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Friday, June 29, 2018                                                    David P. Donery, Town Manager


Construction Traffic Impacts

This summer, the next couple of summers and throughout the year, the Town will be impacted by major construction projects to repair our aging utilities, roads and bridges.  Much of the Town’s infrastructure is outdated and in dire need of repair and replacement.  From 100-year-old water lines, to failing sewer pipes, roads that haven’t been paved in years, bridges that restrict flow, and old gas and electrical lines; there is a lot of work that is required to be completed. With modern conveniences come modern inconveniences.  

The Town is coordinating with all utilities to minimize impact, do as much work in the summertime as possible when school is out, and to communicate the impacts to our residents.  However, while this work is required, it is far from ideal, so your patience is appreciated.  To a large degree, it’s like remodeling your kitchen and the rest of your home while you try to live in it at the same time.  

On the Town website at Current Projects is a map of utility and Town projects along with a list below and who to contact with questions.  This information will be updated throughout the year.  Once again, the Town appreciates your patience while its infrastructure is updated for everyone to use.  If you have concerns or see something that needs to be addressed, please contact the utility in charge, the Town at 415-258-4616 or

July 4th

Town Hall, Library, and Recreation Offices Closed for Independence Day

The Town Hall, Library and Recreation offices will be closed for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, 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.

Town Hall

What happened at the last Town Council meeting?

At their June 26, 2018 meeting, the Town Council made the following decisions:

Approved minutes of June 12, 2018.

Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 31, 2018.

Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending May 31, 2018.

Approved an Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo replacing San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 3 (Zoning), Article 28 Related to Wireless Telecommunication Facilities and Procedures and Standards for New and Substantially Changed Wireless Facilities and Eligible Facilities Requests. The proposed procedures and standards modify existing town regulations regarding wireless communications facilities in response to state and federal law and include allowing staff level approval of certain facilities.  Approved Resolution adopting Town Policy No. 6-1 for Wireless Communications Facilities.

Approved Resolution adopting Town Council Policy No. 7-1, Federally Funded Procurement Policy.

Accepted The Alameda Paving Project and authorized staff to file a Notice of Completion.

Authorized the Mayor to sign response to the 2017-2018 Marin Civil Grand Jury Report “Homelessness in Marin A Progress Report.”

Approved sending a letter to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board to require Caltrans to remove litter from its roadways to protect the health of the Bay. 

Appointed members to the Library Advisory Board. Congratulations Judy Anderson, Scott Fletcher and Eli Welber!

Approved the 2018-2019 Budget and Work Plan. 

Approved the resolution calling and giving notice of the holding of an election to be held on November 6, 2018 and requesting the Board of Supervisors of the County of Marin to Consolidate said election; and authorize the Town Clerk or her duly authorized officers and agency to carry out all the necessary procedures for said election submitting to the voters the question relating to a special tax for paramedic services. 

Upheld the Planning Commission decision 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 at 260 Crescent Road. The Town Council required the roof material to be a material other than metal, the primary residence roof ridge to be lowered by a foot, and a lot line adjustment to be approved before the project can move forward.

Approved expenditure of up to $1200 for one Councilmember to attend the 2018 League of California Cities annual conference and designated Kay Coleman as the Town’s voting delegate.

Conditionally Authorized the Town Manager to Award the 2018 Pavement Rehabilitation Project to the Lowest Responsible Bidder for an Amount not to Exceed the ‘Apparent’ Low Bidder’s Base Bid plus Additive Alternate 2, if the Apparent Low Bidder is found to be Responsible and Responsive; and Authorized Staff to Repackage and Advertise Additive Alternate 2 as a Separate Project.   

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

Deadline for Comments on Flood Risk Reduction program is July 2nd.

As reported in previous newsletters, the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project was released on May 15, 2018. The report presents an analysis of the environmental impacts of potential flood mitigation projects.

The proposed project is intended to improve public safety and protect residential and business properties in Fairfax, Ross and San Anselmo.The draft EIR evaluates the proposed project: a basin to temporarily divert and store floodwater at the former Sunnyside Nursery site located about a mile north of downtown Fairfax, and the removal of a building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue that obstructs the creek's natural flow. The draft EIR also evaluates three other alternatives to the proposed project. The draft is available for review by visiting this link, as well as in hardcopy at local libraries including the Fairfax, San Anselmo, College of Marin and Marin Civic Center locations.

