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Friday, April 27, 2018

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What happened at the Town Council meeting?

At their April 24, 2018 meeting, the Town Council decided the following items:

  •  Approved minutes of April 10, 2018. 
  •  Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending March 30, 2018.
  • Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending March 30, 2018.
  • Approved the Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending March 2018.
  • Canceled regular Town Council meetings of scheduled for July 24, August 28, 2018, and December 25, 2018 and rescheduling the meeting of August 14, 2018 to August 7, 2018.
  • Approved resolution authorizing submittal of application(s) for all CalRecycle payment programs for which the Town of San Anselmo is eligible.
  • Approved an ordinance amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 5, Chapter 5, to add section 5-5.07 (Storage of Personal Property on Public Property).
  • Approved the 2018-2019 Project List and Resolution to be included in the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget for Senate Bill 1 (SB1) funding for roadway improvements.
  • Appointed Jamie Ginsberg, Kim Stuart, and Kelley Warner to the Economic Development Commission and Christina Slayton to the Capital Programs Monitoring Committee.
  • Received presentation from Transportation Authority of Marin regarding a potential sales tax measure. 

  • Received annual Crime and Traffic Statistics from Central Marin Police Department. 
  • Received a presentation from Marin Municipal Water District regarding a project on Butterfield Road. 
  • Received an update on the Ross Valley Fire Department Fire Chief Recruitment.
  • Introduced  “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” which would rezone the site and approve a Specific Planned Development that includes subdivision of the site into two lots and grading and design review approval for the construction of four new condominium units that would take access from Spaulding Street.  
  • Awarded consulting contract for Brookside School Sidewalk Gap Closure Project.
The agenda and staff reports for the meeting are accessible here:
Earth Day

Celebrating Earth Day through Community Volunteerism

On Saturday, April 21st, the San Anselmo Parks & Recreation Commission held its annual Earth Day volunteer event. This year's project included clearing out weeds and brush in front of the Isabel Cook Community Center and creating an ornamental garden in front of the gymnastics facility. This project was led by the Parks & Recreation Commission, including Commissioner Rod Kerr, a member of the Marin Master Gardener Board of Directors. The garden was designed by local resident and landscape architect Holly Selvig. Holly and Rod are pictured to the right.  Thank you to the large contingent of helpers from the local branches of Coldwell Banker, and to Town staff from the Recreation and Public Works Departments who spent a part of their weekend helping with the event.

Mt Tam

Budget Workshop

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10  - 11:30 AM
WHERE: Town Council Chambers

The Town of San Anselmo will be conducting a budget workshop designed to provide information and receive input from the public regarding the Town of San Anselmo's draft budget for the upcoming fiscal year of 2018-2019. This will be set-up in an "open house" format, with a visual presentation at 10:45 A.M. There will be informational booths and staff available to answer questions.

California Environmental Quality Act

Public Workshop - CEQA 101 

WHEN: Monday, May 7th at 7 PM
WHERE: Town Council Chambers

Please join the San Anselmo Town Council and Planning Commission on May 7 at 7pm for a joint workshop to learn about the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”).  This workshop offers a unique opportunity to learn about a state law that impacts many of the projects in Town.  Town staff and officials are familiar with CEQA, because they make decisions that require compliance with the statute.  But the law also encourages public participation in the decision-making process.  At the workshop, you will learn what triggers environmental review requirements under CEQA, what types of environmental impacts are examined and how impacts are mitigated as a result of the CEQA analysis.  Anna Shimko, a shareholder with Burke Williams & Sorensen, LLP will present CEQA’s legal framework and basic requirements, with particular focus on the Town’s obligations under this law.  Ms. Shimko’s practice areas includes land use, real estate development, and environmental law, with particular expertise in CEQA compliance.  We hope to see you at the workshop.
Red Hill trail

Red Hill Trail Ribbon Cutting

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th at 10 AM

WHERE: Trail head at Shaw Drive (behind Edo Grill)

On August 8, 2017, the Town Council approved the formation of hiking trails along the ridge between Memorial and Sorich Parks and from Shaw Drive to the summit of Red Hill. On Saturday, April 28th at 10 AM the Town will be officially opening the Red Hill Trail which provides public access to the top of Red Hill with its beautiful view of San Anselmo and beyond to the bay. The ceremony will take place at the trail head behind Edo Grill and across from WestAmerica Bank.

W. Shakespeare

Merrie May Faire: An Interactive
Afternoon with Shakespeare and Friends

Saturday, May 5, 1:00-4:00pm
Ages 8-108 welcome!
Town Hall Lawn

Time travel to Elizabethan England for an afternoon with William Shakespeare and friends.

Join the San Anselmo Public Library as we host
the Guild of St. George for our Merrie May Faire.
Your time travel will include:

Interactive Shakespeare. All the world’s a stage, so come act
out some of Shakespeare’s famous lines. Show us your best death
scene, and maybe learn some new insults.

Falcons and hawks. Learn how to train your falcon. See and
hear trained birds fly on command. Our falconers love to answer
your questions about birds and their role as hunters.

Music and dancing. Hear the music that Queen Elizabeth I
listened to, and learn some new but old dance moves.

Crafts. Meet a woodworker and a wool spinner and learn how
people made things before industrialization.

BoFax Road

The San Anselmo Historical Society presents

Thursday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. 
San Anselmo Town Council Chambers

Join San Anselmo author and historian Brian Crawford for an illustrated presentation on the history of the Bolinas-Fairfax Road. The scenic road has a long and fascinating history intimately tied to the history of Marin County. A stage-coach line, operated by a series of remarkable characters, provided a crucial transportation link across the county. The road was rerouted many times, and it was the scene of runaway coaches, landslides, bridge collapses, forest fires, earthquakes, overturns, encounters with bears and enraged stags, and one bizarre holdup.
Copies of Brian’s new book on the subject will be available for purchase following his presentation. 

Refreshments will be served after the free program in the Historical Museum.


A Stroll Through History Returns

Historical Commissioner Dick Miner’s popular Stroll Through History returns this year. Travel back in time with Dick and other members of the Historical Commission on a walking tour through downtown San Anselmo. The tour will highlight San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue over the years. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for refreshments.
This year the Historical Commission will also sponsor a Stroll Through History in one of San Anselmo’s oldest neighborhoods—the Seminary area. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and fine architecture. Refreshments will be served along the way. This tour does involve stairs and uphill and downhill walking.
2018 tour dates are:
Stroll Through History Downtown—April 28, June 23, August 25 and October 27 at 9:00 a.m. at Creek Park.
Stroll Through History Seminary Area—May 26, July 28 and September 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue).
RSVP at or email
Free Event. Space is limited.

OS Spring Benefit
Tax Rebate


San Anselmo property owners with a financial hardship due to unemployment, a catastrophic emergency, or low income are invited to apply for a rebate of the Town’s Municipal Services (also called “General Purpose”), Pension Override and Library Parcel Taxes.

The rebate program defines low income as below $30,749 for a one-person household, $35,118 for a two-person household, $39,520 for a three-person household, and $43,889 for a four-person household.  Rental property is not eligible to be considered for the rebate program.

The Town of San Anselmo’s Tax Equity Board reviews the applications, which must be filed by Friday, May 11, 2018. For more information and application forms, please stop by the Administration Office on the second floor of Town Hall or call 415-258-4678.

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.

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Town Hall Tower

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

Wednesday, 05/02/18 - Flood Committee - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Wednesday, 05/02/18 - Library Parcel Tax Commission - Historical Museum 6 p.m.
Saturday, 05/05/2018 - Budget Workshop - Council Chambers 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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