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Friday, November 9, 2018
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Upcoming Town Council Agenda

At the November 13th meeting, the Council will consider the following items:

  • Approval of minutes of October 23, 2018 meeting.
  • Acknowledge and file warrant numbers issued during the month of October 2018.
  • Approval of Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending October 2018.
  • Approval of Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending October 2018.
  • Approval of Quarterly Treasurer's Investment Report for the period ending October 2018.
  • Adoption of “An Ordinance of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 10 ‘Planning and Zoning’ to Establish Maximum Residential Densities for Commercial Zoning Districts.” 
  • Receive report from Marin Commission on Aging representative. (ORAL REPORT) 
  • Receive report from the Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee on the 2017-18 Library Parcel Tax revenue and expenditures. 
  • Adoption of the Resolution amending the Master Fee Schedule to reflect cost increases that are based on the results of the 2018 San Anselmo User Fee Study and authorize periodic adjustments to fees based on the annual change in the CPI. 
  • Hold a public hearing and introduce “An Ordinance of the Town of San Anselmo Adding New Chapter 7 to Title 6 (Businesses, Professions, and Trades) Regulating Single-Use Food Service Ware” by title only and waive further reading. 
  • Discuss potential Municipal Code enforcement mechanisms, including potential administrative citation provisions. 
  • Receive the staff presentation regarding changes to the Town’s Social Host Accountability Ordinance and provide direction to staff.

The agenda and staff reports will be available by the end of the day at:  

Cedars Art

Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS and Friends of the San Anselmo Library are honored to host an exhibit of art from The Cedars, celebrating their 100th anniversary! During November and December, mixed media artwork, including puppets by Cedars artists will be on display and offered for sale. Come celebrate the Cedars and shop for the holidays with a visit to the store!
Cedars has supported individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1919, inspiring them to lead creative, productive and joyous lives. They offer creative employment opportunities, dynamic work environments and residential living designed to encourage independence and growth.

ARTIST RECEPTION:  Friday, November 16 from 5 to 7pm. Meet the artists. Enjoy food, wine, and beverages.

411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00
INFO: 415.526.3791 or
TOWN BOOKS Holiday Hours
Open:    Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Closed:  Thanksgiving, November 22.
Open:    Sundays in December: 2, 9, 16, and 23.
Closed:  Tuesday, Wednesday, December 25, 26   
              Tuesday, Wednesday, January 1, 2

Art Talk

Art Talk Tuesday

East Meets West: Jewels of the
Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection
Tuesday, November 13
12pm, Council Chambers
Discover the cultural and material
exchanges between India and Europe through jewelry and precious objects
ranging from the seventeenth century to the present. Mickey Griffin from the Legion of Honor will share pieces made in India and Europe associated with maharajas or their courts – these objects include jewelry for ceremonial occasions, weapons, and
precious works of art.

Happy Holidays

Holiday Parking

The Town of San Anselmo is providing FREE four-hour parking to holiday shoppers. The free four-hour holiday shopping period begins on Friday, November 23 and will continue through Tuesday, January 1. During this period, the parking meters will not be operating. There will be enforcement for parking over the four hour limit.  And, as always, the disabled, red zone and other safety related parking violations will be enforced.

Holiday Office Hours

Offices at Town Hall, Recreation, and the San Anselmo Public Library will be closed in observance of Veterans' Day on Monday, November 12th and Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22nd and Friday, November 23rd.
While Town Hall offices are closed, the Police and Fire are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise. 

Marin Lafco

Applications now being accepted for the LAFCO Public Member Seat

On September 12, Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (Commission) Public Member
Jeffry Blanchfield stepped down from the Commission, leaving an opening for the remainder of the term,
which is set to expire May 31, 2019.

At the Commission’s October 11th meeting, the Commission voted to open the process to fill the remainder of this term and to start the process for the full four-year term. The full four-year term starts on June 1st, 2019 and goes through May 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for the appointment of the Public Member to the Commission. Any person wishing to apply for the position may get an application by going to, calling 415.448.5877, or sending an email to

The Commission, which is established by State law, has regulatory power over the formation and boundary changes of cities and special districts (e.g., annexations.) In addition, the Commission is responsible for determining sphere of influence (ultimate service areas) for all cities, and special districts within the County of Marin. Composition of the Commission includes two members of the Board of Supervisors, two City Council
members, two Special District members, and a representative of the general public. Each category has one alternate member seated at the board meetings in the absence of the regular member.

