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Friday, July 13, 2018                                                       David P. Donery, Town Manager

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The parking meters in the Town lot were removed this week. On Thursday, the Town’s contractor (Team Ghilotti) began excavating holes in Kientz Lane to allow PG&E to relocate their gas line.  This is done to provide room to relocate the power pole.  Both the Town parking lot and the private parking lot next to Downtown Storage should be open (with the exception of a couple of spaces in the private lot).  Access to other private lots (25 Tamalpais and Taco Jane’s) will be open.  Trench plates will be placed to cover the holes.  PG&E is scheduled to re-route the gas piping July 19-20.
On Sunday afternoon, July 15, Ross Valley Sanitary District will continue with their sewer pipe lining project on Kientz Lane.  The Sanitary District’s contractor, Michael’s,  will be installing a liner inside the sewer pipe from the manhole near Tamalpais Avenue to the manhole near Magnolia Avenue.  This work will block Kientz Lane all night Sunday night, and most of the day Monday.

Team Ghilotti will be closing the Town Lot and Kientz Lane on Monday July 16.  The lot and Kientz Lane will be closed to the public for about 8 weeks.  We will try to keep access open as much as possible to 25 Tamalpais back driveway, Taco Jane’s back lot, and the private Downtown Storage lot off Kientz Lane.  I’ll try to give you advance notice if those three lots will be blocked.  Please let me know if you need additional parking permits (that will allow all day parking in 4-hour parking zones on San Rafael Ave, Tamalpais Ave, Magnolia Ave, Tunstead Ave, etc).

Access to the private parking at Shibui Gardens and behind Georgie and Willow from Tamalpais Avenue will remain open – Kientz Lane will be closed to through traffic by the back corner of Shibui Gardens.
The demolition work (removing the top layers of asphalt and parking meter bases) in the Town lot will start on Wednesday, July 18. Work hours are generally  8 am to 5 pm.

Thank you for your patience while we complete this important project.

Parking Lot Closures for Upcoming Projects (from previous newsletter)

In May, 2018, the Town Council approved construction of three Low Impact Development (LID) projects that will help clean storm water flowing to our creeks and beautify our Town.  The projects are partially funded with a grant from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.  

The first project is reconstruction of the Green Waste Pad at the Town’s Corporation Yard at the end of San Francisco Boulevard that is used to stage leaves, branches and other plant matter that is hauled away by Marin Sanitary Service to their compost facilities.  The repaving of the pad also includes a bio-retention area that will filter rain water that falls on the pad.

The second project is bio-retention and planting trees and landscaping in the Greenfield Ave Parklet near Lincoln Park.  Storm water runoff from the street will be directed into the planter area to be filtered by the bio-retention soil before flowing into the storm drainage system that ultimately flows to the creek.  In addition to the landscaping, bicycle racks and a drinking fountain will be installed.

The third project is repaving and re-configuring the Magnolia Avenue Parking Lot.  The number of electric vehicle charging stations will be doubled, and bio-retention landscaping, Magnolia trees and overhead lighting will be installed.  The parking meters will be replaced with a single pay station.  The lot and Kientz Lane will be closed from July 16 through September 7.  During this time, parking lot users will be directed to other Town lots at Pine Street and Creek Park, San Rafael Avenue as well as other nearby side-streets, Tamalpais Avenue, Magnolia Avenue and Tunstead Avenue.  Also keep in mind that the employee lot behind Town Hall is open to the public after 5 pm on weekdays, and all weekend.

For information about these projects, please contact Scott Schneider, Assistant Public Works Director, at or 415-258-4653.


Sustainability Commission recommending Single-Use Disposable Food Serviceware Regulations

The San Anselmo Sustainability Commission is recommending the Town Council adopt an ordinance to reduce single-use disposable food serviceware. The Town Council will consider the recommendation on July 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. and welcomes your feedback on this issue. The Sustainability Commission developed the ordinance to reduce waste and protect the environment in response to troubling global levels of plastic pollution. The ordinance would further the Town Council’s goal to be Zero Waste by 2025.

