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Marin's Farmers Market

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2017 Issue

On a cloudy Sunday, the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market is jammed by rows of booths, with farmers and ranchers side by side. Brewers of the bean are doing a conspicuous business as couples walking hand-in- hand and chefs shopping for inspiration and fresh ingredients hold steaming cups, as if Saturday night and Sunday morning landed closer together than the clock suggests.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (and Real Estate & Death)

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2017 Issue

GGT will also raise its fare schedule beginning this month for both bus and ferry service. The district is facing a $51 million deficit over the next five years thanks to seismic work on the bridge, anticipated drops in revenues and increased wage and pension contributions,  

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A New Administration and the Impact of Change

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2017 Issue

But a design flaw has been discovered in the exec suite: a revolving door that doesn't lock. The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of this country has unleashed a series of changes, with more on the way. And as the initial months of the Trump presidency unfold in ways which are at once both ungraceful and ill-conceived, Marin is beginning to understand how this administration will impact everyday life.

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Help Wanted Marin Economic Forum Hiring New CEO Ag

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2017 Issue

But a design flaw has been discovered in the exec suite: a revolving door that doesn't lock Stop me if you’ve heard this one before the Marin Economic Forum is looking for a new CEO. While the non-profit’s mission is to improve the economic environment and steer desired industries into the county, it’s best known for producing insightful economic reports and white papers.

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Changes at Buck Make for an Interesting 2017

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2017 Issue

Neither Gladstone nor the Buck have given specifics about the nature of the agreement that was discussed or why it was scrapped.

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Of Leaks, Pot, Movies, Start-Up Cash and More Movies

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2016 Issue

A report by IBM this year said that, in 2015, there were more than 100 million medical records breached in the United States.

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It's All About the Real Estate, Baby

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2016 Issue

Real estate here is about as far from normal as one should venture without adult supervision, smelling salts and a bank you think you can knock over.

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Mooving Out Staying Put and Heads in Bed

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2016 Issue

BioMarin’s share price has been jumping around thanks to rumors that Swiss pharma giant Roche was kicking the company’s tires.

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Betrayal: Point Reyes National Seashore

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2016 Issue

A lawsuit against the National Park Service endangers a way of life in West Marin.

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Point Reyes, Business Hub of the Universe, and Rules of the Rails

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2016 Issue

Officials have gone on record, saying each passenger will be limited to one bike.

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Target in Marin City, Booting the Homeless and It's Not Natural

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2016 Issue

While there are a number of ways for businesses to lose its following in Marin, one that's guaranteed would be to claim you're "all natural" when you aren't.

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Tam Ridge Woes, Comings and Goings, Friedman Gets Fiery

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2016 Issue

“We couldn’t hold onto our staff. Most of them were coming down from Sonoma or Napa in that traffic, and doing that twice a day took its toll.”

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The Secret Life of Guns

Author: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2016 Issue

The North Bay firearms business

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Autodesk in Flux—Again

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2016 Issue

Autodesk has a résumé filled with restructures and—wait for it—sackings.

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Marin Movie Fans in Mourning

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2016 Issue

If you’re a movie fan in Marin, life keeps getting tougher.

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A Little Quid Pro Quo on the Side

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2016 Issue

Marin is a special place for lots of reasons, not the least of which is its public meetings, where you can hear a non-lawyer resident ask for a little 'quid pro quo.'"  

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Seeing Red

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2016 Issue

Why many of the biggest and most successful companies in Marin pack up and leave.    

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Traffic Studies, Miller Time and Retail Monuments

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2016 Issue

"I'm not a lawyer—though I always wanted to play one on TV."

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Who Gets What?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2015 Issue

"As for the county, give them a box full of clues."

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And it Ends With Pissing Off the Pope

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2015 Issue

Too often these days we hear about a company that's successful enough to require more space, and they bolt for Sonoma County.  

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The Title I Wrote Was Too Long

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2015 Issue

Commercial real estate goes nuts, Marin Econ Forum gets a new chief and Mount Tam Bio goes public.

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Damn Tourists, Crowdfunding and Really Ugly Shoes

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2015 Issue

Sausalito struggles with tourism, Kim Kaselionis’ new venture and Birkenstock’s renewed popularity

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Customer Service?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2015 Issue

Comcast’s ability to completely screw up the customer service game is virtually unmatched.

