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Goodbye Geoffrey

Columnist: Bill Meagher
May, 2018 Issue

“I don’t want to grow up, I’m a Toys R Us kid.” That, of course, is the jingle for the most well-known toy store in the country.

The ubiquitous toy retailer has finally called it quits, and will close its stores including the San Rafael outlet on West Francisco Boulevard alongside Highway 101.

The chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last September and in January announced plans to close 200 stores.


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Of Marijuana, Painting the Town & the Rat Squad

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Apr, 2018 Issue

Marin is taking a cautious approach when it comes to the cannabis business. San Anselmo is a great example of how a slow the pace is and what the issues are.


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Sears Closes, Black Bear Growls, Sams Sells & Burgers Go Big

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Mar, 2018 Issue

 It was only a matter of time. Sears in Marin is toast. Anybody who spent time in the Sears store at San Rafael’s Northgate Center knew the retailer wasn’t long for the world, the Sears brand has been on the ropes for years. It was taken over by hedge funder Eddie Lampert in 2005, who failed to invest in the retailer allowing the stores to become outdated as retailers were going digital. Lambert controls ESL Investments, the hedge fun he founded. ESL and Lambert own close to 30 percent of Sears and Lambert is chief executive officer.


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Pink Slips Real Estate and Marin Economic Forum

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Feb, 2018 Issue

Pink Slips, Real Estate and the Marin Economic Forum 


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So Long Norm and Joni

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Jan, 2018 Issue

It was 2000 and I ran across the news that someone had purchased what was then known as Sonoma magazine. Since all things printed had already been declared DOA, I sent along a note of congratulations on the deal and wished them well. 


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Of Malls Mergers and Going to the Dogs

Columnist: Bill Meagher
Dec, 2017 Issue

Merlone Geir Partners, which owns the Northgate Mall in San Rafael, would like to know how you feel about the place?

More to the point, they would like it if you felt the shopping center was a place you could call your own, a place for everyone to hang out.

The investment firm that bought the mall in January did a survey to help them “elevate” the mall and since the mall is a neighbor and I am a neighborly type of person, I took the survey. It covered some standard areas, how often you visit, why and what do you buy.


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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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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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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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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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