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Friday, April 13, 2018


What was decided at this week's Town Council meeting?

At their April 10, 2018 meeting, the Town Council decided the following items:
  • Approved minutes of March 27, 2018.
  • Acknowledged and filed warrants issued during the month of March 2018.
  • Proclaimed April 15-21, 2018 National Volunteer Week
  • Proclaimed April 8-14, 2018 National Library Week
  • Approved Special Event Application 34 Greenfield Avenue for a Spring Fling Partner Cross Fit Competition to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Approved Special Event Application Merrie May Faire to be held on Saturday, May 5th from 12:30-4:30pm on the Town Hall Plaza.
  • Approved sending letter to Transportation Authority of Marin request they consider greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and climate change in all its decisions, including final decisions regarding TAM’s Measure A Reauthorization proposal and consider funding electric vehicle and school transportation programs.
  • Approved request of Jim Baum, Farm Stand operator, to operate the Farm Stand on the Town Hall Plaza this summer from May to October, 2018. 
  • Appointed members to Board of Review and Arts Commission. 
  • Received presentation from Smoke-Free Marin Coalition.  
  • Continued a public hearing for 600 Red Hill, Assessor’s Parcel No. 006-091-13; Robert Nobili, owner; to introduce  “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Rezoning Property Located At 600 Red Hill Avenue (APN 006-091-13) from R-2 Medium Density Residential District and C-3 Commercial District to R-2 Medium Density Residential District and PPD/SPD Preliminary/Specific Planned Development District and Approving the Specific Plan for the PPD/SPD” to the April 24, 2018 Town Council meeting.
  • Approved Reimbursement Agreements and Award of The Alameda Improvements Project.
  • Introduced and waived the first reading of an ordinance amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 5, Chapter 5, to add section 5-5.07 (Storage of Personal Property on Public Property).
  • Oak Springs Emergency Repair Project:
    • Approved the slope stabilization project at 139 Oak Springs Drive.
    • Authorized staff to advertise for bids.
    • Authorized Town Manager to award project to the lowest responsible bidder.
The agenda and staff reports for the meeting are accessible here:

Volunteer Week

We celebrate Volunteer Week April 15-21 and want to recognize the many volunteers who give of their precious time to San Anselmo. 
  • Town Hall volunteers
  • Library volunteers
  • Board, Commission and Committee members
  • Recreation coaches and assistant coaches
  • Public safety volunteers in both Police and Fire
  • Public Works volunteers who help on the street
  • Emergency workers who help during storms
  • Youth volunteers from local schools
  • Volunteers who work in our parks and gardens 
Your volunteer assistance is truly appreciated!  Thank you!
Supervisor Rice

Coffee with Supervisor Rice

Supervisor Katie Rice will be hosting an informal community meeting in San Anselmo. You are invited to come meet with Supervisor Rice to discuss any County-related issues, share your ideas, concerns, or just come by and say hello!
Saturday, April 14, 10am-11:30 a.m., Imagination Park (541 San Anselmo Ave)
If you can’t make this date and/or you would like to meet with the supervisor in a “one-on-one” setting, you can contact Katie at 415-473-7825 or to find a day and time that works for you.

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After the Earthquake

Saturday, April 21
11am, Council Chambers

The aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake: wooden houses splintered, brick buildings collapsed, and developed areas of the city reclaimed as
swampland. Many citizens were injured, and as temporary shelters sprang up across the city, the fear of epidemic disease escalated. Join us for a visual presentation by amateur historian Richard Torney as he shares his family’s involvement in rebuilding the city after the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Brought to you by the San Anselmo Public Library.


National Library Week

National Library Week, April 8-14, 2018, is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.  From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.  The theme for the 2018 national Library week is “Libraries Lead.”  All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.  Don’t be surprised if our Library seems a little more festive this month!

Night of the Poets

Night of the Poets

Thursday, April 26
7pm, Library Reading Room

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the San Anselmo Public Library invites you to our 15th annual community poetry reading, Night of the Poets, on Thursday April 26 at 7pm. Poetry is meant to be read aloud and we invite community members of all ages to join in the fun by sharing a poem or listening to others recite.

The evening will include readings by celebrated local poets Prartho Sereno and Janet Jennings.

If you would like to share a poem (in 2 minutes or less) at Night of the Poets, sign up at the reference desk or email

Cha Cha

Learn to dance Cha-Cha
with Jasmine Worrell

Monday, April 30
4pm, Council Chambers
Let’s dance! The Cha-Cha is a dance of three quick steps and two slower steps that originated in Cuba. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1954 and has never gone out of style. No experience or partner required.


Elders' Garden Work Party

Please celebrate Earth Day (the day before) with some volunteering in the Elders’ Garden on Saturday, April 21st starting at 9:30 AM for the annual Mulch Party. Wheelbarrows and shovels will be provided along with refreshments.  

The Elders’ Garden is located in Memorial Park, next to Millennium Playground.


Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month and Pacific Gas and Electric Company urges all Californians to help stop “dig-ins” (hitting a utility pipe when digging) by making the free call to 811 at least two working days ahead of digging projects, big and small.
Dig-ins cause damage to underground gas, electric, telecommunications and other infrastructure, which is one of the most serious threats to public safety. In 2015 alone, there were more than 1,600 dig-ins throughout PG&E’s service area.
The 811 one-call service is free, and it’s a requirement of California digging laws. Calling 811 ahead of projects can prevent tragedies like the 2015 third party transmission pipeline strikes that led to fatalities, injuries and property damage in Fresno and Bakersfield.
A call to 811 is the best safeguard and the first line of defense to preventing dig-ins. Callers are connected to their local 811 center that notifies the appropriate utility of their intent to dig. That utility operator sends a specially trained and qualified technician to the digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags or spray paint.
PG&E Safe Digging Tips:

  • Mark project area in white: Identify the digging location by drawing a box around the area using white paint, white stakes, white flags, white chalk or even white baking flour.
  • Call 811 or go online for a USA ticket two working days before digging: Be prepared to provide the address and general location of the project, project start date and type of digging activity. PG&E and other utilities will identify underground facilities in the area for free.
  • Dig safely: Use hand tools when digging within 24 inches of the outside edge of underground lines. Leave utility flags, stakes or paint marks in place until the project is finished. Backfill and compact the soil.
  • Be aware of signs of a natural gas leak: Smell for a “rotten egg” odor, listen for hissing, whistling or roaring sounds and look for dirt spraying into the air, bubbling in a pond or creek and dead/dying vegetation in an otherwise moist area.

PG&E urges customers to call 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5000 if there’s a suspected gas leak. If an accidental dent, scrape or other damage is made to a gas pipeline, those nearby must leave immediately and alert others to avoid the area. Only when a safe distance away, should anything that might create a spark such as cell phones, matches, garage door openers, vehicles, or yard equipment be used.
For more information about 811 and safe digging practices, visit

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Service to Your Community Available Seats on Boards and Commissions

Arts Commission – The Arts Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are four seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.
Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 7 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are two seats available.
Historical Commission
– The Historical Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are two seats available.

Dog Park Steering Committee - The San Anselmo Dog Park Steering Committee exists to provide ongoing input to the Town of San Anselmo regarding the ongoing operation of the Red Hill Dog Park, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Town regarding dog use issues at other Town parks. The Committee meetings every two months on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:00pm. There are two seats are available.

For more information or an application, please visit:
Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, April 13, 2018.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 04/16/18 - Planning Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 04/17/18 - Parks and Recreation Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 04/18/18 - Historical Commission - Historical Museum 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 04/18/18 - Open Space Committee (Cancelled)

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