The full text of the draft ordinance and more information can be found at the Town website:

The draft ordinance:
• Encourages food vendors, schools and the Town government to use reusable food serviceware and not disposables.
• Prohibits all food vendors, schools and the Town from providing prepared food to customers in disposable food serviceware that uses any forms of polypropylene or polystyrene.
• Requires use of wood utensils, unlined paper containers and paper straws that are accepted by Marin’s compost facility, or aluminum disposable food serviceware.

The Town Council welcomes comments on the proposed ordinance.

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Town Council to Discuss the Pros and Cons of Instituting a View Ordinance

The San Anselmo Town Council will be discussing the pros and cons of view ordinances at their meeting on July 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Some jurisdictions adopt rules or guidelines to prevent structures that block views. Others protect owners from having their view obstructed by growing trees. The Town Council will hear about view policies in other jurisdictions, discuss the issues and provide direction to staff.

Remember that the Town Council and Planning Commission Meetings are videotaped and broadcast on Comcast Channel 27, AT&T Channel 99 and . The meeting videos are also available on the Town web site. The Town Council welcomes your comments

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events in San Anselmo!


REMINDER: 16th Annual Beatles Tribute

The San Anselmo Arts Commission hopes the community will Come Together as San Anselmo Salutes the Beatles on Saturday, July 21st at Creek Park. Proceeds go towards the Music in the Park program. Tickets are $20 for Adults and $5 for 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

Music in the Park

Music In the Park

Each Sunday in August, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Creek Park

The Music in the Park series began in 2000, and is hosted by the San Anselmo Arts Commission. These events provide an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy contemporary and classic music at Creek Park for free. (No dogs except for service or seeing-eye dogs).  For more information, visit the San Anselmo Arts Commission website 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
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


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

Town Books

Friends of the Library & Town Books News

Join the Friends of the Library for our second annual “Buck a Book” Library Lawn sale on Saturday, July 21, 10am-4pm! The volunteers have amassed hundreds of books and each book will cost only $1 (or less!). Choose from a huge selection of fiction, history, cooking, children’s books, coffee table books, and more! This is your once-a-year opportunity to enjoy bargain books at great prices, all while supporting your San Anselmo Public Library.

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

Cindy Miracle

Ross Valley Seniors

Age Friendly Fairfax would like to invite you to:

Ask an Expert
July 27th
12:30 to 1pm
Fairfax Library
Do you have any concerns or questions about resources for older adults that might be available to support you or a loved one? Come meet one-on-one with a member of our task force for more information.

NNO 2018

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7th

Please join Central Marin Police at one of their parties or organize an event in your neighborhood.

National Night Out (NNO) is Tuesday, August 7th and CMPA is looking forward to another evening of fun and conversation with members of our communities. Please join CMPA as they host two block parties or consider organizing an activity in your neighborhood.

NNO is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. NNO was created by the National Association of Town Watch to make an organized statement against crime throughout the country and is always held on the first Tuesday in August. Neighbors are encouraged to get out of their houses and meet other neighbors in the area and get to know them. The theory being that when neighbors meet and know each other, they are more apt to report suspicious activity in their neighborhood rather than “look the other way” when they see something noteworthy. When you know your neighbors and watch out for them, overall crime in the area is reduced. Neighborhood events can be casual and informal such as a potluck or ice cream social, or more elaborate activities like a street party.

If your neighborhood is not able to hold an event, then please come on over and join us! CMPA will host block parties at two locations: in Corte Madera at Menke Park, Redwood and Corte Madera Avenues; or at our San Anselmo station, 525 San Anselmo Avenue. Our parties will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and provide an opportunity to meet and chat with not only CMPA officers, but also our public safety partners from CHP, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Central Marin and Ross Valley Fire Departments. There will games for kids, the opportunity to see police and fire vehicles up close, and free hot dogs for everyone.

If you are going to hold an event in your neighborhood, please complete the registration form, including a detailed description of your activities. The NNO registration form is available here  or on our website . If your event includes a street closure, you must contact your City or Town Public Works Department for a permit. Please send your completed registration to Margo Rohrbacher, NNO coordinator, no later than Friday, July 27, 2018. For questions, email We look forward to seeing you!

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, July 9, 2018 - Arts Commission - Historical Museum 7 PM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Economic Development Committee - Council Chambers 8:45 AM
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Town Council - Cancelled

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