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Friday, November 16, 2018
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

The San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the San Anselmo Recreation Department, proudly presents the 2018 Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony.

This popular community event will be held in Imagination Park, 535 San Anselmo Avenue, on Saturday, December 1st, at 5:00 pm.

Santa will arrive in style on a fire truck and then after there will be selfies with Santa, treats for the kids, complimentary refreshments, and holiday craft projects. Entertainment will be provided by the Drake High School band.

Join us for an old-fashioned evening for ALL AGES! 

Holiday Lighting

Town Council News

At the November 13th meeting, the Council made the following decisions:

  • Approved minutes of October 23, 2018 meeting.
  • Acknowledged and filed warrant numbers issued during the month of October 2018.
  • Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending October 2018.
  • Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending October 2018.
  • Approved 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.” 
  • Received report from Marin Commission on Aging representative.
  • Received report from the Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee on the 2017-18 Library Parcel Tax revenue and expenditures. 
  • Asked staff to bring back further information regarding amendments to the Master Fee Schedule reflecting 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. 
  • Held a public hearing and introduced “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 waived further reading. 
  • Discussed potential Municipal Code enforcement mechanisms, including potential administrative citation provisions. 
  • Received the staff presentation regarding changes to the Town’s Social Host Accountability Ordinance and provide direction to staff.

The agenda and staff reports are available at:  


Winter Storm Preparedness

Winter is around the corner. Now is a good time to prepare for winter storms. The Town's website has a lot of good information about winter preparedness at
Here are some tips for getting your home ready for winter weather:
Check Your Furnace
If your home has a forced air heating system, have it inspected by a licensed heating contractor or by PG&E, which offers free furnace inspections and pilot relights to its customers. A thorough inspection will include checking for potentially hazardous conditions that can occur as heating equipment ages, as well as ensuring that the unit and ductwork are operating as efficiently as possible. The furnace filter should also be replaced at this time.
Dryer Ducts
This is also a good time to inspect and clean the clothes dryer duct of lint and other debris, which should be done at least once a year. A clean dryer duct will significantly reduce the risk of fire while decreasing the energy and time needed to dry your clothes.
Inspecting and repairing the weather stripping on your doors and windows will ensure that the warm air inside stays inside as long as possible. Sealing cracks and crevices around the exterior walls and ceilings with caulk and/or spray foam sealant will also reduce heating bills by preventing heat loss to the exterior. For more information on ways to improve your homes energy efficiency contact a certified energy consultant or the San Anselmo Building Division.
Rain, Drains, and Gutters
Along with winter comes the rain, which means it's time to clean the roof gutters and ensure that they drain into an approved storm drainage system. We receive numerous calls from Town residents each year shortly after the first significant rains of the season concerning  water runoff in places it shouldn't be. Besides the mess, sediment laden runoff water can cause damage to adjacent properties and to the environment. So please have your storm drains inspected by a landscape or plumbing contractor to ensure proper functioning.
If you currently have a renovation project underway that has affected the grade around your home, please call the Building Department as soon as possible and we will gladly assist you in complying with the Town's jobsite winterization requirements.

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

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 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. 

Work During the Holiday Season

No work will be allowed in the public right of way during Thanksgiving weekend from November 22--November 25, and from December 24-January 1 2019, unless there is an emergency.

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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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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, Nov. 19 - Planning Commission - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Historical Commission - 7:30 pm, Historic Museum

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