, State and Local Government Parks do not allow alcohol and that is whereRead More many Farmers Markets are located. How is this going to work out?
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Michael July 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm
Oh and the USPS is desperately trying to right itself but congress via politicians like Thompson andRead More Huffman once again whine about what they don't want for their constituents but offer nothing constructive to address the problem. we do not need representation like these guys. Next.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson July 5, 2014 at 07:24 am
If you think that mail delivery is crappy now, just wait till they close the Petaluma distributionRead More center.
Rick Fraites July 5, 2014 at 08:32 am
An excellent letter by our two very capable members of congress.
The farm's owner says shellfish aquaculture boosts the native habitat, filters the water and helps protect area species. (Photo: Patch Archive)
Julia Angel July 1, 2014 at 09:46 am
At some point the money runs out. It is not that much fun to continue fighting when you do not haveRead More the money ..
Hopkin July 2, 2014 at 01:56 am
Julia, that's why everyone needs to own rental properties. When the money starts to run out - raiseRead More rents.
Julia Angel July 2, 2014 at 06:21 am
Watch the mail for your tax assessment, or check the link in the story on July 1. (Photo: Patch Archive)
DMC June 28, 2014 at 02:46 pm
Well I think the county assessor try's to stay below the actual numbers to avoid being deluged byRead More homeowners refuting his claims. You can check Zillow and Radfin website for a check on which way and how much. The "actual" value of you home will not be known until you decide to sell it. The estimated value is based on comps near you. Very difficult for the county to hoodwink you--they do that better at the voting polls--like in how many parcel tax's are you paying and what is your sales tax---you and your fellow citizen voted those in--because you were hoodwinked--and there is more to come in Novato--watch for an extension of measure "F" sales tax to become semi permanent---! It seems all a politician has to do is say Fire/Police/School and the voters role over and say --charge me--I love it!
Michael June 30, 2014 at 08:18 am
taxation without representation at its best. And our infrastructure is still crumbling. But hey letsRead More just give more of our tax money to new social programs because "it's the right thing to do". ANY way our government can take more of our money without giving us anything in return is the norm.
novato 3per June 30, 2014 at 09:04 am
It helps speed the demise of society as we know it.Read More ...............http://www.barnhardt.biz/2014/06/26/negative-nominal-interest-rates-highway-to-a-cashless-statist-hell/
Stinson Beach is one of the coastal towns that would be affected by a gradual rise in sea level. (Photo Courtesy of Marin County)
DMC June 29, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Bubba--1-5 will NOT be the reason for humanities decline.
Bubba six pack June 29, 2014 at 01:38 pm
I'm calling them FOR the reason
DMC June 29, 2014 at 03:39 pm
Bubbga--YOU are not in charge ---you can declare yourself prime minister of Scooby Dooby but itRead More doesn't make it so..
Average American June 27, 2014 at 08:50 am
Make no mistake about it, they are going to be coming for your guns eventually, just a matter ofRead More time. They will first go for the "Registry" and I think the more informed of us all know that a registry has preceeded almost every gun grab in history. How did that registry work out for the Jews in WW2?
school bus ninja June 27, 2014 at 08:51 am
None of this would have happened if women put out more. Don't be so stingy with the lovin'. JustRead More sayin.
Paul Hamilton July 10, 2014 at 07:21 pm
When you take the Guns away from honest citizens. All you will have are Armed thugs who have no fearRead More of being shot, an armed citizen is a defense against crime. I personally will fight to keep my guns.
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JHouse June 26, 2014 at 10:25 am
does it look as if manufacturing is just fine here? Check this out.Read More http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/2061.31271.80.0/economy/the-death-of-american-manufacturing
glenn bernard June 26, 2014 at 12:31 pm
Suppose that within a mental evaluation for gun purchase, the citizen reveals a deeply held dislikeRead More and distrust of the Government. Some people would not want this person to be allowed to purchase just for this one "excuse." Suggest everybody focus on getting US corporations to return to the USA (from Asia) for all of their manufacturing. Nothing stops bullets like JOBS!
Nadja Adolf June 26, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Note that this law would NOT have stopped the Isla Vista shooting because the parents did NOT callRead More the local mental health agency as well as the police. Note that by failing to check the California gun registry - available in every patrol car - they would not have even considered issuing such an order because they didn't think there were any firearms in the area - and neither did his parents, apparently. I have a lot of questions regarding this case - and one of them is that given junior had been making violent postings for more than a week or two, why didn't the parents cut off his funds and compel him to return home and be evaluated?
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Lynn Glover June 25, 2014 at 10:28 am
KMA: what is your point about how old is the S of L? Do you think wise philosophy has an expirationRead More date? Let's hope the sonnet by Lazarus is just as meaningful today as then. And, it's part of what makes the USA exceptionally great in the world and time. Of course, some limitations have to be included. These are embodied in the law. The problem today is that the law is not being enforced primarily because the head of enforcement and his minions want to let in more people who, they would like to believe, are likely to vote for their kind in the future.