The 45-day, formal public comment period is currently underway and will close on July 2nd. To learn more about how to provide effective input and comments on the Draft EIR, visit this link. Comments will be accepted by mail or email anytime during the comment period.

Businesses at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue have continued to operate during the preparation of the project EIR and will do so until a project decision is made by the District Board of Supervisors following the certification of the final EIR. The district is working with the tenants on a relocation plan for their businesses should the final project approved encompass removal of the building.

Learn more about the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project on the Ross Valley Watershed at

Picnics on the Plaza

In its ninth year, the popular Picnics on the Plaza events are back!  Come enjoy some live local music on the Town Hall lawn! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs, your family and friends, and come enjoy a beautiful evening in downtown San Anselmo. The first Picnic is on Friday, August 3rd from 5-8pm.  Other Picnic dates are August 10, 17, 24, 31 and September 7.  This year the entire series is sponsored by Eric Gelman from Paragon Real Estate!

  • August 3 | Hella Fitzgerald - Jazz, Funk, R&B
  • August 10 | Josh McIntosh - Americana, Roots
  • August 17 | Myrtle Lane - Folk, Americana
  • August 24 | Treble Makers - Sing along songs from the 40's on up
  • August 31 | The Remedies - Classic Rock, Blues, and R&B
  • September 7 | El Cajon - California Soul & Garage Rock

Let the good times roll!

Join us for Tunstead Live, an evening of Cajun-Creole music with Bay Area band Sauce Piquante

Friday, June 29, 7:30pm, Library Reading Room
Enjoy high-energy dance tunes and French vocals rooted in Cajun and old-time Creole, sometimes called early zydeco. Sauce Piquante has been part of the Bay Area's vibrant Louisiana French music scene for almost twenty years. 

Doors open at 7pm for wine and cheese.


Downtown Parking

Residents and shoppers often comment on the difficulty of parking in downtown San Anselmo.  While a parking problem can be a sign of a busy, thriving shopping area, it is also an annoyance and may discourage shoppers.
As a reminder, two of our Town parking lots are very convenient to downtown San Anselmo, but off the beaten track.  Both the Creek Park parking lot and the Magnolia parking lot often have available parking spaces, even during the busy lunch hour. 
Next time you are looking for a parking spot, try turning down Magnolia Avenue to the Magnolia lot, or go to the corner of Bank Street and Sir Francis Drake Blvd. to enter the Creek Park lot.  Both lots have parking meters.  The Magnolia meters and the Creek Park meters are for four hours to allow for more shopping time. There are often parking places available on San Anselmo Avenue between Ross and Bolinas Avenues as well.

Cindy Miracle
Town Books

Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS is honored to host an exhibit of artwork by Bay Area mixed media artist, Cindy Miracle. Her artwork has been on exhibit throughout the country including the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian, Purdue University, Park Art Gallery in Los Angeles, and Cameraworks in San Francisco. She works and teaches classes in her studio in Woodacre.
Cindy’s art is loosely representational and she combines a variety of mediums in her work. Recently, she has been incorporating photographic imagery in her monoprints and monotypes and combining these elements with painting and collage.
ARTIST RECEPTION:  Friday, July 13,
from 5 to 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00
INFO: 415.526.3791 or


REMINDER: 16th Annual Beatles Tribute

Creek Park Come Together as San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles. $20 Adults/$5 Kids 12 and under. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted. Tickets are available only on the day of the event at Creek Park. Gates will open for everyone at 4 p.m. (no dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs). For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website at

Film Night
Movies in the Park

Movies in Creek Park Return!

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce is bringing back the popular Movies in Creek Park event series starting this Saturday. The movies will run in Creek Park on Saturday Nights from June 2nd until October 27th (with the exception extreme weather conditions and on July 21st for the Beatles Tribute Concert). Seating begins around 7pm, with a pre-movie slide show, announcements, trivia and nightly raffle.  Movies begin when it becomes dark enough and will generally run two hours. The films are generally acceptable for all audiences, but parental guidance and child supervision is always recommended. To view the list of films, CLICK HERE.

Film genres will include Action, Animation, SciFi, Classics, Comedies and Feel-good Favorites. The 2018 season movies were selected from an exhaustive list of requests from members of the community, merchants and business owners, then cross-referenced and licensed by the Motion Picture Association for public viewing. Many "favorites" are not available due to licensing restrictions and "black-out" periods by motion picture studios.

For complete information, visit


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.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, July 2, 2018 - Planning Commission - Cancelled

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