Friday, February 15, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

What happened at the February 12th Town Council meeting?

  • Approved minutes of January 22, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Acknowledged and filed warrant numbers issued during the month of January 2019.
  • Approved sending letter opposing off-shore drilling in California.
  • Accepted annual update on the San Anselmo General Plan and directed staff to submit the report to the State Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and Housing and Community Development (HCD).
  • Authorized Mayor to send letter to Representative Jared Huffman in support of HR 530 (2019-2020), which would repeal recent FCC regulations on wireless facilities, and to urge the FCC to provide information on the safety of 5G technology.
  • Approved funding request from the San Anselmo Beautification Committee for the hanging flower pot program in the downtown.
  • Appointed Ranjiv Khush to Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District and Gerhard Epke to the Flood Committee. Congrats Ranjiv and Gerhard!
  • Approved resolution establishing a Community Advisory Committee to carry out a design competition to seek qualified consultants to design the potential Creek Park renovation project.
  • Held a public hearing and adopted a resolution of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo approving an amendment to the San Anselmo General Plan Circulation Element Incorporating an Electric Vehicle Readiness Policy and Town of San Anselmo Electric Vehicle Strategy.
  • Introduced by title only and waived the first reading of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending San Anselmo Municipal Code Title 1 (General Provisions) to Add Chapter 6 (Administrative Citations) to the Code.
  • Held a public hearing and introduced “An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 10 (Planning and Zoning) Chapter 3 (Zoning) Article 4 (Development Standards) Sections 10-3.411, 10-3.412, Table 4E, and Article 15 (Design Review) Sections 10-3.1504, 10-3.1505, and Adding New Section 10-3.1506, and Article 16 (Noticing: Public Hearings: Zoning Applications) Sections 10-3.1601 and 10-3.1603 To Clarify Design Review and Noticing Requirements and Require Design Review For All New Second and Third Story Additions” by title only and waive further reading.
  • Reviewed the Mid-Year Budget.
  • Received an update regarding drainage and pavement on Bolinas Avenue.
  • Discussed the draft Tobacco Retailer License Ordinance.
Presidents Day

Town Offices - Closed on Monday,
February 18, 2019 

Offices at Town Hall, the Recreation Department, and at  the Library will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in recognition of Presidents Day.

While Town Hall offices are closed, the Police and Fire Departments are on-duty and in-touch with management staff to ensure quick and thorough response to any issue that may arise.

Driver Safety

Central Marin Police News

Do you have a teen driver in your family? Help them to “start smart.”  We are pleased to partner with the California Highway Patrol’s Marin Office and offer the Start Smart class to our communities. Start Smart is a FREE two-hour traffic safety class designed specifically for teen drivers or soon-to-be drivers (15 to 19 years of age) and their parents. The class will teach teens about some of the most common mistakes that new drivers make, and the most common reasons that law enforcement officers will contact them while driving.  The class also serves to educate parents and clarify some of the confusion about the laws regarding provisional drivers licensing.  

At least one parent or guardian must attend with their teen. (exception for Court referrals over 18 years old)

You must register for the class in advance. The Eventbrite links are listed below.  Each person attending will need their own ticket, including parents.  Please select “2” when registering for tickets.
Start Smart will be offered at two locations:

San Anselmo – Saturday, February 16, 2019   10 am to noon
San Anselmo Town Hall Council Chambers
525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo

Larkspur – Saturday, March 9, 2019   10 am to noon
Central Marin Police Authority community room
250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

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New Email Address for Reporting Traffic Concerns

Traffic - it impacts all of us and traffic complaints are one of the most common calls we receive.  Our Central Marin Police Authority Traffic Team concentrates on addressing traffic-related issues in our communities.  You can now easily report traffic concerns in your area by emailing us at:
Please provide the following:
1. Your name and phone number
2. Description of the issue (ex. running stop sign, crosswalk violations)
3. Location including street and cross street, block number
4. When is this happening? Specific day(s) and time(s)

Thank you for helping us to make our streets and roadways safer for everyone.
Creek Park

Community Survey - Creek Park

The Town of San Anselmo is seeking input regarding an upcoming project affecting Creek Park. The Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District is moving forward with a project called the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project,  which will  include the removal of the building at 634-636 San Anselmo Avenue. This work will greatly impact the existing park, but also provides a unique opportunity to explore how the park might be reimagined and improved.

