Friday, March 29, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

San Anselmo

Highlights of the Town Council Meeting 

  • Approved minutes of March 12, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending February 2019.
  • Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending February 2019.
  • Canceled regular Town Council meetings of scheduled for July 9, August 13, and  December 24, 2019.
  • Reappointed Kathy Sanders to Open Space Committee. Congratulations Kathy!
  • Received report and recommendations from the Financial Advisory Committee on Unfunded Pension and OPEB Liabilities, and adopted a resolution approving the establishment of a Public Agencies Post-Employment Benefit Section 115 Trust Administered by Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS) to pre-fund Long-Term Pension Obligations and considered making an initial contribution of $500,000. Also adopted a resolution approving the agreement with the California Public Employees’ Retirement System to Join the California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust Program (CERBT) to pre-fund Long-Term Other Post-Employment Benefits Obligations (OPEB) and considered making an initial contribution of $100,000.    
  • Received an update regarding the Ross Valley Yellow Bus program.
  • Received a presentation on the proposed FY 2019/20 Work Plan priorities.
  • Received the annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory report and Sustainability Commission report.
  • Held a public hearing and introduce by title only and waive further reading of An Ordinance of the Town Council of the Town of San Anselmo Amending Title 6 (Business, Professions, and Trades) to Add Chapter 7 (Tobacco Retailer License) Regulating Tobacco Product Sales and Requiring the Licensure of Tobacco Retailers.
  • Adopted Resolutions Renewing the Declaration of Local Emergency and Designating Town Representatives to Seek Federal and State Assistance for Emergency Work.
Creek Park
Reimagine Creekside Commons

San Anselmo Selects Seven Landscape Design Firms for Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition

San Anselmo, CA— Seven landscape design firms were selected for their qualifications from a pool of fifteen highly-qualified entries in San Anselmo’s design competition to reimagine the Town’s Creek Park into Creekside Commons.

Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition
Landscape design professionals were invited to provide their qualifications, interest, capabilities, and experience in the creation of projects with comparable features, uses, scale, and municipal interface. A screening sub-committee of the Reimagine Creek Park Community Advisory Committee (CAC) reviewed qualifications from fifteen designers. At the CAC’s public meeting this week, seven entrants were approved to prepare concept design submissions.
These seven finalists include:

Unlike traditional design competitions, which often require detailed and extensive design and technical solutions, the focus of the Reimagine Creek Park Design Competition has been to generate conceptual solutions that are most attuned and responsive to the needs and goals of the community. Submission requirements are simpler, focusing on larger concept ideas that create a project vision for the Creekside Commons in a clear, understandable way.
Concept designs are due to the Town by May 8, 2019.  The CAC will then select at least three of the concept designs to move on in the competition.  Those finalists will present their concepts at a Town Council meeting on May 28, 2019.
The selection of the winning design concept will be made by the Town Council based on the CAC evaluations and the finalists’ presentations. The winning concept will be determined at the June 11, 2019 Town Council meeting.

To learn more visit:
Website - Reimagine Creek Park
Facebook - Reimagine Creek Park
Instagram ­- Reimagine Creek Park
For press/media questions regarding the competition, contact:
Carla Kacmar, Town Clerk, Town of San Anselmo

Want to learn more about Reimagine Creekside Commons?

Find us on or follow us on @reimaginecreekpark or visit to learn more about the Reimagine Creekside Commons Project and sign up for email updates.

Start Smart

Another Start Smart teen driver safety class is now available!

After the great response to the previous Start Smart classes, we are pleased to offer another in April. Help your teen driver to “start smart.” We're partnering with the California Highway Patrol’s Marin Office to offer the Start Smart class on Saturday, April 13th. 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, April 13, 2019 10 am to noon Central Marin Police Authority community room 250 Doherty Drive, Larkspur

Open Space Invitation
Open Space Invitation
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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News from the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission

Annual Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Available

The latest Community Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report (2016 data) was presented at the March 26, 2019 Town Council meeting. San Anselmo publishes annual community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions estimates through the Marin Climate & Energy Partnership (MCEP).  Annual inventories help the Town to more closely monitor its progress in meeting its local goal to reduce community emissions 15% below baseline (2005) emissions by 2020 and to meet the statewide goal to reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The report reviews emissions generated from the community from 2005 through 2016, the most recent year data is available.  The inventory shows that the San Anselmo community has reduced emissions 24% since 2005 and met its 2020 goal seven years early. Emissions dropped from about 80,425 metric tons carbon dioxide equivalents (MTCO2e) in 2005 to 60,770 MTCO2e in 2016.  The community needs to reduce emissions another 19,750 MTCO2e to meet the State target for 2030 and another 47,100 MTCO2e to meet the State target for 2050, which is 80% below 1990 levels.

The Sustainability Commission reported on their 2018-2019 accomplishments, including passage of the first EV Strategy and first Single Use Foodware Ordinance in Marin County, a student-led pilot project on kitchen composting, and successfully requesting the Town to waive electrical permit fees for solar permits and EV charging stations. In 2019 the Sustainability Commission will present an update of the Town Climate Action Plan, request the Town to fund actions in the EV Strategy, consider the iMatter/Sunrise Youth Green New Deal Resolution, and make recommendations on revised green building codes.
 “Emissions by Sector” depicted below:

Emissions by Sector
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.  

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, April 1 - Planning Commission, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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