Friday, May 3, 2019
David P. Donery, Town Manager


San Anselmo Mourns the loss of Longtime Resident Carolyn
Marie Allen

Carolyn Marie Allen

Carolyn lost her life on Saturday, April 27th. She and her dog companions were struck by a suspected DUI driver as she was crossing Butterfield Road at the Caleta Avenue crosswalk. This tragic incident has shaken our community, and has caused many of us to be more mindful about how we and our neighbors travel our local roadways.

Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

Town of San Anselmo and the Central Marin Police Authority are working together to look for ways to prevent speeding on Butterfield Road and to increase pedestrian safety along the corridor. Town staff met with a Traffic Safety Engineer earlier in the week at the intersection to discuss the existing conditions at the site and to look at potential changes that could provide a higher level of safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists alike. Once the Public Works Department and Traffic Safety Engineer complete their analysis, recommended safety-related improvements will be implemented.

Multi-Jurisdictional Issue

Given the multi-jurisdicational nature of Butterfield Road (half in the Town of San Anselmo/half in unincorporated Sleepy Hollow), the County of Marin and the California Highway Patrol will also be tracking alongside and supporting the work of the Town. The Butterfield Corridor Safe Streets Committee will be focusing on this recent incident at their upcoming June 4 meeting (noon at SHHA clubhouse) and will be hearing from engineers and enforcement about their review and next steps.  All community members are invited to attend, listen and weigh in.  If you can’t make it, you can send your thoughts and suggestions to (Subject: Butterfield Safety) or and your comments will be shared with the group.  The summary of the meeting will be posted on the Safe Streets website at
Town Hall

Town Council to consider 2030 Climate Action Plan at their meeting on May 28th

The Town Council is scheduled to consider the 2030 Climate Action Plan on May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. The 2030 Climate Action Plan may be viewed at the Town website:

We welcome your comments on the plan! Email comments to

Senior citizens

San Anselmo Becomes Latest Marin Municipality to be Designated as Age-Friendly 

San Anselmo has become the latest Marin community to be designated as Age-Friendly.
That label, an initiative stemming from AARP’s partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), means the town commits to helping foster/inspire activism and elevate/advance quality of life issues for residents of all ages — with an emphasis on older persons and intergenerational events.
The designation enables volunteers and older residents, during a five-year period, to evaluate the town in eight different subject areas, collate information, set goals and implement an action plan.
Dannielle Mauk, San Anselmo’s Director of Community Services, is the Age-Friendly staff point-person; another staffer, expected to be named shortly, will assist her with programming work.
Mauk also is leading a recently formed San Anselmo Age-Friendly task force that includes, among others, Council Members John Wright and  Kay Coleman; three local residents who sit on the Marin County Commission on Aging (Woody Weingarten and Carla Overberger, both of whom represent District 2, and Suellen Lamorte, who represents the Town); and Sara Robinson, who’s acting as task force secretary.
The task force’s immediate plans are to set up surveys and focus groups to determine specific local concerns — as well as to prepare a strategic plan and obtain input from department heads.
Marin County cities and towns previously designated Age-Friendly by the WHO include Sausalito, Fairfax, Corte Madera, Novato, Mill Valley, San Rafael, Ross and Belvedere. All these communities, with the exception of Mill Valley, are also members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, the WHO’s national Age-Friendly affiliate.
The County itself joined the Age-Friendly global network and AARP’s network last year.
In 2002, WHO released a policy framework on active-aging defined as “optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” That notion morphed into guidelines to make front-line primary health care services more age-friendly — that is, more accessible and responsive to the specific needs of older persons.
AARP’s presence, meanwhile, has encouraged “older adults to take a more active role in their communities and have their voices heard. Initiatives focus on areas such as housing, caregiving, community engagement, volunteering, social inclusion and combating isolation among older citizens.”
That organization, which reportedly had 38 million members 50 years of age or older as of last year, notes that its mission is to “empower people to choose how they live as they age.”
One million men and women turn 60 every month. According to United Nations’ estimates, the number of persons that age and older will double from the current 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025 — and to 2 billion by 2050.
Currently, 27 percent of Marin County’s population is 60 and older, and by 2030, projections indicate at least one in three will be.
More information on Age-Friendly is available by contacting Dannielle Mauk at 415-258-4661 or

Tam Vista


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.

Sorich Ranch Park


During the San Francisco Blvd. paving rehabilitation project, there will be times when the main entrance and parking lot to Sorich Ranch Park is unavailable to the public. During these times, the public may access the park using the Memorial Ridge Trail. The marked trail head is located in Memorial Park, near the batting cage on the east side of the park. There will be signage at the entrance to Sorich Ranch Park entrance on the days when the main park access is unavailable.

Open Space
water conservation

Take the Guesswork out of Watering with MMWD's Weekly Schedule

It's that time of year. As the rainy season draws to a close, many Marin residents are turning on their irrigation systems. But particularly for gardeners without smart irrigation controllers, knowing how much to water can be a challenge.
The Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) offers a free Weekly Watering Schedule that can help customers keep their landscapes healthy this summer without overwatering.
"Overwatering is one of the most common types of water waste we see," says MMWD Conservation Manager Daniel Carney.  “Many people turn on their irrigation systems full tilt once the rains end. However, over the course of the summer plants' water needs will vary a lot depending on day length, temperature, humidity, wind, and other factors.”
To determine the watering schedule, MMWD uses data from a local weather station to calculate the rate of evapotranspiration—that is, how much water is being lost from plants and soil into the air.
MMWD converts this data into easy-to-follow guidelines that let customers know how many minutes they need to water—or how to adjust their automated irrigation timers—to replenish lost soil moisture. Schedules are available for three different climate zones—cool, medium, and hot—in MMWD's service area.
There are three ways to get the schedule:

  • Find the schedule online at
  • Sign up on the website to receive the schedule via email, along with helpful water-smart garden tips.
  • Follow MMWD on Twitter (@thinkbluemarin) to receive the schedule via tweet using #WeeklyWateringSchedule.