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Biotech, Publishing and Prison

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2015 Issue

Biotech partnerships and plans for expansion; Pacific Sun gets sold; and San Quentin’s waterfront property

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Hostile Takeovers, Gentile Dining and Top-Dollar Careers

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2015 Issue

Simon Property Group tries to take over Macerich Company, Perry’s restaurant group moves into Marin, and Glassdoor’s top 25.

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Killing Density in Its Bed and the Deathwatch at Fireman's Fund

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2015 Issue

Marin’s affordable housing myth prevails and Fireman’s Fund fails.

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Making History

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2015 Issue

How business in Marin changed forever in 1975.

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Cool Water

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2015 Issue

Fred Water aims to make this basic beverage hip.

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County Clubs, Groceries and Pot

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2015 Issue

Who’s ready for some golf, organic food and ice cream that gives you the munchies?

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On the Spectrum

Author: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2015 Issue

Anova works to ensure children with Autism and other neuro-developmental impairments receive the education they need.

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Do Business Improvement Districts Need More Improving?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2015 Issue

The BIDs in San Rafael and Novato are being criticized for questionable moves.

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Marin General Hospital Wants You to Be Healed in Your Happy Place

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2014 Issue

Marin General Hospital is taking an interesting turn with its marketing efforts.

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Shop Around

Author: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2014 Issue

A lackluster shopping center in Larkspur is reinvented as Marin Country Mart, a community and retail destination.

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True Confessions and SMART’s Rocky Start

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2014 Issue

Bill discusses Biz Stone’s new book and why SMART’s San Rafael station plan sounds like it’s going to look pretty boring in some people’s opinion.

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Drugs, Tea and Snobs

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2014 Issue

BioMarin sells off, Mighty Leaf gets bought up and Marin is snob central.

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Dare to Dream

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2014 Issue

Jack Krystal’s waterfront hotel just ain’t gonna happen.

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Seeing Is Believing

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2014 Issue

Sausalito’s Glassdoor offers true transparency for job seekers.

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Down and Out in San Rafael

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2014 Issue

The homeless issue in San Rafael is heating up this summer.

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Growth, Setbacks, Death and Bolinas

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2014 Issue

Glassdoor expands, Best Western wants to build SpringHill Suites, death and greed, and the future of Bolinas.

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Everything That Fits and Then Some

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2014 Issue

IPOs, athletic wear, home décor, new digs and more

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So You Think You Know the Bizys?

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2014

 It’s time to test your knowledge about the North Bay’s most coveted business event.

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Organically Grown

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2014 Issue

Meet your farmer, making lemonade at the slaughterhouse and Matteson-style mixed-use madness

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Gimme Shelter

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2014 Issue

The battle over affordable housing in Marin County rages on.

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It's All About Transparency

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2014 Issue

Novato’s DNBA gets questioned by skeptics.

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Coming and Going

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2014 Issue

BioMarin expands, but other Marin County enterprises aren’t so lucky.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2014 Issue

Fancy cars and homeless museums.

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It's All About Location

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2014 Issue

Disgruntled downtown Novato, real estate shifts and Autodesk’s whereabouts.

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Embracing the New—Sometimes

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2013 Issue

Plastic bags, glass doors, senior health, pigging out and massive apartments

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Oysters, Bad Fear, Books and Business as Usual

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2013 Issue

Bill takes a look at recent Marin controversies.

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No One Is Immune

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2013 Issue

Not all change is for the better.

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Plugs, Taxes and Returns

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2013 Issue

Marin’s ups, downs and combinations thereof

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Doing the Triangle

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2013 Issue

How United Market, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods coexist in San Rafael.

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Proper Disclosure

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2013 Issue

You never know who might move in next door.

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Consequences: George Lucas

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2013 Issue

The numbers are staggering.

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Community-Driven Questions

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2013 Issue

Shrinking development, biz district grows, increasing sales tax, slowing leakage and dessert as health food

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A Fish Story

Author: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2013 Issue

Swimming to find the bottom of the Drakes Bay Oyster debacle

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Beer, Brandy and Chopping Blocks

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2013 Issue

Disney shows LucasFilm the dark side and a beer magnate gets into the brandy.

