New Town Logo
Town Logo

Friday, May 4, 2018                                                        David P. Donery, Town Manager

Michael and Rich

Introducing the New Town Logo 

As part of their work on the San Anselmo Economic Development Action Plan, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) has been developing a branding, signage and wayfinding project. This project includes the creation of a plan for replacement of the Town's various directional signs along with an update to the entry and monument signs that currently exist. To help put this plan together, resident and EDC member Rich Burns offered his services. Rich enjoyed a long career in environmental graphics, founding a company that worked on, among other projects, the development of signage and wayfinding programs for municipalities. As part of an EDC subcommittee, Rich has created a comprehensive signage plan which the Town hopes to implement over the next several years.

An integral component of this plan has been coming up with a design for a new logo, or brand, for the Town. Another well-town resident was tapped for this job, famed artist and long-time San Anselmo community member, Michael Schwab. Michael is known for his GGNRA poster series, along with his work with the Kennedy Center, Major League Baseball, Amtrak, Peet's Coffee, and many others. Michael considered many factors when coming up with what he felt best suited the Town, both historically and emotionally, Sugarfoot the Deer. Here is a link to Michael and Rich's presentation to the Town Council which best describes the reasoning and thoughts behind the development of the new logo. To skip to the comments, forward to 1:33 on the recording.

The Town of San Anselmo would like to thank these two talented, generous and community-minded volunteers. Their story is featured in the online Lifestyles section of the Marin Independent Journal. The story will be in the print edition tomorrow.

Here is a link to the Marin IJ article.


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.

$500 Budget Challenge

As part of the the Town's public outreach regarding the development of the Fiscal Year 2018/19 Budget, residents are encouraged take a few minutes to complete a budget survey titled 'Dollars and Sense'. Participants are asked to allocate $500 to budget line items that they feel are priorities in the community. It is not an easy task, as there many choices, all with a direct impact. Please visit the Virtual Town Hall site and participate by clicking here.

Mt Tam
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.
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Poll: When do you want to receive the Town Manager's Newsletter?

As you probably know (since you are reading this), the San Anselmo Town Manager sends out a newsletter each week containing news and information about Town business, community events and other related information. In an effort to encourage greater readership, the Town of San Anselmo is seeking feedback regarding when residents would like to receive the Town Manager's newsletter in their email box. Please provide your input by clicking here.


Skate Fest 2018

Join the Recreation Department for Skate Fest 2018 on Saturday, May 5th at Memorial Park Skate Plaza.

Registration begins at 9am and competitions for ages
8-18 years will take place from 10am until 2-3pm. 
Enjoy music, food by Naughty Dawg and raffle prizes.  Thank you to our sponsors: Live Water Surf Shop, Proof Lab, Deluxe Distribution/DLXSF and Thrasher. 


Highlights of what will happen at the next Town Council meeting?

At their May 8, 2018 meeting, the Town Council will consider the following items:

Approve minutes of April 24, 2018.

Acknowledge and file warrant numbers 86131 through 86346 issued during the month of April 2018, in the amount of $1,413,140.85 and a wire transfer in the amount of $342,793 for the monthly payment for Central Marin Police Authority services.

Receive a report on options for the 2018/19 Work Plan for the Town’s allotment of Measure A funds and provide direction to staff.

Approve Special Event Application for Country Fair Day and parade event scheduled for Sunday, September 30, 2018, closing San Anselmo Avenue between Tamalpais and Woodland Avenues from 7 AM to 5 PM and San Anselmo Avenue between Ross Avenue and Bolinas Road from 9 AM and 12:30 PM. (Country Fair Day)

Approve Special Event Application in Creek Park for the annual Beatles Night and Music in the Park events, sponsored by the Arts Commission, to be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018, 6 - 9 p.m. (Beatles) and Sundays in August, 2018, 3 - 6 p.m. (Music in the Park)

Approve Special Event application for the 2018 Picnics on the Plaza event series, utilizing the Town Hall lawn and closing Tunstead Avenue between San Anselmo Avenue and Library Place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and September 7, 2018 (Picnics on the Plaza)

Approve Special Event application for the Things that Go Day using the police and employee parking lot and closing Library Place from Magnolia to Tunstead on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 9:30am to 1 pm.

Approve Special Event application for the End of Summer Reading Party at Creek Park on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Approve Special Event Application in Creek Park for the Movies in the Park event series, hosted by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, to be held on Saturdays in June through October, 2018, 7-10 p.m. (Movies in the Park)

Approval of  “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. 

Appoint Deputy Town Attorney Megan Acevedo to the position of Town Attorney. 

Appointments to Flood Committee. 

Receive update on County Homelessness Programs, Outreach Efforts, and Mobile Showers 
Receive report on the Economic Development Plan. 

