Friday, December 13, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager


New Mayor and Vice Mayor

At the meeting of Tuesday, December 10, 2019 the Town Council elected Ford Greene to be the 2020 Mayor and Brian Colbert was elected Vice Mayor.  Congratulations Ford and Brian! 

In addition to these appointments, Council members thanked outgoing Mayor Matt Brown for his service to the Town, and welcomed newly elected Council member Steve Burdo.

Marin Sanitary Service Rate Increase

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7 PM, the Town Council approved a request by Marin Sanitary Service for a 7.09% rate increase for refuse collection and recycling services and adoption of a resolution amending the agreement setting maximum rates for the year 2019. The rate increase will begin in January 2020.

Organic Waste Cart

New Organic Waste Program for 2020

Starting on January 1, 2020, residents of incorporated San Anselmo can opt to receive a second or third green waste cart as part of their basic bundled service package with Marin Sanitary Service. Customers who want the third green waste cart must make the request by December 31, 2020 to be able to have the third cart as part of their basic bundled service. After that date, customers will be entitled to two green waste carts as part of the bundled service, and will be able to rent additional carts (up to 4).
In summary, customers who have secured up to three (3) total green waste carts before December 31, 2020, will keep this secured level of service at no additional cost until the customer terminates service with the Marin Sanitary Service. This change is part of the new program for the collection of organic waste (food and yard waste). Beginning in 2020, Marin Sanitary will no longer collect organic waste from customer-owned cans. You will be receiving more information from MSS and the Town throughout 2020 on this program change.
It is important to note that these changes are for customers in the incorporated town of San Anselmo. This does not apply to customers who may have a San Anselmo address but reside in unincorporated Marin County, such as residents of Sleepy Hollow.

Happy Holidays

Breakfast with Santa

8:00 am seating & 10:00 am seating

The San Anselmo Recreation Department has partnered with the Ross Valley Fire Station to bring the popular Breakfast with Santa event to Fire Station #19 (777 San Anselmo Avenue). Don't forget your wish list and your camera as Santa will be in attendance. It wouldn't be a Breakfast With Santa without him!

Preregistration is closed. Limited day-of seating may be available for $10/child, $12/adult.

The Firefighters are having a toy drive so feel free to bring a toy!


Letters to Santa

Last year hundreds of children dropped off letters to Santa at the downtown North Pole mail box located in front of Town Hall.

Keep up the tradition and bring a letter for Santa.

San Anselmo Suzuki Strings Play Holiday Music

Monday, December 23 at 12pm
Library Reading Room

Get into the holiday spirit with live performances by students of the San Anselmo Suzuki Strings. These young violinists will perform classic holiday pieces for all to enjoy!

Sustainability Commission flier

Holiday Parking

The Town of San Anselmo is providing FREE four-hour parking to holiday shoppers. The free four-hour holiday shopping period begins on Friday, November 29 and will continue through Wednesday, January 1. During this period, the parking meters will not be operating. There will be enforcement for parking over the four hour limit.  And, as always, the disabled, red zone and other safety related parking violations will be enforced.
In addition, the residential overnight parking rules will be suspended during this time to accommodate visitors over the holiday season. Please be sure to allow for emergency vehicle clearance on all roadways.

Work During the Holiday Season

As has been past practice in the Town of San Anselmo, no work will be allowed in the public right of way from December 24th--January 1st, unless there is an emergency.


Curbside Tree Recycling

Tree preparation for both curbside
collection and drop-off:

• Remove all tree stands (metal, plastic, wood), ornaments, lights, tinsel, etc. Trees over 6 ft must be cut in half.
• Flocked trees will not be accepted.
• Apartment building tenants should contact their manager and request that they set up one day for holiday tree collection at the property.

Marin Sanitary Service tree recycling:

•Monday, December 30, 2019 to Friday, January 17, 2020:
Put tree on curb on your regular yard waste pick-up day.

•After Friday, January 17, 2020:
Trees collected curbside will result in a charge on your bill of $5 per tree.

Additionally, trees can be cut up and placed in the green cart on any regular collection day as long as the lid can close on the cart.

Drop-Off Locations

Residents can bring up to two (2) unflocked trees to the Marin Resource Recovery Center at 565 Jacoby Street in San Rafael at no charge during the entire month of January. Flocked trees with fake snow will be subject to the normal facility rate. Trees meeting the same requirements listed above may be dropped off between the dates of January 2-12, 2020, at the Marin Art & Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd in Ross.

Friends of the Library painting
Town Books

Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS and Friends of the San Anselmo Library are honored to host an exhibit by local artist, Jean Sanchirico during December. Her body of work in chalk pastel focuses on the ever-changing California landscape. Using color, shape and shadow, the drawings enliven the typical landscape leading the viewer to see it anew.

During December we're adding a "free book" coupon with every gift certificate purchase, and all holiday books are half-off.

511 San Anselmo Avenue, San Aselmo, CA
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 4
Sundays in December: 1, 8, 15, and 22
Closed: December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

Illuminated Box Art

Illuminated Art Installation in Downtown San Anselmo

Multiple neon art pieces will be displayed at 538 San Anselmo Avenue through the holidays.  Illuminated art presented by San Anselmo Arts Commission and artists from The Crucible.

For more information please contact the  Happy Holidays. 