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Up to Something

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2013

The Tale of the Great Bizy Caper  

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Naturally Marin

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2013 Issue

Mom Earth contributes to the bottom line, seeing things in Novato and going sans gluten

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Take Your Foot off the Brake, The Gas Is on the Right

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2013 Issue

Glaciers may be melting, but Marin isn’t feeling it.

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The Chosen One

Author: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2013 Issue

Now that Disney’s bought Lucasfilm, what will become of George Lucas’ North Bay empire?

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Location Is Key

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2013 Issue

Tiburon real estate sell off, high-tech growth and San Rafael becomes ground zero for affordable housing.

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Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Royal Shucking

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2013 Issue

Kevin Lunny loses his federal shell game.

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Coming and Going, Pulling the Chain, Man Caves and Birds

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2013 Issue

Bill Meagher discusses what companies are moving in (or not) and out, and how solar energy and birds might not mix in all locations.

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Naughty and Nice in Marin

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2012 Issue

Bill gets Santa to share some secrets.

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Change of Plans

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2012 Issue

Circle gets the square (deal) and Sutter Health (and Marin General) get spanked.

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Drink Up!

Author: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

A crash course on how to know, purchase and drink wine

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In the Public Eye

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2012 Issue

Dating don'ts, chicken that tastes like feet, yogurt that doesn't and an "A" in PR.

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Sandals, Jobs, Condos, Drunk Monks and Fights

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2012 Issue

Bill Meagher tracks comings and goings in the Marin business community.

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It’s a Dog’s Life

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2012 Issue

Many North Bay pets are living in the lap of luxury.

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Development Delays, Buildings on the Block and the Sandwich Shutout

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2012 Issue

Building and development woes continue in the county just north of the Golden Gate.

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The Rest of the Story

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2012 Issue

Signs, for better or worse, and neighborhood squabbles.

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Cream of the Crop

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2012 Issue

Local dairy farmers are going organic to better market their products.

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You Just Can’t Make Crap Like This Up

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2012 Issue

Marin’s NIMBY crowd forces George Lucas to the dark side.

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It’s a Go

Author: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2012 Issue

How one development project is beating the odds in Corte Madera.

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An Event to Remember

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2012

Planning the Bizies is harder than you may think.

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Under the Hedge

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2012 Issue

Larkspur investment adviser invents Delaware accounting firm, SEC calls foul.

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Making the Grade

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2012 Issue

Walls Street loves them, but feds say for-profit colleges need to go back to school.

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Marin Syndrome Strikes Again

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2012 Issue

Is Marin riddled with spoiled brats?

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All Things Dead and Musical

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2012 Issue

Grateful Dead band members are opening up food and music venues all over Marin.

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The Myth of Job Creation

Author: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2012 Issue

If you were going to create jobs, what would you do?

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Health Care, Wind Farms and Biotech

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2012 Issue

The battle between Sutter Health and Marin General continues; coastal wind turbines are scrapped; and BioMarin grows stronger.

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Marin Citizens Continue to Confound

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2012 Issue

Shenanigans in Fairfax, Novato, Mill Valley and San Rafael continue.

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Santa, Please Bring Me…

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2011 Issue

Will it be candy or coal for local businesses?

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How Not to Be a Scrooge

Author: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2011 Issue

Your employees will love you if you follow these simple holiday gift-giving rules.

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Join the Food Club

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2011 Issue

Whole Foods serves up a membership program and Novato City Hall finally finds a home (or does it?).

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The Not-So-Great Bank Heist

Author: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2011 Issue

“A man with a briefcase can steal more money than any man with a gun” (lyrics to “Gimme What You Got” by Don Henley)

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Sub-Par Golf Profits and Sour Grapes

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2011 Issue

What will the fates of McInnis Park and Mark Anderson be?

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Hit or Miss?

Author: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2011 Issue

The face-off over professional baseball in San Rafael has gone into extra innings.

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Of Irish Buy Ups, Lawyering Up and Up On a Ladder

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2011 Issue

BioMarin goes shamrock green, Broadway Video sues over environmental safety and Pizza Orgasmica lightens up.

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Target Practice

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2011 Issue

The debate over building a Target in San Rafael has deeply divided the community.