M. Manzano July 6, 2014 at 04:48 pm
The Democrats would cease being in control if voter ID passed. They will do everything possible toRead More prevent it.
Madeleine July 6, 2014 at 05:13 pm
M. Manzano: You are so right. There is not one logical reason to be against voter ID, unless youRead More want to vote fraudulently.
TPH June 17, 2014 at 09:27 am
The 16th Amendment needs to be repealed and this abusive agency abolished
M. Manzano June 21, 2014 at 09:50 am
Well isn't that nice of the Federal Reserve jackboots still robbing the working class.
California State capitol. (State of California)
Hopkin June 15, 2014 at 10:38 am
Valeri, more people crammed in = more people wandering around = more people crossing Redwood at theRead More bus station.
Hopkin June 15, 2014 at 10:41 am
Alternatively, if they are driving: more people = more cars back and forth along Redwood forRead More pedestrians to dodge. Especially when they don't use the crosswalks.
valeri hood June 15, 2014 at 11:58 am
ok- but this is a discussion about amber alerts
The California Public Utilities Commission is threatening to shut down the popular ridesharing companies.
JAN June 14, 2014 at 06:32 am
The taxi industry must be screaming to the heavens about these companies. They can't standRead More competition. Uber and Lyft will ultimately prevail. We are senior citizens and have used Uber and Lyft. We got a clean neat driver in a clean car and no tip or hastle paying. Our last cab ride to SFO was in a 300,000 mile clapped out van with a sleepy driver who hadn't bathed. He stunk so much we had to roll our windows down. The taxi industry is a dying breed. It's just a matter of time for them to evolve or go away.
Ventress Dugan May 29, 2014 at 08:19 pm
Thank you, very insightful.
Tina McMillan May 29, 2014 at 08:26 pm
http://www.marincounty.org/depts/df/debt-and-pension Debt and Pension Roy Given, Department ofRead More Finance ============================================ This site is hosted by the Marin Department of Finance in an effort to provide greater access to public financial information for the citizenry of Marin. Total Debt and Pension Liability County Of Marin As of 6/30/2013 ============================================ Total Liabilities As Per Balance Sheet ======$408,681,657=== Annual Operating Expenses==$507,914,069============= Total Pension Liability ===$1,491,924,000=============== Total Unfunded Pension Liability ====$390,534,000======== Pension Funded Ratio==73.80%====================== Other Unfunded Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) ========$335,345,000=========================== OPEB Trust Balance* ===$26,284,368==================
Eleanor Sluis May 29, 2014 at 09:36 pm
A vote for Toni Shroyer for County Supervisor is a vote for fair mindedness, fair housing, fairRead More pensions, balanced budget, and fair play in providing for the environment, social justice, and economic policies conducive to continue Marin County’s support for open space and small businesses, excellent schools, and caring for those in need.
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Batman June 23, 2014 at 02:55 pm
And what better way to hide his culpability as an inept, characterless father.
Batman June 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
And exactly what is the definition of "a person in crisis"? The public is already beingRead More brainwashed that the NRA and Tea Party members are all insane, but the inner-city street gangers are A-OK.
Autumn Johnson June 25, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bill that Could Remove Guns from 'People in Crisis' Passes First Hurdle in SenateRead More http://dublin.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/gun-violence-restraining-order-bill-passes-first-hurdle-in-senate
Credit: USPS.
Steven Norwin May 19, 2014 at 02:13 pm
Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn't he a Pedophile? He had sexual relations with numerous 16 yr oldRead More boys who were runaways. He only served 11 months on the board of supervisors. Our government is wacko to put this creep on a stamp - Where is the outrage?
Michael May 20, 2014 at 09:37 am
nobody seems to care do they? Why bother with a few select facts huh? Frankly I don't care what theyRead More put on stamps. What I care about is the financial atrocity being committed on the American taxpayers when it comes to the USPS. The USPS is losing $25MILLION each and every day! Every day! Every day! In 2013 they were happy with only a $5 BILLION loss! WTF is going on. Congress continues to do nothing. They continue to force the USPS to fund the out of control public services benefits. Even the USPS management says "let us go so we can run a profitable company". Who the heck is congress protecting here? Time we all must tell our elected officials (congress) to cut the postal service loose once and for all and let them then succeed or fail as a stand alone business. But instead lets read articles like this that mean absolutely nothing except more government waste and back slapping all on the taxpayers dime. Pitiful.
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knee jerk July 3, 2014 at 05:27 pm
No, Igor: If it comes out of their mouths it is the truth. You on the other hand have to proveRead More everything you say. At least that's the way it seemed when I last did jury duty. Hypocrisy.