Fire Truck

Winter is Coming

The Town has a flood horn located on the Town Hall tower. The horn is audible from areas that are subject to flooding, as well as many areas that are not. The horn is sounded when flooding is imminent. Town staff will sound the horn with 5 blasts, a pause, 5 blasts, a pause and 5 blasts. If you hear the flood horn, do not go to flood-prone areas.  We understand that it is tempting to come view the creek when the water is high but it’s VERY dangerous. It also takes Public Safety personnel extra time to respond to people entering flood areas instead of attending to other important duties during the emergency.

In conjunction with the flood horn, the Town places signs near flood-prone areas when flooding is a possibility.  The signs say “Turn Around – Don’t Drown!”  and are a reminder that flood waters are swift moving and pose a danger to everyone. ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ is a project of the National Weather Service (NWS). NWS says that more deaths occur from drowning than any other thunderstorm related hazard.  Stay safe by avoiding flood-prone areas during storm events!

Fall Leaves

Fall Leaves

With fall here, the Public Works Department would like to remind all residents to keep curb areas free of leaves and other debris.  It’s easy to get rid of once it’s picked up – our garbage company provides pickup of yard waste in cans or boxes for all customers.
Please don’t just rake leaves into your curb area, hoping that the street sweeper will come by and pick them up.  The sweeper can’t cover the entire town, and leaves left in curb areas will clog drains quickly when winter rains arrive. Sweeping leaves in the gutter pan is a stormwater violation. Please dispose of leaves properly by putting them in your green waste container.  
A link to the current street sweeping schedule is located here:
And, as a reminder, the Town has an ordinance that limits the use of motorized leaf blowers to Monday, Thursday and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Residents, who pick up their leaves, keep an eye on neighborhood drains and clear clogs during storms will help to keep winter storm water flowing where it’s supposed to be.

San Anselmo

Winter Preparedness

Winter is just around the corner and now is a good time to get prepared for winter storms. The Town website has a lot of good information about winter preparedness. Please visit the following link for this information:
Here are some tips for getting your home ready for winter weather:
Check Your Furnace
If your home has a forced air heating system, have it inspected by a licensed heating contractor or by PG&E, which offers free furnace inspections and pilot relights to its customers. A thorough inspection will include checking for potentially hazardous conditions that can occur as heating equipment ages, as well as ensuring that the unit and ductwork are operating as efficiently as possible. The furnace filter should also be replaced at this time.
Dryer Ducts
This is also a good time to inspect and clean the clothes dryer duct of lint and other debris, which should be done at least once a year. A clean dryer duct will significantly reduce the risk of fire while decreasing the energy and time needed to dry your clothes.
Weather stripping
Inspecting and repairing the weather stripping on your doors and windows will ensure that the warm air inside stays inside as long as possible. Sealing cracks and crevices around the exterior walls and ceilings with caulk and/or spray foam sealant will also reduce heating bills by preventing heat loss to the exterior. For more information on ways to improve your homes energy efficiency contact a certified energy consultant or the San Anselmo Building Division.
Rain, Drains, and Gutters
Along with winter comes the rain, which means it's time to clean the roof gutters and ensure that they drain into an approved storm drainage system. We receive numerous calls from Town residents each year shortly after the first significant rains of the season concerning water runoff in places it shouldn't be. Besides the mess, sediment laden runoff water can cause damage to adjacent properties and to the environment. So please have your storm drains inspected by a landscape or plumbing contractor to ensure proper functioning.

Flood Gate Inspections
The Town recently passed an ordinance requiring commercial businesses in the floodplain to install and maintain flood gates in case of heavy storm events to reduce and prevent flooding. Town staff will be conducting inspections over the next few weeks to assess the condition of flood gates. If you are a commercial property or business owner. please make sure you have your flood gates on-site.
If you currently have a renovation project underway that has affected the grade around your home, please call the Building Division (415-258-4616) as soon as possible and we will gladly assist you in complying with the Town's jobsite winterization requirements.

Drive Electric

Enjoy Additional End-of-the-Year Incentives on Electric Vehicles with Drive Clean Bay Area

When you drive electric, you save time on your commute in the HOV lane, save money on low fuel costs, and save the planet. With Drive Clean Bay Area’s EV Preferred Pricing Program available through December 31, 2019, driving electric is more affordable than ever, with additional end-of-the-year incentives. In addition, when you opt up and plug in to MCE Deep Green, you’ll cut your carbon footprint in half. Your organization is proud to partner with Drive Clean Marin to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the Bay Area.

Historic Stroll

Boards and Commission Seats Available

Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of the committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There is one seat available.

Economic Development Committee - 
The Committee’s charge is to work with local businesses and the community at large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  There are 2 seats available.

Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - The purpose of the oversight committee is to ensure transparency and accountability to the voters by reviewing the collection and expenditure of Library tax revenues.  The group meets twice a year to review the library budget. There are two seats available.  

Tax Equity Board – The Board is charged with hearing applications for tax rebate from San Anselmo property owners claiming inability to pay the Town’s Municipal Services Tax and Pension Override Tax.  The Board consists of three members and meets once a year in the spring.  There is one seat available.

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 12/16 - Sustainability Commission - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, 12/18 - Open Space Committee - 7:30 pm, Council Chambers

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