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Friday, September 14, 2018
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Town Council Meeting Update

At their meeting on Tuesday, September 11, the San Anselmo Town Council made the following decisions:

-Acknowledged and filed warrants issued during the month of August 2018.

-Approved a resolution establishing the 2018-19 Appropriations Limit.

-Adopted “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 Establishing Regulations for Single Room Occupancy Units” by title only and waive further reading. (d)

-Adopted “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.

-Approved a resolution naming September as Emergency Preparedness Month.

-Upheld a Planning Commission decision to approve an application for design review for a significant remodel and 826 square foot two-story addition to an existing single-family residence at 27 Rutherford Avenue. The addition would continue the existing east building wall 5’-10” from the east side property line (8-foot setback required without design review).

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SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement to be approved by the Town Council on Sept. 25th

In accordance with Town Council policy, the draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of San Anselmo and Service Employees’ International Union, Local 1021 was reviewed by the Council at their meeting on September 11th.

The Council will consider the agreement for approval at their meeting on September 25th.

Here is a link to the agreement: 

Country Fair Day

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

Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative

The Town of San Anselmo is joining community-based efforts to reduce youth alcohol consumption

Raising the Bar is a program in Marin to encourage parents, organizations, and communities to create youth-focused events that do not include the use of alcohol and other addictive substances. 
The Raising the Bar initiative, which began as a grassroots movement here in San Anselmo through Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, was created in response to local statistics and research among local youth showing that teens and young people in our community have high rates of alcohol use.
Data shows our community has a significant problem with alcohol use and abuse. Healthy modeling has proven to be a protective factor and helps teach kids that you don’t have to have alcohol to have fun. What we model in terms of substance use can have a big impact on our children’s health habits. 
The San Anselmo Parks & Recreation Commission recognized that alcohol promotion and sales at local recreational events exposes our children, teens and young people to an environment that promotes alcohol consumption. For this reason, the Commission decided to adopt a policy this year that only non-alcoholic beverages will be sold at the San Anselmo Country Fair Day. The Commission has partnered with Raising the Bar who will host one of the beverage booths and donate all the proceeds to the Town. 
The Raising the Bar program has been adopted by Sleepy Hollow Swim Team, West Marin Little League, Twin Cities Little League, San Anselmo Baseball Association, and Ross Valley Breakers Soccer Club, who now serve only non-alcohol beverages at team parties and events. The list is growing as more and more organizations learn about this program and want to support the young people in their community.
We applaud these organizations, the coaches, and parents for being in the forefront of this initiative and for creating a positive example for our kids and our community.
Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative (which is part of The Coalition Connection) is committed to addressing the crisis of underage substance use and abuse in our community through evidence-based environmental prevention strategies. 
For more information, please visit and

Nomi Kane

Marin Comics Fest

Be a part of the second annual Marin Comics Fest, celebrated throughout the month of September at libraries and other venues around the county. 

Meet Nomi Kane

Saturday, September 15
11am, Council Chambers
Meet editorial cartoonist Nomi Kane! Discover her career, creative process, and art as she shares humorous as well as personal cartoons on topics ranging from recycling and family vacations to healthcare and #MeToo.


WildCare Presents Feathers, Fur, and Scales

Tuesday, September 18, 3:30-4:30pm Council Chambers Perfect for kids in 1st grade and up

Urban wildlife rehabilitation specialists from WildCare in San Rafael will share rescue stories in a hands-on visit to increase awareness of local wildlife. Meet rescue animals and learn how you can help!

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Test Drive
Bell Tower

Nominate Your Favorite Volunteer!!!

Do you know an unsung hero who has devoted lots of time and energy to the Town of San Anselmo? The Town Council is calling for nominations for the Town’s Volunteer of the Year Award, honoring those who make a difference in our town.  The award is sponsored by the Friends of the San Anselmo Volunteer Effort (SAVE).
To nominate a special volunteer for this award, go to:

The winner will be chosen by a Selection Committee.  Nominees should be current and active volunteers for the Town of San Anselmo. 
The Volunteer of the Year award winner will be honored at a Town Council meeting in the Fall. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 30, 2018.


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:

Film Night
Movies in the Park

Movies in Creek Park 

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, Sept. 17 - Planning Commission - 7pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 18 - Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Open Space Committee - 7:30 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, Sept. 19 - Historical Commission - 7:30 pm, Historical Museum

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