Igor July 4, 2014 at 03:27 pm
Last time I had jury duty, the judge giving the instructions told us that when listening toRead More testimony, the police testimony holds no more credence than the average citizen. If you fight a ticket, guess who the judge is going to believe?
knee jerk July 4, 2014 at 05:58 pm
My point exactly.
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WompBomp June 13, 2014 at 01:18 pm
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T as in Truth June 13, 2014 at 07:37 pm
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DMC April 28, 2014 at 08:25 am
The other thought I have on water is--how much water is there provided to Novato/Marin/CaliforniaRead More and how much of that water (from rain snow wells etc) actually goes in to the ocean? What percentage of the available water do we use and what percentage makes it to the ocean? Why haven't we provided a plan for increase in storage facilities?--Damns---Reservoirs--man made lakes? Just wondering with all the brilliant minds in government6--why we do not have a plan either locally or Statwide.
Dave Robertson April 28, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Water is a (shortage) problem this year - but it is predicted that next year may bring an excessRead More with El Nino. Either way, the politics in this state are unreal - and water need not be one of them. After 32 years of living here, I can honestly say that Californians waste more water than people in other states. And no, I am not talking about the "flush the toilet" kind or the "shower" kind. The only thing that I see in this order that makes no sense is to scale back outside watering to twice a week. Many homeowners tend to "switch around" areas - watering the lawn one night, irrigating other areas on other nights. Drip irrigation is most efficient if done slowly. This way also makes it easier to check for leaks (common with all the wildlife who like to eat the tubing). I just hope that this "dry time" is a wake up call for our politicians to create an infrastructure that can sustain many northern California communities (such as Novato) for a longer period. We have done very little up here to manage that, and pale in comparison to the changes that Southern California has done in the past 20 years. Unfortunately that wold mean that our government admit we have an infrastructure problem - and governments don't like to admit mistakes. It would also suggest we put a moratorium on growth until we have the infrastructure to handle the increase in population. But, as typical in California, different groups tend to be obstinate in defending their causes - even if it means moderating the timing of their agenda. The bottom line is that we don't need growth now - we do need an infrastructure that can make us water independent and sufficient. Mother nature doesn't listen to anyone. I guess that here, in the Bay Area, we think we can outwit nature. Not true!
Kerry Jacobs May 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Liberals have flushed massive water to the ocean to save the Delta Smelt which isn't necessary. NowRead More the humans don't have any water and the hacks want us to cut back ?? .. Ha ha, not happening here silly liberals. We should charge anyone who votes democrat 50% more for their water then anyone else and then watch them vote differently in the future. Its that simple. Until then the tailspin of this once great state continues
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Tass Kandle June 20, 2014 at 07:56 am
They can put fruity/marshmallow flavors in vodka ( product that is KNOWN to kill people) but not inRead More e-cigarettes, a product that I believe saved my life? Sorry but you can pull my cappuccino flavor loaded vape pen from my cold dead lips.
Becky June 20, 2014 at 10:44 am
Extremely good point, Tass Kandle. Makes me wonder about their real motivation.
Jerry Schmidt June 20, 2014 at 11:58 am
motivation...."Total control"
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WMS826 May 5, 2014 at 01:18 pm
Democrat equals communist these days.
Frank W. Chupka May 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm
more liberal vomit. they twist the facts to suit themselves. gun violence? what's that? I ownRead More guns and they NEVER get violent.
John Tips May 6, 2014 at 07:15 am
The bottom line - gun free zones are great for criminals who already don't care about laws!
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Michael April 25, 2014 at 02:29 pm
I am sick to death of people who want to tell me what I can put into my own body. Wake up people andRead More fight these control freaks at every chance. Our government makes up their own fabricated studies to support their intrusions into our lives. If you do not like pot then don't use it. Other wise stop telling the rest of us what we can and can't do. And for some reason we taxpayers continue to allow our government to tax us without representation. Didn't we fight to establish this country all to get rid of the UK's taxation without representation? Unfortunately there are so many drones out there today who believe our government really cares about us. But that's why they are drones. Follow the leader. And our current leader is a known liar. Pitiful. Right on Colorado and others who are telling our government that is we the people who will make the rules not them.
Affordable housing complex in Larkspur.  Courtesy photo.
Hopkin April 16, 2014 at 08:13 am
Don't worry if unincorporated areas aren't near any mass transit or roads at all - we will build allRead More that once you put in the housing!
DMC April 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Hopkin--Our Novato leaders seem to be preparing for that ---judging by the Train StationRead More location-----and new---stealth Grand Central Bus Station-----(that no one know's about except the city council and Mayor
Mary L Holman April 19, 2014 at 09:32 am
Why don't the rich people house and insure their own servants? Now we are supposed welcome moreRead More low-income housing to be stacked everywhere. We pay extra to import our water from Sonoma - let the rich people buy google buses and import their own servants, who can live where it's already cheap.
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