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Il Fornaio, WinCup, Target and Lydia's

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2011 Issue

Il Fornaio equity moves, WinCup factory folds, Target vote targeted in San Rafael and Lydia’s moves to Petaluma.

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Derailed

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2011 Issue

How will SMART get back on track?

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Biotech, Buildings, Hospitals and Wine

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2011 Issue

Bill Meagher survesys the latest business-friendly (?) developments in the county above the Golden Gate.

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Booming Investments

Author: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2011 Issue

As the first baby boomers reach traditional retirement age, it’s time to rethink, revise and redefine.

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Jobs, Food, Show Bidness and Conflicts

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2011 Issue

A job creation creation, food trucks, the Marin Home Expo and oyster updates.

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Party in Motion

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2011

To see a complete list of the 2011 NorthBay biz Readers' Poll winners, click here. You can also read the stories for each company by clicking on their corresponding links.   I’m at the far end of our executive conference room, as physically distant from the current debate as possible. The dialog is about finding an engaging theme for NorthBay biz’s Annual BEST OF the North Bay Gala, Awards Dinner and VIP Rodeo.   “I think a pirate theme would be a lot of fun.” These words are delivered in an almost breathless exclamation from one of our interns, a likeable kid named Roger.   To see pictures from the awards celebration, click here.

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Pursuing the Truth

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2011 Issue

Paper or plastic? The debate continues.

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Banking on Growth

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2011 Issue

How “little” Circle Bank plans on getting bigger but staying small.

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Movin' Up, On and Out

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2011 Issue

WinCup moves on, Boardwalk moves north and Nick’s Cove moves to the sales block.

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Retail, Office Space, Bank Donations and Beyond

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2011

Bill Meagher assesses the latest Marin County controversies. Which side are you on?

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Paint Jobs and Quarry Pains

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2011 Issue

The Dutra family gears up for another fight, while controversy swirls in San Rafael over how yellow is “too yellow.”

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The Fix Is In

Author: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2011 Issue

Downtown Novato seeks to reinvent itself.

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Car Dealers, Branches Closing, Tiburon Changing and Bagging the Plastic

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2011 Issue

Bill Meagher reports on the latest business debates in Marin County.

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Things Are Looking Up(scale)

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2011 Issue

Restoration Hardware has revamped itself toward an even more exclusive clientele.  

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Love Thy NeighborAnd Hate Thy Windmill

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2011 Issue

Will a new San Rafael Target store  be just what the county needs…or just another headache? The debate continues.

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Of Retail Palaces, Banks, Right Things and Pipe Dreams

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2010 Issue

Bill Meagher reports the latest business news in the county above the bridge.

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Author: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2010 Issue

The Marin General/Sutter Health split has been difficult indeed.

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Marin County's Grapevine

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2010

There’s more to Marin County’s wine story than you might think.

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Of Concussions, Crashes, Crimes and Consultants

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2010 Issue

Our man in Marin, Bill Meagher, updates a few previously mentioned subjects and long-running stories.

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Quirks, Pups and Nonprofit Newspapers

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2010 Issue

NorthBay biz columnist Bill Meagher acknowledges the "uniqueness" of the Marin County business climate—and general mindset.

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Clandestine, Covert & Confidential

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2010 Issue

The hush-hush tale of how Tamalpais Bank failed.

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When the Music Stopped

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2010 Issue

The rise and free fall of Clement Carinalli

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Money, Hotels and Being Square

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2010 Issue

South of NorthBay biz headquarters, Bill Meagher has the Marin County scoop—this month, it’s Union Bank’s takeover of Tamalpais Bank, Redwood Trust getting back to business, Larkspur Hotels’ new Mill Valley location and ClairMail’s pilgrimage to San Rafael Corporate Center.

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June Is All About Surprises

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2010 Issue

NorthBay biz turns to Bill Meagher for the latest Marin news—this month, it’s PG&E losing its energy monopoly, retail expansion and some good old-fashioned wire fraud.

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On Course With the Bizies

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2010

To see a complete list of the 2010 NorthBay biz Readers' Poll winners, click here. You can also read the stories for each company by clicking on their corresponding links. Mark Twain once defined golf as “a good walk, spoiled.” His having scribbled those immortal words makes me admire Twain all the more, because he wrote them and never actually laid eyes on me swinging a club. I was making this point with Norm Rosinski, publisher of NorthBay biz and an inveterate golfer.

