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

Zero Waste Marin

Help Reduce Holiday Waste in San Anselmo!

Zero Waste Marin and the Town of San Anselmo want to pass along a few tips to help residents and businesses reduce waste during the holiday season. We can work together to keep San Anselmo beautiful and thriving.

  • Give Your Holiday Leftovers New Life – Turn any holiday leftovers into breakfast or lunch the following day. Any remaining food scraps, like your turkey, chicken and fish bones, eggshells, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, tea bags and used paper napkins, can be tossed into your green compost cart. Check out Marin Sanitary’s website at
or more information about what goes into each cart or for more tips on food waste prevention.
  • Use Alternatives to Wrapping Paper – There are many ways to creatively wrap gifts without buying shiny, foil-based wrapping paper. Create a gift basket, wrap gifts in old newspaper comics or unused maps and tie off with a bright ribbon or twine. Package gifts in reusable gift bags to give two gifts in one!
  • Properly Dispose of Used Wrapping Paper – Recycle paper-based wrapping paper in the blue side of your recycling cart. Shiny, foil-based wrapping paper cannot be recycled and must be placed in the landfill cart. Never burn your wrapping paper – ink on the paper can release toxic fumes when burned.
  • Give an Experience – Reduce overall waste this season by giving an experience that doesn’t come in a package, like tickets to a show, a relaxing spa treatment, or a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
  • Give Gifts a Second Life – Shop for unique, high-quality gifts a local thrift or antique store and reduce waste created by producing new goods.
  • Send an e-Card – Save paper and postage this year by sending your season’s greetings electronically. If you do send a paper card, make sure that your card is recyclable.

Zero Waste Marin works with cities and towns throughout Marin County to educate residents about reducing the amount of waste that goes into our local landfills. For more information, visit

MSS Tree Recycle Information
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Participate in County’s Online Resident Survey

Is the County of Marin government providing the services you want and need? It’s time to ask a few questions, gather the answers, and put them to good use. The 2018 Resident Survey[External] is now featured on, and answers will be anonymous.

Downtown SA
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 began 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.

Work During the Holiday Season

No work will be allowed in the public right of way from December 24-January 1 2019, unless there is an emergency.


Town Hall and Recreation Office Holiday Hours

Town Hall and Recreation offices will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 21, 2018 through Monday, January 1, 2019. Employees will be taking vacation days and other paid time off in addition to the regular holidays. While Town offices are closed for the holiday week, the Police and Fire Departments are on duty and in touch with management staff to ensure a quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise, including storm and flooding problems.

Library Holiday Hours

The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25.
The Library will be OPEN on Monday, December 31, 10am-2pm.



Winter Storms

 With winter rains upon us, it is important to be prepared.  The Town has storm resource information available on the website at:   Information includes links to the flood gauge that measures creek depth, flood gate design information, flood protection tips, weather information, winter preparedness tips and sand bag information.
The Town has access to a number of different communication methods to deliver storm and weather related information to the community.  It is important, in addition, for each of us to stay tuned to local radio and TV stations to keep abreast of the weather forecast and be prepared with sand bags, flood gates or other prevention measures that are required in your specific situation.
As is always the case, during heavy winter rains, sand and sand bags are available for San Anselmo residents and merchants on Sunny Hills Drive in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts, which is across the street from Swirl, the yogurt shop in the Red Hill Shopping Center.
Important Information:  When you hear the flood horn, it means that flooding may be imminent. You should immediately move your family and vehicles to higher ground.  Please don’t use the flood horn as an opportunity to go see the creek firsthand.  Rushing flood waters are fast moving and very dangerous.


Digital Resources from the Library

Talk to us about Digital Resources! Whether you absolutely love the digital resources you have access to with your library card or you’ve encountered issues accessing what you want and need — we want to hear from you! Your San Anselmo Public Library strives to provide the best services to you. By taking a few minutes to fill out this short survey, you will be helping us do just that.

Electric vehicles (EVs) can be affordable.

The Town of San Anselmo and your local electricity provider, MCE, are proud to announce you may be eligible to save $3,500 on the purchase or lease of an EV. MCE’s generous rebate for low-income qualifying customers gives you a great deal on a cutting-edge, new or used EV, especially when you combine it with up to $11,000 in other rebates. EVs are zero-emission vehicles that offer significant savings on fuel and maintenance costs and also reduce air pollution in your community. 
Learn more:

MCE EV Rebate

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 two 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:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, Jan 8 - Town Council - 7 pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, Jan 8 - Economic Development Committee - 8:45 am, Council Chambers

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