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Located in the San Francisco Bay Area ten miles from San Rafael and thirty miles from San Francisco the area was originally home to a number of Miwok villages. Named after a Miwok chief named Novatus after his baptism and the Novato River nearby. Novato grew after World War II due to the construction of a freeway. The area's barbershop is also a sponsor of a beard-growing contest. Many biotech firms as well as the Buck Institute bolster the Economy for Age Research

Population: 52737
Local Newspapers: The Marin Independent Journal Novato Advance
Local Sports Teams: San Francisco Giants (MLB) 49ers (NFL)
Local Colleges: College of Marin Indian Valley Campus

Zip Codes associated with novato, california: 94945 94947 94947 94949
Towns/Cities near novato, california : Black Point Green Point Lucas Valley Marinwood Hamilton Dewitt

Novato News
Marin IJ Editorial: Measure D extends Novatoa s growth boundaries

Split votes on the Novato City Council are not uncommon these days, but one issue that has won the council's unanimous backing is Measure D, extending the "Urban Growth Boundary" along the city limits for another 25 years. Novato voters put the planning restriction in place in 1997 as a way of preserving the greenbelt around the city.

Novato woman escapes house fire through second-story window

An 80-year-old Novato woman escaped uninjured from an upstairs window of her two-story Indian Valley home after a fire ignited inside the house early Thursday. Novato firefighters arrived at 4:08 a.m. at the McClay Road home after the woman called 911 while making her escape.

Fiery Novato crash ends wild chase from Sonoma County

The minivan of a reckless driving suspect burns along South Novato Boulevard early Thursday after a pursuit from Sonoma County. Police flattened the tires by placing a spike strip in the road, and the rims set off sparks.


Early estimates about the economic impact of the Northern California wildfires predict the total will extend into the billions of dollars. It's difficult, however, to predict just how these fires will affect the 2017 vintage - much less the overall industry.

Marin houses of worship answer the call for fire aid

Matthew Krick, Bay Marin Community Church's lead pastor, right, and Bryan Tabor, pastor of students and community life coordinate by phone the needs of fire evacuees. Follow the box tissue- and toy-lined hallway through Bay Marin Community Church and one will find rooms packed with neatly stacked goods grouped by category - toiletries and female hygiene, women and children's clothing, men's attire, firefighter needs and bedding.

Novato Theater Company play and Van Jones talk are best bets

Novato Theater Company presents a satirical look at fame, justice and the media in its upcoming show "Chicago." While in jail Roxie Hart meets the famed double-murderess Velma Kelly, and when both acquire the same lawyer, tensions come to a head as they vie for the media spotlight. Performances begin Thursday and run through Nov. 12 at Novato Theater Company Playhouse at 5420 Nave Drive in Novato; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays.

San Rafael police arrest 5 men accused of communicating with minors for sex

Multiple Marin County law enforcement agencies worked together and arrested five men who were willing to pay minors for sex. The San Rafael Police Department, the Marin County Sheriff's Office, the Central Marin Police Authority and the Novato Police Department targeted men who were willing to pay juveniles for sex.

Survivors struggle, help others

A view of what's left of the house of a church member after wildfires swept through California on Oct. 9. The member attends First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, which opened its doors to people left homeless after the blaze. Credit: Kelly Vaughn, First United Methodist Church First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, California, was always a church that helped others in need.

Get your tickets: Many clubs and theaters in the wine country...

In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 photo, rock band The Pixies, from left, Kim Shattuck, Joey Santiago, Black Francis and David Lovering, pose for a portrait in New York.

Marin County pension contributions to rise

The board that oversees the pension investments of a large chunk of Marin County's public employees decided Tuesday to cut a key investment return assumption, resulting in member agencies and employees paying more to finance the program. The nine-member board of the Marin County Employees Retirement Association, known as MCERA, voted 7-2 to reduce the fund's assumed annual rate of return from 7.25 percent to 7 percent.

New Meditate and Mediate Course Pairs Conflict Resolution Tactics with Development of Inner Skills

NOVATO, Calif: Academy of Inner Science founder Thomas Hubl and negotiator William Ury, co-founder of Harvard's Program on Negotiation and co-author of the 15-million-copy bestseller Getting to Yes, jointly announce their upcoming online course called Meditate and Mediate, which examines the connections between world events and our inner experiences. The impetus for the course, according to Hubl and Ury, was the desire to provide insightful perspectives on the intensely polarized conflicts proliferating across the world's political and social spectrums and in our personal lives, while offering practical ways to stem those raging tides of conflict.

Ethical Naturals takes center stage in contracting veggie glucosamine arena

The list of suppliers of vegetarian based glucosamine is shrinking with the news that a major supplier is withdrawing from the market. The news on the show floor at the recent SupplySide West trade show in Las Vegas was that Cargill is winding down its production of its Regenasure vegetarian glucosamine.

Woman took off clothes to distract resident from 2nd burglary suspect, prosecution says

A Marin County woman will face trial for attempted residential burglary after testimony she took off her clothes in the front yard of a Suisun City home in what the prosecution said was a bid to distract the resident from finding a second burglary suspect in the backyard. A resident of a home on Alexander Way told police Aug. 8 that Anna M. Harp, 52, began to get naked when the resident heard a man's voice in the backyard, according to law enforcement testimony at the preliminary hearing Monday in Solano County Superior Court.

Marin carjacking victim uses iPhone to foil suspects

Three Sonoma County residents were arrested in Novato in a case involving two stolen vehicles, a pile of stolen belongings, nearly 9 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine, police said. Jose Luis Lara, 36, Casey Hamilton Brown, 20, and Tasha Renee Deem, 35, remained in custody Sunday morning at the Marin County Jail.

Novato Station 4: calm before the firestorm

On Sunday morning, Oct. 8, the five Novato Fire District stations were open to the public. Families arrived, many with little ones in tow, to get up close to the fire trucks and equipment and talk with firefighters about the work they do to keep people and property safe.

Novato wildfire burns 3 acres, threatens homes

A wildfire burned about 3 acres Sunday on a hill near downtown Novato, threatening a cluster of homes on a windy, dry afternoon. The fire was reported at about 3 p.m. Sunday just north of Grant Avenue in the area of Seventh Street, Vallejo Avenue and Carmel Drive.

Novato police arrest drug and theft suspects

Novato police arrested two suspects on drug and theft allegations early Monday after in incident at a hotel in the Ignacio area. Police received a report of a suspicious man at the Best Western Plus Novato Oaks Inn at about 2 a.m. The man was bleeding from the hand and was not a hotel guest.

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