Friday, December 27, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Happy Holidays
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.


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
Clean Cars

Clean Cars for All Grant Program

Are you interested in trading in your old car for a new electric vehicle? The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is inviting income qualified Bay Area residents to apply for the Clean Cars for All grant program which provides incentives to retire older vehicles and replace them with a clean air vehicle or Clipper Card for public transit.
Residents may choose one of the following clean air transportation options to replace their scrapped vehicle:

  • Battery Electric Vehicles operate solely on their electric motor. Electric vehicle batteries recharge by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. Plug-In Hybrid batteries are recharged by the gasoline-powered motor during braking and by plugging into an outlet or charging station.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles combine an electric motor with a gasoline engine. These vehicles cannot be "plugged-in" to be "recharged.” The gasoline-powered motor also acts as a generator to recharge batteries on hybrids.
  • Clipper Cards can be used for public transportation on all major Bay Area transit systems. 

The average Clean Cars for All incentive is $7,500 but up to $9,500 is available for eligible applicants. Applicants must live in the Bay Area and their household income must fall under a specified limit based on their household size. Furthermore, the vehicle to be scrapped must be model year 2004 or earlier and registered in California. Bay Area residents may check the program website or complete an application to verify their eligibility.
For more information about how to apply or to find out more about Clean Cars for All, please visit


Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS is proud to host an exhibit of photography by Martha Ture during January and February. Her photography focuses on Mt. Tamalpais and its surrounding flora and fauna. In the years she has lived here, Martha has rambled the same trails every week, capturing the forest, streams, and animals through her artistic lens. Join us to see Mt. Tam come to life.

ARTIST RECEPTION:  Friday, January 10, from 5 - 7pm. Light refreshments.
411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 – 4   
INFO: 415.526.3791

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. 


Library Programs

Winter Reading Challenge
December 16, 2019-January 31, 2020
Sign up for the San Anselmo Library's Winter Reading Challenge! Curl up with some good books this winter and earn prizes for reading. The last day to collect prizes is Friday, January 31. The Winter Reading Challenge is for all ages. 
The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group
Monday, January 6
6pm, Historical Museum
Love articles, art, and cartoons? Discuss this and more at The New Yorker Magazine Discussion Group. Join us on the first Monday of the month at 6pm in the Historical Museum. Everyone is welcome to attend!
Sketchbook Drawing Workshop: Interior Spaces
Saturday, January 11
11am, Council Chambers
Continue or start a new sketchbook drawing practice in this workshop with professional artist and teacher Janet Jacobs. In this class, we will learn how to draw objects that are near to us versus objects that are farther away. Explore the space between objects in your art and discover how to draw objects both near and far. All materials will be provided and space is limited. Please sign up in the library, call 415-258-4656, or email
Art Talk Tuesday
Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rat
Tuesday, January 14
12pm, Council Chambers
Celebrate the Lunar New Year in this presentation from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. The Year of the Rat is the first animal in the zodiac and will start the new twelve-year cycle. This talk will explain the Chinese Zodiac and explore various customs and practices surrounding Lunar New Year through art. 

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!

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

Tuesday, 1/14 - Economic Development Committee - 8:45 am, Council Chambers
Tuesday, 1/14 - Town Council - 7
 pm, Council Chambers

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