City of Novato
November 2013
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Photos: City of Novato and Craig Solin/Marin County Parks
New Home for City Offices to be Open on Nov. 12
 City to move offices to 922 Machin Avenue Nov. 7-11

City offices will be moving from 75 Rowland Way to the newly-constructed facility at 922 Machin Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 7 @ 3 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 11. Offices will be open to the public at 922 Machin Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.


E-mail service, phone lines, online reservations, and program registration will be affected. Learn more...

News Highlights 


In October, the City completed the installation of a traffic signal (pictured above) at the intersection of Redwood Blvd. and Olive Avenue to improve traffic flow. Prior to the installation, drivers had to "double stop" at two stop signs before proceeding through the intersection. Public Works staff has been monitoring the traffic flow and continues to make minor tweaks as needed, to improve the driving and pedestrian experience at this busy intersection.

In other City news:


Also last month, the City Council approved a bond refinance, which will save money for Novato property owners, and also approved the sale of the historic Silva Kuser House. Council also thanked Capt. Dave Jeffries who is retiring after 31 years with the Novato Police Department (NPD), and welcomed interim Captain Tony Gillotte--who previously worked at the NPD for 30 years--as well as five new police officers.


The City Council received presentations on the workplan for the City's General Plan update (video) as well as an update on the City's Downtown Business Improvement District. The final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)for the Housing Element was released on Oct. 24, and the Planning Commission unanimously recommended the adoption of the Housing Element and certfication of the EIR at their Nov. 4 meeting.


Check out the City profile featured on the Strong Cities|Strong State website. Sweet Home Novato!


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Novato's Fiscal Future--What does that look like to you?
City Hall with Hills

Where do you see Novato in five, ten, even 20 years from now? What kind of City services do you expect and want to have? Check out the presentation that City Manager Michael Frank has been delivering to the community about the fiscal choices facing the City.
To learn more about the City's efforts for long-term fiscal sustainability, or to have this info presented to your group, please contact
Save the Date: Annual Holiday Crafts Faire, Dec. 6 & 7

Want endless holiday gift ideas? Don't miss the 2013 Holiday Crafts Faire! Held at the Margaret Todd Senior Center, this event offers fresh greens, jewelry, ornaments, toys, bath & body products, handcrafted items, wreaths, specialty foods--along with entertainment, raffles, Santa, and goodies to eat while you are shopping. Admission is free. Learn more...

Smooth Runnin' on South Novato Blvd





Our City maintenance crews are always in action! Over the past few weeks, crews have been removing trip hazards and replacing paving on the bike and pedestrian path along S. Novato Blvd. Stubborn roots and thick asphalt have not deterred their efforts--as all should be complete now. 


A note from your Public Works Department: you may have noticed that the water level in Scottsdale Pond is very low. After two winters of less-than-adequate rainfall, our creeks aren't supplying the amount of water to fill the Pond to capacity. Good news is the "sago pondweed," which has to be removed regularly isn't able to thrive and crews may not have to contend with it as much next year. Questions? Contact Public Works at 899.8246.

What's New at Dogbone Meadow?
To control the gopher population, the Friends of Dogbone Meadow recently installed owl boxes. To learn more about this project and to get updates on the park, go to
In This Issue
In this issue
City Offices Open at 922 Machin
News Highlights
City's Fiscal Future
Annual Holiday Crafts Faire
Smooth Runnin' on So. Novato Blvd.
What's New at Dogbone Meadow
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For times, location, and updated info on the items below, please check out the City Calendar.


Adult Co-ed Volleyball Drop-in (every Sun thru Dec)

Streetscape Maintenance Advisory Committee meeting
City Offices reopen at 922 Machin Avenue
City Council meeting
Adult Co-ed Volleyball Winter Registration deadline
Recreation, Cultural & Community Service Commission meeting


Planning Commission
City Council meeting
Evening of Big Band
Senior Produce Market
Design Review Committee meeting

Zoning Administrator meeting

City Offices closed

11/28 & 11/29
City Offices closed for Thanksgiving holiday


Planning Commission



City Council meeting



Senior Produce Market


Design Review Commission meeting



Brown Bag Market


City offices closed


Holiday Crafts Faire



Holiday Crafts Faire


Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting & Festivities

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Novato's Birthday Bash, 1/24/14