Get Free Water-Wise Garden Advice
For MMWD customers in need of more advice on managing their outdoor water use, the district offers two free programs:
Conservation Assistance Program (CAP): Receive a free, customized water-use consultation for your home or business with one of MMWD’s water conservation specialists. Visit includes a check for leaks, evaluation of indoor and outdoor water use, and recommendations to help you save water and money. Call 415-945-1523 to schedule.
Marin-Friendly Garden Walk: Receive a free residential garden evaluation from a UC Marin Master Gardener. Learn about sustainable gardening practices and get water-wise tips for a beautiful, healthy landscape. Call 415-473-4204 to schedule.


Bay Area Bike Challenge May 1st to 31st 

Riding is awesome! Join Bay Area Bike Challenge 2019 and let’s get more people enjoying the freedom of two wheels. More info here:

Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day is May 9 - Celebrate it's 25th Anniversary! 

More than 100,000 new and seasoned bike commuters will celebrate the 25th annual Bay Area Bike to Work Day, Thursday, May 9.

With some 400 energizer stations scattered throughout nine Bay Area counties, riders can make a pit stop on their way to work for free refreshments and encouragement from thousands of volunteers. Complete event information, including energizer station locations, is available at

“The Bay Area’s 25th Bike to Work Day celebration is a great time to appreciate how biking has become a bigger piece of the transportation puzzle,” said Scott Haggerty, chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), a presenting sponsor of the event. “And while riding a bike is good for you and the environment, frankly it is just plain fun.”
Local bike groups and employers are planning a range of activities throughout the day and into the evening, including group rides and after-work happy hours. Local elected officials — including several commissioners from (MTC) and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) — will participate in the event.

Early event participants tuned into social media will be able to collect air miles from Alaska Airlines.
“Alaska Airlines is thrilled to be a presenting sponsor for the 2019 Bay Area Bike to Work Day, underscoring our company’s commitment to sustainability and the Bay Area community,” said Annabel Chang, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of the Bay Area. “To celebrate the 25th anniversary, we are giving away 5,000 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles – enough miles for a free roundtrip flight between select cities – to the first 500 riders who post a photo of themselves participating in Bay Area Bike to Work Day on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.” For official sweepstakes rules visit:

In addition to Bike to Work Day, the Bay Area Bike Challenge (BABC) will return after a successful launch in 2018. Last year, more than 3,250 riders used the easy-to-navigate platform called “Love to Ride” during May — National Bike Month — to track rides and compete for virtual prizes, while posting photos and commenting to keep each other motivated. Registration for BABC is open and continues until May 1 when the Challenge officially begins. Participants can compete as individuals or on teams. More information is available at

Leading up to National Bike Month (May), Bike to Work Week (May 6-10) and Bike to Work Day, many activities will take place throughout the region, including free bike repair workshops, bike safety classes and group rides. For more information visit

To stay in the loop on bike events, make sure to follow Bay Area Bike to Work Day on Facebook at @biketoworkday, Twitter @BikeToWorkSFBay, and Instagram @biketoworkday_bayarea. Energizer stations will be set up throughout Marin.  You can be a part of this – either by using your bike (or even your feet) or by volunteering to support your fellow riders. To learn more go to:

Safety Services
Living with Fire Flier
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

Library Books

Art Talk Tuesday

When Art Went Pop: How Andy Warhol and Friends Changed Art Forever
Tuesday, May 14
12pm, Council Chambers

The cultural world exploded in many ways in the early 1960s, with visual arts in the vanguard. Learn how art moved from the serious, emotional, and virtuoso style of the Abstract Expressionists to the flash, dash, and irreverence of Andy Warhol's soup cans and
movie stars, Roy Lichtenstein’s comics, and Claus Oldenburg's soft hamburgers. It's a change that has endured, affecting what we see in art museums and galleries today. Avril Angevine will share how the Pop explosion made art fun again in this Art Talk Tuesday.

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

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Skate Competition 2019! 

with music, food, and raffle for prizes!

Competitions for 8 and Under, 9-12, 13-15, 16 and Older

Saturday, May 4th
Memorial Park Skate Plaza, San Anselmo
9 am: pre-registration, 10 am: competition begins
10 to 10:45 am: Ages 8 and Under
10:45 to 11:30 am: Ages 9 to 12
11:30 to 12:15 am: Ages 13 to 15
12:15 to 1:00pm: Ages 16 and Older

Live Water, Proof Lab, Deluxe Dist./dlxsf, Thrasher

This is a FREE Event!

Art at Town Books
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Exhibit at Town Books

TOWN BOOKS is honored to host
of art created by students of mixed media workshops led by Bibby Gignilliat.
Bibby Gignilliat creates joyful work using bold colors, geometric shapes and text. In her studio at the ICB Building in Sausalito, Bibby teaches mixed media classes. The panels on display were made by her students who, with her encouragement and guidance, have (re)discovered their love of art and (re)ignited their creativity.
The show will also include work created by students at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, taught by Carina Ybarra (Visual arts teacher/Art department chair).
The exhibit celebrating the creativity of local students & artists will run from May through June.
ARTIST RECEPTION:  Friday, May 10, 5 – 7 PM. Refreshments will be served.
TOWN BOOKS is located at 411 San Anselmo Ave, San Anselmo. OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10-4

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 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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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 five members, plus two youth members 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, May 6 - Planning Commission, 7 pm, Council Chambers
Thursday, May 9 - Library Advisory Board, 4:30 pm, Library

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