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Friday, July 20, 2018                                                      David P. Donery, Town Manager

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


Country Fair Day is set for Sunday, September 30th from 10am-3pm

You are cordially invited to the 48th Annual Country Fair Day, a true community celebration in downtown San Anselmo. This popular community festival showcases our Town with a parade, children’s activities, community booths, live music, and delicious food.
Community Booths and Kids Entertainment ~ From 10:00 am - 3:00 pm the Avenue will be lined with community booths, United Market’s Taste Row, as well as kids activities! There will be a Bounce Zone, Rock Wall, Extreme Air Bungee, Train, and Petting Zoo!
Parade down San Anselmo Avenue ~ 11:00 am
Food ~ Enjoy yummy hotdogs and hamburgers, treats from Sugar Magnolia Food Truck, and of course we will be continuing our pie and sno cone tradition!
Music ~ There will be live music all day from 10:00am-2:30pm
Cedarsville ~ An exciting new addition to Country Fair Day this year is “Cedarsville”, situated in Imagination Park and sponsored by Cedars as a kickoff to their 100th anniversary of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “Cedarsville” will feature a free Ferris wheel, a free giant slide, a marching band, and a mini-town with a variety of activities including collaborative art projects, a farm stand, and so much more.
Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out! To submit a booth and/or parade application, please contact the Recreation Department at (415) 258- 4640 or email


What will the Town Council consider at the next meeting?

Approve minutes of June 26, 2018.

Approve Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending June 2018.

Acknowledge and file warrant numbers issued during the month of June 2018.

Authorize the use of the attached ballot argument supporting the Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) special tax measure and authorize the use of signatures from all five Council members to the argument.

Acknowledge and file the Community Rating System Annual Recertification (CRS). 

Receive presentation from Cedars of Marin regarding a new addition to Country Fair Day this year, as a kickoff to their 100th anniversary of supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

Receive an update from the Ross Valley Sanitary District regarding Capital Improvement Projects within the town. 

Receive presentation from Sustainability Commission regarding proposed ordinance to eliminate the use of polystyrene (EPS) and polypropylene products and other non- compostable, non-biodegradable, and non-recyclable food packaging including plastic utensils and straws and provide direction to staff. 

Discussion of pros and cons of adopting a view ordinance and provide direction to staff. 

Receive update on the Memorial Park Restoration Project and provide direction to staff. 

Receive progress updates from the Library, Central Marin Police Authority, and Administration and Finance regarding Strategic Planning goals and provide direction to staff. 

Consider request from the Delta Counties Coalition regarding opposition to the California WaterFix project and provide direction to staff.
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San Anselmo Arts Commissioner Seats Available

The 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. In addition, the Arts Commission produces the beloved Beatles Tribute every year as well as the free Music in the Park concert series.

The Commission consists of eleven members, including two youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. There are five seats available. Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply. For more information or an application, go to: Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, August 10, 2018.

Department of Public Works News

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The Town 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.   

Team Ghilotti closed 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. 

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.  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). Also keep in mind that the employee lot behind Town Hall is open to the public after 5 pm on weekdays, and all weekend.

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.

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

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


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


Building Department News

Do you have questions or concerns about flooding?

Please see our Flooding and Storm Resources page for more information or come in to talk with us in Public Works or the Building Department.

What topics are you interested in learning about from the Building Department?

Photovoltaics for your home, Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) requirements, what WUI is about, why you need a building permit for a deck, how to make your home more energy efficient? Please email with your ideas for future newsletter topics.


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


Experience Portugal and Southern Spain

Monday, July 30 7pm, Council Chambers

Medieval castles, cobblestone villages, captivating cities, and golden beaches: the Portugal experience can be many things. Continue on to southern Spain and see how Seville, Cordoba, and Granada retain both the swagger of their seafaring heyday and the sensual flavor of Moorish
al-Andalus. Travel expert Rea Franjetic of Cosmopolitan
Adventure Tours will share history, idyllic scenery, and travel tips in this visual presentation at your San Anselmo Public Library.

Mark Your Calendar for Summer Events in San Anselmo!

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
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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

Friends of the Library  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. 

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 23, 2018 - Sustainability Commission - Council Chambers 7 PM
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 -
Town Council - Council Chambers 7 PM

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