Friday, April 5, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager

San Anselmo

Highlights of the next Town Council Meeting 

  • Approve minutes of March 26, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Acknowledge and file warrant numbers 88245 to 88430 issued during the month of March 2019, in the amount of $1,290,789.85.
  • Approval 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.
  • Proclaim April 7-13, 2019 National Volunteer Week
  • Proclaim April 7-13, 2019 National Library Week
  • Proclaim April 2019 Fair Housing Month.
  • Approve resolution authorizing submittal of application(s) for all CalRecycle payment programs for which the Town of San Anselmo is eligible.
  • Approve Resolution Setting Administrative Citation Schedule of Fines for Violations of the San Anselmo Municipal Code.
  • Approve Special Event Application in Creek Park for the annual Beatles Night and Music in the Park events, sponsored by the Arts Commission, to be held on Saturday, July 27, 2018, 6 - 10 p.m. (Beatles) and various Sundays in June and July, 2019, 4 - 6 p.m. (Music in the Park)
  • Consider resolution authorizing application for SB 2 (Atkins) Building Jobs and Homes Act planning grant to facilitate Town Housing Element programs, objective design standards and environmental review.
  • Receive annual Crime and Traffic Statistics from Central Marin Police Department. (ORAL PRESENTATION)
  • Consider approval of the 2019-2020 Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Project List and Resolution to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget for roadway improvements.
  • Receive presentation on proposed FY 2019/20 Work Plan priorities and provide direction to staff.
  • Receive report from Planning Director regarding new requirements for neighbor acknowledgements.
  • Receive a report on options for the 2019/20 Work Plan for the Town’s allotment of Measure A funds and provide direction to staff.
The staff reports for these items will be available on the website by the end of the day at:

Town Hall

Sand Bag Recycling

We are keeping our fingers crossed that Spring is finally here!  The Town has arranged for three debris boxes to be placed downtown for disposal of used sandbags – at 634 San Anselmo Avenue (across from Hilda’s Coffee Shop), on Magnolia Avenue near Imagination Park, and on Ross Avenue.  You may also dispose of sandbags at the tennis courts on Sunny Hills Drive.  The debris boxes will be in place from Monday April 8 through Monday April 15.  As the sand will be recycled, please do not place trash or other items in the dumpsters.  Thank you!

Wildfire Flyer

Marin Wildfire Forum

Join us May 4, 2019 for a FREE forum, presentation and panel discussion on wildfire preparedness, and an introduction to important new efforts that will help make Marin more wildfire resilient. We’ll have tables and booths representing a variety of stakeholders, contractors, and agency representatives of industries who play a role in Marin’s wildfire readiness.

What: Opening with a special guest presentation from a Camp Fire evacuation survivor, the Marin Wildfire Forum will look at prevention and preparedness through a countywide lens. Representatives from local government, fire agencies, land managers, emergency services, law enforcement, community leaders and wildfire experts will update residents on progress to date, work to come, and future needs. Residents will learn what they can do to protect their homes and what we can do together to make Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

Why: Wildfire prevention and emergency preparedness are countywide priorities. Great work is being done in communities across Marin, but there is much more to do. Fire knows no boundaries. We must work together as one community to make all of Marin as wildfire safe and emergency ready as possible.

When: Saturday, May 4 from 10 AM to noon.
Where: Embassy Suites, San Rafael
Event Hosts/Sponsors:   FIRESafe MARIN, County of Marin, Firewise USA, Marin County Fire Chiefs Association.

Registration: optional but encouraged at

Contact: Jennifer Gauna, 415.473.6159 or

Gardening Survey!

A Marin community-based organization is working to better understand Marin residents’ yard and garden care practices and product use.  Please take this 10-minute online survey – your input is important and will guide their work. No matter how much or how little you know about gardening, your answers matter.  Participants may choose to be entered into a drawing for one $100 gift card! 

Historic Stroll

Stroll Through San Anselmo’s History

Travel back in time with the Historical Commission on docent-led strolls through two areas of San Anselmo.

Tour 1: Downtown San Anselmo. The tour will highlight San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role of the railroad in the development of town and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue. Meet at Creek Park and stroll along San Anselmo Avenue. The tour will end at the Historical Museum for light refreshments. 
Dates are April 27, June 22, August 24, October 26.  Meet at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m.

Tour 2: The Seminary Area. Visit one of San Anselmo's oldest neighborhoods. The tour will highlight the quiet beauty of San Francisco Theological Seminary, its history and architecture. Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road & Bolinas Avenue. This tour does involve stairs and uphill walking and is not suitable for strollers or very young children. Refreshments will be served along the way. 

Dates are June 1, July 27, September 28.  Meet at Montgomery Chapel, Richmond Road and Bolinas Avenue at 9:00 a.m.

RSVP at or email 
Both tours are free.

Art Talk

Art Talk Tuesday

Early Rubens
Tuesday, April 9
12 pm, Council Chambers

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was both a prodigious artist and one of the most extraordinary figures of the seventeenth century. He was an international diplomat, a shrewd businessman, a well-read intellectual, and the master of a prolific workshop. Early Rubens at the Legion of Honor focuses on what is arguably the artist's most innovative period of production, from 1608 until about 1620. Gretchen Turner, a docent at the Legion of Honor, will show how Rubens rose to the first rank of Flemish painting and established a visual style that would guide ambitious painters for generations to come.

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

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.

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 are three seats 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 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.  

Sustainability Commission – The Sustainability Commission was established to promote sustainability by enhancing opportunities for sustainable practices in San Anselmo, to secure a high quality of life for San Anselmo residents and simultaneously meeting environmental, economic and community needs.  The Commission consists of nine members, plus one youth member and meets regularly on the fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers.  There are three seats available.

To apply, please go here:

Imagination Park

Upcoming Public Meetings

Tuesday, April 9 - Economic Development Committee, 8:45 am, Council Chambers
Tuesday, April 9 - Town Council, 7 pm, Council Chambers

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