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Mickey Mouse Move, Energy Fight and Fast Cars

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2010 Issue

NorthBay biz regular Bill Meagher discusses the demise of Disney-owned ImageMovers Digital, PG&E’s brawl with the Marin Energy Authority, and Hospice by the Bay’s Porsche-centric benefit show.

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RX For Success

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2010 Issue

Novato’s BioMarin Pharmaceutical is filling a niche by targeting rare diseases.

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A Little Bit of This...A Little Bit of That

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2010 Issue

For the goings-on in Marin, NorthBay biz turns to Bill Meagher. This month, it’s the fallout from Marin General Hospital and Sutter Health’s divorce, hotel and grocery store shake-ups, CVS’s market domination and Richard Branson’s San Anselmo-born submarine.

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Banks, Bankruptcy and Corbet's

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2010

To find out what’s happening with our neighbors to the south, NorthBay biz turns to Bill Meagher—this month, it’s bank accomplishments, newspaper woes and a hardware store relocation.

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Peet's, Bank Circles and the Buck Institute

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2010 Issue

NorthBay biz Marin correspondent Bill Meagher talks about Sausalito’s strange decision to keep Peet’s Coffee out of town, Circle Bank’s recently acquired real estate and the Buck Institute for Age Research’s 2010 construction plans.

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The Other Shoe

Author: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2010 Issue

Commercial real estate woes could further delay our economic recovery.

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Of Pension Funds, Black Ops and New Cars

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2010 Issue

To find out what’s happening with our neighbors to the south, NorthBay biz turns to Bill Meagher. This month: Charnel Benner’s contentious relationship with the Marin County Employees’ Retirement Association, unwelcome helicopter rides at Nick’s Cove and Cottages, and the grand opening of Kia Marin.

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Whistling Past the Graveyard

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2010 Issue

This time, it’s Forever.

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Monkey Business

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2010 Issue

It’s a jungle out there in the naming game for A Hundred Monkeys.

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New Beginnings Across the County

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2010 Issue

South of NorthBay biz headquarters, Bill Meagher has the lowdown on Marin’s latest happenings—this month, it’s Real Goods Solar moving back to town, Hanna Ranch’s hotel project gaining steam, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s new CEO and El Paseo Restaurant’s famous new owners.

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Save the Gravensteins!

Author: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2010 Issue

Sonoma County’s heirloom apple gets a boost from the Slow Food movement.

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Recession a Mixed Bag for Retail in Marin

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz Marin correspondent Bill Meagher reports on the county’s retail sector expansion—just in time for the holiday shopping season.

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The Big Picture

Author: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2009 Issue

 Dario Navarro—lawyer, financial analyst, academic and writer—shares his all-encompassing view of today’s economy.

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The View at Tamalpais

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz Marin correspondent Bill Meagher takes a look at the trials and tribulations of San Rafael's Tamalpais Bank.

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Seventeen Reasons This Column Will Help You Lose Weight

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2009

Don’t let the title fool you—NorthBay biz’s man in Marin, Bill Meagher, talks about the Dutra Rock Quarry expansion, Tyler Florence’s missing fork and the disrupted money flow between Sutter Health and the Marin Healthcare District.

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Colorful Casa Madrona Tales Keep Spilling Out

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz’s man in Marin, Bill Meagher, discusses the storied (and sordid) financial history of Sausalito’s Casa Madrona Hotel.

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Bayside Denied

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2009 Issue

After more than 30 years, Jack Krystal won’t give up on his dream of a hotel at Whaler’s Point.

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Smith & Hawken, BioMarin and Who You Know

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz correspondent Bill Meagher discusses the latest happenings of three Marin County mainstays—the implosion of Smith & Hawken, the rise of BioMarin and the salvation of Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

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Eco-Groovy

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2009 Issue

The Spitfire Agency promotes events and helps market everything from nonprofits to big-name companies and celebrities—all with a green bent.

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Locals Love, Big Money and a Smelly Situation

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2009 Issue

South of NorthBay biz headquarters, Bill Meagher reports on the goings-on in Marin County—from local retail promotion efforts to expansion and loan payment problems.

