Friday, March 8, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

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San Anselmo Launches Design Competition to Reimagine Downtown Park

The Town's Creek Park Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking to engage qualified design professionals in the process to bring a revitalized Creek Park to life through a design competition. The reimagined park will highlight the San Anselmo Creek for visitors to downtown San Anselmo, making the integration of public waterfront access and recreation an important feature of the downtown area.

The RFQ can be found in the Competition section of the project website.

Qualifications are due on Friday, March 15 at 5:00 pm.

In concert with a significant flood mitigation construction project, San Anselmo has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform its downtown into a truly vibrant environmental and recreational civic space and regional destination unlike, any other place in Marin.
Background: Creek Park is located on the southwest corner of the Hub intersection where Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Redhill Avenue, and Center Boulevard converge in San Anselmo. The Park was developed in the early 1970’s alongside San Anselmo Creek. It was designed as a passive green space with only token connections to the creek.
Downtown San Anselmo is prone to flooding and has experienced several historic floods, most recently in 1982 and 2005. Marin County Flood Control District has had a continual remediation program focusing on flood control in sections of the creek in San Anselmo. This past Fall, the County’s Board of Supervisors approved the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction Project (SAFRR). The SAFRR concludes more than two years of flood mitigation effortst  to to protect and prevent flooding in the Ross Valley.

The SAFRR proposes removal of one building housing four businesses that intrude on the Creek and create a water flow barrier. Demolition of approximately 150 feet of structures along San Anselmo Avenue (address numbers 632, 634, and 636 as indicated in the SAFRR plans) will add open space along San Anselmo Avenue which will be included in the reimagine project; adding views, access to the Creek and is the impetus for the competition.
About the Competition:  A screening subcommittee of the Creek Park Advisory Committee (CAC) will review submissions of qualifications and select a set of finalists who will be invited to prepare concept design submittals for reimagining Creek Park into Creekside Commons, and personally present their solutions to the San Anselmo Town Council. The Town Council will evaluate the concept approaches and select the winning submittal. Once a design professional is selected, the individual or firm may be invited to enter into a contract with the Town of San Anselmo for the design of the Creekside Commons project. Completion of the project is anticipated by the end of 2020. 
Community outreach and surveys of the residents and business community have generated several goals for the reimagining program.
Highlights include:

  • Creating a community common space that is a memorable, signature civic place for the Town of San Anselmo and a gathering space for users and visitors. ?
  • Visually and physically open the park site to both the Hub and the downtown area and provide connection between the east and west sides of the Creek.
  • Use the local topography in an engaging and imaginative way. ?
  • Integration of park design with SAFRR to reduce flood risk of the San Anselmo Creek.
  • Create an enduring design that will age well over time and have a variety of uses and activities for all age groups.
  • Include ideas for evening visibility, safety during high flood flow events, ADA compliance, and sustainability best practices.
  • Consider how the new Commons could promote shopping, dining, entertainment, and leisure experiences in downtown San Anselmo morning to evening in any season.

Find us on or follow us on @reimaginecreekpark or visit to learn more about the Reimagine Creek Park Project.


Calling all K-8 grade student “Imaginers”: San Anselmo needs your IDEAS to Reimagine Creekside Commons (Creek Park) by March 29
The YES Foundation, in collaboration with The Ross Valley School District (RVSD) and with support from the San Anselmo Arts Commission, is launching a design project in parallel with the Town’s professional design contest to reimagine the space as one that better connects to our downtown and responds to the needs of our communities.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reimagine the space as a result of the Marin County Flood Mitigation Plan.
Student participants will be recognized and ideas will be shared with the professionals who the Town is inviting to participate in the professional contest (managed by the Town Staff with advisory assistance by the Creek Park Community Advisory Committee). Learn more about the rules and guidelines. (More about the professional contest here.)

Town Hall
San Anselmo

At Tuesday's Town Council Meeting

Highlights Include:

Report out on Town Hall Meeting on Traffic Issues

Presentation on proposed MMWD Rate Changes


-Consider adoption 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. 

-Consider adoption of "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.

-Consider approving the use of the name "Creekside Commons" in place of "Creek Park" in the approved Creek Park design competition.
-Receive report on proposed Marin Municipal Water District rate increases.
-Receive report regarding January 29, 2019 Town Hall meeting on Traffic Safety, Enforcement and Engineering.
-Consider approval of the 2019 Town of San Anselmo Agreement of "Program Partnership" for San Anselmo Baseball Association.
-Consider approval of the 2018 Pavement Rehabilitation: Phase 2 Project, Authorize Staff to Advertise for Construction Bids and Authorize the Town Manager to Award the Contract to the Lowest Responsive Responsible Bidder.
-Consider approval of the 2019 Pavement Rehabilitation: Phase 1 project, Authorize Staff to Advertise for Construction Bids and Authorize the Town Manager to Award the Contract to the Lowest Responsive Responsible Bidder.
-Consider approval of Bolinas Avenue Drainage Project cost sharing agreement with the Town of Ross.
-Receive final report on the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan. 


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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.

Electrify Marin

News from the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission

New Energy Efficiency and Electrification Programs Available to Marin Residents

San Anselmo residents who are looking to make home energy efficiency improvements and change gas appliances to electric-powered options can take advantage of two new rebate programs through the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) and the County of Marin.
BayREN Home+ provides rebates of up to $5,000 for projects including furnace and water heater upgrades, insulation and air sealing improvements, duct projects, and more. The program also includes an online energy self-evaluation, free energy saving kit (which includes LED light bulbs and faucet aerators), and free technical support by the Home Energy Advisors. To learn more and get started, visit or call a Home Energy Advisor at (866) 878-6008.
Are you working towards an all-electric home? With more renewable energy supplying California’s electrical grid and the growing number of homes with solar systems, switching to all electric appliances is a great way to further reduce your home’s carbon footprint. The County of Marin is offering a new program called Electrify Marin which provides rebates for changing gas furnaces and water heaters to heat pumps, changing gas cooking to induction cooking, and service panel upgrades. Learn more that or call Mark Chhabria with the County of Marin at (415) 473-3069.

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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.
Night of the Poets

Save the Date!
Night of the Poets

Thursday, April 18
7pm, Library Reading Room

Summoning word wizards and masters of meter! All ages are welcome to participate as a performer or listener in the San Anselmo Public Library’s 16th annual Night of the Poets.
Registration begins March 1, 2019! Contact or 415-258-4656 to reserve a performance time slot.

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Irish Tunes with John Pedersen

Thursday, March 14
12pm, Library Reading Room

Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Irish banjo and fiddle tunes!

John Pedersen of Amazing Grace Music will whisk you away to the land of shamrocks and leprechauns. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Town Books News

Thursday through Sunday, March 14 - 17 from 10:00 to 4:00 each day. TOWN BOOKS is located at 411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo. Choose from 4,000 books in a wide range of categories, CDs, DVDs, and Audiobooks. For more information, call 415-526-3791 or go to Proceeds go to the San Anselmo Public Library. 

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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:

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, March 11 - Arts Commission, 7 pm, Historical Museum
Tuesday, March 12 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers
Tuesday, March 12 - Economic Development, 8:45 am, Council Chambers
Thursday, March 14 - Yellow Bus JEPA, 7 pm, Council Chambers 

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