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

San Anselmo

Highlights from the Town Council Meeting 

  • Approved minutes of March 26, 2019 Town Council meeting.
  • Acknowledged and filed warrant numbers 88245 to 88430 issued during the month of March 2019, in the amount of $1,290,789.85.
  • Denied 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.
  • Proclaimed April 7-13, 2019 National Volunteer Week
  • Proclaimed April 7-13, 2019 National Library Week
  • Proclaimed April 2019 Fair Housing Month.
  • Approved resolution authorizing submittal of application(s) for all CalRecycle payment programs for which the Town of San Anselmo is eligible.
  • Approved Resolution Setting Administrative Citation Schedule of Fines for Violations of the San Anselmo Municipal Code.
  • Approved 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)
  • Approved a 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.
  • Received the annual Crime and Traffic Statistics from Central Marin Police Department. 
  • Approved the 2019-2020 Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Project List and Resolution to be included in the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget for roadway improvements.
  • Received a presentation on proposed FY 2019/20 Work Plan priorities.
  • Received a report from the Planning Director regarding new requirements for neighbor acknowledgements.
  • Tabled a report on options for the 2019/20 Work Plan for the Town’s allotment of Measure A funds until a future meeting.
The video and staff reports for these items are available on the website 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!

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San Anselmo property owners with a financial hardship due to unemployment, a catastrophic emergency, or low income are invited to apply for a rebate of the Town’s Municipal Services (also called “General Purpose”), Pension Override and Library Parcel Taxes.

The rebate program defines low income as below $34,235 for a one-person household, $39,102 for a two-person household, $44,002 for a three-person household, and $48,869 for a four-person household.  Rental property is not eligible to be considered for the rebate program.
The Town of San Anselmo’s Tax Equity Board reviews the applications, which must be filed by Friday May 10, 2019. For more information and application forms, please stop by the Administration Office on the second floor of Town Hall or contact Helen Yu-Scott at 415-258-4678.

Egg Hunt

Egg Hunts

Children's Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 20th at 11:00 AM
Ages 7 and younger

Get in the spring spirit by participating in our annual egg hunt! We will split the kids into age groups and let them run around the park looking for candy, eggs, and the coveted golden eggs, which are redeemable for a big prize. Bring your camera as well in case you happen to see that loveable bunny.

Come see what's in store for SUMMER 2019. In addition, there will be a Summer Camp Fair being held at the upper lawn at Memorial Park from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. For more information about any of these events, contact the Recreation Department at 258-4640.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Friday, April 19th at 8:15 pm
Ages 8 and up

How's your night vision? Find out at our Flashlight Egg Hunt, where kids 8 and older get to use their flashlights to find the treats tucked away in the grass. Bring your running shoes, a basket, and of curse, your flashlight and get ready to run the length of Memorial Park!

For more information call 415.258.4680

Dog Jam

Red Hill Dog Park 10th Anniversary Celebration: DOG JAM at the LOG CABIN - May 11, 2019

Music Event – Join us for an evening of music, food and fun at the American Legion Log Cabin (20 Veterans Place/adjacent to Memorial Park in San Anselmo) on Saturday, May 11, 2019 to benefit our 100% volunteer-maintained and donation-supported community dog park.
Food (sausage/hot dog bar) & drinks (beer, wine, soda, water)
will be available from 5 PM, with music from 6 to 10 PM by three
great local bands: & Friends Band (Jerry Draper, Martin O’Neill)
The Mutterers (Frank Bohan, Jimmy Hobson, Andius Jent) and
Lender (Jono Clay, Max Gustafson, Greg Moye, Mike Pannone).
All are welcome and encouraged to attend but please leave
your dogs home for this event. Tickets are available for a $20 tax
deductible donation, both at the door and in advance at

Coffee with a Cop
Town Hall

Volunteer Week

This week is National Volunteer Week and we want to recognize the many volunteers who give of their precious time to San Anselmo. 
  • Town Hall volunteers
  • Library volunteers
  • Board, Commission and Committee members
  • Recreation coaches and assistant coaches
  • Public safety volunteers in both Police and Fire
  • Public Works volunteers who help on the street
  • Emergency workers who help during storms
  • Youth volunteers from local schools
  • Volunteers who work in our parks and gardens
Your volunteer assistance is truly appreciated!  Thank you!

National Library Week

This week is also National Library Week. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and library workers and to promote library use and support.  From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all. Don’t be surprised if our Library seems a little more festive this month

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

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.

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Coed Softball

Did you know that softball is the #1 team participation sport in the U.S.? This slow pitch adult league has been a success since its inception over 15 years ago. Our format offers the perfect combination of recreation and competition. You may join as a team (must have a minimum of 6 men and 4 women) or you may sign up as a free agent and we will assign you to a team if room is available. All games over seen by a certified ASA umpire.
Location: Memorial Park/Red Hill Field
(1st half of season will be at Red Hill and the 2nd at Memorial)
Saturdays 6/15 - 8/24
Team registration fee: $600
Free agent: $55

DEADLINE to register is Thursday, May 16th!
For more information call 415.258.4680 or email
For more information about Adult Softball, call 415.258.4680.


Talking Tomatoes with Marin Master Gardener Joe Jennings

Saturday, April 20
11 am, Council Chambers

Learn about the joys of growing your own juicy ripe tomatoes with Marin Master Gardener Joe Jennings! You'll discover the basics for planting, watering, and
maintaining your plants, which varieties grow well in our
area, and methods for scaffolding along with drought
management strategies. Joe Jennings grows vegetables
year-round in his home garden..

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.

Contact or 415-258-4656 to reserve a performance time slot.

Marin Commutes
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News from the San Anselmo Sustainability Commission

New Commute Information Website

 The Transportation Agency of Marin (TAM) has launched a website dedicated to exploring and diversifying your commute in Marin County. The site offers a range of programs and options that can help ease your trip to and from work, including:

  • Walking and biking
  • Taking the SMART train
  • Ferry service
  • Bus information
  • Ride sharing
  • Electric vehicles
  • Getting an emergency ride home

They are currently promoting a Lyft Shared Ride program. Use the promo code “GETSMART17” to get $5 off for all “Lyft Shared Ride” rides to and from SMART stations in Marin County!

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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.

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

Monday, April 15 - Arts Commission, 7 pm, Vista Room
Wednesday, April 17 - Open Space Committee, 7:30 pm, Council Chambers
Wednesday, April 17 - Historical Commission, 7:30 pm, Historical Museum

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