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Prison, Vines, Grocers and Bubba

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2009 Issue

Bill Meagher, NorthBay biz’s man in Marin, discusses the possible sale of San Quentin Prison, George Lucas’ newest development venture, Mi Pueblo’s grocery expansion and Bubba’s Diner’s time in Food Network’s spotlight.

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Law and Order, On the Coast, Odds and Ends and Pole Position

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz contributor Bill Meagher has his finger on Marin’s pulse, from white collar crimes and lawsuits to mergers and stripper poles.

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The Bizies Bust Out!

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Bill Meagher unlocks the mystery of NorthBay biz’s annual readers’ poll awards ceremony—unsurprisingly, it’s made of Hollywood executives, television deals and one hard-nosed publisher.

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Plans, PR, Prison Purchases & Presh

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2009

Happenings abound in Marin as of late—from health care expansion and car lots to prison sales and high-end jewelry. NorthBay biz turns to inside man Bill Meagher for the dish.

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Upscale Commuter Service, Grocers and Federal Funding

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2009 Issue

Come along with Bill as he contemplates Bauer Transportation's new commuter service, explores Pacheco Plaza's Safeway replacement and wonders if he can have some of Bank of Marin's unwanted TARP money.

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Rocking The Foundation

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2009 Issue

Marin Community Foundation’s Dr. Thomas Peters won’t take NIMBY for an answer.  

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Bank Buy-Ups, Bailouts, Buying Buildings, Bioscience and Boondoggles

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2009 Issue

This alliteration is, as usual, pretty self explanatory. Come see Bill riff about life just north of the big city.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2009

Hey, Marin, which do you want first—the good news or the bad news? NorthBay biz columnist Bill Meagher discusses both sides of the local economy…and it’s not exactly pretty.

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Money in the Bank?

Author: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2009 Issue

The financial crisis hits locally.

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Show Me the Money!

Author: Bill Meagher
Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2009 Issue

With expertly controlled annoyance, Bill Meagher explains the complicated and sordid world of bank bailouts.

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Branding Statement: Tourism Slogan or Dessert Topping? You Decide.

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2009 Issue

NorthBay biz Marin correspondent Bill Meagher discusses the county’s new slogan, which has locals fuming and officials wringing their hands with dollar signs in their eyes.      

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Size Matters, Job Losses and Bikes in Africa

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2009 Issue

Bill Meagher reports on various business happenings in Marin County—Novato’s $80 million mixed-use project, the humanitarian efforts of San Rafael’s Mike’s Bikes and the impact of 2008’s recession on the county’s biggest companies.  

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North Pole biz

Author: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2008 Issue

An insider’s view of Santa Inc.

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Puzzling Even in Hindsight

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2008 Issue

Bill Meagher looks back on the 2008 comings and goings of businesses in Marin County.

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Of Campaign Money and Newspaper Heartache

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2008 Issue

By the time you read this missive, the battle for hearts, minds and sales tax dollars on behalf of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) commuter system will be reaching the apex of its hype. The claims and counter claims will run neck and neck. The mother’s milk of politics—cash—will flow for everything from mailers to focus groups to lawn signs. And for the fourth time since 1990, North Bay residents will vote on the issue.

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Something Smells Fishy

Author: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2008 Issue

West Marin’s Lunny family struggles to keep Drakes Bay Oysters afloat.

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The Goode Life

Author: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Confessions of a tasting room imposter

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Adding Jobs, P&Ls, Building Buying and Chowing Down

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2008

Jobs are coming to Novato. GoAmerica, a 650-employee company from Hackensack, New Jersey, is abandoning the Garden State for Novato. The company, which provides communications services for the hearing impaired, is taking over almost 18,000 square feet on the Fireman’s Fund Insurance campus. The company was lured to Novato because the Bay Area provides a positive boost for employee recruitment. Novato was also a primo locale, because GoAmerica already has a temporary office set up in Petaluma. Also, Novato has no toxic waste sites—which is a plus when coming from New Jersey.

