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Friday, August 3, 2018                                                  David P. Donery, Town Manager


Picnics on the Plaza Starts Today!

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 today, 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
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.

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.


Highlights of what the Town Council will consider at the next meeting.

Approve minutes of July 24, 2018.

Acknowledge and file warrants during the month of July 2018.

Approve Special Event Application for Goblin Spooktacular on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM on San Anselmo Avenue between Ross Avenue and Tamalpais Avenue.Authorize the Mayor to sign the proposed responses to the Marin County Civil Grand Jury report entitled “Yellow School Bus for Traffic Congestion Relief” on the behalf of the Town of San Anselmo. 

Discuss Planning Commission recommendation to require design review for all new second and third story additions. 

Hold public hearing to introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 3 (Zoning) To Add Article 19 (Single Room Occupancy Regulations) to Implement a Program in the 2015-2023 General Plan Housing Element” by title only and waive further reading. 

Consider opposing AB 2890 (2017-2018 Ting) which precludes the Town from applying lot coverage and floor area limits to accessory dwelling units and would require the Town to allow one accessory dwelling unit and one junior accessory dwelling unit per single family or multifamily lot. 

Hold public hearing to introduce “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 10 (Planning and Zoning), Chapter 9 (Signs) To Add A New Chapter 10 (Signs on Town Property and Rights-of-Ways)” by title only and waive further reading.

 Discussion regarding Town Council meeting minutes.
Chief Jason Weber

Ross Valley Fire Department - Executive Management Changes

The contract for services between the Ross Valley Fire Department and the County of Marin Fire Department for executive management services began on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. The term is for five years.

The contract places Marin County Fire Chief Jason Weber as the Chief for Ross Valley, and allows Ross Valley to benefit from the county’s executive management team, including Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, and other administrative services.

Below is a link to an article about the contract in the Marin Independent Journal dates July 31, 2018:

County of Marin

Marin Commission on Aging -
District 2 Board Member Opening

The Marin County Commission on Aging is a 23-member federally mandated advisory council to the Marin County Board of Supervisors and the Area Agency on Aging. The commission works closely with the County of Marin’s Aging and Adult Services on behalf of Marin’s older adults. Commissioners are appointed to three-year terms by either the Board of Supervisors or the 11 incorporated cities and towns in Marin. In addition, Marin County's Senior Assembly Member and Senior Senator, representatives of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) also serve as ex-officio members for a four-year term.

The primary role of the commissioner is to articulate the voice of older adults to local government, elected officials and the various community agencies and partners throughout the County.

Applications are available from the Marin County Board of Supervisors website at:


Tell Us What You Think

Parents and kids: we need your help!

Tell us what kind of children’s library program would be of most interest to you on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30pm.

Please take our survey here:

Storytime Hiatus in August 

Our wonderful Children’s Librarians are taking a storytime break during the month of August. There will be no toddler, family, Spanish or French storytimes until September. This gives the Librarians a chance to plan new and fun elements to all those amazing programs and, to catch their breaths. We’ll miss seeing those adorable faces but please keep reading and singing until we meet again.

Japanese Art

Art Talk Tuesday

Japanese Aesthetics
Tuesday, August 14
12pm, Council Chambers
Luxuriate in this truly beautiful
exploration of Japanese aesthetics as expressed in their art and culture. In this Art Talk, Peter Sinton from the Asian Art Museum will share objects both ancient and contemporary that display Japanese aesthetics at its finest.


Air Quality Resource

In light of the devastating fires in California and the resulting poor air quality, you may be concerned about whether or not you should be outdoors at this time.  Air Now is a government website that can help you determine the current air quality in your specific area.  The website allows you to enter your specific zip code. It also provides a chart to help you understand who may be affected and what precautions you should take.


Country Fair Day is set for Sunday, September 30th
from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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

Bell Tower

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

Parking Lot


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.

mountain view
San Anselmo

Stroll Through History – Last Tour Dates for 2018

 Travel back in time with Dick Miner and other members of the Historical Commission on a walking tour through downtown San Anselmo. The tour highlights 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 ends at the Historical Museum for refreshments. Two dates remain for this year: August 25 and October 27 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at Creek Park
On September 22, join Judy Coy and Dick on a walk through one of San Anselmo’s oldest neighborhoods—the Seminary area. This tour highlights the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and fine architecture. Refreshments are served along the way. This tour does involve stairs and uphill and downhill walking. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at Montgomery Chapel (Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue).
RSVP at or email 
Free Event. Space is limited.

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

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
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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, August 6, 2018 - Planning Commission - Council Chambers 7 PM
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Town Council - Council Chambers - 7 PM

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