Friday, January 10, 2020 
David P. Donery, Town Manager

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Upcoming Town Council Items

Below are a few items on the next Council agenda for Tuesday, January 14, starting at 7 PM in the Council Chambers:
  • Announce expiration of terms on Town boards, committees, and commissions and direct publication of the openings in order to solicit applications.
  • Consider and accept the Annual Audited Basic Financial Statement and Single Audit Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019 prepared by Marcello & Company, Certified Public Accountants.
  • Reconsideration of Planning Commission Decision for 61 Hillside Avenue. Town Council reconsideration of October 21, 2019 Planning Commission decision to approve design review for a new single-family residence with an attached two car garage and a grading permit for 150 cubic yards of cut and 85 cubic yards of fill at 61 Hillside Avenue, Assessor’s Parcel Nos. 007-115-28 and part of 007-115-23.
  • Review of Council committee assignments and approve changes to the assignment list as needed.
  • Discussion regarding suspending staff work on a request for proposals for a consultant to lead a structured process for gathering and considering information on banning or allowing medical cannabis dispensaries and medical/adult use cannabis delivery businesses in Town and discussion regarding whether to direct the Town Planning Commission to consider: 1.) a draft resolution that would amend the Town of San Anselmo General Plan to prohibit cannabis business uses in the Town, except medical delivery businesses located outside of the Town; and 2.) an Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning) Chapter 3 (Zoning) Article 18 (Cannabis Regulations) to delete Section 10-3.1801(F) That Allows Cannabis Business Applicants to Apply to Amend Town Zoning Regulations.”
  • Consideration of path and trail signage recommended by Open Space Committee.

The full agenda and staff reports will be posted by the end of the day at:


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.

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.

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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

Resilient Neighborhoods

Take action against climate change! Resilient Neighborhoods has helped nearly 1000 Marin residents save money, make their families safer, and reduce over 5 million pounds of carbon emissions.  The program is fun and effective because it’s done with a team of households. Each household goes on a low-carbon diet to reduce 5,000 pounds in 10 weeks. At five facilitated meetings, team members learn about practical actions to trim energy and waste, conserve water, drive economically, and prepare their homes and neighborhoods for emergencies. The program works well even for people who have already done a lot. You can sign up for a team or get more information on the website, or contact them directly at


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. 
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. 

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Age Friendly Survey

Last chance to take the Age Friendly San Anselmo if you have not already done so. Please use the link below:
Or e-mail for a hard copy survey.
Register now for Age Friendly classes with the San Anselmo Recreation Department

Age Friendly Recreation Programming

Hiking Adventures and Leisure Walks in Marin
Join us for an inspiring hike and discover the magic of Marin’s hiking trails, or if you find the rugged trails of Marin too challenging come join us for a leisurely walk in the flat lands and gentle slopes of Marin.

4 walks or hikes a month, starting on the first Friday of every month.

Basket Making with Emily Dvorin
Visit our website to check out all the different basket making classes offered by Emily Dvorin such as Coiled Basketry, Twined and Plaited Basketry, Wacky Basketry, and Random Weave Basketry!

Mah Jongg Beginner Class
January 16th to February 13th - Isabel Cook Community Center 10:00am
Caine Starelli will be teaching the “Official Standard Hands and Rules of the National Mah Jongg League, Inc.” Sign up and learn the rules of Mah Jongg while having fun and enjoying new friendships.
Drop-In Games available on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm and Thursdays at 10:00am for $2
Practice Yoga Forever
January 14th to March 17th 4:30pm/January 16th to March 19th 6:30pm - Isabel Cook Community Center
A special invitation to all Senior Yogi’s and Yogini’s, this class is for you! The class is designed for seniors to inspire a more subtle balance of mind and body and to allow a sense of well-being to be restored.
Drop-In Rate $12
Tai Chi: Health and Harmony
January 7th to March 17th – Robson Harrington House
Increase your energy, flexibility, strength, and balance with less effort than you think. Beginners are surprised how quickly they learn and enjoy standing and walking more effectively as Patrick shows you how to use the Tai Chi principles in a fun way.
Drop-In Rate $15
Monthly Painting Workshops with Elizabeth Flanagan
January 9th to January 23rd – Isabel Cook Community Center
Beginners are welcome! Come and examine the beauty of painting while learning about artists and their techniques. Independent projects encouraged.
$60 per month

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Winter Storms

With winter rains upon us, it is important to be prepared.  The Town has storm resource information available on the website at:  

Information includes links to the flood gauge that measures creek depth, flood gate design information, flood protection tips, weather information, winter preparedness tips and sand bag information.
The Town has access to a number of different communication methods to deliver storm and weather related information to the community.  It is important, in addition, for each of us to stay tuned to local radio and TV stations to keep abreast of the weather forecast and be prepared with sand bags, flood gates or other prevention measures that are required in your specific situation.
As is always the case, during heavy winter rains, sand and sand bags are available for San Anselmo residents and merchants on Sunny Hills Drive in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts, which is across the street from Swirl, the yogurt shop in the Red Hill Shopping Center.
Important Information:  When you hear the flood horn, it means that flooding may be imminent. You should immediately move your family and vehicles to higher ground.  Please don’t use the flood horn as an opportunity to go see the creek firsthand.  Rushing flood waters are fast moving and very dangerous.

Creeks and Watersheds

No matter where you live, your actions influence watersheds and creeks. In Marin, all storm drains flow directly to local creeks, bays or the ocean without treatment.
Marin County has over 3000 miles of natural creeks. Some of the creeks remain relatively natural, while others have undergone many changes, such as dams and channel alterations resulting from development within the watershed.
To find out about individual watersheds and the plants, animals and fish that are part of the watershed, visit the Marin Watersheds website at

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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:

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 1/13 - Arts Commission - 7 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, 1/14 - Economic Development Committee - 8:45 am, Council Chambers
Tuesday, 1/14 - Town Council - 7
 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, 1/15 - Open Space Committee - 7:30 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, 1/15 - Historical Commission - 7:30 pm, Historical Museum

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