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Don't Go In the Cellar

Author: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2008 Issue

A profile of Mark Anderson, a popular Sausalito businessman now accused of arson.       Click here to read the Special Wine Issue

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Whole Paycheck Woes and Hard Times for Hardware

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2008 Issue

Let’s pretend you’re a national grocery chain and you’ve fallen in love with Marin County’s demographics. Now, for the purpose of this hypothetical situation, you have two stores that have become so popular that parking is almost a contact sport. And for the sake of argument, let’s say you have another store being built. Life seems pretty good, you national chain you.

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Trains a-Comin?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2008 Issue

A million here, a million there—pretty soon you’re talking real money. The fight to prove the SMART train is just that is under way again. The 20-year sales tax increase to fund the $540 million construction costs is on the November ballot. Should the tax plan pass this time, the train would roll in to a station near you in 2014.

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Perfect Landing

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2008 Issue

Hamilton Landing’s latest incarnation is bustling with all sorts of activity.

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The Color Of Money

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2008 Issue

Scott Muldavin is showing bankers how to be green…sort of.

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How Sweet It Is

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2008 Issue

Marin’s Straus Family Creamery has a unique recipe for success. If you believe in reincarnation, you might want to give some thought to coming back as a cow at Straus Family Creamery.

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Of Biotechnology, Buyouts and Dropping Acid

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2008 Issue

Is BioMarin up for grabs? The Novato company develops and markets drugs for the underserved genetic disorder market and recently posted eye-popping first quarter numbers. Revenues from its Naglazyme product were up 50 percent from the previous quarter, and another product was up 37 percent. Quarterly revenues were up 165 percent, and the 11-year-old company released guidance that points to revenues rising 122 percent for the year. The numbers ran counter to Wall Street analysts, who were looking for a nickel a share loss. Instead, the company showed net income of $1.7 million after losing $9.3 million in the last quarter of 2007.

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I Want My DVD!

Author: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2008 Issue

Sonic Solutions makes it easy to download movies and play them on any DVD player—not just on a computer.

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All American

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2008 Issue

    When American Assets acquired the Fireman’s Fund campus in Novato, most observers thought the San Diego real estate investment firm was simply buying a Class A office property with a strong cash flow.

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Gettin Bizy With It

Author: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

Everything you always wanted to know about the Best of the North Bay… but were too chicken to ask.

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Its All About the Food

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Best Of, May, 2008

    Living across the Golden Gate Bridge from the “City that Used to Know How” is both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that world-class culture is available for just bridge toll and the price of admission.

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A Developing Situation

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2008 Issue

    Some things in life are simply true without debate or worry: The Bush Administration never admits a mistake; the chemistry of the Dodgers will always break down to 25 players, 25 taxis, no matter how promising the team; and developers hate Marin County.     How do they hate it? Let me count the ways. Property is too expensive, the approval process has a positively glacial pace and the public-at-large holds builders and construction in the same regard Eliot Spitzer holds prostitutes.

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Seal of Approval

Author: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2008 Issue

Businesses across the North Bay are making their green practices official.

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Of Battling Lawyers and Political Blackmail

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2008 Issue

    Sometimes you just get lucky. How else can you explain the good fortune I have to write from the Capital of Political Correctness each month? Should you require convincing, look no further than Sausalito’s Alta Mira Recovery Center. A former bed and breakfast, it’s now a rehab center. It also treats eating disorders. Its operators, the Blatt family, are suing the city of Sausalito in federal court, alleging the city is discriminating against its clients.

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SpatiaLight Goes Dark

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2008 Issue

    There was something odd going on at SpatiaLight in Novato long before the company told all its creditors to pound sand by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in January.

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Talkin' 'bout Mill Valley

Author: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2008 Issue

The struggle between facing change and maintaining its original feeling is hitting this Marin town hard.

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Who Will Win the Battle for Restoration Hardware?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
NBB Top 500, Feb, 2008

    It’s the kind of tale that corporate flacks ache for, a company story so sweet you have to see the dentist after telling it. Way back in 1979—before the San Francisco 49ers had won a single Super Bowl and years before George W. Bush could find Iraq on a globe—Stephen Gordon was hard at work in Eureka, California, restoring a Queen Anne home to open as a bed and breakfast. Gordon was a stickler for detail, and he was disappointed as he tried to replace doorknobs and drawer pulls. None of the hardware to be had in his town looked old fashioned or had the right style. He was also obsessed enough to believe he wasn’t alone in his pursuit of such things.

