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January 12, 2018

Downtown SA

Town Council News

At the January 9, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council took the following actions:

  • Approved minutes of December 12, 2017.
  • Acknowledged and filed warrant numbers  issued during the month of December 2017.  
  • Approved a resolution revising the minimum Part Time Library Page hourly rate from $10.50 to $11 per hour effective January 1, 2018 due to increase in the hourly minimum wage.
  • Approved a resolution adopting a Publicly Available Pay Schedule in accordance with the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) regulations.
  • Accepted the Measure A compliance report prepared by Vavrinek, Trine, Day &Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017.
  • Announced expiration of terms on Town boards, committees, and commissions and directed publication of the openings in order to solicit applications. 
  • Accepted the Annual Audited Basic Financial Statement and Single Audit Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 prepared by Marcello & Company, Certified Public Accountants. 
  • Received an update on recruitment of the Ross Valley Fire Chief.
  • Adopted the January 9, 2018 San Anselmo Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. 
  • Denied an appeal for 23 Humboldt Avenue and 1399 San Anselmo Avenue, and upheld staff's recommendation in regards to variances associated with a garage conversion to living space.
  • Introduced and waived first reading of an Ordinance amending Title 2, Chapter 1, Section 01 of the San Anselmo Municipal Code, by providing that regular meetings of the Town Council shall be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month starting at 7 PM. 

Town Council meetings begin at 7 PM in the Council Chambers on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The agenda and staff reports for the meetings are accessible the Friday afternoon before the meeting here:


Upcoming Memorial Park Playground Closure

Millennium Playground will be closed on Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17th for maintenance (adding FIBAR material).


Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS is honored to host an exhibit of paintings by local contemporary artist, Judi Stess. Her work will be on display January and February 2018.
Judi is a native of the Bay Area, and works with oil paints, acrylics and pastels. She helped to establish the Indian Valley Artists Association in the early 1990s, now known as the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). She continues to exhibit with this group.
ARTIST RECEPTION:  Friday, January 19, from 5 to 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
TOWN BOOKS:       411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
HOURS:                   Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm
INFO:                        415.526.3791 or

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Ross Valley Village: Stretching Your Dollars for Financial Stability

Age-Friendly Fairfax Forum:  
Resources for Older Adults & Their Loved Ones

FREE and open to all
Fairfax Library, 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax
Facilitator:  Jody Timms and invited guest speakers
Friday, January 26,  1:00-2:00pm 
"Stretching Your Dollars for Financial Stability"  
What are the resources available for planning your financial future so you’ll have enough to enjoy your golden years? What part will Social Security play? Come hear experts from SparkPoint and Money Matters and share your own insights for prosperity.

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Elders' Garden Discussion Update

At the October 24, 2017 Town Council meeting, the Council approved the framework for a Memorial Park Master Plan (MPMP). Concerns were raised by members of the public related to the proposed changes to the Elder's garden area of the park. In response, the Town Council appointed a subcommittee to focus on working through these issues in an effort to finalize the master plan.

This past Monday, the subcommittee met to discuss the design of the Elders' Garden in relation to the Memorial Park Master Plan. The meeting was well-attended and the discussion included comments from attendees regarding what they would like to see happen long-term at the Elder's Garden. Staff collected this information and will generate updates draft plans for the garden for review.

The subcommittee will schedule a follow-up meeting in early February to present these options. Look for this date/time/location on the Town's website, in an upcoming newsletter and on


Resilient Neighborhoods: Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Free workshop series on the following Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00p.m. in the Historical Museum at Town Hall:
January 30    February 13    February 27   
March 13       March 27

Resilient Neighborhoods provides practical actions to live more lightly on the earth. During this 5-session course, you will learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by taking simple actions like trimming energy and waste, conserving water, and marking smart transportation choices. Meet your neighbors, learn about cash incentives for home efficiency, prepare your family for emergencies, and take actions to build a stronger and safer community. Plan to attend all 5 meetings. If you have a conflict with the dates above, contact Resilient Neighborhoods.
Have questions about the program? Want to learn more before the workshop series starts? Join us for a special morning of Coffee with Resilient Neighborhoods on Saturday, January 20th at 11am in the Council Chambers. Tamra Peters, Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods, will share what you can do about climate change.

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Town Hall, Library, and Recreation Offices Closed in Honor of Martin Luther King Junior

The Town Hall, Library and Recreation offices will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King on Monday, January 15, 2018. While Town offices are closed, the Police and Fire Departments are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure a quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise.

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We are asking residents to let us know how they would like to connect to the Town. Please take the survey. The results will help us serve you better!

The Town is constantly seeking better and more efficient means of providing information to and receiving input from our residents. We are evaluating our current public communication and outreach methods with the goal of doing the best job possible of informing and engaging the community about important topics, town services, initiatives, and programs that may be of interest to the community.

Please take the survey, and give us your opinion about what is working, what could be improved, and what other type of communication method might be considered. The survey is located at

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, 01/16/18- Parks and Recreation Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Thursday, 01/17/18- Open Space Committee - Council Chambers 7:30 p.m. 
Thursday, 01/17/18- Historical Commission - Historical Museum 7:30 p.m. 

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