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Friday, September 21, 2018
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Upcoming Town Council Meeting

At their meeting on Tuesday, September 25, the San Anselmo Town Council will consider the following items:

-Approve minutes of August 27, 2018 special meeting.

-Approve minutes of September 11, 2018 meeting.

-Approve the contract for street sweeping services with Contract Sweeping Services, Inc in the amount of $103,839. 

-Approve recommendations from the Arts Commission, Historical Commission, Open Space Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission and Sustainability Commission regarding youth commissioner appointments. 

-Appoint members to the Arts Commission. 

-Approve the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Town of San Anselmo and SEIU Local 1021 for the period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021.

-Approve resolutions setting Management, Confidential and Part Time pay rates effective July 1, 2018.

-Public hearing for Town Council to reconsider Planning Commission decision for 805 Sir Francis Drake, Assessor’s Parcel No. 006-082-40, to amend the use permit conditions to allow use of the Speed-Dee Wash laundromat for a private wash and fold business between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., with no public laundromat use during this time. 

-Review state and local regulations for lot line adjustments and provide direction to staff. 

-Consider resolution to amend July 26, 2018 Town Council Policy 6-1 regarding Wireless Communications Facilities, review modifications to wireless application checklist, and receive report regarding Federal Communication Commission “Accelerating Wireline Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment” Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order.
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SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement to be considered for approval 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: 

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Magnolia Parking Lot Grand Opening

The Magnolia Parking Lot is a well-used parking area for visitors to downtown San Anselmo.  Using significant funding by the State Water Board, along with contributions from Measure D and the Town's General Fund, the parking lot has undergone a renovation. Construction on this Low-Impact Development (LID) demonstration project began in mid-July to reconfigure and repave the parking area, to add planting areas and to create a system for filtering and cleaning rainwater before it enters the creek. The State will begin mandating these types of system in the near future and partial funding has been provided by the State Water Board to help the installation at the Magnolia lot.

The lot will be open starting September 24th with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6:00 PM  on Tuesday September 25th, prior to the Town Council meeting

The 4-hour maximum time limit will not change, nor will the parking fee of $0.60 per hour. However, a new pay station replaces the aging meters, as well new electric vehicle charging stations with two cords each, doubling the charging opportunities.The new lot configuration allows for two-way traffic with new overhead LED lights, Magnolia trees and bio-retention are provided in the middle of the lot. The bio-retention areas, also known as rain gardens, will help keep both pollution and particulates out of our creeks. 

The Town thanks you for your patience during construction of this new Town asset.

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Town Books News

Thursday through Sunday, September 27-30 from 10:00 to 4:00 each day. TOWN BOOKS is located at 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. Choose from 4,000 books in a wide range of categories, CDs, DVDs, and Audiobooks. For more information, call 415-526-3791 or go to Proceeds go to the San Anselmo Public Library.

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Boards and Commission Seats Available

Arts Commission – 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.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including one youth member, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are two seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 5 members and meets on an as needed basis. There is one seat available.

Historical Commission – The Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including one youth member and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are three seats available.

Library Advisory Board – The Board is charged with considering, proposing and recommending guidelines with respect to programs and facilities to meet the library needs of the community, in conjunction with the Town Librarian.  The Board consists of seven members, including one youth member and meets on the fourth Thursday of every other month at 4:30 p.m. in the Library.  There is one seat available.

Open Space Committee – The Open Space Committee has the major responsibilities for the long-term planning of open space in and near San Anselmo, for the generation of community support and fund-raising to implement the plan.  The Committee consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. There are two seats available.

Tax Equity Board – The Board is charged with hearing applications for tax rebate from San Anselmo property owners claiming inability to pay the Town’s Municipal Services Tax and Pension Override Tax.  The Board consists of three members and meets once a year in the spring.  There is one seat available.

To apply, please go here:

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

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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:

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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. 24 - Sustainability Commission - 7pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, Sept. 25 - Town Council - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Thursday, Sept. 27 - Madrone/Nokomis Bridge Meeting - 6:30 pm, Council Chambers

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