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More Development Debates

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2008 Issue

    In the politically correct county of Marin, the following phrase is never heard in public…but it is often expressed in the safety of a private setting: “Novato isn’t really Marin.”     It may not have the kazillion dollar views of Sausalito or the rural charm of Inverness, but Novato does have plenty of something not found in Mill Valley or the tony boulevards of Ross: There’s development aplenty in Marin’s northernmost city.

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Greener Learning

Author: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2008 Issue

Dominican University's green MBA program shines a new light on business school.

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Investing in Cash Flow

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2008 Issue

    Southern California mall giant Macerich is finally breaking down and investing in the Northgate Mall in San Rafael. And while this should be good news for shoppers and the city of San Rafael, in all likelihood, it’s a mixed bag at best.

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Predictions for The New Year

Author: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2008 Issue

[Or how to be dead wrong in public.]

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The Commute, DVDs and Hotel Remodel

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2007 Issue

There’s no shortage of news for commuters. What’s harder to find are actual answers about what will make it easier to get from point A to point B. The widening of the Novato Narrows will likely take a decade and is now priced at a cool $800 million, according to the latest reports. Meanwhile, SMART folks are trying to figure out what bells and whistles might persuade Marin to get onboard the train.

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Green Acres

Author: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2007 Issue

How much open space is enough?

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Making Room

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Nov, 2007 Issue

Parking rates in downtown San Rafael are up, so where’s the outrage? In October, the city boosted rates to $1 an hour on Fourth Street, and monthly rates jumped by $5. In any other city in Marin, the merchants would have gotten a petition together and stormed city hall with tales of a business apocalypse. The difference is that downtown businesses know San Rafael is, for the most part, pro-business. A decade ago, Fourth Street was a virtual ghost town after 7 p.m. Now, the street is packed at night, string lights twinkle in the trees and the sidewalks are crowded with diners. Parking downtown is tough by Marin standards, though compared to San Francisco, it’s still relatively easy.

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One Time, At Wine Camp...

Author: Bill Meagher
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2007

Experiential Tourism comes to Wine Country.

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Let's Get Started, Shall We?

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2007 Issue

Welcome to “Only in Marin,” which will focus on business news—and the people making it—in Marin County. The name was stolen shamelessly from the late, great San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. Having Herb lift one of your stories and use it as part of his three-dot universe used to be a right of passage in Bay Area journalism. One day, he grabbed an item from me…but got it wrong. The correction was also incorrect. Finally, Herb called me at the paper where I was working and said, “Explain it to me.”

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'Till the Cows Come Home

Author: Bill Meagher
Oct, 2007 Issue

Dairy farmer Don Silacci struggles to survive after being caught up in a 14-year governmental snafu.

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His Place in the Sun

Author: Bill Meagher
Sep, 2007 Issue

Hugh Furtell is a developer with natural vision.

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Stick to It

Author: Bill Meagher
Aug, 2007 Issue

In a world of high-tech treatment and prescriptions for every malady, sometimes the old ways are still the best.

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Red White and Green

Author: Bill Meagher
Jul, 2007 Issue

Whether or not it's publicized on the label, consumers are increasingly aware of organic wines.

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Retail Therapy

Author: Bill Meagher
Jun, 2007 Issue

Napa and Petaluma offer shopaholics an outlet for their obsessions.

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All The Right Moves

Author: Bill Meagher
May, 2007 Issue

Darius Anderson has a golden Rolodex, a huge art collection, many hats—and freedom from Gray Davis.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Author: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2007 Issue

Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is putting a different spin on doctor/patient relationships.

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Holy Cow!

Author: Bill Meagher and Peter Seidman
Dec, 2006 Issue

Marin County's development debate comes to a head at St. Vincent's / Silveira.

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In Vines We Trust

Author: Bill Meagher and Peter Seidman
Nov, 2006 Issue

Vintage Wine Trust knows the value of Wine Country Real Estate

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Rise and Shine

Author: Bill Meagher and Peter Seidman
Jun, 2006 Issue

Now that tourism is on the upswing, North Bay B&Bs are filling their rooms with a charm all their own.

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