Friday, March 1, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

Ross Valley Yellow Bus JEPA

On January 1, 2019, the Ross Valley Yellow Bus Transportation Services Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JEPA) went into effect. The members of the JEPA include the Town of San Anselmo, Town of Fairfax, County of Marin, and Ross Valley School District.
The purpose of the JEPA is to provide enhanced public oversight and transparency for the yellow bus program operated by Marin Transit and serving public schools in the Ross Valley. The JEPA will provide policy guidance and advice to Marin Transit.

Meetings of the JEPA will be open to the public. Parents are encouraged to attend to provide feedback regarding the program.

The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00pm at the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers, 525 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

If you would like to stay informed about the JEPA including notifications for upcoming meetings, please subscribe here.

Town Hall

News from the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission

Drawdown Marin presented to the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission at its monthly meeting. Drawdown Marin is a bold, community-driven campaign to do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for climate change impacts. The County, with support and input from the entire community, will work to eliminate fossil fuel use and “drawdown” carbon emissions from the atmosphere by designing and implementing solutions in 6 Focus Areas: 100% Renewable Energy, Low Carbon Transportation, Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Infrastructure, Local Food and Food Waste, Carbon Sequestration and Climate Resilient Communities. For upcoming meetings and more information on Drawdown Marin, see here. One step you can take to immediately make a difference is to sign up for Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green electricity. For additional suggestions on sustainable actions you can take, see here

Marin County

County Parks Wants to Hear from Every Resident

Community survey will help with department work and decision-making 

Marin County Parks is launching a wide-reaching community engagement program and asking residents to provide their feedback on services via an online community survey available at

Through the survey, Marin County Parks wants to hear from local residents about the programs they enjoy, potential areas of improvement and new priorities. 

Measure A, otherwise known as the Marin Parks, Open Space, and Farmland Preservation Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2012, generates an average of $13.4 million per year and has resulted in a total of $50.3 million in investments in parks, open spaces, and agricultural preservation across Marin County as of June 2018. These investments have allowed the county and local governments to increase fire fuel reduction, address deferred maintenance in parks, increase community programming, support working lands, protect and restore natural habitat, and improve trails. Measure A funding has touched every corner of Marin.

The survey will be open until March 25, 2019. Results will be summarized in a report and shared with the community and Marin County Board of Supervisors the following month.
Learn more about Parks at It’s always in need of volunteers, and you can learn more about those opportunities on the website as well.
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Survey Helps Evaluate Suicide Prevention Services

County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division unveils online tool

If all goes according to plan, taking a five-minute online survey[External] will help the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) learn more about the sensitive issue of suicide prevention in Marin County.
In 2017, Marin’s suicide prevention hotline received over 6,700 calls (just over 18 calls per day) from residents reaching out for support. Marin HHS’ Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division is sharing the survey[External] through February 25, to help it develop a Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan.
“Our goal is clear – to reduce, if not eliminate, local suicide attempts and deaths,” said Dr. Jei Africa, who leads the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Division. “Once we have a better understanding of people’s experiences and analyze the survey results, we believe we can create strategies to increase service coordination and strengthen our existing support networks.

In 2017, the most recent year for which Marin HHS has statistics, there were 42 deaths by suicide Marin residents. Men and boys accounted for 74 percent of all deaths by suicide among county residents from 2013-2017.

From 2014-2016, the crude death rate from suicide for California was 10.7 deaths per 100,000 population, equivalent to approximately one suicide for every 9,328.8 persons, according to the California Department of Public Health. Among all 58 California counties with reliable rates, the crude death rate ranged from 26.4 in Humboldt County to 7.8 in San Mateo County. Marin ranked 26th of all counties with 15.1 deaths by suicide per 100,000 residents.

Africa said Marin HHS is engaging residents in the planning process through the survey because, “Suicide is not always talked about. There is so much stigma and shame around this issue, and yet so many individuals and families are affected by the experience. We’d like to change the outcomes of those who are in need, of those who are suffering. We know that suicide is preventable, and we need to come together as a community to help address it.”

Marin HHS collaborates with San Rafael-based Buckelew Programs to provide suicide prevention services. The hotline – 415-499-1100 – provides around-the-clock free and confidential support for people in distress. It offers crisis support for those in distress, resources for loved ones, and best practices for professionals. In 2017, the hotline received over 6,700 calls (just over 18 calls per day) from residents reaching out for support. The program can be reached at as well.

Africa recently spoke about suicide prevention and the survey on KWMR-FM's "Epicenter" program[External].

Marin HHS maintains a webpage about suicide prevention and has much more information about mental health on
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.
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
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. 

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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 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

Monday, March 4 - Creek Park CAC, 7 pm, Historic Museum
Tuesday, March 12 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers


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