260 Crescent Road, Assessor’s Parcel No. 007-221-10, Charles and Ellen Jenkins, Ken Linsteadt Architects, R-1 Single Family Residential Zoning and General Plan designation. Public hearing to reconsider March 5, 2018 Planning Commission decision to approve Categorical Exemption from California Environmental Quality Act, Design Review, Conditional Use Permit, Variance and Minor Exception to allow demolition of the existing residence and detached garage/accessory dwelling unit and construction of a new two-story single-family residence, detached accessory dwelling unit and detached single-car garage. The Planning Commission also approved a grading permit to allow approximately 165 cubic yards of grading for the project on April 2, 2018. 

Receive update regarding the 2018-19 Capital Improvement Plan budget. 

Award construction contract for Low Impact Development Project. 

Animal Code Ordinance:
Consider introduction of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 5 Chapter 1 (Animals) Section 5-1.01 and 5-1.02 to Adopt by Reference Marin County Code Title 8 and setting a public hearing for May 22 and consider adoption of a Resolution of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Establishing a Fee Schedule for Services Provided Under Sections 5-1.01 and 5-1.02 (Animals) 

Review funding options for Memorial Park renovation project. 

Progress updates from Public Works, Planning, Recreation and Fire Departments regarding Strategic Planning goals.

The agenda and staff reports for the meeting are accessible here:


Town Books Art Reception on Friday, May 11

Town Books will feature the work of local artist and teacher Barbara Libby whose exhibit “Sceneries and Creatures” will be on display at the store through June. You are cordially invited to join us for a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception on Friday, May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. You will also have an opportunity to browse our store; proceeds from book sales benefit the San Anselmo Pubic Library. Town Books is located at 411 San Anselmo Avenue.
Barbara was raised on a dairy farm in Switzerland and that upbringing was the foundation for her deep connection with nature and the land. In capturing nature’s beauty on the canvas, she uses a vibrant palette, simplifies essential shapes and lines to edge towards the abstract. Her whimsical and fanciful cats, birds and other creatures feature interesting line-work and textures; they are loved by children and adults alike. By day she teaches K-fourth grade art at Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield. Last year she was the Marin County Teacher of the Year and a California Teacher of the Year finalist.

Art Talk

Art Talk Tuesday

Divine Bodies from the
Asian Art Museum
Tuesday, May 8
12pm, Council Chambers
How can we see the human in the divine and the divine in the human? Bringing historical paintings and sculptures from mainly Hindu and Buddhist traditions together with contemporary photo-based work, Divine Bodies invites you to ponder the power of transformation, the possibility of transcendence and the relationship of the body to the cosmos.

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.


Growing Strawberries and Blueberries with Marin Master Gardener Judy Orsini

Saturday, May 12
11am, Council Chambers
Are you interested in growing strawberries and/or blueberries, or have you tried to do so unsuccessfully? Come and learn which varieties are recommended, what their requirements are for light, soil, water and fertilizer, how to plant and care for your plants, how to propagate them, and what to do about diseases and pests.

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— 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.

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.

Open Space

Annual Benefit for Open Space in Ross Valley


An Evening with One Tam’s Dr. Lisette Arellano
The San Anselmo Open Space Committee will present its 29th Annual Benefit for Ross Valley Open Space on Saturday, May 12th, at 6:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 14 Lagunitas Road in the Town of Ross. Food and wine will be served and a raffle for prizes will follow the presentation. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Call 415-456-5476 for information or tickets. Additional information about the benefit and the raffle prizes may be found at

Featured Speakers
If you hike on Mt. Tam, you may have noticed motion-activated wildlife cameras and wondered how they got there and what they are telling us about wildlife on Mt. Tam. Meet Dr. Lisette Arellano, One Tam Community Science Program Manager, and find out! Lisette will share updates about One Tam’s work to study and support wildlife, insights from the wildlife camera project, and tips on living alongside a host of magnificent creatures and other wild neighbors. Learn how all of this information is helping us to better understand the health of the mountain. One Tam is a partnership of the four land agencies on Mt. Tam and the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
U.S. Representative Jared Huffman plans to attend and will share his personal insights and concerns about the critical environmental issues facing us all. As a member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Congressman Huffman has authored legislation and has been a tireless advocate for the protection of our spectacular public lands.
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The Open Space Committee has worked for over 35 years on many projects in and around San Anselmo to preserve and maintain open space for the residents and visitors of Ross Valley. The annual Spring Benefit helps raise funds that are critical to supporting the committee’s goals.
Media Contact: Danny Krebs (415-464-9958) or

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Saturday, 05/05/2018 - Budget Workshop - Council Chambers 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, 05/07/18 - CEQA 101 Workshop - Council Chambers 7 p.m.
Tuesday, 05/08/18 - Economic Development- Council Chambers 8:45 a.m.
Tuesday, 05/08/18 - Town Council - Council Chambers 7 p.m.

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