The Commission normally meets at 7:00 PM on the second Thursday, every other month at the MCE offices at 1125 Tamalpais Avenue in San Rafael.

Appointment Process and Important Deadlines
The Commission will accept applications for service as the Public Member through Friday January 4th.

Interviews of the applicants will be conducted at the Regular Commission meeting on Thursday, February 14.

If the Commission decides to appoint for the short-term seat at this meeting, then the person selected will be sworn in and able to serve at the next meeting of the Commission, scheduled for April 11, 2019. For the regular, four-year term seat, should the Commission make a selection, the member selected would be seated for the full four-year term beginning June 1, 2019 through May 2023.

Candidates must reside in Marin County. The candidate also cannot be an officer or employee of Marin County, or of any city or district within the County of Marin. During the selection process, the Commission shall consider the applicant’s qualifications and why the applicant wants to serve on the commission.

Contact Jason Fried, Interim Executive Director for more information at 415.488.5877 or email


Small Business Workshop Series - FREE!

In collaboration with the Small Business Development Center of Marin, the San Anselmo Economic Development Committee presents the Fall 2018 Small Business Workshop Series.These workshops are free of charge and are designed to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with developing digital strategies to help market their businesses.

Below is information for each workshop. For complete descriptions of each workshop and/or to sign-up, use the CLICK HERE links under each offering:

Small Business Workshop #1: Get Recognized Using Google My Business and AdWords 
Thursday, November 1, 2018 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm      
San Anselmo Town Council Chambers - 525 San Anselmo Avenue
For additional information about this workshop, or to register, CLICK HERE 

Small Business Workshop #2: Intermediate Social Media           
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm              
San Anselmo Town Council Chambers - 525 San Anselmo Avenue
For additional information about this workshop, or to register,  CLICK HERE

Small Business Workshop #3: SEO Strategies to Get Noticed Online                          
Thursday, November 15, 2018 — 6:30 to 8:00 pm 
San Anselmo Town Council Chambers - 525 San Anselmo Avenue
For additional information about this workshop, or to register, CLICK HERE

These workshops are being provided free-of-charge to local businesses by the Town of San Anselmo's Economic Development Committee. They are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Miriam Karell at 415-524-3560 or at
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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.

Dog Park Steering Committee - The Committee provides input to the town regarding ongoing operation of the Red Hill Dog Park and to serve in an advisory capacity to the town regarding dog use issues at other town parks. The committee consists of seven community representatives, that serve a minimum of a two-year term. Members must have an interest in and commitment to the importance and value of Red Hill Dog Park and other authorized dog play areas in the Town of San Anselmo. There are two seats available.

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.

To apply, please go here:

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Fall Leaves

Please Help Keep Our Streets and Storm Drains Clean

Fall is definitely here, as evidenced by the amount of leaves falling off trees.  One heavy rainstorm is all it takes to get those leaves moving downward, so we’re seeing quite the mess on our streets right now. You may notice that many residents have taken it upon themselves to rake up the piles of leaves scattered in front of their homes.  Many thanks to all who have taken the time to rake up the leaves in gutter areas and place them in green cans.  This helps keep our storm drains running free during the winter rains.
San Anselmo contracts with Contract Sweeping Services to provide street sweeping services to the Town.  During the fall months, the street sweeper is working five days a week in San Anselmo. For this program, the Town is divided up into eight sections.  The downtown area is swept every Thursday and the remaining time is spent in the other sections of town on a rotating basis.  That means that each neighborhood gets swept during the fall about once every 7 or 8 days.  On that schedule, the sweeper just can’t get all the leaves that fall!  That’s why your help, if you are able, is so appreciated!

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, Nov. 12 - Art Commission - 7 pm, Historic Museum
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Town Council - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, Nov. 13 - Economic Development Commission - 8:45 am, Council Chambers
Wednesday, Nov.14 - Open Space Committee - 7 pm, Historic Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 14 - Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Thursday, Nov. 15 - Library Advisory Board - 4:30 pm, Library

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