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Novato is a city located in northern Marin County, California. As of a 2000 census, the city had a total population of 47,630.

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Price increase goes into effect for Muni fares

Beginning Monday, the price of a regular fare on a muni bus or light rail car is $2.25. The day before that, the same trip cost just $2.00.

Some commuters say they will feel the increase. "I'm kind of on a budget since I am still in college. It's kind of hard on us, mostly because I have to pay for student loans. So it kind of bugs me," said Yasmin Jimenez of San Francisco.

"It adds up a quarter every day. You have to get a pass to get there and back," said Claudia Martin also of San Francisco.

This is the first fare increase in five years. Muni monthly passes are increasing $2 this month to $68. And muni and BART monthly passes increased by $4. Fares for seniors, the disabled and youth remain the same.

Most commuters told KTVU they are taking the increase in stride. "Got to support city workers and have to support the service this provides. It's a service worth paying for," said Paula Baum.

The fare hike is based on a formula that combines the consumer price index in the Bay Area with labor costs. The increases were approved earlier this year as part of Muni's two-year budget.

"It was really meant to address labor costs, upcoming as well as operating costs for the next two years," said Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

"I'm kind of worried if it is going to happen again or not. Because if it keeps adding more I am probably not going to be able to afford it," said Jimenez.

Bus passengers are advised to have that extra quarter on them, since the drivers don't give change.

This new fare will stay in place for at least the next two years.

After that, Muni can consider another increase based on the formula.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:48:45 -0700

Structure, vegetation fire burning in Forestville

Firefighters are responding to a fire burning through multiple structures and vegetation in Forestville Monday afternoon, according to the Forestville Fire Protection District.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. in the area of Laurel Avenue and Summerhome Park Road, near the Russian River, a volunteer with the district said.

The volunteer said three injuries were reported and Cal Fire crews are also responding to the fire.

The fire was not under control as of 4:45 p.m., the volunteer said.

No further details were immediately available.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:20:19 -0700

Pianos pop up in Santa Clara County parks

Is that a bird, or Beethoven? Visitors to some Santa Clara County parks are hearing more than the sounds of nature. They're hearing the sound of music from pianos in the park. The instruments were placed at four Santa Clara County parks as part of the Sunset Piano Project.

"It's like, so strange! There's a piano in the middle of the park," said visitor Lehett de la Cruz. "Wouldn't it be nice if someone would play the piano while we're eating?"

KTVU watched several people walk by and give the old Cabinet Howard Grand upright a double take. The piano sits under a large shade tree by a drying out lake.

It seemed to beckon some visitors on a hot Labor Day. "Some of the keys are in tune, but some are out of tune," said Chelsey Layung. "It's still fun to play...I'm just glad it's here." Chelsey's brother, Tyler stood at the keyboard, "I don't need a chair," he said as he started to play "Wedding Dress.”

"Kind of soothing, even though the keys are out of tune," Tyler said. "It's like, the breeze and clean air..."

The Sunset Project has placed pianos up and down the Bay Area over the last year to see how piano music in an unexpected public place changes the way people interact and think. "Music makes people change their mood," agreed church pianist Eric Faustino. "If you're sad, music makes you happy. Sometimes if you're happy, music makes you sad."

Faustino seemed to be a bit of a pied piper at the piano. The more time he spent tickling the 88 keys, the more people gathered around him. "I'm feeling happy because a lot of people are here," Faustino said laughing.

So no one expected to go to Ed Levin Park for a piano sing-a-long, but that's exactly what happened. Faustino had the crowd singing church gospel songs. "All together now," he shouted from the keyboard, and they sang louder.

The pianos will be at Ed Levin, Vasona, Sanborn, and Alvio Marina parks through September.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:13:33 -0700

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