Your answers to the community survey will provide valuable input and will help ensure that a potential redesign of this public space will continue to serve residents of, and visitors to San Anselmo for generations to come.

To participate in the survey, click here: CREEK PARK SURVEY

Creek Park


On January 22nd, the San Anselmo Town Council approved funding for the creation of a Defensible Space Inspection program. Pending approval by other member agencies, this funding will allow the Ross Valley Fire Department to hire a Lead Supervisor Inspector, 2-4 defensible space inspectors along with associated equipment and vehicle costs. It is expected that this program will begin in 2019. The following is a link to the full staff report (LINK).

Priority areas have been identified based the need for defensible space, the current level of public engagement, areas where evacuation routes are challenging due to vegetation over growth, and the patterns of how vehicle parking impedes the access on narrow roads that will provide challenges to emergency response in combination with public egress.

The 2016 Marin County Community Wildfire Preparedness Plan (CWPP) fire modeling identifies these areas as consistent with rankings for Areas of Concern, and areas ranked as being able to support Very High Flame Length, Rate of Spread combined with high population density.


San Anselmo Single Use Plastic Service Ware Ordinance Adopted Nov 13th!

The Town passed a single use plastic service ware ordinance on November 13 to encourage businesses to switch from disposable to-go foodware to reusable items. It requires replacing harmful plastic materials with compostable to-go ware that is accepted at our compost facility. This has set a precedent for other Marin County Towns to follow. Fairfax, Sausalito and Mill Valley are now moving forward with their own ordinances. The movement is especially relevant with the recent warnings from the UN (IPCC) Report.  Leading the project was Jinesse Reynolds from the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission, who was a crucial part in writing and championing the Ordinance. A big thank you goes out to San Anselmo Planning Director Elise Semonian for moving the Ordinance forward, the Sustainability Commissioners and a supportive Town Council.

Flower Baskets

Help Keep Flower Baskets in Downtown SA

It seems everyone enjoyed the beautiful hanging flower baskets in Town last year. A group of engaged residents have created the San Anselmo Beautification Committee who, along with the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, want to make sure that this project will happen again this coming spring and summer. 
Their goal is to raise $10,000. This will enable them to double the amount of baskets. In order to accomplish this they need the help of the community and merchants. Please make a donation now to: Or mail your check to: San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979. (Be sure to mark your check for Flower Baskets

Town Hall
Town Books Art

Town Books News

TOWN BOOKS will exhibit The Marin Art Educators Group Show March and April 2019.  A reception will be held on Friday, March 8, 5-7pm. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served. Visit the store and enjoy the work of these local teachers who are inspiring our next generation of young artists. 


Pruning Basics with
Marin Master Gardener Gary Bartl

Saturday, February 23
11am, Council Chambers

Are you intimidated by the thought of pruning your own gardens? Do you want to learn the basic principles of
pruning? Gary Bartl, a Marin Master Gardener since 2001, will share tips that will give you the confidence to prune anything in your garden, from roses to redwoods.

Historic SA Pic

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 three seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.

Board of Review - The Board of Review is responsible to hear and decide appeals from employee disciplinary actions, hear and decide employee’s grievances, and hear and advise on citizen complaints against employees. Members must be residents of the Town and have a reputation for impartiality. The Board consists of five members and meets only as needed. There is one seat available.

Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of the committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There are three seats available.

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.

Economic Development Committee – The Committee’s charge is to work with local businesses and the community at large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  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.

Library Parcel Tax Oversight Committee - The purpose of the oversight committee is to ensure transparency and accountability to the voters by reviewing the collection and expenditure of Library tax revenues.  The group meets twice a year to review the library budget. 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 is one seat available.

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, February 19 - Parks and Recreation Commission, 7 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, February 20 - Open Space Committee, 7:30 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, February 20 - Historical Commission, 7:30 pm, Historical Museum

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